Course summary

The top-up BA (Hons) Interior design Online structured is a ground-breaking Level 6 course that allows you to complete a full Bachelors qualification from your own home

The BA (Hons) Interior Design Top-up will broaden your understanding of commercial design and is the next step up after a Foundation Degree, Diploma HE or equivalent or for those who have already attained a degree in the Architecture of the Arts who wish to build on previous experience and skills within the Interior Design Industry.

Validated by University of Brighton

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Great reasons to apply

  • Gain a full honours degree qualification from your own home in a flexible study method
  • Focus on commercial design
  • Develop your lateral thinking and creative innovation 
  • Gain a deep understanding of industry requirements
  • Includes REVIT CAD software training - fast becoming the new industry standard.

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Course details


Studying on this course will offer you the opportunity to develop your design skills, acquire Revit competence and be able to generate and communicate innovative design solutions of higher standards while enhancing your lateral thinking and gaining a clearer and deeper understanding of the industry requirements to take your design skills to a higher level.

The course is taught completely online using VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) platforms that are specifically designed to enhance your learning experience and create an online community between your tutors and peers.

Online lectures, seminars, workshops, documents, and forums will allow you to gain the appropriate information and knowledge while being in touch with your tutors and receive regular feedback and personalised supervision.

The program of the regular synchronous activities e.g. online seminars or tutorial sessions will be available at the beginning of each term, so you will have plenty of time to arrange your commitments and join the online platform. All other academic material will be available via the online learning platform’s timetabled curriculum, while you can get in touch with your peers and tutors using the online forums.

The design briefs have a commercial character and vary in function and complexity allowing the development of your lateral thinking ability and to gain experience in a variety of brief complications and industry requirements.

KLC is a pioneer in online learning for design courses. For this course, we have used all our experience to combine available technologies and methods to ensure that you have the more productive and rewarding experience of an online course.

Course Dates

17 January 2022 - 06 August 2023

BA (Hons) Interior Design (Level 6)
Validated by the University of Brighton

5 terms / 12 weeks per term

Commercial design and multidisciplinary interior design practices

Study Hours
20+ hours per week including a regular program of synchronous weekly activities e.g. online meetings and seminars

Course units

Terms One and Two

Design Project 1 - Commercial Design
Dissertation - 5,000 Word Historical and Critical Dissertation
Report 1 - Professional Practice & Business Administration
Report 2 - Construction, Technology and Environment

The course begins with a refresher on using key software and communication techniques in interior design.  Lectures and workshops on professional practice and construction techniques provide insight into working as a designer.  The first term also covers topics designing for business, advanced space planning, sustainability and environmental concerns for the design industry. Projects and exercises are designed to challenge students’ creative thinking and mode of communication. The first design project will also feature Revit instruction, the newest drawing package utilised within the design industry. This design software package will enable the students to model their design proposals three-dimensionally and will assist them in producing relevant working drawing packages.  By gaining competency with Revit in the first design project, students are allowed to advance their skills through practice in their final design project.

Terms Three and Four

Design Project 2 - Commercial design
Dissertation/Reports - (continued)

To develop students’ knowledge of the opportunities of this industry, lectures and seminars will be devoted to various professions utilising interior design skills as well as how to complete compelling and competitive CVs and Portfolios.  The absorbing and challenging design project in terms three, four, and five will be about social change, visualising how the design of a space can make a genuine difference.  Design challenges will increase students’ skills during which design solutions will evolve by demonstrating high levels of design literacy and critical thinking.   Students will present work at a professional level through sketches, diagrams, visuals, drawings etc. using creative techniques coherent to the design proposal.

Term Five

Design Project 2 - Commercial design (continued)

Alongside the continuation and completion of their final large commercial project, the Careers Service offers CV and portfolio advice with access to the KLC Online Jobs Board. The course culminates in a final, celebratory online Exhibition.

How to apply

Internal applicants

Contact the Admissions an application here or call 020 7376 3377.

External applicants 

External applicants may require a phone interview for this course.

All applicants will require to submit a completed application form, a digital portfolio, CV, and a 500-word dissertation proposal.

Contact Admissions for an application or call 020 7376 3377.


Entry Requirements

Internal applicants can progress on to the BA (Hons) subject to successful completion of:

  • Foundation Degree Interior Design (Levels 4 & 5)
  • Diploma Interior Design (Level 5)

along with an endorsement from their Course Leader.

External applicants will require:

  • Level 5 Foundation Degree (FdA) or equivalent in a design-related subject area
    (i.e. Higher National Diploma / Level 5 qualification)
  • A digital portfolio of work demonstrating a variety of skills, including evidence of technical drawing and computer-aided design programmes

Applicants should also have the necessary computer skills for a degree level course and students are required to have a PC laptop computer.

We are able to accept international applicants onto this course, subject to the following:

Please contact our Admissions Team on 20 7376 3377 or if you need any further information or advice about the Entry Requirements for this course.


Fees and Funding

Home/EU/International fee


Start date: 17 January 2022 - 06 August 2023

Instalment Plan:

Deposit: £500 followed by 18 payments of £372 via Direct Debit, starting 1 November 2021. 


  • VAT will be charged at the rate in force at the date payments are made which may increase the total fees quoted if the VAT rate changes.
  • Please make a careful note of our refund policies, so that you are clear about what you might expect in the event of cancellation.
  • Each instalment includes a charge of £20.67 inc. VAT for using this facility.


There are a number of funding options available and it can be complicated establishing the most appropriate route for you, so if you would like any advice then please do not hesitate to contact our Registrars by telephone (020 7376 3377) or email (

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Student Finance England
This is a government loan to help pay for university or college tuition fees and to help with living costs. Non Degree holding applicants may be able to borrow £4,625 per year towards the cost of a course – you start repaying once you earn over a certain amount.

To check your eligibility and to start your application, please visit the Student Finance website. Our UK provider number is 10008325.

For students to be eligible for Student Finance, they must be studying a designated course. Courses at KLC are designated each year by the Department for Education. Please visit OfS for more information.

Personal Education Loan
There are many different companies offering personal loans, including some that specialise in private education loans which have a reduced repayment through the duration of your course.

Please note that we are unable to accept the 24+ Advanced Learner Loan for our courses.

Alumni and careers


  • Vanessa Balinska graduated from our BA (Hons) Interior Design degree in July 2014 after winning numerous awards at the graduation ceremony 
  • Thomas Capezzone now works in property and hotel development and recently completed a new 5-star Hotel in the French Alps 


Throughout the course, KLC's dedicated Careers service ensures BA Hons students are educated on CV preparation, portfolio presentation, online profiles and professional practice. Students will benefit from multiple 1-to-1 careers sessions helping to facilitate graduate job placements and career entry including access to the KLC Online Jobs Board. After graduation, Careers and Alumni support is provided on an ongoing basis.

Out of the onsite BA (Hons) students who used the Careers Service in 2018/19, 100% are now working in the industry.


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I’m 5 months in and have already learned a huge amount. My journey so far has been very challenging, hard work, but also incredibly rewarding and enjoyable. The technical and motivational support through live seminars and the online ‘coffee shop forum' from both tutors and peers have kept me going when I have started to feel overwhelmed. I have been really surprised at how, in spite of this being an online course, our international cohort have become such a close and supportive network. C. Goddard, current student