Course summary

An award-winning Online Interior Design degree that is uniquely industry focussed

The three-year and one term Online Structured Foundation Degree Interior Design course is appropriate for school leavers and anyone considering a career change without a lot of spare time who want to achieve a validated qualification over a defined longer period.

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Great reasons to apply

  • Students join a cohort of fellow students from all over the world working on the same projects at the same time. Everyone gets equal 1-2-1 time with their dedicated tutor - no matter where they are nationally or internationally. Unusually for an online course, there is a lot of interaction between fellow students and with the tutor team which is the core strength of the programme.
  • Studying on this course offers a genuinely collaborative learning experience with practising members of the design industry, utilising KLC’s invaluable industry links.
  • As the course progresses, project work moves from residential design to more complex commercial design and work is submitted and assessed mostly via KLC’s state of the art Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) with some physical work submissions.
  • Continuing your studies into the fourth and fifth year to achieve the BA (Hons) qualification is a great way to expand your critical thinking and commercial career opportunities.
  • KLC aims for all students to enter a practice and truly understand the working process. They won’t feel like there’s anything they’ve not tackled, even going to building sites and dealing with electricians and plumbers. You will be prepared both academically and practically to enter the workplace as soon as you graduate.

 

AWARD-WINNING ONLINE COURSE

KLC has been pioneering digital and online teaching for over 16 years and at the 2017 Independent Higher Education Awards KLC won two accolades for “Innovation in Digital Teaching and Learning” and “Breakthrough in Course Design and Delivery”


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VIDEO: We take a more detailed look at this award-winning online course at KLC - the Online Foundation Degree Interior Design.

Student gallery

  • Abstract Models - Gabriella Kuti
  • Furniture Boards - Valentina Priami
  • Group Project Rendered Visual for RHN
  • Group Project Rendered Visual for RHN
  • Group Project Rendered Visual for RHN
  • Hand Rendered Floor Plan - Donna Davies Brackett
  • Hand Rendered Sketch Perspective - Genevieve Barnard
  • Pavilion Model - Nadia Themistocleous
  • Rendered Visual of Office Project - Kerry Lyon
  • Rendered Visual of Pop Up Stand - Carole Tuff
  • Rendered Visual of Reception Desk - Siobhan Hughes
  • Sketchbook development 3 - Melissa Read

Course details

With KLC’s new award-winning, state-of-the-art virtual learning environment, gaining an interior design degree online has now become a reality. Students from all over the UK, and the world can now take advantage of the industry-recommended design training which KLC offers, without having to move to London! Students are divided into time zone groups for ease of communication and can look forward to regular contact with their tutors.

Skills are taught through pre-recorded video lectures, lesson notes are uploaded weekly and each group enjoys a fortnightly live webinar, which brings everyone together for a chat and a debate about design! The online ‘Coffee Shop’ forums also give students a space to collaborate, ask questions and share ideas. Balancing your commitments and your study time has never been so simple, with this flexible, affordable route to a degree.

The beauty of this flexible course is the opportunity it gives students to manage existing work and family commitments, while embarking on a creative journey towards their new career in interior design.

What excites me the most is the enjoyment students take from collaborating online: structured, timetabled and inspiring activities, small group sizes and live interaction make the course fun, with peer support and engagement being what students themselves say is best about this course.

After all, online learning and teaching is the future of education and KLC’s Online Foundation Degree is leading the way!
Course Leader, Marianna Velissaropoulou

As the course progresses, the project work moves from residential design to more complex commercial designs and work is submitted and assessed mostly via KLC’s state of the art Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) in conjunction with some physical submission of work.

Students are able to take the fourth and fifth year to achieve the BA (Hons) qualification which is a great way to expand your critical thinking and commercial career opportunities.

KLC aims for all students to enter practice and truly understand the working process. They won’t feel like there’s anything they’ve not tackled, even going to building sites and dealing with electricians and plumbers. You will be prepared both academically and practically to enter the workplace as soon as you graduate.

Contact us

To register your interest and receive information and updates about studying at KLC please complete this form.

If you can't find the information you are looking for or to ask a question, please contact our Admissions team on 020 7376 3377 

Course Dates

16 September 2019 - 4 December 2022

Qualification
FdA and BA (Hons) Degree 
Validated by the University of Brighton

Duration
FdA - three years + one term, BA (Hons) - one year + two terms

Progression
Graduate entry to interior design industry

Study Hours
20+ hours per week, regular mandatory group webinars

“The thing that concerned me most about the online course was my ‘expectation’ of feeling isolated and this has definitely not been the case. The combination of the coffee shop forums, the seminars etc. makes me feel very much a part of the group. I like the way the portfolios have open access, so as with a classroom environment you can see your classmates work.” Martin Nealon

Course units

Level Four

Term One

Design Project 1 - Small Residential Design (understanding space and form)
Reflective Report 1 - Building research report

The Foundation Degree starts with the fundamental aspects of interior design training, with students exploring how to research design, draw inspiration from their surroundings and record their ideas within their sketchbooks. During live webinars students investigate how people use spaces and explore living rituals to understand spatial planning for interior design. Through pre-recorded lessons they cover more theoretical topics such as reflective writing, research and analysis, and they explore practical subjects on scale, surveying a space and model making. Design development, channeling creativity, zoning and design principles, such as ergonomics and anthropometrics, are covered as part of the design process, before students learn how to draft floor plans.

Term Two

Design Project 1 - Small Residential Design (continued)

Students focus strongly on visual communication and presentation skills this term, with technical drawing skills advancing to drafting sections and elevations, in addition to one and two point perspective drawings. Whilst they continue developing freehand sketching skills, new topics covered include inking and hand colour rendering. Lectures on digital furniture boards are also taught this term, which lead to a furniture board peer feedback webinar session. The completion of the first residential project sees the introduction of detailed lessons and a webinar on how to use the computer software SketchUp.

Term Three

Assessed Debate - Live Online Debate in Contemporary Interior Design Practice
Research Project 1 - ‘Design Evolution and Trends’ Reference Book
Contextual Essay 1 - Historical Essay

Focusing on the history of interior design, this term starts with students working in groups in preparation for a live online debate on Contemporary Interior Design Practices. Following the debate, a series of lectures and webinars assist students in their journey through the evolution of design from 1660 to the modern day. This term students can look forward to the introduction of Professional Practice and the key skills they will need to develop as practising Interior Designers, such as design fees, invoices, contracts and estimating quantities.

Term Four

Design Project 2 - Medium Residential Design (focusing on kitchen and bathroom design and planning)

Practical knowledge continues to develop this term as students are introduced to kitchen and bathroom design, as well as colour theory and lighting. These core skills are applied within the second residential design project, which aims to also enhance students’ sourcing skills, before they receive lessons on material presentation techniques. This term sees the introduction of the design software Photoshop that enhances students’ rendering skills. Live webinars include the Power of Branding, Creative Bathroom and Kitchen Planning, as well as a Sample Board critique.

Term Five

Design Project 3 - Residential / Commercial (complex design and planning)

The final term of Level 4 sees the introduction of AutoCAD software, which aims to develop new computer skills alongside SketchUp and Photoshop, to generate slick technical drawings and visuals. As part of their project, students begin to cross over from residential design to commercial, aiming at challenging existing skills and pushing their creativity. Through a series of lectures and webinars, students explore lighting design at a higher level and are introduced into a conceptual approach in terms of developing their spatial strategies. Further insight into graphic design enhances students’ presentations, as well as their project brochure / portfolio submitted at the end of the term.

Level Five

Term Six

Design Project 4 - Conceptual Exhibition/Pop-Up Design

The second half of the course opens with teaching on advanced traffic flow & site analysis within a commercial environment, as well as advanced conceptual development which leads into the fourth design project for an exhibition or pop-up space design. Students will learn about building & construction, structural technologies alongside an introduction to basic engineering.

Term Seven

Research Project 2 - Textiles Research & Application
Design Project 5 - Detailed Working Drawings
Contextual Essay 2 - Materials Report

This term focuses solely on the use of materials in the design industry – introducing students to detailed materials-based research and their specialised usage within interiors, including wood, stone, textiles, man-made materials, new materials and contemporary processes. Projects this term will focus on product design using different materials, and necessitate advanced detailed technical drawing and sketching skill, as well as basic InDesign. Students also explore issues around sustainability and the responsibility of designers.

Term Eight

Design Project 6 - Live Commercial Project

Teaching on commercial design is the sole focus for this term, with lectures on current trends and commercial design imperatives, as well as important legislation, regulations and environmental policies relating to commercial design. Students will examine design vs. function, accessibility and inclusive design, alongside specialist design for bars, hotels, retail spaces and offices. Lighting skills are revisited from a commercial perspective and new software EstiPC is introduced. The live project leads on to working with structural engineers and contractors, as well as project coordination skills.

Term Nine

Design Project 7 - Group Project
Design Project 8 - Final Major Project

The group projects at KLC always have a social focus, working with the Design Changes Lives Foundation to contribute to some kind of community development. This will involve analysing complex interior spaces, looking at specialised areas of design interest, developing research summaries & rationales and presenting professional documentation. Working within a design team helps students to develop their interpersonal skills and learn about professional practice within a design team.

Term Ten

Design Project 8 - Final Major Project (continued)

Finishing the course with further professional skills for the industry students will look at developing design ideas into a professional dossier, advanced visual communication of a project, advanced budgeting and creating a professional portfolio of work. Understanding of business skills such as marketing for interior designers and setting up your own studio are also included. At the end of the Foundation Degree course, the KLC Careers Service also offers 121 sessions for portfolio and CV advice, internships and interviews.

BA Hons 

Level Six

Terms Eleven and Twelve

Design Project 9 - Commercial Design

Dissertation - 5,000 Word Historical and Critical Dissertation

Report 1 - Professional Practice & Business Administration

Report 2 - Construction, Technology and Environment

Level six starts with a refresher on using Creative Suite software such as Photoshop and InDesign, in addition to AutoCAD. These programs are used throughout the course, developing and enhancing students’ drawing and digital renders.  These skills will be used in designs relating to the construction module and in the commercial design project.  Lectures and workshops on professional practice and the legislative framework, which correlate with design projects, provide insight on working as a designer.  The first term also covers topics such as advanced lighting for commercial design, the natural world, sustainability and environmental concerns for the design industry, ethical design issues and colour in the built environment.  Lectures and seminars begin to further individual’s ideas for design dissertations, through exploring creative ways of researching by using different symbolic modes of representation, vis-à-vis images, moving-images, movement, etc., to consider practice in a conceptual way and how research is designed.

Terms Thirteen and Fourteen

Design Project 10 - Commercial design

Dissertation/Reports - (continued)

This term starts with an introduction to REVIT the newest drawing package utilised within the design industry. This drawings package will enable the students to model their design proposals three-dimensionally and will assist them in producing relevant working drawing packages. Seminars, peer reviews, lectures and workshops on construction, technology, the environment, professional practice and dissertations continue to inform and inspire students’ further commercial design project.  A number of industry experts such as site inspectors and quantity surveyors describe their roles and responsibilities and how they work with designers and design teams on and off-site.  This term’s absorbing and challenging design project 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 Fifteen

Design Project 11 - Commercial design (continued)

Alongside the continuation and completion of their final large commercial project, students receive a CPD lecture series which allows them to gain first-hand insight into professional practice and business administration from working designers, helping them to understand the day-to-day social, legal, economic and ethical issues that inform the design process and design projects in general.   The Careers Service offers CV and portfolio advice. The course culminates in a final, celebratory online Exhibition.

"I was worried about doing an online degree; that I wouldn’t keep motivated or I’d feel swamped by the information. However the way in which the course is structured is informative but enjoyable, and the videos and webinars make things feel much more manageable." Jess Fuery

How to apply

Entry onto the course is by application only, so please complete the Request an interview  or call our Admissions team to request an application.

To prepare for your interview, you will be asked to complete the following:

  • Application forms, including education and career history
  • A creative exercise based on a celebrity bedroom
  • A multiple choice spatial awareness test.

Computer-aided design is a key part of this course; therefore applicants must be computer literate and able to confidently use their personal laptop.

Please contact our Admissions Team on 020 7376 3377 or info@klc.co.uk if you need any further information or advice about the Entry Requirements for this course.

Entry requirements

The standard entry requirements for this course are as follows:

  • 5 GCSE’s at grade C or above

  • A-Levels: UCAS tariff: CCC (96 UCAS tariff points) or equivalent
    or BTEC: National Diploma: MMM (112-96 points)

  • No previous art and design experience is required. 

We can also accept applications from mature students who do not hold the above qualifications but have sufficient prior learning experience. In this instance, the School will review any short courses, internships or work experience undertaken.

English Language Requirements

Fees and Funding

Home/EU/International fee

£5,795 per level

An Instalment Plan is available for this course

Instalment Plan

Start date: 16 September 2019

Enrolment fee: £500 inc VAT non-refundable but deductible from the overall fees.

Followed by 18 payments of: £306.40 inc VAT per level.

  01 July 2019 £306.40 inc VAT
  01 August 2019 £306.40 inc VAT
  01 September 2019 £306.40 inc VAT
  01 October 2019 £306.40 inc VAT
  01 November 2019 £306.40 inc VAT
  01 December 2019 £306.40 inc VAT
  01 January 2020 £306.40 inc VAT
  01 February 2020 £306.40 inc VAT
  01 March 2020 £306.40 inc VAT
  01 April 2020 £306.40 inc VAT
  01 May 2020 £306.40 inc VAT
  01 June 2020 £306.40 inc VAT
  01 July 2020 £306.40 inc VAT
  01 August 2020 £306.40 inc VAT
  01 September 2020 £306.40 inc VAT
  01 October 2020 £306.40 inc VAT
  01 November 2020 £306.40 inc VAT
  01 December 2020 £306.40 inc VAT

PLEASE NOTE:-

  • 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.

  • There are a limited number of funds available for 2019/2020, so please make your application as soon as possible.

  • Please be advised that this facility is only available to students with a UK bank account (inc Northern Ireland).

  • The above payment schedule is for Level 4 of the Foundation Degree. Progression to Level 5 is automatic upon successful completion of your Level 4. The same payment schedule applies to Level 5.

Funding

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 (registrar@klc.co.uk)

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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

Alumni

The current students of Online Foundation Degree will be graduating from the course in April 2020. 

Careers

KLC’s dedicated Careers Service is available to all qualification students and alumni. We try to maintain a close relationship with our graduates; to assist them with their progress in the design industry wherever possible. 

 

 

Additional Equipment costs

Students should allow approximately £1,000 extra per level for equipment such as a home drawing board, books from the recommended reading list, samples, printing, colour photocopying and other consumables, an Adobe Creative Suite student subscription (@ approx. £15.49 per month) and a Sketch-up Pro annual student annual licence @ approx. £42 per year.

*Students can use either PC or MAC Laptops on KLC Courses. However, as some critical industry standard CAD software only runs natively on PC with their full suite of utilities, Mac OS users will need to use PC versions of some software like AutoCAD and Revit via the windows emulators ‘Bootcamp’ or ‘Parallels’.