Complete your bachelor’s honours degree in interior design from the comfort of your own home with KLC’s groundbreaking online structured course
KLC's Online Structured BA Interior Design was launched in 2016 as the first of its kind in the UK. It has been specifically designed as a supportive course for those who cannot commit to full-time onsite study. This award-winning course aims to nurture, develop and equip you with a broad range of interior design skills and professional practice. You will learn to collaborate with your tutors and peers on exciting projects made possible by KLC's extensive industry and community links.
Learn from the industry insiders and graduate industry-ready for all interior design specialisms.
As the course progresses, you will gain self-confidence and a real sense that design is a tool for social change and ethical innovation. Upon graduating, you will be industry-ready for commercial and residential design with life-long support from KLC's successful careers team.
Great reasons to apply
Launched in 2016, the teaching faculty are proven experts at successfully teaching interior design online.
Students join a cohort of fellow students from all over the world working on the same projects simultaneously. Unlike other online courses, there is a high level of interaction between fellow students and the tutor team.
Studying on this course offers a genuinely collaborative and flexible learning experience with practising design industry members, utilising KLC's invaluable industry links.
Crucial software taught include AutoCAD, SketchUp, Photoshop, InDesign and Revit.
Inspirational lectures from industry professionals and online inter-cohort events expand students' creative thinking.
Additional services, such as welfare and career support, are an integral part of the programme, with the life-long backing from KLC's career team.
Students are prepared both academically and practically to enter the workplace upon graduation.
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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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Who is the online course for?
- The course is open to students worldwide and welcomes students with any previous professional background, creating a diverse learning experience.
- This course allows for greater flexibility than a typical university, as all sessions and curriculum are delivered online via KLC's state of the art virtual learning environment (VLE) while still creating physical work that will be excellent preparation for the industry.
- The commitment for a minimum of 20 hours per week of study time is balances the students' studies alongside other duties, such as family and part-time work. This supports a healthy blending of studies and personal obligations and encourages an enjoyable and sustainable learning process.
- KLC's online BA(Hons) course is more structured and timetabled than other online interior design courses. This means that students are better equipped to maintain momentum, make steady progress, and develop and hone skills to a higher level. This also allows students to work with a cohort of fellow students, building valuable relationships and friendships even beyond graduation.
What will you learn?
- The online interior design BA(Hons) course focuses on residential and commercial interior design, with small- and large-scale projects designed to tap into creative, theoretical, and practical design thinking.
- Alongside design projects, professional practice, design history, construction and technology are taught via practical and creative tasks.
- Students are allowed to explore a personal interest within interior design while building academic research and writing skills in delivering an undergraduate dissertation.
- All projects and exercises are designed to challenge students' creative thinking, hone communication skills, and better prepare them for the industry in the residential and commercial design sector.
12 September 2022 - 08 August 2027
5 Years (15 terms)
Graduate entry to the UK and international interior design industry
20+ hours per week, regular mandatory group webinars
“Our international but close-knit cohort is fantastic and I have certainly made a few life-long friends. Remote learning allows us to honour other life commitments and prepares us to be independent and resourceful from the get-go. The curriculum can be intense at times, but it was made possible with continuous support from our tutors. Some of the highlights I enjoyed the most were the history module, the live group project and the pop-up design.” Catherine Chan-Murphy
How will you learn?
- The virtual learning environment delivers live and pre-recorded lectures, handouts, and other resources throughout the term to help guide students in their studies.
- Regular seminars via our online classroom will allow students to interact with tutors and peers throughout the term.
- Periodic 1-on-1 tutorials with tutors and guest experts allow students to get individual help on specific coursework.
- Project work and other tasks are supported throughout the term via tutor and peer interactions on the dedicated online forum and regular interim formative feedback points.
- Feedback and tutor support are provided in various forms, including written, audio, annotated files, 1-on-1 tutorials, videos, etc.
- Live presentations and peer critiques enhance students' communication and critical skills.
- Inspirational lectures from industry professionals and other online events are scheduled regularly as extra-curricular activities.
“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
What will you do?
- You will be conducting a breadth of design research throughout the course.
- You will make sketches, diagrams, models, and technical drawing packages with design tasks.
- You will create professionally organised presentation materials.
- You will create 3D digital visualisations.
- All of these are designed to help you work better creatively and maintain a competitive edge within the industry.
When will it take place and for how long?
- The online BA (Hons) course starts each September.
- The course comprises 15 terms of 12 weeks each with generous term breaks between each term.
- Study time/coursework requires a minimum of 20 hours per week.
“I really loved this course. Sometimes I felt really insecure about my work or my capabilities, but there was so much support from the tutors and fellow students that I was always able to move forward.” Lila Moghadam
Design Project 1 - Pavillion Design (understanding space and form)
Reflective Report 1 - Building research report
The BA 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 to use various research techniques and live peer feedback to one another. Through pre-recorded lessons they cover more theoretical topics such as reflective writing, research and analysis, and they explore practical subjects on a scale, surveying a space, sketching and model making. Design development, channelling creativity and design principles, such as ergonomics and anthropometrics, are covered as part of the design process before students learn how to draft floor plans, sections and elevations.
Design Project 2 - Container Living
Students focus strongly on visual communication and presentation skills this term, with technical drawing skills advancing to sketch one and two-point perspective drawings. Whilst they continue developing freehand sketching skills, new topics covered include hand colour rendering. Lectures on digital finishes and furnishings are also taught this term, which leads to a peer feedback webinar session. The completion of the second residential project sees the introduction of lessons and a webinar on how to use the computer software SketchUp.
Assessed Debate - Live Online Debate in Contemporary Interior Design Practice
Group Research Project - ‘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.
Design Project 3 - 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 third 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’ digital rendering skills. Live webinars include the Power of Branding, Creative Bathroom and Kitchen Planning, as well as a Sample Board critique.
Design Project 4 - 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.
Design Project 5 - Conceptual Exhibition/Pop-Up Design
The second half of the course opens with teaching on advanced traffic flow and site analysis within a commercial environment, as well as advanced conceptual development which leads into the fifth design project for an exhibition or pop-up space design. Students will learn about building regulations & construction, alongside the process of realising their concepts into designs.
Research Project - Textiles Research & Application
Design Project 6 - 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 advanced detailed technical drawing and sketching skills. Students also explore issues around sustainability and the responsibility of designers and they are introduced to InDesign that helps advance their presentation and graphic skills.
Design Project 7 - Large 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.
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.
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 BA Degree course, the KLC Careers Service also offers 121 sessions for portfolio and CV advice, internships and interviews.
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
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 Thirteen and Fourteen
Design Project 10 - 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.
Design Project 11 - 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.
"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 form or call our Admissions team to request an application.
To prepare your application, 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 exercise.
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 email@example.com if you need any further information or advice about the Entry Requirements for this course.
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
- IELTS score of 6.5 (www.ielts.org).
Fees and Funding
£6,945 per level
An Instalment Plan is available for this course
Start date: 12 September 2022
Enrolment fee: £500 non-refundable but deductible from the overall fees.
Followed by 18 monthly payments of: £372 per level.
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- 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 BA (Hons) Interior Design. Progression to Level 5 and Level 6 is automatic upon successful completion of your Level 4 or 5. The same payment schedule applies to Level 5 and 6.
- Please make a careful note of our refund policies, so that you are clear about what you might expect in the event of cancellation.
- The Instalments include a charge of £251 (c£13.94 a month) 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 for all 5 years – you start repaying once you earn over a certain amount. This covers the whole of the course fee which is set per level (approximately 18 months).
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.
KLC’s dedicated life-long 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.
NSS 2021 Results
Below is a summary of results for the Full Time Foundation Degree Onsite and Part-Time Foundation Degree Online.
100% of students felt that staff were good at explaining things
86% said that overall they are satisfied with the quality of their course.
NEWS UPDATE: In 2019, University of Brighton approved combining the existing KLC Foundation Degree (level 4 and level 5) and KLC's Top-up BA Hons (level 6) to create a full BA (Hons) Interior Design degree. This allowed us to have a simpler course structure, without impacting existing students. The new course was launched onsite and online in September 2020. The duration of the courses will be as follows:-
Onsite BA Hons Interior Design - 3 years full time
Online BA Hons Interior Design - 5 years part time