UK and International Collaborations

Collaborations with designers, manufacturers and educators helps to keep courses up to date and often open up life changing opportunities or students and graduates.

From the early days we not only worked hard to develop strategic partnerships and collaborations in the UK but have also looked for ways to broaden our horizons, link up with international schools and encourage and welcome international staff and students.  We have affiliate schools in Japan, France and Russia and a world-wide network of international contacts and alumni.  Links with charities have also played an important part in the School’s development such as the continuing partnership with children’s mental health charity Place2BE.

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From the early days we looked for ways to broaden our horizons, link up with international schools and encourage and welcome international staff and students.

Affiliate Schools include Machida in Japan, Details in Russia and Cread in France, for whom we have run a series of Master Classes.

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In 2018 KLC collaborated with ADMX Design to run the highly acclaimed X Forum with inspirational talks given by leading designers from China and the UK and a keynote speech from Kelly Hoppen CBE.

 

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At KLC we have always worked closely with colleagues in the Interior and Garden Design industry which has opened up many life changing opportunities for students and graduates.

From 2015, the introduction of the KLC Connect and KLC Re-Connect programme of industry supported events and talks has enabled current students to feel more a part of their industry and provided a way for KLC to continue to support and network with alumni.  During lockdown in 2020 KLC Connect programme ran the highly topical Time for Change webinar.

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Over the years KLC has built up a huge network of industry contacts which have provided a source of speakers, up to date reference on garden and interior practice and projects.

KLC Careers Service

These contacts are the cornerstone of KLC’s dedicated career service which continues to support graduating students with outstandingly high rates of success even during the lockdown period.

Graduation with Industry Leaders

A key part of every Graduation ceremony are the industry awards with prizes for particular aspects of design selected and presented by leading figures in the interior and garden design world.

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In 2019 KLC’s Reception and surrounding areas were given a stylish update thanks to a collaboration with the team at Kia Stanford Design and online company Eporta.

 

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KLC supplier Wiles Greenworld is named as one of the top 60 green companies in the UK.

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The Fundamentals of Interior Design by Simon Dodsworth and Interior Design by Jenny Gibbs are regularly included in the reading lists for students all over the world studying interior design.

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KLC supported the Holiday House initiative in 2017 – two houses in St John’s wood transformed by designers to raise funds for cancer care and research. KLC students designed the staff room and helped out at the events.

In addition to providing bursaries for students who might not otherwise be able to access KLC courses, the Design Changes Lives Foundation has also provided some financial support for some of the community projects undertaken by students to help enable them to become a reality.