Win a scholarship to study the 3-year BA (Hons) in Interior Design at KLC School of Design, London

KLC School of Design is delighted to announce the launch of an exciting national competition for sixth formers to win a scholarship for KLC's BA (Hons) Interior Design course and to raise awareness of careers opportunities in the many different sectors of interior design which will be run in conjunction with leading media influencer Grand Designs.

Inspiring Young Designers Competition 2021-22 in conjunction with Grand Designs


KLC School of Design is thrilled to announce the launch of an exciting new Interior Design competition for sixth formers and FE equivalent students in conjunction with leading media influence Grand Designs. The aim of the competition is to raise awareness of career opportunities in interior design as well as search for the big names of the future….this could be you!

Interior Design Commercial concept visuals
Interior design is far more than designing attractive spaces; it has the ability to change how we feel and how we behave. This impacts every area of life from our homes and schools to workplaces and what we do for downtime. It is also crucial for addressing issues the world now faces including climate change, sustainability, healthcare and inclusivity.

At KLC we are passionate about the impact of design and have established the Design Changes Lives Foundation with the remit to raise awareness about interior design as a career. The Foundation is
keen to support the winning student on their interior design journey and is offering a full scholarship for the BA (Hons) Interior Design.

Judges and Prize

Kevin McCloud, Karen Stylianides, Editor Grand Designs Magazine, Jenny Gibbs KLC School of Design Principal, Diana McKnight KLC Director of Studies, Rachael White Course Leader KLC BA (Hons).

A full Scholarship to be awarded for KLC’s BA (Hons) Interior Design Course commencing September 2022. (It should be noted that the Scholarship covers the course fees but does not contribute towards maintenance costs).

The Competition

We are keen to find innovative designers of the future who challenge the norms and want to make a difference to the world. We are particularly interested in entries that push boundaries e.g. how colour, shapes, materials and light are used, the impact of sustainability and the unique sourcing of furniture and accessories.

Therefore, we would like you to choose a social media celebrity who you admire (definitely human!) and design a living space that reflects both their personality and their needs.


  • Create a design that encapsulates the clients' personality and needs. Do they require different areas that require different atmospheres? How will these work together?

  • What is different about the space? What is the ‘wow’ factor?

  • Try to avoid creating a design similar to the existing space the celebrity may have. Surely it’s time for something different?

  • Websites such as Pinterest and Dezeen provide ideas on presenting work and will challenge your preconceptions of interior design.

Above all, don’t hold back and don’t worry about being perfect. We hope this is a fun and challenging brief that generates creative and innovative ideas.


Entries are limited to 6th formers studying Fine Art, Art & Design, History of Art or Design, Textiles, Photography, Graphic Design or Communication, 3-Dimensional Design or Design and Technology at
A-Level or equivalent.

The space

The space is a rectangle that measures 7 metres by 5 metres. It is up to you where you would like to position windows and an entrance door. We recommend that you measure out this space using a tape
measure so you can ‘feel’ the size.


Submissions should be submitted as either PDF’s or Microsoft Office files and individual submissions should not exceed 10MB. All entries must be submitted through the online entry form at the bottom of this web page.


A3 mood board - furniture, materials and artwork demonstrating the essence of your project in a vibrant and engaging way.

A4 written summary (300 words max.) - introduce the ‘celebrity’ and summarise key aspects of the design. How does it respond to the clients’ needs and personality?

A3 page - visually communicate the design proposal (consider drawing a floor plan / creating a sketch visual / utilising photographs of a model)

Additional Material (2 x A3 pages max.) - these may include scanned sketchbook pages / design development / computer modelling / further design details.

Please note:
All entries must include: your name, school and an email address to contact you if you are short-listed. Please state on all submissions:

“I can confirm that all work submitted is my own original work”.

Significant dates

Monday 10th January 2022 Entry submission by midnight

Tuesday 1st February 2022 Short-listed entrants will be notified by email and invited to attend a meeting at KLC’s studios in the Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.

MAY 2022 Winner to be announced at Grand Designs, London

All short-listed designs will be featured at the Grand Designs exhibition.

UCAS Applications for 2022 entry

After consulting with UCAS, KLC can advise that to be eligible to enter this competition, entrants who are applying to go to into Higher Education through UCAS by the 15th January deadline need to undertake the following:

1) Either need to add KLC as one of their 5 choices (if they are interested in applying to KLC anyway)


2) Only make 4 choices (if they are not interested in applying to KLC unless they win the competition). In which case, once the winner is announced on 1st February they can then apply to KLC or another institution as they see fit.  

UCAS have suggested entrants look at this link: - which has the relevant information under “adding more choices”. Please note: You can only add more choices if you have not already accepted or declined any of your offers.

Grand Designs Web

Grand Designs brings together Channel Fours pre-eminent series on modern architecture presented by Kevin McCloud, Grand Designs magazine and Grand Designs Live run in London and Birmingham every year, featuring top experts, spectacular exhibitors and a wealth of inspiration for building and renovation projects for gardens and interiors.

Grand Designs Magazine

KLC is a leading international design school providing high quality career-focused courses in interior and garden design, creative cutting edge teaching and extensive student support. We put our students at the heart of everything we do. Our courses are firmly grounded within the industry and we promote collaboration, experimentation and fearless exploration. We have an outstandingly high employment rate and our graduates are sought after employees who will continue to push the industry forward.



Inspiring Young Designers Competition 2021-22 Entry Form

Competition Terms and Conditions:

  • Entrants must be able to devote sufficient study time to their course (as set out on the KLC website - if they were to win the Scholarship prize

  • This award is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative

  • Only one entry per person will be considered

  • It is the responsibility of the School to ensure they gain the necessary permission from parents to enter students into the competition

  • KLC reserves the right to cancel or amend all or any part of the Competition and/or Rules of Entry without notice for any matter arising that is beyond the reasonable control of The Edward James Foundation Ltd. Any changes to the Rules, or cancellation of the Competition, will be posted on the KLC School of Design website ( It is the responsibility of entrants to keep themselves informed of any changes to the Rules

  • Only entries made by the Closing Date and in the manner set out in the Competition details will be considered for the award.

  • Entries cannot be returned so entrants are strongly advised to ensure they keep copies for their own files

  • Entry to the competition is free but KLC School of Design and Grand Designs are not responsible for any travel expenses/accommodation or subsistence costs, incurred by short-listed entrants invited to KLC’s London studios or Grand Designs Live London.

  • The winner of the Competition will be selected and notified as set out in the Competition Terms

  • The decision of the judges is final and it is not possible for representatives of KLC to enter into correspondence regarding any of the entries

  • In the event that the winner is disqualified from the Competition, the judging panel will select an alternative winner in the same manner as the original winner and such selection will be subject to the Rules

  • There is no requirement to make any purchase in order to enter the Competition or access the KLC website

  • All entries must be received by midnight on 10 January 2022. By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to the above Terms and Conditions.

Intellectual Property Rights and Data Protection

  • The intellectual property rights remain with the entrant and while KLC School of Design and Grand Designs claim no intellectual property rights, they do reserve the right to retain designs for exhibition and publicity purposes and to reproduce them in any online exhibition or other publicity material nationally and internationally.

  • KLC Ltd and Grand Designs will use any personal information that you provide with your Entry for the purposes of the entry and, where you have given your consent, for marketing purposes including the distribution of regular email updates or newsletters. Any personal information relating to entrants will be used solely by us in accordance with applicable date protection legislation.

  • You confirm that your entry is original, is entirely your own work and your property.

  • KLC School of Design and Grand Designs will not be liable for any action or claim arising out of the reproduction of submitted designs.

  • The winner of the Competition unconditionally agrees as a condition of accepting a place on the BA (Hons) Interior Design Course to the use of their name and one or more photographs of themselves and their work in PR and Marketing communications.