Inspiring Young Designers Competition 2020-21 in conjunction with Grand Designs

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.

KLC Alumni - What does Interior Design mean to you?

A future-proof career in Interior Design

The growing interior design industry is strategically important to the UK economy and a significant contributor to economic growth and social innovation in its own right recognised as critical to the competitiveness of the tourism, hospitality, retail and commercial office sectors amongst others. There is a general perception that interior designers are only involved in decorating interior spaces when, in fact, they are frequently involved in the adaptation or re-use of existing buildings often a more sustainable option than new construction. An understanding of the design process gives designers skills with a broad range of applications that are going to become increasingly important in this technologically changing world.

Interior Design Commercial concept visuals
The industry offers a wide range of worthwhile, creative career opportunities where designers can use their extensive knowledge, skills and problem-solving abilities to create more joyful, functional and inspirational places in which to live, work, socialise, relax or be cared for and to make a real difference to the quality of people’s everyday lives. KLC has established the Design Changes Lives Foundation with the specific remit to raise awareness about the potential of interior or garden design as a career by inspiring and encouraging young designers

The Competition

In a fast-paced world full of uncertainties, where we are often anxious and time-poor, it is natural that we need spaces that are a sanctuary. Somewhere to escape, retreat and recharge - somewhere to put your feet up and relax and put aside day-to-day concerns. These spaces have a vital role to play to help balance our health and wellbeing as the connection between our surroundings and our emotions, senses and behaviours is now well established.

We would like you to put forward your ideas for a space along these lines. You can decide on the type of client/s you are designing for and it is entirely up to you what is required within the space. You might like to consider if it should allow for any activities such as reading, watching films, exercising, drawing etc., or if the space is in the UK or another country or climate. It could be that the space is in a private home or an office, clinic or spa.

Things to consider

  • The feel of the space - somewhere inviting, welcoming which draws you in
  • The connection between our surroundings and our emotions, senses and behaviours
  • The importance of sustainability when selecting materials, finishes, furniture and accessories for your room
  • Accessibility for all
  • Ways you could improve the air quality in your space
  • Colour and light
  • Furniture, accessories, artworks.

Your entry should demonstrate

  • Creativity and innovation
  • Research and insight
  • Big picture thinking
  • Viability
  • Social and environmental impact.

But above all, don’t hold back. We hope this is a fun and challenging brief and want to see your most creative and innovative ideas and for you to show us that you have the potential to be an outstanding designer


  • All entries must be submitted through the form on towards the bottom of the IYD page on the KLC website -
  • All entries must include your name and school.
  • When submitting the form please state “I can confirm that all work submitted is my own original work”
  • None of your submission files should exceed 10MB.

Submissions should include

  • 1 x A3 concept visual that conveys the essence of your project in a vibrant and engaging way. This should include a title for your project
  • 1 x A3 written summary (maximum 150 words) summarising the key aspects of your design
  • 1 x A3 board showing your main design proposal (this could include a 2D floor plan and sketch visual or photograph of a model
  • Not more than 2 x A3 boards of additional material (these could include scanned pages of your sketchbook or computer modelling/sketches if applicable as well as images of materials, finishes etc)
  • Each part of your digital submission should include your name.


Entrants are limited to Sixth formers studying Fine Art, History of Art or Design, Textiles, Graphic Communication, 3-Dimensional Design or Design and Technology A Level or HND courses.

Due to coronavirus, KLC is providing an inspirational video featuring Kevin McCloud and the KLC talk on careers in interior design for schools around the country (we would ask schools to group together locally to ensure widening participation) and to launch the competition.


Kevin McCloud, Grand Designs, Jenny Gibbs OBE KLC School of Design Principal and Rachael White Course Leader KLC BA (Hons) Interior Design.


A full Scholarship to be awarded for KLC’s onsite Full-time BA (Hons) Interior Design Course commencing September 2021. (It should be noted that the BA (Hons) Interior Design Scholarship covers the course fees but does not contribute towards maintenance costs).


The competition will be launched in September 2020 and entries must be submitted by midnight on 5 January 2021. Three shortlisted entrants will be notified by 1 February 2021 and invited to attend a meeting at KLC’s studios in Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour. The winner will be announced and displayed at Grand Designs in London in May 2021.

UCAS Applications for 2021 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

Teacher resources

Please use the downloadable PDF resources below to communicate this opportunity in your schools:

Inspiring Young Designer Competition e-booklet [PDF 0.9MB] >>>

Inspiring Young Designers printable poster [PDF 0.9MB] >>>

KLC Prospectus 2020-21 [PDF 3.6MB] >>>

Inspiring Young Designers Competition 2020-21 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

  • Entrants must be no older than 19 years of age by the entry date of 5th January 2021
  • 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 KLC 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

  • Please clearly label all items submitted with your name, age and state ‘I can confirm that all work submitted is my own original work.’
  • 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 5 January 2021.  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

  • KLC Ltd and Grand Designs has your permission to use, reproduce, publish, display, transmit, copy, amend, store, your entry worldwide for such promotional purposes and for the purposes of the Competition

  • 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 data 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.