KLC School of Design


KLC Welcomes International Students

London is the design hub of the world right now, with a rich mix of contrasting historic and cutting edge buildings and interiors – a vibrant and inspirational location to study interior design.

KLC is a unique, industry led centre of educational excellence with a long established reputation for providing innovative, career-focused interior design tuition. Based in the heart of London’s interior design industry at the leading Design Centre in Europe at Chelsea Harbour, the college has a long history of welcoming international students from all over the world.

KLC is a Tier 4 approved education provider with Highly Trusted Sponsor status and our admissions, welfare, teaching and career teams will support you from the first point of contact to your graduation and beyond. We will assist you with the visa process, help you to settle in and do everything possible to make you feel confident and secure. Our diverse groups of students forge lifelong interests and friendships and there is a real sense of community at the college. There is a range of flexible and accessible design courses to choose from to suit all levels of interest and the college has an outstanding reputation for the quality of tutor support and individual attention and a high rate of graduate success through both onsite and online learning. The exceptional interaction with industry contacts built up over many years ensures that course content is dynamic, environmentally aware and up to date and courses feature inspirational use of technology and wide use of digital software.

The Diploma Interior Design (which can be studied full time or via blended learning) Interior Design courses are validated by the University of Brighton.

The University of Brighton has long been established as a centre of excellence for art and design and KLC is very proud of the association.

These awards are clearly benchmarked against the QAA Framework for Higher Education Qualifications and the international recognition increases employment opportunities for KLC graduates worldwide.

KLC School of Design has undergone a review for educational oversight by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). KLC received the following judgements from QAA:

  • The team has confidence in the College's management of academic standards for which it is responsible
  • It has confidence in the College's management and enhancement of the quality of learning opportunities
  • Reliance can be placed on the accuracy and completeness of the information that the College is responsible for publishing about itself and the programmes it delivers.
This school offers programs in:
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Full Time Diploma Interior Design

Campus Full time 1 year January 2017 United Kingdom London

The Full Time Diploma course is intensive design training for passionate career changers looking to enter the industry. [+]

This yearlong course will challenge and inspire students to strive for new levels of design excellence, as they work through a series of residential and commercial projects. Inspirational lectures, practical workshops, site visits and visiting industry professionals all combine to form a course which is both industry relevant and professionally respected; meaning students graduate with the skills and confidence to gain employment or to go on to further higher education level studies, such as the BA (Hons) Interior Design Top Up. Term One Research Project 1 - Textiles, Research & Application Research Project 2 - Evolution of Style Contextual Essay - Evolution of Style Design Project 1 - Residential Design Students are introduced to life at KLC and their studio learning environment through a series of fun, interactive workshops and lectures on the design process, creativity and concepts and trends. There is detailed teaching of new visual communication skills, such as sketching, technical drawing and rendering, and computer aided design (CAD) software, including InDesign, EstiPC and AutoCAD. The groundwork is laid for the forthcoming year by familiarising students with core topics such as professional practice, critical thinking for design, the history of interior design and building construction and regulations. Industry guest lecturers are also interspersed throughout the term to inspire students and give them insight into specific fields of design, such as textiles, bathroom design and sustainability. Term Two Design Project 2 - Conceptual Design Design Project 3 - Product Design This term moves on to focus on more specialist subjects, including lighting design and product design, with industry experts introducing students to joinery, ceramics and upholstery, as well as an exploration of the use of technology within design. Visual communication skills are also improved upon with workshops on one and two point perspective sketching, and new computer aided design programmes, such as SketchUp and Photoshop, being introduced. An opportunity for integrated work experience is also available during the Easter break*. Term Three Design Project 4 - Group Commercial Project Design Project 5 - Large Self-directed Project (of students’ choice) Students round off their course with two large projects – a live, socially focused group project, in conjunction with the KLC Design Changes Lives Foundation, and a final major project of their choice which will form the basis of their exhibition display. There is a strong focus on commercial design, professional practice and industry regulations throughout these final projects, to ensure students are industry ready. This includes an introduction to a final CAD programme – Vectorworks. At the end of the Diploma course, the KLC Careers Service offers 121 sessions for portfolio and CV advice, internships and interviews. The year then culminates in a final Exhibition and Graduation ceremony, which is attended by designers and professionals from the interiors industry. *Unfortunately due to visa regulations, we are unable to offer work experience to international students on a Tier 4 visa. A Virtual Work Experience alternative is available. "The very high level and quality of teaching explains why the interior design industry take the school so seriously when looking to fill positions. I would recommend KLC to anyone seriously thinking about starting a career as an interior designer." Paul Langston, Alumni [-]

Foundation Year

Online Foundation Degree Interior Design

Online Part time 10 semesters

The Online Foundation Degree is ideal for those who want to achieve a validated qualification, but cannot commit to attending classes at school. Join an online community of design students and gradually build industry relevant skills at home! [+]

The project work moves from residential design to more complex commercial designs as the course progresses and work is submitted and assessed entirely via KLC’s state of the art Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Students can study from anywhere in the world, with webinar groups split into different time zones, everyone gets equal tutor access - no matter where they are nationally or internationally. The course is designed to foster creativity, originality, reflective practice and intellectual and personal development. The syllabus has been planned to nurture and develop individual potential and to ensure that students acquire the right skills for employment. Early work will include thinking for design, an introduction to academic writing and projects to help students understand the benefits of research in the design process In addition to gaining technical knowledge and skills and developing an understanding of interior design methods and processes, the aim will also be to encourage students to adopt an analytical approach and to develop their critical skills. The way in which design histories and theories together with cultural, environmental and social context can influence and be applied to a given situation will also be explored. Great emphasis is placed on design process from taking the client brief, site survey, design analysis, conceptual and design development through to implementation and the final evaluation of a project. Students are introduced to drawing conventions and learn how to produce 2D and 3D drawings, both by hand and CAD generated, and to master 3D visualisation techniques, scale models and other methods of visual presentation. The use of sketching, design developmental drawings and computing to generate 2D and 3D models are encouraged in the later projects and students also learn to produce detailed working drawings which are now a vital part of a designer's toolkit for bespoke areas of work. AutoCAD is used across a wide range of industries, by architects, project managers, engineers, designers, and other professionals. Skills and confidence in AutoCAD 2D are gained throughout the course. These software drawing skills are combined with learning competencies in SketchUp, InDesign and Photoshop. In keeping with the KLC practical approach, students are also introduced to the all-important practical elements of interior design. These include building construction, regulation and consents, services, audio-visual installations, accessibility and inclusive design. Great emphasis is placed on accessing creativity and aspects of the course particularly enjoyed by students include the effective application of colour and light, materials and finishes and consideration of design psychology. Design projects are based on a variety of realistic residential and commercial spaces such as restaurants, bars, hotels, spas, retail and listed buildings. The resultant presentational material will form a comprehensive design portfolio including examples of all the skills which students have acquired during the course. To support their project work students will explore strategies for successful communication with clients through visual, written and spoken means. The group project encourages team work, budgets, time management and formal board level presentations are included in this section of the course. The final design project requires students to work autonomously on a space and apply a full range of design skills acquired and showcase their knowledge of professional practice, technologies and current trends. "The way in which the course is structured is informative but enjoyable, and the videos and webinars make things feel more manageable." Jess Fuery, Student [-]


Full Time Certificate Interior Design

Campus Full time 12 weeks September 2017 United Kingdom London

The Full Time Certificate course is the perfect option for those wishing to train quickly for a reputable design qualification, in order to find employment within the residential sector of the industry. [+]

Focusing on all the relevant decorative and technical skills needed to design kitchens, bathrooms, living and sleeping areas within the home, this intensive twelve week course pushes students to develop their personal creativity, expand their design skillset and start to think like an interior designer. Alongside carefully formulated workshops and lectures, students can look forward to visiting guest speakers, museum and showroom visits and access to the renowned KLC Careers Service upon completion of the course. In line with KLC’s practical approach to design education, students undertake a total of three projects and two research documents during the twelve week course. This enables them to complete their qualification with a diverse body of work which then forms the basis of their professional portfolio. Certificate projects all have a residential focus, and increase in complexity as the course progresses - with students undertaking design briefs for bedroom, bathroom and kitchen/dining/living space projects, as well as research documents on ‘Evolution of Style’ and ‘Textiles Research & Application’. New design theory and techniques are introduced at relevant points within the course, allowing students to develop skills such as: •Freehand sketching •Perspective drawing •Colour rendering and inking •Technical drawing for plans, elevations and sections •Colour, pattern & texture •Accessories & styling •Lighting design •Spatial planning & ergonomics •Materials & finishes •CAD software - SketchUp & Vectorworks •Environment & sustainable design •Professional Practice - including industry regulations & standards Business administration and project management for design are also integrated into the course syllabus; ensuring students receive comprehensive and practical training which will be relevant for their subsequent entry into the industry. Please note that students cover the same content and receive the same qualification whether they take the full time or part time study option. "I never could imagine the amount I have learned in just twelve weeks. It was intense, hard work and amazing. I would recommend it to anyone looking to change career." Hianta Chenai, Alumni [-]


What makes KLC unqiue

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Location address
KLC School of Design
503 Design Centre East
Chelsea Harbour

London, England, GB