Course Overview

An intensive one year course, where you will learn interior spatial design and styling to give you the skills and experience to develop as a creative Interior Designer. Through practical projects, you will learn how to develop and create a concept for an interior from designing the space to styling it with colour, pattern and texture, visualizing your ideas using computer aided design and model-making. We will introduce you to design methods and technical skills, leading to 3-dimensional thinking and analysis. Projects will range from domestic, to commercial interiors in the local area. At the end of this course, many students progress onto the Higher National Certificate in Interior Architecture at KCC, a degree course in Architecture /Interior Design or employment.

What background and qualifications do you need to join?

If you are 16–18 on year of entry: You must have a BTEC First Diploma in Art and Design with at least M grade (predicted or achieved) or an AS level qualification in Art and Design with a C or above grade. English and Maths at Grade C or above is preferred but if you do not have these you will be studying them alongside your Interior Design course. You should bring to interview a portfolio of work and sketchbooks showing development of your ideas. If you are age 19 and above: You will need to bring examples of art and design work you have produced on previous art and design courses or independently. If you fall into the 19 and above age group and are unable to bring a comprehensive portfolio of work that meets the standard we require, you may still enquire about the course and you will be given a project that will enable us to place you on a course that is suitable for your ability. You must also complete a personal statement to support your reasons for applying. If you are applying online you may email this to a.rizvi@kcc.ac.uk . If you are submitting a paper application you should attach this to your application form. Please note this course is taught both using traditional and computer design techniques. Having a basic knowledge of technical drawing is also required.

What does the course lead to?

You will gain a BTEC National Diploma (120 Credits) which is the equivalent of 2 A-levels and will enable you to make a University application for BA(Hons) or FdA in subjects related to Interior Design or Interior Architecture. If you wish to try to find employment you will leave with a Portfolio of work with which to meet clients and employers.

Where will I study?

Kensington Centre

What are the facilities and equipment like?

A spacious Design Studio with up to date PC’s running 2015 Vectorworks (Industry standard).

How much will I need to study outside class?

You will need to commit to study outside the guided learning hours to successfully complete the course.

How is the course assessed?

The course is assessed based on completion of project work that covers the units specified by BTEC. You will be given a grade for your work as you progress and a final grade at the end of the course

Are any of the course materials on line?

Not at present

What books and equipment do I need?

You will need a basic kit of art equipment: pencils, pens, sketchbooks, inks, paint, USB storage device, portfolio etc.

What else do i need to buy? What extra costs are there?

It would be advantageous to have access to a computer capable of running student versions of Vectorworks and design software. You will also need to pay for printing and paper in certain classes.

What do I need on my first day?

Sketchbook, notebook, pencils, drawing pens Learner Agreement:

All students are admitted to the college on the basis they:

  • Agree to comply with the KCC student code of conduct
  • Provide original documentation that confirms their attainment of the specified entry qualifications e.g. examination board results slip or certificates
  • Meet the current course entry requirements as detailed on KCC course fact sheets and websites of examining bodies
  • Provide information so that a school or college reference can be obtained if you are between 16-19 years old
Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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This course is Campus based
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35 weeks
8,500 GBP
19 Plus £5421; Non-EU Fee £8500
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