KLC School of Design

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Brighton

Diploma HE Interior Design

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Course summary

The Diploma of Higher Education in Interior Design is a specialised vocational qualification, designed to make its students highly employable and industry-ready interior designers in just one year. This is a highly intensive course packed with extensive practical study time, a constant direction from tutors, and enhanced contact with career staff and industry experts. Favoured by career changers, this rigorous programme - covering residential, commercial and hospitality design, equips students with an array of creative, professional and in-depth technical skills, which enable them to gain employment as interior designers in leading design practices. The Diploma Course at KLC is an intensive, transformative experience, filled with all the knowledge needed to step into a career in interior design. The subjects covered within the course combine both theory and practice. Diploma students are required to attend KLC studios on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, from 10am until 4pm. Wednesdays and Thursdays are designated to tutor-directed and supported study offsite. From sketching to the latest CAD software, at KLC we utilise the full range of teaching methods. The course is underpinned by the KLC Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) where lectures and learning material can be accessed 24/7. As with all of our full time courses, unrivalled levels of tutor interaction are available; we always ensure that the number of tutors working with their groups is adequate to provide full support on a daily basis. The DipHE is designed to emulate what is like to work in a real interior design studio. The course includes live industry projects (residential, commercial and hospitality), working alongside fellow students, guided visits to showrooms, sourcing fabrics and materials and attending industry panel discussions. Diploma students often have the opportunity to enter exclusive design competitions. For instance, we often receive a brief from mental health charity Place2Be at the start of Children’s Mental Health Week. KLC also won two accolades (out of an available six) at the 2017 Independent Higher Education Awards for ‘Breakthrough in Course Design and Delivery’ and ‘Innovation in Digital Teaching and Learning’. KLC also won two accolades (out of an available six) at the 2017 Independent Higher Education Awards for ‘Breakthrough in Course Design and Delivery’ and ‘Innovation in Digital Teaching and Learning’. The culmination of the course is the Graduate Show attended by prospective employers, industry contacts, families and friends. On Graduation day, many of the awards are judged and presented by leading designers and industry members. This gives students further opportunities to enhance their CVs.

Course details


Term One Research Project 1* - Textiles, Research & Application Research Project 2* - Evolution of Style Foundation Forum - Core skills Design Project 1 - Residential Design You are introduced to life at KLC and your 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 your introduction to computer-aided design (CAD) software, including InDesign, EstiPC and AutoCAD. The groundwork is laid for the forthcoming year by familiarising you 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 you and give you insight into specific fields of design, such as textiles, bathroom design and sustainability. Term Two Design Project 2 - Conceptual Design Design Project 3 - Detailed Design Contextual Essay* - Evolution of Style This term moves on to focus on more specialist subjects, including lighting design, with industry experts introducing you 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 Project Design Project 5 - Final Project (Residential / Commercial Hospitality) You round off your course with two large projects – 1) A live, socially focused group project, in conjunction with the KLC Design Changes Lives Foundation, and 2) A final major project of their choice which will form the basis of your exhibition display. There is a strong focus on commercial and residential 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 one-to-one 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. However, our specially developed Virtual Work Experience alternative is available.

Assessment method

LO1. Evaluate and synthesise information and apply design methodologies in an original and creative way to a defined programme of work. LO2. Explore ways in which design histories and theories, together with cultural, contemporary, physical, commercial and social context, can influence and be applied to design projects. LO3. Apply research techniques and a depth of knowledge across areas of interior design to current research or theory-based design proposals.

How to apply

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Chelsea Harbour - London
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

The standard entry requirements for this course are as follows: Previous degree (in any subject) No previous art and design experience is required. We can also accept applications from mature students who do not hold the above qualifications but have achieved sufficient prior learning experience. In this instance, the School will review any short courses, internships or work experience undertaken.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £26970 Whole course
International £26970 Whole course
England £26970 Whole course
Northern Ireland £26970 Whole course
Scotland £26970 Whole course
Wales £26970 Whole course

Additional fee information

Approximately £800 for materials, consumables, books, printing, software licences and travel
Diploma HE Interior Design at KLC School of Design - UCAS