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Online BA (Hons) Interior Design

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Course duration: 5 years part time (15 terms)
School: KLC School of Design
Location: Online
Scholarships and bursaries: See available funding

Study for a degree in Interior Design online with our award-winning course. Learn from industry insiders and get graduate ready for a career in interior design. This structured online course has been developed for students who can't commit to full-time study or wish to work alongside gaining a professional qualification.

Designed to nurture, develop and equip you with a broad range of interior design skills and professional practice, you'll learn to collaborate with tutors and peers on exciting projects made possible by KLC School of Design's extensive industry and community links.

As the course progresses, you'll gain self-confidence and develop a real sense that design is a tool for social change and ethical innovation. Upon graduating, you'll be industry-ready for commercial and residential design with support from KLC School of Design successful careers team.

Course structure

Our structured online BA (Hons) course in Interior Design commences each September. The course comprises of 15 terms of 12 weeks each, with generous breaks in-between each term.

Study time/coursework requires a minimum of 20 hours per week.

The online modules are exactly the same as onsite, but due to the course being delivered part-time, the timing of the delivery is different to that of the full-time onsite course.

Induction courses will be provided for all challenging new systems and interfaces including use of the online/onsite library facilities, the VLE, conferencing systems and all software programmes covered in the level 4 Digital Tools module (IDD 4.6), level 5 Technical Communication module (IDD 5.5), and the level 6 Construction, Technology and the Environment module (IDD 6.2).

As part of level 4 studies, you will be required to initiate a Personal Development Plan (PDP) that will be regularly reviewed and updated, and continued through Level 5 and Level 6 studies in order to encourage you to be an independent learner.

Learning is supported by the following learning and teaching activities: 
• Field trips and site visits (where possible recorded for online students)
• Onsite/online lectures/workshops
• Onsite/online seminars (peer- / tutor-led)
• Group and team work
• Individual / group tutorials
• Pin-ups and discussion of work in progress
• Critiques and reviews
• External speakers and specialist talks
• Projects
• Debate
• Presentations / portfolio review
• Critiques and reviews
• Independent learning and self-directed study

Course units

Term One

Design Project 1 - Pavillion Design (understanding space and form)
Reflective Report 1 - Building research report

The BA Degree starts with the fundamental aspects of interior design training, with students exploring how to research design, draw inspiration from their surroundings and record their ideas within their sketchbooks. During live webinars, students investigate how to use various research techniques and live peer feedback to one another. Through pre-recorded lessons, they cover more theoretical topics such as reflective writing, research and analysis. They explore practical subjects on a scale, surveying a space, sketching and model making. Design development, channelling creativity and design principles, such as ergonomics and anthropometrics, are covered as part of the design process before students learn how to draft floor plans, sections and elevations.

Term Two

Design Project 2 - Container Living

Students focus strongly on visual communication and presentation skills this term, with technical drawing skills advancing to sketch one and two-point perspective drawings. Whilst they continue developing freehand sketching skills, new topics include hand colour rendering. Lectures on digital finishes and furnishings are also taught this term, which leads to a peer feedback webinar session. The completion of the second residential project sees the introduction of lessons and a webinar on how to use the computer software SketchUp.

Term Three

Assessed Debate - Live Online Debate in Contemporary Interior Design Practice
Group Research Project - ‘Design Evolution and Trends’ Reference Book
Contextual Essay 1 - Historical Essay

Focusing on the history of interior design, this term starts with students working in groups in preparation for a live online debate on Contemporary Interior Design Practices. Following the debate, a series of lectures and webinars assist students in their journey through design evolution from 1660 to the modern day. This term, students can look forward to the introduction of Professional Practice and the critical skills they will need to develop as practising Interior Designers, such as design fees, invoices, contracts and estimating quantities.

Term Four

Design Project 3 - Medium Residential Design (focusing on kitchen and bathroom design and planning)

Practical knowledge continues to develop this term as students are introduced to kitchen and bathroom design, colour theory and lighting. These core skills are applied within the third residential design project, which also aims to enhance students’ sourcing skills before they receive lessons on material presentation techniques. This term sees the introduction of the design software Photoshop which enhances students’ digital rendering skills. Live webinars include the Power of Branding, Creative Bathroom and Kitchen Planning, and a Sample Board critique.

Term Five

Design Project 4 - Residential / Commercial (complex design and planning)

The final term of Level 4 sees the introduction of AutoCAD software, which aims to develop new computer skills alongside SketchUp and Photoshop, to generate slick technical drawings and visuals. As part of their project, students cross over from residential design to commercial, aiming at challenging existing skills and pushing their creativity. Through lectures and webinars, students explore lighting design at a higher level and are introduced to a conceptual approach to developing their spatial strategies. Further insight into graphic design enhances students’ presentations and their project brochure/portfolio submitted at the end of the term.

Level Five- Term Six

Design Project 5 - Conceptual Exhibition/Pop-Up Design

The second half of the course opens with teaching on advanced traffic flow and site analysis within a commercial environment, as well as advanced conceptual development, which leads into the fifth design project for an exhibition or pop-up space design. Students will learn about building regulations and construction alongside the process of realising their concepts into designs.

Term Seven

Research Project - Textiles Research & Application
Design Project 6 - Detailed Working Drawings
Contextual Essay 2 - Materials Report

This term focuses solely on materials in the design industry – introducing students to detailed materials-based research and their specialised use within interiors, including wood, stone, textiles, man-made materials, new materials and contemporary processes. Projects this term will focus on product design using different materials and advanced detailed technical drawing and sketching skills. Students also explore issues around sustainability and the responsibility of designers, and they are introduced to InDesign, which helps advance their presentation and graphic skills.

Term Eight

Design Project 7 - Large Commercial Project

Teaching on commercial design is the sole focus for this term, with lectures on current trends and commercial design imperatives, as well as important legislation, regulations and environmental policies relating to commercial design. Students will examine design vs function, accessibility and inclusive design alongside specialist design for bars, hotels, retail spaces and offices. Lighting skills are revisited from a commercial perspective, and new software EstiPC is introduced. The live project leads to working with structural engineers and contractors and project coordination skills.

Term Nine

Design Project 7 - Group Project
Design Project 8 - Final Major Project

The group projects at KLC always have a social focus, working with the Design Changes Lives Foundation to contribute to some community development. This will involve analysing complex interior spaces, looking at specialised areas of design interest, developing research summaries & rationales and presenting professional documentation. Working within a design team helps students to develop their interpersonal skills and learn about professional practice within a design team.

Term Ten

Design Project 8 - Final Major Project (continued)

Finishing the course with additional professional skills for the industry, students will look at developing design ideas into a professional dossier, advanced visual communication of a project, advanced budgeting and creating a professional portfolio of work. Understanding business skills such as marketing for interior designers and setting up your studio are also included. At the end of the BA Degree course, the KLC Careers Service also offers 121 sessions for portfolio and CV advice, internships and interviews.

Level Six - Terms Eleven and Twelve

Design Project 9 - Commercial Design
Dissertation - 5,000 Word Historical and Critical Dissertation
Report 1 - Professional Practice & Business Administration
Report 2 - Construction, Technology and Environment

The course begins with a refresher on using essential software and communication techniques in interior design.  Lectures and workshops on professional practice and construction techniques provide insight into working as a designer.  The first term also covers topics designing for business, advanced space planning, sustainability and environmental concerns for the design industry. Projects and exercises are designed to challenge students’ creative thinking and mode of communication. The first design project will also feature Revit instruction, the newest drawing package utilised within the design industry. This design software package will enable the students to model their design proposals three-dimensionally and will assist them in producing relevant working drawing packages.  By gaining competency with Revit in the first design project, students can advance their skills through practice in their final design project.

Terms Thirteen and Fourteen

Design Project 10 - Commercial design
Dissertation/Reports - (continued)

To develop students’ knowledge of the opportunities in this industry, lectures and seminars will be devoted to various professions utilising interior design skills and how to complete compelling and competitive CVs and Portfolios.  The absorbing and challenging design project in terms three, four, and five will be about social change, visualising how the design of a space can make a genuine difference.  Design challenges will increase students’ skills, during which design solutions will evolve by demonstrating high levels of design literacy and critical thinking.   Students will present work professionally through sketches, diagrams, visuals, drawings etc., using creative techniques coherent with the design proposal.

Term Fifteen

Design Project 11 - Commercial design (continued)

Alongside the continuation and completion of their final sizeable commercial project, the Careers Service offers CV and portfolio advice with access to the KLC Online Jobs Board. The course culminates in a final, celebratory online Exhibition which will be live on the KLC website for 11 months.

Contact hours

The commitment to a minimum of 20 hours per week of study time

Entry requirements

The standard entry requirements for this course are as follows:

  • 5 GCSEs at grade C or above
  • A-Levels: UCAS tariff: CCC (96 UCAS tariff points) or equivalent
  • or BTEC: National Diploma: MMM (112-96 points)

No prior art and design experience is required. 

We can also accept applications from mature students who do not hold the above qualifications but have sufficient prior learning experience. In this instance, the School will review any short courses, internships or work experience undertaken.

English language requirements

  • IELTS score of 6.5

Work placements & careers

Our extensive links with designers, suppliers, manufacturers, specialists and professionals within the interior design and garden design industries allow us to offer our students unmatched opportunities to work on live design projects, work shadowing and employment opportunities.

As part of our commitment to offering industry-ready qualifications, our students are offered guidance on CV preparation, portfolio presentation, professional practice and upon graduation; our careers service also helps graduates find internships, job placements and freelance appointments utilising our jobs board. 

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Course tutors

Kirstie Pringle BSc

Kirstie Pringle is a subject tutor on the BA(online) degree programme at the School of Design. She has taught at KLC for a number of years having studied at the school herself in 2012.

Francesco Savini BA (Hons) MA

Italian designer and architect Francesco Savini come from the School of Architecture of I-U-A-V in Venice. The influences of classicism and from arts reflects in all the work produced in his career.

Aarti Popat BA Online Interior Design Tutor at West Dean

Aarti Popat

A lecturer and subject tutor on the BA (Hons) Interior Design Online course, Aarti draws on her extensive industry experience to guide aspiring designers in their career and business journey.

KLC School of Design at West Dean

KLC School of Design

Our KLC School of Design offers industry-leading interior design degrees and garden design courses with unrivalled teaching, flexible learning and ongoing career support

KLC School of Design

Fees & funding

Course fees are the same for UK and international students

  • £7,650 per level (paid approximately every 18 months)
    The Online BA (Hons) Interior Design course is comprised of three levels: Levels 4, 5 and 6)

We may routinely increase our course fees from year to year for one-year courses and may review and change such course fees without notice.

If you are a UK/EU student you may be eligible to apply for a Student Loan (tuition fees and/or maintenance loans). More information can be found on the Student Finance website here

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Reasons to apply

How to apply

Entry onto this course is by interview only. Home, EU and International applicants may apply directly. 

Applications for this course can be made by submitting a completed application form and emailing it to [email protected].

Students need to prepare a digital portfolio to evidence their experience and their interest in the area of design they have chosen. If applicants cannot provide a portfolio, we will ask you to complete a creative exercise to assess suitability for this programme.

Computer-aided design is a vital part of this course; therefore, applicants must be computer literate and able to confidently use their personal laptop.

How to create a portfolio

Do you need help creating a portfolio to apply for one of our Interior Design courses? Read our portfolio advice to learn about the general requirements, what we look for in a good portfolio, and what it should reflect.

Any questions?
Email [email protected]; call us on: (01243) 818 300 and select option 1.



Aarti Popat BA Online Interior Design Tutor at West Dean

Aarti Popat

A lecturer and subject tutor on the BA (Hons) Interior Design Online course, Aarti draws on her extensive industry experience to guide aspiring designers in their career and business journey.