Certificate in Residential Interior Design - Full time

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Certificate in Residential Interior Design - Full time

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Course duration: 11 Weeks - September or January intake (continuous - no half-term break)
School: KLC School of Design
Location: London

Our full time Certificate in Residential Interior Design provides the perfect opportunity to dive headfirst into the world of residential interior design. You don't need any art and design experience, just a passion and desire to work in the residential interior design industry. This tried and tested vocational course is taught by a team of professionally trained interior designers with extensive industry experience between them and all of whom studied at KLC School of Design in the past. So, they know where you are now, where you need to get to and how to get you there.

Use your skills to become a professional interior designer in just 11 weeks by learning all the fundamentals of residential interior design, styling and sourcing in this industry-respected course.

Course structure

Tailored to help students develop their creativity and encourage them to start thinking like an interior designer, this five day a week course is an excellent option for those looking to fast track their route to employment. Alongside engaging and carefully formulated lectures and workshops, the course is enhanced with regular inspirational talks from leading designers and industry experts as well as showroom visits and trips to the V&A.

In between easy-to-follow inspirational lessons and fundamental skills workshops, students undertake several learning research projects and sourcing assignments in the first half of the course. This gives them a good foundation of knowledge as they work towards commencing their first concept design project where they have an opportunity to put skills learned into practice.  The course then culminates in an exciting final live project where students are able to work with an actual client, pitching their design exactly as they would in a real-life job.

Students will leave the course ready to work in the residential interior design industry with all the key decorative and technical skills to design, style and source for kitchens, bathrooms living and sleeping areas of the home.  Others may wish to combine previous knowledge and workplace experience with their new skills to open up exciting entrepreneurial opportunities.

Course units

Projects and Assignments

Design Project 1 - Residential bedroom and bathroom

Design Project 2 - Residential kitchen, dining and living space  

Research Project 1 - Evolution of Style project and test 

Research Project 2 - Sourcing Assignments x3.


Design Process

Taking the brief, research and conceptual work
Design analysis and development
Design implementation and evaluation
Writing a professional design statement

Colour, Texture and Styling
Theory and psychology of colour
Suitability, composition and application of textiles and trimmings, wall and floor coverings and materials and finishes
Window treatments
Accessories, art and antiques

Decorative Schemes and Sourcing
Putting together a successful decorative scheme, incorporating patterned and plain fabrics, paint finishes and wallpaper
Sourcing furniture and accessories for a given brief
Sourcing from different trade suppliers
Writing a professional design statement

Introduction to Technical Understanding
Introduction to the principles of design to include scale, proportion, ergonomics and space planning
Introduction to lighting
Introduction to building construction
Introduction to kitchen and bathroom design. 

Communication Skills
Drawing from survey notes
Drawing plans, elevations, sections, furniture layouts and lighting plans
Freehand sketching
Introduction to EstiPC / EstiMac
Visual presentation skills to include concept, presentation and sample boards
Rendering techniques
AutoCAD (is taught on PCs). 

Evolution of Style
French and English interior styles from the 17th to early 21st Century
Influential interior designers and decorators

Professional Practice
Specifying, ordering, estimating and invoicing
Record keeping and business administration
Preparation of fee proposals
Setting up trade accounts and the use of trade showrooms
Time management and working to budget
Planning permissions
Contracts and insurance requirements
Working in the industry and introduction to BIID
Portfolio preparation
Advice on finding work in 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. 

Contact hours

11 Weeks - September  or January intake (continuous - no half-term break)

Monday – Friday, 10.00–16.00
A minimum of 9 hours of self-directed study per week is required to complete the course. 

Entry requirements

The standard entry requirements for this course are as follows:

  • No previous art and design experience is required
  • Applicants must be 18 or over

English Language Requirements

  • Good command of written and spoken English is required for all applicants
  • If you reside in the UK, but English is not your first language, you may be asked to undertake an approved English language test

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

Edith Morgans Bmus

Edith Morgans, BMus is our Course Manager for Certificate of Residential Interior Design.

Ally Wates DipAD

Ally Wates originally trained as a theatre designer, moving into decorating and then attending KLC as a Diploma student. Ally is our Certificate Course Leader at KLC School of Design.

Daniela Cava BA(Hons) PGCertHE FHEA

Daniela La Cava, BA(Hons) PGCertHE FHEA is our course tutor who is an experienced Interior Designer, holding a First Class BA Honours in Interior Design.

Natalie Arnold

Natalie Arnold is a multi-faceted artist, illustrator and designer. After graduating with a degree in Interior Architecture BA (Hons), she worked in the commercial design industry while continuing to practice her fine art.

Ariela Cassinelli BA Arch MSc.Arch

Ariela Cassinelli is our Subject Lead Interior Design at KLC School of Design with 13 years of practical experience working in London, Miami, Lima and Tel Aviv.

Jelena Radelj, interior design tutor

Jelena Radelj

Jelena Radelj  is a trained Architect and Interior Designer with 22 years of experience working in London, Milan and Zagreb. Jelena has five years of teaching experience as a supporting Interior Design Tutor at KLC School of Design.

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Fees & funding

Course fees are the same for UK and international students

  • £10,475

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.

How to apply

Entry onto the course is by interview only. Applications for this course can be made by submitting a completed application form and emailing it to [email protected].

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

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

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