Industry-recognised flexible self-study course with cutting-edge online learning materials, CAD Software and dedicated tutor support. It is perfect for anybody who wants to gain a professional qualification and have the flexibility to fit their studies around work, family or other commitments. You can start at any time of the year, work at your own pace and study from anywhere in the world!
Our online Certificate Interior Design course is accessible on all your devices 24/7 via KLC's bespoke virtual learning environment (VLE). Through this online web portal, students have constant access to dynamic course materials developed by industry experts. Broken down into four sections, the course layout is clear and easy to use with practical step by step instructions.
Students have a wealth of resources including video demonstrations, narrated presentations with subtitles and self-assessed quizzes to check their progress as they learn.
This course is all about developing an existing space. It is surface design. It is object curation. It is styling for the myriad of human senses both physical and emotional.
You will develop your creativity and learn drawing techniques to confidently communicate your ideas to clients. Business development, idea generation and sourcing skills are gained alongside an understanding of colour, lighting and textiles.
Exciting projects with a focus on residential interior design provide you with an opportunity to put all that you have learnt into practice to build up an impressive portfolio of work, which showcases your potential to prospective employers.
Projects and Assignments
Research Project 1 - Textiles, Research and Applications
Design Project 1 - Residential bedroom
Design Project 2 - Residential bathroom
Research Project 2 - Evolution of Style
Design Project 3 - Residential kitchen, dining and living space
Taking the brief, research and conceptual work | Design analysis
and development | Design implementation and evaluation
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 | Upholstery | Window treatments |
Accessories, art and antiques | Styling
Decorative Schemesand 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 the principles of design to include scale, proportion,
ergonomics and space planning | Introduction to lighting | Building
construction | Kitchen and bathroom design
Drawing from survey notes | Drawing plans, elevations, sections
and furniture layouts | Drawing lighting plans | Graphics |
Freehand sketching | Visual presentation skills to include concept,
presentation and sample boards | Rendering techniques | AutoCAD
(videos are provided)
Evolution of Style
French and English interior styles from the 17th to early 21st
Century | Influential interior designers and decorators
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
Introduction to environmental issues and sustainability | Introduction to
design trends | Visits to showrooms and museums | Inspirational talks
To fit in with your commitments - e.g. 10 hours of study per week to complete the course in 15 months
English Language Recommendation
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.
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 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.
Ina Parker, BA hons, PgCert is our Interior Design Tutor.
Jason Healey,BSc, MA is our Course Manager - Open Learning
Nicola Burt is our interior design tutor in the Open Learning department at 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
Course fees are the same for UK and international students
An Instalment Plan is available for this course
The course fee for the online Certificate course includes all the study materials, project and assignment work, and all distance learning tuition, including the telephone helpline, email advice and assessment of coursework and student membership of the BIID.
However, students should make an allowance for the following:
To enrol onto the course, simply call our Registrars who will take your details and discuss payment. The number is 020 7376 3377, select Option 3. Alternatively, you can email them on [email protected].
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