Learn the essentials of residential interior design, style, and sourcing and advance your career in the world of interior design on this part-time industry-respected certificate course.
This part time, one-year course is the perfect option for those with busy life commitments who want to become a professional residential interior designers in an immersive, but flexible way. Tailored to help students develop their personal creativity and encourage them to start thinking like an interior designer, this part-time course is a great 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 a number of 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.
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.
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
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
Drawing from survey notes
Drawing plans, elevations, sections, furniture layouts and lighting plans
Introduction to EstiPC / EstiMac
Visual presentation skills to include concept, presentation and sample boards
AutoCAD (taught on PC)
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
Contracts and insurance requirements
Working in the industry and introduction to BIID
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.
Part Time, 2 days a week (10.00am - 4.00pm). Monday & Tuesday (September start), plus a minimum of 5 hours of self-directed study per week is required to complete the course. During projects, many students voluntarily spend more than the minimum.
This course has half-term breaks for each of the three terms: 2 weeks for Autumn Term, and then 1 week each for Spring and Summer Terms.
The standard entry requirements for this course are as follows:
English Language Requirements
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.
Edith Morgans, BMus is our Course Manager for Certificate of Residential Interior Design.
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.
Sarah Berry, Dip ISD is our Certificate Tutor.
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.
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.
Rita Pohoomal, BA(Hons) , PsychD,MUKCP is our Senior Course Tutor FT Certificate.
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.
Fiona Bell is an interior design tutor with fifteen years of experience in the industry. She trained at the KLC School of Design in London and has worked for several interior design consultancies as well as running her own company. She teaches the Certificate course at KLC, specialising in residential 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
Applications for this course can be made by submitting a completed application form and emailing it to [email protected].
Entry onto the course is by interview only. To prepare for your interview, you will be asked to complete the following:
Computer-aided design is a key part of this course; therefore applicants must be computer literate and able to confidently use their personal laptop.
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