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Certificate Residential Interior Design

KLC School of Design

Certificate , Interior Design

Course Description

This tried and tested vocational course is taught by a team of professionally trained interior designers with extensive industry experience between them and many of whom studied at KLC in the past. So, they know where you are at now, where you need to get to and how to get you there.

KLC has always been at the forefront of innovating teaching methods and using the latest technologies to improve the student learning experience. In December 2017, this strategy was recognised officially when KLC won two accolades at the inaugural 2017 Independent Higher Education Awards for ‘Breakthrough in Course Design and Delivery’ and 'Innovation in Digital Teaching and Learning’.

Tailored to help students develop their personal creativity and encourage them to start thinking like an interior designer, this five day a week 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.

This tried and tested vocational course is taught by a team of professionally trained interior designers with extensive industry experience between them and many of whom studied at KLC in the past. So, they know where you are at now, where you need to get to and how to get you there. KLC has always been at the forefront of innovating teaching methods and using...

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Course Content

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
  • Upholstery
  • Window treatments
  • Accessories, art and antiques
  • Styling.

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
  • Graphics
  • Freehand sketching
  • Introduction to EstiPC / EstiMac
  • Visual presentation skills to include concept, presentation and sample boards
  • Rendering techniques
  • SketchUp
  • Vectorworks. 

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.

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...

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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

IELTS score of 6.5

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

IELTS score of 6.5