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With KLC’s new award-winning, state-of-the-art virtual learning environment, gaining an interior design degree online has now become a reality. Students from all over the UK, and the world can now take advantage of the industry-recommended design training which KLC offers, without having to move to London! Students are divided into time zone groups for ease of communication and can look forward to regular contact with their tutors.

Skills are taught through pre-recorded video lectures, lesson notes are uploaded weekly and each group enjoys a fortnightly live webinar, which brings everyone together for a chat and a debate about design! The online ‘Coffee Shop’ forums also give students a space to collaborate, ask questions and share ideas. Balancing your commitments and your study time has never been so simple, with this flexible, affordable route to a degree.

The beauty of this flexible course is the opportunity it gives students to manage existing work and family commitments, while embarking on a creative journey towards their new career in interior design.

What excites me the most is the enjoyment students take from collaborating online: structured, timetabled and inspiring activities, small group sizes and live interaction make the course fun, with peer support and engagement being what students themselves say is best about this course.

After all, online learning and teaching is the future of education and KLC’s Online Foundation Degree is leading the way! 
Course Leader, Marianna Velissaropoulou

As the course progresses, the project work moves from residential design to more complex commercial designs and work is submitted and assessed mostly via KLC’s state of the art Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) in conjunction with some physical submission of work.

Students are able to take the fourth and fifth year to achieve the BA (Hons) qualification which is a great way to expand your critical thinking and commercial career opportunities.

KLC aims for all students to enter practice and truly understand the working process. They won’t feel like there’s anything they’ve not tackled, even going to building sites and dealing with electricians and plumbers. You will be prepared both academically and practically to enter the workplace as soon as you graduate.

With KLC’s new award-winning, state-of-the-art virtual learning environment, gaining an interior design degree online has now become a reality. Students from all over the UK, and the world can now take advantage of the industry-recommended design training which KLC offers, without having to move to London! Students are divided into time zone groups for ease of communication and can look...

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Course Content

Term One

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

The Foundation 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 people use spaces and explore living rituals to understand spatial planning for interior design. Through pre-recorded lessons they cover more theoretical topics such as reflective writing, research and analysis, and they explore practical subjects on scale, surveying a space and model making. Design development, channeling creativity, zoning and design principles, such as ergonomics and anthropometrics, are covered as part of the design process, before students learn how to draft floor plans.

Term Two

Design Project 1 - Small Residential Design (continued)

Students focus strongly on visual communication and presentation skills this term, with technical drawing skills advancing to drafting sections and elevations, in addition to one and two point perspective drawings. Whilst they continue developing freehand sketching skills, new topics covered include inking and hand colour rendering. Lectures on digital furniture boards are also taught this term, which lead to a furniture board peer feedback webinar session. The completion of the first residential project sees the introduction of detailed lessons and a webinar on how to use the computer software SketchUp.

Term Three

Assessed Debate - Live Online Debate in Contemporary Interior Design Practice
Research Project 1 - ‘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 the evolution of design from 1660 to the modern day. This term students can look forward to the introduction of Professional Practice and the key skills they will need to develop as practising Interior Designers, such as design fees, invoices, contracts and estimating quantities.

Term Four

Design Project 2 - 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, as well as colour theory and lighting. These core skills are applied within the second residential design project, which aims to also enhance students’ sourcing skills, before they receive lessons on material presentation techniques. This term sees the introduction of the design software Photoshop that enhances students’ rendering skills. Live webinars include the Power of Branding, Creative Bathroom and Kitchen Planning, as well as a Sample Board critique.

Term Five

Design Project 3 - 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 begin to cross over from residential design to commercial, aiming at challenging existing skills and pushing their creativity. Through a series of lectures and webinars, students explore lighting design at a higher level and are introduced into a conceptual approach in terms of developing their spatial strategies. Further insight into graphic design enhances students’ presentations, as well as their project brochure / portfolio submitted at the end of the term.

Level Five

Term Six

Design Project 4 - Conceptual Exhibition/Pop-Up Design

The second half of the course opens with teaching on advanced traffic flow & site analysis within a commercial environment, as well as advanced conceptual development which leads into the fourth design project for an exhibition or pop-up space design. Students will learn about building & construction, structural technologies alongside an introduction to basic engineering.

Term Seven

Research Project 2 - Textiles Research & Application
Design Project 5 - Detailed Working Drawings
Contextual Essay 2 - Materials Report

This term focuses solely on the use of materials in the design industry – introducing students to detailed materials-based research and their specialised usage 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 necessitate advanced detailed technical drawing and sketching skill, as well as basic InDesign. Students also explore issues around sustainability and the responsibility of designers.

Term Eight

Design Project 6 - Live 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 on to working with structural engineers and contractors, as well as 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 kind of 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 further 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 of business skills such as marketing for interior designers and setting up your own studio are also included. At the end of the Foundation Degree course, the KLC Careers Service also offers 121 sessions for portfolio and CV advice, internships and interviews.

Term One Design Project 1 - Small Residential Design (understanding space and form) Reflective Report 1 - Building research report The Foundation Degree starts with the fundamental aspects of interior design training, with students exploring how to research design, draw inspiration from their surroundings...

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Entry Requirements

The standard entry requirements for this course are as follows:

  • 5 GCSE’s 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 previous 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 (www.ielts.org).

The standard entry requirements for this course are as follows: 5 GCSE’s 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 previous art and design experience is required.  We can also...

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