Level 5 Diploma validated by the University of Brighton
Graduates of the Diploma can progress to the one year BA (Hons) Interior Design Course
2 years (plus 1 term) through a combination of courses at the school and Online Learning (a minimum of 15 hours study at home per week on average)
Workshops take place at Chelsea Harbour
The Blended Learning course starts in January and September and combines the structured programme of an onsite course with the flexibility of studying from home. It also provides an opportunity to achieve KLC's prestigious validated Diploma qualification in just over two years and still manage work and/or family commitments. Collaboration with fellow students is encouraged throughout the course and students meet with their class at KLC's studios and online on a regular basis throughout the seven terms. Each class graduates as a unit and, along with students from the full time Diploma courses, attend KLC's graduation ceremony which takes place each July.
The carefully constructed modular programme is built around a series of challenging and varied design projects with extensive tutorial support. Students are gradually introduced to new skills and information and the project work provides regular opportunities to put these into practice in order to build up confidence and ability as the course progresses. These projects will form the basis of a graduate portfolio of increasingly ambitious project work to demonstrate professional competence and the capacity to translate and resolve the needs and aspirations of a client.
The extensive range of industry links that the school has built up over the years play a key part in helping to ensure that course content is up to date and these contacts are frequently a source of exciting design projects for students to undertake during their course. A vital source of potential work shadowing, employment and internships these links also provide a source of lecturers and support tutors who play an important role in the delivery, teaching and learning experience of students overall.
The KLC Diploma Interior Design is recognised as providing students with the practical knowledge and skills combined with creativity and professionalism to gain entry to the interior design industry. KLC's Careers Service will work closely with individual students if required to help them make a successful transition from course to workplace. Students should be aware that it is becoming increasingly commonplace within the interior design industry for recent graduates to be offered an internship of one to three months before full employment is offered. Many Diploma graduates ultimately hope to run their own design practice but look to gain valuable experience as part of a design team on graduation. Typically, they opt for small or medium size studios where they can gain hands on experience across the board. Career workshops and assistance with CVs and portfolios are an integral part of the course. In addition individual career advice sessions can be provided and, with regular approaches from some of the leading design companies, it is often possible to put graduating students directly in touch with potential employers.
Students are encouraged to opt for work shadowing during their second year which is organised by the Careers Service through KLC's extensive range of contacts in the industry. The inclusion of a one year Student Membership of the BIID (British Institute of Interior Design) within the course fee, provides excellent networking and broader study opportunities.
The many successful graduates working in the industry attest to the effectiveness of the course which they attribute to the high levels of support from tutors, the majority of whom are professional interior designers, and KLC's practical approach that employers particularly appreciate. The recent validation process has served to further enhance the course and the resulting project work is increasingly well considered and creative.
No previous art or design experience is necessary. Normally the entry standard is a degree, but mature students with sufficient prior learning experience are also encouraged. Any non-degree holding students that are accepted onto this course will be required to attend the Diploma Preparatory Course.
Numbers are strictly limited and the first step is to arrange an interview the purpose of which is to provide applicants an opportunity to visit the school and learn about the course in detail and for the interviewer to assess the applicant's academic ability, motivation, performance under pressure and the reasons for undertaking the training. English language ability must also be competent and a minimum score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System www.ielts.org or its equivalent is required.
NOTE: The interview is the first step in the formal application process for KLC's career orientated courses. Before coming in applicants should check that they are able to study full time, have the funding available, are of sufficient age and have the required language ability. To arrange to come and see the school or to set up an interview for this course, please contact Admissions on 020 7376 3377 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Overseas applicants can arrange to have the interview by telephone although a follow up meeting prior to the course date and copies of relevant documentation will be required.
Students are required to have a PC laptop computer for this course (the minimum specification for computer equipment is regularly updated and is available from the Flexible Learning Department), and the Adobe Creative Suite. CAD software is provided free of charge as part of the course materials, and optional tuition in Photoshop and InDesign is also included. In order to participate in Photoshop and InDesign training, students will need to download these software packages. It is usually possible to download a free trial of software for these sessions (as long as they have not previously taken advantage of a free trial) however, to support ongoing professional needs, many students choose to purchase the Adobe Creative Suite as it is available at a considerable discount once they have enrolled.
Email is regularly used as a means of communication and because of the unique online support and teaching that is part of the Blended Learning course, students must have good everyday computer skills (for example, they should be able to confidently create, amend, save and distribute Microsoft Office documents and files, and use mouse or keyboard). For this reason, students must ensure that they are familiar with the general operation and use of computers before starting on the course. In order to create a consistent and more efficient learning experience for students, KLC has recently taken the decision to conduct all software training on our courses using the Windows based versions of the programs, therefore students on all courses must have a PC laptop running the Windows operating system.
The Interior Design Diploma is validated by the University of Brighton at Level 5. The validation process requires a rigorous quality assurance assessment of all aspects of the school and has also resulted in new teaching methods and innovative updates that have greatly benefited the Diploma course and enhanced the creativity and depth of student work. In addition the university validated Diploma is internationally recognised so graduates are in a strong position to find employment in the industry worldwide or to progress to further study with credit points that can be transferred.
A Diploma of the University of Brighton is a qualification that is specifically designated for vocational training courses and therefore fits appropriately with KLC's career focused courses. The course comprises 120 credits at Level 5 on the QAA HE Level Framework.
The University of Brighton has long been established as a centre of excellence for art and design studies - The School of Arts was established in 1859. The Faculty of Arts now foster and develop research within and across a wide range of disciplines. It is home to a number of significant collections and archives, including the design archives and a high percentage of their research in art and design has been classified as either "world leading" or "internationally excellent". KLC is proud to be associated with the University of Brighton.
Great emphasis is placed on design process from taking the client brief, site survey, design analysis, conceptual and design development through to implementation and the final evaluation of a project. Students learn how to produce 2D and 3D drawings, both by hand and CAD generated, and to master 3D visualisation techniques, scale models and other methods of visual presentation. The use of sketching, design developmental drawings and computing to generate 2D and 3D models are encouraged in the later projects and students also learn to produce detailed working drawings which are now a vital part of a designer's toolkit for bespoke areas of work.
Vectorworks is introduced into the syllabus at the end of the first term of the FT Diploma and at the end of the first year of BL Diploma. Skills and confidence in Vectorworks are gained throughout the rest of the course. The reason why Vectorworks is chosen over other software drawing packages is that it is easier to learn and quicker to gain competence to allow for greater focus on proficiency in technical drawing skills. The 3-5 day AutoCAD introduction at the end of the course seeks to actively draw parallels between Vectorworks and AutoCAD as a way to make progression between software packages more effective. In addition, students will be shown how to import AutoCAD files into VW, to amend drawings, and thereafter to export them back into AutoCAD. These software drawing skills are combined with learning competencies in SketchUp, InDesign and Photoshop.
Most employers seek Diploma graduates who have skills and experience in CAD drawing and rendering packages. They are happy to interview graduates who have competence in Vectorworks and have had an introduction to AutoCAD. Employers expect that Junior Design graduates will require further training and experience during their first few months. Diploma graduates who continue on to the BA (Hons) course will actively build upon their introduction to AutoCAD skills throughout the year and further their design software techniques by learning 3ds Max.
Students will explore areas such as design principles, theory and process, communication and presentation and the development and vocabulary of architecture. In keeping with the KLC practical approach, students are also made aware of the more practical elements of interior design. Subjects covered include lighting, plumbing, heating, air conditioning and drainage systems, multi-media installations, accessibility and inclusive design. They are also given an understanding of building construction and structural principles and made aware of building regulations and where planning permissions are applicable.
Great emphasis is placed on accessing creativity and aspects of the course particularly enjoyed include creative use of colour and light, textiles, materials and finishes, supported by psychological considerations. An overview of the development of international styles with particular focus on the history of English interior styles to include the work of iconic designers and architects of the 20th century and contemporary design, ensures that graduates are able to recognise key styles and also informs their own design development.
Consideration of environmental issues is regarded as a holistic part of the course and students are encouraged to factor this in to any design project. To support their project work students will explore strategies for effective communication with clients through visual, written and spoken means. The course is rooted in business reality and considerable emphasis is therefore placed on business skills through the study of professional practice which combined with the opportunity for work shadowing are key elements in the preparation of students for employment on graduation.
There are 5 major projects during the course, based on a variety of realistic residential and commercial spaces such as restaurants, bars, hotels, spas, retail and listed buildings. The resultant presentational material will form a comprehensive design portfolio including examples of all the skills which students have acquired during the course.
The group project encourages effective team work in a creative environment and budgets, time management and formal presentations are also include within the course. The final design project requires students to work autonomously on a space and apply a full range of design skills acquired; they will have to demonstrate their ability to plan, timetable and complete their own presentation, showcase their knowledge of current and emerging technologies and major design trends and demonstrate current thinking regarding key issues on professional design practice.
KLC is committed to providing dynamic, supportive and engaging specialist tuition in a professional inspiring environment that is both challenging and enjoyable. In order to encourage and enable innovation and cutting edge practice and to maintain and develop an exciting and current curriculum the majority of tutors and lecturers are professional interior designers or industry specialists
Blended Learning students benefit from all the support services that KLC offer onsite students. However, in addition to this, students will be overseen by their course tutor, who will also act as a mentor and will monitor progress and encourage intellectual and personal development from the early stages of the course through to graduation. Students will work to fixed deadlines for project submission to ensure that they complete their studies within the specified time frame. Teaching strategies include lectures, workshops, group and individual tutorials and presentations. Research, student led debates and discourse are encouraged and form an important aspect of the course.
Blended Learning students are able to utilise the KLC in house library and also have access to a wide range of reference material via the online resources of EBSCO but are also encouraged to use local libraries as well
In addition to at home study and on line participation students are required to attend an intensive one week course at KLC's studios in Chelsea Harbour at the beginning of the first two years of study and the final term, and to attend five individual workshops in each of years one and two. During their workshop days, students will participate in separate seminars to present recent work to a small group of their peers and to discuss their progress. In addition, Blended Learning students have the option of booking free fortnightly one to one tutorials at the college or online, these provide detailed feedback on project work and invaluable preparation for future assignments.
This module focuses on the design development process and the acquisition of skills necessary to communicate a design idea or proposal.
This module introduces design communication and the associated techniques and skills required to convey and communicate a scheme effectively.
This module allows exploration of the potential of materials and their application and technical performance within an interior design scheme.
This module explores the restrictions and processes in place to which the professional designer needs to comply within the wider context of the profession and focuses on the administrative procedures of design practice.
This module explores the historical framework of Interior Design from c1660 to 21st century spanning a wider cultural context, where the study of practical and theoretical issues can inform design process and practice. Sustainability, changing production, materials and environments are also explored and evaluated.
This module consolidates all previous design studies into a complex design brief/project which is undertaken according to professional standards and spans all aspects of the design process from inception through to final proposal and presentation to client.
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