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How to become a professional interior designer

Study wherever, whenever with an approved online home-study course

Promotional Feature By Caroline Rodrigues |

Great interior design schemes are the cherry on the cake for anyone who’s building a home or renovating one. But not everyone is confident enough to put together their own designs. By training as a professional residential interior designer you could turn your flair for design and your problem solving expertise into a flourishing business.

How to become an interior designer

To become an interior designer you’ll need to have all the relevant skills. It’s an all-encompassing job, involving a wide range of activities to develop creative ideas into bespoke, viable designs. The KLC Online Certificate Residential Interior Design covers everything you need to know. It’s ideal for anybody who wants to gain a professional qualification while having the flexibility to fit their studies around work, family or other commitments.

Wondering how to become an interior designer? Study at home with KLC's online course

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Designing homes

Learning how to style a space involves creative use of colour, pattern and texture plus the appropriate application of materials and finishes. By dipping into the evolution of design styles you’ll gain a solid background for sourcing materials, finishes, furniture and accessories. Gaining an understanding of lighting schemes and kitchen and bathroom planning is a key part of the role.

Producing designs

Along with the basics of building construction, every interior designer needs to know about spatial planning, ergonomics and how to interpret architects’ plans. Since much of today’s design is computer-generated, you’ll need to get to grips with CAD software, including AutoCAD and SketchUp. Plus, to get your ideas over to your clients, sample boards, freehand sketching, perspective drawing and colour rendering are essential. To run a successful business you’ll have to be on top of project co-ordination, industry standards and regulations and managing the paperwork.

online interior design course with KLC

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How does the course work?

This industry-recognised flexible self-study course comes with cutting-edge online learning materials, CAD Software and dedicated tutor support. Start at any time of the year, work at your own pace and study from anywhere in the world, accessing the programme via any of your devices.

During the four-part course, you’ll receive easy to follow sub-titled videos, infographics, fun quizzes and video tutorials. Student support and detailed, personalised feedback is always on hand via email and telephone from a dedicated team of professional and experienced Open Learning interior design tutors.

interior design sketch transformed into CAD

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Making connections

To help budding interior designers stay motivated, KLC has a thriving online community where students share ideas. You could also seek out a local study group. You can choose to supplement your core studies with one-to-one tutorials or by attending short courses located at Chelsea Harbour studios in London (and get a 20% discount as an online learning student). Join in at inspiring networking events and enter interior design competitions for vital real-life project experience. The Online Student of the Year is an annual industry-sponsored award with previous sponsors including B&Q.

Why choose KLC?

KLC’s Certificate Course has been running for over 37 years with an impressive track record of graduates going on to exciting new careers in the interior design industry. The online version of the course was recently revised and updated with new inspirational and interactive course materials to bring the subject alive. After completing the course you’ll achieve the highly respected KLC Certificate. You’ll also gain free membership of the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) for the duration of your course, plus one year after completion.


How to join

See KLC Online Certificate Residential Interior Design to find out more. Save £555 with KLC’s Special Winter Discount by using promo code GD555 before you checkout. Pay just £1,240 or £68 per month – all protected by KLC’s no quibble 28-day money back guarantee.