WIN an interior design course at KLC worth nearly £20,000

Ever dreamt of being an interior designer? This is your chance to win a fully funded place on a prestigious interior design course at KLC
Jon Day

For the past four years, House & Garden has worked with KLC, one of the country’s leading design schools, to offer a fully funded place on its Certificate Residential Interior Design course. This year, KLC has generously upgraded the prize by offering a place on its prestigious Diploma of Higher Education in Applied Interior Design. This course has kick-started the careers of many interior designers, including James Thurstan Waterworth (of Thurstan) and Emma Pocock (of Turner Pocock), both of whom have appeared in House & Garden’s Top 100 Interior Designers list.

This year’s competition is run in association with United in Design, a charity that aims to address the lack of diversity within the interior design industry, with the hope that their involvement will open up the competition to a wider audience. ‘The training and the connections you make at KLC provide a wonderful platform on which to forge a design career,’ says Alexandria Dauley, interior designer and co-founder of United in Design.

Aimed at career changers, the Diploma is designed to equip students with all the skills required to pursue a career in interior design. It is an intensive course, taught over three terms and aiming to emulate what it is like to work in an interior-design studio. Students will develop an understanding of what is required to create a successful residential or commercial interior – from lighting plans to joinery specifications – and learn all the rudiments of computer-aided design. ‘We’re looking for highly motivated, creative individuals who have a genuine passion for interior design,’ says Jenny Gibbs, founder and principal of KLC, who will be judging this year’s applications along with House & Garden editor Hatta Byng and Alexandria Dauley.

The prize

KLC’s Dip HE Applied Interior Design course, which is validated by the University of Brighton, is full time and runs from January 10-November 22, 2022. A place on the course is worth £19,945.

How to apply

The application form, full details of the brief and the terms and conditions can be found on the KLC website. Entrants should be educated to degree level, although those with relevant experience in the workplace will also be considered. Entrants will be asked to complete a personal statement and spatial awareness exercise, as well as put together a scheme for a studio apartment. A shortlist of five candidates will be selected for an in-person interview on October 28, 2021.

Submission Date: midnight, October 14, 2021

Terms and Conditions

  • The Competition award is the full-time Diploma of Higher Education in Applied Interior Design for January 2022 entry only.

  • Entrants must be able to devote sufficient study time to their course (as set out on the KLC website at

  • The Competition award is non-transferrable and there is no cash alternative.

  • Only one entry per person will be considered.

  • The 5 applicants on the final shortlist will be invited to bring their A4 or A3 presentation board, together with printouts of their mood board, sketches and layouts, to House & Garden’s offices. There they will meet the Editor and editorial team to present their ideas to the Editor, KLC’s Principal Jenny Gibbs and Alexandria Dauley.

  • KLC reserves the right to cancel or amend all or any part of the Competition and/or Rules of Entry without notice for any matter arising that is beyond the reasonable control of KLC Ltd. Any changes to the Rules, or cancellation of the Competition, will be posted on the KLC School of Design website ( It is the responsibility of entrants to keep themselves informed of any changes to the Rules.

  • In order to attend either Certificate course, English Language ability must be competent, and a minimum score of 6.5 on the English Language Testing System ( or equivalent is required.

  • Only entries made by the Closing Date and in the manner set out in the Competition details will be considered for the award.

  • We regret that work submitted cannot be returned unless postage is pre-paid or it is collected in person.

  • The winner of the Competition will be selected and notified as set out in the Competition Terms.

  • In the event that the winner is disqualified from the Competition, the judging panel will, select an alternative winner in the same manner as the original winner and such selection will be subject to the Rules.

  • There is no requirement to make any purchase in order to enter the Competition or access the KLC website.

Intellectual Property Rights and Data Protection

  • You agree that KLC Ltd and House & Garden may use your entry (whether or not it wins the Competition) for any promotional purpose (for example, placing it on the KLC website or any poster, leaflet or other advertising media).

  • KLC Ltd and House & Garden has your permission to use, reproduce, publish, display, transmit, copy, amend, store, your entry worldwide for such promotional purposes and for the purposes of the Competition.

  • KLC Ltd and House & Garden will use any personal information that you provide with your Entry for the purposes of the entry and, where you have given your consent, for marketing purposes including the distribution of regular email updates or newsletters. Any personal information relating to entrants will be used solely by us in accordance with applicable date protection legislation.

  • You confirm that your entry is original and you have the right to lease to KLC Ltd the copyright and other intellectual property rights in the entry for the purposes referred to in these Rules.

  • The winner of the Competition unconditionally agrees (as a condition of accepting any place on a Certificate course) to the use of their name and one or more photographs of themselves.

  • All entries must be received by midnight on the closing date of October 14, 2021. By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to the above Terms and Conditions.