Educating Tomorrow’s Masters

Ever wondered where the world's top designers go to learn their craft? We present a collection of the top interior design schools in London.

The interior design industry has seen significant expansion in recent years. With designers entering the realm of international celebrity, demand to enter this market has grown increasingly competitive. For most careers, an education via either an Ivy League University (US) or Russell Group University (UK) provides the necessary platform for success. However, with design becoming more specialist, the process of identifying the best institution for your chosen craft is infinitely more challenging.

So Which One is the Right Choice?

With more universities beginning to include interior focussed degrees as an option, today’s students are overwhelmed with choice. We have collated a list of the best interior design courses currently available in London. For those wanting to follow in the footsteps of a favourite designer, we’ve included a list of notable alumni from each institution.

Here we present our shortlist of the best design schools in London:

1. The Inchbald School of Design

With an alumni that reads like a rap sheet of the world’s top 100, this intimate university has been providing the some of the best courses in design for over half a century.

Founded by Jacqueline Duncan OBE in 1960, this Belgravia based design school was the first professional body of its kind in Europe. Today their internationally renowned courses are BIID recommended and have the added bonus of being accredited by Glyndŵr University.

Featured Courses:

Noted Alumini: Nina Campbell /Lawson & Robb/ Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill / Stephan Tollgard / Stephen Ryan / John McCall  / Louise Jones / Mark Gilette / Christophe Gollut / Susie Atkinson


Annual exhibition for those graduating from the Masters/Post Grad/Diploma Interiors Degree and Garden Design. Normally held at the Cadogan Hall in July, the first 2 days are open to the public.


7 Eaton Gate, London SW1W 9BA

+44 (0)20 7730 5508

2. Chelsea College of Arts

University of the Arts London offers an extensive range of courses in art, design, fashion, communication and performing art, with many of their graduates going on to work in and shape creative industries worldwide.

The University draws together six renowned colleges, each with its own world-class reputation. Offering an excellent selection of facilities available to students, these include everything from letterpress machinery to studio theatres alongside their expansive college archive.

Did you know?

The University of Arts have launched the careers of many creative and cultural leaders, including:

  • More than half of all Turner Prize nominees
  • Over half of the designers named British Designer of the Year
  • More than a third of the 40 artists named in the Catlin Guide’s most promising graduate artists.
  • 12 winners of the Jerwood Photography Awards

Featured Courses:

  • FdA Interior Design 
  • BA Interior Design
  • Graduate Diploma Interior Design
  • MA Interior and Spacial Design

Undergraduate Summer Show: 19th – 27th June 2015

Notable Alumni: Mark Smith / Charles Rutherford / Charlotte Crosland / Woody Clark


Chelsea College of Arts

16 John Islip Street, London SW1P 4JU

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7514 7751

3. KLC

KLC School of Design was established over 30 years ago by interior designer and former President of the British Institute of Interior Design, Jenny Gibbs. Over the years it has built up an outstanding national and international reputation for providing practical, accessible and professional career training for the interior and garden design industries.

As well as being validated by the University of Brighton, the school prides itself on it’s close industry connections – ensuring that students are given unprecedented access to practising professionals and unrivalled careers opportunities upon graduation.

Featured Courses:

  • BA (Hons) Interior Design
  • Diploma Interior Design
  • Foundation Degree Interior Design
  • Certificate Interior Design
  • Diploma Garden Design

Notable Alumni: Sarah Cosgrove (The Studio at Harrods) / Turner Pocock / Carl Emil Erikson / Mirka McNeil Farmer / Orla Collins (Purple Design) / Mary Gannon / Rebecca Weir (LightIQ)/ Cynthia Garcia / Matthew Childs / Alice Constable-Maxwell / Rebecca Leivars and Caz Myers.


KLC School of Design

503 Design Centre East, Chelsea Harbour, London SW10 0XF

Course enquiries:

020 7376 3377

4. RCA

Led by Head of Programme Ab Rogers, the RCA offers one of the most highly regarded MA courses in interior design around. The two-year interior design programme runs in parallel with the architecture programme, with separate and related areas of production to include lectures, seminars, group work and individual thesis work. These are offered in the unique RCA studio context of interdisciplinary, workshop-oriented, speculative study.

The programme is delivered by practising designers, architects and theorists, all of whom are international leaders in their fields. There are plentiful opportunities for industry-connected live projects and research. A dynamic lecture series offers talks by practitioners as well as communicators, commentators and artists from related disciplines – set design, architecture, branding, digital design, engineering, science, psychology, literature and fine art. 

The MA programme culminates in the Summer Show, where graduating students exhibit their work to the art and design world.

Featured Course: MA Interior Design

Notable Alumni:David Adjaye / Alex de Rijke / Ben Kelly (BKD) / Urban Salon


Interior Design
Darwin Building
Kensington Gore +44 (0)20 7590 4275
London SW7 EU

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