Interior Design Course - Diploma (Classroom)


Start Date:  May 2018
Price:  € 1,750 (easy-pay plan available)
Duration:  6 months
Assessment:  10 practical assignments
Course Type:  Classroom-Based
Level:  Equivalent to level 5 on the NFQ
Accreditation:  International Accreditation and Recognition Council (IARC)
Entry Requirements:  Must be 18 years of age or older.

Diploma course in Interior Design

The Diploma Course in Interior Design will give you an in-depth grounding in the basics of interior design while also teaching you the techniques needed to launch a professional career in this stimulating field.

The classroom-based diploma course covers the same topics as the home study course but with the added benefit of live classes conducted by our expert tutors. This blended learning approach ensures that you receive the optimum support and knowledge with the least amount of disruption to your working schedule.

The classroom-based diploma course takes place over a six month period with either ten full-day Saturday classes from 09:30 to 16:30 or twenty evening classes from 18:30 to 21:00.

Throughout the course you will complete ten practical assignments. Our aim is for students to receive as much guidance and support during the tutorials as possible so that they will be able to plan their assignments in class and complete them at home.

You can choose to enrol for either the evening or full-day Saturday classes in Dublin (University College Dublin).

Deadline for enrolment: 30th of April 2018.

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Dublin Classes
Saturday Classes  (Full Day) Starts  10  Full DaysView Schedule  
Wednesday Classes  (Evening) Starts  20  EveningsView Schedule  

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The Basics

Unit One

The first module in the Diploma Course in Interior Design offers an in-depth introduction to the fundamentals of Interior Design. Topics are as follows:

  • Introduction to Interior Design
  • The Structure of Design
  • Building and Decorating
  • Lighting
  • Colour Wheel
  • Paint
  • Fabric
  • Wallpapering
  • Flooring
  • Furniture
  • Window Treatments

The Practicalities

Unit Two

The second module in the Diploma Course in Interior Design gives you the practical tools and techniques you will need to design and decorate on a room-by-room basis. Topics are as follows:

  • Kitchen Design
  • Entrance Halls
  • Stairs and Landings
  • Bedrooms and Bathrooms
  • Room-by-Room Checklists
  • Conservatories and Patios
  • Accessories and Collections
  • Antiques - Selection and Care
  • Design and Decoration of Specific Rooms
  • Providing the Correct Environment
  • Caring for Damaged Furniture

The History

Unit Three

The third module in the Diploma Course in Interior Design gives you a comprehensive overview of the history of interior design, from ancient Greece to the present day. Topics are as follows:

  • Ancient Egypt
  • Classical Greece
  • Rome
  • Byzantium
  • The Middle Ages
  • Romanesque (5th to 11th Century)
  • Gothic (11th to 16th Centuries)
  • Interiors of The Renaissance
  • European Regional Styles
  • 19th and 20th Centuries up to 1930
  • 1930 to Present day

The Presentation

Unit Four

The fourth module in the Diploma Course in Interior Design will teach you the practical side of the business, from how to assess your clients needs to creating a professional presentation of your designs. Topics are as follows:

  • Drawing Materials
  • Lettering
  • How to Draw a Floor Plan
  • Elevations
  • Collecting Samples
  • Assessing a Client
  • Colour Boards
  • Presentations
  • Systematic Planning
  • Unusual Design Elements
  • Preparing Specifications