Interior Design Course - Diploma (Home Study)
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Home Studycourse

Start Date:  Can be started at any time
Price:  € 650 (easy-pay plan available)
Duration:  Approximately 6 months
Assessment:  10 practical assignments
Course Type:  Home Study
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.

Throughout the course you will complete ten practical assignments designed to give you the experience to confidently enter the professional world of interior design. Assignments can be completed at any time within a maximum time frame of three years. Most students complete the course in six months.

Can be studied as a stand-alone course.

See below for a full list of topics covered »

Diploma Course Study Contents:

  • Welcome Letter - from the course director
  • Recommended Materials & Supplementary Reading List
  • Initial Assignments and Submission Requirements
  • All Course Content & Instructional Videos

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