Study modes to suit your lifestyle at the Interior Design Academy of Ireland

A guiding principle here at the Interior Design Academy of Ireland, is to make high quality education accessible to all. In order to do this, we continuously listen to our students and we are always learning how to adapt and adjust to the busy and demanding lifestyles of the modern world. One of our most important and indeed successful initiatives is our range of study modes that allow students to continue to meet their personal responsibilities while enabling them to embark on their studies.

We offer Home Study, Classroom-based and Live Online classes. Each mode has been designed to offer people the opportunity to pursue their passion without turning their whole life upside down. This is one of the many reasons why our students and alumni are finding their best design selves.

Home Study Courses:

This option is entirely flexible and is best suited to those with some self discipline or if you have a changeable or unpredictable schedule.

Perhaps you simply want to experiment with interior design and see if it’s for you? Home study means you can study at your own pace in your own time. You have the freedom to immerse yourself in the world of interior design whenever and wherever you want. All of our courses are accredited so you can rest assured that we maintain the highest standards of course content and there is always expert guidance from our tutors. You will basically have everything you need to develop your talents outside of the typical classroom setting.

Key Advantages of Home study mode:

  • Materials can be accessed in a variety of ways 24/7
  • Self-paced education
  • Our experienced tutors provide helpful remote support
  • Online discussions with other students through our online learning centre
  • Optional Work placement for some of the courses
  • Hands-on projects and assignments


Some people respond well to the more hands-on physical presence that is found in a classroom. Our classroom courses are designed to provide an immersive learning experience.

The structure of a classroom plus the meeting of like-minded people is something many students find beneficial to their learning experience. The shared workspace generates a collaborative atmosphere which can be inspirational in a creative environment as well as contributing to the development of technical skills. All of which is again, expertly guided by industry professionals.

Key Advantages of Classroom-based study mode:

  • Learning environment that is interactive and collaborative
  • Direct contact with experienced tutors
  • Cutting-edge facilities and resources
  • Practical learning journey

Live Online Classes

Our live online classes are the happy medium between home study and classroom-based options. They provide the structured schedule of a classroom as well as lively collaboration with other students in real time. This option also removes the need to commute or any dependency on a convenient location. Students can enjoy the classroom experience without the need to compromise on their course choices just because the class is too far away or inaccessible. This is an ideal option for those who appreciate the communal aspect of learning but perhaps live in a remote area or cannot commit to travelling.

Key Features of Live Online Classes study mode:

  • Real-time interaction with tutors and with other students.
  • Convenient access from any location
  • Interactive and engaging digital learning tools

Interior Design Courses offered in different study modes :

Home study only:

Certificate - Gain a foundation in basic interior design skills and actively participate in the design of your own home.

Classroom-based, Live Online and Home study:

Diploma - Gain advanced knowledge of interior design skills and techniques to design your own home or become a professional interior designer.

Postgraduate Diploma - Develop an in-depth understanding of interior design skills and principles to set up your own interior design business. Includes optional work placement.

Higher National Certificate - Attain advanced entry to the second year of a degree with a fully-accredited Higher National Certificate or receive the professional qualification to become an interior designer. Includes optional work placement.

Higher National Diploma - Receive advanced entry to the final year of a degree with a fully-accredited Higher National Diploma or learn everything you need to start your own successful interior design business. Includes optional work placement.

A career in interior design involves a unique blend of creativity and innovative thinking. Whether designing a home, an office or a hotel, an interior designer is responsible for generating a better way for people to live and work, enhancing the human experience. The satisfaction of watching your idea come to life, as well as the gratitude of others who live in these spaces, is enormously rewarding while also providing opportunities for continual learning and adaptation in this always-evolving professional journey.

Interior design is not just a job; it's a passion that nurtures both personal growth and client satisfaction.

By providing a variety of study options to meet the individual needs of each learner, we at the Interior Design Academy of Ireland, are proving time and again that we stand by our principles. Whether you prefer flexible independence of home study, or you enjoy the interaction of a physical classroom, or live online classes, there is an option for everyone.  You are in control and you get to choose the study mode that can help you to realise your full potential. Explore our courses and enrol today to take the first step towards achieving your academic and professional goals.

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Written by: Fiona Byrne

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