Certificate Home Study

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

home study

Start Date

Can be started at any time


€625 (Easy-pay plan available)


Approximately 3-6 months

Study Option
Home Study
Course Level
Comparable to level 4 on the NFQ
Entry Requirements
18 years old or over
5 practical assignments
The Interior Design Academy of Ireland is recognised by the International Approval and Registrations Centre (IARC).

Completing this course will enable you to design and plan rooms for a domestic residence by developing your basic skills of interior design.

Created for enthusiasts, the course covers fundamental techniques to give you a good knowledge of interior design. No minimum qualification is required.

Designed around 5 practical assignments, you will incrementally develop your techniques and an understanding of the industry through each assignment.

As a home study student you will have full access to our student area, the Online Learning Centre, which contains course material created by industry experts including: instructional videos, written content and assignments.

Our tutors provide all the support, knowledge and in-depth feedback you need to progress through your course and are always contactable through the Online Learning Centre.

This course can be completed in approximately 3 months*.

*Completion time is based on the approximate time it has taken past students to complete the course. Students have up to 36 months to complete the course.

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The list below provides an overview of the topics covered in this course.

    • Elements of Design

    Discover the 8 elements of interior design. Apply the elements to living rooms and bedrooms and elevate your creative work. Create furniture layouts, concept boards and sample boards. Learn how to use the elements of design in combination.
    You will learn about:

    • Form
    • Size
    • Space
    • Light
    • Line
    • Colour
    • Texture
    • Pattern
    • Principles of Design

    Get to know the 7 principles of interior design. Apply these principles to bedrooms, kitchens and dining rooms. Learn about technical drawings and how to use them to develop ideas for a design. Use the elements and principles of design in combination to complete your own interior design project.
    You will learn about:

    • Contrast
    • Dominance
    • Rhythm
    • Focal Point
    • Scale
    • Proportion
    • Balance


All our tutors are interior design professionals working in the industry.

The Interior Design Academy of Ireland

Our philosophy at the Interior Design Academy of Ireland is to make high-quality education accessible to all by empowering people to do what they love. Through the power of online and blended learning, our students are able to harness their creativity and practically apply it to succeed in their chosen careers.

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