Bachelor of Arts Degree Home Study

Gain the qualification, confidence and skills to stand out from the crowd with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interior Design.

Start Date

Can be started at any time


€5,795 (Easy-pay plan available)


Approximately 27-54 months

Work Placement

Graduates of this course are eligible for a one month work placement with an interior design company. All placements are made in the Dublin and Cork areas.

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Study Option
Home Study
Course Level
Level 7 on NFQ
Entry Requirements
18 years old or over
Note: If English is not your first language, you must have at least level 6.0 IELTS. Consult our Course Advisors for information on equivalence and other acceptable qualifications.
45 assignments
Awarding Body
The Interior Design Academy of Ireland has partnered with Pearson Education and DDI to offer a recognised degree pathway to our students.

Graduates of this course will be awarded a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interior Design.

During the first portion of your degree programme, you will be enroled on the Higher National Diploma. Upon successful completion of this segment, you will receive a BTEC Higher National Diploma awarded by Pearson Education. In the final stage of your studies, you will be enroled as a Bachelor of Arts Degree undergraduate student. Upon successful completion of this portion of your studies, you will receive a QQI Level 7 Degree in Interior Design.

All portions of this programme will be delivered by the Interior Design Academy of Ireland.

In this degree programme, you will develop a specialised knowledge of interior design. You will work closely with subject specialist tutors who will help you to develop advanced academic abilities and sophisticated professional practice.

Throughout the course of your studies, your tutors will provide support, guidance and in-depth feedback to allow you to progress in your learning and build an independent design practice.

The programme encourages the initiative, autonomy, critical analysis, techniques, innovation and professionalism necessary to succeed in the industry and fulfil your career ambitions. This degree programme will provide an academic backbone to your studies which will set you apart in the industry.

As a home study student, you will have full access to our online learning centre. This contains course materials created by industry experts, including instructional videos, written content and assignments. You will also have access to our popular student forum.

A student studying a minimum of 15 hours per week can complete the course in four and half years. A student studying a minimum of 30 hours a week can complete the course within two and a half years. You have up to four years to complete your Higher National Diploma and up to two years to complete your Degree Top-up level.

If you have previously completed a Higher National Diploma in Interior Design or an equivalent qualification, you may be eligible to enrol onto the final year of the degree programme. Please contact us for further details.

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

    • Communication in Art & Design

    Research communication techniques and develop an interior design project, from the first client meeting to the final presentation of your design.

    • Researching communication techniques
    • Surveying
    • Compiling a client brief and sourcing inspiration
    • Technical drawings
    • Creating a sample board
    • Producing final designs for presentation
    • Visual presentation techniques
    • Techniques & Processes

    Develop an awareness of a standard approach to the development and execution of the design cycle through the design of a studio apartment. You will learn about:

    • Evaluating a given brief
    • The design cycle
    • Research and design development
    • Spatial planning
    • Colour rendering
    • Model making (optional)
    • Portfolio presentation to include technical drawing and sample board
    • Contextual Studies

    Research and analyse key historical eras and movements that will allow you to understand the context of contemporary designs. You will learn about:

    • History of interior design
    • Exploring research methods
    • Visual and textual analyses
    • How to present research findings professionally
    • Critical research analyses
    • 3D Practices

    Gain an understanding of the vast variety of materials and their application in different contexts. Explore the properties of materials that are commonly used in interior design and their suitability and application in a wide variety of contexts. You will learn about:

    • Designing residential spaces
    • Interior design communication techniques
    • Analysing materials and finishes for the residential market
    • Presentation techniques
    • History of art through interior design and architecture
    • Interpreting a client brief
    • Technical drawing
    • 3D visuals
    • Health and Safety
    • Workflows and project management
    • Workflows

    Explore the different ways in which workflow can be organised to allow you to plan, execute and deliver your own projects in the future. You will learn about:

    • Exploring specialised industries within the design sector
    • Interior design communication techniques
    • Presentation techniques
    • Workflow mapping
    • Workflow systems
    • Tracking issues and solutions
    • Computer Aided Design (CAD)

    Learn the basics of CAD in order to produce your own computer generated drawings and photorealistic visuals. You will learn about:

    • Understand the use of CAD
    • 2D CAD drawings
    • 3D modelling
    • Visualisation
    • Isometric/Axonometric drawings
    • Detail drawings
    • Dimensions and text
    • Individual Project

    Apply all the skills you have learned and develop your creative ability with the design of project with a set theme and topic. Plan the project from start to finish and to review the skills and processes used throughout your work. You will learn about:

    • Designing spaces
    • Interior design communication techniques
    • Analysing and applying materials and finishes
    • The design development
    • Presentation techniques
    • Space planning
    • Technical drawing - CAD
    • 3D Visuals - SketchUp
    • Workflows and project management
    • Sustainable materials
    • Health and safety compliance
    • Specification sheets
    • Professional Development

    Explore how changes in technology and in response to social and cultural change within the industry impact on the interior design profession and the role of the Interior Designer. Reflect on the implications of these changes on your own personal development and career plan. You will learn about:

    • Exploring the development of the interior design profession
    • Assessing own knowledge and skills
    • Identifying areas for personal/professional development
    • Exploring personal career goals
    • Creating a personal development plan
    • 3D Modelling & Rendering

    Build your knowledge of using CAD for a design project. Look in depth at 3D modelling and rendering the technical drawings. Apply different ways in which you can add light and shadow to the 3D visuals to produce professional design documentation. You will learn about:

    • Exploring different modelling and rendering software
    • Developing technical drawings to fully rendered visuals
    • Producing 3D visuals to a professional standard
    • Creating a professional portfolio of work using CAD
    • Trend Forecasting

    Research, interpret, and apply trend forecasting in response to a brief. This will encourage you to develop skills in trend forecasting that can be applied throughout your career. You will learn about:

    • Researching current trends
    • Evaluating future trends
    • Analysing market research
    • Developing a trend forecast for a specific market
    • Presenting a trend forecast based on client needs
    • Project Management

    Explore the theories and practices relevant to the project management of interior design projects. This includes the analysis of key stakeholders, the skills/competencies that an effective project manager needs, as well as the development and presentation of a project management plan within the context of a real-world scenario. You will learn about:

    • Exploring project management theory and practice
    • Analysing the roles of key stakeholders
    • Assessing the skills/competencies of an effective project manager
    • Developing a project plan for an interior design project
    • Presenting a project management strategy
    • Advanced Interior Design Studies

    Explore the design of interior spaces for commercial, residential, retail or cultural environments. Develop your awareness of contemporary and historical contexts in order to inform your design of meaningful spaces that meet client needs. You will learn about:

    • Evaluating contemporary trends
    • Exploring historical precedents
    • Exploring relevant legislation
    • Evaluating a client brief
    • Producing finished design proposals
    • Applied Practice - Collaborative Project

    Develop your collaborative skills through the planning, managing and presentation of a collaborative project. You will be given a set-theme for the project that will be based on current trends and up-to-date industry practices. You will learn about:

    • Building collaborative skills
    • Developing a project plan
    • Managing a collaborative project
    • Presenting collaborative work
    • Evaluating own work and the work of others
    • Professional Practice

    Explore the aspects necessary for an aspiring Interior Designer to set up their own business or work within an established practice. Analyse the strengths and weaknesses within your own work and develop a career plan with the help of your tutor. Learn what is required from a personal and professional point of view. You will learn about:

    • Evaluating skills and abilities
    • Exploring career opportunities
    • Creating a career plan
    • Developing a business plan
    • Creating a portfolio
    • Developing a CV/Resume
    • Preparing for presentation/interview
    • Interior Design Standards

    In this module, you will develop a strong knowledge and understanding of the key industry standards of interior design projects. You will also learn how, when and why these conventions are incorporated constructively. Importantly, you will acquire the confidence to identify, interpret and apply these standards to a creative design project. 

    • Interior Design in Practice

    In this topic, you will learn about the roles and responsibilities of an interior designer in real-world practice. You will have hands-on experience learning how designers collaborate as part of a creative team. To help you understand different modes of practice plus possible specialist areas, case studies will demonstrate how knowledge and skills are applied within a range of studio and project types. 

    • Major & Minor Projects and Critical Evaluation

    The emphasis of this topic is on self-direction. It is designed to enable you to learn how to frame and respond to both current and future-facing issues that may arise within the context of an interior. 

    The Minor project will teach you how to articulate a design challenge and to develop and communicate a creative solution. 

    In the Major project you will identify, design, develop and critically reflect on a major interior design project of your choosing. This project will allow you to take your knowledge and skills and apply it to your own specialist area of interest. It is here that you can create a body of work that is representative of your creative aspirations but also showcases your ability to manage a project from concept to delivery. 

    • Design Research Paper

    This topic will nurture the development of critical skills in design research and academic writing. The paper will explore a selection of relevant contemporary concerns in the practice of interiors and design. The assignment can be related to your Major project, or it can be used to develop an area of additional personal interest to complement your work. 

    • Design Exposition

    This topic supports you to position yourself as a professional designer. During the development of a graduate showcase and portfolio presentations, the emphasis is on critical reflection and self-direction. The module also builds on your exploration of different contexts and approaches covered in Interior Design in Practice. Along with a developed personal statement and mock interview, these tools form the basis of access to post-graduate opportunities. 


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

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