1 Year Certificate in Interior Design

Course Description

This internationally recognised 1-year certificate course will provide you with a strong foundation in interior design skills and knowledge. This course is ideal for those who have a keen interest in the area of Interior Design; it will allow you to explore your creativity, and to advance it through technical skills and understanding.

The course focuses on interior design skills for the residential market: apartments, housing schemes and individual homes. You will learn to develop innovative interiors design schemes, and to solve design problems creatively. Throughout the course, you will develop a wide set of skills and knowledge, including concept development, colour theory, design principles, sketching, technical drawing and specifications, sourcing and presenting materials. 

This course will encourage you to discover your own creativity and be confident in applying it in your design work. It will also ensure that you have the technical skills and knowledge needed to present ideas and specifications to clients and colleagues. The programme consists of lectures and studio sessions, and is assessed through a series of design projects and presentations. 

Why study with us?
  • 25 Years experience providing design education
  • Mature student friendly
  • State accredited Institution
  • Strong industry connections
  • Design education taught by experienced design professionals
  • Part time/ full time/ in class/ online options
  • High rates of graduate employment
  • Award Winning Institute
  • Range of payment plans available
Course Content
Techniques & Processes

You will be evaluating a given brief to identify requirements and structure development of concept, material and process application through experimentation and testing to a set of final outcomes 

Contextual Studies

Employing primary and secondary research methods to examine art and design movements and works within social, historical, cultural and specialism context

Surveying & Measuring

You will be shown the practice of surveying and measuring in industry and application of tools and techniques within an assigned context  

3D Practices

Investigating 3-D materials, techniques and processes through the work of historic and contemporary practitioners, evaluating how working practice can inform future disciplinary development.

Individual Design Project

Examining a specialist area of creative practice, explored through iterative development processes in response to an assigned brief  

Communication in Art & Design

Development and presentation of a communication strategy in relation to a given brief, discussed in the context of communication within the creative industries.

Professional Development

Exploring creative industries professions and defining personal development goals

CAD Computer-Aided Design

Training in the use of 2-D and 3-D CAD and understanding its application in professional practice and industry.

Admissions requirements

Applicants aged under 23 must have successfully completed the Leaving Cert / comparable secondary school examination, or hold another qualification at Level 5 or higher on the National Framework for Qualifications (NFQ).

Mature applications are welcome and highly valued at Dublin Design. We have a robust Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy in place to support our approach and acknowledge prior learning. For more information on this type of admission, and to request a RPL admissions form, please contact our Admissions Team by email at admissions@dublindesign.ie or by telephone on 01 6790286.

Advanced Entry

Advanced Entry is where an applicant has previous work experience and/or educational achievements that are considered directly relevant to the programme they wish to apply for. In such cases, it is possible to gain module exemptions and / or entry to an advanced stage of a programme. Advanced entry is sometimes referred to as Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) and a specific application form for admission through RPL is available here.

Language Requirements

We welcome international students to our courses. If English is not your first language, evidence of proficiency is required. This can be provided through a recognised English test result or qualified by experience e.g. where an individual has been working in an English speaking environment for 12 months +.


Upon successful completion of this course, you will be awarded the BTEC Higher National Certificate in Interior Design, which is equivalent to a Level 6 qualification on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

BTEC is the largest accrediting body in the UK, and BTEC qualifications are recognised globally.

Progression Options

This course has been structured to allow students advance their studies with DDI.  Upon successful completion of this course, students may progress into Year 2 of our Higher National Diploma (HND) in Interior Design or Year 2 of our 3-year BA Degree in Interior Design programmes.

We encourage our students to look at our short courses as pathway options to other courses including our nationally accredited and internationally recognised degree programmes.

Career Opportunities

Many of our graduates on this course, progress in to further study options with us from the Higher Diploma and often to the full 3 year BA degree programme, which further increases employment prospects in the area of Interior Design. 

Practical Matters    

As some of our courses are online and others in-class/onsite, please make sure you have checked this specifically for the course that you are interested in.   

Once you have registered for any course, additional information will be provided to you in our ‘Enrolled Student Information Packs’. This pack includes reading lists, materials lists and any other course specific information or equipment, that may be required.  For courses taking place online, please make sure you have access to a computer or laptop, Wi-Fi and that you can access Microsoft Teams. 


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At a Glance

Start Date Tuesday 31st January 2022 (Part Time Day & Evening)
Duration 1 year
Delivery Mode Part-Time Day: In-class
Part Time Evening: Online
Class Schedule Tuesdays and Thursdays
Fees €3,350 per year
Accreditation QQI - Level 6 (60 Credits) -Pending Validation

Student Work

Student Work