BA Degree Interior Design

Course Description

Following significant input from industry and students, this creative and exciting 3-year programme has been updated for 2022.  The programme facilitates a practical, theoretical and critical appreciation of interior design.

New technologies are delivered as mandatory rather than elective modules, supporting the Institute’s belief that these are essential skills for any graduating interior designer in today’s competitive market.  The revised content puts increased emphasis on advanced Interior Design skills and knowledge, including sustainability, while giving the student a thorough understanding of the role interior design plays in the wider construction sector.

The programme brings together creative, critical and technical skills, theory and knowledge to position you for entering into or advancing a career in interior and spatial design practice, further study and life-long learning.  Upon graduation, you will also be qualified to pursue a career in related fields including residential and commercial renovations, office and commercial fit-outs, retail branding and facade design, design for the hotel, leisure and tourism industries, and sustainable design.

Course Content
Year 1

The first year of the programme orientates the learner with a foundation in the core skills of contemporary design practice, framed around the discipline of interiors.

You will gain an understanding of the domain of interior design, exploring key interior design principles, processes and elements through project and task-based learning. An understanding interior design history and practice within a wider design context, and the development of critical and analytical skills within visual culture studies and creative projects complements a broad design skills base.

Year 2

The second year of the programme supports the learner in developing the tools and techniques of interior design through application within a range of contexts.

Through exploration of a range of interiors-focused activity you will recognise the roles, responsibilities and opportunities of an interior designer. Advanced skills in subject specialism processes and digital applications are complemented through the development of research, critical reflection and evaluation skills alongside collaborative and interdisciplinary practice. Personal creative and research interests are framed within current theories relevant to contemporary practices in interior design.

Year 3

The third year of the programme positions the learner within the professional interior design landscape through synthesis of creative and critical thinking.

The ability to define a field of interest and potential directions for practice within or around interior design characterises final year. Through self-directed learning activities and outputs you will demonstrate problem identification, research agenda, evaluation and reflection in projects that bring together creative, critical and technical skillsets. Essential knowledge of interior design standards and professional practice combine with a graduating portfolio and showcase.

Entry Requirements

All applications for this programme are made directly to the Institute via the online application system.

Standard applicants (School leavers under 23yrs old) are required to have completed the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent) with five subjects, including English and Mathematics, at D3 Ordinary or better. Standard applicants are also required to submit a portfolio of work for assessment OR to complete an aptitude test as part of the application process.

Applications are accepted from non-standard applicants (e.g. mature learners over 23 years of age, including those who are exploring interior design for the first time, or school leavers who do not meet the minimum Leaving Certificate or portfolio requirement).

Please see here for further application guidelines.

Advanced Entry

Applicants with previous education or experience in interior design may apply for Advanced Entry to this programme.


On successful completion, you will be awarded a BA Degree in Interior Design. This is a Level 7 award from QQI, the official state Higher Education awarding body. The programme is currently under revalidation by QQI.

Protection for Enrolled Learners

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby, in the event of the provider ceasing to provide the programme for any reason, enrolled learners may transfer to a similar programme at another provider, or, in the event that this is not practicable, the fees most recently paid will be refunded.

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At a Glance

Start Date September 2022 (Intake)
Duration 3 Years
Study Mode Full Time
Part-Time Day (PTD)
Part-Time Evening (PTE)
Fees €5,500 (EU students) €8,500 (Non-EU students) per year
Accreditation QQI - Level 7 (180 Credits) - Pending Validation