BA Degree Interior Design

Course Description

DDI has worked with its learners, alumni and industry to develop a creative and exciting 3-year BA Interior Design programme for 2023.

Interior design is a subject and industry that continues to evolve. At Dublin Design Institute  we approach Interior Design with the openness and agility that 21st Century design practice requires. 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.

DDI’s BA Degree in Interior Design aims to prepare learners who will help to shape the creative industries of the future. You will be supported in the development of appropriate skills, sensitivities, and competencies through exposure to contemporary interior and related design industry practices.

Interior Design sits at the centre of many specialisms, including furniture, scenography, exhibition, graphic and architecture. Upon graduation, you will be qualified to pursue a career in retail, residential, office, hospitality, leisure design and fit-out.

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
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.

Payment Options

DDI offer flexible payment plans for this course, which you can access here.  If you have any queries relating to course fees or our payment options please email or call on + 353 1 6790 286

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.


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.

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 +.


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At a Glance

Start Date w/b 25th September 2023
Duration 3 Years
Study Mode Full Time
Part-Time Day (PTD)
Part-Time Evening (PTE)
Fees €5,500 (Full Time EU students) €8,500 (Full Time Non-EU students) €3,350(Part Time Day & Evening) per year
Accreditation QQI - Level 7 (180 Credits)