Certificate Interior Design Introduction

Course Description

This 10-week intensive course introduces you to many of the core aspects of residential interior design, including concept development, colour theory, design principles, sketching, ergonomics, space planning and technical drawing, sourcing and presenting materials and providing material specifications. 

Course Content

Concept development is essential in interior design. This course will support you in discovering your own creativity and be confident in applying it in your designs. It will also ensure that you have the technical skills and knowledge needed to present ideas and specifications to clients and colleagues. 

This course is ideal if you 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. It is suitable if you wish to explore the possibility of a career change, or if you would like to enhance your current skills by further continuous professional development (CPD). 

 The programme consists of lectures and studio sessions, and is assessed through a series of design projects and presentations. 

You will complete one interior design project ‘Townhouse’ which allow to explore your creativity, and to combine it with some challenging new technical skills. The Townhouse project is an introduction to the fundamental of design theory of interior design. You will developed practical skills such as surveying techniques but will be able to apply these skills in relation to the design process

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 required to evaluate 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. 

Surveying & Measuring 

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

Contextual Studies 

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

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 applicants are welcome and highly valued at our Institute. We have a robust policy in place to support mature learners, for more information on our approach, please contact our Admissions Team by email at admissions@dublindesign.ie or by telephone on 01 6790286. 

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 a QQI level 6 Certificate in Interior Design.

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 Term 2 of our 1-year Certificate in Interior Design / Term 2 of Year 1 of our 3-year BA Degree in Interior Design programmes.

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

Career Opportunities

This 10-week course is a first step in to the world of Interior Design, providing you with a solid overview of the various topics within this discipline. The course helps you to develop skills as well as find your own area of interest and talent.  

Many of our graduates on this course, progress in to further study options with us and often to the full 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 are in the classroom/onsite, please make sure you have checked this specifically for the course that you are interested in.   

Once you have registered for a 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 2023 (Day & Evening)

Duration 10 weeks
Study Mode Part-Time Day (PTD)
Part-Time Evening (PTE)
Delivery Mode Part-Time Day: In-class
Part-Time Evening: In-class
Class Schedule Tuesdays In-class: 10.00am – 5.00pm (Day)
Tuesday & Thursday In-class: 6.00pm- 9.00pm (Evening)

Fees €1095
Accreditation Dublin Design Institute Certificate in Interior Design Introduction. (Pending QQI Validation)

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