Certificate Interior Design Introduction

Course Description

Interior design is a subject and industry that continues to evolve. Interior Design at DDI approaches it with the openness and agility that 21st Century design practice requires. Creative and professional development frame the programme learning outcomes, carried through core design and subject specialism learning.

This is an intensive course designed to give you solid introduction to contemporary design practice. You will attend two core classes (day or evening depending on the chosen mode of study), plus an online session on Saturday. This session is recorded so you can access in your own time.

Course Content

The Certificate Interior Design Introduction offers the experience of studying design, and will help you to define individual creative Introduction ambitions through a primer programme of study. This 10-week course orientates you with a foundation in the core skills of contemporary design practice, framed around the discipline of interiors.

Certificate Interior Design Introduction sits within the ‘Design Foundation Year.’ This 10-week course introduces you to a comprehensive range of design skills and principles. Awareness of industry and practice shapes the teaching. Briefs mirror real-world scenarios, at the same time creating space for you to develop enquiry and experiment.

The emphasis is on studio practice. Exploring creative processes, testing practical techniques, building research, investigating theory, and how it links to projects. This is complemented by contextual studies, that situate interiors within the evolution of design practices, theories and principles

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
Course Content
Design Studio & Research

Provides a foundation of interior design skills and knowledge, with emphasis on orientating you in the subject and contemporary practice.

The question ‘what is interior design’ leads a series of discursive introductory exercises that focus on process over output. Learning reflects the main activities and development stages of practice – from appraising situations, establishing briefs through personas, precedents and research, exploring concepts and speculation, to finally presenting a position. This module introduces the breadth of interior design as a contemporary subject and professional practice, developed through individual and group exercises and discussion.

Design Fundamentals

Establishes a foundation of core technical, communication and professional skills.

This module focuses on the development of skills relating to the observation, exploration and description of interior space through drawing. Emphasis is on building skills across a range of tools and techniques, with primers on the integration of digital and analogue processes and media. Understanding of the different formats and functions of drawn information will be developed through individual and group exercises that build from sketching and surveying, principles of orthographic projection and 2-D representational standards, to more exploratory and interpretative methods.

Contextual Studies

Introduces contemporary interior design practice, as shaped by wider design histories and practices.

This module provides you with a grounding in the history and principles of design in its broadest terms. It addresses design in general terms and the emergence, often out of highly interdisciplinary and contested movements, of the specialities we recognise in contemporary design practice today. Interior design as a primary example. Projects draw out identified themes from the lecture series and will range from essays that introduce techniques of formal academic writing, to more reflective multi-media book works produced as a group.

Admissions requirements

completed the Leaving Certificate/a 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 the Institute and can be admitted based on prior learning and work experience. We have a robust Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) For more information visit www.dublindesign.ie

Applicants aged under 23 must have successfully 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.


Course fees are to be paid in full prior to the course start date. If you have any queries relating to fees or payment please email or call us on 01 679026.

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 the successful completion of a recognised English language test e.g. IELTS/TOEFL/Cambridge Exams/DET. In addition to language test results, the Institute also recognises language qualification by experience e.g., where an individual has been working or studying in English or in an English-speaking environment for a minimum of 12 months


Upon successful completion, you will be awarded the QQI-accredited Certificate in Interior Design Introduction. This minor award/microcredential carries 15 ECTS credits and is a Level 6 qualification on Ireland’s National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). QQI is Ireland’s official state higher education awarding body.

Please note that a valid PPS (Personal Public Service) number is required by QQI for certification. Without a valid PPS number, certificates may not be issued.

Progression Options

Upon successful completion of this course Certificate in Interior Design – Introduction, students can progress on to the 1 Year Certificate in Interior Design and/ the 3 Year BA Degree in Interior Design. Students who progress from this Certificate Introduction course to a 1 Ytear Certificate course at DDI may benefit from a reduced fee for the follow-on course. For more information about fees and payments, please contact our Student Services Team: studentservices@dublindesign.ie Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

This Certificate Introduction course is a first step into the profession of Interior Design, providing you with a solid overview of the core principles within this discipline. The course enables you to develop creative skills as well as testing the many areas associated with the discipline. Many of our graduates on this course, progress in to further study options with us and often to the full BA degree programme, further increasing employment prospects in the area of Interior Design.

Practical Matters

The Institute offers courses in class and online. You are advised to check the mode offering of their preferred course. In the case of online courses, you must have access to a computer or laptop and a good internet connection (Wi-Fi). Online courses are offered through the platform of Microsoft Teams.

After successful registration for a course, all students receive the ‘Enrolled Student Information Packs’. This pack includes reading lists, materials lists and any other course specific information or equipment, that may be required.

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At a Glance

Start Date Tuesday 18th April 2023 (Day)
Tuesdays 18th April 2023 (Evening)
Duration 10 weeks
Study Mode Part-Time Day: In-class
Part-Time Evening: In-class
Class Schedule Day: Tuesdays 10.00am – 5.00pm (In Class)
Evening: Tuesday & Thursday - 6.00pm- 9.00pm (In Class)
Day & Evening: Saturday - 10.00am-1.00pm (Online)
Fees €1095
Accreditation Dublin Design Institute Certificate in Interior Design Introduction.

(QQI Level 6 Micro- Credential (20 ECTS credits)
(Pending QQI Validation)

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