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Higher National 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 combine it with some challenging new technical skills.

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, lighting and electrical specifications, and sourcing and presenting materials.

This programme 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.

Starting Dates & Format

Course Duration:

1 Year

Modes of Study:

Part Time Day

Part Time Evening

Now enrolling for September 2021.

Please see our Timetable & Fees page for starting dates.

Course Content

The Course covers 8 modules:

  • Drawing Techniques & Processes in Art and Design (including CAD)
  • Interior Design
  • Ideas Generation & Development
  • Contextual and Cultural Referencing
  • Professional Practice
  • Project Design, Implementation & Evaluation
  • Design Method
  • Visual Communication

Online Delivery for Term 1

Due to public health measures, we are delivering classes online for the first term of this academic year.
We will return to face-to-face classes on-campus as soon as it is safe to do so. In returning to face-to-face delivery, there may be some unavoidable changes to scheduled class times and/or days.
All enrolled students will be given as much notice as possible in the event of scheduling changes.


Upon successful completion, you will be awarded the BTEC Higher National Certificate in 3D Design. This is equivalent to Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications for Ireland.

Further Progression

On successful completion, you may progress into 2nd Year of the Higher National Diploma in Interior Design programme at Dublin Institute of Design.

Entry Requirements

Applicants aged under 23 must have completed the Leaving Cert, or a comparable secondary school examination, or have another Level 5 Qualification.

Mature and non-standard applications are welcome.

Please feel free to contact our Admissions team by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone on 016790286.

Student Testimonials

Amazing way to break the ice with the interior design industry – I’ve learnt a lot of different aspects and I loved that it was very applicable to the real world. Definitely feeling more confident now.

- Simona Herbaj

The course was easy to follow and well taught. I feel that this course has confirmed my choice of career as an interior designer.

- Rebecca O'Hara

I have found the course very intense and informative.

- Emma Buckley

The course is at a very high level.

- Matthew Murray

I’ve learned so much since I started.

- Julie Becot

If you would like more information about this course, please fill the "Request more information" form above.

As numbers are limited for this course, pre-booking is essential.