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10 week Associate Certificate in Interior Design

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

Concept development is essential in interior design. This programme will encourage you to discover your own creativity and be confident in applying it in your designs. It will also ensures 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 combine it with some challenging new technical skills. It is also suitable if you wish to explore the possibility of a career change, or if you would like to enhance your current skills by further professional development.

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

This will run as an online course due to public health measures. Your lecturer will lead classes via Microsoft Teams, and course material will be available to download.

Starting Dates & Format

Course Duration:

10 weeks

Modes of Study:

Part Time Day

Part Time Evening

Please see our Timetable & Fees page for starting dates.


On successful completion of this course, you will be awarded a Dublin Institute of Design Associate Certificate in Interior Design.

You will also have some impressive portfolio pieces to showcase your varied skill set.

Further Progression

On successful completion of this course, students may progress into the Term 2 of our 1-year Higher National Certificate in Interior Design / 2-year Higher National Diploma in Interior Design programmes.

Students who progress will be exempt from certain modules, the content of which they have already covered. A fee reduction will apply.

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

I really liked designing and learning about interior design. I recommend this course. It’s a good start if you see yourself in this type of work!

- Kornelija Komazin

I really enjoyed the course, and it was a pleasure to work on the townhouse project. I never thought that I would learn so much in a 10-week course. It was perfect. I’m happy about everything. Thank you!

- Iana Derevenco

I really enjoyed the townhouse project as it gave the technical skills as well as theory with all the research we had to do. I wish I had more time, however I am very happy with what the project has taught me. It was a good experience. This was completely new to me so I found it a little difficult, however I am very happy I got to do it as it gave me a great taster for what’s expected.

- Jana Hatilova

It is a great grounding course to prepare you for the industry. The tutors are extremely helpful, knowledgeable and professional.

- Pauline Foley

Overall it really is a great course, with great teachers. To learn from people working within the industry gives fantastic insight into the world of interior design in Ireland. Their enthusiasm is infectious and helps the students to generate great ideas. It really is very hands-on, and when I was told at the open evening that it was an intense course I can say after completing the 10 weeks they certainly were right!

- Helen Whelan

The course is a great opportunity to gain insights of what is Interior Design, while offering the potential to progress to more advanced studies.

- Anna Pereira

This is a very comprehensive course, giving a very thorough grounding in Interior Design and equipping us to work in this field. Challenging but rewarding.

- Noelle McGinley

Eva Martinez Yanez, 2016

Eva Martinez Yanez, 2016

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.