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Higher National Diploma in Interior Design

Course Description

This internationally recognised 2-year Diploma course provides students with professional skills and knowledge for the interior design industry. This course encourages students to explore their creativity, and to combine it with advanced technical skills. Students develop a wide range of skills and knowledge, including concept development, colour theory, design principles, sketching, technical drawing, lighting and electrical specifications, sourcing and presenting materials, building regulations, and professional practice.

The programme provides students with an excellent grounding in interior design theory and practice, and a variety of skills that will allow you to work effectively as a professional, including communication, problem-solving, team-working, and organising your own business.

Starting Dates & Format

Course Duration:

2 Years

Mode of Study:

Part Time Day

Part Time Evening

Now enrolling for September 2021.

Please see our Timetable & Fees Page for more details

Course Content

The Course covers 16 modules.

Year 1

Year 1 focuses on interior design skills for the residential market; apartments, housing schemes and individual homes. Students learn to develop innovative interior design schemes, and to solve design problems creatively. Students develop a wide set of technical skills and industry knowledge, including concept development, colour theory, design principles, sketching, technical drawing, lighting and electrical specifications, and sourcing and presenting materials.


  • 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

Year 2

Year 2 focuses on large-scale and commercial interior design work. Throughout the year, students develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to deliver original solutions to a series of challenging, realistic interior design briefs, including office design, retail design, and hotel design. Students explore specific aspects of interior design in each project brief, including technical drawing, building regulations, lighting, electrical layouts, facade design, the external building envelope, and presentation techniques.


  • Critical Study
  • Professional Studies
  • Art, Design and Media Practice within the Digital Environment
  • Furniture Design
  • Specialist 3D Materials
  • Design Principles
  • Visual and Personal Presentation
  • Exhibition and Retail Design

Course content is subject to change.

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.


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

BTEC is the UK’s largest accreditation body, and BTEC certification is recognised globally.

Further Progression

On successful completion, you will be eligible to apply for Advanced Entry to Year 3 of the QQI-accredited Level 7 BA Degree in Interior Design at Dublin Institute of Design.

Entry Requirements

Applicants aged under 23 years 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.

Advanced Entry

Applicants with previous education or experience in interior design may apply for Advanced Entry to this programme.

Student Testimonials

The course has taught me the computer techniques and skills necessary to present my work in today’s competitive environment. It has also taught me to see structure, art and design in a very analytical way. Most importantly, it has educated me to speak and express my thoughts about design.

- Derek Hooton

Project variety is good, I feel we have learned a lot over the past 2 years that helps us a lot now that we are in 3rd Year.

- Emma Lowe

The course is much more than I imagined. I have engrossed myself completely and I really believe it is amazing.

- Sian Power

I really enjoyed the course. I felt the lecturer had a lot of patience when I struggled with technical drawing.

- Neala Murphy

There is a well qualified and professionally experienced team, many of whom are practicing designers.

- BTEC External Centre Examiner

Jill L'Estrance, Office Design

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.