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BA Degree Interior Design

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BA Interior Design - 3 Year Level 7 QQI award. Course for You

Course Description

This course provides students with a creative and exciting programme of study required for a career in interior design. Graduates from this programme will be qualified and professionally suited to pursue careers in related fields including residential and commercial renovations, office and commercial fit-outs, retail branding and facade design, design for the hotel, leisure and tourism industries, and sustainable design.

What will you learn

The programme facilitates a practical, theoretical and critical appreciation of interior design. New technologies are delivered as mandatory rather than elective modules, supporting Dublin Institute of Design’s belief that these are essential skills for any graduating interior designer in today’s competitive market.

Starting Dates & Format

Course Duration:

3 Years

Mode of Study:

Full Time

Now enrolling for September 2021.
Application guidelines can be found here.

Please see our Timetable & Fees page for start dates and fee information.

Course Content

Year 1

Year 1 introduces students to a comprehensive range of skills relevant to the world of interior design, as well as traditional architectural design techniques. The programme is structured to teach students fundamental design skills starting with residential and domestic sized projects. Students gain a detailed theoretical understanding of the process of interior design, as well as methods and skills required to practice.

Modules: Interior Design Studio 1, Contextual and Cultural Studies, Design Technology 1, Design Communications 1

Year 2

In Year 2 students develop their core skills and processes across a range of more complex designs largely focused on commercial projects. During this year, students develop a deep knowledge and understanding of the core interior design and architectural principles. On completion of Year 2 students are ready to progress to a more innovative process of design.

Modules: Interior Design Studio 2, Interior Design Contextual Studies, Design Technology 2, Design Communications 2

Year 3

In Year 3 students engage with more personalised and innovative projects. Students develop and manage designs on a large scale and engage with their peers in a flexible and professional manner. By the end of the year, students will show professionalism, initiative, autonomy and a range of original design solutions.

Modules: Interior Design Projects, Contextual Research, Design Technology 3, Design Communications 3, Professional Practice

Entry Requirements

All applications for this programme are made directly to the Institute via the online application system.

Standard applicants (School leavers under 23yrs old) a required to have completed the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent) with five subjects, to include English and Mathematics, at D3 Ordinary or better, or equivalent. Standard applicants are also required to submit a portfolio of work for assessment OR to complete an aptitude test as part of the application process. Please see the Standard Applicants page for application guidelines.

Applications are accepted from non-standard applicants (e.g. mature learners over 23yrs old with or without a relevant qualification, school leavers who do not meet the minimum Leaving Certificate or portfolio requirement). Please see the Non-Standard applicants page for application guidelines.

Advanced Entry

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


On successful completion, learners are awarded the QQI BA Interior Design. This award is a Level 7 qualification.
QQI is the state Higher Education awarding body.

Protection for Enrolled Learners

A learner protection charge of €275 applies in each academic year in addition to standard tuition fees.

Student Testimonials

Great lecturers. Amazing not only to learn the theory but to see it as well. Really fun way of learning.

- Deborah Mariluche

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

Great focus on practical / industry / professional education of the subject. Experienced tutors who share invaluable industry advice during the course, and inspire and motivate for further personal development. Approachable and friendly staff, good atmosphere to study and develop creatively.

- Malgorzata Lakoma