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BA Degree Interior Design

Course Description

This creative and exciting 3-year programme will provide you with the skills and knowledge required for a career in interior design. Upon graduation, you will also be qualified to pursue a career 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.

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 January 2022.
Application guidelines can be found here.

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

Course Content

Year 1

The first year of the programme will introduce you to a comprehensive range of interior design skills, as well as traditional architectural design techniques. The programme is structured to deliver a strong foundation in core design skills, starting with residential and domestic sized projects.

You will gain a detailed theoretical understanding of the process of interior design, as well as the 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, you will develop your core skills and processes across a range of more complex designs, largely focused on commercial projects.

During this year, you will develop a deep knowledge and understanding of the core interior design and architectural principles. On completion of Year 2, you will be 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 your final year, you will engage with more personalised and innovative projects. You will develop and manage designs on a large scale, and demonstrate your readiness to engage with industry in an independent and knowledgeable manner.

By the end of the year, you will have a professional qualification in interior design, along with an impressive portfolio which showcases your ability to deliver original interior 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) are required to have completed the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent) with five subjects, including English and Mathematics, at D3 Ordinary or better. 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.

Applications are accepted from non-standard applicants (e.g. mature learners over 23 years of age, including those who are exploring interior design for the first time, or school leavers who do not meet the minimum Leaving Certificate or portfolio requirement).

Please see here for further application guidelines.

Advanced Entry

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


On successful completion, you will be awarded a BA Degree in Interior Design.

This is a Level 7 award from QQI, the official state Higher Education awarding body.

The programme is currently under revalidation by QQI.

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