Who should do this course?

  • Have you already designed successful schemes for your home and for your family and friends?
  • Do they often encourage you to start your own business?
  • Would you like a career change but don't have the confidence, experience and qualifications?
  • Do you have creative talent but need professional training?
  • Do you enjoy interior design as a hobby and read interior design magazines?
  • Are you interested in becoming an interior designer?

...then this is the interior design course for you!

This Diploma in Interior Design is a great introduction into interior design which provides you with a validated and accredited interior design course. The course is flexible and can be studied via part-time distance learning, allowing you to continue with existing work and family commitments, or you may attend our In Studio courses for a ‘fast-track' to the qualification - ideal if you are looking for a career change or entry into Higher Education.

The Diploma in Interior Design will give you the skills you need to design your own project or help family and friends with theirs, giving you the confidence to move on to bigger projects or higher education.

As our 'access to Higher Education' qualification, successful Level 3 Diploma students are guaranteed a route to our Foundation Degree in Interior Design course. For a career in interior design you can then progress through the Foundation Degree (FdA) in Interior Design to BA (Hons) Interior Design. Both Degree level interior design courses are validated and awarded by Staffordshire University,  both studied via online distance learning.

No qualifications are required to enrol on this diploma course, and if you already hold a Level 3 or equivalent qualification in an Art and Design based subject, you can enrol straight onto the Foundation Degree in Interior Design. If you already have an HND or Foundation Degree in Interior Design, you can enrol straight on to our BA (Hons) top-up course.

If you still have questions feel free to call us for further information on 01159 1234 12, or alternatively, why not book a place on one of our Interior Design Course Open Days to come along and talk to the Tutors, view students' work and take a tour of the Academy?


Teaching and Learning

One course - two ways to study; choose from distance learning home study or in studio at the Academy

Home study

Everyone is different. If you can study for 8-12 hours per week you can complete the course in 12 months. If you have more time to spare then you can complete your Diploma more quickly. Most students complete the course in 6-12 months. Due to funding criteria, funded or subsidised students are allowed 18 months to complete their course. Non-funded students are expected to complete within 2 years. You can enrol at any time and set your own start date within 3 months.

In-studio

Week 1
In Studio (see dates below)
Weeks 2, 3, 4 & 5
At home - complete a Design Project (approx 30hrs)
Week 6
In Studio to complete the course (see dates below - please check the dates for the 2nd Studio week carefully as these may not be exactly 6 weeks after the 1st Studio week due to other Workshops and timetables)
Week 1 Week 2
18–22 January 2016 22–26 February 2016
07–11 March 2016 25–29 April 2016

Please ensure that you are available for both weeks when booking onto a Studio course.


Employability & progression

Once you have completed the Level 3 Diploma in Professional Interior Design Skills, you are guaranteed a route to Foundation Degree (FdA) in Interior Design; validated and awarded by our partner, Staffordshire University. This is delivered online by our Virtual Learning Studio (VLS) where you can access the course which contains thousands of links to interior design information, meet new friends and keep in touch through the Student Forum. You'll also receive regular updates on the latest trends and exhibitions.

Alternatively, you can become a freelance Interior Design Consultant or work in a related industry such as kitchen design, soft furnishings or design retailer.

Course details

You will cover:

Drawing

We introduce you to the right materials and equipment and provide you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to survey a room, draw the survey and elevation to scale, apply colour to the drawings and create professional presentations.

Design

How to plan the space using basic dimensions for furniture. How to choose furniture understanding space requirements. How to create professional sample and mood boards.

Lighting

Understand the types of different lighting; natural, ambient, task and accent lighting. How to choose lamps and fittings to create amazing lighting schemes.

Finishes

Bring your room to life with fabulous finishes. Investigate floor and wall coverings, fabrics, textures, art work and accessories.

Soft Furnishings

Discover the many different styles of windows. Learn the 5 stages of designing a window treatment and how to choose the type of fabric to suit the treatment. How to visualise your design through a coloured drawing.

Colour Theory

Learn the theory of colour, what works and what doesn't and the psychological effects of colour. Bring your drawings to life using light and shade and reproduce fabrics using pastels, water colours or paint effects. We will provide you with a glossary of decorative paint specifications.

Briefing

It's not all about design. We will give you the skills you need to obtain and interpret a client brief by asking the right questions. Understand who does what and when.

Implementing a Design

How to project manage the design from concept to completion. Stages of work, using tradesmen, who does what and when.

Business Advice

How to open trade accounts with names and addresses of relevant suppliers. We provide you with templates for contracts, letters, invoices and quotations. How to keep accurate records and how to keep up-to-date with the latest ideas and trends. An introduction to advertising and marketing.

Final project

The final Level 3 project will incorporate all the skills already covered and apply through a more challenging brief.

Essential Equipment

  • A Scale Rule with 1:10, 1:20, 1.50 and 1:100 scales
  • Scalpel and blades
  • Steel Ruler
  • Cutting Mat
  • Set square (this does not have to be adjustable)
  • A3 Paper
  • A3 Tracing Paper
  • Drawing Pens 0.5, 0.3 and 0.1
  • An A3 or A2 drawing board (this is optional)

This and other recommended equipment is available in our online Art Shop at special student prices.

If you have an address in the UK you will qualify for less than half price course fees subsidised by funding. This is not means tested but is strictly limited, so we recommend that you enrol now to secure your allocation.

AIM Awards Qualification Fee (Optional)

For a qualification fee of £105 you will also receive the fully accredited AIM Awards Level 3 Diploma (equivalent to A Level). You can opt to add the qualification fee when you enrol or if you wish to pay your course fees by instalments you can opt for the qualification fee to be included.

Fees & accreditation explained

24+ Advanced Learning Loans

If you are over 24 or reach the age of 24 before 1st September you will probably be eligible for a 24+ student loan if you are applying for the Interior Design diploma, unfortunately loans are not available for Garden Design or Soft Furishings & Curtain Making diplomas. This means that you can borrow all the money for your Diploma course and will only start to repay when you earn over £21,000. If you never earn £21,000 you will not need to repay ANY of the money.

More about 24+ Advanced Learning Loans

Home study course fees

Standard online course fee

£1200

Paid by monthly instalments

6 × £200

With optional AIM Awards qualification fee = £217.50
per month

Or

Pay in full today and save £300!

£900
+ Optional AIM Awards qualification fee of £105

Subsidised online course fee For UK residents only

£495

Paid by monthly instalments

8 × £61.88

With optional AIM Awards qualification fee = £75
per month

Or

Pay in full today and save £100!

£395
+ Optional AIM Awards qualification fee of £105

In-studio course fees

Standard studio course fee

£1250

Paid by monthly instalments

5 × £250

With optional AIM Awards qualification fee = £271.00
per month

Or

Pay in full today and save £300!

£950
+ Optional AIM Awards qualification fee of £105

Subsidised studio course fee For UK residents only

£700

Paid by monthly instalments

5 × £140

With optional AIM Awards qualification fee = £161
per month

Or

Pay in full today and save £150!

£550
+ Optional AIM Awards qualification fee of £105

Enrol on this course

More information about this course


Entry requirements

No qualifications required, just an interest and enthusiasm for Interior Design.


Accreditation

  • AIM Awards Level 3 Diploma in Professional Interior Design Skills, equivalent to 'A' Level
  • National Design Academy Diploma in Professional Interior Design

Learn more about AIM Awards


Assessment

There is no exam! Your tutor will assess your assignments and your portfolio is moderated by AIM Awards.


When can I start?

Home Study 

You can enrol at any time and set your own start date within 3 months.

In Studio

Week 1 In Studio* (see dates below)

Weeks 2, 3, 4 & 5 at home - complete a Design Project (approx 30hrs)

Week 6 In Studio to complete the course (see dates below - please check the dates for the 2nd Studio week carefully as these may not be exactly 6 weeks after the 1st Studio week due to other Workshops and timetables)

Week 1 Week 2
18–22 January 2016 22–26 February 2016
07–11 March 2016 25–29 April 2016

Our partners

Boston College
Staffordshire University
Leicester College
European Social Fund in England
AIM Awards
Association of Professional Interior Designers