Diploma in Professional Interior Design

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If you are interested in pursuing a career in interior design or would just like to learn a bit more about skills, processes and creativity involved in the subject, then the Diploma in Interior Design is the perfect course for you.

About the course

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?

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!


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Everyone is different. If you can study for 10-12 hours per week you can complete the course in 10 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 12 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. Please Note: If you opt for Home Study you will not be required to attend the Academy at any point throughtout the course.

Study In-studio

If you prefer to study in a classroom based environment then the in - studio course could be for you, you will be required to attend the Academy in Nottingham for 2 weeks. Most students complete the course in 3-6 months. Due to funding criteria, funded or subsidised students are allowed 12 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.

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
07–11 March 2016

25–29 April 2016

09 - 13 May 2016 20 - 24 June 2016
06 - 10 June 2016 18 - 22 July 2016
05 - 09 September 2016 17 - 21 October 2016               

Please Note:Please ensure you are able to attend the two weeks as above as these are fixed dates and are not changeable, if for any reason you are unable to attend the second week, you would then be required to switch to Online Study. 

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 content

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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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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