Interior Design Course - Postgraduate (Home Study)
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Home Studycourse

Start Date:  Can be started at any time
Price:  £ 895 (easy-pay plan available)
Average Study Duration:  9 months
Assessment:  15 practical assignments
Course Type:  Home Study
Level:  Equivalent to level 4 on the RQF
Accreditation:  International Approval and Registration Centre (IARC)
Entry Requirements:  Must be 18 years of age or older.
Work Placements:  Graduates of this course are eligible for a one month work placement at an interior design company. All placements are in the greater London, Manchester and Edinburgh areas.

Postgraduate course in Interior Design


The Postgraduate Diploma Course in Interior Design offers you an in-depth and technical knowledge of this compelling profession, giving you everything you need to start your own successful interior design business. The course covers such subjects as: managing an interior design project; building essentials and all the technical information you will need to keep up to date with the latest developments in the industry.

Throughout the course you will complete fifteen practical assignments designed to give you the skills you need to succeed as an interior design professional. Assignments can be completed at any time within a maximum time frame of three years. Most students complete the course in nine months.

Can be studied as a stand-alone course.

See below for a full list of topics covered »

Postgraduate Course Study Contents:

  • Welcome Email - from the course director
  • Recommended Materials & Supplementary Reading List
  • Initial Assignments and Submission Requirements
  • All Course Content & Instructional Videos

Communication in Art & Design


Research communication techniques and develop an interior design project, from the first client meeting to the final presentation of your design. Indicative content:

  • Research communication techniques
  • Surveying
  • Compiling a client brief and sourcing inspiration
  • Technical drawing
  • Creating a sample board
  • Produce final designs for presentation
  • Visual presentation techniques

Techniques and Processes


Develop an awareness of a standard approach to the development and execution of the design cycle through the design of a studio apartment. Indicative content:

  • Evaluating a given brief
  • The design cycle
  • Research and design development
  • Spatial planning
  • Colour rendering
  • Model making (optional)
  • Portfolio presentation to include technical drawing and sample board

Contextual Studies


Research and analyse key historical eras and movements that will allow you to understand the context of contemporary designs. Indicative content:

  • History of interior design
  • Exploring research methods
  • Visual and textual analyses
  • How to present research findings professionally
  • Critical research analyses

3D Practices


Gain an understanding of the vast variety of materials and their application in different contexts. Explore the properties of materials that are commonly used in interior design and their suitability and application in a wide variety of contexts. Indicative content:

  • Designing residential spaces
  • Interior design communication techniques
  • Analysing materials and finishes for the residential market
  • Presentation techniques
  • History of art through interior design and architecture
  • Interpreting a client brief
  • Technical drawing
  • 3D visuals
  • Health and Safety
  • Workflows and project management



Explore the different ways in which workflow can be organised to allow you to plan, execute and deliver your own projects in the future. Indicative content:

  • Exploring specialised industries within the design sector
  • Interior design communication techniques
  • Presentation techniques
  • Workflow mapping
  • Workflow systems
  • Tracking issues and solutions

Computer Aided Design (CAD)


Learn the basics of CAD in order to produce your own computer generated drawings and photorealistic visuals. Indicative content:

  • Understand the use of CAD
  • 2D CAD drawings
  • 3D modelling
  • Visualisation
  • Isometric/Axonometric drawings
  • Detail drawings
  • Dimensions and text

Individual Project


Apply all the skills you have learned and develop your creative ability with the design of project with a set theme and topic. Plan the project from start to finish and to review the skills and processes used throughout your work. Indicative content:

  • Designing spaces
  • Interior design communication techniques
  • Analysing and applying materials and finishes
  • The design development
  • Presentation techniques
  • Space planning
  • Technical drawing - CAD
  • 3D Visuals - SketchUp
  • Workflows and project management
  • Sustainable materials
  • Health and safety compliance
  • Specification sheets

Professional Development


Explore how changes in technology and in response to social and cultural change within the industry impact on the interior design profession and the role of the Interior Designer. Reflect on the implications of these changes on your own personal development and career plan. Indicative content:

  • Exploring the development of the interior design profession
  • Assessing own knowledge and skills
  • Identifying areas for personal/professional development
  • Exploring personal career goals
  • Creating a personal development plan