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Diploma in Interior Design

Diploma in Interior Design


Take your first steps to becoming a professional, creative, and competent designer with our comprehensive Diploma course

If you have a desire to enter Interior Design but haven’t had exposure to or enjoyed a related background, then this is the course for you.

Why study Interior Design at Griffith College?

Our two year Interior Design diploma can be taken as a full-time or evening access course. To meet current best practice in the industry, modules in branding and visual merchandising now complement those of building regulations, health and safety, and furniture and lighting design.

  • You will learn to engage with the principles of design; pursuing different communication techniques allowing you to present your work in a clear and confident manner.
  • You will develop skills to produce creative and technically proficient interior designs, which may be explained digitally, by hand, or in 3 dimensions.
  • You have the option of furthering your studies with direct progression onto Year 3 of our Level 7 Interior Design course.
  • The calibre of work produced by the Design Faculty has been recognised numerous times through industry awards and exhibitions.
  • An annual Creative Week showcases the Design faculty graduates with those of Media, Journalism, Computing, Film and Photography.

What our students say


"Studying the Diploma in Interior Design at Griffith College gave me the confidence to take my talents as a designer, and translate them into a successful business."

Winner of the Dublin City Female Entrepreneur Award 2011

Deirdre Hardiman
Diploma in Interior Design
Course details
Core Modules
Year One
  • Building Science and Technology
  • Design Communications
  • Visual Culture & Theory
  • Studio
  • Design Principles & Research Methods
  • Design Communications
Year Two
  • Building Technology
  • Design Practice Management
  • Design Principles & Research Methods
  • Studio
  • Visual Culture & Theory
How to Apply

Entry Requirements 

Leaving Certificate

5 O6/H7 grades, to include a language (English, Irish or other languages) and either Maths, Art or Design and Communication Graphic.

Mature Applicant

Applicants over 23 years of age on 1st January 2017 must provide a copy of ID i.e. passport

English Language

If English is not your native language, you must show that your English level is of a suitable standard. For further information please contact a member of the admissions team

FETAC/PLC Entry Requirements:

Level 5: Min. Pass in a Full Level 5 Award achieved.

Level 6: We will assess on a case by case basis applicants from Level 6 FETAC awards for advanced entry to Year 2. Please contact the Admissions Office to discuss.

BTEC e.g. Higher National Diploma (HND) Entry Requirements:

We will assess on a case by case basis applicants from Level 4 or above BTEC awards for advanced entry to Year 2.

Please contact the Admissions Office to discuss.

How to Apply 

Applicants under 23 years of age on 1st of January, 2017 must apply through the CAO system Please consult the CAO Website for information on important dates for 2017 applications.   

Applicants over 23 years of age on 1st January 2017 must apply to Griffith College directly online using the Apply Online facility on the Website homepage. Mature applicants will be asked for a copy of their passport.


Fee Information 

A Registration Fee of Euro 250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below. The fees below relate to Year 1 fees only.

Tuition Fees

Study Mode: Full-Time

EU living Ireland: EUR 5,500.00

EU living Abroad: EUR 6,000.00

Non EU living Ireland: EUR 10,000.00

Non EU living Abroad: EUR 10,000.00

Campus: Dublin

Study Mode: Part-Time

Fee: EUR 3,400.00

2% Learner Protection Charge

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby, in the event of the provider ceasing to provide the programme for any reason, enrolled learners may transfer to a similar programme at another provider, or, in the event that this is not practicable, the fees most recently paid will be refunded.

Direct Debit Scheme

Students wishing to pay for their fees monthly may avail of our direct debit scheme. Please download our Fee Payment Information document to review the payment plan schedule and how to apply.


Is your company paying for your course?

They will need to complete a Griffith College Sponsorship Form and send this to the Student Fees Office:

  • Post: Student Fees, Griffith College Dublin, South Circular Road, Dublin 8
  • Email: [email protected]

Academic Progression

This Diploma is validated by Griffith College Dublin and is recognised by the Institute of Designers in Ireland (the IDI). After successfully completing the diploma, you may apply for Associate Membership. All individual modules on the programme are also individually certified by QQI.

Graduates of this course have the option to continue their studies at Griffith College. We offer a number of options including:

Progress onto Year 3 of our BA in Interior Design or Year 2 of the BA (Hons) in Interior Architecture

You can contact our admissions team to discuss what progression options are available to you.

Career Progression

Our graduates 'think outside the box', pursuing careers in a wide variety of design fields such as TV programmes on interior design, display design, design management, textiles, set design, interior styling, domestic design, draughtsperson, and interior decorating.

Through the Diploma in Interior Design, you will have gained valuable design experience, built a strong foundation of creativity, and covered a diverse range of topics. There is a wide range of career options for our graduates including:

  • Visual Merchandiser
  • House Showroom Designer
  • Design Architect
  • Interior Designer
  • Display Designer
  • Design management
  • Set Designer
  • Interior Stylist
  • Draughtsperson
  • Materials Consultant

Ready to take the next step?