Griffith College

Diploma in Interior Design

Diploma in Interior Design

Diploma in Interior Design

Take your first steps towards becoming a professional, creative, and competent designer with our Diploma in Interior Design.

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Validated by:Griffith College
Duration:2 years Full time or 2 years Part time

About The 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. You will be immediately engaged with the principles of design; pursuing different communication techniques allowing you to present your work in a clear and confident manner.

This two year Interior Design diploma can be taken as a full-time or evening access course. To meet current best practise in industry, modules in branding and visual merchandising now complement those of building regulations, health and safety, and furniture and lighting design. You will have the skills to produce creative and technically proficient interior designs, which may be explained digitally, by hand, or in 3 dimensions. 


The quality of the our students’ work has been recognised throughout the interior design and architecture industry in both awards and exhibitions.

Industry recognition

The Institute of Designers in Ireland (IDI) recognizes the BA in Interior Design (Level 7) and the Griffith College Dublin Diploma in Interior Design.

Industry links

During the course you’ll be taught by practicing architects, designers, buyers, and art historians, ensuring that the faculty maintains strong industry links. Our courses are regularly reviewed by industry professionals to ensure we are meeting the current needs of the industry and following best practice. Professionals from industry are regularly invited to give guest lectures, and in our award years, participate in critiquing student work.

Interior Design Internships

Fashion students have been awarded internships at Avoca, FeeG, Helen McAlinden, Jennifer Rothwell, Joanne Hynes, Liz Quin and Louis Copeland. Design students have also secured internships with HJ Lyons and Jonathan Adler N.Y.C.

Field trips

Experiential learning is an important part of our courses, therefore most modules have class trips as a part of their curriculum. Every year the faculty travels internationally and nationally to places with both current and historical interior design importance. Previous trips have included London, Rome, Milan, Berlin, Paris, Bilbao, Barcelona, and Venice.

Creative Week

A key date in our calendar is the annual Creative Week showcase. This showcase gives graduates of Interior Design a platform to present their work alongside those of media, journalism, computing, film, and photography. Not only will this exhibit give you the experience of showcasing to industry standards, but it allows for extensive PR and networking opportunities.


Year 1 Core Subjects
Semester 0
Building Science and Technology
Design Communications
Visual Culture & Theory
Design Principles & Research Methods
Design Communications
Year 2 Core Subjects
Semester 0
Building Technology
Design Practice Management
Design Principles & Research Methods
Visual Culture & Theory
Entry Requirements
General Requirements

Leaving Certificate

5 O6/H7 grades, to include a language (English, Irish or other language) 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.


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:

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.

Please Note: A registration fee of Euro 250.00 is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

Study Mode: 
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
Study Mode: 
EUR 3,400.00
How to Apply


Study Mode: Full-Time

  • 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.


Academic Progression: 

This Diploma in Interior Design is a stepping stone into further study. After completing the two year diploma, you can proceed directly into Year 3 of our Level 7 Interior Design course.

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

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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.

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Get in Touch

If you would like to find out more about this course, please do not hesitate in contacting a member of our admissions team.