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Top Diploma Programs in Interior Design

Many people seeking new career opportunities choose to work toward a diploma. This is a one- to two-year program that imparts the skills and knowledge necessary to work in a specific career. It is typically available at community colleges, technical schools or online institutions.

What is a diploma in interior design? This type of program prepares students to design functional and aesthetically pleasing residential, institutional and commercial spaces. Students may learn to consider shape, color, texture and style when choosing and combining furnishings, lighting and materials to create a pleasing and functional look. They may learn to assess a client’s preferences and needs and to work within a set budget. They may also learn about historical and contemporary design styles and trends. Participants may learn to sketch and illustrate design concepts and use industry-specific software such as Photoshop and AutoCAD.

Completing an interior design program can open up new job opportunities, but participants can utilize their skills in their personal lives as well. They may learn to follow a budget and can use their design skills to arrange and adorn their own homes. 

Because it is a relatively short professional program a diploma can be an inexpensive path to a rewarding career. Some prestigious programs may be more costly. Students should contact schools directly for specific information.

An interior designer can apply their skills to a number of public and private spaces. They may take on domestic clients, helping others to beautify their homes and apartments. They can also apply design principles to public spaces such as airports, banks, hospitals, schools, post offices and museums. Commercial and hospitality venues such as retail stores, bars and hotels also employ interior designers. Graduates may even find work designing open spaces such as courtyards, playgrounds and public squares.

Students with an eye for detail and an interest in creating stylish spaces may choose to pursue a career in interior design. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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20 Results in Interior Design

VCAD Visual College of Art and Design

In the Interior Design diploma program at VCAD, you will build a skill set that compliments your creative vision so you can excel in a career as an interior designer. ... [+]

Are you passionate about creating the ideal living or work space? Love materials and fabrics? Can you express yourself creatively by choosing the right piece of furniture? If so, then turn your passion into a creative and rewarding career. In the Interior Design diploma program at VCAD, you will build a skill set that compliments your creative vision so you can excel in a career as an interior designer.

This program will give you a broad overview of the career field and introduce you to basic design principles, color theory and design. Additionally, you'll learn the basics of drafting, space planning and standard software used in the industry. You'll focus on creating interior design concepts and layouts for residential, commercial, industrial and public projects. By the end of the program, your portfolio will showcase your ability to develop projects and promote your services as a professional interior designer.... [-]

Canada Vancouver
September 2019
Full-time
Campus
The Interior Design School

The Interior Design School is a real professional and creative treat. The tutors' unique approach and their strong dedication are in perfect harmony with the student's de ... [+]

“The Interior Design School is a real professional and creative treat.

The tutors' unique approach and their strong dedication are in perfect harmony with the student's desire to learn efficiently whilst keeping an individual style.

The school gave me the skills and knowledge that I needed to happily step into the design industry with confidence."

Elodie Noel - Professional Diploma graduate

PART ONE / Residential and Commercial Design

Skills and Vocabulary

The term begins with observation drawing, colour exercises and visits to exhibitions to learn how to use exploratory methods to find inspiration and think creatively. Through a series of projects, you are introduced to the design process from the client brief through to the implementation of the finished installation. The language and design vocabulary of Interiors is delivered in lectures as well as within the studio-based projects and covers all the various subjects required of a professional interior designer from contemporary and historic interiors to colour, light, form, texture, materials, furniture and interior and architectural elements. You will learn freehand and technical drawing skills and learn to develop ideas through an individual workbook. Throughout the course, the emphasis is given to industry regulations on sustainability and wellbeing.... [-]

United Kingdom London
September 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
Tecnológico de Monterrey (Educación Continua Presencial)

The objective of this program is to approach the world of interior design and decoration. Acquire knowledge that allows you to improve or modify your environment with the ... [+]

objective

Get closer to the world of interior design and decoration. Acquire knowledge that allows you to improve or modify your environment with the development of a project where different indispensable concepts are displayed.

Benefits of the programYou will obtain skills that will allow you to appreciate each key element of interior design and decoration.You will learn to use tools for the management of interior and exterior spaces.You will develop skills for the transformation of the environment.Addressed to

Interior designers and architects.

Content of the program

The Diploma in Decoration and Interior Design consists of nine modules, totaling 96 hours of study.

Module 1. Historical Context of Interior Design (5 hours)... [-]

Mexico Santiago de Querétaro
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Spanish
Full-time
Part-time
96 hours
Campus
Raffles University Iskandar

The new Diploma in Interior Design is industry focused and relevant to the workplace as students will have acquired the skills in designing businesses, creativity, and te ... [+]

Programme Overview

The new Diploma in Interior Design is industry focused and relevant to the workplace as students will have acquired the skills in designing businesses, creativity, and technical skills needed by the industry.

The curriculum is aimed at developing the creative and technical skills through project-based learning. This program promotes knowledge and skills through project work and advances the students’ thinking through the development of a personal research capability. At the end of the program, students will be able to describe and explain the concepts and principles of interior design, demonstrate competence in the practical skills of interior design, communicate effectively, and work effectively as designers in the industry. Students will have gained a strong ground in design principles and processes with an ability to take on Interior Design project in a competent and professional manner.... [-]

Malaysia Johor Bahru
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Full-time
2 - 3 years
Campus
LaSalle College Vancouver

LaSalle College Vancouver’s Interior Design program offers students the chance to take a passion and turn it into their future. The bachelor’s degree and diploma programs ... [+]

Let Your Vision Guide You

The work of a designer is about much more than creating polished spaces. In today’s digital age, they also must be proficient in industry software and design analysis. LaSalle College Vancouver’s Diploma Interior Design program ensures students graduate with all of the necessary skills to design a brilliant career, by knowing current trends and understanding traditional concepts of design. Our balanced approach, taught by experienced interior designers, ensures students gain an understanding of interior construction, building codes, materials, lighting and furnishings.

The program is designed to prepare students to communicate design solutions through a variety of visual media while developing aesthetic and ethical sensitivities. Along with design principles, students learn how their role connects with others in the industry and how to manage the business of their profession.... [-]

Canada Vancouver
October 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
Sunway University

Inspiring new developments in technology and materials may sometimes overwhelm new interior designers, which is why we have created a program that will equip students wit ... [+]

Inspiring new developments in technology and materials may sometimes overwhelm new interior designers, which is why we have created a program that will equip students with the solid foundation of theories and practicalities of interior design. They are also taught to develop handy skills through hands-on interior design activities in class and participation in live projects and competitions in the industry.

In this program, the learning emphasis is on developing creative design solutions in shaping and planning interior architectural spaces for human activities. Students can choose two elective subjects from other art and design disciplines as part of our cross-disciplinary learning concept.... [-]

Malaysia Shah Alam
January 2020
Full-time
27 months
Campus
The Design Ecademy - Online Design Courses

Accredited Interior Design Courses - you can be an Interior Designer in 2 yrs & continue up to BA Interior Design. Online courses, no experience or qualifications req ... [+]

This is the perfect Interior Design Course if you are serious about a career in Interior Design and you want to design residential and commercial interiors

This Interior Design Course is an internationally recognised award that qualifies you to offer both residential and commercial interior design services. This Interior Design Course will train you to work with all the structural elements that define interior space so that you can reshape a building’s internal structure and renovate small to medium size buildings. If you want to design kitchens and bathrooms, focus on high-end residential projects or work in the commercial interior design arena – then this is the interior design course for you…... [-]

The Florence Institute of Design International

The diploma program is an introductory course to interior design. It gives students beginner knowledge of interior design along with fundamental information to the field. ... [+]

Overview

The diploma program is an introductory course to interior design. It gives students beginner knowledge of interior design along with fundamental information to the field. Modeling and rendering programs are taught to help students develop their projects to their highest potential.

The classes are led by working professionals who teach the students the basics of the profession such as space planning, materials and colour. The projects include both commercial and residential spaces that students complete individually with the guidance of the professors. As the projects are done individually by the end of the course students will have the start of a portfolio that they can call their own. In class lectures, desk critiques and presentations all assist the students in producing quality level projects. ... [-]

Italy Florence
October 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
Melbourne Polytechnic

Design your perfect career. Use your current interior design skills to place you into the world of commercial interior design. Work for large corporate clients and presti ... [+]

Design your perfect career. Use your current interior design skills to place you into the world of commercial interior design. Work for large corporate clients and prestigious customers to unleash your creative flair into their world.

Thrive in a profession that values cutting-edge design in a commercial environment.

Possible career outcomes on completion of the Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration include: business owner/manager interior designer interiors consultant Qualified to help you reach your goals

Melbourne Polytechnic will teach you the core principles and techniques to start your career in interior design. Our qualified and experienced design teachers focus on your progress throughout the course, providing quality personal attention to ensure that you are industry ready. You will have the opportunity to attend invaluable site visits and learn from industry speakers.... [-]

Australia Melbourne
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Full-time
6 months
Campus
National Design Academy

The Diploma in Professional Interior Design provides a fantastic introduction to the subject with no previous qualifications necessary. NDA Diploma courses are studied on ... [+]

The Diploma in Professional Interior Design provides a fantastic introduction to the subject with no previous qualifications necessary. NDA Diploma courses are studied online or In-Studio and are fully accredited by the British government and recognised all over the world.Who is this course for?This course is ideal for all students who are passionate about Interior Design, even if they have no previous qualifications. The course is equivalent to a British A-level and offers successful Diploma students a guaranteed place on to the Bachelor of Arts Interior Design degree programme. This course is suitable for students that are looking to start their own business, change career, or simply enhance their creativity.Where is this course?The course can be studied online or fast-track through our Dubai or UK studios. The NDA is the only online University in the world that can take you from having no qualifications in Interior Design all the way through to obtaining your Master's Degree.Course time.Our courses are designed to be studied part-time around work commitments with the average course time being around 6-9 months part-time. If studied full-time the average course time can be reduced to around 3-6 months. Our fast-track in studio time is approximately 8 weeks with a full-time week at the beginning, approx 30 hours of home study in between and 1 full-time week in week 8.What will I learn?Units include:... [-]

United Arab Emirates Dubai
September 2019
Part-time
10 - 12 months
Online
Malaysian Institute of Art (MIA)

The programme aims to equip students with the ability to make decisions and solve problems that interior designers are confronted with. ... [+]

Diploma in Interior Design Transforming Space

The programme aims to equip students with the ability to make decisions and solve problems that interior designers are confronted with. Students receive education in both the aesthetic and technical aspects required for professional practice.

Throughout the programme, students develop creative and innovative design abilities by working on individual projects which deal with the different aspects of theoretical, conceptual and practical design problems.

Students will be exposed to complex problem of modern environments in the context of style, taste, culture and humanity. The Institute maintains a close relationship with the industrial sectors in the country and endeavours to keep abreast with current developments in design and technology. At the end of the programme, students will be able to meet the challenges and demands of the design profession in an effective manner. ... [-]

Malaysia Kuala Lumpur
January 2020
Full-time
Campus
Karl Von Busse Institute of Design

An interior designer is an expert in the aesthetics of space. Through imagination and creativity they conceptualise and develop immersive environments that are both attra ... [+]

1 YEAR INTERIOR DESIGN PROGRAM

CRICOS 084400M

An interior designer is an expert in the aesthetics of space. Through imagination and creativity they conceptualise and develop immersive environments that are both attractive and functional: spaces that use style and mood to meet the needs of the client and the intended user.

Our interior design courses have been developed with the needs of today’s aspiring interior designers in mind. Through thought-provoking lectures and creative workshops given by international industry professionals, our hands-on courses will help you develop the necessary skills needed to successfully launch your career in interior design.

Utilising your natural creative talents and newfound skills in decorating, lighting and design production, you will work on assignments that mirror real-world projects and reflect the crossover found in today’s design industries. During this course you will also learn advanced CAD (computer-aided design) skills and how to manage large-scale residential and commercial projects.... [-]

Australia Sydney
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Full-time
1 - 2 years
Campus
Kensington and Chelsea College

This course is for 16-18-year-olds with little, or no, previous experience of Art and Design but want to start progressing towards a future career in the Creative sector. ... [+]

The following Art & Design Courses are for students wishing to undertake a substantial programme of study in one of the above disciplines. When applying, students need to select which specialist area they wish to study.

Whatever you choose; Pottery, Sculptural Ceramics, Jewellery, Silversmithing, Interior Design, Multimedia, Stained or Kiln-formed Glass, you will find our courses challenging and empowering. We will help you start at the level of course that is right for you and enable you to progress onto the next stage and into work or higher education. On all courses, projects are designed to mirror the industry and take you through the design process while you develop a high level of skill and professional practice. You will benefit from our prestigious team of lecturing staff.... [-]

United Kingdom London
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Full-time
35 weeks
Campus
LaSalle College Istanbul

The Interior Design Program at LaSalle College İstanbul will give you the skills to pursue a career as an interior designer! ... [+]

Interior Design Diploma

Are you passionate about interior design? Do you have plenty of design concepts in mind when you look at a space? If so, the Interior Design Program at LaSalle College İstanbul will give you the skills to pursue a career as an interior designer! This program will take you from the basic principles and elements of design to full renderings in Photoshop and AutoCAD. During your studies, you will work with different shapes, colors, textures, materials, and lighting to design interiors. These interior design courses will also develop your skills to incorporate design theory and material & furniture specifications to create 2D and 3D plans. Graduates may choose to follow one of three career path options: residential, commercial or institutional design.... [-]

Turkey Istanbul
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Full-time
2 years
Campus
MADIN USAL

The Modulo_diploma of interior design will enable students to develop interior projects. ... [+]

DATES: Free and Customized. Recommendation: 2.5 months (1 October-15 December). MODALITY: ONLINE CREDITS: 15 PRICE: 975 € RECIPIENTS: graduates graduated with interest in the interior design, and in the generation of an inhabited environment.

OBJECTIVE

Modulo_diploma interior design will enable students to develop interior projects

DEVELOPMENT The diploma module will be developed in 5 different subjects, which will analyze and learn to project specific interiors of a residential nature. From the knowledge of the client, with a specific briefing, to the development of a project of residential interior design through the generation of an inhabited environment that is developed with a study of light, color, textures, filters, adapting the interventions in the space to the needs of the user. ... [-]
Spain Salamanca
September 2019
Spanish
Part-time
3 months
Online