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Choosing an Interior Design Course

Thorough research of the content of any interior design course is highly recommended.

When choosing an interior design course it is imperative you know the difference between an interior designer and interior architect

The BIID recommend a professional level interior design course should encompass the following:

  • Fundamentals of Design (philosophy, sociology, aesthetics and a theory of design). Visual research (colour, light, form, texture). Basic knowledge of materials.
  • Visual Communication (objective and interpretative drawing, freehand perspective drawing, use of colour media, photography and model making).
  • People in their Environment (human ergonometric and anthropometric studies and people in space and design evaluation). History of Art and Architecture, Interiors and Furniture.
  • Creative work by Project Method.
  • Interpretation of the project schemes and technical studies related to the built environment (working drawings, building technology, and understanding of structure and services. Costing and estimating, detailing and specifying material, furniture and fittings).
  • Professional Practice (verbal communication techniques, office organisation and practice, legislation affecting the designer, visiting projects underway or completed).

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Course Accreditation

The Institute strongly recommends that a course you choose should be provided by an accredited course provider. Whilst at the time of writing the Institute does not accredit any courses and there is no specialist interior design organisation that assesses or accredits interior design courses or providers of interior design courses, there are other forms of accreditation that can help to inform your decision. We therefore recommend that you choose a course that meets one of the following criteria:

An HND, FdA, BA, BSc or MDes in Interior Design/Interior Architecture/Spatial Design offered by a University or college recognised by the UK government.

An HND, FdA, BA, BSc, or MDes validated by a University recognised by the UK government but delivered by an independent course provider.

A Certificate or Diploma offered by a course provider that is itself accredited by a recognised national accrediting body such as the British Accreditation Council or the Open and Distance Learning Quality Council.

Contact the course provider to inform you if their course is validated

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Which Course is Right for me?

The Institute recommends that anyone interested in becoming an interior designer should undertake education or training in interior design. The preferred route is a three year degree in Interior Design, Interior Architecture or Spatial Design. However, we recognise that this route may not be viable for all candidates and a shorter course might be preferable. In addition to universities, many independent course providers offer interior design courses. If you choose a course offered by one of these providers, we strongly recommend that you choose a course and/or course provider that has been independently validated or accredited.

Questions to Ask

We recommend that you thoroughly research any interior design course you are considering and ask some or all of the following questions: 

•    What is the course content?
•    What study support will you receive?
•    Who are the course tutors/lecturers and what are their qualifications?
•    If the course is not offered by a university is it validated by a university?
•    Where have previous graduates gone on to work?
•    What support is offered in terms of organising work placements, internships or employment assistance?

When choosing an interior design course it is imperative you know the difference between an interior designer and interior architect. 

Important Note:

Whilst the Institute is unable to recommend any interior design course or course provider, we do maintain a list of courses that meet the entry criteria of designer membership to the BIID