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Portobello Institute's Interior Design foundation course has been designed with the help of professional interior designers and architects and focuses on Residential Interior Design.

The interior design course will provide you with a solid understanding of all the key features of interior design - colour mixing, texture, 3D effects, materials, lighting, space planning, drafting and includes a portfolio presentation using the work you complete during the course year.

Qualifications Gained

  • Portobello Institute Diploma in Residential Interior Design
  • QQI Level 5 Minor Award in Drawing (5N1862)
  • QQI Level 5 Minor Award in Design Skills (5N0784)

Entry Requirements

Entry to this course is by direct application to the college. There are no previous academic requirements.

Course Structure

This is a part time course delivered 1 evening per week over 28 weeks.

Course Content Modules

  1. Design Skills
    Basic sketching, blending & mixing colours, creating texture & 3D effects, developing patterns and ideas.
  2. Colour
    Learning how to use the colour wheel, developing colour, creating colour schemes, influences of colour.
  3. Materials
    Wall coverings, paints, carpets, wood, stone & ceramic, fabrics.
  4. History
    Learning the styles and influences of history on design through the ages. Greek, Roman, Renaissance, Georgian, Victorian. Using in today style and reviewing were we are today.
  5. Drafting
    Learning from the basics through to completing Floor Layouts, Electrical & Lighting Drawings and Elevations & Sections.
  6. Lighting Design
    The basics on how to use lighting to the best advantages, planning a lighting scheme and the different types of lighting available.
  7. Ergonomics and Space Planning
    Design the space we live, work and play in. Learning how to making the best use of the space available to the Interior Designer.
  8. Drawing and Portfolio Presentation
    You will be guided through the techniques required to prepare a portfolio to a high standard using the work you complete during the course year.


Protection for Learners

QQI have introduced a mandatory insurance protection policy fee that must be paid by students enrolled on all courses with a duration of 12 weeks or over. This insurance cost is in addition to your course fees. 


Name: Diploma in Residential Design

Cost: 1464 Euro

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Course CodePrice and LocationInfo
Portobello Institute, Dublin 1
  • 15/10/18 - 13/05/19
  • Mon 6.30pm-9.30pm

Additional Course Costs

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  • Protection for learners insurance fee: €59
  • Materials: 150 approx