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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.

Class Sizes

We are committed to ensuring you gain the most, academically and personally, during your study time with Portobello.  To facilitate this, we limit our class sizes to a maximum of 14 students on part-time programmes. With these uniquely small classes, we create the environment for you get to know everyone in your group, you can then feel comfortable and confident to ask questions and our tutors have the time to attend to the needs of each and every student. Many of our students tell us of the lifelong friendships they have made during their study time with Portobello.

Assignment Support

We understand the challenge of completing assignments at third level, the new skills and the change in thinking sometimes needed to put on paper, all that you have learned. We offer our students the opportunity to submit a draft assignment for informal feedback before submitting the final version. We care about your success, we want you to achieve the best you can and we offer you the individual support to acquire the skills you need to communicate what you have learned whilst studying with Portobello Institute.

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.

What our students have to say.....

Abdullah Alshulain

"I completed the Interior Design course in Nov 2014. Interior Design is something I have always wanted to do but I was unsure if it was just a hobby or if I could make a career from it. Portobello Institute's part time course was perfect for me as at just 1 evening a week was manageable with my other commitments. The course was very interesting and relevant to today's market. The tutor was nearly the best part of the course. She was helpful and patient and made the course very enjoyable - so much so I have decided to try to make a career in it. This course is brilliant for anyone wondering if Interior Design is for them but can't commit to full time study, I loved it!"

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