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Interior Design / Dearadh Intí

Course Title: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Interior Design

2023 CAO Points: 638*

*This includes score from portfolio submission (maximum score 600)

Leaving Certificate Requirements

Minimum Number of





Other Grade Requirements

Submission of Portfolio
QQI/FET Requirements

QQI/FET Award Required

Additional Requirements


Any full Level 5 or 6 award

Level 5:



Level 6:


In addition to the QQI minimum entry requirements, QQI quotas and QQI points apply. The max QQI points awarded is 390. Further details at

Mature Applicants

Applications from mature students (23+) are welcome. Further details at

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency as detailed on our website. Applicants for this course should have a minimum IELTS (Academic Version) English Proficiency of 6 overall (or equivalent) with nothing less than 6 in each component.

This course is all about the art or process of designing the interior decoration of a room or building, and how we experience spaces and the objects in them. It’s a powerful, essential part of our daily lives that affects how we live, work and play. Exciting recreational environments, unique domestic spaces, functional workplaces, inspiring retail spaces, that’s interior design at work.

This award-winning course, which has strong links with industry, is based on three areas of study. In Design Fundamentals, you’ll engage in a fundamental and developmental study of design practice through a wide variety of studio projects. In Design Communications, you’ll develop your visualising skills (subjects include Computer-Aided Design, Drawing and Design Realisation). In Critical Theory, you’ll learn about the key issues in the history and theory of design.

In Years 2 and 3, you can broaden your visual education in optional modules from the Fine Art and Visual Communication areas. In your Design Thesis in final year, you’ll present a systematic, structured solution to a challenging design problem.

Graduates find work in design practices, architectural firms, furniture manufacturing firms, display and exhibition companies and as private designers.

  • Interior Designer
  • Interior Architect
  • Furniture Designer
  • Exhibition Designer
  • Kitchen Designer
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • Retail Designer
  • Showhome Designer
  • Interior Office Designer
  • Design Assistant
  • Sales Manager
  • Product Design
  • Project Manager
  • Space Planner
  • Furniture Conservator/Restorer
  • PA
  • Stage Designer

Design Fundamentals:

  • Form & Space
  • Structure
  • Proportion
  • Perception & Colour
  • Anthropometrics & Ergonomics

Design Communications:

  • Observational Drawing
  • Design illustration with Photography
  • Construction Studies
  • CAD

Critical Theory:

  • Introduction to Design
  • Design & Contemporary Society

Design Fundamentals:

  • Recreation
  • Storage
  • Internal Structure

Interior Design:

  • Sustainability
  • Commercial & Domestic
  • Retail

Furniture Design:

  • Workstations
  • Flexible Living
  • Contract Furniture

Design Communications:

  • Design Fabrication
  • CAD 

Critical Theory:

  • Modernism in Design & Theories of the Twentieth Century.

Interior Design:

  • Building Regulations
  • Hospitality
  • Retail
  • Universal Design

Furniture Design:

  • Structure & Material
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Modular Systems
  • Comfort
  • Self Assembly
  • Workstation

Design Communications:

  • Digital Modelling 

Critical Theory:

  • After Modernism & Theories of Modernity
  • Thesis Preparation
  • Professional Practice

Interior Design:

  • Research
  • Concept Development
  • Thesis Resolution
  • Thesis Presentation

Furniture Design:

  • Research
  • Concept Development
  • Thesis Resolution
  • Thesis Presentation

Advanced Entry applications are accepted to this course. For further information on how to make an Advanced Entry application, please visit our CAO Hub. A full list of courses open for Advanced Entry are listed on the CAO website.

What is enjoyable? I’ve made some life-long friends, learned from some incredibly talented tutors and have enjoyed every project thoroughly. The variety of design projects means there is something enjoyable for everyone.
What do you learn? We learn the skills that show off our imagination in a physical piece of work that can be presented to future clients.

What is useful? Learning valuable skills that are vital in the design profession, such as CAD, Photoshop, Illustrator and Sketchup.
Why do it? It’s an interesting and challenging subject that has new materials and trends coming out all the time.

On graduation, you may proceed to postgraduate studies leading to the award of MSc, MPhil or PhD at research institutes and universities worldwide.

TU Code



Level 8


Bachelor of Arts (Honours)


4 years

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City Centre: Grangegorman

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