Interior Design / Dearadh Intí

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

2021 CAO Points 544*

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

Leaving Cert
Minimum Number of





Other Grade Requirements

Submission of Portfolio

QQI Level 5 and 6 applicants are welcome. Further details at QQI Level 5/6 Award Holders

Mature applicants (23+) are welcome. Further details at Mature Applicants#

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 programme should have a minimum IELTS (Academic Version) English Proficiency of 6 overall (or equivalent) with nothing less than 6 in each component.

This programme 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 programme, 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

Applications close on May 31st.  Applications will be reviewed towards the end of May and interviews/portfolio review will take place during the second week of June.  Applications are not accepted to 4th year of this programme as all students must commence the Thesis Preparation module in Semester Two of Year Three.  

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


4 years

Number of Places



City Centre: Grangegorman


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