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Interior Design Pathways in Ireland

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Study a Interior Design Pathways or Foundation Programme in Ireland

Interior design is a branch of design that covers the designing of the interiors of a room or building. It includes the development of a concept, up to the actual execution of the design. Your degree will expand your understanding of the human need, user experience, site context, and culture.

An undergraduate degree in interior design will give a good foundation of knowledge in the field. You will study modules on design elements, the history of interior design, colour theory, textiles, sketching, and materials. You will develop your theoretical knowledge and practical skills, creating projects to add to your portfolio.

Your degree will be delivered in a mixture of modes. These will include lectures and seminars, as well as practical sessions. You may also be required to take part in a placement module, which will progress your professional practice.

Depending on where you choose to study, you may be able to specialise towards the end of your degree. This specialisation can influence what area you choose to work in once you have successfully graduated. Common specialisations include:

  • Commercial Interiors
  • Interior Space Design
  • Materials and Construction
  • Ideation and Communication
  • Design Process
  • Ethics, Ideas and Context

If your degree requires you to write a dissertation or submit a major design project in your final year, this will give you the opportunity to further explore a favoured area of interior design.

The accreditation of an interior design degree will depend on where you choose to study, as well as the content of your course. Typically, you can expect to be awarded a Bachelor of Science (BSc), a Bachelor of Design (BDes), or an integrated Master of Design (MDes).

In some countries, you may need to gain extra accreditation before you are able to seek employment. Some degree courses might be designed for you to be able to gain the accreditation after you have graduated. Your institution will be able to provide more information about this.

Generally, an undergraduate degree in interior design will take three to four years to complete. Foundation degrees, diplomas and certificates can take up to two years, when studied full-time.

Once you have successfully completed your degree, you can choose to either seek employment in your chosen area, or further your studies. Continuation of your studies could be in the form of a postgraduate degree, such as a masters or PhD, or a graduate diploma or certificate.

The most common destination for interior design graduates is to work directly within interior design. You might choose to work for a large company as an interior designer, or you could work as a self-employed interior designer who remodels homes for individual clients. There are many different areas that interior designers are needed in, so your career options will be wide and varied.

Throughout your degree, you will gain a wide range of transferable skills that will help you in your career. Skills include project management, effective communication, idea development, and efficient budgeting.

Study in Ireland

With a reputation for being one of the worlds friendliest countries, Ireland would be a great choice for an international student. As well as this, there are many highly ranked universities in Ireland, who are welcoming more and more international students into their communities each year. Several of the universities in Ireland are ranked in the QS World University rankings, which displays the country's ability to offer a top quality university education to students from all over the world.

See our detailed guide to studying in Ireland for international students.

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