Interior Architecture and Design


Interior Architecture and Design Course - Dublin

At BFEI located in Blackrock village, Co.Dublin we offer a one and two year, QQI Level 5 and Level 6 Interior Architecture and Design course.

Have you a passion for Design and Architecture?  Can you see yourself transforming interiors with colour and texture?  Have you always been interested in interiors but never got the opportunity to follow your dream?  Are you a mature student wanting to change career or progress to study at degree level? Are you interested in studying during the mornings only.

This course will provide you with the knowledge, skills and competences to create interiors in line with client specifications including presentation drawings, materials specification, lighting, furniture proposals and construction detailing.

Career Opportunities

The Interior Designer's work includes domestic, corporate and industrial projects. The Designer seeks to create an appropriate environment for living and working. The major employment categories are:

  • Interior Designer
  • Colour Consultant
  • Design Consultant
  • Interior Architect
  • Furniture Designer
  • Set Designer
  • CAD Operator

Companies who have hired BFEI graduates include:

  • CODA Architects
  • Helen Turkington Interiors
  • Yours Personally Bespoke Interiors
  • Kube Kitchen and Interiors
  • Newscastle Design

Course Structure

Core Elements
  • Year 1 - Certificate in Interior Design
  • Architectural Drawing
  • Appreciation of Art, Craft and Design
  • Design Skills
  • Drawing and Autocad
  • Furnishing and Fittings
  • Colour and Light
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Year 2 - Advanced Certificate in Interior Design
  • 3D Interior Design Methods
  • 3D Design Materials
  • Building Technology & Design
  • Critical Studies/History
  • Furniture Design
  • Computer Illustrated Graphics/Autocad
  • Personal & Professional Development
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Course Code

  • ID1 (First year), ID2 (Second year)
  • Duration

  • 1 - 2 years – Full time September to May
  • Number of places

  • 40
  • Number of contact hours per week

  • 22-26
  • Timetable contact

  • 5 days - Mornings Option (ID1 only - subject to availability)

I took the opportunity to pursue a life-long interest in interior design and enrolled on the Interior Architecture & Design Course in 2017. Initially, I found it quite a struggle to re-activate my drawing skills, however, with perseverance and continuous practice and excellent mentoring from the highly qualified and experienced teachers, I amazed myself by the standard of work that I produced at the end of the year from a very poor start. With small class sizes and a broad mix of students, a great team spirit quickly developed. Through a variety of class outings including visits to the Botanic Gardens, the National Gallery and a trip to Rome, I developed an in-depth appreciation of the application of good design in life and how it enhances functionality. I am now pursuing a career change to work in this industry and my Certificate in Interior Design from BFEI will be the door-opener for me to do so.

- Gillian Alken, Interior Architecture & Design Graduate, 2018 -

Support Elements
  • Field Trips
  • Educational Tours
  • Study Skills
  • Career Advice and CV Preparation
  • Enterprise Workshop
Assessment and certification
  • This course is certified by QQI.
  • Assessment is based on assignments and projects submitted during the year.
  • Learners who successfully complete Year 1 will be awarded a QQI Level 5 Certificate in Interior Design (5M5054).
  • Learners who successfully complete Year 2 will be awarded a QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Interior Design (6M5127).

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If you want to get a degree, then you can apply through the CAO system for entry into courses in the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme such as:

BA (Hons) Design Dublin Institute of Technology –

BA (Hons) Interior Design Griffith College –

BA Interior Architecture and Design Institute of Technology Sligo -

BA (Hons) Architecture Dublin Institute of Technology -* * Subject to aptitude test and interview

After Year 2, you can apply for advanced entry into the degree courses listed above. Advanced entry applications are assessed on a case by case basis. Check out more progression options by downloading the BFEI Progression Pathways Chart at

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Entry Requirements 

  • Leaving Certificate/LCA

You must have achieved 5 passes or 5 O6/ H7s or a combination of 5 O6/H7s or have achieved the LCA with a Merit profile, or have achieved a full relevant QQI Level 4 Award.

  • Mature Applicants

Mature applicants (aged 21 and over) and other applicants without the formal entry requirements will be assessed individually for suitability.

Direct applications to Year 2 are welcome from holders of a QQI Level 5 in Interior Design or equivalent.

Advisory Meeting

Applicants will be invited to attend an advisory meeting to offer guidance and to ensure course suitability. Information on course costs and the registration/induction process will also be provided at this meeting. 

Places will be offered, on a first come basis, subject to the applicant meeting the entry requirements and subject to a place being available. 


  • At course commencement, students are required to pay for books, exams, €200 PLC Government Levy (unless exempt), a Student Services fee and where applicable professional body registration fees.  There are no tuition fees for EU students.
  • Students will be required to purchase certain items, such as drawing equipment.

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