Testimonials

Anna Moumtzidou

Surrey

I started the course because I always had a great interest in interior design. Since I could remember I was moving furniture around and experimenting with interiors.

I finally decided to take the step and join a design course to learn more about it, but with a very demanding full time job I was worried that I wouldn't be able to find something to accommodate my schedule. I found The Interior Design Institute after an extended research I did online and decided that it was the right course for me.

The reading material, the assignments and my tutor was perfect. I did find the course quite challenging at times but my tutor was always there with advice and helpful tips. I really wasn't expecting to learn so much and feel so confident about what I can do now. While studying my course I've started my own blog www.thisplaceicallhome.com about Interior Design which I really love doing, where I am also documenting our home renovation.

I really enjoyed doing the course and I have a great feeling of achievement now I finished it. I really can't wait to see what the future will bring as I'm bursting with ideas!

Marzia Bisognin

Hove

It was a pleasure to learn from this course.

I had been wanting to study Interior Design for a long time, but with work, travelling, and an overall busy lifestyle, I keep pushing away that desire.

Eventually, I came across The Interior Design Institute's website and instantly decided to enrol: I’m really glad I did, as not only did I manage to finish the course in 6 months time - as it was so easy to follow, but insanely interesting and inspiring - but also finally expanded my knowledge in this area. With each module I felt more and more invested, making it such an amazing experience to advance, whilst learning new skills.

I'm very happy I found the Interior Design Institute, as it made it possible for me to do something I feel passionate about, and I'm looking forward to put everything I've learnt into practice.

www.marziaslife.com

Meghan Behr

London

I have always had an interest in Interior Design but it was only until recently that I started to think about making it a career. I did some research and the only courses I was able to find were either full-time or part-time (1 day per week), as I work full-time this was never a possibility for me. Then I found The Interior Design Institute and could hardly believe my luck – I could study completely online in my own time…and it is affordable!

I got the money together and started the course and I can honestly say that I have not looked back! From my very first assignment my whole way of thinking changed. When going out for dinner and staying at a hotel, I began drawing on everything I learnt and analysing design flaws and how to change them as well as studying beautiful designs and why they worked and looked good!

The modules are very comprehensive and move steadily through each design phase. Throughout the course you are encouraged to scour the internet, design magazines, shops etc for interesting designs that inspire you. I embraced this with gusto and in my internet travels, came across some fantastic design blogs that provided endless creative inspiration. I have since ended up creating my own blog which not only serves as a catalogue for some of the amazing designs I come across everyday but it is also a wonderful creative outlet for me!

I cannot thank my tutor enough, she was always prompt and concise when answering my questions and also went that step extra by giving me tips and advice on how she tackles obstacles in her role as designer! I found this information invaluable and hope to draw on it in the future.

www.my-wishfulthinking.blogspot.com

Gerard McGuickin

London

Interior design has been a passion of mine for a very long time. However it’s always been on the sidelines. I never could quite get up the nerve to try it for real. After a significant episode in my life I made the decision to make a big career change. I wanted to concentrate my efforts on being an interior designer. Whilst I felt I had the necessary appetite, a good eye and a lot of knowledge about design, I needed a course that would help me to pull a number of different strands together. The Interior Design Institute course ticked all of my boxes - cost, breadth of curriculum, self-motivational working, and no strict deadlines.

I enjoyed the trajectory of the programme - it was structured and made sense. My favourite modules included the visual language of design, styles of design, furniture and the client. I enjoyed the fictional, but very practical and useful, client project that bridged several modules. My tutor, Alex Simpson, was helpful with his feedback, friendly and encouraging. With this course you really do need to be committed to completing the assignments. You won’t have anyone pushing you along, but that was a way of working that suited my style.

If the Interior Design Institute course did one thing for me, it was to affirm my belief that I’ll make a good interior designer. I don’t mean that it was all easy, but rather that it came naturally. It made sense and felt right. If there’s one area that I need to brush up on, it’s CAD. The course gave a brief introduction, but I do need to continue my learning here.

My intention was always to set up my own interior design business. I’ve now done this and I love the change of pace in my life. My company is called Walnut Grey Design and I launched my website in August 2011. I’m also blogging about design and interior design. I love to write and to talk about design, so my blog is a great outlet for me :-)...

www.walnutgreydesign.com

Shelley Bradstock

Prestwich

I have always had a passion for Interior Design. I was never able to fully indulge in this love until 18 months ago when I got married, then my husband and I renovated our first home together. At this time, I had just completed my Masters degree and was about to embark on a career in Social Work, but I knew that my heart wasn’t in it.

Whilst researching Interior Design techniques to help with our decorating, I came across the Interior Design Institute. At first I decided to take the course to help with our renovations, thinking that I would, at the very least, gain knowledge and learn new skills that I could use in my own home design and decorating. However, after completing the first two modules I was hooked and I knew that I really wanted to have a career in Interior Design.

The course is brilliantly structured and gives you a fantastic background knowledge of Interior Design. It culminates in advice and insider-information about how to set up a successful Interior Design business.

I loved working online to suit my schedule and I have been able to set up my business whilst completing the course.

I have designed and created my own website, have almost completed my first residential project and have secured a non-residential project to start this week – and I only completed my final course module three days ago!

I would like to thank my tutor who was fantastic in giving prompt, enthusiastic, encouraging and constructive feedback. I have thoroughly enjoyed gaining my Diploma and am looking forward to my new career in Interior Design – and most importantly to be doing something that I love every day.

Kerry Quinn

West Midlands

Interior Design has been a passion I have longed to explore. I have spent most of my career in various sales roles, including three years as a legal recruitment consultant. I have always enjoyed looking at architecture, art and interior spaces.

I first thought about studying Interior Design after purchasing my house which required refurbishment and Interior Decoration work. I thought it would useful to have the technical knowledge and skills to transform the house into a beautiful home. Due to work commitments at the time I was unable to pursue any studies. However, last year I decided that life is too short to miss out on opportunities and it is imperative to follow your dreams and ambitions, thus prompting me to research potential online courses.

After reading the outline of the course and the testimonial page on The Interior Design Institutes' website, I just knew immediately that this was the right course for me.

I found the course comprehensive and thorough, leaving no stone unturned. This allowed me to gain employment within a residential interior design shop in the beginning, where I have benefited from having the opportunity to put colour schemes together. During the latter part of my course, I decided to approach a commercial design practice where I was successful in being offered a position. I believe the course has given me enviable experience and exposure to the world of residential and commercial interiors.

I have found the whole team a pleasure to deal with. The prompt response from the support team was especially impressive. Advice and feedback given to me from my wonderful tutor was really helpful and encouraging throughout the course, which enabled me to move onto the next module in confidence knowing I had truly understood the module and assignments required.

I am ecstatic about achieving my Diploma. Without this Diploma and experience of studying via distant learning, I would not have been able to realise my dream of becoming a professional Interior Designer.

I would recommend this course to any like-minded individuals thinking about studying through this method. My whole experience with The Interior Design Institute has exceeded my expectations of surpassing my goals of becoming qualified in the wonderful world of Interiors.

Jessica Crane

High Peak

I recently completed this course with The Interior Design Institute, the course took me just over 6 months.

I can honestly say, choosing to go ahead with this course has been by far the best decision I've made in my life so far. I am 21 years old and have always been one of those people, who has never known what they wanted from a career and who has never enjoyed education. I have always had a creative side, I just never really knew what to do with it! However when I began this course, I knew from the offset, interior design was my calling.

As I mentioned, I was never one for studying, however I managed to complete this course 5 months quicker than planned, and that it simply down to the fact that I was addicted to it, I loved it! The support I have received throughout has been a god send, my tutor has been fantastic, the support team are so helpful and the support network between students is so motivating and inspiring. This course has opened so many doors that I would have never had without, plus I have managed to design some beautiful interiors for family members and friends, which is the best feeling ever and it is all down to this course.

I would describe this course in 3 words as, fun, challenging and rewarding... And inspiring! 3 words isn't enough. If you are thinking of signing up, GO FOR IT! You won't regret it.

Stephanie Keighron

Thornton

I used to work for a finance company doing marketing which, as the years went on I found less and less interesting and I knew my heart wasn't in it. A few years ago I was involved in a pretty bad car accident and following that it made me realise that life is too short and you shouldn't be in a job you hate you should be doing what you love.

My passion has always been Interior Design, I used to do it as hobby, then my brother opened up his own cafe and I did the Interior Design for him, then I realised I was pretty good and I decided to make this into my career and do something I enjoyed so much. So I decided I wanted to learn more about it and get a qualification in Interior Design.

So I did a Google search and the Interior Design Institute was top of the list, the course seemed just want I was looking and it was also very reasonably priced. So I decided to take a huge gamble using the money received in my crash compensation to leave my secure boring marketing job and I took a few months off and started the course.

I was enjoying it so much before I knew it I was half way through, it didn't feel like a chore to have to do the assignments as I enjoyed them so much. I loved the detail of history it informs you about, how Interior Design came together from all the different cultures and how it formed its own identity against Architecture.

During the process of completing my modules I invested into my own Interior Design/Property Styling franchise, House Wow Ltd. During the set up of my business the course was amazing as the modules seemed to coincide with where I was at in setting up the business, and it really encouraged me, it was also so convenient doing this via distance learning, as I could now fit the work around building the business.

I was very sad when I handed in my last assignment; I really enjoyed the assignments and was always eager and excited to find out what the next module was going to be about. I loved how it built the foundations of Interior Design from history to the present day.

I now run a successful franchise of House Wow Ltd in the West Yorkshire area, focusing on property styling, home staging and show homes and I am now so happy to be able to turn around and say that I love my job and that I am finally a qualified Interior Designer, all thanks to this course. Thank you.

www.housewow.co.uk

Paul O'Hare

Liverpool

Following a 25 year involvement in the decorating industry I decided to concentrate more on a qualification in Interior Design, I looked around for the best solution that would fit in with my busy professional life.

I found that the course was not only professionally run but was also structurally sound, the flexibility it gave me to continue working made it perfect for me to achieve my goal.

Since graduation I have completed numerous commercial and domestic projects and now run my own practice which employs 3 designers and 4 technicians and I have also been appointed Interior Designer for Dulux Design Service!

I would encourage anyone with limited time but with lots of enthusiasm to undertake this course and I wish you well in the future.

Amanda G Raygen

Clapham

I am so happy to be able to write this testimonial for the Interior Design Institute and extend a massive thank you for a wonderful course, which not only gave me knowledge but confidence within myself to try something new.

I joined this course last summer and had a few concerns, these were that I have not studied for a long long time, never ever studied online, my computer skills were pretty non-existent, how hard would the course work be, what about support, what about being able to contact another human being without the aid of a telephone or face to face if anything went a bit wrong, etc…

Well I would like to say that all my concerns were put to rest, the staff from this Institute were and are fantastic. Yes something did go wrong due to my error and the Institute staff were on the case and I had a reply within 24 hours and problem solved with lots of email exchange to reassure me. Perfect!

During the course I had a lot of questions to ask and sent a lot of emails sometimes really nonsense ones however my tutor was amazing , he was so patient, he not only answered my silly questions but guided me to see logic, whilst supporting me and helping me to learn. Perfect! The online assignment work and submitting was great and was so simple and easy to use. Perfect!

I have nothing but good to say and lots of praise for the Interior Design Institute. The cost and payment options were fantastic - 10 out of 10, the course content brilliant and covered all angles - 10 out of 10, admin support spot on - 10 out of 10 and my tutor excellent again -10 out of 10!

I thoroughly enjoyed the course itself and learnt many new things, not only about interiors but about myself.

After finishing this course I have been offered a work placement with a Global Architecture, Design, Planning and Consulting Firm in London and have made a decision to carry on with Interior design as a hobby and assisting friends just to gain more experience on the ground whilst also placing a small advert within my local area to see who needs my help. Starting small and seeing where it all goes.

I would highly recommend this course to anyone and everyone and cannot praise the Interior Design Institute enough...

Rochelle Hodgson

Jersey

Whilst I was studying at college, I realised that I wanted to focus on Interior Design. When entering a home for the first time, I immediately looked and evaluated the décor. That’s when I knew that I had to get a Diploma in Interior Design. As I was still studying, I needed an online course that was professional, flexible and affordable and that’s when I found The Interior Design Institute.

Support from the family hasn’t always been there as they don’t believe that ‘art’ can get you anywhere in life. However, I set out to prove them wrong and immediately enrolled in the course. It was difficult at times to balance college work with the course but knowing that I was going to be able to do something I loved kept me going.

The diversity of the course has widened my knowledge to the interiors around the world. I hope to one day visit many places of the world to get invaluable inspiration in order to design unique homes. I also found that the support from tutors was always there and they would help me whenever I needed it.

Since graduation, I have started an Interior Design business in Jersey called ‘Divine Dezigns’ focusing on commercial and residential design. We offer our services worldwide, we create sample boards and design schemes that can be posted directly to their door.

I encourage anyone looking for an Interior Design Course to enrol now at The Interior Design Institute. Trust me, it's invaluable.

mark r Phillips

Southport

After starting my own Property Development Company in 2004 and completing many projects, both new build and refurbishments, I created, designed and dressed all our show houses in each development both in the U.K and abroad. I found that a great deal of interest was generated for my interiors as well as our build quality, both contemporary and traditional.

After being inspired by such positive feedback, I started making enquiries about achieving a Diploma in Interior Design online. Several of my friends and contacts in the property world highly recommended The Interior Design Institute. After reading the prospectus I was greatly impressed, so I enrolled and commenced my Diploma.

It has taken me longer than expected to complete the course with my other business commitments but I did as much as I could in any spare time I had.I found each and every module and assignment thoroughly enjoyable and extremely informative.

My tutor was a great inspiration to me, marking each assignment as soon as I completed them and giving constructive comments and advice that I found invaluable. Her expertise is second to none.

This is the best thing I have done in years; I wish I had done it years ago.

Anyone interested in Interior Design and how it has evolved over the years to where we are today should enrol ASAP whether as a career or as a hobby.

I have also started my own design practice “Philip Mark Interior Design Ltd", which is proving to be a success and the Design Institute has given me the knowledge, confidence and ability to be successful in the Interior Design world.

Katie Powell

Farnham

I loved the course – Interior Design has always been a passion of mine.

My intention before I began the course was to set-up an Interior Design consultancy. For me to do this I really wanted to study and get qualified. After doing a lot of research I felt the Interior Design Institute course was the best course available as the course had been written and constructed by professionals.

I found the course was informative, interesting and provided essential information for anyone considering a career in this field. I loved the fact that you could study at your own pace and have support of your tutor. The course required hard work and commitment, but you would expect that.

After spending many years in ‘corporate’ roles and after having my daughter I wanted to create a business that I am passionate about and can build around my family. The Interior Design Institute course has given me the foundations to go and set-up my business. My tutor was fabulous and very much ‘with me’ every step of the way.

I believe anything is possible if you are prepared to put in the work. I have now launched my Interior design business, called Amberley Interiors.

www.amberleyinteriors.co.uk

My intention before I began the course was to set-up an Interior Design consultancy. For me to do this I really wanted to study and get qualified. After doing a lot of research I felt the Interior Design Institute course was the best course available as the course had been written and constructed by professionals.

Katie Powell

Farnham

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