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The Interior Design Institute

South Quay Building
189 Marsh Wall, 1st Floor
Canary Wharf
London E14 9SH

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

For answers to our most commonly asked questions, read our FAQs.

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We offer our course in over 20 countries around the world.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How long do I have to complete the course?

The course is designed to be self-paced. Normally, you would expect to be dedicating on average about 4-6 hours per week for 24 weeks. However, many students take up to one year to complete their studies because of family or work commitments.

How do I communicate with my tutor?

You can contact your tutor at any time through our secure student site, which you will gain access to once you enrol. Your tutor's role is to assess your assignments and provide you with feedback. They are also available to answer any questions you may have about the course.

Do I have to attend any classes?

No. The courses are completed online. This means there are no classes to attend. You can study in your own time and at your own pace.

Do I have to have a background in interior design?

No. The course is designed to allow for students who have had little or no experience in interior design.

What device is required?

Our course is compatible with both PC and Mac devices, and basic computer knowledge is required. You will need:

- Microsoft Office with Excel, PowerPoint and Word (or similar software)
- Internet access
- Printer
- Scanner or digital camera

When can I start?

As the course is provided online, you have the flexibility to start when and where it suits you. If you enrolled today, for example, you could start straight away.

What materials are required?

We recommend students source the following items. These are completely optional:

Scale ruler / Standard ruler / Lead pencil / Eraser / Fine liner black pen 0.5mm / Blank paper to draw on or a visual diary / Tape measure

What if I need more time?

If you need more time, you can purchase one of our affordable extensions. We currently offer 3, 6 and 12 month extensions. Alternatively, you can purchase an Advanced Module, which will come with a 6 month extension.

Will I be able to chat with other students?

Yes. We have a dedicated student Facebook group with over 20k active members. This group allows you to connect with other like-minded designers where you can discuss your assignments, the course and all things design.

Does the course include the Advanced Modules?

No. When you purchase our course, the Advanced Modules will not be included. Our Advanced Modules are short courses and are optional for those who wish to further their studies. They will be available to purchase for students who are enrolled in our course and have completed the first two modules. They are comprised of one module and one assignment and you are mentored by a specialist in the topic selected.

Can I purchase the Advanced Modules as a stand-alone course?

No. Unfortunately, we do not offer our Advanced Modules to the public. Only students enrolled in our course can purchase them.

What is the Darren Palmer Masterseries?

The Darren Palmer Masterseries is essentially a set of videos hosted by renowned designer and TV personality Darren Palmer, that accompany our course. When you are studying our course materials, we recommend that you also watch the videos by Darren, to gain more knowledge. These videos can be purchased when you join, or at any time during the course.

Do you mail any course notes or materials out?

Our courses are delivered online and all information is provided digitally. As soon as you enrol, you will gain access to our online student site. You can download the course materials as you proceed through each module. As the modules are provided in PDF format you can keep them for future reference and print if you wish. The only time we mail something out is when you successfully graduate our course.

Do the courses include Computer Aided Drawing (CAD) software?

Our course does not include any CAD software. We do, however, teach AutoCAD, ArchiCAD and SketchUp through our Advanced Modules. These can be purchased as you progress through the course.


Rated 4.8 out of 5 based on 595 reviews.

  • Karen Butler

  • 19-Feb-2021

I would fully recommend the Interior Design Institute Diploma Course

I am just beginning module 8 of the 12 module course, and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who anyone...

  • Nuzhar Chadee

  • 18-Feb-2021

Graduate Review

This course has been an amazing experience, worth every bit of the moment, gets interesting as you go along, a...

  • Jessica Hiam

  • 17-Feb-2021

I think it's a fantastic course

I think it's a fantastic course. Very informative and covers alot. The tutors are wonderful and very helpful. Can't complain...

  • Marco Vitello

  • 17-Feb-2021

Absolutely amazing

Absolutely amazing, I totally recommend to anyone who wants to explore the interior design world!!

  • Holly Crompton-Nagy

  • 16-Feb-2021

Absolutely love this course

Absolutely love this course! I am half way through and I’ve learnt so much already. 100% recommend to anybody &...

  • Kinga Fornalska

  • 16-Feb-2021

Interior Design Institute

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  • customer

  • 15-Feb-2021

An excellent course

An excellent course - I am currently halfway and enjoy it very much. The material provided is comprehensive and informative,...

  • Janine Louise Shaw

  • 14-Feb-2021

Fabulous course

Fabulous course! Professional and lots of online help. Tutor support is amazing! Highly recommend.

  • Susanna kenyon-muir

  • 14-Feb-2021

Amazing online course for anyone interested in design

Amazing online course highly recommended to anyone interested in interior design! As a corporate IT girl this was a new...

  • CS

  • 10-Feb-2021

I highly recommend!

The Interior Design Institute is very professional and competent. The course is quite complete and the entire course is accompanied...

  • Rachel Bannister

  • 09-Feb-2021

Loving the modules of this course

Loving the modules of this course, the tutor support is amazing and the resources available really extensive. I have had a...

  • Yorkshire student

  • 09-Feb-2021

Highly recommend this course

The course is varied, practical, fun and challenging in equal measures. The tutors are supportive, constructive and efficient.

  • Martyna Jara

  • 08-Feb-2021

A well established course.

I wanted to find a course which I can truly learn from. I appreciate all the extra resources which I...

  • Elisa Sandre

  • 08-Feb-2021


I’m half way through the course I loved it from the very first module! The assignments are so much fun,...

  • Karen Butler

  • 08-Feb-2021

Highly recommended

I'm currently on module 6 of 12, and thoroughly enjoying the course. In places, it is challenging but there is...