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The Interior Design Institute

90, Long Acre
Covent Garden
London WC2E 9RZ

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.

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  • 5 days ago

This is a brilliant course that I would…

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  • Julie Aldred

  • 8 days ago

Complete interior design course

If you want to learn interior design from start to finish then this is the course for you. I’ve learnt...

  • Tracey

  • 9 days ago

I absolutely LOVE this course.

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  • 14 days ago

I am half way through of interior…

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  • 19 days ago

Im half way through the IDI diploma and…

Im half way through the IDI diploma and Im loving it, so excited to finish it all.

  • Aimee Gautier

  • 36 days ago

Really enjoying the course so far

Really enjoying the course so far, learning lots of different techniques.

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  • 36 days ago

I love this course

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  • 37 days ago

Can't recommend enough :)

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  • 45 days ago

Take a leap of faith!

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  • Alisha Bowley

  • 45 days ago

This has given me my perfect portfolio ready for work

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  • Customer

  • 49 days ago

Highly recommend this course.

Highly recommend this course. Love it!!

  • Asmaa Iqbal

  • 51 days ago

Glad I found the IDI

The course has been amazing so far. My tutor is lovely and the modules are simple to follow. I would...

  • Helena BG

  • 51 days ago

This course is great!

This course is great! I am learning lots of things about Interiors. Everyone is really helpful.

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  • 51 days ago

A really great course...

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  • 55 days ago

Great course with great content

I really enjoy the approach and the content of the modules. The material covered includes theory and hands on approach...