Our Online Interior Design Course

Unlock your creative potential and embark on a journey to redefine living spaces with our online Interior Design course. Learn interior design principles and techniques tailored to the South Africa design context, and equip yourself with the skills to transform any space.


Diploma Course

  • 12 Modules and Assignments
  • Access to Online Resources
  • 12 Months to Study
  • Diploma of Interior Design
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Optional Add Ons

Darren Palmer

Darren Palmer Masterseries

  • 12 Videos + 3 Bonus Q&A Sessions
  • Darren Palmer eBook
  • Additional 6-Month Extension
  • Certificate of Completion
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Advanced Modules

Advanced Modules

  • Specialised Short Courses
  • Specialised Tutors
  • Additional 6-Month Extension
  • Certificate of Completion
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Online Workshops

  • Learn Live with Industry Experts
  • Develop Hands-on Skills
  • Connect with Local and International Students
  • Stay Current with the Latest Design Information
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We strongly believe in providing the best quality service and learning experience available online. We have partnered with a number of third-party accreditation bodies to give students peace of mind and confidence in studying with us.

Discover the Foundations of Becoming an Interior Designer

Embark on a path that merges creativity with practicality within the interior design landscape. As the world increasingly values well-designed spaces for their ability to enhance daily experiences and promote wellbeing, the demand for skilled interior designers has surged. This comprehensive 12 month, self-paced online learning experience prepares you for a multitude of opportunities in residential, commercial, and styling projects within South Africa. With a curriculum designed by industry experts, this course not only equips you with foundational knowledge and practical skills but also opens doors to transforming spaces and lives across South Africa.

Explore the Fundamental Principles of Interior Design

Journey through the core principles underpinning how to excel in interior design, tailored to meet South Africa standards and styles. From the intricacies of colour theory and spatial planning to the nuances of materials and lighting, this course lays a solid foundation for building your design expertise, encouraging you to develop a unique style that resonates with South Africa's diverse design challenges.

Learn How to Transform Spaces with Creative Design

Gain practical experience on how to apply these principles in real-world scenarios, turning conceptual ideas into tangible designs that breathe life into any space. Whether your goal is to enhance personal environments or guide clients through their design journeys, this course empowers you to make impactful decisions.

Study When It Suits You

The flexibility of our course structure means you can begin your journey into interior design at any time that suits you. There are no fixed start dates, allowing you to enrol and start learning immediately or at a time that aligns with your personal and professional commitments. This flexibility ensures that education in interior design is accessible to everyone, regardless of their current life situation.

Our Interior Design course is designed to be self-paced, accommodating your schedule and pace of learning. Students enrolled in the Diploma course are provided with 12 months to complete the course. Should you need more time, extensions can be purchased, offering additional flexibility to ensure you can complete your studies without pressure.

The self-paced nature of our course allows you to engage with the material fully, apply your learning in practical assignments, and even balance your studies with work or personal commitments. With around-the-clock access to course materials and support from our dedicated tutors, you have the freedom to study whenever and wherever suits you best.

Find out more about self-paced learning and how it can fit into your life: Frequently Asked Questions

What Will I Achieve?

By the end of this course, you will:

  • Master the fundamental principles of interior design
  • Develop practical skills for real-world application
  • Gain insights into managing design projects from conception to completion
  • Understand how to consult with clients and meet their needs
  • Be prepared for a successful career in interior design or to take on personal design projects with confidence
  • Create a professional interior design portfolio

Professional Portfolio

At IDI, we understand the significance of a well-curated portfolio in helping our students land their dream jobs in the industry. Therefore, we prioritise guiding our students through the process of creating portfolios that are not just impressive but also professionally done.

Our course is meticulously designed to equip students with the knowledge, tools, and techniques needed to produce high-quality work that stands out in the field of interior design. From conceptualising innovative design ideas to executing them with precision and attention to detail, our curriculum covers all aspects of interior design portfolio creation.

By the end of our interior design course, students will have a comprehensive portfolio of works that demonstrates their creativity, technical proficiency, and professional readiness. This portfolio serves as a powerful tool for them to present themselves confidently in job interviews, client meetings, and other professional settings, significantly increasing their chances of securing rewarding employment opportunities in the competitive field of interior design.

Let us inspire you with a student portfolio below by graduate Lucy Lear, which she created during our online interior design course.

Kickstart Your Interior Design Career with Personalised & Expert Guidance

Our dedication to your growth extends far beyond offering high-quality education. Through personalised guidance and expert mentorship, our program does more than teach the fundamentals of interior design—it sets you on the path to a thriving career in the field.

Each tutor at our institute is not only a seasoned interior design professional but also a dedicated mentor, providing tailored feedback on your work. This approach ensures you get the targeted support and insights necessary to refine your abilities and build your confidence as a designer. Our mentorship adapts to your unique educational journey, offering precise, constructive feedback to facilitate your progress.

Enroling in our internationally recognised and accredited course means acquiring a comprehensive skillset and evaluable credentials that significantly enhance your career prospects in interior design. Our curriculum is designed to prepare you for success, whether you aim to undertake projects in residential or commercial design or embark on establishing your own interior design practice.

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Unmatched Online Learning Experiences with The Interior Design Institute

As part of our dynamic online community, you'll connect with expert tutors and like-minded students, engaging in discussions, sharing ideas, and drawing inspiration from a network of creative minds. This supportive educational environment is designed to inspire, challenge, and empower you on your path to becoming an interior designer.

Our Community

As part of your learning journey, you'll gain access to our vibrant online community. Through dedicated Facebook groups, you'll have the opportunity to connect with fellow students and professionals from around the world.

Share your ideas, seek advice, gain inspiration, and even collaborate on projects. This community engagement is an invaluable aspect of your learning experience, providing support, networking opportunities, and a sense of belonging to a global network of aspiring and established designers.

Read testimonials from our student community or see what our students are up to via our #IDIstudent tag.

Interior Design

Diploma Course

What Does the Diploma Course Cover?

Our carefully crafted curriculum encompasses 12 comprehensive modules tailored to enhance your knowledge and proficiency in interior design. You will graduate with a professional portfolio and have the skills to thrive as an Interior Designer.

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Darren Palmer Masterseries

What is Included in the Masterseries?

In collaboration with IDI, Darren Palmer has curated a unique collection of 15 premium videos tailored to complement our course modules. As a respected interior designer, author, and TV personality, Darren's videos reflect his distinct design philosophy and deep industry expertise. Whether you're a beginner or seasoned designer, the Darren Palmer Masterseries promises to elevate your interior design education. You can purchase this when you sign up or anytime during your studies with us.

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Advanced Modules

For students eager to expand their expertise in interior design beyond the basic curriculum, our Advanced Modules offer a chance to delve into innovative subjects and current design trends. Dive into specialised topics like Business, Branding, Marketing & Social Media for Interior Designers, Plant Styling & Landscape Design, Kitchen & Bathroom Design, SketchUp, AutoCAD, and beyond.

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Online Workshops

We provide a range of online workshops centered on hands-on, practical experiences in interior design, led by industry professionals. These sessions cover a diverse array of topics, from exploring emerging trends and biophilic design to understanding colour theory, creative lighting design, floor plans, technical drawing, and establishing a strong Instagram presence.

Engaging in these workshops not only enriches your educational journey but also equips you with the essential skills and insights needed to thrive in the competitive landscape of the interior design industry.

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Start your design journey today! We have no set start dates, and with our 7-day money-back guarantee, you can join risk-free! Have questions? Get in touch, and our friendly support team will get back to you.

Interior Design Blog Posts

Embark on a journey of inspiration, creativity, and expertise through our array of Interior Design blog posts featuring insights, student showcases, and expert tips.

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I had a great time… and the Student Support and advice given by my tutor not only assisted me in completing well compiled assignments, but also on how to approach these situations in real life.

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