The Interior Design Institute Online Learning Experience

Embark on an extraordinary online learning journey with The Interior Design Institute.

Whether you're a working professional, career changer, stay-at-home parent, or retiree, our online interior design courses are designed to provide flexibility, accessibility, and an enriching educational experience.

The Interior Design Institute prides itself on offering personalised service to meet the unique needs of our students, creating an unparalleled online learning experience that is tailored to you.

How The Interior Design Institute Ensures a Fantastic Online Learning Experience

Each of our courses has been carefully crafted to offer a comprehensive curriculum that encompasses all aspects of interior design. From the fundamentals to advanced techniques, our courses equip students with the essential skills and knowledge to excel in the industry. Our team of experienced instructors consists of professionals in the field, guaranteeing that you receive exceptional and relevant education, along with practical insights.

At The Interior Design Institute, we believe in the power of interactive learning. That's why our online courses foster an engaging and collaborative environment, utilising virtual classrooms, discussion forums, and project-based assignments. Throughout your online learning journey, you'll actively engage with instructors and fellow learners, exchanging ideas and receiving valuable feedback. These interactive opportunities empower students to connect and network within the industry, enhancing the overall online learning experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

At The Interior Design Institute, our online courses are designed to effortlessly integrate into your daily life while providing the pathway to a rewarding career or new hobby. Whether you're juggling a busy schedule, family obligations, or other commitments, our flexible learning approach empowers you to follow your passion for interior design and discover exciting professional prospects.

Got some questions? Explore our FAQs and find out how studying interior design online can help kickstart your new career.

Online Learning Concerns

Are online interior design courses worth it?

Absolutely! At The Interior Design Institute, our online courses offer exceptional value, providing flexibility and convenience while delivering high-quality education and equipping you with the skills needed to succeed in the industry.

Can I get an interior design degree online?

The Interior Design Institute offers online courses that cover the core principles and techniques of interior design. While these courses don’t grant formal degrees, they offer comprehensive knowledge and practical skills required for a successful interior design career.

What are the advantages of online interior design courses?

Our online courses provide the flexibility and convenience of studying wherever and whenever is most suitable for you. You’ll also have access to a wealth of resources and interactive learning experiences that will help you achieve your goals. Plus, when you study online with The Interior Design Institute, you’ll receive regular personalised guidance and feedback from our experienced instructors, and access to our large student community, so you feel supported every step of the way. 

Are online learning programs suitable for all age groups?

Yes, our courses are suitable for learners of all age groups, from late teens to mature learners to retirees. The Interior Design Institute’s courses are designed to accommodate diverse learning styles and provide a supportive and inclusive environment for all students, regardless of background and age group. 

How do I stay motivated and engaged in online learning?

Staying motivated and engaged in online learning requires self-discipline and effective time management. By setting personal goals, creating a consistent study routine, and actively engaging in discussions and assignments, you can maintain motivation and fully embrace your online learning journey. 

Common Student Questions

Is learning self-paced or real-time? Will online learning fit into my busy schedule?

At The Interior Design Institute, all our courses are self-paced. Once you’re enrolled, you can access the course materials and assignments at any time and progress through the program at your leisure. Depending on your course, you will be allocated between 12 and 18 months to complete your studies, allowing you to effectively balance your course work with other commitments. If you need more time, you can purchase one of our affordable extensions. We currently offer 3, 6 and 12 month extensions.

How long does it take to complete an online course or degree?

The duration of an online course at The Interior Design Institute varies based on the program and the amount of time you’re able to dedicate to studying. Typically, students are able to complete their courses within a few months. However, the self-paced nature of our online learning allows you to progress at your own speed, ensuring a flexible and personalised learning experience.

Can I interact with instructors and other students in online learning?

Absolutely! You have the opportunity to engage with instructors and fellow students through our student Facebook groups, online workshops, and our 24/7 messaging system. These interactive components empower you to interact, collaborate, exchange ideas, seek answers to your inquiries, and receive invaluable feedback. The chance to connect and build networks with both professionals in the field and fellow students enriches your overall learning journey, creating a sense of community and a strong support system.

Are online degrees or certifications recognised by employers?

Yes, online certifications, such as those offered by The Interior Design Institute, are recognised by many employers in the industry. While The Interior Design Institute does not offer a degree program, our online certifications provide valuable knowledge and skills that are highly relevant to the field of interior design. Employers often value the practical expertise and dedication demonstrated by individuals who have completed reputable online certification programs.

Please note: It's important to research the specific requirements and preferences of employers in your desired location to ensure that the certification you choose to pursue meets their criteria and enhances your employability in the industry.

What equipment or technology do I need for online learning?

To participate in online learning at The Interior Design Institute, you’ll need a reliable internet connection, a computer or laptop, and basic software applications such as a word processor and web browser. Depending on the course requirements, additional software or design tools may be recommended.

Do I have to have a background in interior design?

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

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.

Does the course include the Advanced Modules?

No. When you purchase one of our courses, 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 one of our courses 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 one of our courses 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 courses. 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 enrol, or at any time during the course. If you enrol, in our Diploma course, the Darren Palmer Masterseries will be included.

Do you mail any course notes or materials out?

No, all course materials are provided digitally. As soon as you join The Interior Design Institute, you will gain access to our online student site. From there, you can download the course materials as you progress through each module. The modules are provided in PDF format, allowing you to keep them for future reference and print them if desired. We are committed to providing a sustainable and environmentally friendly learning experience.

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

The Certificate course does not include any CAD software. We do, however, teach AutoCAD and SketchUp through our Advanced Modules. If you enrol, in our Diploma course, the SketchUp Advanced Module will be included for free and you will be required to use SketchUp for your Diploma assignments.

Are credit transfers available?

Yes. We offer a credit transfer to any applicant who provides suitable evidence that they have successfully completed a unit of competency at any Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

Can I apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) after completing the Certificate course?

We have developed a bespoke RPL that is only available to students who have enrolled in our Certificate course and have completed all 12 Certificate assignments. By completing this RPL process, a student will upgrade their qualification and receive the Diploma certification.

What does the RPL course consist of?

The RPL course consists of 1 module and has been broken down into 12 project tasks that are designed to gradually build and expand on the knowledge our students have gained in the Certificate course. One of the main differences between the Certificate and the Diploma is that students are required to learn CAD software and use this to produce both 2D floor plans and 3D models.

How long do I have to complete the RPL course?

Students have 12 months to complete our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) course.

Kickstarting Your Career in Interior Design

Can I teach myself interior design?

While it's possible to learn some aspects of interior design through self-study, pursuing a structured course can provide a more comprehensive and professional education. Enrolling in a program at The Interior Design Institute offers access to valuable resources, mentorship, and feedback from experienced professionals.

How do I become an interior designer in Australia?

To become an interior designer in Australia, gaining knowledge through formal education or recognised training programs is essential. The Interior Design Institute’s online courses, tailored to the Australian market, provide a comprehensive foundation in interior design. You may like to acquire some relevant work experience alongside your studies to enhance your credibility and help propel your career in the interior design industry.

Looking to enrol in an interior design course in another location or language? We offer our courses in over 20 countries. Explore our interior design courses around the world here.

What Our Students Are Saying

Jessica Hanbury

"The Interior Design Institute was perfect for my needs. After working in a completely unrelated industry for nearly 15 years, I decided to gain more knowledge about my hobby: Interior Design.

IDI stood out immediately, as I could do it at my own pace while working full time and being a mother, wife, etc. I began the course when I was on maternity leave and quickly found my time taken away when I returned to work. Three years later, I picked up on Module 4 and completed the diploma program. I am grateful for the wealth of knowledge and feedback from the tutors on my assignments or any questions I had throughout the course."

Jessica Hanbury


Jessica Hanbury

"I have really enjoyed the course and loved learning again. I feel I have learnt a lot of useful information from the course and can talk about design issues/queries with more confidence and knowledge. I am very creative and thought about starting my business without doing a course but just felt I should have more all-round knowledge and I also hope that clients will feel more confident in my abilities and trust me because I have studied and gained this qualification."

Lara Bezzina


Jessica Hanbury

"With my long passion for fashion and interior design, and obsession to always having a well organised and functional home, I eventually decided to take the interior design course and start a career in this industry. At first, it was scary but once I got started, it was so worth it.

This course has helped me a lot and has broadened my understanding of interior design. I am excited to embark my new journey and the opportunities coming my way. Thank you so much to my tutor who is amazing and always gave me great advice. Thank you to the institute!"

Alinane Itimu


Jessica Hanbury

"I had so much fun completing this course. Being able to take your time and work around your own schedule is a huge benefit. The way the course is laid out is methodical and smart. Would definitely recommend to anyone who is interested in learning more about interior design."

Cera Bollo


"I love this course! I learned so much about interior design not only through the readings with highly visual examples, but also through doing the assignments, which are so hands-on. I loved receiving valuable feedback from my tutor, as well as through interactions with other students in the Facebook group. Thank you very much, IDI, for this fun and valuable learning experience!"

Fagner Rodrigues Azevedo


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