After renovating my first home, I fell in love with designing and knew I needed to pursue it as a career.
I researched different study options and decided that IDI was the perfect fit as it was an online self-paced course that would fit into my busy lifestyle as a mum of 3.
IDI provided a well-structured course that was challenging and informative. I gained valuable knowledge of all aspects of interior design. The support from the tutors was extremely helpful and prompt in their reply.
Since completing the diploma of interior design, my second renovation has been featured in Adore Magazine, multiple blogs and I was interviewed live on Channel 10 - Studio 10 house call segment. I now work within the design industry and love every minute.
Ocean Reef, WA
What a fantastic course! I found this course to be completely practical, inspiring and, most importantly, exactly what you need to know when starting out your journey in the design industry.
What a fantastic course! I found this course to be completely practical, inspiring and, most importantly, exactly what you need to know when starting out your journey in the design industry.
To the highly skilled tutors, easy-to-navigate online assignment submissions and the outstanding support and design community, I really can't recommend this course enough.
I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of completing this course, which has given me the skills to start my own business and my own brand in this creative industry.
Sunshine Coast, QLD
I live on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, and I am obsessed with all things design and building. My husband Brendan is a builder and together we have been buying and house flipping for a couple of years. I have been in the fitness industry for 12 years; however, as a side hustle, I have been working with Brendan's clients to help them through the design process.
I have now taken a leap of faith and left the fitness industry to pursue my dream of becoming a full-time interior designer running a design and building company with my husband. I have had the privilege to work on many building sites which I have acquired some creative design skills that I can help pass this knowledge on through my designs for clients.
I really loved this course! I gained a lot of knowledge within the course and would highly recommend to friends and family.
I had a phenomenal experience with IDI! The course was well structured and taught all the necessary content for me to be confident in starting my own business.
I loved the self-paced nature of the course, and how easy it was to navigate around the course. You get so much support from the tutors, the student support and the Facebook group; I have found it to be an invaluable community that supported me during my studies, and now into my professional career as a designer.
If you're thinking about the course, my advice would be to do it! No time like the present!
I am so pleased to be an Interior Design Institute graduate! I have thoroughly enjoyed the course and found the real-life examples to be so helpful as I continue to pursue a career in interior design.
The flexible, self-paced program was just what I needed and I found the tutors extremely responsive when guidance was required. I would highly recommend this course to others looking to start a career in interior design. Thank you so much IDI!
The diploma of interior design has been an amazing foundation for starting my new career as a designer. I have learnt so much, and the course covers a wide range of subjects that have given me a really broad understanding of everything I need to know when setting up a business, looking for work and being an incredible designer.
The feedback and support I received was wonderful and I’m really happy with the flexibility the course offered! Thank you, IDI!
Sunshine Coast, QLD
I fell in love with interior design after building a custom home and decided to look into pursuing my passion further. I needed a course that suited my lifestyle, and I was able to do it online whilst still working full-time. The support from the tutors made it so much easier, knowing I could email them any questions and have a prompt reply.
It didn’t feel isolating like I know online courses can be. The easy accessibility and reasonable price of the course allowed me to make the decision and dive in and enrol. By the end, I had enough skills that an interior designer reached out to me and offered me work. I couldn’t be happier.
My interior design journey has been incredible! I studied fashion design, but after renovating a restaurant, I realised I had chosen the wrong career path. I cold-called Perth’s top 20 interior designers to find work experience, until one day, Kristie from @elementsathome gave me an opportunity to work with her. She introduced me to IDI, so I signed up straight away.
Since then, I’ve started a company called Happy House Co.; an end-to-end building service that looks after new home builds for business owners and professionals. I loved the flexibility of the course and would highly recommend it!
Wagga Wagga, NSW
Studying at The Interior Design Institute has been an amazing opportunity for me. Living in regional NSW meant there were no on-site training opportunities and having an established business with my husband and a young family here meant relocating for study was not an option. Being able to study online was a game changer!
The flexibility of the course made it manageable to fit study into my other personal and professional commitments. I stopped and started studying for over 7 years while balancing having a family/growing and running our construction business, and building our own home.
I originally signed up for the certificate course in 2013, which I found fantastic for giving me the skills and knowledge to work on my own project. However, I felt I was still lacking in the ability to deal with clients with someone else's design brief and knowing how to document and communicate ideas/designs.
I was really excited to learn that IDI had become an accredited training provider and that I could RPL to upgrade my qualification to a nationally recognised diploma. I signed up for the RPL Diploma in 2020. I completed that in 7 months (interrupted by having my 3rd baby and everything else that 2020 threw at us!) ups-killing to the diploma really expanded my knowledge and ability to practice interior design as a service and not just a hobby for my own benefit.
Although the path I took to get here was a long way around and probably not the ideal pathway, I'm very thankful that I was able to gain this qualification and confidence to pursue a design career through IDI.
Not having studied for a long time or ever having worked in the creative arts or design fields, and apart from some MS Word and Excel knowledge, I was pretty much computer illiterate, so I had a bit of intrepidation as to how I would get on studying for an interior design qualification.
I needn’t have worried, though! For example, I was concerned that I would not be able to understand or complete the SketchUp component of the course, but the video that accompanied the Diploma Course was excellent. It gave full, clear instructions and took me through all the required steps to complete the set tasks giving me a lot of enjoyment and confidence.
The Diploma Course has a wide range of topics covering many different areas and interests, giving a sound, broad platform in which to either start your own business, decorate your own home or go on to further education.
From my experience, I can only highly recommend the IDI Diploma Course. It is extremely good value, very enjoyable and will lead to many other interests in the future. Thank you!
Gold Coast, QLD
The Interior Design Institute has really set me up to start my journey as an interior designer. I feel very confident in my abilities and have grown so much over the period of the course.
From looking back to my first assignment, I honestly cannot believe that I am in the place I am now with my design. My work has completely transformed me from someone who really loves to design spaces to someone who still loves everything about design but is so ready to head into the professional workplace and start building my dream career.
If you are thinking about joining the course, just do it. You won’t regret it when you reach the end and feel so accomplished in what you have achieved throughout your time studying.
I will be forever grateful that I made the decision to start studying with IDI and honestly cannot wait to see how my career grows from here. I know this is just the beginning.
I've just completed the Diploma of Interior Design with the Interior Design Institute. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in this field. The courseware was easy to understand, and being self-paced, I was able to work it around my other life commitments.
Each module felt logical and flowed into the next one, with the final few bringing all I'd learned together through the assignment, requiring completion of a floor plan, lighting and electrical plan, sample boards, 3D render and the associated fixtures, fittings and equipment schedule.
Having a passion for Interior Design, this course has allowed me to understand the foundations of not only the design aspect but also how to convey my design ideas to a client in a professional manner and allow them to easily see my vision whilst also ensuring all detail required for a smooth ultimate outcome if working with trades is also addressed.
My tutor was also available to answer any questions I might have throughout the course. The couple of times I had more administrative questions, they were responded to amazingly quickly, even on a Sunday (which I didn't expect). The student Facebook group was also fantastic and a great medium to also seek feedback and see examples of other students' work.
Thanks so much; kind of sad it's finished. I enjoyed it that much.
Gold Coast, QLD
The Interior Design Institute is an enjoyable, comprehensive and well-structured course that is the stepping stone to my career in the industry.
It's given me the confidence to work in the field by providing me with the foundations and principles of design and it has given me the ability to set up templates and resources that I can utilise in the future.
It's challenged me, made me step out of my comfort zone and it's also allowed me to explore all aspects of design and the best platforms to expand my knowledge. I would highly recommend it!
For years I’ve been working in the consulting, banking and accounting services industry as a financial analyst. I qualified as an accountant but 10 years into my career and I still don’t feel I’m living my passion!
It all changed when I started decorating my own house! That’s when I wanted to take it a step further and solidify that with real theoretical and practical education. I’ve tried many online courses but none has caught me as passionately as this one!
I’ve loved every module and every assignment. I think I may have just found something I passionately believe in!My tutor (Wendi) was brilliant with her feedback and suggestions. I feel this course is perhaps one of the best investments I’ve made in myself for a long time and I hope for a long time to come!@design26_ke
What an amazing experience! From the moment I started looking into The Interior Design Institute, all the staff were so amazing and helpful. They answered every question I had in great detail.
The Diploma course itself was amazing! I found myself so excited to complete each module and really pushed myself to do my best. The content was relevant and interesting, and the assignments were challenging and really made me think.
If I had any questions or doubts, my tutor was there for me the whole way to provide me with any guidance and encouragement that I required.
I would highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to learn more about to industry and aspiring for a career change.
I completed my course with The Interior Design Institute in 2010. After working for Freedom as a visual merchandiser for 7 years, I took the opportunity while I was on maternity leave to start the course and a design blog to capture everything I was learning.
Being able to finish at my own pace was perfect for me, and I loved it so much that I think I finished within 6 months.
10 years later and my husband and I are now up to house number 14 after renovating and building for enjoyment, and the practical experience I have gained along with my learned knowledge has had me working for Laminex, Caesarstone and now for a building designer. All while having my own private clients on the side.
Studying at The Interior Design Institute gave me the confidence to step out on my own and call myself a designer.
Upon deciding to pursue this course, I left my Bachelor of Design Arts course midway because it was not the right fit for me at all, a very scary decision. But now, upon completing the 12 modules, I can easily say it was definitely the best decision I've ever made.
My reasoning for leaving my Bachelor's Course was that the support was not there, tutors didn't really care, and I was basically teaching myself from the very few resources they provided for us.
Studying with IDI, my tutor was fantastic, replying to me within hours if I had any questions about what I was reading or what should be included in my assignment, and assignments were marked quickly, letting me get a start on the next one. The resources provided were abundant, and my tutor provided extra readings that I may find helpful or interesting as well as included in the Modules.
This course provided valuable knowledge into all aspects of interior design, not just the designing aspects but the business aspects as well while giving me the opportunity to learn at my own pace, fitting it around a busy lifestyle. The modules are put together in a way that is very easy to understand, making online learning an ideal choice.
Now that I have finished this course, I plan to complete a few of the Advanced Modules to expand my knowledge further and build my own business.
It has always been a dream of mine to be an interior designer. After finishing a design degree at university many years ago, I felt no confidence to work in the industry as I had no practical skills. Fast forward many years, and a baby later, I decided to revisit this dream of mine.
I was so excited when I found out about The Interior Design Institute's Diploma course as it is self-paced and flexible enough for me to fit in the studies & assignments around my life. It is also a very affordable option compared to many other schools offering the exact same course.
I remember feeling so excited after I enrolled in the course; I could feel that my life was nearing a new turning point. I dived into the course and was delighted with the course content in every single module - everything is laid out in a concise and comprehensive manner that is easy to understand and digest.
Working through the assignments provoke me to think deeper into different aspects that will help me when working on real projects. I never felt bored studying any of the modules - even some modules that I assumed will be bland turned out to be so interesting that they motivated me to work on and finish the assignments so that I could move on to the next module. I got more and more excited nearing the last few modules as everything seemed to become clearer, and I felt increasingly confident that I could help clients to create a home that they would love.
Now that I've completed the course, I feel very proud to have taken this step to change my career (and life!). The only regret I have is that I have not found this course sooner. Thank you so much to The Interior Design Institute!
I selected this course as I had experience designing for my own renovation projects but needed the presentation skills to take on client work. I learned everything that I was hoping too, and so much more. I have a newfound passion for hand rendering and sketching and can't wait to do a lot more!
I began my Diploma of Interior Design Course with The Interior Design Institute after spending a handful of years searching for my passion and my life's purpose. I'm happy to share that I have found it in interior design. The Interior Design Institute has helped me improve not only my talent but my skills, knowledge and confidence as well.
The Interior Design Institute has helped me open some new doors because of what I've gained from the course. I would definitely recommend anyone who is interested in Interior Design to go with The Interior Design Institute.
I have adored studying with The Interior Design Institute! The fact that the course is entirely online and self-paced was a perfect fit for my lifestyle. Despite being online, I not once felt alone due to the huge support from my tutor, the Facebook community and IDI's Instagram.
The modules are extremely detailed and relevant to the current climate of the design industry. It is in-depth and covers a mass array of all things interior design. The textbooks are neatly set out, creating an easy read with detailed examples and diagrams. I have already gained my first client, and I could not be any happier!
I grew up with builders. Four generations of knowledge passed from one to the next, but it was interior design that came naturally to me.
After 20 years in the corporate industry, I finally decided to pursue my passion for all things interiors and study with IDI.
With a young family and a full-time job, the online format worked brilliantly for me. The modules were easy to understand, and being self-paced allowed me to manage my time to suit my lifestyle.
Completing the course gave me the confidence to start my own business, and I haven’t looked back since. Well worth the investment for anyone with a passion for interiors.
I enrolled in the IDI course of Interior Design to become more informed about Interior Design with the aim of renovating and redesigning my own home. By doing this course I have certainly become more informed and now look upon Interior Design as a hobby and a creative outlet.
I found the modules to be interesting and informative as well as a source of information that I refer back to time and again. The earlier modules on the history of Architecture and Design had me driving around the suburbs of Haberfield, Burwood and Paddington in Sydney looking at Federation and Victorian Architecture. Later modules on colour, fabric and textiles had me gaining a new appreciation for these things and now I'm the one who won't walk out of the homeware store.
The assignments were challenging to say the least as well as rewarding. I felt a sense of great satisfaction completing the assignments as I got to use my creative side, which had been poorly neglected for many years.
My tutor was a great source of information and provided me with direction (without giving me the answers) when I needed guidance.
Through telling my friends and family about the course and how much I have enjoyed doing it I have found myself with a small project to work on (separate to my own renovation). This is not something I had intended but I am excited to be putting into practice what I have learned.
I would recommend the IDI course to anyone who is interested in interior design, whether it be as a hobby or prospective career.
I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I was truly nervous about the financial and time commitments of diving into a completely new career, but this course couldn't have been more perfect for me. As the course is 100% self-paced, I was able to fit my study around my crazy and unpredictable work hours as an artist.
I have used this course to discover if I could see myself working in the design industry, and I am now enrolled in a Bachelor's degree with prior learning credits from IDI!
After a decade or so in the corporate world, whilst juggling several successful renovation projects, it was time to follow my heart.
I have always loved to be surrounded by nature and design, and it was time to make this my future.
I spent considerable time researching on the Internet and discovered The Interior Design Institute, past students sung its praises, and I loved the way it was structured. Looking back, it is one of the best life choices I have ever made.... The course, whilst sometimes challenging was so enjoyable, and my total mark of 99.17% is testament to this.
The study I put into each module taught me so much, my tutor, Robert was terrific, he was always there to answer any questions, mark my assignments and provide constructive feedback. The structure of the course allowed me to work at my own pace whilst juggling a family and running a family business.
The course has given me the confidence to start my own successful interior design studio, 'Six Pieces', with my business partner Titia Huggard. Our design services cover all aspects of interior design, blending elements to create livable and timeless spaces that bring happiness to our clients.
I love what I do, and through hard work and dedication my dream has become a reality. If design is your passion, don't put it off any longer, you will love this course!
I have already had several projects featured in the media, such as the one below:
Six Pieces can also be found at:
Completing the Interior Design Institute's course was beneficial in so many ways. I currently have a career as a Colour Consultant & needed to move forward.
Finishing the course has enabled me to seek a more professional career path.
The modules were easy to understand & the assignments were challenging on a highly creative level. My tutor was more than helpful & her comments on completing my assignments inspired me to strive harder.
I have full confidence in my abilities as a Designer & Colour Consultant & know this will assist me in reaching for new heights in my career!
I have just completed my website, placed a local advertisement & have ordered my business cards! I have also had a few enquiries within one week and my first official appointment is in two days!
I have told all my friends about the course & they are now considering starting! Thanks to all the team at the institute, wish me luck!
Gold Coast, QLD
I have been studying for nearly two years with The Interior Design Institute, initially beginning with my Certificate in Interior Design and currently completing my Diploma, and I cannot recommend their course enough.
The course structure, tutors and learning itself are all of very high quality. Every document and reading is concise, and I have never had to wait longer than a day for my tutor to get back to me with any questions I have.
VALUE for money is an understatement, and what I have learned is priceless. This course has allowed me to gain work experience in the field, and recently I have started my own business: Bianco Design Co doing drafting and floor plans which would not have been possible without this course. If you are passionate about design, you won't regret doing this course.
I needed a course that I could fit in to my busy lifestyle, working in the family business, running a busy household whilst bringing up a family and in between developing my new Interior Design business.
The course content & assessment criterion offered by the Interior Design Institute sounded exactly what I wanted & the fact that I could complete it online in my own time really suited me.
It was great having immediate access to each module once the previous module was completed. I'm pleased I didn't have access to them all from the very beginning, it would have been all too daunting and I may never have completed the course!
The Student Support Team were fantastic, I never had to wait for an answer to my queries and my Tutor was unbelievable. There is a definite art to be able to teach & encourage whilst not sounding either too nice/fluffy or alternatively being too condescending or critical. I wanted to learn so I would have been disappointed by someone who gave only praise & no constructive feedback. At the same time to be too critical would have been confidence destroying.
As it turned out I actually looked forward to my assignments being marked not only because of the positive feedback I received, but how much I'd learn each time. Each assessment was very specific & so encouraging.
I’ve gained so much confidence along with invaluable knowledge of the fundamentals of the industry, also how to talk the talk & ultimately see my first of many paid projects to fruition.
It’s taken me a year to complete in between everything else & I can’t believe that instead of being elated to be finished I’m strangely disappointed that it’s over.
Dee Why Headland, NSW
I now have the qualification to turn my passion into a career. Now that I have knowledge of the principles of design, I look at the world (architecture, furniture, colour etc) differently.
I also feel confident to interact with people in the industry and turn my dreams into a reality. I am so excited to start my own small business and create beautiful spaces that will make people happy.
I loved my online tutor, Wendi! We developed a strong rapport. She was so friendly and genuine in her interest, support, and encouragement. Wendi gave really helpful feedback and was prompt in answering my questions.
Home Beautiful showed my work in their special edition of 'The Essential Bathroom Guide" and they will be featuring my work again!
Palm Beach, QLD
The Interior Design Institute provided a great framework for my first studies in the area of interior design and decorating. The course instilled me with the confidence to start my own business and commit my career to the design industry. I finished with a renewed passion for the industry and a keen attitude to get in there and do it.
The tutors responded to my questions and delivered results promptly and consistently.
The course covers all the necessary elements about interior design so you can get a feel for what areas will suit you best.
The online component makes the work easy and stress-free. Going at your own pace means that you can study as much or as little as you like to complete your assignments in the timeframe that suits your lifestyle.
I recommend the course to anyone who is looking for that kick- start in a new career or a great guide to improving your own home as a hobby.
I've already started my own business!
I found the IDI course to be a great introduction in to the complex world of Interior Design, each module helped me gain more insight in to the industry and I built a strong foundation for every layer it involves.
Being able to study at my own pace really suited me as I was pregnant and working full time so I was able to fit it in to my schedule when it suited me. My tutor gave me some great feedback and solid advice for what to expect after completing the course.
I've since gone on to start my own successful Interiors business specialising in Children's rooms and nurseries and haven't looked back since. Thanks IDI for giving me a great start to such a fantastic career in Interior Design.
I’ve always loved interior design and many people have told me I have a natural flare for it. This course came at the perfect time for me and I was able to manage it whilst being at home with my little one.
It was the right length of time, the right price and the perfect commitment on a monthly basis. I have learned so much during this course and feel confident in pulling together ideas and producing amazing spaces, I’ve already lined up a few jobs and can’t wait to get this career going!!!
I highly recommend this course to anyone interested in interior design, whether you want to challenge yourself and learn a few things, whether your building or renovating, or if you’re wanting to start a new career in interior design.
Upper Barron, QLD
IDI offers an amazing interior design course! Embarking on this career change has been an incredibly personal and creative journey for me. I have developed the fundamental skills and knowledge of the principles of interior design, and am extremely passionate about applying this within the industry.
The flexibility of working through modules at your own pace to suit your own individual lifestyle was paramount to me.
My Tutor was supportive, encouraging and amazingly easy to work with. She was always available to chat with via the student support message page at any time of day or night. My assignments were always marked quickly and thoroughly, with practical comments and feedback.
IDI also offer students a website portfolio to display their work which is essential for any new graduate trying to gain work in the interior design industry.
If you've ever considered studying interior design... DO IT! You won't regret enrolling with IDI.
I have always had a desire to do Interior Design, but have always put it off due to the normal pressures of work and life in general. Over a discussion with friends and family at our annual Christmas dinner, I decided that 2013 was going to be THE year for me to achieve my goal of fulfilling and completing my Interior Design course. I did not have the time to go back to Uni and do four long years of design studying, and after a lot of research on the internet, I decided to opt for The Interior Design Institute.
I asked many questions which they gladly answered before I had made any decision which impressed me. I found their website to be the most informative, attractive and professional so I took the plunge and signed up.
I already had been practicing as a Property Stylist for over a year after, I did a course through a USA based company and love what I do, but I always felt that I was lacking proper Australian qualifications and hence I went ahead and began my course.
I had made up my mind that if I did this course I was going to give it my all, and do the best that I can. I did heaps of research on the internet and approached each assignment as though my life depended on it, as I always believe if you are going to do something, to do it to the best of your capabilities. From assignment 1 right up to assignment 12 I achieved a score of 10/10 for each assignment, 100% for the entire course. I loved the challenge of each assignment and the complete re-design of our own house plan, through to the electrics, colour choice, furniture planning and selection, all was a genius way of introducing students into taking charge and actually doing the work of an Interior Designer.
I LOVED every aspect of the challenge of each assignment, and because I also wanted to do so much more of my own online research to learn even more about the modules I was studying, it has opened a new door for me to view the design world and all the interiors I walk into in a totally different light. I am now able to read the designer thoughts and hints as to why he/she did what they did in that particular space.
From the warm, friendly and super-efficient student support team, to my supportive, always-ready-to-help tutor, I sailed through the course knowing I could always, and at any time, get quick assistance with all of my questions and queries. It was a huge confidence booster for me. Plus we could join the Facebook page and chat with students all over the world and here in Australia about questions we may have about each assignment, loved that aspect of the course, what a great idea.
I managed to complete the course in fewer than 4 months, and very proud that I have my framed certificate.
Houzz has awarded me two years in a row for the 'Best of Houzz - Client Satisfaction' award, which was voted by the Houzz community!
I would definitely recommend anybody who is considering a course in Interior Design to sign up today, I loved every minute of the course!
It is with pleasure I recommend this course to anyone wanting to join the design industry. I learnt more than I thought I would and It was very enjoyable. It did stretch me at times, for which I am also grateful.
I found myself completely immersed in each module and I enjoyed the practical content. I felt very supported by my tutor, Wendi, and the student support team as well.
The Facebook group was great to bond and relate to other students, so I didn't feel alone. Thank you, I am so pleased I took the plunge and signed up for this course.
It was extremely good value for money. I am now excited and feel ready to enter into the exciting industry of interior design.@thirdlayerinteriors
After deciding to change my career and focus on my passion for interiors, I knew that despite hands-on experience in the industry, I wanted to be well rounded and challenge myself to complete a Certificate that would push me and ensure that I learnt all aspects of this industry.
IDI provided a fantastic platform to do this. I was able to work at my own pace and had my tutor's support whenever I was unsure or needed further clarification. The modules were engaging and challenging and allowed me to better my skills and knowledge.
My business has grown since I completed the course. I have more confidence in my skills and abilities and have learnt not just the ins and outs of design but also of running a business in this field.
I highly recommend the course to anyone who has an interest in interiors and loves the flexibility of working from home at your own pace. It has taught me new skills like the correct way of sketching spaces and also helped me to deepen my knowledge in areas that I already had prior knowledge of, such as colour application.
A sample of our students design work