Testimonials

Caitlin D'Emmerez De Charmoy

Auckland

I enjoyed the course immensely. I found it easy to download and submit assignments and the tutors were wonderful with helpful pointers on assignments and with replies to questions. I loved this course as it worked into my busy lifestyle and yet was still hugely informative on the history and aspects of design.

I felt like I have learnt a world of knowledge through this course and would highly recommend it to anyone interested in an Interior Design career. I’m currently working on my first small project and can't wait to pursue my career.

Thank you Interior Design Institute for equipping me with the skills and knowledge I needed to follow my dream of creating unforgettable spaces.

Stephen John Prosser

Waikanae

Having recently purchased my first home which was in need of 'sprucing up' I decided to go online for ideas and inspiration. During my research I came across The Interior Design Institute and was instantly hooked!

I had not studied for over twenty years and was a little hesitant at first, however after reading the prospectus I felt at ease with the fact I could study and learn at my own pace – more importantly I was able to study something which was going to be of personal interest and I could put into practice what I was learning pretty much straight away.

The modules were varied, informative and very user friendly. My tutor was fantastic, extremely helpful and on hand to provide advice and guidance as I needed it.

I had often considered a career in Interior Design but always thought it either to hard to get into or really didn’t know where to start. My confidence and skills have increased immensely since studying for this Diploma and I have a new outlook on the future – not to mention my house which is now looking pretty fantastic!

I would definitely recommend this course to those decorating or renovating a property and those looking for a career in Interior Design.

Since completing the course I have started an Interior Design company on the Kapiti Coast– SPINC Interior Design. I am starting off small, making contacts and fitting this sideline business in with my current commitments however my dreams and aspirations definitely have a new focus.

Thank you IDI for making it possible for me to get to this stage.

Tania Michelle Curtin

Auckland

I have thoroughly enjoyed studying for my Diploma of Interior Design with The Interior Design Institute. I would highly recommend the course to others. Whether you want to enter the industry, are in the industry and want to learn more, or even if you just want to gain a sound understanding of design principles to enhance your own home, you will benefit from this course!

Ever since I was a child I've been obsessed with design and architecture. I remember when I was young, following my parents around show homes and showrooms collecting floor plans, paint charts, brochures and finish samples. The passion has stayed with me through the years and I finally decided to take the leap and study Interior Design. After thoroughly researching the courses available I chose to study with IDI and I'm pleased I did!

Being a mother and also working, I found the flexible self-paced format suited me perfectly. Studying online was surprisingly simple and the system was flawless. It was an incredibly convenient and easy way to learn.

I really appreciated being assigned a personal tutor who is a qualified professional, actually working in the industry. She was a fountain of real world knowledge and advice. She provided me with excellent guidance throughout the course and promptly answered my questions (of which I sent her many!). My assignments were always marked quickly and her comments provided valuable feedback and constructive criticism. I cannot praise my tutor highly enough.

The course thoroughly covered every aspect of design, enabling me to develop a wide range of knowledge and skills. There is so much more to Interior Design than I realised and I've learnt a vast amount during my study. The assignments have prepared me for dealing with clients in the real world and applying what I have learnt. Feeling confident and well prepared I'm now ready to dive into any project.

I'm now looking forward to joining a reputable home building company in Christchurch and utilising my skills to contribute to the rebuild.

Thanks IDI for creating a fantastic Diploma and helping me turn my dreams into reality!

Carol Alloway

Nelson

My eyes have been opened to the wonderful world of architecture and design and its history. The modules were exciting, easy to follow and I enjoyed the freedom to study at a time that suited me.

During the completion of this course there has been a massive improvement in the style and lay out of my own home just by using my new found knowledge of the elements and principles of design; colour, light, texture and proportion were easy to implement without spending heaps on decorating (although that's to come!).

I have surprised myself by my own achievement. I am now confident in myself and my ability to succeed and I can't thank my tutor enough for all her encouragement and constructive criticism which has helped me to grow and broaden my decorating horizons.

After a career of hospitality and a desire to change direction, I now feel enlightened and equipped with all the necessary tools to move forward and start up my own business. Thank you IDI!

Aimee Jade Waterhouse

Hamilton

IDI has changed my life! I have never really known where I wanted to go with my career, all I knew was that I loved design and anything to do with it. Before I jumped into a huge degree at uni I decided to look around for a diploma I could do that fit into my busy lifestyle. I found IDI on Google and after reading all the testimonials, I decided to give it ago. 8 months later I am in love with Interior Design and have even enrolled to further my study in architectural design!

The modules were well written, interesting and covered everything you need to know to start a career or expand your knowledge in Interior Design. I get comments from my clients all the time about all the knowledge I have! Its a real compliment and makes you feel great that the diploma has really helped.

My tutor was lovely. She always marked my assignments promptly and her constructive criticism really boosted my confidence.

With all my knowledge I have learned at IDI, it has helped me step up into my role as Design consultant for a top flooring company. I hope to one day run my own business in design.

This course is very highly recommended! Big thanks to the Team at IDI, thanks for helping me find my dream!

Terri Mihaljevich

Bay of Plenty

My passion for interior design has always been strong, and it has always been in the back of my mind to do something to turn this passion into my job. Finding the Interior Design Institute’s online course was the start I needed.

As I was about to start the course, I was apprehensive, that I would struggle with the course (my own self doubts). My fears where immediately removed - the course information is excellent, well written, interesting, and the student support excellent. My tutor, was absolutely brilliant, and nothing was ever a problem. Communication was fast, and even the constructive criticism from an assignment, made you feel really good. It was great that you have a year to do the course at your own pace – I completed the course in 6 months and it has been an absolute pleasure to do. I would highly recommend online study - freedom to study when you want to, and not having to worry about child care, or transport, is fantastic.

The Interior Design Institute course is really a great thing - it has allowed me the confidence and knowledge to start my own freelance Interior Design business. I always felt I had the basic instincts and passion for Interior Design, but the course has now given me the actual tools and systems and solutions and understanding, to put all this into a working business; and that is the key for me. I am currently working on setting up my Interior Design business, and it will launch with excitement and enjoyment very soon.

Lian Bruce

Tauranga

I was an Early Childhood Education Teacher when our girls were little. After years of courses at the university, I obtained my Bachelors degree in Teaching and taught English at Secondary and Tertiary schools. But, when my daughters graduated, I felt I had ‘been there and done that’ and needed a change as well….

I have always had a ‘knack’ and a passion for Interior Design, so when I saw IDI’s advertisement in House and Garden for an on-line course, I thought; ”that’s me!”.

I really enjoyed studying the modules at my own pace and they were always assessed within a few days. I particularly liked ‘The History of Design’ module, as it jogged my memory on the different genres. ‘Styles of Design’, however, taught me how to speak the “design – language” fluently, which enables me to communicate with clients accurately.

I learnt new skills such as making sample boards, floor plans and perspective drawings on-line. These tools are of great value when making a presentation for clients. The course gave me enough confidence to start my own business, called Ideas.

The modules are still a great reference tool to me and I appreciate the follow up service of the Interior Design Institute. They do not only continue to include me with updates on upcoming workshops, events and trips in the design industry but my tutor, Ali, is also most helpful with any questions I have regarding setting up my business.

Thank you IDI, for the great knowledge you share and the valuable support you give!...

www.ideasnz.net

Deborah Sylvester

Auckland

My love for interiors started at a young age. Hours were spent in my dolls house as a child. However, actual dolls were not welcome in the house as they simply were a burden and did nothing more than to mess up the well designed spaces!

After seeing IDI’s advertisement in the newspaper one day I pondered about what should stop me from pursuing a dream job in interior design. I thank friends who recognised my creative flair and passion for interiors and encouraged me to undertake this course. I’m so glad I did.

I was SO excited to start this course. Going back to part time study felt like a real stretch and honestly felt risky to be assessed on something you really care about. But my tutor, Ali, was helpful and encouraging, skillfully guiding me through each module and assignment. Having such a skilled and trained professional work alongside you is a definite confidence booster not to mention a great privilege.

Online study suited my lifestyle perfectly and made this course achievable for me. My printed modules are now volumes on my bookshelf which continue to be a helpful reference and resource, and it is with great pride and a sense of achievement that I look on my framed Diploma Certificate.

A lot of personal significance was gained for me and I believe this course and the knowledge I’ve gained has given me the confidence to take my myself and my passion for interiors more seriously.

Only 6 weeks after completing the course I engaged my very first client company and interior design project and I love that there are now future prospects of working in my passion as paid skilled employment.

Thanks to the team at IDI who have provided this course, support and qualification and who continue to include me in a network of updates on upcoming workshops, events and trips in the design industry...

Lucy Furniss

Hamilton

The Interior Design Institute was a great choice of study for me. It was enjoyable from start to finish. Studying online made it very easy for me to still work full time and study at night without me needing to be anywhere at any particular time and it meant I work it all around my busy lifestyle.

The student support was a great tool to be able to use at anytime and I loved being able to communicate with my tutor Ali. I always received a fast reply to any questions I had and I always felt as though they had my best interest at heart. They were very encouraging which made me want to do my very best as I wanted to keep that appreciation level.

Even though I have already been working in the industry for 6 years now, I still learnt alot and feel alot more confident with my work. Being able to come away with work I can add to my portfolio is great also.

I would reccomend this course to anyone that is interested in Interior Design. It gives you a true taste for what interior designing involves and you will learn whether this is the industry is for you or not.

I work for Resene as the Waikato and Coromandel Colour Consultant and love my job. A few of the other coluor consultants have also done this course and it is well recognised within our company. It is all you need as a qualification to get into the industry.

If there was any other study to be offered by this institute I wouldn't think twice about signing up to it, I loved every minute of it. Infact I actually miss the excitement of finding out what the next assignment is.

You are able to view some of my work on facebook by going to either the 'Resene' page or 'l u c y d e s i g n & c o l o u r' page.

ENJOY!

Vanessa Louise Martin

Christchurch

An inspiring journey in Interior Design and I loved every minute of it.

There are 12 clever modules which lead you through the process of learning all the skills and secrets that make a good Interior Designer's work look effortless. It is a well set up online course, with an easy to navigate website which meant I was able to work at my own pace and enjoy the process of learning without any pressure or worry.

I had wonderful unfailing support from my tutor who was on hand to guide me through any challenges. She provided good constructive criticism and positive feedback that boosted my confidence, making this one of the most enjoyable courses I have ever undertaken.

I would highly recommend the Interior Design Institute to anyone who is considering interior design as a career or who just wants to create beautiful harmonious spaces in their own home.

If you are considering it, I say go for it, you won't regret it.

After all.......Every Day is a Design Day.

Lisa Blackbee

Pukekohe

I found this course to be a wonderful experience. I learned so many new skills and increased my knowledge of Interior Design.

I loved that I could do this course at home which suited me and that I could work it into my day. I had a brilliant Tutor and the Student Support was excellent. This course has helped me to reach my dream of starting my own Interior Design business. Thank you IDI

Thea Wild

Auckland

Having been involved in various areas of design for years I found that I was drawn to Interior Design and together with a friend started a hand painted textiles and interior business.

I felt that a formal interior design qualification would help in growing the business as well as my confidence. Signing up for the IDI Diploma was the best decision that I could have made. The modules are well set out and loaded with practical and detailed information on every aspect of Interior Design. As I progressed through the course I was able to apply the knowledge in my business and it has made a huge difference. Not just in the product that I am now able to offer my clients, but also in having the confidence of sharing my ideas from a point of knowledge.

My tutor Kim Lane was fantastic. Her guidance and advice was incredibly helpful and added so much value to the outcome. I cannot recommend this diploma highly enough. I was able to study at my own pace and even though I run my own business, which could be a handful - completing the course was so much fun and not daunting at all. To quote Richard Branson "Just do it!" Thank you IDI

Imran Afzal

Auckland

I have just completed the Interior design course, from interior design institute! The course has taught me valuable skills which I will put into practice in my role as an interior designer.

I thoroughly enjoyed the course. It was really informative and kept my interest the entire way. My Teacher's support throughout the course was amazing and invaluable. The materials were easy to read and well structured. The distance learning really suited me as I work fulltime but I still had plenty of time to get the required assignments completed on time. Thanks so much IDI!

Charlotte Pearl

Auckland

I could not recommend the course that the Interior Design Institute provides enough!! The modules throughout are extremely comprehensive and provide you with the fundamental knowledge needed whether it's as a hobbie to perhaps style your own home or to enter the exciting journey as an interior designer as a career. I personally completed the course just shy of a year while working a full time job and found this comfortably doable so it is possible to chase your dreams while not having to give up your current day time job. The tutors who provide you with unconditional support throughout the course are amazing and am so thankful for the encouragement and advice personally given to me while completing each module. If your contemplating whether to take the plunge like I did, don't put it off for another day. There's no time like the present and you won't regret it!!

Shelby Bryn Kazimierzak

Wellington

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time studying this course and have learnt a lot of valuable information that I now have to look back on.

My tutor Brownyn was very helpful and quick to mark assignments. I found the private facebook page for IDI students great and everyone on there was really supportive and willing to offer advice, it made me feel like I wasn't alone and could always turn to someone for help. I would highly recommend The Interior Design Institute to others and wish anyone undertaking the course all the best! :)

Alice Blincoe

Auckland

Completing this course through the Interior Design Institute of New Zealand has been wonderful. The amount of support from both the tutors and student support was exceptional. The range of topics covered in all the modules ensures students are well prepared for the reality of working in the industry.....and the advanced modules will help to consolidate and strengthen experience and confidence. I can't wait to help people create their amazing spaces!!

Clara MacKinlay

Auckland

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time doing this course. It has taught me a lot from every different aspect of Interior Design. The modules are laid out perfectly and give you a tonne of information that is all very handy! The assignments are so much fun to do and I found them quite addictive. I feel like I have definitely gained enough knowledge to be able to start my career in the industry and I'm very excited to! This course has made my passion for Interior Design so much bigger than it was, even though I already loved Interior Design when I started. It has proved to me that this is where my passion lies. I would also highly recommend this course for anyone wanting to renovate their house or do a few little jobs here and there. It will teach you all that you need to know, from lighting to space planning to art and decor placement. Again, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time doing this course and cannot recommend it enough!

Rachel Rogers-Moloney

Auckland

Property and Interior Design have been a huge passion of mine for many many years and when I found this course I couldn't wait to start! It is practical, and provides a fantastic way to learn. My Tutor was fantastic at marking my assignments and responding to messages quickly, and provided highly valuable constructive feedback along my journey.

The Facebook group of global students you can connect with is great for asking questions about which tools to purchase, and for a bit of comfort and support when you come up against assignments you are struggling with. It's also pretty cool to see just how global this course is. Don't hesitate to sign up to this course, you will love it !!

An inspiring journey in Interior Design and I loved every minute of it.

Vanessa Louise Martin

Christchurch

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