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The Interior Design Institute

Level 2, 161 Manukau Road
Epsom, Auckland

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

For answers to our most commonly asked questions, read our FAQs.

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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.

I can’t draw, does that matter?

While it is desirable to be able to draw as an interior designer, it is not a requirement for our course. Our patient tutors are passionate and will teach you the correct techniques to express your ideas through drawing.

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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Rated 4.7 out of 5 based on 466 reviews.

  • Brigitte van Weele

  • 1 day ago

The modules are interesting and…

The modules are interesting and fun...well written and makes you thi on I how to tackle the assignments. Learnt a lot.!

  • Jessica Peterson

  • 3 days ago

I am loving this course so far!

I am loving this course so far, it is so great to be able to study in my own time...

  • Sakara Adam

  • 4 days ago

Glad I signed up!

IDI has been great so far. I’m learning tones and can go about it in my own time. My teacher Kim...

  • Angela Young

  • 4 days ago

This course is so well set up

This course is so well set up. Im really enjoying it. Each module is challenging and the level of learning...

  • Anna-Marie Smith

  • 5 days ago

The best way to study Interior Design

Fun, fast paced. Its informative and the tutors are more than excellent. I have never enjoyed study more.

  • MaddisonTurley

  • 7 days ago

I am halfway through the course and…

I am halfway through the course and have really enjoyed every bit of it. Its interesting challenging and pushes me...

  • Jess W

  • 11 days ago

Great Course!

Already finished half of the course and am loving it! Great modules with great information! My tutor Kim is really...

  • Holly McMillan

  • 13 days ago

Love it, really informative!

I am learning so much from this course and doing the assignments at the end of each module just drills...

  • M Smith

  • 15 days ago

This is such a fantastic course!

This is such a fantastic course! Being able to complete this in my own time, from home, is a real...

  • EH

  • 16 days ago

5 stars from me

Awesome course, super helpful and friendly tutors. A perfect way to jump start into a career as an interior designer.

  • Danielle Poole

  • 33 days ago

Justs sign up...you’re already reading the reviews ; )

Joining the Interior Design Institute was one of the best decisions I made in 2020! I have a wide range...

  • Louise Feathers

  • 40 days ago

Logically progressive

A logically progressive, relevant and up to date online course with great tutors. Flexible enough to work at your speed,...

  • Angus McCullough

  • 43 days ago

Excellent!

This course is very thorough covering all aspects of interior design. Clear and concise reading material and great images with...

  • Madison

  • 48 days ago

I am loving this course

I am loving this course, it’s so informative and fun. My tutor is great and always replies in a quick...

  • Matt

  • 52 days ago

Amazing Experience !

I Thought I would try out this course as interior design was something that I was passionate about and wanted...