QQI level 5 – Award in Interior Design – Code 5M5054
1 Year Full-time


Our Sustainable Interior Design programme is a one-year full-time course that provides students with the knowledge, skills, and competencies to explore sustainable aspects of interior design. This programme is suitable for those who are passionate about sustainable design and want to make a positive impact on the environment. Our students learn how to reuse, reduce, and recycle using upcycled materials to create smart spaces. We offer a range of core and elective modules to help students develop their design skills and gain valuable work experience in the field.

Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate or its equivalent is advised
  • Mature students are welcome to apply. Work/life experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications.

Programme of Study

Elective Modules

  • Colour and Light
  • Architectural Drawing
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Appreciation of Art, Craft & Design

Core Modules

  • Drawing
  • Design Skills
  • Communications
  • Combined Materials
  • Work Experience
Modules offered may be subject to change due to resource demands.

Work experience

There is a minimum of two weeks’ work experience placement included in this course.

Career Opportunities

After completing our Sustainable Interior Design programme, there are many career opportunities available in the industry. Graduates may go on to work as sustainable interior designers, upcycling specialists, or eco-interior decorators. Other possible career paths include working in design studios, architectural firms, or in the retail industry as visual merchandisers. Our students may also choose to work for themselves as independent consultants or start their own sustainable interior design businesses.

Here are some specific examples of career opportunities:

  • Sustainable Interior Designer: Design spaces that are environmentally friendly and energy efficient. This can include selecting materials that are safe, healthy, and sustainable, such as recycled and reclaimed materials.
  • Upcycling Specialist: Take materials that would otherwise be thrown away and turn them into something new and functional. This can include repurposing furniture, creating new decor items, or designing unique fixtures.
  • Eco-Interior Decorator: Work with clients to create sustainable and eco-friendly spaces. This can include selecting materials, furniture, and decor that are environmentally friendly and designing spaces that promote sustainability.
  • Design Studio Employee: Work for an interior design studio and assist with design projects. This can include tasks such as selecting materials, designing spaces, and creating presentations.
  • Architectural Firm Employee: Work for an architectural firm and assist with interior design projects. This can include tasks such as designing interior spaces, selecting materials, and working with other members of the design team.
  • Visual Merchandiser: Work for a retail company and create visually appealing displays that promote products and brands. This can include designing window displays, in-store displays, and creating marketing materials.


Graduates who achieve the required standard may progress to Universities. Examples of progression courses included which may require a Portfolio

  • TUD DT544 Interior Design
  • DT598 Visual Merchandising & Display
  • Griffith College GC490 Interior Design
  • NCAD AD101 First Year Art & Design (common entry)
  • BFEI Interior Design Level 6