Interior Design / Dearadh Intí

2019 CAO Points - 552

*This includes score from Portfolio. Details at the link below. 

Leaving Cert
Minimum Number of





Other Grade Requirements


Applications from QQI Level 5 and 6 are welcome. Further details at

Mature applicants (23+) are welcome. Further details at

Additional Requirements/ Information: Applicants must submit a portfolio on 3 and 4 March 2020 (see below). 

Dublin School of Creative Arts Open Day and Portfolio Clinic, 14 November 2019, 9.30am-1.30pm, North House, Grangegorman.

Students applying through CAO in February 2020, and any 5th year or Transition Year students, are invited to visit The Dublin School of Creative Arts, TU Dublin City Campus, Grangegorman and meet staff and students. Applicants can bring their portfolio with them for a short consultation, see the facilities on campus and ask questions about the programmes. Registration for this event is not required.

Portfolio Clinic
23 January 2020 at 10am and 12pm, North House, Grangegorman. 
CAO applicants are invited to bring their portfolio for review and feedback. Registration for this event is required: email indicating the time you wish to attend – 10am or 12pm.

Portfolio Submission 2020
3 and 4 March 2020, 9.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm, North House, Grangegorman.

Portfolios will be available for collection on the same day of submission.

This programme is all about the art or process of designing the interior decoration of a room or building, and how we experience spaces and the objects in them. It’s a powerful, essential part of our daily lives that affects how we live, work and play. Exciting recreational environments, unique domestic spaces, functional workplaces, inspiring retail spaces — that’s interior design at work.

This award-winning programme, which has strong links with industry, is based on three areas of study. In Design Fundamentals, you’ll engage in a fundamental and developmental study of design practice through a wide variety of studio projects. In Design Communications, you’ll develop your visualising skills (subjects include Computer-Aided Design, Drawing and Design Realisation). In Critical Theory, you’ll learn about the key issues in the history and theory of design.

In Years 2 and 3, you can broaden your visual education in optional modules from the Fine Art and Visual Communication areas. In your Design Thesis in final year, you’ll present a systematic, structured solution to a challenging design problem.

Graduates find work in design practices, architectural firms, furniture manufacturing firms, display and exhibition companies and as private designers.

On graduation, you may proceed to postgraduate studies leading to the award of MSc, MPhil or PhD at research institutes and universities worldwide.

  • Interior Designer
  • Interior Architect
  • Furniture Designer
  • Exhibition Designer
  • Kitchen Designer
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • Retail Designer
  • Showhome Designer
  • Interior Office Designer
  • Design Assistant
  • Sales Manager
  • Product Design
  • Project Manager
  • Space Planner
  • Furniture Conservator/Restorer
  • PA
  • Stage Designer

Design Fundamentals:

  • Form & Space
  • Structure
  • Proportion
  • Perception & Colour
  • Anthropometrics & Ergonomics

Design Communications:

  • Observational Drawing
  • Design illustration with Photography
  • Construction Studies
  • CAD

Critical Theory:

  • Introduction to Design
  • Design & Contemporary Society

Design Fundamentals:

  • Recreation
  • Storage
  • Internal Structure

Interior Design:

  • Sustainability
  • Commercial & Domestic
  • Retail

Furniture Design:

  • Workstations
  • Flexible Living
  • Contract Furniture

Design Communications:

  • Design Fabrication
  • CAD 

Critical Theory:

  • Modernism in Design & Theories of the Twentieth Century.

Interior Design:

  • Building Regulations
  • Hospitality
  • Retail
  • Universal Design

Furniture Design:

  • Structure & Material
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Modular Systems
  • Comfort
  • Self Assembly
  • Workstation

Design Communications:

  • Digital Modelling 

Critical Theory:

  • After Modernism & Theories of Modernity
  • Thesis Preparation
  • Professional Practice

Interior Design:

  • Research
  • Concept Development
  • Thesis Resolution
  • Thesis Presentation

Furniture Design:

  • Research
  • Concept Development
  • Thesis Resolution
  • Thesis Presentation

What is enjoyable? I’ve made some life-long friends, learned from some incredibly talented tutors and have enjoyed every project thoroughly. The variety of design projects means there is something enjoyable for everyone.
What do you learn? We learn the skills that show off our imagination in a physical piece of work that can be presented to future clients.
What is useful? Learning valuable skills that are vital in the design profession, such as CAD, Photoshop, Illustrator and Sketchup.
Why do it? It’s an interesting and challenging subject that has new materials and trends coming out all the time.

TU Code



Level 8


Bachelor of Arts


4 years

Number of Places



City Centre: Grangegorman


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