Certificate Course

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This intensive course is designed to prepare students for a professional career in interior decoration and design.


There is often some confusion between the role of an interior designer and an interior decorator. In its simplest form, an interior designer would carry out the planning and design of a space whereas an interior decorator would advise on the style, arrangement and decoration of surfaces within that space (usually domestic), and this could include the furniture layout, colour scheme, soft furnishings, window treatments, accents and accessories. This course combines both capacities.


The emphasis of this course is on domestic and corporate interior decoration. This provides a wealth of different career opportunities. Students may go on to work with an interior decoration practice or in a showroom and, after obtaining appropriate experience, graduates may ultimately work as freelance interior decorators, operating on a project basis for residential/ corporate buildings, or they may specialise in decorating show houses, flats for property developers, become interior stylists, property refurbishers or perhaps even use their skills to enter into journalism. Whatever career path students choose to follow, on-going career advice is available from GOA SIDD and through our active job register they can be kept informed as they arise.


A wide range of on-going training is available to graduates of the Full Time Certificate course. Certificate Graduates have the option to take additional time to learn autoCAD and 3dsMAX during or after their certificate course, Check our CAD courses for more info.

Graduates may also choose to apply for our AAID accredited diploma in Interior Design programme upon concluding the certificate course.


No previous art or design experience is necessary; however students must be at least eighteen years old and consider themselves to be creative and passionate about design. Available seats on the course are strictly limited as classes are usually a maximum of 10 students to ensure facilitator can pay proper attention to each student; An informal interview may sometimes be held the purpose of which is to assess each applicant's motivation for undertaking the course and to evaluate their commitment and ability to work under pressure, this is usually done when enquiries are made in person or by telephone.

Though not compulsory, students are expected to have a laptop for use during their studies.

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