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The Interior Design Institute

75 Broadway
Suite 202
San Francisco, CA 94111

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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

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We offer our course in over 20 countries around the world.

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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 enroll. 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.

What is the Darren Palmer Masterseries?

The Darren Palmer Masterseries is essentially a set of videos hosted by renowned designer and TV personality Darren Palmer, that accompany our course. When you are studying our course materials, we recommend that you also watch the videos by Darren, to gain more knowledge. These videos can be purchased when you join, or at any time during the course.

Do you mail any course notes or materials out?

Our courses are delivered online and all information is provided digitally. As soon as you enroll, 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.


Rated 4.7 out of 5 based on 768 reviews.

  • Lynn K.

  • May 16, 2021

So Worth It!!!

Love it!! Interior design has always been my passion that I have never been able to pursue until now. Even...

  • Kate Kauffman

  • May 16, 2021

Each module is put together very well

Each module is put together very well. It is easy to read, an very detailed. The assignments, while challenging at...

  • Shawna Mace

  • May 14, 2021

Excellent Interior Design School!

The Interior Design Institute is an excellent online school! I did a lot of research before selecting this program and...

  • Kathy

  • May 14, 2021

IDI education is great for self directed creatives

I am finding that my IDI education is interesting and challenging. It is not overwhelming in the areas completely new...

  • Claire Tunmore

  • May 14, 2021

I have totally enjoyed doing this…

I have totally enjoyed doing this course so far. My tutor Leigh is very responsive and helpful.

  • Viroselie Caviedes

  • May 13, 2021

Great course so far

Great course so far! Not just theoretical information but actual hands-on, creative assignments.

  • Jennifer Miller

  • May 10, 2021

Highly Recommend

As someone who has always been interested in interior design, I've been enjoying this course! I love that I was...

  • Kerriann Vogel

  • May 9, 2021

I have greatly enjoyed my experience…

I have greatly enjoyed my experience with The Interior Design Institute. The courses are informative and easy to follow. The...

  • Yudelkis

  • May 8, 2021

Best course ever

Best course ever.

  • A M

  • May 8, 2021

Easy, affordable, convenient and excellent modules

I love the classes even though some may be challenging. I’m learning so much and meeting really nice people on...

  • Tara Wivell

  • May 5, 2021

Courses for the Real World

The modules are very informative and follow a natural progression. Course work is comprehensive and assignments are designed to have...

  • Ashley

  • May 5, 2021

IDI is a truly great online course

IDI is a truly great online interior design course. I can not recommend more, I am learning more about interior...

  • Maud Antonini

  • May 3, 2021

In depth classes!

The modules go in so much depth! You have the ability to reach out to your assigned tutor any time...

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  • May 2, 2021

I love everything about IDI

I love everything about IDI. Im having so much fun learning, taking my time and my tutor have been very...

  • Maria Leal

  • Apr 30, 2021

Excellent curse

Excellent curse. Very happy and learning a lot.