Testimonials

Amanda G Rayge

I am so happy to be able to write this testimonial for the Interior Design Institute and extend a massive thank you for a wonderful course, which not only gave me knowledge but confidence within myself to try something new.

I joined this course last summer and had a few concerns, these were that I have not studied for a long long time, never ever studied online, my computer skills were pretty non-existent, how hard would the course work be, what about support, what about being able to contact another human being without the aid of a telephone or face to face if anything went a bit wrong, etc.

Well I would like to say that all my concerns were put to rest, the staff from this Institute were and are fantastic. Yes something did go wrong due to my error and the Institute staff were on the case and I had a reply within 24 hours and problem solved with lots of email exchange to reassure me.

During the course I had a lot of questions to ask and sent a lot of emails sometimes really nonsense ones however, my tutor was amazing! He was so patient, he not only answered my silly questions but guided me to see logic, whilst supporting me and helping me to learn. The online assignment work and submitting was great and was so simple and easy to use.

I have nothing but good things to say and lots of praise for the Interior Design Institute. The cost and payment options were fantastic - 10 out of 10! The course content was brilliant and covered all angles - 10 out of 10! Admin support was spot on - 10 out of 10! And my excellent tutor - 10 out of 10!

I thoroughly enjoyed the course itself and learnt many new things, not only about interiors but about myself.

After finishing this course I have been offered a work placement with a Global Architecture, Design, Planning and Consulting Firm in London and have made a decision to carry on with Interior Design as a hobby and assisting friends just to gain more experience on the ground whilst also placing a small advert within my local area to see who needs my help. Starting small and seeing where it all goes.

I would highly recommend this course to anyone and everyone and cannot praise the Interior Design Institute enough.

Georgina Murphy

I have always been absolutely passionate about Interior Design and I am driven by observing and appreciating other people’s Architecture and Interior Decoration.

After hours of researching on the internet to find the best college/university to study at, I came across The Interior Design Institute which was fantastic value for money and offered the opportunity to work in my own spare time. Unable to decide where I wanted to study in the long term, I felt that this would be an ideal prospect.

The course was incredibly well written and broken down into twelve manageable modules which allowed me to study in my own time and absorb it properly. When I had a question I emailed my tutor and the response was extremely prompt. They were also dedicated in answering other questions I had about interior design, unrelated to the course. I think that the most significant detail is the response that I received back after each assignment was completed. The comments were so thorough and I was able to really understand where and how I was able to improve.

Since being awarded the diploma, my confidence has expanded and I have definition in the direction I next head. I now write the interior design section of a county magazine each month, and I have been offered a full time job with an interior design company in Cheltenham.

Having spent the last few months gaining valuable experience at the company I am working for, I really feel I am working towards my dream career in Interior Design and want to take this opportunity to thank the Interior Design Institute for this AMAZING experience and helping build the foundations of this exciting profession! Definitely recommended!

Gerard McGuickin

Interior Design has been a passion of mine for a very long time. However it’s always been on the sidelines. I never could quite get up the nerve to try it for real. After a significant episode in my life I made the decision to make a big career change. I wanted to concentrate my efforts on being an Interior Designer.

Whilst I felt I had the necessary appetite, a good eye and a lot of knowledge about design, I needed a course that would help me to pull a number of different strands together. The Interior Design Institute course ticked all of my boxes - cost, breadth of curriculum, self-motivational working, and no strict deadlines.

I enjoyed the trajectory of the programme - it was structured and made sense. My favourite modules included the visual language of design, styles of design and furniture design. I also enjoyed the fictional, but very practical and useful, client project that bridged several modules. My tutor was helpful with all feedback, friendly and encouraging. With this course you really do need to be committed to completing the assignments. You won’t have anyone pushing you along, but that was a way of working that suited my style.

If the Interior Design Institute course did one thing for me, it was to affirm my belief that I’ll make a good Interior Designer. I don’t mean that it was all easy, but rather that it came naturally. It made sense and felt right.

My intention was always to set up my own Interior Design business. I’ve now done this and I love the change of pace in my life. My company is called Walnut Grey Design and I’m also blogging about design and Interior Design. I love to write and to talk about design, so my blog is a great outlet for me :-)

www.walnutgreydesign.com

Alexandra Napier

It’s fair to say that since childhood, design has been my direction and an integral part of my life.

After lots of research into Interior Design Courses I decided to choose The Interior Design Institute. The modules really appealed to me, they were so relevant to help me take my career to the next step. Each module is written so well and clearly that I really enjoyed each one. The syllabus gives you a fabulous overview of interior design, taking you from the history of interior design right through to helping you set up a business.

My tutor was fantastic; her comments on each module were so helpful and really displayed her in-depth knowledge of the subject.

The flexibility of the course is wonderful, it meant I could study whilst working full time, and you really don't have to be amazing at using the computer as the course layout is so simple to use.

Having completed the course I really feel I have the confidence and knowledge to start my career in Interior Design. I have since set up my own Interior Design company that I run from home in West London called Space By Alexandra.

This course comes highly recommended; I can honestly say I had no problems at all and found it a joy to study with The Interior Design Institute and would without a doubt study with them again. Thank you!

Beth Bourrelly

I have been a practising Architect for over 12 years now, with my own practice for the last 3 years of that. Since having had my three children, and for a while before that, I have been considering shifting my career over to Interior Design.

Although my MA was in Interiors and Architecture, that was 15 years ago. I felt strongly that before I launched myself back into the market as an Interior Designer I needed to re-train. This was primarily to cover all those areas that Architecture didn’t get involved with, but also to give me the confidence and the qualification to go forward.

I researched many courses but found this one to be the most flexible on time and the most cost effective.

It has proven to be perfect. Studying again daunted me but, to my surprise, I enjoyed it hugely. I looked forward to each new module, which included enough information to be stimulating but short enough to take it all in and to complete the assignments around 3 small children. The tutors and support team were encouraging but constructive and very quick to respond to all my queries and questions. Each module logically took me through every aspect with further reading, if I needed it. I knew the course wouldn’t cover every detail but I feel that I have come out with, not only a Diploma, but a renewed interest and greater confidence to launch a new career in the Interior Design world.

Now that I have this Diploma, I plan to set up my Interior Design company under the name HOW-SE, specialising mainly in the residential market for now. This course allows you to take that step from considering a career in this field to achieving one, easily, enjoyably and on your own terms. I highly recommend it.

Jayne Baker

I have always been a creative person and had applied for jobs where I could use my artistic skills but never succeeded, as I didn't have the relevant qualifications.

I decided to look for a course in Interior Design, as I had always shown an interest in this field and saw it as a way of one day having my own business.

I chose the Interior Design Institute for various reasons. Firstly, the cost of the course seemed very reasonable in comparison with other courses being advertised on the Internet. I was also very impressed with their professional looking website and interested to read that the tutors were professionals in their field, passing on their knowledge and experience.

Working full time and living in a country where the post isn't so reliable, it was important for me to find a course that was purely online and flexible. The Interior Design Institute was the answer. The course offered varied tasks to do for each module, there were no deadlines to feel pressured to meet, student support were always prompt in replying to any queries I had and my tutor was encouraging and supportive at every step.

I feel I have gained the knowledge and confidence to pursue a career in design and I intend on enquiring about setting up my own Interior Design business. I have already lined up a couple of family members and friends as my first potential clients. I think they have more trust in me now I have completed the course, knowing I won't just paint their walls pink! I must thank the Interior Design Institute for making me feel such a great sense of achievement.

Jillian Davis

This course was just right for me, in fact perfect!

The most important thing for me was being able to work at home, at my own pace and fit in the assignments for the course with my other commitments. Also, because there is no deadline alleviated any pressure to complete on time, but it does mean you have to be self-motivating.

The supporting material for each module was extremely helpful and something I can always refer to in the future. If ever I was in any doubt as to what was required for a particular module, a question to the support team was just an email away, where a quick response came back to put my mind at ease. My assigned tutor was excellent and always gave me useful and constructive feedback which was encouraging and which spurred me on to the next module.

I found access to the internet site was easy to follow and the site well laid out and easy to move around, which made submitting the assignments fairly straight forward.

This course has given me the opportunity to achieve a qualification in something I am interested in and love doing, as well as giving me another "string to my bow" in work I am already undertaking. I would definitely recommend this course, especially because it is achievable if you are really interested in the subject.

I plan to market myself by advertising locally, and networking through building contractors, estate agents & architects. I can’t wait to get my first commissioned assignment.

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