SQA Advanced Professional Diploma in Interior Design


Our philosophy is supported by an attitude of working “with” the building as opposed to working just “within” the building. 


The course provides an excellent opportunity to support the international growing creative industries and construction sector economy and to provide potential applicants with dynamic and vocational study opportunity.

By studying Interior Design at AAS College graduates will be with knowledge and understanding along with skill sets, attributes and behaviours that provide them the potential to be an effective contributor in the global community of Interior Design including event design, set design and consultancy practices.

To achieve this the course embraces a distinctive focussed study upon human needs and desires in a consumerist society. Throughout the course, students are encouraged to build upon the understanding of the importance of being socially and culturally aware as a designer, becoming conscious of their potential influence and need to embrace ethically considered practices and apply considered personal as well as professional codes.

2 years

Educational form:

Education Variants:


Start Date:
14th June 2021 & 27th September 2021

British Advanced Diploma:
SQA Advanced Professional Diploma in Interior Design


The programme aims to provide students with Interior Design skillsets generally comprise of both intellectual and practical skills:

Practical skills

    • Visual communication skills – through drawing, making, or digital manipulation
    • Visual appreciation skills
    • Understanding and manipulation of materials and processes particular to Interior Design

Intellectual skills

    • Lateral thinking, conceptual thinking, analytical thinking, the ability to hold multiple and potentially contradictory possibilities in mind simultaneously
    • Social, historical, cultural and political awareness
    • Enhanced perception and observation skills – an inclusive approach to research
    • The ability to generate ideas: creativity


Learning activities

Virtually all teaching takes place in a modern studio environment. Students are encouraged to direct their studies and tailor their skills to marry their creative and professional ambitions using seminars, presentations, tutorials and continual critique feedback.



Many of the design skills that will acquire and develop are transferable and can lead graduates into a variety of employment fields. Career opportunities include working as an Interior Design consultant, in-house designer for a specialist retail shop-fitting contractor, Computer 3D visualizer, and corporate style consultant.

In these jobs, graduate’s role could take on many guises including Consultancy Business Design Partner or Creative Design team leader. Graduate’s role may even provide diverse opportunities to work in film, TV or theatre designing everything from performance sets to overall style adviser.

Programme at a glance

SQA Advanced Diplomas are made up of 240 SCQF credit points, at SCQF level 8, and usually take two years to complete

Year 1

Design Theory I

Visual Communication Skills in Interior Design I

Design Thinking & Process

Interior Design Studio I

Architectural Technology and Material I

Year 2

Design Theory II

Interior Design Studio II

Interior Design Studio III

Visual Communication Skills in Interior Design II

Architectural Technology and Materials II

Diploma to Degree — a pathway to university and further study

SQA Advanced Qualifications do not just qualify for career development they can also enable advanced entry into many undergraduate degree programmes in universities and Higher Education Institutions across the world.

Learners can study in their own country before progressing onto universities in their own country, region or abroad to complete a degree, entering directly into third year. This option can be a cost effective route to studying abroad and achieving a degree at an international Higher Education Institution.

We make this journey as smooth as possible through our Diploma to Degree programme. SQA has collaborated and set up articulation agreements with a number of highly regarded international institutions in countries such as the UK, USA, Australia, Canada and New Zealand covering various progression models including online delivery.

These institutions recognise the SQA Advanced Diploma for advanced entry and provide students with a quality learning experience.


Admissions Requirements

Entry to the Programme will require:

  • High School Diploma and transcript
  • Minimum requirement of a proficiency level of English Language equivalent to IELTS 6 or TOEFL 550
  • Passport
  • AAS Application Form completed