“This course teaches everything that other courses don’t. It’s exactly what you need to become a working interior designer”




Our online interior design course is a business mentorship program providing step-by-step training and tools to become an interior designer working for yourself on projects as quickly and safely as possible. It’s relevant in the UK, USA, Australia and worldwide.

If you want to change careers into interiors by working for yourself, this program is for you. We designed our online interior design course to be flexible to work around a full-time job and motivating to make it easy for you to show up and succeed!

It is not an academic course that makes you read through PDFs and write essays – we provide a hands-on approach and teach what interior designers do daily, alongside the day-to-day running of an interior design business. Everything we do is interactive, practical, real-life and fun.

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Interior Design Program For New & Seasoned Interior Designers

IDBS is the only international interior design school dedicated to teaching you the professional, real-life skills required of a working interior designer and business owner.

We emulated trade-like learning (like plumbers, electricians and carpenters) and created a practical, hands-on pathway into the interior industry that doesn’t require a portfolio or low-level job experience to get working immediately. We teach you everything you need to know to start working for yourself. as an interior designer as quickly and safely as possible.

New Designers

Seasoned Designers

Who Is This Online Interior Design Course For?

Career Changers

You don’t want to start at the bottom of a new career, and you can’t spend years retraining. You’re motivated and ready to work for yourself, on your own terms

Struggling Start-Ups

You’ve been working for yourself but now you see there are things missing. You want to get the business side of things working smoothly and professionally

Seasoned Designers

You’re an experienced designer who is ready to start an interior design business to work for yourself. You might have a limited design portfolio you’re able to use

We Need A New Path Into Interiors Fit For This Century

The current path into interiors is designed for school students and hobbyists but misses the mark on the majority of designers who work solo, are self-taught or who become designers later in life. At IDBS, we are on a mission to provide high-level, quality education for interior designers who want to work for themselves providing interiors and skills training as well as business coaching.

Online Interior Design Course Relevant Worldwide

Fast Track Your Success

We supply business, legal, marketing, pricing & drawing templates that take YEARS to create from scratch, speeding up your business set-up phase to days

Personalised Help

Online learning can be lonely! So we made it interactive and now you’ll never feel alone. You also get personalised support as part of the group and learn together

Weekly Calls

We work together to reach weekly milestones and hold a live call on Saturdays for workshops, to answer questions & work through any issues.

Support Forum

We go the extra mile to provide extensive, accurate and useful answers on our forum and social stream. We are there to give you feedback when you need it

Up To Date Knowledge

You’ve been working for yourself but now you see there are things missing. You want to get the business side of things working smoothly and professionally

Build A Lifetime Network

Working solo can be lonely so we made our online interior design course social. It’s something most students don’t realise how much they will LOVE


Fast track your career and learn everything you need to know to start your interior design business now
Pay upfront and save or pay across 6 months with the payment plan (lifetime access).

An Online Interior Design Course With Weekly Live Calls & Real Support

I am very proud of our signature online interior design course – 90 Days To A Freelance Life Mentorship. It is one of the fastest ways to give you the key skills and knowledge to start working as an interior designer. Every edition of this program brings highly motivated students that achieve amazing results.

This online interior design course goes beyond standard teaching. It is the mixture of coaching, construction knowledge and business mentorship that gives you the unique edge over others in the industry. I started my own successful interior design business without a portfolio of work or a network of clients by using modern-day techniques that serve a changing industry. This is for you if you want to start working as an interior designer as quickly as possible.

In this interior design course, we teach you everything you need to know to set up and run your own interior design business but we also show you how to get regular clients and consistent income to support your business and career.

We combine real-life and workplace knowledge which is more practical rather than academic, then help you build your business step by step whilst making your dream of becoming an interior designer come true.

Our course is different in that we created it to work around your busy lifestyle. This is not an academic online interior design course, it is a practical program that is drip-fed each week while you take action to set up your business, learn the skills, then work on a real-life project with us by your side, on hand to answer all your questions and guide you so you never feel lost.

It takes a specific type of person to want to start an interior design business and we understand it isn’t for everyone, that is why this interior design program is only for motivated people who genuinely want to start a career as an interior designer. If you do the work as it is intended, week by week, you will start working with your first client around 90 days into the program.

Jo Chrobak

Jo Chrobak

IDBS.ONLINE Founder & Online Interior Design Course Author

What To Expect From Our Online Interior Design Course

As soon as you sign up you’ll gain access to our business templates and resources. You’ll see all our past students and we able to read all our previous forum and social stream posts which should answer so many of your questions that you are currently having about running your business. You will also be asked to fill out our welcome questionnaire so that we can get to know you and your specific circumstances personally.

The earlier you join the more prepared you can be for our start date, but some people have successfully joined a little later without consequences. The main online interior design course is spread across 12 modules and is released weekly. On Saturday’s we have a call together as a group for a workshop and questions relating to that week’s topic.

As you work through the modules you’ll use the business, email, marketing and drawing templates and workflows to help speed up your progress so that you don’t have to spend years working these things out for yourself!

Here is just a snippet of what we provide (in addition to the main course content, built-in private social stream, support forum and weekly coaching calls):

This Online Interior Design Course Is For You If:

We believe that if you feel called to be creative, you have something special to give. In this online interior design course, we explore your own unique talents (rather than teaching you what we think is right) and help you become the best designer you can be.


You have this underlying passion for interior design or have wanted to do this for years but don’t know where to start.

I’ll show you not only how to be a great interior designer, but also how to set up and run your own business (even as a freelancer), get clients and create a brand that you are proud of. I’ll give you the tools that take years to accumulate in traditional offices and fast-track your success by sharing all of my secrets, links, experience and industry know how.


You have tried on your own but want a network and someone with experience to call on and ask questions.

When you feel stuck and don’t know what to do you have a support network from day one and when you feel like things aren’t working out you have help and support all the way. As an experienced mentor who currently works in the industry, Jo can help you get clients (without a portfolio, years of experience or a list of contacts).


You want to go freelance, set up your own interior design business or get experience to work for someone else.

We will show you how to get clients and help you find your first project so that you can gain real experience and build a real portfolio. Your final project is a real project rather than a theoretical one and we actually help you with real-life problems that arise from that project. We will be there, just when you need us!


You have been working in another industry or have another career but don’t want to go back to uni or study every evening and weekend for years.

You don’t have to work for low wages or long hours as an assistant to “learn the ropes” and you don’t have to go to university or study every evening and weekend for years to gain the knowledge and experience required to work in this industry. We help you to transfer your current skills and then fill in the knowledge gaps so that you don’t have to start your career again from scratch.


You are fed up with your current job or situation and want to finally take a stand for your dream.

There is nothing theoretical about this online interior design course. You need to be motivated, driven and cannot give up easily when it comes to your dream. We will push you every step of the way to make sure that you don’t give up on yourself. If you are ready and want to start working as an interior designer, this is the program for you.


You have already studied interior design with a formal institution but haven’t been able to find work.

You found that once you finished studying interior design everyone told you that you needed experience in order to get hired and frustratingly you couldn’t get the required experience without getting hired so have had to find work in another industry whilst waiting for your dream job.


You want the freedom and flexibility to work from anywhere and the hours you choose.

Whether you are a mum who wants the flexibility to work around her children or you are a millennial who wants the laptop lifestyle. You can set up your business in a way that can give you the freedom to run your interior design business with maximum flexibility with nothing more than internet access and a laptop. You don’t have to run your business in this way, (don’t worry we teach multiple ways), but isn’t it nice to know that it is possible, just in case you decide you want to?



Verónica Christen | SWITZERLAND

This programme exceeded my expectations in every way. It has changed my work and personal life in a very positive way. Even if you have done an interior design school (like me) or have experience in the field, you can always brush up on some skills while building your interior design business step by step.

Through this programme, I was able to refine my marketing and clarify my brand message. Understanding my target customer from the inside out and discovering what is unique about my business has been the key to success for me.

Nothing, not one bit is left out in this program: from the basic knowledge you would expect to have as an interior designer, drawing, 3D modelling, visual communication of your ideas, rules and regulations, building business essentials, the key to being successful through to how to confidently run a project from A to Z, this and so much more is covered here.

I have been able to employ the skills and tips I learned, with great results almost immediately.

A very enjoyable online interior design course. Jo is very professional and knowledgeable in her field and has a fun, interesting and really passionate way of conveying this to her students. Both Jo and Darius are extremely helpful and put their heart and soul into this programme.
Words can not describe how amazing they both are. Talented, knowledgeable, well versed in the business, engaging, eloquent, patient (with millions of questions) and so kind. Thank you both!

I highly recommend this course for anyone who wants to become a successful interior designer.

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Chigoziem Ukachukwu | NIGERIA

Interior Design Business school (IDBS) Has helped my dream of becoming a confident interior designer become a reality.

The training offered by Jo Chrobak is the best I have seen so far in the industry, for anyone who is interested in setting up their own interior design outfit, with confidence and expertise.
I recommend this program for both experienced and inexperienced interior designers.

As long as you are committed and have the passion of setting up your own interior design outfit, Jo is there to mentor you and hold your hand through your first project.

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Chigoziem Ukachukwu | NIGERIA
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Ricardo Lopez Sanz | UK - England

I am an Interior Designer and I was an interior designer with almost 10 years of experience before I enrolled on IDBS. The difference is that now I am also an interior design business owner, and this is the KEY to this course. You can find many online interior design courses, in a wide range of prices, duration, or content; but not many are going to teach you the dark side of this industry: interior design requires a lot of admin, order, planning and personal relations skills to succeed. I am sorry to unveil this but interior design is not only about selecting a beautiful piece of furniture.

Do not expect learning about how to style a bookshelf or how to choose the perfect sofa (there are many publications and magazines for that), instead, Jo will give you all the tools to succeed as an interior design business owner. She does not lie when she says that at the end of the course you will have your own company, you will, and you will also feel confident enough to run it.

Get ready to work hard because this is not an easy course and is not self-paced. It will require you to work on it almost every day for three months but trust me, it is worth it. The course is an emotional rollercoaster: it will expose your fears, personality and doubts. But Jo will be there by your side all the time to hold your hand and support you because Jo makes this course different from any other. She has dived into her past experiences to create a product that is so personal to her (but at the same time so universal) that one complements each other. She is the ultimate reason to enrol on this course and trust me she will go the extra mile for your success.

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Ricardo Lopez Sanz | UK - England
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Norma Jimenez | USA - Florida

After researching several mentors in the business, and there are some really good ones, I chose Jo Chrobak of Interior Designer’s Business School (IDBS). In my opinion IDBS is the best course out there, and Jo Chrobak is second to none. She is an amazing mentor who firmly, but kindly pushed me and my fellow students past our comfort zone to achieve so much more than we would have on our own.

The IDBS online interior design course is amazing, I have gained a wealth of knowledge and skills that would have taken me years to learn on my own, most likely with a bunch of bumps and bruises to go with it. The IDBS course teaches you everything that you need to know to grow a successful Interior Design Business, even if your only experience in design is self-taught.

Jo Chrobak together with her husband Darius make a powerful team who are with you through every step of the IDBS course. No question goes unanswered. They also create a support network of fellow students that you get to know so that you never feel alone on this journey. The course is intense, and it is life changing. I can not thank Jo & Darius enough for all that they have taught me. They have changed my life in just a few short months in such a dramatic way. I can happily say that I am an Interior Designer who owns my own business. If you are on the fence about taking the course, do it. You will be happy you did!

Shradha Shrestha | UK - England

This online interior design course has been a life changing journey for me. From a full-time mum of two wonderful kids to an interior designer/businesswomen, the course and the most amazing mentor Jo Chrobak has guided me throughout the whole process in becoming who I am today. Yes, it a very fast paced course where at times it tests your endurance and resilience. But with a mentor like Jo, she will guide and encourage you – help you build up your confidence and support you to bring your dream to fruition.

Today I graduate along with all the other amazing group of colleagues from this course who never make you feel like you are alone in the journey. Thank you IDBS Online and Jo Chrobak for creating such a great course that guides you through the journey of becoming an Interior Designer and set up your own business at the same time – be your own boss! And like she promised, you do get to work with your real clients at the end of the course. I am so glad I joined this course and found my true self, there’s no looking back for me now. If you are contemplating on whether to join this course or not, I would strongly advise you to think no further and just do it. It is all worth it in the end!!

I would also like to take the opportunity to thank Darius for all his support throughout the course work.

Lastly, thank you again Jo and IDBS, GHAR by Shradha Shrestha is an outcome of your course and support.

Karly Hughes | UK - England

I have always loved interior design and decorating my bedroom every other year when I lived at home, but my passion was really sparked when I bought my own flat and had free reign to design and style an entire space. I started putting pictures of my work in Instagram and gained quite a large following, which helped me with my confidence that I was actually good at design and not just super house proud!

Since starting the course I have had 5 paying clients, from just providing inspiration for one room, through to a full 4 bedroom house redesign. I literally could not have imagined just 90 days ago that this would be my life and I would be making money from something I love so much.

My confidence has grown, it’s still a work in progress but I feel more confident. I notice this most when talking to clients and I hear the technical knowledge that comes out of my mouth without even realising it, and I realise how much of the course learning has actually sunk in.

I was expecting to get interior design knowledge but this has far exceeded that and the business aspect of it was so vital and so important. The results that I have had such as having paying clients also far exceeded what I expected as I really didn’t expect to have clients already.

This is a fantastic course and as long as we put the work in, it’s guaranteed that the students will have successful careers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Although we do have a lot of students who have already studied interior design the program is suitable for anyone who is ready to start a business or freelance as an interior designer. Our online interior design course focuses on gaining knowledge by working in the industry (it’s practical, you grow with the course and ask questions along the way). Interior design schools focus on giving you theoretical knowledge during the course and then expect you to go and figure the rest out on your own and most times you don’t have any support when you really need it the most. This is why our school is different.

The majority of my mentees feel like they are ”too old to work as an assistant or go back to university to study”. They usually already have a career and have transferable skills that mean they grow and succeed much faster and they really don’t want to transition into a new career by starting at the bottom.

Others are mums who after a few years off from work, want to slowly get back in to work but would rather work for themselves in a flexible, creative industry rather than try to get part-time, low paid work for someone else.

The content is all online / distance learning. You will receive a unique log-in and profile where you will be able to check off and mark modules as complete. The is an online program with videos, workshops and assignments that build your knowledge and business side by side.

Once you sign up you will get access to the online membership part of the website with the first introductory module already available for you. After the official start, the modules will be released weekly.

The program runs for 4 months but is designed to get your working with your first real client in 90 days from the start of the course.

If you were hoping to just do the bare minimum, which is return the homework modules and attend the live calls then you would get through the program with about an hour a day. If you cannot commit to this time, you will have lifetime access to the course content and recorded calls.

This online interior design course has been created so that you can not only set up and put in place all of the things you need to start your career as an interior designer but also learn the things you need in your new career in a practical way. This should be fun and exciting and if you are serious about setting up your new career you will be motivated to work on the material.

No, the course is structured in a way that means you can work from anywhere in the world. If you have any particular concerns, please do get in touch.

You can expect to learn everything you need to know about how to set up and run a business in interior design or start working as a freelance interior designer (for yourself or someone else). This is valuable for you if you don’t want to undertake an evening course at a college or undertake prolonged work experience working in an interior design firm as an assistant which is the usual path. This isn’t a decor course and is suitable for people who are transiting into interior design later in life or have already studied interior design but have found that their course was limited to teaching theoretical interior design rather than the business of interior design or have tried to find work or set up on their own and have not succeeded.

This online interior design course is set out in a way that you should be able to start taking on clients or start work for an interior designer by around 90-days into the program (earlier depending on where you are at and how steep your learning curve is).

Each week you will gain access to a new module and you will have one week to go through the content. The next week we will have a live call where you can talk through your struggles and get guidance and mentorship / coaching to help you solve any problems and move past barriers that are holding you back. Throughout the week you have access to the forum to ask questions and the inbuilt social group to get support and interact with other members. The support network is a key part to your success, so taking part and being an active member will definitely help you to succeed much faster.

Every couple of weeks you will receive a homework module. The homework assignments are practical and guide you to take the required steps to set up your business in a safe, achievable and fun way.

Although the program content is drip fed each week on the membership site, the program isn’t self-paced, it’s a bit of hybrid. We go through the course together with a certain number of students each time.

We release a new module each week, then you have two weeks to complete the homework (which are action steps to help you build your business). I am with you all the way, on the social stream prompting you in my program and answering your questions.

We have weekly calls that relate to the current module where you can ask all your questions and get personal mentorship from me in a group setting. You will make friends and you will never feel on your own.

I wanted to create a scenario that would set you up for success and I don’t believe anyone succeeds on their own.

After graduation, you continue to have access to the website where you continue to interact with your peers and have access to ever-increasing content. The only thing that stops are the weekly calls with my support and access to the forum (you won’t be able to ask questions, but you will be still able to read all posts).

There is no other program like this!

You don’t need to have previous project experience but having an established career or degree in another field can be beneficial to success. Also, having undertaken or run your own or a friends project can also be useful, but not essential.

The main thing you need to have is determination and a real want to work as an interior designer. Passion, drive and self-motivation is more beneficial than any experience or education.

Yes, but please do specify what kind of projects you are likely to work on so that we can make sure the content is suitable for you. Also, in some areas around the world you may need to get certification in order to work in commercial interiors, however this can be examined on a case by case basis.

Every educated designer is experienced in different styles of design. This course has been created to help you develop your style and to give you the knowledge you need to provide intelligent solutions for your clients.

Getting clients as an interior designer doesn’t require magic. I managed to get clients in a foreign country, without any contacts, previous experience or portfolio. You just need a system that works and I will teach you that system.

The majority of students are women, however men have successfully completed the program too. The program helps you to develop your own style and build your own business, so it is well suited for both men and women.

Talent helps make things easier, but you don’t need natural talent to succeed in interior design. Design is a learned skill, just like any other profession and I will teach you the skills you need to succeed.

This program is designed to work around a busy lifestyle. Most of the students work full time and need to fit this in around busy careers (as well as children).

I require assignments to be handed in, but these assignments are practical and designed to help you build your career, so it isn’t like studying at school or college, it’s more like having a friend teach you everything you need to know and guiding you to take baby steps along the way.

Even if you just take a few steps each week, you are building and starting your new career, rather than sitting back and dreaming about things happening. This program requires “active” participation on behalf of your dream (and I won’t let you quite so easily!).

Almost everywhere around the world (except for a few states in the USA) you do not require a license, certification or any education to call yourself or legally work as an interior designer (always check in your local area if there are any requirements).

The title of interior designer is not protected such as that of an interior architect or engineer. Experience as an interior designer is what is required to succeed in this profession and that is what this program focusses on.

If you have already built a large following it will be much easier for you to start your interior design career, so this program will help you finally take the steps to do that!

You no-doubt already have experience with styling rooms and interior decor, so we can leverage your current knowledge, fill in the other skill gaps and show you how to run a real project and put systems in place that are required to get your business working smoothly (and finally earning money!)

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Georgina Riches | UK – England

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Georgie had a Professional Interior Design Diploma. Even though she offered advice to developers, friends, and family, she wondered how to take the next steps after graduating to become a real, working designer.

The content of interior design courses isn’t designed to lead you into a working career. If you want to work for yourself, you need to get information from someone successful and with experience in what you’re looking to do and answer your questions and guide you during those first scary months.

Laura Myers | USA - San Francisco

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Laura had a successful career in medical sales and believed that there were skills she had that were transferable into interiors. She loved creating vibrant, inspiring interiors but was worried about starting a new career, from scratch.

The typical degree/course path into interiors designed for school leavers isn’t right for everyone, especially for career changers who have responsibilities such as mortgages, children and bills. Our course is set up in a way that allows your past experiences to become an asset rather than a liability.

Jane Perfect | UK - Scotland

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Jane had previously studied interior design overseas and had moved from the US to Scotland, where she was starting fresh. She was ready for a career change and wanted to finally do what her heart was calling her to do. She took the leap and followed her passion and of course… hasn’t looked back!

Almost all of our mentees are career changers who are seeking something more creative from their work-lives or have always wanted to become an interior designer but postponed their dream in their first career. Our online interior design course is perfect for those seeking to change careers later in life because we have designed the program to work around a busy lifestyle.

Alison Anderson | UK - England

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Alison had a successful PR business and had been working for herself for the past 15 years. When she joined the course she had given up all but one of her PR clients to focus on her interior design business.

Some of our most successful students are the ones who have already had a career behind them. At IDBS we cherish the previous knowledge you have (rather than dismiss it) and we pride ourselves on being able to hone your existing skills so that you can use them to your advantage in your new career as an interior designer. An experienced mentor can see in you what you can’t see in yourself just yet and help you use it to your advantage.

Claire-Anne Halford | Australia - Melbourne

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Claire-Anne came to IDBS as a highly-skilled and talented interior designer who was currently doing a postgraduate masters degree. She was working in the field but hoped to work for herself as she had strong ideas about the direction she wanted to head in with her interior style and vision.

The design industry isn’t always a positive experience. Many feel let down thanks to negative experiences from other designers, trades or family/friends who don’t consider interior design a real career. At IDBS we show you that another world exists, one where it’s possible to make a successful living out of interior design.

Amy Newtont | UK – England

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When Amy joined IDBS she considered herself hardworking and sensitive. She was looking to gain interior design knowledge, the technical side of interiors as well as the business side of things to help her transition from her current job.

Our students are often held back from starting their interior design business due to the lack of confidence and fear of the unknown. They also don’t feel they have the time to gain the required skills to transition into interiors full time. We can get you working as an interior designer (with the appropriate skills) in just 90 days.

Kaya Ramesh | UK - England

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Kaya had been working on a couple of projects before signing up and wanted to turn interior design into her profession. She wanted a job that she loved and she wanted to choose the hours she worked.

If you have been trying to become an interior designer and struggling on your own, we can help take away the stress and speed up your success. We help during the toughest times when you have hundreds of questions and just need guidance in the right direction.

Carrie Cotton | UK – Scotland

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Carrie had formal interior design training but felt that although she had the design skills, she still lacked the business knowledge that was required to run her own successful business. Like most, she believed her degree would provide everything she needed to become an interior designer.

Degrees give you a great breadth of understanding on a topic, but when it comes to practical skills, you’ll still need to find those by getting work. At IDBS we help you to get clients whilst working on your own, real-life and paid projects.


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Course Timetable

We believe that if you feel called to be creative you have something special to give. In this interior design program, we explore your own unique talents (rather than teaching you what we think is right) and help you become the best designer you can be.

MARCH 2024

Official Start & Release Of Preparation Module


As soon as you sign up, you gain access to the private IDBS social hub, the forum (with hundreds of topics to read through) and THE STARTER PACK. You also have direct access to some real work examples, a toolbox of templates and a Q&A Section that deals with some common problems. You will be required to read a book from the reading list.

STARTER PACK - The starter pack describes the stationery requirements and book list. You are also asked to fill out your welcome questionnaire which helps us profile you as a student so that we can ensure you receive personalised and specific help throughout the program.

Your preparation module (released on the official start date) helps you to get ready for this program especially if you haven’t studied for a while or have never previously undertaken a formal course.

This module gives you a week to get your stationery items organised whilst also:

Business, Structures, Branding, Websites & Legal Matters


This is when we have our first welcome call and you will be able to introduce yourself to the other students (although chances are you would have already met on the social stream!) After the call, your first module will be released. The aim of this module is to put in place the basic business foundations required to be trading legally as an interior designer.

Before taking on your first clients, you’ll need to design a simple website and start developing your brand and professional image. Every module also has a small marketing section, which gets you used to undertaking daily marketing tasks in your business.

This module focuses on student’s learning about and then putting in place the following items:

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This is when we hold our call related to the previous module and you will have a chance to ask your questions about the previous module live on the call (don’t forget that throughout the week, you have constant help on the social stream and forum, so the calls give you yet another chance to have certain things explained and help you with your individual needs). After the call, the new module will be released.

Each designer/student is different and starts the program with a different perspective, transferable skills and varying amounts of experience. We don’t force styles onto you. We help you to develop your own unique sense of style through these carefully designed lessons.

The aim of this module is to raise the minimum standard of expertise to give students the basic knowledge they would be expected to have as an interior designer in relation to:

Drawing & 3D Modeling


This is a revolutionary module because most people have resistance to learning CAD and technical drawing, yet we make it fun and easy to understand. This module will be released after your regular support call.

Understanding scale, perceiving space, measuring spaces and drawing to scale are basic skills required by an interior designer to truly succeed. Having the skills to present information in 3D and in a low-cost and effective way is useful for clients and increases the standard of service you can provide.

The aim of this module is to give students the skills they need to:



This program revolves around your real life, so we set the dates every round to ensure the best chance of success. We know that during holiday periods, you might be slightly distracted with family time, travel and visitors, so we try to work some spare time into our program. For some, this will be a busy period; for others, it will be a welcome break to focus on what needs to be done.

APRIL 2024

3D Drawing Week


This is an extra week strategically positioned for those of you who want to learn 3D CAD. For our advanced mentees who already know how to draw proficiently this is a time to focus on uplevelling in areas requried to work with your client niche (we discuss what is best suited – for some it might be photographic rendering skills and for others it might be refining your services).

Catch-Up Week


Because we want to make it easy for our students to succeed, we added catch-up weeks into the curriculum. That means if a student needs extra time to complete something, they have a chance to catch up.

Throughout the program, we add catch-up weeks in strategic places to help give you extra time to finish and complete all the tasks to date. Life sometimes gets in the way, and this gives you the opportunity to take time off if you need it, do some extra study or catch up.

There is no call during the catch-up week (although you still have full support on the forum and social stream!)

Presentations & Visual Communication


Having the skills to express and communicate ideas visually at each stage of a project is something required of interior designers for any scale of a project from commercial to domestic or high-end to low-cost.

The aim of this module is to introduce you to the types of drawings and presentations required to communicate effectively whilst also teaching you some effective methods of communication using software and documentation methods. This module will be released after our support call.

This module gives students the basic knowledge they would be expected to have so that they can:

Just Enough Construction, Detailing, Joinery & Decorating Knowledge


This is something unique to this program. My background in architecture will give you an edge and help you communicate ideas clearly with other professionals. This module gives you confidence and grows your knowledge to that beyond typical interior design courses. This is where you will really feel like you know what you are talking about.

Understanding basic construction of how things work and go together will help you to make better decisions and ultimately become a better designer. Often this is the first time students consider how important it is to have this knowledge before taking on a project and elevates our designer’s knowledge to that of a professional. This module will be released after your support call.

The aim of this module is to give students the skills they need to:

MAY 2024

Systems, Filing & How To Run A Project


This module really starts to fill in the gaps and tie things together. Suddenly, at this point, everything will start to make sense, and you’ll feel like you are prepared to take on your first project.

Learning how a project is run from start to finish is inherent to everything an interior designer does, but also what allows you to run that project confidently, professionally and in an organised manner, is having the right systems and filing in place.

That is why this module focuses on more than just how to run a project, but also how to organise yourself in your office to run the project professionally. As usual, we will release this module after your support call.

The aim of this module is to give students the basic knowledge so that they can:

Catch-Up Week


At this point, we provide another catch-up week for you. Because the past few weeks required a lot of learning, this will give you an opportunity to go back and re-read things that didn’t sink in the first time or explore new ideas and concepts that you have just learned.

Often this is the point where students realise that they are actually interested in something that they never thought they would be interested in! It is a great time to explore new areas of the interior design world and how they can benefit your business.

Once you have a little breather, we head into a new phase of the program, one where you’ll start running your business and working with clients on real projects.*

*Some students who start the program are already working with clients, however in many cases they still lack many required skills such as CAD drawing, knowing what information is required at each stage of a project or the business side of things. This program is relevant for anyone who is in their first few years of business or who have been in business for a while and are wanting to reorganise their services in a way that are relevant to today.

How To Get Clients & Your Personal Marketing Strategy


The last phase of the program transitions into teaching the daily business activities of an interior designer/business owner. This is where you’ll find out that getting clients just requires consistent action in line with your marketing strategy.

Throughout the program, we teach you key marketing skills, and this is where we tie everything together. We will help you to create the right marketing strategy based on your niche and ideal client, and in turn, you’ll start building your credibility, will start to share your expertise and begin to become intentionally visible.

As usual, this module will be released after your support call. At this point, these support calls are really fun. You’ll become really close with all of your peers and you’ll be really excited about how far you have come and what you have achieved.

The aim of this module is to give students the skills they need to do the following:

Trade Relationships & Beginner Mistakes To Avoid


This module teaches you the many other benefits of using an interior designer so that you can use these ideas to market your services. Also, by delving into common beginner mistakes, you’ll gain a head-start in your career by building your knowledge of tricks of the trade which usually requires a career’s worth of experience to learn.

Knowing how trades work and in which order give you a wealth of information as to how long a project will take and help you to avoid project management errors.

After our call, this module will be available for you. It looks like there are plenty of lessons, but our program is structured and presented in a really logical and easy-to-understand way. The feedback we get from students at this point in the program is that they just can’t believe how much they have learned, and they didn’t realise they were learning!

The aim of this module is to give students the skills so that they can:

JUNE 2024

Your First Client & Your First Project


This is where you start your practical experience by working with your first real client. Having a mentor on hand at this point is critical for student’s to be able to ask questions, gain confidence, get help with specific issues such as pricing and ensure the first time they set about undertaking a project, there is someone on hand to help.

As usual, we will release this module after our support call. Usually, this is when the forum support is invaluable as you’ll have answers to your urgent questions throughout the week!

The aim of this module is to give students the skills they need to:

Catch-Up Week


This is your last catch-up week. Usually, this is the time when you will start working with your first client. You would have been marketing for around a month (and learning about strategic marketing from the beginning of the program), so it makes sense that things fall into place at this point in the program. This is the time when things start to get real and you will have the support network around you that you will be really grateful for.

This is the point at which you’ll notice the difference between an interior design degree, course and what we provide as mentorship. The support you receive at this point in your career is what will make the difference between success and failure.

At this point, you’ll start to get your answers to questions about:

The Brief, Coaching Skills & How to Listen To What Your Client Really Wants


After nearly 20 years in the industry, working as an architectural and interior designer, I realised the biggest problems arose on projects because this one thing wasn’t done well and was never even taught!

Unique to IDBS, this module delves into modern and up-to-date practices of undertaking the beginning phases of a project that help create strong, clear brief’s that save our students (and their client’s) time and money, whilst limiting the opportunity for miscommunication, reducing disputes and arguments. This module will be available once we finish our support call.

The aim of this module is to help students to:

Your Business Success Plan


This module is something unique. We wanted to arm you with the skills and tools that will allow you to grow your business, not just while you’re on the program but for the rest of your career. We ensure that you are set up for success and that you have the skills, knowledge, mindset and business systems in place to position yourself as an expert in this field.

At this point in the program, you know how to run your projects professionally, how to get clients, create and complete design projects and live the dream of running your own interior design business. For this reason, we take the time to reflect on what you have achieved and also set you up for the year ahead.

In this module, you will learn how to plan, reassess and keep track of where you’re at and where you want to go in your business and career as an interior designer.

This module aims to:

Examination Week


In order to graduate you will need to pass a final exam and submit your business success plan. Everything is set out for you, and you will be guided every step of the way. We don’t leave anything to chance! We know that you create your future so we provide the tools and knowledge to get you the success you are dreaming of.

Just a note – we appreciate that you will be reading this while you’re deciding on a course or program and possibly at a point in time where you may not believe you are capable of learning or doing all of these things. Every single person who has ever graduated from IDBS has felt the same fear/excitement that you feel too. We are not especially talented, unique, rich, lucky, or any of the things you feel might hold you back from achieving your goals. Our system has been proven with real people, just like you, and it will work for you to. We will hold your hand, and you will get the support you need and you too will get there step by step.

In order to graduate, you will need to submit your business success plan and receive a minimum pass of 50% in your final examination.

You will be assessed on and will need to demonstrate that you have the following skills:

JULY 2024

Graduation – New Beginnings


Students graduate in a unique way. Your graduation assessment is based on sending through your real-life project before it gets sent to your client. Alongside this, you’ll create a business and marketing strategy to follow for the next 6-12 months in your business.

As you graduate and get busy working as an interior designer, we wanted to give some additional help with the everyday challenges that you’ll face as a new business owner.

Your final module will be released after your graduation call, which is reserved for celebrating your success and achievements (this is not a support call).

In this module student’s are taught:

Don’t forget that you have lifetime access to the program (including the social stream). You will no longer be able to ask questions on the forum, however you’ll still be able to see and read new questions and answers from current students). As the program is constantly being updated, it is always current and relevant and means that students have access to an ever-growing library of useful information, friends and community.


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