Diploma Interior Design | The One Academy

Interior Design

(KP/JPS(R2/214/4/0185) 10/22)

Course Overview
Students will learn the best of both residential and commercial interior design ranging from site study, space planning and interior concept development to lighting and furniture design, learning to identify, research and creatively solve problems relative to function and quality of built environment. Upon completion, students will be able to plan and design commercial and residential building interiors for effective use with emphasis on space creation, planning and factors that affect our responses to living and working environments.

This course is available at both the Sunway and Penang campuses.

Our annual intakes take place during January, April & August every year.

  • SPM / O-Level / UEC or equivalent
  • or
  • The One Academy's Certificate Programme
    Certificate in Communication Design
    (1 Year 3 Months)
  • The One Academy's Diploma Programmes
    Interior Design
    (3 Years 3 Months)
  • UK Degree in The One Academy
    in collaboration with University of Hertfordshire,
    United Kingdom
    (2 years completed locally upon completion of Diploma programme at The One Academy)

    BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design
  • or
  • Degree in Affiliated Universities
    United Kingdom, Australia,
    New Zealand & United States
    (1-2 Years)
  • *Subject to meeting entry requirement and credit transfer mapping


    List of Academic Subjects
  • Interior Design Fundamental Studies
  • Interior Material Finishes
  • Interior & Architectural History
  • Interior Colour Studies
  • Environmental Science & Services
  • Design & Business Management
  • Research in Interior Design
  • Interior Professional Practice

    List of Design Subjects
  • Creative Thinking
  • Interior Design 1
  • Interior Design 2
  • Interior Design 3
  • Interior Design 4
  • Interior Design 5
  • Furniture Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Portfolio

    List of Technical Subjects
  • Basic CAD
  • Interior Visual 1
  • Interior Visual 2
  • Interior Visual 3
  • Advanced CAD
  • 3Ds Max
  • Advanced 3D Visualisation in Architecture Design 1
  • Advanced 3D Visualisation in Architecture Design 2

  • Adobe 3Ds Max
  • Adobe AutoCAD
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator

    Career Opportunities Abound At
  • Interior Design Consultancies
  • Design and Build Companies
  • Architecture Firms
  • Project Development Companies
  • Furniture Manufacturers
  • Lighting Manufacturers
  • Housing Developers
  • TV Stations

    Career Options
  • Residential Interior Designer
  • Commercial Interior Designer
  • Interior Consultant
  • Interior Contract Manager
  • Interior Designer
  • Interior Stylist
  • CAD Designer
  • 3D Visualiser
  • Design Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Furniture Designer
  • Lighting Designer
  • Colour Consultant
  • Exhibition Designer
  • Film, TV & Stage Set Designer
  • Interior Design Educator
  • Model Maker
  • Interior Photographer

(Note: Subjects offered are subject to change based on the requirements of the Academy Board and MQA.)


  • Pass Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) with minimum 3 credits (3Cs) including a pass in Bahasa Melayu and *Sejarah
  • Pass in Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) with minimum 3 credits (3Bs)
  • Pass in IGCSE/O-Level with minimum 3 credits (3Cs)
  • Pass The One Academy‚Äôs Certificate in Communication Design OR Certificate from other Institutions of Higher Learning in related field with minimum CGPA 2.00
  • Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM) Level 3 in Art and Design Field with 1 credit in SPM including a pass in Bahasa Melayu and *Sejarah
  • Other equivalent qualifications recognized by the Malaysian Government AND
  • Pass Portfolio Review or Drawing Test conducted by The One Academy for candidate who does not have a pass in Art subject or without an art subject in SPM level or its equivalent

    English Requirements
  • For candidates who do not have a pass in English will be required to take Intensive English Programme (IEP) in The One Academy.
  • For International Students only:
    When you apply for a Visa Approval Letter you must demonstrate that you have an acceptable level of English language proficiency. The English Language tests which are accepted for Student Pass Application are:
  • IELTS (Academic) minimum Band 4.0
  • TOEFL IBT (30-31)
  • CAE (160) (Cambridge English: Advance)
  • CPE (180) (Cambridge English: Proficiency)
  • PTE - Academic (Pearson Test of English) (30)
  • MUET (Malaysian University English Test)(Band 2)

    Entry Requirements For International Students
  • Indonesia:
    Ijazah Sekolah Menengah Umum (SMU) 3 / Ijazah Sekolah Menengah Atas (SMA) / Ijazah Sekolah Menengah Kejuruan (SMK) / Ijazah Madrasah Aliyah (bagi lulusan mulai tahun 2015) dengan gred purata 55 - 65
  • Vietnam:
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong (Upper Secondary School Graduation Diploma)
  • China:
    Senior Secondary School Graduation Certificate / Graduation Certificate from a Vocational / Technical Secondary School (Zhixiao / Zhigao) or a Skilled Worker School (Jixiao)
  • Maldives:
    UCLES O-Level / Secondary School Certificate SSC)
  • South Korea:
    High School Diploma / High School Graduation Equivalency Examination

For non-Malaysian applicants, please refer to the The List of Entry Qualifications for International Student (PDF) to see if you qualify for this course.

*Sejarah (History) is a compulsory subject to pass in SPM starting 2013