South African Qualifications Authority identification number (SAQA ID): 79830

Interior Design is about planning environments for people and how they live and work, by considering their psychological, emotional and physical needs. A good designer looks at feasibility, context, circumstances, and cultural inclusion. Students learn about emerging technologies, products and services and the latest software. They can develop concepts and produce digital technical drawings. Graduates are able to create interior design solutions for clients in the retail, hospitality, domestic, exhibition, services, corporate, and specialist industries.

  • Consumables cost 1st year (+-R1000) **estimates only
  • Continuous project based assessment
  • Digital and print portfolio submissions in 2nd and 3rd year
  • Final years graduate in December
  • Degree candidates can go on to apply for post graduate studies pending they meet the application and entrance requirements of the relevant Institution.
  • Our programmes are quality assured and standardised across all Inscape campuses nationally.
  • You can enrol for our Bachelor of Design programme at any campus to complete your 1st year.
  • Students who are accepted into certain degree specialisation programmes might be required to complete their 2nd and 3rd year studies at another specialised Inscape campus.
  • Students who have graduated with the BDesign degree may apply to register for an Honours in a related field at another institution. 
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  • MacBook * optional
  • Wacom tablet
  • Software licenses (as per programme requirements)
  • Prescribed textbooks
  • 1st year preliminary art equipment
  • Online library subscription
  • Digital study guides and courseware
  • Internet connectivity

EXCLUDED:

  • Monthly consumables
  • Digital camera

Inscape Education Group will consider Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) based on informal or non-formal learning for admission to this course. View Policy Information.

Course Information Year 1

FUNDAMENTAL DESIGN 1st year – DESIGN SKILLS

Developing fundamental design skills to create design savvy critical thinkers.
Developing foundational Drawing Skills, Basic Material and Manufacturing awareness, Digital Image Making, Communication,
Software and Leadership skills to create well rounded designers fit for any design industry.
Developing an awareness of the integrated nature of design, advancing the unique thinking of our students.
Introducing an appreciation for Design History.
Establishing fundamental building blocks for creative problem solving.

Course Information Year 2

DISCIPLINE SPECIFIC 2nd year – DESIGN KNOWLEDGE

Discipline Specific knowledge will be developed through understanding specially developed briefs meeting specific client needs or wants. The study of functionality of a given space assists in creative solutions to problem solving for interior design spaces. Design challenges are adapted to cover all specialised areas of interior design such as: hospitality design; residential design; corporate design; retail design; furniture design; speciality design and services design.

Applying theory to practice through an introduction into basic technical drawing conventions, construction techniques, site analysis and measurements, tracked and recorded site visits, technical services, lighting, electrical and plumbing requirements and how to communicate through drawings and specifications. This study includes an understanding of built environment terminologies used within interior design, a basic knowledge of the theory of materials, including their properties and the manufacturing process of the products, an introduction to national building regulations with reference to SANS 10400 and an introduction to Furniture design

Advancing software skills and technical knowledge through an introduction to AutoCAD Basics, 3DsMax, Photoshop Rendering and Revit Modelling.

Developing an understanding of the business of design through the awareness of project management process methodologies, plotting and lifecycle, feasibility studies, scope of work management, breakdown structures and time management. Practical applications of procurement schedule, resource planning, project cost management, human resource allocation and management as well as a basic introduction to law and contract management will be covered.

Course Information Year 3

SPECIALISATION 3rd year – DESIGN STYLE

Developing a signature interior design style by expanding on research and concept development skills focusing on design solutions and execution. Emphasis is placed on research, preparation and concept design both for competition briefs and allocated briefs.

Developing advance knowledge and expert skills by exercising design development, financial feasibility, construction methods and choice as well as character and study of material types and building systems.

Awareness of the latest design technologies and innovations through practice in software such as 3D Max and 3D Advanced Modelling focussing on more advanced rendering techniques as well as further enhancing Revit skills.

Developing an understanding of the guidelines and principles involved in running a design business. Promoting business vision, mission and values give graduates the confidence and ‘know-how’ to start their own design initiatives based on a foundational knowledge of strategic development, marketing strategies, importance of branding and managing finances. 

More about the bachelor of design degree (B.DES)

This three-year full time qualification produces professional designers equipped for a rewarding career in design. Students qualifying can practise as junior designers or study towards an Honours Degree. As this qualification is universal, it applies to a variety of design disciplines, including fashion design, interior design, graphic design, multimedia design, jewellery design, industrial design, product design, spatial design, design research, design writing and design for the environment. 

Traditionally, the various fields within design and design education have been separated. Public and private Higher Education schools have offered all sorts of qualifications. Our Bachelor of Design qualification aligns industry standards and educates designers following common guidelines. It also implements the long-awaited minimum standards for designers of all disciplines.

Design is globally recognised as a profession. Worldwide, designers are required to have at least a three-year qualification. Inscape offers the Bachelor of Design Degree with common competencies and specialisations through elective subjects.

The first year of the Bachelor of Design provides a foundation in design thinking, constructs and visual communication, photography, material studies, image making and design history, communication studies, leadership and unique thinking and software includes basics in Adobe products. We love that our students learn alongside aspiring designers of other disciplines. This kind of exposure blows a student’s design perspective wide open and teaches relevance and appropriateness in terms of design solutions within the business world.

At the end of the first year, students are required to select their chosen stream as a specialisation of their future career choice. Our students love the fact that they have a full year to become fully entrenched in the world of design. They attest to the fact that when they make their final decision regarding a chosen specialisation that they do so with confidence and fully informed.

Second and third year are intense. Each specialisation stream is packed with knowledge and technical skill required of the respective discipline. Our students however, are well prepared in the first year and enter into the senior years equipped with the ability to think critically and apply themselves effectively. Our success rates are a testimony to the fact that our unique approach to teaching design, works.

South African Qualifications Authority identification number (SAQA ID): 48440

Junior interior designers with this qualification are proficient in CAD and rendering software. They are clued up on relevant industry materials and services, as well as related construction methods, application and installation. Graduates confidently present visually pleasing design solutions. They are team players, working effectively with other designers and personnel on every level. This qualification gives you an exciting range of employment opportunities:
Interior designers at businesses including interior design firms, architectural practices, furniture design and manufacturers, construction companies, design consultancies, design studios and in-house design studios; freelance interior design in the relevant industries; and own design business.

  • Continuous project based assessment
  • Final years graduate in December
  • Final year portfolio submission

Students who have graduated with a Diploma may apply to register for an Advanced Diploma in a related field at another institution.

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  • Laptop* optional
  • Software licenses (as per programme requirements)
  • Prescribed textbooks
  • 1st year preliminary art equipment
  • Online library subscription
  • Digita study guides and courseware
  • Internet connectivity

EXCLUDED:

  • Monthly consumables

Inscape Education Group will consider Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) based on informal or non-formal learning for admission to this course. View Policy Information.

Course Information Year 1

DIPLOMA IN INTERIOR DESIGN 1st Year

The Diploma in Interior Design focuses on developing practical interior design skills and ability through the introduction to four main subject categories namely:

Fundamental – Creativity Subjects
Interior application through practicing design processes with the emphasis on problem definition, research and conceptualisation. Developing visual awareness, aesthetics and presentation skills especially focusing on the design elements and principles, design process and influences and design thinking
Interior portfolio displays a significant exercise which demonstrates capability and competence through a collection of selected practical projects from all practical subjects for the 1st year

Fundamental – Knowledge subjects
Technical Drawing focuses on developing a practical and basic overview of an interior designer and draughtsman within the built environment through a fundamental understanding of technical skills, knowledge and terminology required by the interior design industry
Materials and Manufacturing introduces basic construction methods, a knowledge of the theory of materials, including their properties and the manufacturing process of the products.
Interior Influences I explores the history and methodology of history of design and architecture with specific emphasis on factors influencing design and art at any specific time during the timeline pre 20th century

Fundamental – Skills subjects
Design Drawing I examines and practices basic elements of image making, pictorial systems, as well as expressive and conceptual drawing
Skills Application I studies different styles of writing, research methods and basic principles of writing a research proposal
Interior Computer Applications I develops computer and internet basic skills and introduces software such as AutoCAD & Photoshop

Fundamental – Values subjects
Leadership Programme focuses on introducing students to the foundations of great leadership which focuses on 3 components of Emotional intelligence namely: Intrapersonal skills, Interpersonal skills and Stress/Time Management

Course Information Year 2

DIPLOMA IN INTERIOR DESIGN 2nd Year

The Diploma in Interior Design year 2 focuses on further developing and applying practical interior design skills and ability focused on in year 01 through the continuation of 3 main subject categories namely:

Fundamental – Creativity Subjects
Interior application exploring functional design, corporate Design, planning spaces, institution design, retail and exhibition design and specialised design through developing multipurpose solutions
Interior portfolio displays a significant exercise which demonstrates capability and competence through a collection of selected practical projects from all practical subjects for the 2nd  year

Fundamental – Knowledge subjects
Building Technology focuses on developing a practical and sound overview of an methods of construction and technical services
Technical Drawing continues to focus on producing schedules and full working drawings of the various briefs delivered
Interior Influences II explores the history and methodology of history of design and architecture with specific emphasis on factors influencing design and art at any specific time during the timeline post 20th century
Business Practice covers a foundational introduction to project management processes as well as law and contract Management

Fundamental – Skills subjects
Skills Application II focuses on basic photographic skills and presentation skills
Interior Computer Applications II develops and continues to exercise computer through software such as AutoCAD, Photoshop and Revit

Course Information Year 3

DIPLOMA IN INTERIOR DESIGN 3rd Year

The Diploma in Interior Design 03 centres around enhancing and directing practical interior design skills and ability developed in year 1 and 2 through the continuation of 3 main subject categories namely:

Fundamental – Creativity Subjects
Interior application establishing further practical application abilities in service, domestic and hospitality design
Interior portfolio and competition work displays a significant exercise which demonstrates capability and competence through a collection of the best selected practical projects from all practical subjects for the duration of the interior design diploma and makes room for exploring interior design competitions and presenting them in the portfolio

Fundamental – Knowledge subjects
Applied Technology focuses on the application of technology skills in services and domestic design focusing on
research application and thematic design. Retail Design practices skills further in market analysis and branding through design for the end user
Business Practice develops a further understanding of the guidelines and principles involved in running a design business. Promoting business vision, mission and values give diploma students the confidence and ‘know-how’ to start their own design initiatives based on a foundational knowledge of strategic development, marketing strategies, importance of branding and managing finances.

Fundamental – Skills subjects
Interior Computer Applications III develops and continues to exercise computer through software such as AutoCAD, Photoshop, Revit and 3D Max

More about the diploma

This three-year full time qualification equips you to work in the design industry immediately after qualifying.

And the world needs trained designers. The design industry plays an important role in the economy of South Africa and neighbouring countries. Strong design industries equip South Africa to compete in international markets – all part of nation-building.

Our unique, integrated teaching and learning strategy encourages an awareness of other design disciplines. Fundamental Creativity Subjects focus on design principles and relevant design discipline application. Fundamental Knowledge Subjects are tailored to equip design students with relevant influences and technical knowledge prevalent to their field. Fundamental Skills and Value driven Subjects equip the candidates with leadership abilities and nurture growing computer application competences assisting candidates in the execution of their design solutions.

Diploma students who have benefitted from our teaching and learning approach have the industry edge when competing with junior designers from other institutions. Meaningful exposure to Inscape’s design philosophy and its real-world application is key to these graduates’ success.

Inscape offers a Diploma in Graphic Design and a Diploma in Interior Design at NQF level 6.

These diploma qualifications are designed to make sure that each graduate has what it takes to ace their first interview. Employers want dynamic designers who, at entry level, can take a design brief, define the problem to be solved, do the research and find a solution – all within the client’s contextual requirements. Graduates are productive, responsible, creative and unique thinkers.

South African Qualifications Authority identification number (SAQA ID): 94798

This qualification prepares you for commercial and domestic interior design. The purpose of the programme is to provide the qualifying learner with the knowledge and skills to advise clients with regard to the organisation of interior spaces, the wall finishing and coverings, the colour scheme and accessories.

This qualification provides an exit point for integration into the work place or self-employment.

The qualifying student can:

– Identify and solve problems regarding the arrangement and design of interior spaces

– Advise clients, on the use of materials, and accessories using critical and creative thinking.

– Work effectively with others as a member of a production team.

Organise and manage themselves effectively and responsibly.

– Communicate effectively with clients, colleagues and suppliers.

– Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information.

  • The programme consists of 16 modules
  • Consumable cost (+-R600 – R800/month) ** estimate only
  • Continuous project based assessment
  • Portfolio submission
  • 240 hours of Experiential Training to be completed
  • Contact students Graduate in December
  • Students who have graduated with the Higher Certificate may apply to register for a Diploma in a related field at Inscape Education Group or at another institution.

  • Diploma in Interior Design

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  • Software licenses (as per programme requirements)
  • Preliminary art equipment
  • Online library subscription
  • Digital study guides and courseware
  • Internet connectivity
  • Digital tablet

EXCLUDED:

  • Monthly Consumables

Inscape Education Group will consider Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) based on informal or non-formal learning for admission to this course. View Policy Information.

Course Information

The course consists of 16 MODULES to be completed:
1. Introduction to decorating
2. Standard drawing conventions
3. Introduction to architectural drawing
4. Presentation drawing
5. Materials, finishes & treatments
6. Period styles & furniture
7 Process of interior decorating
8. Application of interior decorating
9. Portfolio
10. Experiential training
11. AutoCAD for the built environment
12. Starting your own business
13. Introduction to project management
14. Professional practice management
15. Visual merchandising and colour
16. Event management and thematic styling

More about the Higher Certificate

A Higher Certificate is a one-year, full time course that gets you into a Degree course if you don’t meet the requirements initially. The Higher Certificate includes 240 hours of hands-on training that prepares you to enter the working world.

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