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Interior Design

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The practice of interior design relates to architecture on the one hand and to industrial design on the other. The aim of the course is to develop awareness and skills ranging from design in building to furniture design, and could be defined as the creative problem-solving process applied to the practice solution of three-dimensional programs, primarily within the environment of buildings.

Knowledge of the performance of materials and the possibilities they offer in construction is thoroughly researched and understood. Our students are well-versed in the skills required to communicate their design intention and be productively employable on graduation.

The Interior Design program at CPUT is committed to the development of a theoretical basis for the study and practice of design where creativity is linked with and runs parallel to theory. The program's educational agenda is to challenge the accepted assumptions about Interior Design and test new ideas through design project work.

Diploma in Interior Design

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Advanced Diploma:  Interior Design (ADINT) - Part time/blended mode learning

Course aim

Graduates are equipped to enable registration as a Candidate Senior Interior Designer, capable of designing and detailing the interior of multi-storey buildings, independently researching technological detail and bespoke joinery. The competency of an interior designer would include the design and technological detailing of internal building alterations, which respond to relevant and appropriate interior design solutions. Their skills will include the design and management of public and private sectors within the built environment.

Graduates can apply to the African Institute of Interior Design Professionals (IID), to enable registration as a Candidate Senior Interior Designer.

Career opportunities

The Candidate Senior Interior Designer is responsible for the application of technological working drawing package which accurately documents the design. The main activities associated with this field are the design development and production of drawings, detailing, presentation of drawings, model making, site supervision and monitoring and liaison with clients, engineers, municipalities, quantity surveyors and contractors.

Once the necessary experience has been gained, the Candidate Senior Interior Designer is able to competently handle small to medium size work independently. This would for example include retail, corporate, hospitality, public sector buildings or the development of educational spaces.

Duration, Mode and Venue

This is a two-year part-time programme offered through block-release, in a blended format that involves online learning, on-campus blocks and work-based mentoring. On-campus sessions take place at Media City on Cape TownEmployment in an interior design practice or architectural office is compulsory.

Admission requirements

A Diploma in Interior Design (or a recognised equivalent qualification) with a 60% average pass mark in the final year of the Diploma, is required.  Applicants must also obtain a minimum of 60% for the subjects Interior Design 3 and Interior Technology 3. Those who do not meet these requirements, or who completed their Diploma (or equivalent qualification) at another institution, are subjected to a selection process. This process may consist of a design and technology test, an interview and the submission of a digital portfolio. The portfolio should contain samples of any work considered to be a reflection of the student’s design and presentation skills, responsive technological development, demonstrating an integration of design and technology. 

Employment in an interior design or architectural practice and mentoring by a SACAP or IID registered Professional is compulsory. A letter of support signed by the employer should accompany the application.

Design test, portfolio, interview and letter of employer support

For detail information email archid@cput.ac.za (This is an e-mail for both architectural technology and interior design applicants.)

Contact details

Faculty Office

Ms Thandiswa Madadasana

MadadasanaT@cput.ac.za

021 440 2237

Interior Design

Mrs Shamiela Saiet

Administrative support to Advanced Diploma

SaietS@cput.ac.za

021 440 2225

Interior Design

Ms Colleen Cocotos

Advanced Diploma

Programme Coordinator

CocotosC@cput.ac.za

021 440 2278

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