Course Information and Fees



Diploma: (diploma)

This is a new qualification which will be offered as from January 2018 and it replaces the National Diploma in Interior Design.

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 practical solution of three-dimensional problems, primarily within the environment of buildings. Interior Design is a multi-faceted profession and designers are skilled at assisting clients to realise their goals and create interior environments that are both functional and aesthetically attractive.

To develop a critical awareness and practical application of two- and specifically three-dimensional design principles; to create awareness of the commercial applications of design; to encourage understanding of the responsibility of the designer to society and the individual user; to draw on historical and contemporary studies in order to heighten design awareness; to provide the opportunity to acquire knowledge of the performance of materials and how they can be applied to construction; to develop the skills required to communicate the design intention.

Career Opportunities

The following employment opportunities are available:
  • Interior design firms offering a professional consultancy service to clients, offer the opportunity to work towards a partnership, or with experience, to establish a practice;
  • Shop-fitting firms providing a design and supply service for the installation of shop and office interiors;
  • Retail groups planning their own interiors and employing shop-fitters on a contract basis for installation;
  • Furniture manufacturers offering a contract or design and supply service;
  • Interior design shops and suppliers of office furniture offering a design service;
  • Architectural practices also employ interior design specialists as part of their design teams.
Graduates can register with the South African Institute for the Interior Design Professions (IID) as a candidate Junior Interior Designer, Interior Designer and Senior Interior Designer.

Admission requirements


For all Certificate, Diploma and National Diploma applications, consult the General admission requirements.

General admission requirements

Some courses require students to submit additional information as part of their application.

Additional admission requirements


For all Honours, Masters and Doctorate applications, consult the Postgraduate admission requirements.

Postgraduate admission requirements

Syllabus and fees

First Year

Cape Town Campus:
44050 ZAR

Second Year

Cape Town Campus:
45270 ZAR

Third Year

Cape Town Campus:
45260 ZAR
Offering Type and Duration
Full-Time /

Course is offered on District Six Campus.

For any queries get in touch with:

Contact: Jenny Penfold
Telephone: +27 +21 +460 3243
Fax: +27 +21 +460 3686

Contact: Mrs Abasia Khan
Telephone: +27 21 680 1510
Fax: -

NOTE: The fees in this prospectus are for the 2021 academic year and are provided to assist you in your planning.



This information is subject to change based on approval and accreditation of HEQSF aligned qualifications.

Admission requirements may therefore differ between the existing qualification and the HESQF aligned qualification. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information on this page; however the University reserves the right at any time, if circumstances require, to make changes to any of the published details.