Registered Educational Providers

The IID supports the development and expansion of interior design education as this is critical to the future direction and success of the profession. We do not provide training, accredit any interior design courses or offer a career advisory service. For a formal education in interior architecture, design or decoration it is best to attend an accredited College or University to ensure that the learner obtains a thorough educational grounding as well as a recognized qualification ensuring the correct credentials to practice in the interior design industry.

Information you need to know

Interior Architecture is an in depth study of the space within a building enabling the learner to create an aesthetically pleasing environment which is both comfortable and efficient. Projects are commercially orientated such as shopping centres, offices, cinemas, airport terminals and restaurants. Domestic projects and refurbishments are also covered. The interior architect is a key contributor to the professional team and has to be able to work with architects, quantity surveyors, engineers, project managers, building contractors and suppliers of products form the start of the project to its completion. Design flair combined with technical expertise is an integral part of the course. Technical drawings, model making, drawing up of contracts and the overall administration of the installation or construction are also included.

As per the IID application process, in order to be registered as an interior architect the applicant must be in possession of a Masters Degree in Interior Design from a registered Educational Institute.

Interior Design is an in depth study of the space within a building enabling the learner to create an aesthetically pleasing environment which is both comfortable and efficient. Projects are commercially orientated such as shopping centres, offices, cinemas, airport terminals and restaurants. Domestic projects and refurbishments are also covered. The interior designer is a key contributor to the professional team and has to be able to work with architects, quantity surveyors, engineers, project managers, building contractors and suppliers of products form the start of the project to its completion. Design flair combined with technical expertise is an integral part of the course. Technical drawings, model making, drawing up of contracts and the overall administration of the installation or construction are also included.

As per the IID application process, in order to be registered as an interior designer the applicant must be in possession of a minimum 3-year full-time Degree in Interior Design from a registered Educational Institute.

Interior Decorating – Two types of courses are available

Interior Decorating focusing on soft furnishing with practical applications. This includes planning and making of cushions, lampshades, quilting, appliqué, patchwork and bedding. Planning and making of curtains, blinds pelmets, valances, swags & tails and keeping up with new trends. Upholstery – familiarising the student with the tools required in the industry, stripping, repairing and varnishing wooden furniture, recovering of fully upholstered furniture covering all springing methods, identification of fabrics suitable for upholstery use, measuring and quotation.

Interior Decorating courses of a more technical nature will include, understanding the needs of the client as well as the space. They are primarily concerned with the functional and decorative planning of the interior of a structure. Courses should introduce the student to the theory of interiors i.e. principles and elements of design, textiles, business practice and have a large practical component. Students will learn basic draughting techniques and have an awareness and understanding of the various layouts used in the building industry, plumbing layouts, electrical layouts etc. Interior decoration may include entering into building or supervisory contracts relevant to the responsibility of the decorator.

BHC School of Design
Cape Peninsula University of Technology
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…
Design Time (Pty) Ltd
Design Time (Pty) Ltd is an Approved Educational Member of The African Institute of the Interior Design Professions (IID). Design Time, established in 1987, is a private boutique school based in the trendy suburb of Observatory, Cape Town.
Durban University of Technology
The Durban University of Technology is an Approved Educational Member of the African Institute of the Interior Design Professions (IID).
Greenside Design Center
Greenside Design Centre is an Approved Education Member and a Patron of the African Institute of the Interior Design Professions (IID). The Greenside Design Center is a Private Higher Education Institution that specializes in design.
Inscape Education Group
The Inscape Educational Group is an Approved Educational Member of The African Institute of the Interior Design Professions (IID). We provide postgraduate and undergraduate programmes in the creative and design industries, built environment, business and communication, and digital technology sectors.
Nelson Mandela University
The Interior Design Diploma programme aims to produce interior designers who will be competent to design the working spaces or living environments of people so that they are more efficient, comfortable and aesthetically pleasing.
Potchefstroom Academy
Potchefstroom Academy is an Approved Education Member of The African Institute of the Interior Design Professions (IID). Potchefstroom Academy is situated in Potchefstroom, a vibrant student town.
Tshwane University of Technology
Interior Design department forms part of the Visual Communication Department at TUT’s Faculty of the Arts, Pretoria, Gauteng.
Vega School
The IIE BA Degree in Interior Design has specifically been designed to meet the requirements of the challenging and expanding fields of interior design such as corporate, retail, hospitality, exhibition and residential design.
University of Johannesburg

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