Tshwane University of Technology

Full-Time Courses | Institution | Member of the IID

The TUT Department of Interior Design is one of five departments in the Faculty of Arts and Design, Pretoria, Gauteng.

About Tshwane University of Technology

The Diploma in Interior Design is a unique three-year diploma offered only at TUT that will develop graduates to apply design principles to the professional planning, designing, equipping and furnishing of residential, retail and commercial interior spaces. Qualifying students will gain knowledge about computer-aided design, graphic techniques, the principles of interior lighting, acoustics, systems integration and colour coordination, and the history of interior design and period styles.​

Course content also includes training in furniture design, technical working drawings/drafting, structural design, and building code and inspection regulation for commercial and residential design. You will enter the local market at interior design companies as part of the Work Integrated Learning programme. With the correct focus, you can become an entrepreneur as a small business owner or freelance designer, consultant, drafter or renderer.

Qualifying as an interior designer is different from qualifying as an interior decorator. A qualified interior designer can work directly with a client or within a company to develop small building projects, and small-to-large-scale interior space planning, fitting, and fixtures. An interior designer must be able to apply themselves creatively and technically and have a problem-solving mentality as they work from concept to construction, resolving aesthetic design and technical issues of material application and building services integration. An interior designer uses the principles of design to create environments of beauty and function, working with space, light, material, ventilation, and acoustics to meet the goals of the design brief.

A solid foundation for professional practice in interior design is built on historical and technical theory. A qualified interior designer will have the competency to apply specialised principles creatively, and use procedures and regulatory knowledge to manage and implement practical solutions that will innovatively solve interior design problems within an African context.​​

Programme List: 

Diploma in Interior Design

Advanced Diploma in Interior Design

Postgraduate Diploma in Design

Master’s Degree in Art and Design

Doctoral Degree in Art and Design


IID Membership:  Approved Education Institute
IID Membership No:  IID-400-1-TSH-GAU valid until 30 June 2023