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Overview of the Interior Design Professions
Accredited Institutes in South Africa
BHC School of Design - Cape Town
Cape Peninsula University of Technology - Cape Town
Design Time (Pty) Ltd - Cape Town
Durban University of Technology - Durban
Greenside Design Center - Johannesburg
Inscape  - Cape Town, Durban, Midrand, Pretoria and Stellenbosch
Nelson Mandela University - Port Elizabeth
Potchefstroom Academy - Potchefstroom
STADIO School of Architecture and Engineering - Cape Town
Tswane University of Technology - Pretoria
University of Johannesburg - Johannesburg
IIE-Vega School - Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg and Pretoria

Interior Placements - Education


Choosing an Institution with an accredited qualification and why it is important.

In this increasingly competitive industry, formal education in Interior Design, Interior Architecture or Decorating will provide a thorough educational grounding which is critical to the future direction and success of the industry. The art and science of creating a healthy, comfortable and aesthetically pleasing interior environment for people requires knowledge of architectural structures and space planning. It entails a thorough understanding of applicable building regulations, the functional application of building services such as ventilation, lighting and sound, materials and finishes, and interior fittings and furniture placement. Interior designers work with architects, quantity surveyors, engineers, project managers, building contractors and suppliers. Although entry into the interior design industry is possible without a formal qualification, a significant amount of work experience with an impressive portfolio will be required to impress potential employers.

Whether an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification, it is vital to research the credentials of a planned qualification. An accredited qualification offered by a higher education institution must be registered on the South African Qualification Authority’s (SAQA) and on the National Qualification Framework (NQF). The qualification must also be registered with the Department of Education and Industry (DHET) and accredited by the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC). SAQA verifies the authenticity of South African qualifications for employers or individuals.

The African Institute of the Interior Design Professions (IID) supports the development and expansion of interior design education to promote excellence in interior design practice. The IID is the professional body representing the Interior Design industry in South Africa and serves registered, practising interior architects, interior designers and interior decorators. It is recommended that qualified interior designers and professionals apply to an educational institution registered with the IID since membership can only be granted to accredited institutions.

Individuals can request a list by sending an email to

Individuals have different needs and should be attentive to these needs when selecting an institution. It would be beneficial to speak to students or staff at an institution before deciding whether a program or institution is the right fit. Consider asking questions such as:
  • Is it an accredited qualification?
  • Does the institution offer a diploma or a degree?
  • What are the admission requirements?
  • Does the institution offer postgraduate qualifications?
  • Will the qualification be accepted at another institution for postgraduate studies?
  • Does the institution have quality assurance mechanisms in place?
  • What academic support does the institution offer?
  • What facilities, i.e. libraries, relevant computer software, etc., does the institution offer?
  • How well does the industry regard the graduates from a particular institution?
  • Does the institution have an alumni network?
To be registered at the IID you must have a qualification from a registered educational institution, as an Interior Architect, an applicant must have a Master’s Degree in Interior Design from a registered educational institute.
It is wise to attend exhibitions to view the student works from different institutions. Many institutions also allow prospective students to visit their facilities to ask staff members and students about their program’s teaching philosophy and the types of modules offered. Keep a lookout for invitations to Open Days.

Ilse Prinsloo
Head of Department - Interior Design
University of Johannesburg

IID Professions

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Week 35 | Tuesday 30 August 2022

BHC School of Design

Interior Design | Interior Decorating
Full-Time Courses | Short Courses | Part-Time Courses
Cape Town

BHC is a highly respected, single purpose provider of design education, and currently offers a Diploma in Interior Design and a Higher Certificate in Interior Decorating. Based in trendy Woodstock in Cape Town, these fully accredited and registered programmes have been designed in response to the needs of the design industry and are structured to integrate the latest industry developments while nurturing and supporting students in starting their Design Journeys.

The academic facilitators are all practicing interior designers, decorators or architects, who actively participate in continuous professional development. This ensures that the students are exposed to the most up-to-date information in design, technology, and trends. Our students have access to real world projects as well as state of the art Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality software.

BHC continues to value and promote the key human and structural resources required to prepare the graduates for a successful career in the professional design world.

BHC School of Design
Jeremy Volkman

72 Salt River Road, Woodstock, Cape Town
+27 (0)21 447 7288

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Updated Week 35 | Wednesday 31 August 2022

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Full-Time Courses
Cape Town

Interior Design is the art and science of enhancing the interior of a building to achieve a healthier and more aesthetically pleasing environment for the people using the space. An interior designer is someone who plans, researches, coordinates, and manages such enhancement projects. Interior design is a multifaceted profession that includes conceptual development, space planning, site inspections, programming, research, communicating with the stakeholders of a project, construction management, and execution of the design. CPUT is an approved education member of The African Institute of Interior Design Professions (IID) and the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).

The Interior Design programme at CPUT offers the following programmes:
  • ECP – Extended Curriculum Programme. A preparatory one-year, offering additional foundational support, which instils confidence when entering the mainstream diploma.

    ECP Coordinator: Ms Abigail Roberts Email:
  • Diploma – A three-year, full-time Diploma in Interior Design. (SAQA accredited 360 credit value; NQF level 6).
    Diploma Coordinator: Ms Maretha Dreyer Email:
  • Advanced Diploma – The fourth year of study, which is a one-year Advanced Diploma in Interior Design. Offered as a one-year full-time or a two-year part-time programme. (SAQA accredited 120 credit value: NQF level 7)

    Advanced Diploma Coordinator: Ms Colleen Cocotos Email:

Cape Peninsula University of Technology
Interior Design Programme
80 Roeland Street, Gardens, Cape Town
Applications Faculty Office: Mr Siyabonga Mfiki / Email: 
Departmental Support Staff: Ms Shamiela Saiet / Email: or

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Updated Week 39 | Thursday 29 September 2022

Design Time (Pty) Ltd Logo

Full-Time Courses
Cape Town

Design Time, established in 1987, is a private boutique school based in the trendy suburb of Observatory, Cape Town.

Design Time offers professional training for creative's, specialising in interior design and the related disciplines.

Our mission is to educate individuals to be creative leaders and designers within the interior design/architectural industries. Our full-time courses are designed to equip students with the necessary skill set required to confidently enter the working world, nationally and internationally.

Lecturers and students engage with the working world/design industry frequently through student internships, site and showroom visits as well as client briefed studio projects. These select appointments empower students and prove vital in keeping them on trend regarding products, materials and the design industry broadly.

Our passionate team of talented and dedicated lecturers inspire the vibrant and exciting world that awaits YOU!

Design Time (Pty) Ltd
School of Interior Design
Yolande Mittön

63-65 Trill Road Observatory 7925 Cape Town South Africa
+27 (0)21 447 9537 | +27 (0)83 444 5765

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Updated Week 35 | Wednesday 31 August 2022

Durban University of Technology

Full-Time Courses

The Durban University of Technology offers a Diploma in Interior Design (3 Years), Advanced Diploma and Post Graduate Diploma.

Durban University of Technology
Senele Nhlumayo
Room 17/18 City Campus, Cnr Warwick Avenue and Smith Street, Durban
+27 (0)31 373 6503/5/6

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Updated Week 37 | Wednesday 14 September 2022

Greenside Design Center

Full-Time Courses | Short Courses | Part-Time Courses

The Greenside Design Center is a Private Higher Education Institution that specializes in design. The institution was founded in 1987 by Prof Des Laubscher and Ingrid Templer who remain the directors. Situated in the trendy suburb of Greenside, the college has grown over the years to accommodate 400 students and 40 staff members. All programmes are accredited by the Council on Higher Education. The college and all programmes are registered with the Department of Education under the Higher Education Act, 1997. Certificate number 2000/HE/007

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Design in Education
  • BA & BA Honours Degree in Interior Design, Graphic Design and Multimedia Design
  • Higher Certificate in Design Thinking
  • Short Courses in Design

Greenside Design Center
Marina Hendriks

118 Green Way, Greenside, Johannesburg
+27 (0)11 646 1984

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Updated Week 35 | Wednesday 31 August 2022

Inscape Logo

Interior Design | Interior Decorating
Full-Time Courses
Cape Town, Durban, Midrand, Pretoria and Stellenbosch

We provide postgraduate and undergraduate programmes in the creative and design industries, built environment, business and communication, and digital technology sectors.

Postgraduate programmes include:
  • Bachelor of Arts Honours in Design
Undergraduate programmes include:
  • Bachelor of Design specialising in: Audio Visual Design, Environmental Design, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Ideation design, Interaction Design, Interior Design, Jewellery Design
  • Bachelor of Arts in Digital Marketing and Communication
  • Advanced Diploma in User Experience Design
  • Diploma in Graphic Design
  • Diploma in Interior Design
  • Higher Certificate in Architectural Technology
  • Higher Certificate in Design techniques
  • Higher Certificate in Fashion Design
  • Higher Certificate in Interior Decorating
We were the first institution in South Africa to offer a Bachelor of Design degree as well as the first institution to offer Ideation Design. We have campuses in Cape Town, Durban, Midrand, Pretoria and Stellenbosch.

Cape Town Campus | 1st Floor, 17 Salt River Road, Salt River
Durban Campus | 641 Peter Mokaba Ridge, Morningside
Midrand Campus | 353 Alexandra Road, Midrand
Pretoria Campus | 193 Corobay Avenue, Waterkloof Glen
Stellenbosch Campus | Distillery Road, Stellenbosch Central

Our international training campus is located in Dubai (Dubai Design District).

Inscape Education Group
Thulare Matlaba - Global Brand Manager

193 Corobay Avenue, Waterkloof Glen, Pretoria
+27 (0)12 346 2189

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Updated Week 35 | Wednesday 31 August 2022

Nelson Mandela University

Full-Time Courses
Port Elizabeth

At Nelson Mandela University we offer 2 qualifications in Interior Design.
  • The Diploma in Interior Design which is a 3 year full-time programme.
  • The Advance Diploma in Interior Design which is a 1 year full time programme in addition to the Diploma in Interior Design.
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. The focus is on the re-use of existing buildings or installations in new buildings of a variety of types but most particularly the commercial field. Design exercises are augmented by the study of interior design theory, history of interior design, soft furnishings, marketing, retail design, shop fitting, space planning and related construction technologies and building services. Design trends across the spectrum of design disciplines and the latest developments in design thinking are covered in detail.

The Interior Design Advance Diploma is a design-focused course and aims to produce senior interior designers who can, with some experience, practice independently as part of the team of consultants responsible for major new and adaptive re-use projects.

Nelson Mandela University
Lene Smit - Architectural Technology and Interior Design

2nd Floor Building 8, South Campus, University Way, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth
+27 (0)41 504 3499

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Updated Week 35 | Wednesday 31 August 2022

Potchefstroom Academy

Interior Design | Interior Decorating
Full-Time Courses | Part-Time Courses

Potchefstroom Academy is situated in Potchefstroom, a vibrant student town. The safe, student friendly environment ensures that our students remain engaged in learning while providing them with the opportunity of getting involved in sport and social events. Students get to meet interesting people and share experiences to last a lifetime.

Very few private institutions can boast that they have been educating students since 1981. This sets Potchefstroom Academy apart from those who offer the same or similar courses. Potchefstroom Academy’s management, experienced lecturing teams and support staff, possesses an intimate understanding of providing our students with a unique classroom experience, which is stimulating, interactive, and industry relevant.

Our students can be assured that at Potchefstroom Academy they will be prepared for the future and have the necessary skills to succeed as an employer or employee. Furthermore Potchefstroom Academy has a keen interest in grooming our country’s future entrepreneurs. We educate our students by providing them with the relevant insights and advice on how to successfully market their skills and services through entrepreneurial pursuits. Our campus is conveniently situated and within walking distance from all of the Academy’s residence facilities, nearby shopping malls, sport and recreation facilities and restaurants. Safe parking is available at the residences and next to the campus.

Our staff and students are committed in giving back to the community, in particular those less fortunate than ourselves. Therefore, this forms an important part of our yearly planning. Potchefstroom Academy is passionate about what we do. We take pride in educating our students, ensuring they achieve the best of their ability. Our promise is to deliver quality education without prejudice to all of our students. We look forward to welcoming you onto our campus to share in all that we have to offer.

  • NQF 6 Diploma in Interior Design (3 year full time)
  • NQF 5 Higher Cerificate in Interior Design and Decorating (2 year part-time via correspondence)

Potchefstroom Academy
Prudie Botha

59 Dr. James Moroko Avenue, Potchefstroom
+27 (0)18 294 9005

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Week 24 | Wednesday 12 June 2024

STADIO School of Architecture and Engineering

STADIO School of Architecture and Engineering
Higher Certificate Programme in Spatial Design
Cape Town 

Introducing the School of Architecture and Engineering, one of ten academic schools within STADIO, where creativity and technical expertise converge to shape the future of our physical and virtual built environments. By balancing theoretical concepts with hands-on practical experience, students are empowered to confidently contribute to society. A blend of advanced technical and professional skills ensures a seamless transition into professional life, making students well-prepared for the workforce.

About the Programme

Higher Certificate in Spatial Design - One year course Interior Decoration

The field of Spatial Design is experiencing global growth, driven by the demand for sustainable, accessible, healthy, and safe spaces for diverse communities. This emerging career offers opportunities to work in various settings within existing design disciplines or as independent consultants. As a spatial designer, one could work for design companies, the building or property industry, or start their own business.

The modules in this qualification prepare students to produce basic designs and draft contract documentation for interior and exterior spaces, including kitchen design, exhibition and stage design, furniture design, museum design, event and experience design, window and retail display, and home staging.

STADIO School of Architecture and Engineering
Marga de Vos

Bellville Business Park, D J Wood St, Bellville, Cape Town
+27 (0)
21 949 5036

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Week 26 | Tuesday 25 June 2024

Tswane University of Technology

Full-Time Courses

Interior Design department forms part of the Visual Communication Department at TUT’s Faculty of the Arts, Pretoria, Gauteng.

The programme in Interior Design still consists of a 3 year Diploma and is followed up with a BTech Degree. We focus on development in computer technology as a main source of communicating the many problem solving designs done during your stay with us. Our well educated staff members are all well qualified and busy with their Masters degree as well as Doctoral studies. Well prepared to teach you the ropes you will need in your career.

Tswane University of Technology
Clifford Moleko - Interior Design

24 Du Toit Street, Arcadia, Pretoria
+27 (0)12 383 6163

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Updated Week 35 | Wednesday 31 August 2022

University of Johannesburg

Full-Time Courses

Interior Designers engage with a range of interior spaces to create innovative spatial solutions with a thorough knowledge of building technology, materials and human environment needs. At the University of Johannesburg, interior design students develop the ability to solve design-related problems in divergent and creative ways. The scope of training opens doors to many career opportunities in the world of interior design and architecture, where graduates will work with both the structural and aesthetic aspects of interiors. The Department of Interior Design offers an undergraduate Bachelor Degree, a fourth-year Bachelor Honours Degree, a Master of Design and a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) in Art and Design. The Department’s facilities include designated studio areas for first-year to Master’s students and a centrally-located specialist computer studio.

Purpose of the BA in Interior Design programme
  • The purpose of the Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design is to develop and prepare students for entry into a career in interior design or into postgraduate studies, by enabling them to apply integrated knowledge and conceptual thinking skills to innovatively solve a range of interior design problems. This programme will equip students with a thorough foundation in the knowledge of design practice and theory, to conduct design criticism and research.
Purpose of the BA Hons (Interior Design) programme
  • The purpose of the Bachelor of Arts Honours in Interior Design is to prepare students for further research-based postgraduate study and entry into an advanced interior design career level or associated built environment fields, by enabling students to conduct and report on research under supervision, produce creative solutions to complex design problems and develop and communicate the technical resolution according to industry requirements.
Purpose of the MA (Design) RD programme
  • The purpose of the programme is to educate and train researchers who can contribute to the development of knowledge at an advanced level. The Master’s degree is earned by completing a single advanced research project, culminating in the production and acceptance of a dissertation.
Purpose of the PhD in Art and Design programme
  • The purpose of the programme is to enable candidates to undertake research at the most advanced academic level culminating in the submission, assessment and acceptance of a thesis. The candidate is required to demonstrate high-level research capability and make a significant and original academic contribution at the frontiers of art and/or design. In certain instances, creative work such as designed artefacts, public performances, public exhibitions or other practice-based outputs may constitute the partial fulfilment of the research requirements.

University of Johannesburg
Ms. Nombuso P. Luthuli - Department Secretary
+27 (0)11 559 1115

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Updated Week 35 | Wednesday 31 August 2022

Vega School

Full-Time Courses | Part-Time Courses
Cape Town, Durban,  Johannesburg, and Pretoria

Vega is an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (Pty) Ltd which is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997 (reg. no. 2007/HE07/0022). Company registration number: 1987/004754/07.

BA Degree in Interior Design
  • 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. This degree was previously delivered by The Design School Southern Africa (DSSA). DSSA’s academic portfolio has integrated into Vega School’s design portfolio. Vega now boasts the most diverse range of design offerings such as Interior Design, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Multimedia Design, Game Design and Development, Photography and Copywriting, in addition to its brand communication and management portfolios.
BA Honours Degree in Interior Design
  • The Bachelor of Arts Honours in Interior Design expands and further develops Interior Design degree students’ research skills, design knowledge and design ability to prepare them for professional life as Senior Interior Designer or Design Lecturer. Students learn to challenge conventional design thinking and develop refined and innovative methodologies that consider the impact and effectiveness of proposed interior solutions. Vega is an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (Pty) Ltd which is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997 (reg. no. 2007/HE07/002). Company registration number: 1987/004754/07. The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) is the leading registered private provider of higher education in South Africa. All IIE qualifications offered at its brands are accredited by the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) and registered by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). The IIE is responsible for conferring its qualifications offered at Vega, and is thus responsible for the quality of curriculum development, teaching, assessment and compliance with laws and regulations. The Independent Institute of Education is now internationally accredited with The British Accreditation Council (BAC). This important achievement demonstrates that our standards are world-class and guarantees students complete confidence about the value of their qualifications.
BA Honours Degree in Interior Design – Part-Time
(Durban. Johannesburg and Pretoria only)
  • The Bachelor of Arts Honours in Interior Design expands and further develops Interior Design degree students’ research skills, design knowledge and design ability to prepare them for professional life as Senior Interior Designer or Design Lecturer. Students learn to challenge conventional design thinking and develop refined and innovative methodologies that consider the impact and effectiveness of proposed interior solutions.

IIE-Vega School

Cape Town - Anthea Whitehead
130 Strand Street, De Waterkant
+27 (0)21 461 8089 |

Durban - Naretha Pretorius
70 Armstrong Avenue, La Lucia
+27 (0)31 569 1415 |

Johannesburg - Fernando Barnardo
444 Jan Smuts Avenue, Bordeaux, Randburg
+27 (0)11 521 4600 |
Pretoria - Leanne Coetzee
34 Ingersol Road, Menlyn
+27 (0)12 343 3669 |


Updated Week 35 | Wednesday 31 August 2022


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KSA Gauteng Institute for Architecture IID Professions
Established  in 1989 by members of the kitchen industry, the Kitchen Specialists Association is a non-profit company managed by regional committees in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape and overseen by a national committee. The Gauteng Institute for Architecture is one of the oldest architectural organizations in South Africa, founded in 1900 as the Transvaal Institute of Architects.  We are a voluntary association affiliated to the South African Institute of Architects and endorsed by the South African Council for the Architectural Profession.

Our Mission: To serve our members’ interests, promote a better built environment and a greater awareness of Architecture.
The IID is the only professional body representing the Interior Design industry in South Africa. Serving the needs of registered, practicing interior architecture, interior design and interior decorating professionals as well as education institutions and suppliers that provide services to the interior design industry.
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