Interior Design

Enrolling 2021

BDes Interior Design
Course Code
SAQA 79830
Course Type
The Built Environment
Course Contact
Study options

3 Year Contact Learning

Starting February 2021

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Contact Learning

  • 3 years full time
  • NQF level 7
  • 8 x 1h 45 min sessions per week
  • 2.5 hours on more additional independent study per session
  • 40 hours of Job shadowing to be completed in the 2nd year
  • Innovative assessment portfolio of evidence submitted in the 3rd year

You can enrol for our Bachelor of Design programme at any campus to complete your 1st year. Our programmes are quality assured and standardised across all Inscape campuses. Students who are accepted into certain degree specialisation programmes might be required to complete their 2nd and 3rd-year studies at another specialised Inscape campus.

Developing fundamental design skills to create design savvy, critical thinkers. Communication, Software and Leadership skills in preparation for intense 2nd and 3rd-year studies. Developing an awareness of the integrated nature of design, advancing the unique thinking of our students. Introducing an appreciation for Design History and context. Establishing fundamental building blocks for creative problem-solving. Exposure to various design disciplines within the Bachelor of Design to assist in selecting the ‘right’ specialisation from 2nd Year.

Discipline Specific knowledge will be developed through understanding specially developed briefs within Interior Design to meet specific client needs or wants.
The study of functionality of a given space assists in creative solutions to problem solving for interior design spaces. Design challenges are adapted to cover all specialised areas of interior design such as: hospitality design; residential design; corporate design; retail design; furniture design; exhibition design; specialty design and services design. Applying theory to practice through an introduction into basic technical drawing conventions, construction techniques, site analysis and measurements, tracked and recorded site visits, technical services, lighting, electrical and plumbing requirements and how to communicate through drawings and specifications. This study includes an understanding of built environment terminologies used within interior design, a basic knowledge of the theory of materials, including their properties and the manufacturing process of the products, an introduction to national building regulations and an introduction to furniture design. Advancing software skills and technical knowledge through an introduction to AutoCAD Basics, 3DsMax, Photoshop, Rendering and REVIT Modelling. Developing an understanding of the business of design through the awareness of project management process methodologies, plotting and lifecycle, feasibility studies, scope of work management, breakdown structures and time management. Practical applications of procurement schedule, resource planning, project cost management, human resource allocation and management as well as a basic introduction to law and contract management will be covered.

Developing a signature interior design style by expanding on research and concept development skills focusing on design solutions and execution. Emphasis is placed on research, preparation and concept design both for competition briefs and allocated briefs. Developing advanced knowledge and expert skills by exercising design development, financial feasibility, construction methods and choice, as well as character and study of material types and building systems. Awareness of the latest design technologies, trends and innovations through practice in software such as 3Ds Max and more advanced rendering techniques as well as further enhancing REVIT skills. Developing an understanding of the guidelines and principals involved in running a design business. Promoting business vision, mission and values gives graduates the confidence and ‘know-how’ to start their own design initiatives based on a foundational knowledge of strategic development, marketing strategies, importance of branding and managing finances.

Students who have graduated with the Bachelor of Design degree may apply to register for an Honours or Post Graduate Diploma in a related field. Institutional minimum requirements will apply.

3 Year Contact Learning Application - Starting February 2021