If you are interested in learning more about interior design or painting through formalised study, there are a number of design courses available. Some options are below for you to choose from.
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The Open Polytechnic Diploma in Design & Decorating (Level 5)
Open Polytechnic’s Diploma in Design and Decorating (Level 5) has been developed in conjunction with Resene Paints Limited and well-known interior designer Sylvia Sandford.
This qualification will give you the knowledge and skills necessary to provide interior and exterior design advice in a residential environment in relation to colour schemes, fabric use, room plans, layout and design. A must if you are wanting to redecorate your own home, interested in gaining employment in the interior design industry or are already working in the industry.
The Diploma is open for enrolment anytime and learning is by distance, so you can study when you want, where you want.
This Diploma is made up of 12 courses, covering a range of subjects including:
DD1 Principles and Elements of Design
DD4 Influences in Design & Decorating
DD7 Windows and Walls
DD8 Fabrics & Furnishings
DD10 Living Spaces
DD11 Kitchens and Laundries
DD12 Bedrooms and Bathrooms
For more information or to enrol contact Open Polytechnic:
Visit our website
Call freephone: 0508 650 200
Australian College of Interior Decor - Distance Education
If your job is just not as exciting as it used to be then you might
need a change. Something creative in your life! With that our design,
colour, renovation and decorating courses can help. Help colour your
With 17 years experience in decoration, colour and design we know how
to teach our subject. ACID is a registered, accredited, award winning
college who offer the best of customer service to our students. Our
college is ever changing and offering new courses constantly, new programs
for our students, new resources, notes, websites, procedures and products.
With daily enrolments you can start the day you receive your package.
As soon as tomorrow, you could begin studying how to be an Interior
Decorating Consultant, Designer, Colour Consultant or studying one of
our shorter 10-15 week courses that help you to complete those long
Distance courses include:
Stage 1 in Interior Decoration (1 yr), Certificate 4 in Interior Decoration
(2.5 yrs), Certificate 2 in 3D Drawing (20 wks), Diploma of Interior
Decoration (3 Yrs) and Advanced Diploma of Interior Design (5 yrs).
Colour Your Home, Decorating Like Professionals, Designing Your Kitchen,
Design Your Own Home, Period Decorating and Visual Merchandising.
Look for yourself at www.corcollege.com.au
and see how we can make your new career happen! Or call for a free package
+61-2 96540085 or email email@example.com
Bramly Art & Creative School
Bramly Art & Creative School offers fabulous art and design classes for
children, teenagers and adults. Adult classes include drawing, painting
our excellent colour design and interior design term courses run by
experienced interior designer and tutor Debbie Abercrombie.
after-school and weekend classes include wonderful general art, drawing,
cartoon, craft and fashion design programmes. Stimulating art &
holiday programmes and parties are also run. A highly regarded senior
school student art tuition (and tertiary art portfolio preparation)
305 Remuera Rd, Auckland
View details at www.bramly.co.nz.
Phone: (09) 624 6366
Charnwood Interior Design Course
If you're in the process of building a home, refurbishing or considering
Interior Design as a career this 6 week evening course is definitely
for you! Compiled and presented by Pauline Lattey, the Charnwood Interior
Design Course has proved very popular since its introduction in 1996.
The course contains all the basic guidelines of Interior Design from
the house plan stage, floor treatments, walls and window treatments,
fabric design, through to the psychology of colour, kitchens, lighting,
style and accessories.
Working as a designer for over 25 years, backed up by a diploma in
Professional Interior Design, a certificate in Kitchen design recognised
by the NZBKA and two years on the council of the Designers Institute
of NZ, Pauline is able to bring the latest trends and ideas to her course.
This Design Course is held from Taupo to Wellington. On completion
of the Charnwood Interior Design Course a Certificate is presented.
For more information phone Pauline 06 354 6444, visit latteydesign.co.nz
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CPIT (Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology)
Design It, Colour It, Change It...
Picture yourself as an Interior Décor Advisor or an Interior
Design Consultant? Now is the time to pursue it with the CPIT School
of Art & Design. We offer
fantastic industry relevant courses that will equip you with the knowledge
and skills to tastefully transform a variety of buildings and spaces.
- Certificate in Interior Décor (CPIT, Christchurch)
- Diploma in Interior Design - Residential (CPIT, Christchurch)
- Part Time short courses in Interior Décor (CPIT, Christchurch)
- Full time and part time options are available. Whether you want
a qualification, require a stepping stone to move into architectural
design or are simply looking to expand your creativity, these programmes
will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need.
Find out more by calling us today 0800 24 24 76 or visit our
Debbie Abercrombie design courses
Working in the Field of Colour!
Do you want to enhance your skills with Colour and have a greater understanding of how you can help others with their colour choices? Do you want to feel more confident when advising others on their colour schemes?
Debbie Abercrombie runs a full year course, one morning a week divided into four terms, each term focussing on a different aspect of Colour. Or an intensive workshop which covers each term over a 2 day period.
Colour Manipulation: Term 1/ Workshop 1
History to Colour Forecasting: Term 2/Workshop 2
- Colour Theory
- Interaction with Colour
- Psychology of Colour
- Colour Combination Techniques
Professional and Promotional use of Colour: Term 3/ Workshop 3
- Colour Culture
- Developing Colour Palettes
- History of Colour Trends
Colour Schemes, Interior and Exterior: Term 4/Workshop 4
- Colour practitioners
- Colour in Marketing
- Pattern and Texture
- Developing Colour Schemes
- Colour Rendering and Perspectives
- Resolving a Scheme
There will be workshops offered in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, dates to be confirmed.....please register your interest by email.
Ph: (09) 478 4440
Design & Arts College
The Design & Arts College aim to provide the highest quality tertiary
education in the creative fields that provide the platform for career
success. See the Design
& Arts College website for more information on their courses.
Designarmy courses are designed to put you in charge. Interior Design and Architecture can be an
elite industry, and a mysterious one at that, to many homeowners who feel Architects and Interior Designers are unaffordable to their budget. So Suzanne has created a series of ‘designarmy’ courses, with many more to follow, that teach home owners, investors,
design students, even small businesses exactly how to take a good idea from sketch design to material selection and
onsite job management, empowering her students with all the information on exactly how Interior Designers run a job from start to finish. This course gets straight to the practicalities of how to really design and manage renovations.
Set in the award winning offices of an architectural studio in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, this location allows students to instantly access a plethora of industry materials and literature, as well as be inspired by the realness of the environment. Not only that, the courses in the studio will regularly be visited by guest speakers such as builders or consultants as well as industry suppliers talking about their latest and greatest products, just as it happens in a real office.
For more information
Phone: 04 0301 7209
Learn Design Elements to create a home you love... IN ONE DAY!
The Designworx One Day Interior Design Workshop will help you translate
your vision into reality, by learning functional Design Solutions to
create spaces you will love. In the workshop you will
- Learn the elements of design that make a colour scheme work
- Create, and take home your own Colour Scheme (Value $325.00 + GST)
- Learn about drapery and upholstery fabrics
- Purchase fabrics at below retail prices
- Order free paint swatches through Designworx
- Take home gift pack - includes Resene fandeck and colour wheel
- Receive Referral Vouchers for excellent tradespeople
Designworx run workshops regularly. Please call 09 445 1098 or visit
our website www.designworxnz.co.nz
DIY Designer’s Home Builder and Renovator Courses
With the help of your own on-line interior design tutor, and all in the comfort of your own home and at your own pace, you will be learning a skill that you can then use on future projects PLUS get a great designer look for your home.
All selections are listed in a Schedule of Finishes to hand to your builder. And if you’re still in the search for a builder, this is an ideal document for obtaining quotes, in conjunction with your floor plans.
What is covered in DIY DESIGNER ON-LINE?
- The Theory of Colour and applying it to your project
- Your exterior colours
- Your interior colours
- Selecting your floor coverings
- Choosing the tiling for your home
- Designing your new kitchen & laundry
- Creating beautiful bathrooms
- Speed Designing – 5 fast and furious schemes to make you think outside the square
- Landscape products
- Build your own Finishes Board
- Complete your Schedule of Finishes and Colours
- Lighting and Electrical
- Furniture layout - Room by Room
- Window Treatments
- Creating the Total Look
Enrol today at www.DIYDESIGNER.com.au. You’ll be very glad you did!
EIT Hawkes Bay - Bachelor of Visual Art & Design
The Bachelor programme stresses an inter-media and multidisciplinary
approach to learning. This allows a unique opportunity for you to explore
your creative talents in a broad range of traditional and contemporary
media and technologies whilst focusing on your specialist direction.
These facilities are supplemented by other workshops in the Arts section,
particularly Video Production and Fashion.
After three years of successful study graduates will be awarded the
EIT Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design. Career opportunities in the
Visual Arts and Design industry include: interior design, furniture
design, freelance graphics, designing web pages for the Internet, interactive
CD-ROM, computer graphics, illustration, video, 3-D rendering, as well
as the traditional visual creative arts such as painting, sculpture,
printmaking and crafts; for example small object design.
See www.eit.ac.nz for more information.
Janet Scard Design and Paint Finishes
Finish Techniques one day classes are held on Saturdays from 9-5pm.
Want to inject new life into your tired surroundings? This fun, hands
on class will give you the product knowledge and skills to refurbish and refinish furniture, surfaces and accessories in your home in a variety
Contact Selwyn Community Education, 203-245 Kohimarama Rd,
Kohimarama. Ph 09 521 9623, Fax 09 521 9624
Nanette Cameron School of Interior Design
With thirty-five years of history, the Nanette Cameron School of
Interior Design is well recognised throughout the design industry and
has instilled an understanding and appreciation of design in more than
three thousand students. The philosophy of the two year course (with
optional third year) is to broaden the cultural background of students
and provide knowledge and confidence to create a beautiful, personal
and satisfying home environment. Individuality is encouraged in the
course. See the Te
Tuhi website for more information.
Click here to view the course brochure to find out more. (You will need Acrobat
NKBA (National Kitchen & Bathroom Association (NZ) Inc) Training
It is the goal of the NKBA to lead and maintain an educated workforce
resulting in a higher level of professionalism in the kitchen and bathroom
industry of New Zealand.
Courses are available in modular form enabling progressive skills development.
Modules focus on everything from evolution of kitchen and bathroom design
through to design and colour - preparing colour boards and the use of
electronic software in design. Each course is supported with a comprehensive
NKBA training manual.
For more information contact Marykate Coles,
PO Box 2825,
Ph: 04 3861855.
painters.edu.au - National Painting & Decorating Institute
Fun Creative Painting Courses -- SFX
Up-skill your basic painting skills. Learn special effect techniques, enough to increase your employability in the Gold Coast’s thriving film industry as a Set finisher or Scenic Artist. Add these skills to your RPL Assessment.
Opportunities abound for those Commercial jobs, Theatre Themes in Restaurants, Shops, Recreate the look of furniture. We offer our fun creative painting courses over One and Two-day workshops during the week and weekends on the Gold Coast, Queensland.
We also offer courses in:
Marbling techniques, Wood-graining, Skies, Stenciling, Gold Leaf-Antiquing
Metalic FX, Wallpapering, Mottling, Solid and Fresco Paint Effects
How to use and maintain various spray-painting equipment
How to effectively run a small business
Contact: Viki Morgan 0418 744 495
or go to www.painters.edu.au,
click on Training Courses › Apply Decorative Finishes
Peta Tearle Colour Design
Since 1989 Peta Tearle has been working with paint as the fastest way
to change the feel of a room, her site-specific specialist painting
narrows the gap between wall special effects and art. Peta's Colour
Design course (available as 4 modules) examines theories of colour,
colour forecasting, colour practitioners, the development of interior
and exterior colour schemes and much more. It provides students with
the knowledge, tools and inspiration to develop successful colour schemes
with confidence. Students have an opportunity to identify and translate
personal needs into colour design solutions. See the Te
Tuhi website for more information.
Ruby Colour School
Certificate in Applied Colour
Psychology. Based on a holistic and multi-dimensional approach to
colour, this course will increase your level of colour awareness and
confidence - providing valuable insight to support your personal,
professional or commercial interest in colour.
One day workshops on various aspects of colour also available on
Find out more at: www.arubymood.com.au
Serenas Image Interior Decorating
Learn about décor, colour and style, advanced interior decorating
and design covering everything from colour psychology and harmony to
textiles, floor plans and much more, all taught by Serena Keenan who
has been teaching on the subject since 1992.
For more information and to enroll visit www.serenasimage.com.
SIT Certificate in Interior Décor
If you enjoy working with colours and textures in your home or
even rearranging the furniture for a new look then the Certificate
in Interior Design may be the programme for you. The Certificate
in Interior Décor is a Level 4, 120 credit, programme that provides
students with the skills and knowledge required for employment or further
training in the interior décor or interior design sectors.
The theoretical and practical skills taught in this qualification
reflect the diverse range of skills required to work in the sector,
particularly in the areas of:
- Design fundamentals and process
- Textile knowledge and selection of furnishings
- Presentation, space planning and model techniques
- Design project and product design
- Business skills and professional practice
South Institute of Technologys Flexible Delivery programme enables
you to study at home either part time or full time. You will also
have access to your own online facilitators and access to supplemental
For more information, or an enrolment pack, contact Southern Institute
of Technology on 0800 SIT2LRN (0800 748 257) or free fax on 0800 SITFAX
(0800 748 329). Email email@example.com.
Terry Lobb Colour and Design
Terry Lobb teaches a six week course in Interior Design in Wanganui,
touching on all aspects of design with an emphasis on colour and putting
the complete colour scheme together. The course is designed for homeowners
who want to learn a little more about their homes and making them more
Telephone: (Office) 06 343 1044; (Mobile): 025 602 3298
Fax: 06 343 1043
The History of Design course - Tutor: Gaye Adsett, Dip. ID - Equilibrium Interiors
Growing your knowledge of design history can greatly enhance your appreciation of architecture and interiors. Whether you work in a design-related industry, are planning to travel, or just have an interest in architecture and design, this exclusive course may be for you. Course content covers the major contributors; their buildings and interiors from Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome through to the 20th Century; Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Modernist and more.
For dates and more information please contact Gaye for more information.
Phone (09) 5288 558 Mobile 021 529 133.
The Interior Design Institute
Already proven in the UK, USA and Australia, this online Diploma course
in Interior Design has now been launched in New Zealand.
Learn about architectural history, the use of colour and other design
elements, planning a design project, setting up a business and dealing
with clients as you complete 12 in-depth modules and interactive assignments.
Study in your own time and at your own pace, as you gain the knowledge
and skills required to develop and implement a design brief. Suitable
for anyone who works in the design-related industry, is passionate about
design or wants to build the foundation for a new business.
For further information, visit our website at www.theinteriordesigninstitute.co.nz
and request a Prospectus.
Ucol Diploma in Interior Design
Back up your talent for interior design with industry-ready skills from UCOL’s new one-year, full-time Diploma in Interior Design.
You’ll gain a comprehensive foundation in all aspects of residential interior design, studying colour, furnishings, architecture, design theory, ergonomics, kitchen and bathroom design, building technology, materials and finishes, and lighting. You’ll also learn about what’s involved in a professional design practice, great preparation for an exciting new career!
The Diploma in Interior Design is a Level 5 one year full time programme consisting of 34 weeks of study.
- The diploma is broken into 2 semesters each consisting of 17 weeks (15 study weeks and 2 assessment weeks).
- Class time is approximately 24 hours per week, with an expected additional 16 hours per week spent on assignment work.
- MODES: The course can be undertaken on either a full time or part time basis (i.e. papers may be completed one at a time, but each paper must be completed within
a single semester, i.e. 15 week period).
- Full time study involves 4 papers per semester of 15 credits each, covering a wide range of design related subjects that provide a cohesive set of industry related skills and knowledge.
To learn more about this programme visit our Interior Design web page.
Call 0800 GO UCOL (0800 46 8265) or
Unitec Institute of Technology
Unitec New Zealand offers a range of programmes in the areas of painting and interior design – National Certificate in Painting and the Bachelor of Design and Visual Arts (Interior Design).If you have an apprenticeship with the Painting and Decorating Industry Training Organisation and want to further your knowledge and skills the National Certificate in Painting is designed for you. It will help you improve your understanding of how to carry out painting and decorating work in a safe and professional manner. You’ll become more knowledgeable about spray techniques, wall coverings, industrial coatings and specialised coatings, and increase your knowledge of current practices in the painting and decorating industry.
The Bachelor of Design and Visual Arts (Interior Design) is a three-year programme that provides you with the skills to work on a range of projects within the interior design industry, from the interior of buildings to performance spaces, museum displays and retail and restaurant spaces. You could end up working in the following role: designer for film, TV, theatre, designer for museum exhibits, exhibition and event designer, interior designer (retail, commercial, domestic).
For more information visit www.unitec.ac.nz or phone 0800 10 95 10.
Waiariki Institute of Technology offers the Certificate in Interior
Design Level 4 (one year) and the Diploma in Interior Design Level 5 (2
years). On completion of the Diploma, graduates will have the ability
to work in a consulting or retailing role with materials such as paint,
wallpaper, fabric, furnishings or as a supervisor or self employed
within the interior design industry.
Further information on the Waiariki