What will I learn?

Turn your talent for design into a career in the dynamic world of residential interior design.

If you're seeking a career in the interior design industry, or you're already working in the industry but don't hold a formal qualification, this is the perfect study option.

With this programme you'll study both the theory and practical aspects of interior design, and learn about light and colour, design principles, materials and finishes, lighting, soft furnishings, window treatments, ergonomic principles, New Zealand art and cultural/historical influences in interior design.

You'll also learn about architectural communication, building codes, laws and regulations, personal and business presentation, and business management. In addition, you'll develop your freehand drawing and manual drafting abilities, and learn how to use software such as Computer Aided Design and Photoshop.

Your studies will include work-integrated learning in industry, and participation in a public exhibition of your work alongside your fellow students.

Please note: to study this programme you need have good literacy and numeracy skills. You also need the ability to recognise and differentiate colours.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

You may choose to join an interior design practice or businesses associated with interior design or potentially set up your own company.

STUDY PATHWAYS

This programme provides a natural progression to our Bachelor of Architectural Studies programme.

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
NZ$23,260.00 (12,20,648) per year
Application deadline

20 January 2022

More details

Start date

March 2022

Venue

Ara Institute of Canterbury

City Campus,

130 Madras Street,

CHRISTCHURCH,

Christchurch Central,

8011, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

High School Graduation Diploma; Academic equivalence: Diploma level programmes equivalent to New Zealand NCEA Level 2 (Year 12); Level 5 Diploma English Proficiency: IELTS test: Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5; TOEFL Paper-based Test (pBT): Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE); TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14); Cambridge English Qualifications: B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill; OET: Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests; Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36; LanguageCert: B2 Communicator IESOL (LRWS) with HIGH PASS and no less than Pass in each skill; Trinity ISE: ISE II with no less than merit in any band. Level 6 Diploma English Proficiency: IELTS test: Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5; TOEFL Paper-based Test (pBT): Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE); TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18); Cambridge English Qualifications: B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill; OET: Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests; Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42; LanguageCert: C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill; Trinity ISE: ISE II with no less than distinction in any band.

For international students

Academic requirements

NCEA Level 2 which must include:

  • 10 Credits in Level 1 Mathematics, including measurement, and number (excluding statistics) and 10 Credits in Level 2 English

Alternative requirements

Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace.

English Language requirements:

IELTS test - Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5

SPEAKING - 5.0
READING - 5.0
WRITING - 5.0
LISTENING - 5.0

TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)

TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) - Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14)

Cambridge English Qualifications - B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill

Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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