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What will I learn?

This programme is for aspiring qualified Interior Designers within commercial interior design practices.

This programme is an extension of the New Zealand Diploma of Interior Design (Residential) (which is also a prerequisite for this commercial programme) and prepares you to develop your knowledge and extend your skills into commercial environments. If you’re looking to enter the commercial interiors industry or if you’re already working in this field and would like hold the formal qualification, this is the programme for you.

Our industry focused approach to learning interior design, means that in addition to developing your necessary knowledge and skills in commercial interior design, we also integrate you into the industry. You’ll do this through practical learning, facilitated industry connections, working on actual client projects, guest speakers from industry, undertaking internships within specialist design practices, and much more.

This diploma will advance your technical knowledge and skills of CAD, consenting and documentation processes, products, materials and lighting design in order to equip you to design for complex environments within the retail, hospitality and workplace sectors.


  • Highly industry integrated and connected
  • Work in 2 internships with practising commercial designers
  • Work on actual client projects
  • Practical projects which model current design processes used within industry practice.
  • Off site visits to trade suppliers and manufacturers
  • Guest speakers from industry
  • Programme content includes lighting design and furniture design
  • Focus on “work ready skills” that can be used in practice
  • Knowledgeable and skilled staff. Many of your lecturers are practising professionals at the top in their field
  • Is a continued pathway from the New Zealand Diploma in Interior Design (Residential)

Qualification pathway

The New Zealand Certificate in Interior Design (Residential) is a prerequisite of for this Commercial programme.

Once you’ve completed this programme you can go onto to work in the commercial and/or residential interior industry in the careers or similar careers as listed above.

As a Unitec Interior Design student and graduate, you can also join the Designers Institute of New Zealand.


  • Junior interior designer (commercial)
  • Commercial interior designer within a design or architectural practice
  • Specialist sales roles e.g. architectural representatives
  • Design stylist

Which department am I in?

School of Creative Industries

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
NZ$23,350.00 (US$ 15,933) per year
Start date

28 February 2022


Unitec Institute of Technology

Mt Albert Campus,

139 Carrington Road,


Mt Albert,

1025, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have NCEA Or IGCSE with 3 A-C; Or a NZQA accredited certificate. High School Diploma with C average. English Language Requirements: IELTS academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5; TOEFL (pBT) Paper-based test Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE); TOEFL (iBT) Internet-based test 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; PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42.

For international students

Entry requirements vary from country to country.
Students are required to complete international academic qualification equivalent to New Zealand NCEA.
For more details, please check the institution website.

You need to hold the New Zealand Diploma in Interior Design (Residential)

If English is not your first language you need to have Academic IELTS score of 6.5 (no band<6.0) or equivalent. Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years.

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


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