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Diploma in Interior Design (Level 6)


  • Semester 1 starts February 2018
  • Duration - Two years full-time  or part-time equivalent
  • Fee Guideline - $6,978* ​(per year) (International students: Please click here for fee information)
  • Campus - City Campus, Hamilton

The art of the Interior Designer is the ability to creatively combine inspired thinking and technical components to transform interior spaces to enhance lifestyles.

This is a practical course aimed at developing students' abilities in interior design from conceptual stages through to fully resolved interior proposals. You'll learn current industry skills from practicing interior designers and have access to the latest industry technology. You'll use manual and technical drawing as well as digital programmes to produce Colour and 3-dimensional sample boards. On some projects, you'll work collaboratively with actual clients on real projects.

A strong industry network is behind this programme, supporting students with materials and work experience opportunities. Guest speakers regularly provide inspiration and insight to current industry practice, as do on-site industry visits.

The work you do will be for real clients with most projects involving industry or community groups. Work experience is undertaken in your final year and can lead to full time employment.

Programme Content

During this two year full-time programme you will develop theoretical understanding and practical technical skills in

  • Interior Design Principals & processes
  • Communication Strategies
  • Drawing for Interior Design
  • Construction Design
  • Spatial Design
  • 2-D & 3-D CAD
  • History of Design
  • Advanced Presentation Strategies
  • Business Practice for the Creative Industries

Learning By Doing

This is a hands-on course aimed at developing your abilities from concepts to fully realised interior proposals. You will learn from industry professionals and use the latest technology to produce your manual and technical drawing, as well as learning digital programmes that will allow you to create a range of professional industry-standard presentations.

Industry Experience and Connections

A strong industry network supports this study programme with resources and work experience opportunities. Guest speakers provide inspiration and insight into current industry practice, as do industry visits. You will have opportunities to work on real life industry and community projects wherever possible. In your second year, you'll have opportunities for work experience that can lead to employment.

Career Opportunities

The Diploma in Interior Design (Level 6) may lead to employment in interior design firms, in architectural firms as a consultant, in construction dealing directly with clients or in self-employment as an Interior Designer.

Entry Criteria

  • 14 credits at NCEA Level 3 in each of 3 subjects or equivalent, or
  • 48 credits at NCEA Level 2 across four subjects (including English and/or Mathematics, Practical Art, Technology or Design) or equivalent, or
  • Successfully completed the Certificate in Media Arts programme, or equivalent

Please submit a portfolio​ with your application. It should reflect your creative ability and inclination, and will be examined for presentation as well as design. You should provide a cohesive package with explanatory text, giving evidence of your attention to detail as well as your passion for interior design. Guidelines​ are available for putting together a portfolio.

Special admission may be granted to candidates aged 20 years or over who do not meet the specified entry requirements. These candidates may be required to demonstrate an ability to successfully complete the programme.

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 6.0, with no individual band score lower than 5.5; or equivalent.

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Application Process

  1. Check that you meet the entry criteria
  2. Submit your application to enrol form​​ as well as:
    • a verified copy of your academic results
    • a personal statement outlining why you want to study interior design (250 word summary)​
    • portfolio of your work (tips for creating your portfolio can be found here​).​
  3. Receive acknowledgement of your application
  4. Application assessed by the Graduate Diploma in Communication review panel
  5. Interview with one of our tutors - This is an opportunity to review your study plans and discuss opportunities within the School. You may be asked to write a short essay on a current event at your interview
  6. Application outcome - You will receive a letter advising you of the outcome of your application
  7. Confirmation of entry - Letter confirming placement to be returned to the School​

Secondary School Students

If you want to experience interior design for a day? Talk to your STAR Coordinator or Careers Advisor and do a Wintec Taster in Interior Design.

​​​About the Faculty

This programme is offered by the School of Media Arts who provide innovative, interdisciplinary education that prepares students for careers in the creative industries.

Experienced staff and state-of-the-art facilities help you develop a unique range of skills and the ability to apply them in the professional world. Check out examples of student work, some of our successful graduates, Media Arts' Industry connections, all the latest news and events, and more.

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