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New Zealand Diploma in Interior Design (Residential)

STARTS: February 2023
Madras Street
International Close Date: 20 January for March start

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. Part-time up to 4 years.

Fees for 2022

Domestic Fee
$7,424 - $8,238 per year
International Fee
$23,656 per year
International Insurance
$553 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$324 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2022

Fees for 2023

International Fee
$24,365 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2023

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

In addition you need to:

Demonstrate your skills, relevant knowledge and interests in your chosen area in a portfolio

  • Include a written statement to tell us why this programme interests you (under 750 words).
  • Additional information. We encourage you to attend an information session to ensure the programme of study is suitable for you. Ara will be in touch regarding the dates and times of these sessions.

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.

What if English is not my first Language?

If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.

  • Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.
  • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
  • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.
  • IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.
  • What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?
  • You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.

Overall IELTS 5.5 Academic

  • 5.0 Listening
  • 5.0 Reading
  • 5.0 Writing
  • 5.0 Speaking

A selection process will take place for this programme. This will be based on application information and assessed against a selection rubic

Funding assistance

If you face unexpected financial hardship during your studies, we have several funds that you can apply for. These are designed to enable you to continue your current course of study. We also have a wide range of scholarships and awards that can provide financial assistance.

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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.

Recommended school subjects

Mathematics, Art, Design, ICT, Technology, Graphics, English-rich subjects, Relevant industry experience

New Zealand Diploma in Interior Design (Residential) (Level 5)

FULL-TIME - 1 Year

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

Information
Type Diploma
Code NZ3665
Next Starts February 2023
May be available for Study Visa? Yes
International application close date 20 January for March start
Credits 120
Level 5
Available Part time Yes
May be eligible for Fees Free? Yes
Reference NZ3665-STRU

Fees for 2022

Domestic Fee
$7,424 - $8,238 per year
International Fee
$23,656 per year
International Insurance
$553 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$324 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2022

Fees for 2023

International Fee
$24,365 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2023
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Additional Entry Requirements

In addition you need to:

Demonstrate your skills, relevant knowledge and interests in your chosen area in a portfolio

  • Include a written statement to tell us why this programme interests you (under 750 words).
  • Additional information. We encourage you to attend an information session to ensure the programme of study is suitable for you. Ara will be in touch regarding the dates and times of these sessions.

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Credit Recognition

If you have prior relevant experience or previous related study credits, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

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