Interior Design online short course

Course starts 12 March 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
6 March 2020
Course Starts:
12 March 2020
10 weeks online
7-10 hours per week
ZAR R10,500
Payment Options
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We spend about 93% of our lives in a built environment. * Effective interior design can make workers more efficient and helping students learn design is at the crux of how we live, feel, work, and play.

The need for creative commercial and living spaces has led to an increased demand for interior designers with a trained creative eye. This short course highlights why you need to strive to build environments with a specific purpose, and create functional interiors.

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What will set you apart

Form follows function, here’s how you’ll deliver optimal solutions with this interior design course:

  • Create 3D designs in SketchUp — a free industry-standard software package
  • Identify optimisation opportunities and apply technical solutions to achieve the desired result
  • Conceptually plan and generate aesthetics to build harmonious interiors

Course curriculum

If you’re a self-made or aspiring interior designer and want to set yourself apart in this competitive industry, this course gives you the practical skills to do so. With a personalised and supported framework, you’ll study in your own time, guided by industry experts and a dedicated support team. Here’s what you’ll cover:

  • Orientation Module: Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Course Module 1: Using SketchUp for interior design
  • Course Module 2: Introduction to interior design
  • Course Module 3: Drawing for interior design
  • Course Module 4: Surfaces and finishes
  • Course Module 5: Furniture specification and final detailing
  • Course Module 6: Colour
  • Course Module 7: Textiles and fabrics
  • Course Module 8: Natural and artificial lighting
  • Course Module 9: The business of interior design
  • Course Module 10: Client relations and visual presentation

Earn a certificate from GetSmarter

On completion of this course you earn a certificate as powerful proof of your new competencies and use it to set yourself apart from the rest and get recognised in the job market.
Disclaimer: The visual representation of the certificate here serves as an exemplar, and may be subject to change at the discretion of GetSmarter.


Your teaching team

At GetSmarter, we improve lives through better education. One of the ways that we achieve this is by bringing rich industry context to an academic environment through our expert facilitation and engagement. We work with university faculty and industry experts to provide a practical, industry lens on the world's leading university subjects.

When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 12 March 2020.

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    You can either pay your tuition fees in full before the course starts, or you may opt for a two-part payment plan for courses nine weeks and shorter. For courses ten weeks or longer, there is a three-part payment plan available. To find out more on payment options please visit our Payment and Financing page.

    If you want to find out more about any of these options or you want to know which you qualify for please get in contact with a Course Consultant here.


    GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.

    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Manager who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


    By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.

    Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?

    37% of our past students receive financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too. Here is a guide to show you how to receive financial assistance from your employer.


    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Manager, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.