Interior Design online short course

Course starts 1 October 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
25 September 2020
Course Starts:
1 October 2020
10 weeks, excluding orientation
7–8 hours per week, self-paced learning online
ZAR R10,500
Payment Options


Interior design evolves with each trend, material, and design innovation. Yet, throughout each decade, the emphasis on decor and functionality has persisted. Crafting and curating an effective interior space is pivotal to how we live, work, and relax.

This Interior Design online short course highlights the need for environments that are both functional and purpose-driven. Through flexible weekly modules offering a structured learning approach, you’ll consider the core elements of interior design, from finishes to furnishings and lighting. Engage with the technical aspects of design, including SketchUp, 3D-modelling software, and drawing for interior design.

Created for working professionals, you’ll have 24-hour support as you explore the business behind design, and gain industry skills to market your company, pitch an idea, and manage clients.

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What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

  • An understanding of the core elements of interior design, including surfaces, finishes, and furniture
  • The ability to use Sketchup and a free 3D-modelling software programme, and the skills to draw for interior design
  • Interior design business skills, such as marketing your business, pitching ideas, managing clients, and charging for your services

Is this course for you?

This course provides the opportunity for all professionals seeking interior design skills to validate their knowledge and upskill. Whether you work in the design industry or a related creative industry, or intend to transition into design, this course provides the introductory concepts, principles and tools you need to set yourself apart as an interior designer.

Course curriculum

Develop your interior design skills as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.

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

Earn a certificate from GetSmarter

Plan your own design project and earn an official certificate of completion from GetSmarter

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements.


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 1 October 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 an Enrolment Advisor 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 Advisor 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 Advisor, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.