BA Honours Interior Design

The BA Honours Interior Design qualification caters for the education and training of Senior Interior Designers as designated by the South African Institute of Interior Design Professions (IID). The IID has reserved the title of ‘Senior Interior Designer’ for someone who has completed four years of tertiary study. As an Interior Design Honours degree, the purpose of this programme is to consolidate and deepen the student’s expertise in Interior Design, to develop research capacity and the application of the discipline’s methodologies and techniques in terms of theory and practice. The programme is focused on preparing students for both academic and design leadership by focusing on individuality, independence and complexity.

The BA Honours Interior Design is comprised of three modules:

Module Credits Duration Aims
Minor Design Module 18 Completed in term 1 Students develop a design concept through an understanding of context, site, end user and available technology and construction methods. Where possible in terms of timing and educational value, local and/or international competitions will be set as projects.
Major Design Module 60 Completed in terms 2, 3 and 4 Students are expected to question, develop and address the nature and characteristics of a complex design problem and to establish the functional, contextual, visual and technological basis for a design response. Students produce substantial design solutions that are resolved, technically sound, sustainable, and responsible.
Critical Studies research paper 42 Completed through all terms Students are required to present and finalise a research paper (long essay) of approximately six thousand words. The research topics and areas of study will be driven through individual student research interests as they apply to their specific design orientations and in consultation with Critical studies lecturers.

Programme Outline


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