DIPLOMA COURSE – 1ST YEAR
The Diploma course is specifically designed to introduce the student to all aspects of the skills required as a professional designer, and to engender a working knowledge of the principles and practice of these skills. Illustrated lectures, field trips and hands-on projects provide the basis for studio-orientated design. The course is geared towards the practical application of analytical, technical and creative skills in simulated projects.
An introduction to domestic, commercial and retail interior design and its relationship to other building and design disciplines, thereby exploring exercises in space, form, colour, line, texture, scale, balance, and rhythm with emphasis on the organisation of elements in planar and spatial combinations. This course covers the design and manipulation of floor, wall and ceiling planes, as well as the furnishing of spaces. Colour theory, lighting and detailed design are also covered in this course.
Preparation of a drawing portfolio consisting of a basic set of architectural drawings starting with lettering and drawing layouts, to plans, sections, elevations, details , etc.
Students are taught to professionally render three dimensional drawings and perspectives using a variety of presentation media including pencil, aquarelle, watercolour and coloured markers. This course includes a study of typography, symbols and mounting techniques.
An instruction in the basic skills and techniques needed for both AutoCAD and SketchUp, 2D and 3D drawing programs.
An outline of building methods and elements of domestic architecture in order to empower one to understand the structural components of a specific building.
Instruction in the techniques of creating patterns (abstract, stylised and realistic) and in the art of screen printing fabrics.
An exciting part of the design syllabus is the design and execution of 3D functional objects, such as lights, mirrors, utility boxes, etc.
Students are taught basic model-making skills and the use of various materials, which are then applied to the making of concept and working presentation models.
Individual portfolios are reviewed and evaluated by the lecturers and invited professionals throughout the year. This work is to be stored safely as portfolio material and is used in student competitions and exhibitions annually.
Students are accompanied on outings to fabric houses, furniture showrooms and factories to expose them to the design industry.
ADVANCED DIPLOMA COURSE – 2ND YEAR
The Higher Diploma course is an extension of the first year Diploma course with the transition being made from the broader aspects of interior design to more specific practical projects. In the second year, greater emphasis will be placed on the technical component of design. This course also deals with the relationships between the various specialists and professionals involved in the design industry, for example architects, engineers, interior designers, lighting consultants, specialist contractors, etc. The importance of a healthy client/designer relationship is stressed with the emphasis on pragmatic problem solving.
An advanced studio programme addressing the design of both small and large multi-use spaces, including residential and commercial design. The design emphasis will be placed on the ability to conceptualise, plan, detail, programme, specify and present.
A wide range of student competitions offered nationally are included in our syllabus. These competitions embrace product, interior and architectural solutions, and allow the students enormous opportunity regarding design, presentation and exposure.
Introduction to the law of contract and copyright
A brief synopsis by practising attorneys of the history of South African Law, the definition and application of the law of contract and copyright.
THE HISTORY OF INTERIORS + ARCHITECTURE
Beginning with the Industrial Revolution and finishing with contemporary design, this subject traces the major movements in architecture and interior design, focusing on the analysis of work by significant designers.
This subject deals with the market availability and application of building materials. Students complete detailed working drawings in order that functional and aesthetic criteria may be met. While first year focuses on the understanding of basic building components and structure, second year addresses the ability to make design changes to an existing structure and present this in the form of a project that meets the requirements for submission to the council. This course also addresses the design the detailed components within interiors, e.g. staircases, etc.
Students are required to job-shadow in a design/architectural firm to expose them to various design environments. Specific design practices are selected to meet the students strengths. This programme sets up opportunities for future work, and exposes the students to the world of professional practice.
A practical study of the basic techniques of digital photography as a tool for the designer.
Students explore the advantages of modelmaking, both for design purposes and client presentations.
PORTFOLIO PRESENTATION + CAREER PREPERATION
Students must retain their projects as a record of their personal progress. Suggested presentation techniques are explored in order for each student to prepare a professional portfolio to enable them to enter the working world confidently armed with a portfolio that is strong in design and graphic presentation.