Almost everything we see, touch, use and experience in our daily lives is affected by man-made design.
Interior design is the practice of taking ideas about space, shape, light, colour and texture, combined with functional, ergonomic and economic needs within a built environment. These ideas are then translated into a graphic form of communication – for the client and contractor, but as importantly, as a means of clarifying ideas for the designer.
In recent years, the role of the interior designer has expanded to meet the needs and desires of an increasingly complex society, creating a variety of environments that are both beautiful and functional – homes, galleries, offices, retail environments, entertainment venues, hotels, etc., – in fact, any environment in which people live, work and play.
With the emphasis on design rather than detail, the interior designer is equipped to execute small scale alterations and additions. Students acquire a knowledge of building services, the design and construction of fittings and fixtures, furniture design and manufacture, and the final design of the new interior.
The means of communicating all of these fields of information would typically be via drawings – from simple pen-on-paper concept sketches to detailed technical drawings, and from beautifully rendered perspective drawings to precise, annotated contract drawings, but as importantly, as a means of clarifying the ideas of the designer.
The full-time courses offered by Design Time (PTY) LTD are structured with the view to preparing students for careers in the professional world of building and interior design, and at the same time equipping them with the skills and the knowledge enabling them to explore other design disciplines such as furniture design, set design, textile design, product design..
Essentially, the main objectives are to equip each student with the skills needed to exercise creativity in a practical form, and to encourage a spirit of enterprise, that is the lifeblood of a successful design practice. These considerations are given priority in the detailed planning of the first and second year syllabi, and in the day-to-day administration of Design Time (PTY) LTD. Our highly qualified and experienced lecturers are concerned with each student’s design capabilities and individual progress, and are aware of the value of constructive criticism and personal encouragement as part of their growth and development. We therefore make ourselves available to assist the students with any course-related problems that may arise during the academic year.
The student who is prepared to work hard will leave Design Time (PTY) LTD with a professional standard of draughtsmanship, coloured visual presentations, and an understanding of the design and decoration of interiors, buildings, objects and furniture. This will be reflected in a portfolio illustrating a diverse series of projects. Students will be required to complete assignments within the studio times (9.00 am to 2.00 pm), as well as outside school hours. An 85% class attendance is a prerequisite for completing examination projects. This, together with an assessment of the work completed throughout the year qualifies the student to enter their next year of study, and ultimately graduate.
Students who have completed the course have found employment in a great variety of design fields, i.e. architectural firms, interior design and decorating studios, specialised design services, kitchens and contract interiors, etc. However, many students have successfully launched their own national and international design related businesses.