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Interior Decorating and Design Principles Certificate


This course will give students an introduction to the principles used in non-structural Interior Decorating and Design principles. Interior Decorating and Design is the Art and Science of enhancing the interior of a building in order to achieve a healthier and more aesthetically pleasing environment for those engaging in the space. 


The skills acquired will equip students with the relevant entrepreneurial foundations in order to work in the industry, apply the decorating and design principles in a practical manner, plan and manage projects and start their own business in this exciting field should they choose. 


This course was developed by AIE in partnership with Greenside Design Center, leaders in the Interior Design industry.



Features and Benefits

  • Graduates will be introduced to the field of Interior Decoration and Design Principles in one combined skills packed program.
  • The programme integrates best practice software including AutoCAD and Autodesk Fusion which is viewed by industry as a critically advantageous skill. Training in this mentioned software could cost thousands of Rands if done independently.
  • Creative and design tools by Adobe for graphic editing and presentation is based on industry leading software. Beneficial interior design tools such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign was added to further maximum employment success. 


  • Students get free access to the MakersLab with 3D Printing, CNC Machining and Laser Cutting facilities. 
  • Get access to the full software suites of Adobe (for 1 year) and Autodesk (for 1 years) with no limitations and restriction to any functionality, all included in the price.  

  • Scarce industry skills such as Project Management, accredited by PMI (Project Management International) and others was added to further employment success and skills application.
  • Through our myWay learning methodology, a unique and modern approach to blended learning we deliver our programmes via flexible study method options including class-based sessions and blended learning for online student.  
  • For online students, we ensure that you are supported by technology and people throughout your academic journey. We focus on a blended learning approach, combining online Classrooms, at home exercises, activities and project-based assignments bundled with fully developed video lectures, all managed by our student learning platform.   
  • Get a free Office 365 Education A1 license, valid for the duration of your studies. 

  • Job placement assistance through our industry network and online recruitment portal, exclusively available to AIE graduates. Visit for more.  


  • Design
  • Explore
  • Create

Re-imagine designers
of the future

This programmes incorporates the use of the MakersLab. A space where learning, exploration, design, making & testing will take place. It will act as a platform for design & prototyping of products specifically related to space-making.

Casting & Moulding, 3D Printing, Virtual Reality, Laser Cutting, CNC Milling!

This programme incorporates the use of Virtual Reality and may include topics such as Introduction to Virtual and Augmented Reality using your Goggles VR Headset, Introduction to the 3D Environment using Virtual Reality, Modelling for Virtual Reality, Preparing your 3D Data for Virtualization and Full Immersion, Design Validation through Virtual Reality, Presenting your data in Virtual Reality.

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Admission Requirements

  • NQF 3 or Grade 11 with English as your home/first language 

Hardware Requirements

Please note that you are required to have your own computer for this qualification. AIE, in partnership with Dell and TripleH committed to supplying every student with a Dell laptop to support our DigitalCampus initiative. Available exclusively to AIE students, devices can now be financed with your tuition fees. We provide three models:



  • MEDIUMMedium Spec, Dell Latitude 3510, i7, 8GB
  • HIGHHigh Spec, Dell Latitude 3510, i7, 16GB

R18 000.00Learn More

The foundation for intense graphic and processor heavy tasks.

10th Generation Intel Core i7-10510U (4 Core, 8M cache, base 1.8GHz, to 4.9GHz), 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Non-touch, Camera & Microphone, Power Button with Touch Fingerprint Reader, 8GB,1x8GB, DDR4 Non-ECC, DDR4, M.2 256GB PCIe NVMe Class 35 Solid State Drive, 1Nvidia GeForce MX230 w/2GB GDDR5 Graphics Memory, 4 Cell 53Whr Express Charge Capable Battery, Windows 10 Pro (64 Bit), 1Y Collect and Return Service

R19 500.00 Learn More

Same foundation, more memory...for those who want to get a little more serious.

10th Generation Intel Core i7-10510U (4 Core, 5.6" FHD WVA (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare Non-Touch, Camera & Microphone, Power Button with Touch Fingerprint Reader, 16GB,2x8GB, DDR4 Non-ECC, 15.6" LCD Display Back Cover, WLAN, M.2 256GB PCIe NVMe Class 35 Solid State Drive, Nvidia GeForce MX230 w/2GB GDDR5 Graphics Memory, Windows 10 Pro (64 Bit), 1Y Collect and Return Service

Salaries & Skills


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  • Pricing & Payment Options

  • Duration

    Full Time, Hybrid Learning (Learn More) 

    • 10 Months, (+/- 12 Hours per week of class time) 
    • Learning is blended (combination of online & contact time)
    • All class based credits are achieved via your study duration at the academy, studio time and project based assignments.

    Part Time, Hybrid Learning (Learn More) 

    • 10 months, (1 x 2 Hours Week @18:00 – 20:00 & 3 Hours Every 2nd Saturday @ 09:00 – 12:00) 
    • Learning is blended (combination of online & contact time) 
    Online, Virtual Learning (Learn More)
    • 10 Months (1 x 2 Hours @ 18:00 – 20:00)
    • Credits are obtained through a combination of live virtual classes, pre-recorded video lectures and project-based tasks.
    *Sessions will be grouped together to lower cost of traveling, however, in some cases classes may not follow this convention and schedules are subject to change.  
  • Career Options

    Career opportunities for graduates of this degree have been identified in entry-level positions in: 

    • Interior Decorating
    • Furniture Design
    • Exhibition Design
    • Lighting Design
    • Space Planner
    • Kitchen Design & Shopfitting Designer
    • Rendering/Visualization Specialist
  • Study Kit

    Your study kit is included in your fees and will contain:

    • Free WIFI (On-Campus only)  
    • Autodesk student licenses valid for three years. 
    • Adobe student license valid for 1 year. 
    • USB 32GB with all required software applications.
    • Stationary including Notepad, AIE Pencil case, AIE Ruler and AIE pen
    • Electronic Study Guides 
    • Orientation e-kit:: Student Card, Welcome Letter, Getting Started Guide
    • Access to our myAIE student portal, resources and student support team via phone, email and tickets. 


    *Please note that the Adobe Licenses provided are for Windows OS only and does not extend to Mac. 


What you get

This programme is designed to provide the student with multiple certificates and qualifications, 
both locally and internationally recognised by industry for maximum employability.   


On completion the student will earn:   


  • AIE Certificate of completion for Interior Decorating and Design Principles
  • International Certificate: AutoCAD Essentials and Autodesk Fusion
  • Specialized Certificates: Certified in Project Management from Learnfast

myWay Hybrid Learning is a technology mediated delivery method that extends the benefit of flexibility and technology to all students. Our unique and modern approach to learning three main delivery methods


Have all your classes ready to be downloaded and watched, anytime, anywhere.


Never miss a classs because of health, traffic, or transport issues.


A personalized class schedule, attend class on campus, virtually or both.

Full Time, Hybrid Learning

A traditional method of full time learning with a modern-day add-on. Reach your full potential through our myWay Hybrid Learning Full Time classes. These classes can be attended on campus, virtually or both. This method gives each student the ultimate flexibility to combine on campus and virtual lecturers based on their individual preferences.

Part Time, Hybrid Learning

Designed for the working professional, our part time programmes provide you with the flexibility and benefit of our myWay Hybrid Learning with at home exercises/assignments, campus and/or virtual classes at a manageable schedule and pace. Part time sessions are conducted after hours and some sessions are conducted on Saturdays.

Online, Virtual Learning

We have re-defined online learning. Our myWay Online Learning ensures that the student is supported by technology and people throughout his academic journey. We focus on a blended learning approach, combining online Virtual Classrooms, at home exercises, activities and project-based assignments bundled with fully developed video lectures, all managed by our student learning platform.

Career Video

Watch this video to understand a day in the life of an Interior Designer. 


Creative Critical Thinking



Business Communication 



Essentials of Project Management (CPM PMI)



Design Elements and Principles



Design History and Theory



Design Process



Drawing and Design Presentation



Materials and Fabrics


Design Application and Computer Aided Drawing

  • Graphic Manipulation (Photoshop Advanced)

  • Presentation Page Design & Layout Tools (Adobe InDesign)

  • Using CAD Software in 2D (AutoCAD Essentials)
  • Using software in 3D (Autodesk Fusion 360)


Essentials of Project Management Module:

This course is accredited with Services SETA to the following unit standards: 

  • SAQA ID 120372: Explain Fundamentals of Project Management | NQF Level 4, 5 Credits 
  • SAQA ID 120379: Work as a project team member | NQF Level 4, 8 Credits

The person credited with these unit standards is able to begin operating in a project environment by understanding the terminology used and interpreting and explaining fundamental concepts of project management. These unit standards will also add value to learners who are running their own business and recognise that project management forms an integral component of any business.



Workplace Readiness Program

This module is designed to prepare learners for the workplace.

  • Compiling a Portfolio

  • Creating a Curriculum Vitae

  • Creating & Maintaining your Social Media

  • Seeking Employment

  • Registering on the AIE Recruitment Portal

  • Preparing for an Interview

  • Campus
    Registration Close Date
    Start Date
  • 23 July 2021
    27 July 2021
  • Campus
    Registration Close Date
    Start Date
  • 23 July 2021
    27 July 2021
    Part Time
  • 23 July 2021
    27 July 2021
    Full Time
  • Campus
    Registration Close Date
    Start Date
  • 23 July 2021
    27 July 2021
    Full Time
  • 23 July 2021
    27 July 2021
    Part Time

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