BHC School of Design


BHC School of Design

The goal of BHC‘s Interior Design course is to prepare and equip students for a career in the professional world of Interior Design. Students in the program will develop the skills, knowledge and attention to detail necessary to be successful in an interior design discipline.

Students will be introduced to the design development cycle (concept, communication and implementation). Students will also be instructed in the theory behind design typology and gain practical experience through its application in design projects, resulting in a creative design solution. A methodical understanding of the design principles and elements enables students to develop a sound design aesthetic.

A range of drawing media and techniques including draughting, 2D and 3D presentation drawings as well as presentation boards will be presented to the student.

The successful student will develop evaluative skills by considering the effectiveness of the design development cycle and their use of the cycle in their design approach. In particular, the evaluation will consider the value of the design solution to others and within the perspective of a commercial context.

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Applicants wishing to gain access to the three year full-time Interior Design Diploma programme at BHC School of Design have to present a valid FETC (South African Grade 12 certificate), or its international equivalent.

Prospective students are evaluated on the basis of a presentation of a prescribed portfolio and have to be a legal South African citizen or present a valid passport and student permit.

Applicants are required to submit a prescribed portfolio and are evaluated as soon as they are received. Applicants who submit portfolios that do not meet the minimum requirements are after consultation, are given the opportunity to resubmit or are advised to attend a bridging course.

A prospective student who has successfully completed the BHC short course in Interior Decorating and is above the age of 22, is not required to have a valid grade 12 certificate and will not have to submit the prescribed application portfolio.

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This short course at BHC School of Design includes the decorative and functional planning of domestic, commercial and the retail environment. It covers both practical and aesthetic aspects of decorating and projects are orientated towards a portfolio of a professional standard.

This decorating rating course will be of benefit to anyone interested indesign and decorating for personal or industry involvement. This course is also useful as bridging course to Interior Design.

Course outline:

  • Introduction to design
  • Colour co-ordination
  • Materials, products and finishes
  • Basic drawing: floor plan, structural plan, electrical plan
  • Fabrics and window treatments
  • How to analyse style
  • Introduction to Commercial and Retail Environments
  • Planning your Dream Home
  • Industry Outings