Bachelor of Design (Interiors)

Otago Polytechnic Ltd

Subject area

Graphic Arts and Design Studies

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Entry requirements

NCEA Level 3 Three subjects - at Level 3 or above, made up of: 14 credits each, in three approved subjects, and Literacy - 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of: 5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing, and Numeracy - 10 credits at Level 1 or above, made up of: specified achievement standards available through a range of subjects OR package of three numeracy unit standards (26623, 26626, 26627- all three required). If you do not hold the above qualifications, you must demonstrate equivalent qualifications/experience. Mature applicants with work and life experience are encouraged to apply. You must submit a portfolio and may have to undertake an interview. International students will be individually assessed to ensure they meet degree-level entry requirements. If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 6.0, with no less than 6.0 in writing and speaking, and no less than 5.5 in reading and listening.

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

Graduates will attain a recognised qualification suitable for entry to careers within the interior design industry that require design and design-related, specialist skills, including Interior design, redesign or modification; Design team contribution, in areas of interior design, design support, and manufacture of furniture and fittings; CAD operator; Project management; Shop-fitting, and office partitioning; Exhibition and display design; Kitchen and bathroom design; Hospital, health care and retirement design; Interior retail and consultancy; Professional or middle management occupations within the interior design industry.
As well as being qualified for entry into employment in the above areas, graduates will have:
- Sound knowledge, understanding, and practical experience of the process of design
- Understanding of applied research and development processes in interior design fit-out and manufacture
- A demonstrated practical ability to operate knowledgeably, productively and professionally in an interior design working environment
- A demonstrated understanding of the complex and dynamic technological, social, economic, cultural and political environments in which design activities are undertaken
- Developed the interpersonal capabilities needed for a career which requires co-operation and participation in teamwork and group decision-making activities
- A clear local, national and international view of design and manufacturing issues.
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Contact details

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