Module descriptions for Interior Design and Decoration 2011
Design and Décor Studies
Presentation & Drawing Techniques
Development of visual communication skills pertinent to Interior Design and Decoration,
including standard hand drawing techniques and selected computer presentation
techniques. An exploration of a variety of creative, stimulating and appropriate techniques,
methods and formats for the presentation and proposal of interior design and decorating
ideas, solutions and schemes.
Design Elements & Principles
This module provides an in-depth study of the theoretical knowledge and practical
application of the design elements and principles forming the basis of visual and design
This module provides a comprehensive overview of colour theory and the properties of
colour, with detailed attention to the factors influencing colour and colour schemes.
History of Interior Design
This module explores the art, architecture and interior design of the various historic periods,
ranging from pre-historic to contemporary, as responses to social, cultural, functional and
technological factors. Historical precedents are used to develop new solutions to design
Lighting & Electrical
This module explores the effect of designed lighting, light’s relationship to other design
factors, the selection of creative and appropriate light fittings for various interior spaces, and
practical lighting planning, with lighting and electrical layouts.
A comprehensive overview and analysis of floor finishes for interior design and decorating
projects, including soft flooring, natural fibre flooring, wood flooring, hard flooring, sheet
flooring and innovative floor finishes. Creative and suitable selection and specification of
floor finishes for design and decorating projects, with sourcing of appropriate suppliers and
A study of wall materials and wall finishes for interior design and decorating projects,
including solid wall materials, paint techniques, wallpaper, wall cladding and a variety of
other wall finishes.
Architectural details, comprising of permanent features such as doors, windows, architraves,
plinth blocks, skirtings, dado rails, cornices, panelling and mouldings are studied. This
module also focuses on the functional and aesthetic role of architectural details and finishes,
as well as selection and specification of creative and appropriate architectural details for
various interior design and decorating projects.
This module provides a comprehensive overview of textiles, including the various types of
textile fibers and their properties, methods of fabric construction, fabric finishes, dyeing and
printing, textile selection and specification, care of textiles, as well as a familiarity with the
myriad of textile designs and trends from which to draw inspiration.
Soft Furnishings & Window Treatments
This module is aimed towards an appreciation and comprehensive understanding of both
the theoretical and practical aspects of soft furnishing and window treatments, as part of
successful interior design and decorating schemes.
Accessories & Styling
This module addresses the ability to creatively and appropriately select and use a variety of
décor objects like ornaments, sculpture, books and plants to style and accessorize an interior
design and decorating project.
Interior Design Styles
A categorization of interior design styles, including historic or period styles, vernacular
adaptations, 20th century styles, national and regional styles, organic and environmental
themes as well as contemporary styles provide a comprehensive background as sources of
inspiration for the selection and compilation of interior design and decorating styles.
Furniture Selection & Space Arrangement
This module fully explores furniture types, materials and construction, with attention to the
characteristics and requirements of individual pieces of furniture. Space planning and
layout of interiors, with the selection of creative and appropriate furniture for the specific
interior design and decorating project, are comprehensively dealt with.
Artwork, Framing & Hanging
An exploration of artwork, framing and displaying, promoting a creative ability to select
appropriate artwork for various interior design and decorating schemes.
Aesthetics, Creativity and the Environment
This module explores aesthetics and creativity as expressions of our humanity, in
relationship to the natural and built environments. Students will be introduced to the
philosophical and ethical frameworks for understanding aesthetics, including cultural factors
in the perception of beauty and creativity. Application of these concepts will be made to
design issues in both the natural and built environments.
Leadership and Communication
This is a foundational module in leadership and communication, focusing on the theory and
practice of leadership in business contexts, and the communication processes involved in
leading, following and working in a team. Leadership issues such as self-knowledge,
temperament, managing time and human resources will be considered. The skills of
interpersonal and intercultural communication and conflict management will be developed.
This module focuses on the ability to define an information need, and thereafter being able
to find, evaluate, use, and communicate information.
Design & Decorating Project
This final module of the learning program comprises experiential learning that should be a
reflection and integration of all the modules taught, combining interior decoration and
design theory with practical application. An independent interior design and decorating
project, with proposals and a final presentation, aimed at the upliftment of the community,
have to be completed.