Explore your options

Study interior design at Unitec and you’ll spend lots of time in the studio working on projects for cultural and commercial spaces. You’ll design inspiring retail stores, bars, restaurants, and residential interiors. You’ll study Building Construction Technology alongside architecture students and be introduced to key trade industry suppliers.

There’s the opportunity to complete work experience in the industry, as well as working on your own in-depth projects. It’s great experience and one of the reasons our graduates have gone on to win at New Zealand’s Best Awards.

Unitec’s interior design programmes are highly respected in the industry, and you’ll be inspired by experienced tutors and expert guest lecturers. You will have opportunities to work on real-world projects where you will collaborate with other professionals and clients on the design.

You’ll get to show off your hard work in the campus galleries and at the end-of-year graduate show.

Programmes and study path

Start with a programme that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3)3Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options availableEntry into further study at certificate or diploma level.February or July
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) - Art and Design4Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options available.This programme prepares you for further study toward a career in art and design in creative industriesFebruary or July
Diploma in Applied Interior Design6Full-time for two years or part-time options availableExhibition or film and television designer, Furniture or textile salesperson, Junior interior specialist in architectural practice, Kitchen and bathroom designer, Retail or hospitality designerFebruary
Bachelor of Architectural Studies7Full-time for three yearsArchitectural designer, Design manager, Design technician, DraftspersonFebruary
Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Practice8Six months full-time or one year part-timeDirector, Experience designer, Graphic designer, Photographer, Producer, Product designer, Production designer, Performance designer, Sculptor, Service designer, Visual communicator, Visual artist, This programme provides an ongoing qualification for teachers or trainers of adults, who are already working in this field.February or July
Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Practice8Full-time for one year or part-time for two yearsArtist, Creative director, Curator, Digital artist, Director, Graphic designer, Photographer, Producer, Visual artistFebruary or July
Master of Creative Practice9Full-time for 18 months or part-time for three yearsArtist, Art director, Product designer, Graphic designer, Director, Photographer, Experience designer, Producer, Production designer, Sculptor, Visual artist, Performance designer, Service designer, Curator, Actor for theatre, film and television, Choreographer, FilmmakerFebruary or July


Study interior design and you’ll have access to the latest computer software to give you the technical skills you need for the industry. Our five computer labs include one 40-seat dual boot iMac, two 20-seat dual boot Mac (iMac and MacPro), and two 15-seat PCs. You’ll use the latest software, like Autodesk AutoCAD, Archicad, Autodesk Revit Architecture, and freeware such as Google SketchUp and Blender.

You’ll also have access to fully-equipped wood and metal workshops, plastics and mould making rooms, laser cutters, printmaking studio and spray painting booths. It’s a great opportunity to get hands-on practise with tools and techniques you’ll use in your career.