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New Zealand Diploma in Interior Design (Commercial)

This programme is for you, if you are interested in becoming a qualified Interior Designer within a commercial interior design practice.

120 (1.0 EFTS)
Mt Albert
Start dates
February 2020
Full-time for 1 year. Part-time options available.

Programme overview

Coming soon to Unitec for a Feb 2020 start.

Note that the New Zealand Diploma in Interior Design (Residential) is a pre-requisite for this programme.


This programme is an extension of the New Zealand Diploma of Interior Design (Residential) and prepares you to develop your knowledge and extend your skills into commercial environments. If you’re looking to enter the commercial interiors industry or if you’re already working in this field and would like hold the formal qualification, this is the programme for you.

Our industry focused approach to learning interior design, means that in addition to developing your necessary knowledge and skills in commercial interior design, we also integrate you into the industry. You’ll do this through practical learning, facilitated industry connections, working on actual client projects, guest speakers from industry, undertaking internships within specialist design practices, and much more. 

This diploma will advance your technical knowledge and skills of CAD, consenting and documentation processes, products, materials and lighting design in order to equip you to design for complex environments within the retail, hospitality and workplace sectors.


  • Highly industry integrated and connected
  • Work in 2 internships with practising commercial designers
  • Work on actual client projects
  • Practical projects which model current design processes used within industry practice.
  • Off site visits to trade suppliers and manufacturers
  • Guest speakers from industry
  • Programme content includes lighting design and furniture design
  • Focus on “work ready skills” that can be used in practice
  • Knowledgeable and skilled staff. Many of your lecturers are practising professionals at the top in their field
  • Is a continued pathway from the New Zealand Diploma in Interior Design (Residential) 

Qualification pathway

Once you’ve completed this programme you can go onto to work in the commercial and/or residential interior industry in the careers or similar careers as listed above.

As a Unitec Interior Design student and graduate you can also join the Designers Institute of New Zealand.

This programme and the New Zealand Diploma in Inteior Design (Residential) replaces the Diploma in Applied Interior Design (Level 6).

Admission requirements

For this programme you need:

1. to hold the New Zealand Diploma in Interior Design (Residential)

2. 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in reading, 4 in writing). 

3. If English is not your first language, you will need one or more of the following:

  • Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University Entrance 
  • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency such as IELTS
  • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years

4. As part of your application you may be required to do the following unless you've already done so as part of entry into the New Zealand Diploma in Interior Design (Resdiential) or similar programme:

Don't meet these requirements? We also accept:

Entry by special or discretionary admission.

Special admission: 

  • Be 20 years old or above at the start of your programme; AND
  • Provide sufficient evidence of aptitude or appropriate work or other life experience that would indicate a successful outcome in the qualification.

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses including timetables, please click on the course names below.





The 'Key Information for Students' below does not reflect any international student information.

Please take this information as a guideline only. For example, you will often see a difference between these tuition fees and our estimate above. This is because there are a number of variables, such as the specific courses chosen within a programme.

The national graduate outcomes information is for all tertiary New Zealand providers including Unitec. This information is provided by the New Zealand Government and is derived from a national database that links educational and income information.

Key Information for Students

Entry requirements

Minimum requirementsInfo Icon: To be admitted to the NZDipIntDes (Commercial), applicants must meet the general, special, or discretionary admission requirements as set-out in the Programme Regulations. Applicants must also meet the English-language entry requirements and the programme's additional requirements.

Detailed requirements: See the above "Admission requirements" section for more information about entry to this progrogramme.


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Student loan information available at StudyLink.

National graduate outcomes

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Median earnings $41,818Info Icon
Earnings range $33,456 - $48,479Info Icon
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In further study 19%Info Icon
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Note:All KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only. Click here for more information about the Key Information for Students.