IIE BA Honours in Interior Design

Qualification information
  • COURSE: Honours; Postgraduate Degree
  • MODE: Full-Time
  • DURATION: 1 year
  • NQF LEVEL: 8
  • CREDITS: 120
  • SAQA ID: 99784


The IIE BA Honours in Interior Design builds upon the IIE BA in Interior Design to expand and deepen the student’s research skills, design knowledge, and design ability to prepare them for professional life as a senior interior designer or design lecturer. Students learn to challenge conventional design thinking and develop refined and innovative design methodologies that consider the impact and effectiveness of proposed interior solutions. Students are further exposed to advanced professional practice within the built environment in the form of the establishment and conception of a project, thorough analysis of a site, drafting the project contracts, estimating fees and budgets, writing specifications and professionally presenting project proposals.

The research module introduces students to formal design research methodology, students are supervised by an experienced supervisor who is an expert in the field of Interior Design. Students are encouraged to select a topic in the field that they are passionate about where after they are exposed to the various methods used to conduct design research. The research component forms the basis for a career in design research and provides students with the research skills necessary for advanced practice as an Interior Designer.


  • Interior Design Discourse
  • Interior Solution Design A and B
  • Design Research
  • Interior Design Professional Practice

Tuition Fees

First year fee for new registrations starting in 2024
R108 000 Full Settlement Total Fee
R115 800 Instalment Total Fee (10 Monthly Instalments)
A *Pre-Registration Fee of R2 500 is included in the Total Fee
*Refundable if admission criteria for the qualification is not met.

Please note:

  • Applications for the 2024 intake are subject to a non-refundable application fee of R700.
  • You will be required to complete a new contract annually which will include fees for that year.
  • Returning students can consult the bill of costs on the website to obtain their 2024 fees based on their basket of modules.

Entry Requirements

  • An appropriate Bachelor’s Degree with an average of 60% in the final year OR
  • An appropriate Advanced Diploma, provided that a 360 credit Diploma or appropriate equivalent has been completed, with an average of 60% in the final year.

Please note:

  • Candidates are normally required to have a minimum final year average of 60% in the qualifications final-year (NQF L7) modules. Those with a final year average of 55 - 59% will be admitted if they attained 60% or higher for the designated cognate/core discipline final-year (NQF L7) modules.
  • All candidates are required to submit a Interior Design portfolio.

Senate Discretionary Admission:

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): Candidates who fall outside the above criteria, but who can demonstrate, to the satisfaction of The IIE that they have an appropriate, related qualification or work-based learning, which has taken the candidate to the equivalent of an NQF level 7 equivalent qualification, may be considered for admission into this programme through an RPL process.

Additional Notes:

Graduates of The IIE who do not meet the conditional admissions requirements for admission to Honours can enrol for and repeat all or some of their NQF Level 7 modules in order to improve their marks so that they can meet the entry requirements for Honours. These graduate students will then receive an additional transcript after the completion of the repeat module(s), where the repeat module(s) will appear as a second iteration of the module(s) on the transcript. The marks from the second iteration can then be used for admission to Honours in the subsequent academic year. This option is only available to graduates from The IIE and does not apply to graduates from other HE institutions.

International Admission:

  • A SAQA NQF L7 Evaluation Certificate in an appropriate field and meeting the additional admission requirements.
Jobs in this field:
  • Senior Interior Designer
  • Interior Design Lecturer
  • Researcher
  • Design Entrepreneur
  • Interior Design Consultant
  • Design Business Owner


Leah Van Der Walt

Class of 2019

Leah is a freelance interior designer and affiliate blog owner of her own website company since February 2020. The IIE-Vega prepared her for working in a corporate environment and gave her the skills to collaborate with other interior designers as well as architects.

Talisa Van Der Merwe

Class of 2019

Talisa is a junior interior designer at Create in Sandton. The IIE-Vega paved the way for her and equipped her time management skills, and the ability to handle the stress of the real working world.