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Design and painting courses - Want to learn more? Here's how...

If you are interested in learning more about interior design or painting through formalised study, there are a number of design courses available. Some options are below for you to choose from.

If you are a design or colour course provider in New Zealand or Australia and would like your course added to this page, please email us. We will contact you and arrange for your site to be added. Please email us if you have not had a response within 10 working days.

Australian College of Interior Decor - Distance Education

If your job is just not as exciting as it used to be then you might need a change. Something creative in your life! With that our design, colour, renovation and decorating courses can help. Help colour your life!

With 17 years experience in decoration, colour and design we know how to teach our subject. ACID is a registered, accredited, award winning college who offer the best of customer service to our students. Our college is ever changing and offering new courses constantly, new programs for our students, new resources, notes, websites, procedures and products.

With daily enrolments you can start the day you receive your package. As soon as tomorrow, you could begin studying how to be an Interior Decorating Consultant, Designer, Colour Consultant or studying one of our shorter 10-15 week courses that help you to complete those long overdue renovations.

Distance courses include:
Stage 1 in Interior Decoration (1 yr), Certificate 4 in Interior Decoration (2.5 yrs), Certificate 2 in 3D Drawing (20 wks), Diploma of Interior Decoration (3 Yrs) and Advanced Diploma of Interior Design (5 yrs).
Colour Your Home, Decorating Like Professionals, Designing Your Kitchen, Design Your Own Home, Period Decorating and Visual Merchandising.

Look for yourself at Australian College of Interior Decor and see how we can make your new career happen! Or call for a free package +61-2 96540085 or email

Bibby + Brady : : BB Colour Course

Experienced interior designers, Vic Bibby + Dael Brady have created an online colour course to help you create the perfect colour palette for your home. Download their two colour booklets and work through the easy and fun course in your own time. Be part of their members-only Instagram page where they will share more tips and tricks; and receive a Resene Starter Pack in the mail including Vic & Dael’s 15 favourite, tried and tested colours, a voucher and discount to Resene products.

“The most common question we get asked in our job is ‘what paint colour should we choose?’. But did you know that choosing the wrong paint colour is the most common mistake made by home renovators. Let us help you get it right the first time.” Vic Bibby and Dael Brady.

Visit for more information.

Bramly Art & Creative School

Bramly Art & Creative School offers fabulous art and design classes for children, teenagers and adults. Adult classes include drawing, painting and our excellent colour design and interior design courses.

Children's after-school and weekend classes include wonderful general art, drawing, cartoon, craft and fashion design programmes. Stimulating art & creative holiday programmes and parties are also run. A highly regarded senior high school student art tuition (and tertiary art portfolio preparation) class is also run.

305 Remuera Rd, Auckland
View details at
Phone: (09) 624 6366

CPIT (Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology)

Design It, Colour It, Change It...

Picture yourself as an Interior Décor Advisor or an Interior Design Consultant? Now is the time to pursue it with the CPIT School of Art & Design. We offer fantastic industry relevant courses that will equip you with the knowledge and skills to tastefully transform a variety of buildings and spaces.

Programmes include:

  • Certificate in Interior Décor (CPIT, Christchurch)
  • Diploma in Interior Design - Residential (CPIT, Christchurch)
  • Part Time short courses in Interior Décor (CPIT, Christchurch)
  • Full time and part time options are available. Whether you want a qualification, require a stepping stone to move into architectural design or are simply looking to expand your creativity, these programmes will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need.

Find out more by calling us today 0800 24 24 76 or visit our website.

Debbie Abercrombie colour courses

Do you have an eye for colour?
Become confident with colour, understand your colour choices... Make the right colour decision for your next project.

Debbie Abercrombie runs a full year course, one morning a week divided into four terms, each term focussing on a different aspect of Colour. Or an intensive one day workshop.

There will be workshops offered in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Please email Debbie for available dates.

Colour Manipulation: Term 1/Workshop 1

  • Colour Theory
  • Interaction with Colour
  • Psychology of Colour
  • Colour Combination Techniques
History to Colour Forecasting: Term 2/Workshop 2
  • Colour Culture
  • Developing Colour Palettes
  • History of Colour Trends
  • Forecasting
Professional and Promotional use of Colour: Term 3/Workshop 3
  • Colour practitioners
  • Colour in Marketing
  • Pattern and Texture
Colour Schemes, Interior and Exterior: Term 4/Workshop 4
  • Developing Colour Schemes
  • Colour Rendering and Perspectives
  • Resolving a Scheme

Ph: (09) 478 4440

Design & Arts College

The Design & Arts College (D&A) of New Zealand aims to provide the highest quality tertiary education in the creative fields that provide the platforms for career success.

D&A is NZ government funded (TEC) and registered (NZQA). They are the only independent tertiary institute dedicated to design and arts education in the South Island. D&A brings around 350 students from NZ, the Pacific, Asia, Europe and the Americas together with over 70 professionals to create a community of people passionate about design and arts.

Due to high demand, a new campus has been added in Auckland central which is open to both domestic and international students.

There are a range of courses available:

  • Certificate in Design & Arts (Foundation)
  • Diploma of Art (Advanced)
  • Diploma of Contemporary Photography
  • Diploma of Communication Art & Design
  • Diploma of Interior Design
  • Diploma of Fashion Design (advanced)
  • Diploma of Architectural Design & Technology
  • Certificate of Makeup Design & Production

Phone: 0800 50 88 50


Designarmy courses are designed to put you in charge. Interior Design and Architecture can be an elite industry, and a mysterious one at that, to many homeowners who feel Architects and Interior Designers are unaffordable to their budget. So Suzanne has created a series of ‘designarmy’ courses, with many more to follow, that teach home owners, investors, design students, even small businesses exactly how to take a good idea from sketch design to material selection and onsite job management, empowering her students with all the information on exactly how Interior Designers run a job from start to finish. This course gets straight to the practicalities of how to really design and manage renovations.

Set in the award winning offices of an architectural studio in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, this location allows students to instantly access a plethora of industry materials and literature, as well as be inspired by the realness of the environment. Not only that, the courses in the studio will regularly be visited by guest speakers such as builders or consultants as well as industry suppliers talking about their latest and greatest products, just as it happens in a real office.

For more information:
Facebook: designarmy
Phone: 07 3852 5100

DIY Designer’s Home Builder and Renovator Courses

With the help of your own on-line interior design tutor, and all in the comfort of your own home and at your own pace, you will be learning a skill that you can then use on future projects PLUS get a great designer look for your home.

All selections are listed in a Schedule of Finishes to hand to your builder. And if you’re still in the search for a builder, this is an ideal document for obtaining quotes, in conjunction with your floor plans.

What is covered in DIY DESIGNER ON-LINE?

  • The Theory of Colour and applying it to your project
  • Your exterior colours
  • Your interior colours
  • Selecting your floor coverings
  • Choosing the tiling for your home
  • Designing your new kitchen & laundry
  • Creating beautiful bathrooms
  • Speed Designing – 5 fast and furious schemes to make you think outside the square
  • Landscape products
  • Build your own Finishes Board
  • Complete your Schedule of Finishes and Colours
  • Lighting and Electrical
  • Furniture layout - Room by Room
  • Window Treatments
  • Creating the Total Look

Enrol today at You’ll be very glad you did!

EIT Hawkes Bay - Bachelor of Visual Art & Design

The Bachelor programme stresses an inter-media and multidisciplinary approach to learning. This allows a unique opportunity for you to explore your creative talents in a broad range of traditional and contemporary media and technologies whilst focusing on your specialist direction. These facilities are supplemented by other workshops in the Arts section, particularly Video Production and Fashion.

After three years of successful study graduates will be awarded the EIT Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design. Career opportunities in the Visual Arts and Design industry include: interior design, furniture design, freelance graphics, designing web pages for the Internet, interactive CD-ROM, computer graphics, illustration, video, 3-D rendering, as well as the traditional visual creative arts such as painting, sculpture, printmaking and crafts; for example small object design.

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Janet Scard Design and Paint Finishes

Paint Finish Techniques one day classes are held on Saturdays from 9-5pm.

Want to inject new life into your tired surroundings? This fun, hands on class will give you the product knowledge and skills to refurbish and refinish furniture, surfaces and accessories in your home in a variety of ways.

Contact Selwyn Community Education, 203-245 Kohimarama Rd, Kohimarama.
Ph 09 521 9623, Fax 09 521 9624

Nanette Cameron School of Interior Design

With over forty years of history, the Nanette Cameron School of Interior Design is well recognised throughout the design industry and has instilled an understanding and appreciation of design in thousands of students. This part time, classroom-based, two year course (with optional third year) is to broaden the cultural background of students and provide the knowledge and confidence to create a beautiful, personal and satisfying home environment.

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NKBA (National Kitchen & Bathroom Association (NZ) Inc) Training Courses

It is the goal of the NKBA to lead and maintain an educated workforce resulting in a higher level of professionalism in the kitchen and bathroom industry of New Zealand.

Courses are available in modular form enabling progressive skills development. Modules focus on everything from evolution of kitchen and bathroom design through to design and colour - preparing colour boards and the use of electronic software in design. Each course is supported with a comprehensive NKBA training manual.

For more information contact Marykate Coles, Education NKBA, PO Box 2825, Haitaitai, Wellington.
Ph: 04 3861855.
email: - National Painting & Decorating Institute

Fun Creative Painting Courses -- SFX
Up-skill your basic painting skills. Learn special effect techniques, enough to increase your employability in the Gold Coast’s thriving film industry as a Set finisher or Scenic Artist. Add these skills to your RPL Assessment.

Opportunities abound for those Commercial jobs, Theatre Themes in Restaurants, Shops, Recreate the look of furniture. We offer our fun creative painting courses over One and Two-day workshops during the week and weekends on the Gold Coast, Queensland.

We also offer courses in:
Marbling techniques, Wood-graining, Skies, Stenciling, Gold Leaf-Antiquing
Metalic FX, Wallpapering, Mottling, Solid and Fresco Paint Effects
How to use and maintain various spray-painting equipment
How to effectively run a small business

Contact: Viki Morgan 0418 744 495
or go to, click on Training Courses › Apply Decorative Finishes

Serena’s Image – Interior Decorating

Learn about décor, colour and style, advanced interior decorating and design covering everything from colour psychology and harmony to textiles, floor plans and much more, all taught by Serena Keenan who has been teaching on the subject since 1992.

For more information and to enroll visit

SIT – Certificate in Interior Décor

If you enjoy working with colours and textures in your home – or even rearranging the furniture for a new look – then the Certificate in Interior Design may be the programme for you.  The Certificate in Interior Décor is a Level 4, 120 credit, programme that provides students with the skills and knowledge required for employment or further training in the interior décor or interior design sectors.

The theoretical and practical skills taught in this qualification reflect the diverse range of skills required to work in the sector, particularly in the areas of:

  • Design fundamentals and process
  • Textile knowledge and selection of furnishings
  • Presentation, space planning and model techniques
  • Design project and product design
  • Business skills and professional practice

South Institute of Technology’s Flexible Delivery programme enables you to study at home either part time or full time.  You will also have access to your own online facilitators and access to supplemental learning materials.

For more information, or an enrolment pack, contact Southern Institute of Technology on 0800 SIT2LRN (0800 748 257) or free fax on 0800 SITFAX (0800 748 329). Email

Terry Lobb Colour and Design

Terry Lobb teaches a six week course in Interior Design in Wanganui, touching on all aspects of design with an emphasis on colour and putting the complete colour scheme together. The course is designed for homeowners who want to learn a little more about their homes and making them more comfortable.

Telephone: (Office) 06 343 1044; (Mobile): 025 602 3298
Fax: 06 343 1043

The History of Design course - Tutor: Gaye Adsett, Dip. ID - Equilibrium Interiors

Growing your knowledge of design history can greatly enhance your appreciation of architecture and interiors. Whether you work in a design-related industry, are planning to travel, or just have an interest in architecture and design, this exclusive course may be for you. Course content covers the major contributors; their buildings and interiors from Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome through to the 20th Century; Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Modernist and more.

For dates and more information please contact Gaye for more information.
Phone (09) 5288 558 Mobile 021 529 133.

The Interior Design Institute

Already proven in the UK, USA and Australia, this online Diploma course in Interior Design has now been launched in New Zealand.

Learn about architectural history, the use of colour and other design elements, planning a design project, setting up a business and dealing with clients as you complete 12 in-depth modules and interactive assignments.

Study in your own time and at your own pace, as you gain the knowledge and skills required to develop and implement a design brief. Suitable for anyone who works in the design-related industry, is passionate about design or wants to build the foundation for a new business.

For further information, visit our website at and request a Prospectus.

Ucol Diploma in Interior Design

Back up your talent for interior design with industry-ready skills from UCOL’s new one-year, full-time Diploma in Interior Design.

You’ll gain a comprehensive foundation in all aspects of residential interior design, studying colour, furnishings, architecture, design theory, ergonomics, kitchen and bathroom design, building technology, materials and finishes, and lighting. You’ll also learn about what’s involved in a professional design practice, great preparation for an exciting new career!

The Diploma in Interior Design is a Level 5 one year full time programme consisting of 34 weeks of study.

  • The diploma is broken into 2 semesters each consisting of 17 weeks (15 study weeks and 2 assessment weeks).
  • Class time is approximately 24 hours per week, with an expected additional 16 hours per week spent on assignment work.
  • MODES: The course can be undertaken on either a full time or part time basis (i.e. papers may be completed one at a time, but each paper must be completed within a single semester, i.e. 15 week period).
  • Full time study involves 4 papers per semester of 15 credits each, covering a wide range of design related subjects that provide a cohesive set of industry related skills and knowledge.

To learn more about this programme visit our Interior Design web page.

General enquiries:
Call 0800 GO UCOL (0800 46 8265) or

Unitec Institute of Technology

Unitec New Zealand offers a range of programmes in the areas of painting and interior design – National Certificate in Painting and the Bachelor of Design and Visual Arts (Interior Design). If you have an apprenticeship with the Painting and Decorating Industry Training Organisation and want to further your knowledge and skills the National Certificate in Painting is designed for you. It will help you improve your understanding of how to carry out painting and decorating work in a safe and professional manner. You’ll become more knowledgeable about spray techniques, wall coverings, industrial coatings and specialised coatings, and increase your knowledge of current practices in the painting and decorating industry.

The Bachelor of Design and Visual Arts (Interior Design) is a three-year programme that provides you with the skills to work on a range of projects within the interior design industry, from the interior of buildings to performance spaces, museum displays and retail and restaurant spaces. You could end up working in the following role: designer for film, TV, theatre, designer for museum exhibits, exhibition and event designer, interior designer (retail, commercial, domestic).

For more information visit or phone 0800 10 95 10.

Waiariki Institute

Waiariki Institute of Technology offers the Certificate in Interior Design Level 4 (one year) and the Diploma in Interior Design Level 5 (2 years). On completion of the Diploma, graduates will have the ability to work in a consulting or retailing role with materials such as paint, wallpaper, fabric, furnishings or as a supervisor or self employed within the interior design industry.

Further information on the Waiariki Institute website.

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