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Design and painting courses

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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.


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:

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

This purely design focused school was first opened in 1973 and the current owner Tracie Rodwell-Dunne has owned it since 1999. As an award-winning Interior Designer of over 33 years and with experience lecturing at the Queensland University of Technology, she is the perfect person to teach the BSIDD courses in Interior Decorating & Design, Colour Psychology and Feng Shui. Now also established in New Zealand, courses are available in face-to-face format with online components or fully online.

The Colour Psychology Certificate Course is the most comprehensive and unique colour course available in the world. Tracie has been practicing Colour Psychology for over thirty years and teaches a comprehensive and unique system that changes the student’s life for the better. If you would like to truly understand colour on a deep level and in all its aspects, then this is the perfect course for you. Whether you are a practicing Interior Designer or Decorating, Artist, Graphic Designer, Architect, use colour in your work or just have a love of colour this course is perfect for you.

The Feng Shui Certificate Course is also very unique as it is based on the original principles of Feng Shui that have been lost over the centuries and interpreted to suit western methodology. This course is very practical and life changing as it focuses on using Feng Shui to improve and manifest the life we would love to have. Tracie has been a Feng Shui Expert for over 25 years and personally trains her students in the wisdom and practice of this wonderful modality.

The Interior Decorating & Design Certificate Course is a very comprehensive and detailed course and whether you are wanting to do it professionally or just for personal use this course will give you all the knowledge and confidence you need to practice Interior Decorating and Design.

Please visit for more information. Or email Tracie at to arrange a personal phone call to discuss your needs and answer any questions.

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. 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.

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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

History to Colour Forecasting: Term 2/Workshop 2

Professional and Promotional use of Colour: Term 3/Workshop 3

Colour Schemes, Interior and Exterior: Term 4/Workshop 4

Ph: (09) 478 4440

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?

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

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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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

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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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.

New Zealand Certificate in Interior Décor (Level 4) – Fee Free

Study your passion and get inspired. Enjoy the flexibility of online study that fits around your life and study Interior Décor online with Open Polytechnic, New Zealand's leading online and distance education provider. This Interior Décor certificate is a 60-credit programme made up of four courses. A nationally recognised qualification will develop your creative skills, and give you the knowledge required to consult, conceive, style, and advise on interior spaces.

The programme consists of these four courses:

This programme is currently offered fee free. Visit our website to find out more:

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

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

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:

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 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

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.

Elevate your interior design skills with The Interior Design Institute's innovative online Diploma course.

Embark on a captivating journey through architectural history, master the nuances of colour theory, and delve into the intricacies of design planning. The Interior Design Institute's course features 12 dynamic modules and interactive assignments, covering everything from establishing a thriving design business to refining essential client interaction skills.

Seize the flexibility to study on your terms, at your own pace, empowering yourself with the knowledge and expertise needed to bring design visions to life. Whether you're already immersed in the design industry, driven by a passion for creativity, or envisioning a new business venture, The Interior Design Institute's program is meticulously tailored for you.

For more information, visit

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.

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

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

Ulleo is at the forefront of reimagining how people learn. Designed for the future, our Interior Design courses are co-created with industry leaders who are changing the face of interior design. Ulleo short courses are focused on inspiring and empowering students, as well as providing them with contemporary industry-led content and insights. Our courses provide pathways to accredited study, encouraging students to invest in themselves and their careers.

We're changing the education landscape by providing a modern digital learning experience that is the best balance of local relevance, time, cost, and outcome.

We are a profit with purpose enterprise. This means that we are a purpose-driven company with a commitment to doing the right thing for the planet and future generations. Our partnership with Carbon Neutral also enables us to plant trees on behalf of our students to celebrate them achieving course milestones.

For more information, please visit for more information or download a course guide from our course page.

Email: or call: 1300 368 381

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 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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