The core course comprises of a two-year programme. Students enrol in one year at a time. After graduating from the two-year programme, students can opt to take an additional Year Three, where students visit a range of design showrooms (often trade-only access), practices and studios.


In Year One students study the fundamental aspects of design such as colour, how to communicate your ideas, historical context, textiles and interior surfaces. Year One is more broadly focused on fundamental design aspects which students put into practice in interior contexts. This teaches the thinking behind design decisions that are applicable in all creative contexts, beyond just interiors. This method sets up students for success as they move into creating design concepts specific to interior settings in Year Two. The Year One programme draws on the skills of a variety of specialist practitioners from education, art and design backgrounds.

Building upon the foundation design skills taught in Year One, Year Two teaches the fundamentals behind creating clever solutions for a variety of home spaces. At the beginning students learn about design principles and over the year apply them to domestic living spaces, bathrooms and kitchens. This culminates in a self-directed project where students integrate a single concept across a whole home floor plan and a selection of rooms. Students at this level are taught by interior and industry specific designers.

At this point students who have successfully completed Year One and Two will graduate from the programme.

The learning doesn’t stop here! This additional year offers students a glimpse into the Auckland design industry through a variety of showroom visits over a whole year. Students will meet and hear from a variety of practitioners and businesses opening up opportunities to step into the design industry. This course isn’t just for those wanting a career change. Year Three is the perfect to take your learning and apply it through exposure to products in the market, ideal for those who are undertaking their own home project or want to bring an idea to life.



Year One and Two is classroom-based and students attend one 2.5-hour class each week within the following terms. Each term is 10 weeks long and mostly run with the New Zealand primary school terms. Year 3 runs exactly with the primary school terms.

2020 Term Dates

Term 1: 4 February - 9 April (Year 3 starts 13 February)

Term 2: 28 April - 2 July

Term 3: 21 July - 24 September

Term 4: 6 October - 10 December (Year 3 starts 15 October)

Class options

Classes are held during the term dates above and students select one class to attend each week from the following class options:

Year One

Class A: Tuesday, 10am–12.30pm
Class B: Wednesday, 6.30–9pm

Year Two

Class A: Tuesday, 6.30–9pm
Class B: Wednesday, 10am–12.30pm

Year Three

Thursday, 10am–12pm


Our course is classroom-based so students must be able to attend classes in person. Classes are held in Auckland at Te Tuhi, 13 Reeves Road, Pakuranga. Classes will occasionally be held offsite at industry showrooms in Auckland where relevant to the course.


Graduating from The Nanette Cameron School

Attendance Requirements

To successfully pass the attendance requirement of the course, students will attend at least 7 out of the 10 weeks during each term unless previously discussed with the school coordinator.


Each term students focus on a different subject and submit two assignments at the end of this term. These assignments are designed to be a practical application of what is taught in class, therefore, the majority of assignments are completed outside of class time.

The assignments mostly follow a set format regardless of the course:

ASSESSMENT 1: This assessment is always relative to the content of the course and can be an individual or group project.

ASSESSMENT 2 (Design Journal): This assessment is always in the format of a design journal and contains tasks within it that change depending on the term. This is also an opportunity to include your own notes and observations made during the term.

Students enrolled in our programmes have the choice to participate for self-interest only (no assignment submission required) although most students choose to maximise their learning by completing the required assignments. If students opt to participate as self-interest only then they will be able to attend classes but will not be able to graduate from the course or join the Nanette Cameron Interior Design Guild. There is also no deduction of fees for self-interest participation.


To graduate from The Nanette Cameron School of Interior Design, students will have met the attendance requirements outlined above and passed all Year One and Two assignments. Upon graduation students will be eligible to join the Nanette Cameron Interior Design Guild.