The Nanette Cameron School of Interior Design is an institution in east Auckland but more than that, the school, based at Te Tuhi Arts Centre in Pakuranga, is highly respected throughout the country. From its beginnings in 1967, it has become a leading design education facility, instilling an understanding and appreciation of design in thousands of students.
Offering cutting edge courses that respond to contemporary practice the aim is to produce forward thinking designers who will shape the future of the industry in New Zealand. Providing students with the skills, knowledge and confidence to create beautiful, personal and satisfying home environments, classes are taught by designers/teachers who are professionals practising in the field.
The course is suited to students keen to renovate their own homes or who are building new as well as to those seeking entry level positions in design practices, or a foundation for further study. It consists of eight core modules, designed to be studied part time over two years at Te Tuhi. Each module runs over nine weeks, with one 2.5 hour class per week, and include topics such as bedrooms and bathrooms, the art of lighting, the creative kitchen and the history of design and furniture.
A range of private home and industry visits with a design focus are available to students participating in any of the core modules. On completion, students are eligible to enrol in a further year of professional development with a predominantly ‘out in the field’ approach.