I want to apply at BHC! What now? | BHC School of Design

I want to apply at BHC! What now?

So, you’ve decided that you want to expand your knowledge in Interior Design or Decorating. After all your research, you’ve made your decision…BHC School of Design is the one!

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“What do I do now?” might be the first question that pops into your mind. Well, we have some good news for you…the process is actually quite easy:

STEP ONE (Application):

You have two options when it comes to starting your application. Either you can send our friendly admissions facilitator an e-mail (info@designschool.co.za) stating that you are interested in studying and she will get back to you with all of the requirements and necessary paperwork that needs to be completed. Alternatively, you can head over to our website (www.designschool.co.za) and click “APPLY HERE” button (the black circle on the right-hand side – you can’t miss it), and complete the 4 steps. Once completed and submitted, you will receive an e-mail, which brings us to the next step…

STEP TWO (Portfolio):

Yup, there is a portfolio involved, but this is merely to for us to determine your understanding of design & décor, and to identify the areas that we need to focus on once you start your classes at BHC.

The portfolio which you submit will differ depending on whether you apply for our three-year Interior Design course, or the one-year Interior Decorating course.

You are welcome to either drop off your A3 portfolio with our admissions facilitator (at the school), have it couriered to our campus, or simply scan it and e-mail it to us via info@designschool.co.za.

Should you deliver or courier, our address is as follows: 72 Salt River Circle, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7925

Portfolio Examples

STEP THREE (Portfolio Evaluation):

We aim to evaluate all portfolios within 7 days of receiving them. This means you should receive a response within a week from the day we receive your portfolio. Should we feel that some of the information is missing in your portfolio, or would like to see more of your work before making a decision, our admissions facilitator will contact you. We generally go as far as possible to ensure that new students are able to join the BHC family – so if there’s anything we would like you to work on or adjust before accepting your application, we will let you know!

STEP FOUR (Payment):

Once the application portfolio has been successfully evaluated, our admissions facilitator will send you an acceptance letter. At this stage, a payment of a non-refundable registration fee (R3500.00) will secure your spot in the class.

We are a private institution with small classes, which means you will get more personal attention as a student, but unfortunately, we do not receive any grants from the government. This means that our fees are generally higher than those of public institutions.

We do however have numerous payment options available to our students:

  • Early Settlement Discount: make your full payment before 31 January, and we’ll give you 5% off
  • 10 Payments: one payment per month from 1 February to 1 November
  • 4 Payments: one payment every two to three months, on the following dates: 1 February, 1 April, 1 July, and 1 September.


Your application is successful, and you have paid your registration fee…All you need to do now is sit back and wait for us to send you your welcome pack, and to confirm your registration day! Congratulations on enrolling and being accepted to BHC – we hope to see you follow in the footsteps of so many amazing designers and decorators before you. You will be in good hands.

We often get asked about our institution, the application process and the courses we have to offer so here are a few FAQ’s that often pop up in our inboxes:

Do you offer any online courses?

Although our application process is online, all your tuition happens in a studio, with professional and attentive lecturers. We believe this is one of the reasons to study at BHC – hands-on tuition by qualified and relevant Designers, Technologists and Decorators.

What Courses do you offer?

We have two full-time courses and four short courses to offer. Our full-time Diploma in Interior Design is completed over 3 years, whilst our Higher Certificate in Interior Decorating is completed over 1 year.

Our short courses are completed in the evenings or on weekends over 3-12 weeks (depending on the course). Please head over to our website if you would like more information on any of these courses: https://www.designschool.co.za/courses-interior-design-decorating/

What type of qualification will I receive?

You will receive a Diploma (NQF level 6) upon completion of our Interior Design Programme and a Higher Certificate (NQF level 5) for our full-time Decorating Course. Our short course attendees receive a Certificate of Competence after a successful evaluation of competence.

Do you have any bursaries available?

Unfortunately not, but as an accredited & registered Higher Education provider, you can apply for a student loan at your bank of choice. Please note that we do offer an early bird discount of 5% on your fees (excluding registration fee) if you pay the registration fee before October of the year preceding your enrolment.

What are the requirements for enrolment?

If you have a South African passport, you will have to provide proof of a National Senior Certificate (NSC) with the correct endorsement. If you do not have an NSC, but are 23 years or older (and have industry experience) you can also enroll.

Should you not have a South African NCS or equivalent but do have a foreign qualification, you can submit your foreign qualification to the South African Qualifications Association (SAQA) and include your SAQA certificate as part of your application.

Students from other institutions are also welcome, as we can RPL or use the CAT system to transfer you into our 2nd or 3rd Year programme where applicable.

We have no subject requirements as our 1st Year and Décor courses are very comprehensive and we cover all of the fundamentals before we move on to the exciting projects.

Can International Students enrol?

Everyone is welcome! As mentioned above, their application process just takes a little longer as they would need to work via SAQA to have their qualifications verified.

Can I visit the campus?

Yes of course! You are welcome to attend one of our Open Days (keep an eye on our Social Pages for the dates) or alternatively, you can contact our admissions facilitator and she will arrange for a personal tour around the campus and introduce you to some of the students and staff.

When do applications close?

Applications close when classes reach maximum capacity, so hurry up to secure your spot!

That covers most of the regular questions! Please send an e-mail to info@designschool.co.za if there is anything else you would like to know. We are here to help and we are eager to have you join the family!

Please note that the college will be closed until the 14th of January 2019. This means portfolios can only be submitted via e-mail during this time and they will only be processed once we are back and in full swing. Classes start on 4th of February so there is still time to enrol!