FAQ

FAQ

Why should I choose Jenniez School of African Interior Design?

At JSAID we understand your drive to live a creative life, our Educators are all practising designers who bring their passion and industry experience into the classroom.

Our unique ethos focuses on each student’s individual journey, nurturing your individuality and personal style. Studying with us is like joining a practising design studio. You’ll work on real projects with real clients.

Graduate with a relevant, recognised qualification, a professional portfolio, a website and the connections and coaching to pursue your dream career.

With the present state of the economy, is there still a demand for Interior Designers?

Of course there is! When the housing market is going strong, there will be increased demand for new builds and thus, work for interior designers. When the housing market is in a slump, people will invest in making their own homes nicer. The demand for remodel work goes up, because people know they need to make the best of what they have. People are refusing to live in ugly homes! Interior Designers can help! We feel that the interior design industry is somewhat balanced and will evolve to reflect the economic climate.

 At what age can I change my career and study Interior Design?

It is never too late to start a career in interior decorating. Students from all walks of life who are tired of their present job or career and have a passion for Interior design and are ready to start a new career or business. All ages are welcome from 18-75years. It’s never too late to follow your dreams.

 Interior Decorator Vs Interior Designer?

An Interior decorator assists clients with selecting and placing accessories, such as pillows, wall art, lamps, area rugs, paint; and even in selection of fabrics and/or furnishings for rooms. But a designer would have the added ability to change the curve of the arm on a sofa, drastically change the appearance of a chair by adding or eliminating detail and surface refinements. He/she would be trained for, able and inclined to add, eliminate or alter architectural elements and proportions in a space and be able to design custom pieces to meet challenging aesthetic and practical needs in ways that are creative and unique. The designer is familiar with historic, proportional, structural and material elements, and therefore can (by rule, intuition and skill) diminish, disguise or eliminate problem areas and to enhance, establish or properly showcase the finer features of the space in question.

To put it as simply as possible; the decorator adds things to a space to improve the look, the designer alters the space itself and incorporates a comprehensive vision into the room that includes more than just accessories and fabrics.

(We will teach you both the basic elements of interior design and decorating

How do I enrol and what are the prerequisites?

It’s important that you chose the right course which is why we encourage you to attend one of our free Information Sessions or join us for our Open Day.

Once you’ve made a selection you’ll need to complete an enrolment form and pay your deposit to secure your place.

For those choosing the Certificate in Interior Decorating, no experience is necessary. For those studying the specialised courses you’ll need to meet us for an interview and have some experience / level of education to attend.

Which course is right for me?

When it comes to choosing a course it’s important to consider the outcome – what career path do you have in mind? How much time can you invest in studying? These are questions best answered one-on-one at our free Information Session or Open Day.

 Are the courses accredited?

Yes. JSAID is accredited by the Certified Interior Decorators International, Florida. Our course content is constantly refined and based on competency standards set by the interior design industry. You will graduate with an internationally recognised qualification.

 What’s the difference between a JSAID course and a university course?

JSAID courses are vocational – they focus on preparing students to work in the industry by exposing them to practical real world projects and technology. University courses take a more theoretical and conceptual approach to design education.

 What are my job prospects after I finish the course?

This is a crucial consideration and one we ask students to consider from day one of their studies. Our Careers Coach is on hand to help you determine your unique career path. Whether it be Commercial, Residential or Hospitality design, Styling or your own business we are determined to help you to reach your potential.

 Can anyone apply for installment payments?

Installment payment is available to only those studying the Certificate in Interior Decorating and those who will be certified interior decorators

How much do the courses cost?

A full price list for our courses is included in our enrollment form. Please visit the school for details or email enrol@jsaid.com.ng

 Will I need to sit exams?

No, exams are not part of our design courses. Most assessments are practically based and presented in class. There is also a small component of written research assignments. However for the CID International certification you will need to sit for an online exam which will be assessed by CID International.

 I can’t draw, does that matter?

We believe everybody can draw. Our patient Educators are passionate about learning. They will teach you the correct techniques to express your ideas through drawing.

 How big are the class sizes?

We like to keep our class sizes small so that you get lots of individual attention. There is a maximum of 12 people in each class

 How much homework is there?

Our Certificate classes require 4-6 hours of extra study per week. All specialized classes require 6-14 hours per week.

 Do you offer online, evening classes?

Not presently however we have received lots of interest and will certainly consider it in the near future. Stay tuned!

However, the good news is that our full time day program is on Monday and Wednesday/ Tuesday and Thursday 9.30am-4.30pm. Fridays for Field trips and Practical. That leaves other days free for those who need to work part time while going to school.

Do you help with internships after graduation?

We try our best to place students for Internships!

Can I learn what I need to know in only 12 weeks?

Yes, because we only teach Interior decoration. Since we are a career-focused school, you will learn only practical information and skills that will be of immediate benefit to your new career as an interior decorator. We will also teach you how to make money in design.

Can I take individual courses instead of going through the entire program?

Absolutely. Any course can be taken individually or in combination. The cost will be the prorated amount of the normal full program tuition. Please note that install mental payment is not available to students taking individual courses. You must be enrolled full-time in the Interior Design program to be eligible.

What if I take a single course and then decide I love it so much I want to take the entire program?

Not a problem. We will transfer your credits over to the full program and you are free to continue. Your tuition bill is credited for the amount already paid and you are on your way!

I have taken some Interior Design courses at another school; do my credits transfer to JSAID?

Not at this time. Since our curriculum is so specific and unique to our program, we do not have equivalent courses to other traditional institutions. The same can be said about the other direction: credits received at JSAID will likely not be accepted by other schools.

What types of payment plans do you offer?

Since we are a small private school, we have the ability to be somewhat flexible with payment plans to suit our students’ needs. We offer a 0% interest payment plan where tuition is payable in 2 installments. For more details about payment options, visit the school and talk to our accounts department.

With the present state of the economy, is there still a demand for Interior Decorators?

Of course there is! When the housing market is going strong, there will be increased demand for new buildings and thus, work for interior decorators

Will I need to sit exams?

No, exams are not part of our design courses. Most assessments are practical based…

However, the good news is that our full time day program is on Monday and Wednesday/ Tuesday and Thursday 9.30am-2.00pm

You must be enrolled full-time in the Interior Decorating program to be eligible.

I have taken some Interior Decorating courses at another school; do my credits transfer to JSAID?