Dorothy van't Riet Design Academy

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Contact Person:

Dorothy Van't Riet


History of the DVR Design Academy

Due to Dorothy vant Riets prestigious stand in the design industry and her desire to uplift, train and empower people, the company entered the training and development arena in 1998 when Dorothy wrote a correspondence course in conjunction with Garden and Home Magazine.

By 2001 Dorothy had decided to spread her wings and independently wrote a one-year correspondence course. Approximately 2000 students from all walks of life have attended the DVR Design Academy course since 1998. The course has attracted both women and men of all ages, colours and backgrounds. Students include medical doctors, psychologists, law professors, architects, accountants, bank managers, teachers, housewives, domestic workers and school leavers. A large percentage of students over the last few years have started their own businesses as interior decorators or in related fields.

Students have registered from throughout South Africa, Botswana, Nigeria, Mozambique, Swaziland, Angola, Zimbabwe, DRC, Dubai, UK, Europe and USA. Over the years, several bursaries have also been granted to squatter camp inhabitants and prison inmates.

After 11 years of offering the highly popular, tried-and-tested one-year correspondence course, Dorothy decided to rewrite and upgrade the course, taking it to a new level of excellence. The new two-year correspondence course, a Higher Certificate in Interior Design & Decoration, will be launched in January 2011. The new course is being accredited and will be offered in association with the Cornerstone Institute, a private higher education institute in Cape Town.


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