Due to Dorothy’s passion for sharing her  interior design knowledge and expertise, she has, since 1998, developed and presented a  large number of interior design and decorating courses.   This included a one-year correspondence course that was later upgraded to a two-year Higher Certificate correspondence course, as well as many shorter courses and workshops.

History of the DVR Design Academy

Due to Dorothy van’t Riet’s 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 one-year correspondence course, Dorothy rewrote and upgraded the course, taking it to a new level of excellence. A new two-year correspondence course, The Higher Certificate in Interior Design and Decoration Course was accredited and offered in association with Cornerstone Institute, a private higher education institute in Cape Town. DVR withdrew from its association with Cornerstone Institute in February 2015.

The DVR Design Academy has evolved and now focuses on a variety of short powerful interior design workshops.  Because students don’t have to do assignments or write exams, this format of courses make it more accessible to people to learn new skills and to immediately implement the knowledge learnt.  


Join Dorothy in the privacy of her Design Studio as she shares  with you some of her actual interior design projects, from start to finish.  During this “journey of the job” she will illustrate and discuss all the various aspects of two design projects.  To enable Dorothy to effectively show the various plans, layouts, finishes and samples to the delegates, only a small group of 10  students will be accommodated during each of the 6hour workshops.  

Workshop 1: Case Study 1 & 2

Date: Saturday 23rd April 2016

Time: 9h00 – 16h00

Cost:  R2 200

Venue:  DVR Design Studio, Johannesburg.


Workshop 2: Case Study 3 & 4

Date: Saturday 14th May 2016       

Time: 9h00 – 16h00

Cost:  R2 200

Venue:  DVR Design Studio, Johannesburg.

Workshop 3: Case Study 5 & 6

Saturday 20th August 2016    9h00 – 16h00

Time: 9h00 – 16h00

Cost:  R2 200

Venue:  DVR Design Studio, Johannesburg.


DVR offers inspirational 3 day workshops in Interior Design and Decoration.

Using the “Urban Chic Design in a Box Kit, Dorothy shares her invaluable interior decorating  knowledge and  expertise to enable you to create inspired and well designed spaces.

You will also receive the popular DVR Urban Chic Design in a Box Kit  designed by Dorothy van’t Riet. The Box and its content will enable you to apply the knowledge and skills learnt to decorate your own home. 


Date: 13 – 15th October 2016

Time: 9h00 – 17h00

Venue: The Marion on Nicol Boutique Hotel

                  (Designed & decorated by Dorothy van’t Riet)

Address:    Cnr Stirling & Hamilton Rd, Hurlingham, Sandton

Cost: R11 995.00(incl. The Urban Chic Box)


urban chic


A career in the Interior Design Profession is unique, exciting and challenging.  Although its focus is creative, Interior Design is a business endeavor.  Administrative, organizational, managerial and financial expertise play significant roles in the successful execution of any design project.

This workshop will include information on how to set up your studio,  the various steps of a design project,  the timeline of projects,  site meetings,  financial aspects, pricing aspects, quoting a client, invoicing a client, installation of a project, dealing with sub-contractors, costing a project, contracts, setting up a company and  professionalism, ethics and excellence.

Date: 19th November 2016.

Time: 9h00 – 17h00

Cost: R3 800

Venue: The Marion on Nicol Boutique Hotel

                  (Designed & decorated by Dorothy van’t Riet)


Contact Dorothy to be a guest speaker for a one hour talk on a variety of interior decorating and design topics, such as:

       Trends in Interior Design

       Using colour in interior design

       How to create a WOW factor in interior design

       Using fabrics in interior design

       Or other interior decorating and design topics that may interest you.


Booking is essential for all courses

For booking & more information, please contact:

+27 11 783 6000

+27 82 458 9093

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