Ideal for those considering a career in interior decoration and design, the Open Colleges Certificate IV in Design CUV40311 is a nationally recognised qualification.
As well as exploring the principles of interior decoration, you will learn how to read building plans; produce one and two-point perspective drawings; and interpret and respond to a client brief. You will also receive training in the development of original concepts. As many interior decorators choose to become self-employed, this course covers the legal, administrative and promotional requirements of establishing a small consultancy.
Potential career outcomes:
- Assistant Interior Decorator
- Assistant Interior Designer
- Assistant Colour Consultant
- Assistant Soft Furnishing Consultant
- Freelance Interior Decorator
- Course number
- Course duration
- Max 24 months
- Course fees from
- $91.50 per week
- Certificate IV
- Delivery mode
- Nationally recognised
Written assignments, practical assignments and final project
- National Code
- Awarded By
- Open Colleges
- Associated With
BSBDES305A: Source and apply information on the history and theory of design
- Collect information on history and theory of design
- Apply information to own area of work
- Update and maintain knowledge of design trends
CUVACD401A: Integrate colour theory and design processes
- Research information on colour theory and design processes
- Communicate ideas through the application of colour and design theory
- Evaluate design work
BSBCRT301A: Develop and extend critical and creative thinking skills
- Develop a questioning mindset
- Generate ideas and responses
- Challenge, test and re invent ideas
- Enhance creative thinking skills
BSBDES401A: Generate design solutions
- Define the design challenge
- Undertake research to inform the design solution
- Communicate and collaborate with others
- Generate ideas and responses to the design challenge
- Select a design solution
BSBDES402A: Interpret and respond to a design brief
- Interpret design brief
- Explore and develop design concept
- Liaise with client
- Plan production of work
CUVPRP401A: Realise a creative project
- Develop ideas for project work
- Organise the creative project
- Create finished work
- Evaluate own work
BSBOHS201A: Participate in OHS processes
- Work safely
- Implement workplace safety requirements
- Participate in OHS consultative processes
Follow safety procedures
- BSBDES301A: Explore the use of colour
BSBDES302A: Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms
- Source information on 2-dimensional design
- Explore the creative design process for 2-dimensional forms
- Communicate concepts or ideas through application of design processes to 2-dimensional forms
BSBDES303A: Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms
- Source information on 3-dimensional design
- Explore the creative design process for 3-dimensional forms
- Communicate concepts or ideas through application of design processes to 3-dimensional forms
BSBDES304A: Source and apply design industry knowledge
- Source and apply information on the structure and operation of the design industry
- Source and apply knowledge on employment obligations and opportunities that impact on designers
- Seek information on new design technology
- Update industry knowledge
- Apply information on ethical and legal work practices
LMFID3002A: Source and specify decoration products
- Assess client product need Source and assess suitability of products Specify products
- Assess client product need
- Source and assess suitability of products
- Specify products
LMFID4001A: Research, analyse and apply colour for interior spaces
- Assess colour requirements for the projectResearch colour schemes for interior decorationExplore colour schemesPresent colour scheme
- Assess colour requirements for the project
- Research colour schemes for interior decoration
- Explore colour schemes
- Present colour scheme
LMFID4002A: Decorate residential interiors
- Analyse the project brief
- Conduct research for the design
- Confirm the design brief
- Generate decoration concepts
- Translate concepts into 3D decoration ideas
- Revise and refine solution
- Present decoration solution to client
- Reflect on decoration process
LMFID4003A: Prepare a materials board for client presentation
- Identify presentation requirements from project briefPrepare materials boardPrepare for client presentation
- Identify presentation requirements from project brief
- Prepare materials board
- Prepare for client presentation
- BSBDES305A: Source and apply information on the history and theory of design
There are no minimum education requirements to enter this course, however you'll need some creative skills and be confident using a computer and software programs to successfully complete the program – see below for more details.
You'll need some creative and design skills to start this course. You can demonstrate these skills through:
- completion of a relevant subject at High School (such as Art, Design, Digital Media, Animation or Communication) OR
- other qualifications in a related field OR
- other relevant work experience where you use your creative and design skills
If you're unsure as to whether you meet these entry requirements, your best bet is to contact us so we can provide you with more info about exactly what you require and your study options.
The minimum age for this course is 16. If you are under 18 your application needs to be signed by a parent or guardian.
Because this is an online course, you'll need access to a computer and the internet so that you can view and interact with your course material and complete your assessments. You'll also need access to a digital camera to document design processes and record images (most smart phones contain a capable digital camera).
As this is a graphic design course, your computer will need to be up to date with some fairly recent software and operating systems, including Microsoft Office 2007 (or similar), CD/DVD ROM Drive etc.
You'll also need to have basic computer skills to complete the various course activities. If you feel like your computer literacy isn't up to scratch, you can take one of our skill builder courses.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language and you did not complete the last two years of secondary education in English, you are required to provide evidence of English language competency before enrolling into the course. Examples of appropriate evidence are listed below:
IELTS Overall score of 5.5 TOEFL 530 (paper), 197 (computer) or 71 (internet) 12 months in English-speaking employment Testimonial, statutory declaration
Students will need a selection of H and B-type pencils, rotring drawing pens size .25, .35 and .5 and ink or felt-tip pens, A3 tracing paper min. thickness 70gsm, eraser, scale ruler and materials, tools and equipment to make scale models.
Upon completion of this course, you will have developed a better understanding of the subject area and be able to put your new skills into practice.
A consummate professional, Tracy Ingaldo is the owner of Bella Interiors, a design business with clients across the Western Sydney and Blue Mountains regions of New South Wales.
Tracy’s creative career was sparked more than 20 years ago with a course in computer-aided design (CAD) and flourished after she completed her Diploma of Interior Decorating and gained experience working in the window dressings industry.
In addition to Tracy’s client work ? which includes a recent project in for a cafe in Vietnam ? she is a serial home renovator. Remodelling a number of homes in the past decade has provided hands?on experience, and enabled her to stay abreast of the latest styles, materials and products.
Tracy is also an experienced educator, having worked as an assessor for an interior decorating college. She has completed a workplace training and assessment qualification, and is enthusiastic about sharing her passion for colour and design with Open Colleges' interior decoration students.
As a student in this course you'll receive a free art pack, including Gouache Paints, pencil set, water colour set, pastels, metallic connector pens, presentation wallet, catridge pads, refill pockets and more.
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