This course provides an introduction to the principles and practices of interior design and presents students with foundation skills that can be applied in the context of their own environment.
Students will learn about the influence of architectural and decorative styles, how to combine different colours, materials and finishes, and the art of choosing and arranging furnishings and lighting for maximum effect.
- Course number
- Course duration
- Max 18 months
- Course fees from
- $47.86 per week
- Open Colleges Certificate
- Delivery mode
- Nationally recognised
3 written assessments, 6 multiple choice assessments
- Awarded By
- Open Colleges
Introduction to interior design
- Definition of good interior design
- Questions to ask when planning a design
- Scale and plan models
- Schedules and budgets
Elements of design
- Importance of line and direction
- Suitable sizes and shapes of furniture and ornaments
Context of colour
- Texture and pattern
- Creating optical illusions
Selecting a style
- Studying architectural styles of building
- Decorative styles in history
- Factors influencing the use of a room
- Effective use of patterns and textures
Lighting for illumination
- General, decorative and task lighting
- Incandescent and fluorescent lights
- Lighting and colour schemes
Colour: parts 1 and 2
- Colour wheel
- Planning a colour scheme
- How colour creates mood and ambience
- Characteristics of various colours
Furniture: parts 1 and 2
- Arranging furniture
- Furniture styles
- Terms to describe furniture types
- Cleaning and caring for furniture
- Different types of flooring and foor covering
- Differences between carpets and their construction
- Planning floor schemes for different rooms in different types of homes
- Select a floor covering to suit a room
- Popular furnishing fabrics
- Various types of window treatments
- Effects of natural and artificial lighting
Walls and windows
- Different wall coverings
- Window treatments to enhance or disguise windows
- Historical treatments for walls and windows
- Some practical do-it-yourself decorating
The finishing touch
- Planning effective lighting
- Instructing an electrician
- Preparing a lighting plan
- Adding interest with accessories
- Creating interesting tablescapes
- Using decorative objects
- Creating impact with plants and flowers
- Decorating interiors to blend with exteriors
- Overseeing a scheme from start to finish
- Introduction to interior design
Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.
- Year 10 or equivalent OR
- relevant qualification OR
- relevant vocational experience.
Minimum age of 16 years. If you are under 18 your application must be signed by a parent or guardian.
Students will need access to a computer and the internet. For students who do not have access to either a computer or the internet please contact a student support officer to discuss alternative methods of communication.
Minimum specifications for the computer are:
- Microsoft Office 2003 or equivalent, and
- Microsoft Windows 98 or
- Mac OS X and
- CD-ROM drive.
Students will also need access to a printer and the following applications:
- Macromedia Flash player.
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:
Testimonial, statutory declaration
IELTS Overall score of 5.5 TOEFL 530 (paper), 197 (computer) or 71 (internet) 12 months in English-speaking employment
There are no additional requirements for this course.
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
Paula started out studying to be a nurse before realising that her future lay in the creative world of interiors. Today, Paula has more than 15 years' experience in interior design. She worked for a number of large design firms and had teams of designers reporting to her before she decided to branch out on her own.
Since setting up her own company in Sydney dealing with corporate projects and large residential developments, some of Paula's clients have included Calyon Australia Limited, Symphony Australia and Wizard Home Loans. Paula is also a member and keen supporter of the Design Institute of Australia.
- 3 pencils
- 2 set squares
- Measuring tape
- A4 graph paper, drawing pad and tracing paper
- Masking tape
- Cutting blade
- Colour wheel
- Interior Design textbook
- Fabric sample pack
- Living room/bedroom furniture cut-outs (for room plans)
- Success with Decorating CDs #1 and #2
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