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The Interior Design Boom – All you need to know about Interior Design online

by Lisa Matlin
Posted: February 04, 2022

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             Want to work in an industry that’s always colorful and creative? An industry where you can put your artistic skills to use every single day? Look no further than interior design. With the COVID pandemic and the shift towards working from home, there's been a recent boom in the industry and the demand for interior designers has grown considerably.

With the shift towards working from home, there’s an increased focus on creating multifunctional spaces. Plus, with the uncertainty of the pandemic and the pressure that came with it, our homes have truly become safe havens from the stresses of the outside world. Even the decline in domestic and international travel has impacted on the interior design trend. Inspired homeowners are injecting a touch of luxury into their homes, replicating the comforts of lavish resorts and hotels.

Now more than ever people are investing in their comfort zones, and there's increasing demand for interior design services. Job Outlook stated that employment in interior design grew very strongly over the last five years and is expected to continue to grow. So, how do you become an Interior Designer and what do they actually do? Keep reading to find out more!

What does an interior designer do?

An interior designer assists clients in decorating their rooms to create functional and visually stunning spaces. A client might be a homeowner or a corporation, and each will differ in their goals and needs. A skilled interior designer will visualise the space functionality and sketch the design plan. Then they choose and order the materials and furnishings needed for the project. These may include furniture, accessories, textiles, rugs, and other visual elements. An interior designer will create a project timeline, estimate the costs, and supervise the construction and installation.

Can I study interior design online?

Yes, you can! At Open Colleges we offer the nationally recognised MSF5021 Diploma of Interior Design and the MSF40118 Certificate IV in Interior Decoration. Our design courses will equip you with the skills you need to run your own design-based business or join an established company.

The MSF50218 Interior design course is all online, so you can fit studying around your busy schedule.

The course covers all areas of interior design, from design principles and dealing with clients, to understanding and interpreting briefs, working with suppliers, drawing up documents, and identifying and recommending materials and furniture. Throughout the course you’ll learn essential skills including drawing, designing color schemes, creating 3D digital models, as well as building your knowledge of materials and ways of working sustainably.

By the time you get to the end of the course, you'll have an extensive portfolio of work that you can proudly present to prospective employers and clients, and you’ll graduate ready to start work within the exciting industry of interior design! Plus, you’ll also receive a professional art kit throughout the course. The tools included in the kit will ensure you have everything you need to get your interior design career off to the most creative and confident start!

We also offer the MSF40118 Certificate IV in Interior Decoration. This flexible, online interior decoration course offers you introduction to the world of interior design. You’ll gain practical skills you can put to use in the industry immediately, including how to use colour and furnishings to create inspired interiors, as well as the skills to produce drawings to communicate your ideas to clients. As you progress through your course, you’ll also receive two study drawing kits so you can bring your ideas to life!

When you graduate, you’ll have a nationally recognised qualification that you can use to gain work across Australia. Some potential career outcomes are: Independent/Freelance Interior Decoration Consultant (Styling Services, Colour Consultant), and Junior Interior Designer.

So, if you’re looking for a career filled with vibrancy and variety, feel free to give our friendly enrolment consultants a call. Or if you want to try before you buy – we also offer a 7-day free course trial. You can experience the first module of your chosen course and get a feel for online study at Open Colleges. No payment details required.

What have you got to lose? Flex those artistic skills of yours and enter the exciting, colorful world of Interior Design today!


Lisa Matlin

Lisa Matlin is the Content and Copywriter Specialist for Open Colleges. She’s worked as a freelance writer, proofreader, and is signed to a literary agency as an author. When Lisa isn’t writing for OC, she’s probably reading, or patting other people’s dogs.

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