The course covers all areas of interior design, from design principles and dealing with clients, to understanding and interpreting briefs, working with suppliers and drawing up documents, and identifying and recommending materials and furniture. This ensures you graduate ready to start working in the industry.
What you'll learn
You will learn to combine the technical, creative and conceptual skills required to plan and decorate interiors for commercial, residential or heritage buildings. This interior design course will cover essential skills including - drawing, conceptual, research and business skills as well as building your knowledge of materials and ways of working sustainably.
Why study this course?
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.
As a student of the MSF50218 Diploma of Interior Design you’ll 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!
Our Trainers and Assessors are seasoned interior design industry experts, who are committed to helping you understand your learning and get the most out of your study.
If you are an existing worker or have experience in the related industry, please inform our enrolment consultants during your enrolment conversation as you may be eligible to enrol as an existing worker and may be able to complete your studies faster.
To successfully complete this course, it is recommended that students:
be over 18 years of age
have language, literacy and numeracy skills that ensures the ability to read and comprehend technical terms and communicate effectively through email.
You will need access to a modern computer, or smart device with high-speed internet.
Minimum computer specifications are:
For 32-bit AutoCAD:
32-bit Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon™ Dual Core, 3.0 GHz or higher with SSE2 technology
For 64-bit AutoCAD:
AMD Athlon 64 with SSE2 technology
AMD Opteron™ with SSE2 technology
Intel® Xeon® with Intel EM64T support with SSE2 technology
Intel Pentium 4 with Intel EM64T support with SSE2 technology
Microsoft Office 2007 or equivalent
Broadband Internet Connection
HDD- 10GB (min) available hard disc space for installation; additional free space is required during installation.
Windows display adapter capable of 1024x768 with True Color capabilities (DirectX® 9 or DirectX 11 compliant card recommended but not required)
DVD – CD-Rom Drive
1280 x 800 resolution display (1280 x 1024 recommended) with 16 – bit colour and 512 MB of V RAM
Mac OS X v 10.6.8 or v 10.7
Multicore Intel® processor with 64-bit support
Microsoft Windows 7, 8 or 1
You will also need access to:
A digital video recording device and/or a digital camera and associated software to save and upload video and image files to OpenSpace. Many mobile phones and smart phones include this technology.
Software to view online videos and images. Software such as Adobe Reader, Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Viewer etc. are available as a free download from the internet.
You will need to have proficient computing skills to undertake this course. This includes the ability to:
Use the computer, mouse and keyboard with proficiency in skills required to integrate software packages, save files and search the Internet
Proficient computer, mouse and keyboard skills to operate design software (AutoCAD and Adobe CS ) for creating designs
Attach and use peripheral devices such as a scanner, digital camera, media storage (e.g., flash drive for design storage)
Scan hand drawn conceptual images
Save a compressed file (.zip)
Save a PDF File
You will also be required to register for AutoCAD software, which is available free for students enrolled in an approved education institution.
Simulated Workplace Requirement: You must have access to a specific place where you undertake your assessment activities. This work area should be designed as a home office area or design studio. You will be asked to submit photographic evidence of your simulated workplace facility before assessment in Study Period 1. The simulated workplace facility may include tools, equipment and resources, including:
workstation/layout table and drawing board (MDF board with set squares and T-Square as a minimum)
storage for drawing equipment.
You will also need access to:
an A4 – A3 printer or photocopier
a high resolution colour printer
a high resolution, large format scanner
You'll need to possess some creative and design skills. These may be demonstrated by confirmation that you have:
completed a relevant subject at high school (such as art, design, digital media, animation or communication); and/or
completed subsequent courses or qualifications in a related field, this may include the Certificate III in Design Fundamentals, Certificate IV in Design or some other course that builds basic creative and design skills; and/or
at least 12 months of experience in the interior design and decoration industry and, in doing so, have undertaken tasks that have demonstrated at least basic creative and design skills.
Language, Literacy and Numeracy
Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies. You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.
Once you are enrolled in this course, you will receive access to the first Module, which contains the first set of units for the course. When you have successfully completed those units, you'll be given access to the next Module.
Modules 1 - 6 have been released and are now available. The subsequent modules will be available by the following dates:
Module 7: April 2021
Module 8: April 2021
Module 9: April 2021
Module 10: May 2021
Module 11: June 2021
Module 12: August 2021
Module 13: August 2021
Module 14: September 2021
Module 15: October 2021
Module 16: December 2021
Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements. Please download the course guide for current information about the course and its status.
Elements & Principles
Produce technical drawings
Prepare for technical drawing work
Create technical drawings
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
Research interior decoration and design influences
Gather and analyse information on interior decoration and design influences
Maintain currency with design and decoration movements and styles
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
Originate and develop concepts
Evaluate and explore needs and opportunities
Develop a range of creative approaches
Develop concepts to an operational level
Produce drawings to communicate ideas
Plan drawing work
Experiment to represent ideas
Explore the use of colour
Source information on colour and colour theory
Experiment with colour
Communicate concepts and ideas through use of colour
Design colour schemes for interior and exterior spaces
Assess colour requirements for the project
Research colour schemes for interiors
Explore colour schemes
Finalise and present colour scheme
Interior Styling Service
Provide interior styling service
Confirm services with client
Determine project requirements
Develop ideas and select preferred solutions
Specify confirmed style
Style the space
Ethics and Sustainability
Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
Identify current resource use and environmental issues
Comply with environmental regulations
Seek opportunities to improve environmental practices and resource efficiency
Research and meet ethical and compliance requirements
Use information in work practice
Maintain currency of knowledge
Design Residential Interiors
Design residential interiors
Analyse the project brief
Conduct project research
Develop design concepts
Design the space
Revise and refine solution
Prepare client presentation
Creative Design Methodology
Explore and apply creative design methodology to interior space
Evaluate interior spaces
Manipulate 3D space and form
Resolve interior design problems
Managing your Design Business
Evaluate and develop small business operations
Review and evaluate operational strategies and procedures
Implement operational strategies and procedures
Evaluate business performance
Review business operations
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
Materials, Finishes and Construction
Research and recommend hard materials and finishes for interiors
If you choose to pay your course fees up-front in full, you’ll benefit from a 15% discount (unless otherwise advertised).
Pay 50% Deposit
If you choose to pay 50% of your course fees up-front, you'll benefit from 50% of the standard (or advertised) discount.
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Zaid started working in the Interior Design field for an elite custom furniture company, focusing on 3D modelling in furniture and interior design for both commercial and residential projects. He followed his passion for interior design and 3D modelling and now has years of experience, having worked on a variety of different interior design and furniture design projects. This experience enabled him to expand his knowledge of a variety of CAD, 3D modelling and rendering software. His passion for design drove him to start his own interior design studio. He loves to share his knowledge and spread his passion of design with students.
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