Course Description

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 E0065
Course name Introduction to Interior Design Certificate
Course duration Maximum 18 months
Delivery Method Online
Assessments Multiple choice questions, Written assessments
Awarded by
  • Open Colleges (Provider number: 90796)


You will need to have completed year 10, or equivalent. Equivalency can be demonstrated by one of the following:

  • A qualification at Certificate II level or higher OR
  • 2 years of industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 16 years old. If you are under 18 your enrolment form will need to be signed by a parent or guardian.


This course involves reading and undertaking a range of written assessments, as well as engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 10 level.

If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 10 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate II level or higher; or
  • 2 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication

Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. See the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Considerations section for more information on tools, resources and support services provided to by Open Colleges.


You will need access to a computer and the internet and have basic computing skills. Minimum specifications for your computer are:

All users:

  • Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 2GB of RAM
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher.
  • Access to printer and associated software
  • Access to scanner and associated software
  • Digital imaging software
  • File compression software.

Windows users:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher (Windows 8 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Mac OS users:

  • Mac OSX v10.5 or higher (Mac OSX v10.6 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

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.

  • Definition of good interior design
  • Questions to ask when planning a design
  • Scale and plan models
  • Schedules and budgets
  • Importance of line and direction
  • Suitable sizes and shapes of furniture and ornaments
  • Texture and pattern
  • Creating optical illusions
  • Studying architectural styles of building
  • Decorative styles in history
  • Factors influencing the use of a room
  • Effective use of patterns and textures
  • General, decorative and task lighting
  • Incandescent and fluorescent lights
  • Lighting and colour schemes
  • Colour wheel
  • Planning a colour scheme
  • How colour creates mood and ambience
  • Characteristics of various colours
  • Arranging furniture
  • Furniture styles
  • Terms to describe furniture types
  • Cleaning and caring for furniture
  • Different types of flooring and floor 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
  • Different wall coverings
  • Window treatments to enhance or disguise windows
  • Historical treatments for walls and windows
  • Some practical do-it-yourself decorating
  • 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



What are my payment options?

Pay in full

If you pay your course fees up-front in full, you’ll benefit from a discount. When you pay in full, we don’t have to spend extra money on administration for tasks such as payment plan processing. Instead, we get to pass this saving onto you in the form of a discount.

ZipMoney Payment Plan

If you need a little more flexibility in your finances, and want to pay off your course fees over a longer period of time, you can switch to a zipMoney payment plan. Essentially, zipMoney pays your course fees for you, and you pay this loan back over 24, 36 or 48 months. As long as you are eligible, you can switch to a zipMoney plan at any time.

Payment Plan

Pay for you course in weekly or fortnightly instalments. By paying in instalments, you can schedule your payments around your regular outgoings and get ahead without breaking the bank. Open Colleges payment plans are interest-free.

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Included materials

  • Textbook:
    • Interior Design textbook
  • Interior Design Kit:
    • 3 pencils
    • 2 set squares
    • Measuring tape
    • A4 graph paper, drawing pad and tracing paper
    • Masking tape
    • Cutting blade
    • Colour wheel
    • 30cm Steel Ruler


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