Diploma of Interior Design MSF50218

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Our nationally recognised MSF50218 Diploma of Interior Design will help take your design skills to another level. Equip yourself with the essential skills to stand out and make your mark on the exciting world of interior design.

Course Breakdown


MSF50218 Diploma of Interior Design

Course duration: Self-paced - maximum of 30 months

Recommended hours per week: 16h

Delivery method: Online

Qualification level: Diploma

Awarded by: Open Colleges Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90796)


Industry Overview

Around 11,500 people currently work in this industry, however, this number is set to skyrocket in the near future with demand driving new job growth. Future forecasts predict that up to 7,000 job opportunities will open between now and 2025.

Is this course for you?

If you are looking to launch a career in interior design but have minimal experience, this course is the perfect way to get the skills, knowledge and qualification you need to achieve this.

Alternatively, if you are already working in the design industry and want to take the next step in your career, this diploma is a great way to formalise your experience, and get the specialised skills and knowledge to make your career ambitions a reality.

If you are an existing worker or have experience in the related industry, please inform our enrolment consultants during your enrolment conversation. You may be eligible to enrol as an existing worker and complete your studies faster. Please note - limitations do apply.

What you will learn

You’ll be covering all the essentials – drawing, conceptual, research and business skills as well as building your knowledge of materials and ways of working sustainably. By the end, you will have an extensive portfolio of work that you can proudly present to prospective employers and clients.

  • During your studies, you will learn how to:
  • Create and develop concepts, understand and utilise colour and light, and identify materials and construction techniques.
  • Understand the history and development of architectural styles and movements.
  • Research and recommend furniture, accessories, light fittings, hard materials and finishes, and soft furnishings.
  • Provide interior styling services to clients.
  • Develop a decoration proposal for a complex site.
  • Produce perspective drawings, plans and elevations.
  • Create technical drawings.
  • Use CAD applications to complete models and documentation.
  • Apply the creative design process to 2D and 3D forms.
  • Prepare drawings for heritage work and decorate interiors for restoration projects.
  • Work with clients and monitor and manage small business operations.
  • Source and specify decoration products.
  • Decorate residential interiors.
  • Evaluate a site for an interior design brief.

Learning Material

Your learning materials are accessed through OpenSpace. These include:

  • Learning content
  • Weblinks, readings and resources
  • Videos and other digital resources
  • News, online discussion forums and live chats.

Your trainer

Zaid Kilani
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. Zaid holds a Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration, along with a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Academic Information

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.

Diploma of Interior Design

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
  • Plan research
  • 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
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Assessment Details

  • Multiple choice Quiz
  • Projects
  • Role plays
  • Video
  • Work Placement
  • Written assignments

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

We understand that you may already have many skills and areas of expertise that you have obtained in different ways and these are recognised through our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.

Our Credit Transfer & Recognition of Prior Learning Policy, available in the Key Student Information section of our website, provides more information about our RPL process. Alternatively, you can contact an Enrolment Consultant to discuss your RPL options.

Course Duration

The duration for the course is maximum 30 months. As a self-paced online course, the time it will take you to complete is flexible and dependent on ability and time available.



Open Colleges recommends that you consider the work placement options in your local area prior to enrolling in this course.


Study and pay, your way

Payment Options

Pay Upfront
Save 30%
$9,702.00 Save $4,158.00
was $13,860.00
Week to week
Pay as you go
Save 22%
Pay in 106 instalments over the length of your course.
$99.15 Weekly
Total course cost: $10,710.00
was $13,860.00
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Studying online with Open Colleges

Flexibility - study at your own pace

When you study online with Open Colleges you’re in control.

You can choose to complete your course quickly, or keep to a steady pace. Learning is fully flexible so you can fit your everyday commitments around your studies.

Everything you need to study is online so you can study wherever you like – but that doesn’t mean you’re on your own.

OpenSpace is our online learning platform. It’s where you’ll go to access your learning materials, contact your expert trainers and assessors and upload your assessments.

What is OpenSpace?

It’s important to us that we deliver a superior, online learning platform that meets our students’ needs. That’s why we have upgraded to our brand new, custom-designed learning platform, OpenSpace.

OpenSpace provides you with a user-friendly interface, that is mobile responsive. This means that you can complete your coursework using your laptop, iPad, or mobile device. All coursework is automatically saved, providing you with the flexibility you need to complete your studies anywhere, anytime.

How to get support?

Learning Support

The learning support team will be with you every step of the way, from enrolment to graduation. They’re here to help you get the most out of your online course. They can assist by providing non-academic support - like helping you craft an achievable study plan so that you can graduate in a realistic timeframe. If you’re finding it tough to stay motivated throughout your course, they’ll be there to help keep you on track.

Student support

The Student Support team is your one-stop service centre for all student administrative issues – including enrolment, change of contact details, OpenSpace support, assessment results and certification.

You can access the Student Support team by email or phone