Course Description

Discover. Shape. Reveal.

Interior designers plan, design, detail and supervise the construction of commercial, industrial, retail and residential building interiors to produce an environment tailored to a purpose, with particular emphasis on space creation, space planning, and factors that enhance living and working environments. An interior designer works with clients to create spaces that are functional and attractive for the people that use them.

This diploma could be the first exciting step towards developing your career as an interior designer and decorator. By enrolling in this course you’ll be starting a journey of discovery where you find out exactly what you’re capable of in a design context. The more work you put into it; the more you’ll get out of it.

This course has been exclusively developed in consultation with the current interior design industry. It is fresh, new and responsive to the demands of the modern environment, including subjects on heritage buildings and incorporating environmentally sustainable materials into your design work.

 

Your portfolio and design skills

During your course you’ll be completing numerous projects to gradually build up your design skills and knowledge. 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 time you get to the end, you will have an extensive portfolio of work that you can proudly present to prospective employers and clients.

 

Learn specialist design skills

You will learn to combine the technical, creative and conceptual skills required to plan and detail commercial, residential or heritage building interiors. This course will cover space creation, space planning and creating environments for living and working.

 

Design Institute of Australia, Recognised Course

The Open Colleges MSF50213 Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration has been designated as a Recognised Course by the Design Institute of Australia (DIA). The DIA is Australia's professional membership body for designers and creative professionals.

 

Discover. Shape. Reveal.

Interior designers plan, design, detail and supervise the construction of commercial, industrial, retail and residential building interiors to produce an environment tailored to a purpose, with particular emphasis on space creation, space planning, and factors that enhance living and working environments. An interior designer works with clients to create spaces that are functional and attractive for the people that use them.

This diploma could be the first exciting step towards developing your career as an interior designer and decorator. By enrolling in this course you’ll be starting a journey of discovery where you find out exactly what you’re capable of in a design context. The more work you put into it; the more you’ll get out of it.

This course has been exclusively developed in consultation with the current interior design industry. It is fresh, new and responsive to the demands of the modern environment, including subjects on heritage buildings and incorporating environmentally sustainable materials into your design work.

 

Your portfolio and design skills

During your course you’ll be completing numerous projects to gradually build up your design skills and knowledge. 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 time you get to the end, you will have an extensive portfolio of work that you can proudly present to prospective employers and clients.

 

Learn specialist design skills

You will learn to combine the technical, creative and conceptual skills required to plan and detail commercial, residential or heritage building interiors. This course will cover space creation, space planning and creating environments for living and working.

 

Design Institute of Australia, Recognised Course

The Open Colleges MSF50213 Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration has been designated as a Recognised Course by the Design Institute of Australia (DIA). The DIA is Australia's professional membership body for designers and creative professionals.

 

Potential career outcomes

  • Interior Decorator
  • Interior Design Consultant
  • Interior Designer
  • Interior Stylist
  • Soft Furnishing Consultant

Disclaimer

The Course Material provided by Open Colleges Pty Ltd is based on the legislative framework provided and maintained by the Australian Government. Any reference to legislation, Australian Standards, Codes of Practice and guidelines for industry will be based on the use of the appropriate Australian legislative framework.

Course number E1035IN
Qualification name MSF50213 Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration
Course duration Maximum 30 months
Delivery Method Online
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Portfolio, Presentations, Projects, Questions
Awarded by
  • Open Colleges (Provider number: 90796)

Discover. Shape. Reveal.

Interior designers plan, design, detail and supervise the construction of commercial, industrial, retail and residential building interiors to produce an environment tailored to a purpose, with particular emphasis on space creation, space planning, and factors that enhance living and working environments. An interior designer works with clients to create spaces that are functional and attractive for the people that use them.

This diploma could be the first exciting step towards developing your career as an interior designer and decorator. By enrolling in this course you’ll be starting a journey of discovery where you find out exactly what you’re capable of in a design context. The more work you put into it; the more you’ll get out of it.

This course has been exclusively developed in consultation with the current interior design industry. It is fresh, new and responsive to the demands of the modern environment, including subjects on heritage buildings and incorporating environmentally sustainable materials into your design work.

 

Your portfolio and design skills

During your course you’ll be completing numerous projects to gradually build up your design skills and knowledge. 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 time you get to the end, you will have an extensive portfolio of work that you can proudly present to prospective employers and clients.

 

Learn specialist design skills

You will learn to combine the technical, creative and conceptual skills required to plan and detail commercial, residential or heritage building interiors. This course will cover space creation, space planning and creating environments for living and working.

 

Design Institute of Australia, Recognised Course

The Open Colleges MSF50213 Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration has been designated as a Recognised Course by the Design Institute of Australia (DIA). The DIA is Australia's professional membership body for designers and creative professionals.

 

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.

Module 1: Elements and principles of design

Module 2: Designing and drawing 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
  • Prepare for technical drawing work
  • Create technical drawings

Module 3: Architectural styles and 3D forms

  • Plan research
  • Conduct research and document findings
  • Maintain currency with architectural styles and movements
  • 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

Module 4: Developing concepts

  • Evaluate and explore needs and opportunities
  • Develop a range of creative approaches
  • Refine concepts
  • Develop concepts to an operational level
  • Plan drawing work
  • Experiment to represent ideas
  • Create drawings

Module 5: Exploring colour

  • Source information on colour and colour theory
  • Experiment with colour
  • Communicate concepts and ideas through use of colour
  • Assess colour requirements for the project
  • Research colour schemes for interior decoration
  • Explore colour schemes
  • Present colour scheme
  • Assess colour requirements for the project
  • Research colour schemes for interior decoration
  • Explore colour schemes
  • Present colour scheme

Module 6: Providing an interior design service

  • Confirm services with client
  • Determine client style requirements
  • Develop style design
  • Create visual impact by styling a space
  • Analyse the project brief
  • Conduct research for the design
  • Confirm the design brief
  • Generate decoration concepts
  • Translate concepts into 3D decoration ideas
  • Revise and refine solution
  • Present decoration solution to client
  • Reflect on decoration process

Module 7: Preparing your resource library

  • Assess client product need
  • Source and assess suitability of products
  • Specify products
  • Interpret decoration requirements from project brief
  • Research furniture
  • Research accessories
  • Make recommendations to client
  • Assess soft furnishing requirements for the project
  • Research materials for soft furnishings
  • Research and recommend decorative treatments for windows and openings
  • Research and recommend soft floor coverings
  • Document and present decorative recommendations

Module 8: Furniture, soft furnishings and accessories

  • Assess client product need
  • Source and assess suitability of products
  • Specify products
  • Interpret decoration requirements from project brief
  • Research furniture
  • Research accessories
  • Make recommendations to client
  • Assess soft furnishing requirements for the project
  • Research materials for soft furnishings
  • Research and recommend decorative treatments for windows and openings
  • Research and recommend soft floor coverings
  • Document and present decorative recommendations

Module 9: Making recommendations to your client

  • Assess client product need
  • Source and assess suitability of products
  • Specify products
  • Interpret decoration requirements from project brief
  • Research furniture
  • Research accessories
  • Make recommendations to client
  • Assess soft furnishing requirements for the project
  • Research materials for soft furnishings
  • Research and recommend decorative treatments for windows and openings
  • Research and recommend soft floor coverings
  • Document and present decorative recommendations

Module 10: Managing your small business

  • 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
  • Develop operational strategies and procedures.
  • Implement operational strategies and procedures.
  • Monitor business performance.
  • Review business operations.

Module 11: Work, health, safety and sustainability

  • Identify principles of WHS
  • Assess WHS implications for interior decoration and design
  • Assess safety implications for customers
  • Assess risk
  • Apply risk control measures to decoration and design solutions
  • Identify current resource use and environmental issues 
  • Comply with environmental regulations 
  • Seek opportunities to improve environmental practices and resource efficiency

Module 12: Research and recommend hard materials

  • Establish structural components and materials used in residential buildings
  • Interpret plans and specifications
  • Specify the materials and methods involved in the refurbishment of wet areas​
  • Develop and maintain relevant and current reference material
  • Identify hard material and finishing requirements for project
  • Identify types and features of hard materials and finishes
  • Research hard materials and finishes
  • Recommend hard materials and finishes

Module 13: Preparing a materials board

  • Identify presentation requirements from project brief
  • Prepare materials board
  • Prepare for client presentation

Module 14: Using CAD

  • Determine project requirements
  • Use CAD applications to produce 2-D model and documentation
  • Edit drawing components
  • Render surfaces
  • Plot and print for final presentations
  • Save and back up files
  • Ensure client requirements are met.
  • Produce one-point perspective visuals from a given plan and elevation.
  • Produce two-point perspective visuals from a given plan and elevation.
  • Produce multi point perspective from given industry briefs.
  • Create 3-D views of the model.

Module 15: Preparing the design brief

  • Establish design requirements
  • Develop and refine design brief
  • Negotiate terms and conditions
  • Prepare for site evaluation
  • Assess structural aspects of interior space
  • Assess materials used in interior space
  • Assess services
  • Conduct additional research to support site evaluation
  • Analyse the project brief
  • Conduct project research
  • Generate decorative themes and concepts
  • Select and specify internal finishes, furniture, furnishings, lighting and object d'art
  • Present a fully resolved scheme and evaluate client response

Module 16: Heritage and restoration works

  • Plan and prepare for drawing requirements.
  • Organise information for drawing preparation.
  • Draw or develop orthographic description.
  • Draw or develop sectional detailed drawings.
  • Develop detailed drawings of feature work.
  • Complete work.
  • Analyse the project brief
  • Conduct research on decoration requirements
  • Generate decoration solution
  • Prepare client presentation

Module 17: Making lighting recommendations

  • Interpret lighting requirements from project brief
  • Assess natural light sources
  • Assess artificial light sources
  • Select light fittings
  • Draw and present lighting layouts for an interior space

Module 18: Presenting your creative work

  • Evaluate and select presentation options
  • Plan presentation of work
  • Create presentation
  • Review and update presentation

Education

This qualification may be accessed by direct entry. Credit can be granted towards this qualification for relevant units from the MSF40113 Certificate IV Interior Decoration.

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 18 years old.

English

This course requires learners to read online learner modules, undertake a range of task-driven assessments and engage in online discussions. Consequently, learners need to have an effective command of written and spoken English. As a guide we recommend that learners currently or have previously:

  • Been employed in a workplace for at least one year, where they predominantly use English language in verbal and written communications and/or;
  • Have successfully completed one year of study taught predominately in English language and/or;
  • Have successfully completed one year of study taught predominately in English language and/or;
  • Have achieved an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination score of 5.5 during the past three years and/or;
  • Have achieved an overall pass score on our free Open Colleges Learning, Literacy and Numeracy tool available on our website for a Diploma.

Computing

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)

Equipment and tools

You will require a student art kit which is comprised of:

  • Gouache paints introductory set
  • 12-well palette
  • Brush bundle pack
  • A3 white cartridge pad
  • A3 black cartridge pad
  • Scale ruler and set squares 30⁰ and 45⁰
  • A4 tracing paper pad
  • Coloured pencil set
  • Graphite sketch set
  • A3 foam core board
  • A3 visual diary
  • Drafting pen set
  • Colour wheel
  • Eraser and pencil sharpener

 

Your workstation for this Diploma:
It is essential that you have access to a specific place where you undertake your assessment activities. The work area should be designed as a home office or design studio. You will be asked to submit photographic evidence of your simulated workplace facility prior to assessment in Module 2.

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)
  • Ergonomic chair
  • Bookshelves
  • Filing system
  • Desk lamp
  • Computer (see computer requirements above)
  • Internet access (see computer requirements above)
  • Storage for drawing equipment 

You will also need access to the following:

  • A4–A3 printer or photocopier
  • High resolution colour printer
  • High resolution, large format scanner
  • Textile, tile, flooring and paint samples
  • Mounting boards
  • Pencils: HB, 2B and eraser 
  • Materials, tools and equipment to make scale models such as a Stanley knife, metal ruler, cutting mat, craft glue, double-sided tape, masking tape and pins.

Textbooks

You will need access to the following textbooks to complete the learning activities in this course:
  • Interior Design Illustrated, Ching, Frank, ISBN 978-1-118-09071-8
  • Interior Design – Visual Presentation, Mitton, Maureen, ISBN 978-0-470-61902-5

Skills

To successfully complete this course, you will require basic computing skills. This includes:

  • Creating, saving and editing Microsoft Office documents
  • Accessing and searching the internet
  • Downloading and saving documents from websites
  • Uploading documents through websites
  • Participating in online discussions
  • Connecting digital cameras and downloading and storing images and audio files
  • Connecting digital video devices and downloading and storing videos
  • Compressing image, audio and video files.

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 this 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.

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