Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration

The central aim of this Nationally Accredited Diploma is to give students the practical knowledge and skills to design innovative spaces, select suitable furniture and their placement, how to dress a room and excellent knowledge on lighting design.

This course builds on the foundations of Certificate IV in Interior Decoration. Following from residential design, the Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration continues work and study across into commercial projects. The Diploma moves deeper into specifications, CAD, joinery, architectural styles and design theory.

Many opportunities are provided for students to push their comfort zones and to move from common to courageous designers who achieve distinctions within the industry.  

“Every room needs a slap in the face”

Units of Competency

BSBDES302: Explore and apply the creative design to 2D forms
BSBDES303: Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms
BSBDES502: Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief
CUAACD301: Produce drawings to communicate ideas
CUAACD303: Produce technical drawings
MSMENV272: Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
MSFID4001: Research, analyse and apply colour for interior spaces
MSFID4011: Determine work, health and safety (WHS) implications of interior effects
MSFID4002: Decorate residential interiors
MSFID5003: Evaluate site for interior design brief
BSBDES301: Explore the use of colour
BSBDES305: Source and apply information on the history and theory of design
BSBDES401: Generate design solutions
BSBDES304: Source and apply design industry knowledge
BSBCRT501: Originate and develop concepts
MSFID5010: Provide interior styling service
MSFID5013: Design for small to medium scale commercial or institutional interior
MSFID5005: Explore and apply creative methodology to interior space
MSFID5014: Use CAD applications to complete models and documentation for interior design projects
MSFID4005: Research and recommend soft furnishings for interiors
CUAACD302: Produce computer-aided drawings
MSFID3001: Source and specify decoration products
BSBCRT402: Collaborate in a creative process
MSFID4004: Research and recommend furniture and accessories
MSFID4009: Research architectural styles and movements
MSFID4003: Prepare materials board for client presentation
MSFID4006: Research and recommend hard materials and finishes for an interior
MSFID4008: Assess interior light and recommend light fittings
MSFID5001: Design residential Interiors

Who is this course for

Anyone wanting to start out in the industry.

Gain work with an established firm as an in-house designer or be your own boss- the choice is yours!

Possible career outcomes after completing the Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration include, but not limited to:

  • Interior Designer
  • Residential and/or Commercial Property Stylist
  • Colour Consultant
  • Commercial / Freelance Consultant in industries such as; furniture, soft furnishings, fabrics, lighting

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements.

Course Duration

Starting January 2020

12 months, 3 days per week: 9.30am-4.30pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

The course is mixed mode delivery of 800 hours of face-to-face learning over 38 weeks, plus additional self-directed study of 20 hours per week.


Students will be assessed throughout the course on a combination of both research assignments and practical projects.