MSF40118: Part-time

Certificate IV in Interior Decoration

Working in the world of Interior Design is one of the most rewarding careers.

HDS is a strong believer that it’s not about what you are going to learn, but rather who you are going to become. Having a passion and intuition for design is a great place to start, but building upon that with a greater design awareness and skills to execute your ideas, developing your own individual style is what we believe will give you an edge in the Interior Design World.

Focusing on residential interiors, it’s not about just creating the latest magazine ‘look’, but seeking new ideas, overcoming obstacles and constraints, solving problems and mastering the skills needed to flourish in this industry.

“Every room needs a slap in the face”

Units of Competency

BSBDES302Explore and apply the creative design to 2D forms
BSBDES303Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms
CUAACD301Produce drawings to communicate ideas
CUAACD303Produce technical drawings
MSFID4016Design colour schemes for interior and exterior spaces
MSFID4012 Decorate residential interiors
MSFGN4001Research and meet ethical and compliance requirements
BSBDES305Source and apply information on the history and theory of design
BSBDES401Generate design solutions
MSFID4017Research and recommend furniture and accessories
BSBCRT402Collaborate in a creative process
MSFID4019Research interior decoration and design influences
MSFID4015 Prepare materials and finishes board for client presentation
MSFID4018Research and recommend hard materials and finishes for an interior
MSFID4013Design residential interior lighting
MSFID5027Research and recommend colour application and finishes
BSBSMB420Evaluate and develop small business operations


Who is this course for

Anyone wanting to start out in the design industry.

Possible career pathways after completing Certificate IV in Interior Decoration include, but not limited to:

  • Interior Decoraters
  • Colour Consultants
  • Residential Stylist
  • Sale roles in trade industries such as: furniture, furnishings, fabrics, lighting

Entry Requirements

No previous experience or studies in the design field are necessary to apply; all you need is a desire to create and innovate.

Course Duration – 12 Months

Applications Open for 2021.
Starting February 2021.

12 months, 1 evening per week: 6pm- 9pm Wednesday.

The course is mixed mode delivery of 114 hours of face-to-face learning over 38 weeks, plus an additional self-directed study of 20 hours per week.


Included is a design text book that covers the principles of design.


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

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2021 Student Handbook

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