MSF50218 - Diploma of Interior Design

Interior Design and Decoration course gives you greater design awareness and the skills to develop your individual style.

The Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration will provide you with the skills and knowledge to create plans and undertake project in later stages of the course; you will learn how to create and plan, furniture, fittings, surfaces and colour schemes for commercial and residential settings.

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Course Duration

The course runs 39 weeks

Term Dates

Please note that term dates are subject to change, please contact us to confirm future dates if required.

Cores/ Electives

Core Units: 10

Elective Units: 17

Interior Design and Decoration course gives you greater design awareness and the skills to develop your individual style.

The Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration will provide you with the skills and knowledge to create plans and undertake project in later stages of the course; you will learn how to create and plan, furniture, fittings, surfaces and colour schemes for commercial and residential settings.

You’ll learn 2D and 3D design skills and the decorative aspect of design. You’ll develop high-level documentation and technical skills in order to present your ideas to both residential and commercial clients in a professional brief.

Projects are themed around exploration into colour, material and finishes, interior construction techniques, soft furnishings, fabrics and furniture, based on historical and contemporatry styles and trends.

As your studies progress you’ll develop a deeper understanding of commercial and residential interiors, spatial layout, furnishings and decorative treatments and documentation process.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Do you have 2 or more years industry relevant experience? Have your experience recognized and increase your employment prospects by applying for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Through RPL you could reduce the duration of your studies. RPL is assessed on a case by case basis, so it is only available upon application.


*Students will be charged an administration fee of $200 per unit of competency.

Course Outcomes

On successful completion students will be awarded the MSF50213: Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration which is nationally recognised as part of the Australian Qualifications Framework. This course is the latest training package on offer, and is the most industry relevant qualification available.

Career Opportunities

The diploma is either to entry-level employment in the interior design and decoration sector or to further study to the Advanced diploma of interior design and decoration

  • Interior decorator (residential)
  • Interior Designer (residential)
  • Interior Stylist
  • Design project administrator
  • Retail Interior Decoration/Furniture sales assistant
  • Interior Design/Architectural product sales representative
  • Kitchen & Bathroom designer/ showroom assistant
  • Project home sales assistant/colour consultant
  • Visual merchandiser
  • Property Stylist
  • Colour Consultant
  • In-house Designer for shop fitters
  • CAD draftsperson
  • Explore decoration.
  • Cover colour theory
  • Problem-Solve design issues
  • Develop presentation approaches and construction drawings
  • Learn decoration and design practices from industry professionals working across both residential and commercial projects.
  • Acquire knowledge regarding the structural components and construction techniques and materials employed within an interior space;
  • Represent design concepts using sketches, renderings, perspective drawings, technical drafting and CAD generated drawings;
  • Research the diverse and evolving range of decorating & design resources in today’s industry
  • Appropriately select and quantify decorator products & calculate relevant costings;
  • Assess lighting requirements and make appropriate recommendations for a specific interior space;
  • Confidently proposing design concepts and providing professional advice on the selection and specification of decorating and design products for a specific interior space;
  • Develop visual design techniques to successfully showcase concepts & decorating products;
  • Communicate and showcase design concepts through the preparation of concept, colour & finishes boards;
  • Explore interior space planning – recognising the relevance of human scale and ergonomics;
  • Develop basic business skills and understand the value of professional practice in the design Industry.
  • Gain skills in effectively communicating with a range of industry professionals – interpreting information appropriately and recognizing the value of clear and concise written and verbal correspondence;
  • Appropriately documenting product and material schedules and specifications;


To enrol into the Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration the applicant should have a good understanding of practical mathematics, have good computer skills, be able to use the internet for research, and use a range of office software such as spreadsheets, email, and presentation software such as PowerPoint as well as answering yes to most of the questions below:

  • Do you love colour and texture?
  • Do you have good organisational skills?
  • Are you able to imagine spaces?
  • Do you understand the concepts of scale and size?
  • Do you have good communication skills?
  • Are you good at problem solving and lateral thinking?
  • Are you interested in designing and decorating domestic interiors?


There are no prerequisites for entry into this qualification.


    • Student ID Card: $25
    • Compulsory art kit ($355)
    • Students will have to purchase their own stationery equipment
    • Printing & photocopying by student.
    • Money for field trip – approx. $20

    Required Course Equipment:

    Students will need to provide the following equipment:

    • USB Thumb Drive (2GB recommended minimum)
    • Students will require additional materials to be used for the production of Colour & Finishes Boards. These requirements will be discussed in Class.
    • Laptop computer – see requirements below.

    Student (kits/ course supplies) are available for purchase through the college

  • Students will be required to have a laptop computer with a wireless network connection. The following specifications are recommended:
    • A Wireless Laptop (PC or MAC)
    • Minimum 8Gb RAM (Preferrably 16GB RAM)
    • 2Ghz or faster processor
    • Web Browser (e.g. Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox or Internet Explorer)
    • Anti Virus Software.
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader (free online)
    • For editing work it is recommended you have a mouse
    • Microsoft Office 2007 or better with Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Access.*
      If using a Mac -> Pages, Numbers and Keynote can be used
    • It is suggested all students have a spare Hard Drive/USB to back up their work
    • SketchUp – 3D Modelling software Click Here to go to SketchUp Website

    * Please check software manufacturers minimum system requirements. Student pricing may be available.


Full Course Cost (Payment Plan): $13,200.00

We understand that studying can be a big financial commitment. With this in mind, we urge our students to investigate potential financial support they may need throughout the course. Eligible students may be able to apply to Centrelink for either Youth Allowance (for full-time students aged 16 to 24) or Austudy (for full-time students aged 25 years or over).

Unit Listings

Core Units
BSBDES302 Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms
BSBDES303  Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms
BSBDES502 Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief
MSFID4013 Design residential interior lighting
MSFID4014 Produce digital models and documentation for interior design projects
MSFID4016 Design colour schemes for interior and exterior spaces
MSFID5020 Design residential interiors
MSFID5021 Evaluate site structure and services for interior design briefs
MSFID5022 Explore and apply creative design methodology to interior space
MSFID5025 Develop residential interior design project documentation
Elective Units
BSBCRT501 Originate and develop concepts
CUAANM303 Create 3D digital models
MSFID4021 Design soft furnishing solutions for interior spaces
MSFID5018 Provide interior styling service
MSFID5023 Design for all ages and abilities
CUAPPR503 Present a body of own creative work
CUAACD311  Produce drawings to communicate ideas
CUAACD313 Produce technical drawings
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
MSFID4019 Research interior decoration and design influences
CUADIG304 Create visual design components
BSBDES304 Source and apply design industry knowledge
BSBDES401 Generate design solutions
CUADIG304 Create visual design components
CUAPPR504 Establish and maintain environmentally sustainable creative practice
MSFID4012 Decorate residential interiors
MSFID4015 Prepare materials and finishes boards for client presentation