MSF60118 - Advanced Diploma of Interior Design

If you are interested in design and have a passion for interiors, this comprehensive course will develop and enhance your skills and knowledge required for creative and technical solutions for detailing complex residential, commercial and institutional interior environments.

An exceptionally unique experience tailored to you

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Course Duration

The course runs 6 months, 3 days per week

Term Dates

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

Cores/ Electives

Core Units: 16

Elective Units: 23

There is a strong focus on design management and construction as you explore the key philosophies to managing your design projects and running a successful interior design practice.

You will learn to visually communicate your ideas and projects using the latest industry software and present your work to an exceptionally high industry standard.

Design project work that simulates industry relevant briefs relating to residential and commercial interior design.

You will learn how to create and develop designs derived from a brief, while adhering to regulatory requirements, using industry standard software and incorporating the knowledge and principles of interior design. Design projects are not limited to, but may include, designing areas such as facilities for people with disabilities, residential, institutional design, exhibitions or commercial developments.

Graduate with a professional portfolio of work ready to take the first step into your dream career.

This course consists of 3 days on campus and 1 day off campus supervised study

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 MSF60113: Advanced Diploma of Interior Design which is nationally recognized 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

  • Interior designer within the interior design or architectural practice
  • Commercial or residential design consultant
  • Specialist interior design practitioner
  • Design project administrator
  • Self employed design consultant
  • Interior Stylist
  • Colour Consultant
  • Real Estate Staging Consultant
  • ArchiCAD Draftsperson
  • Interiors Consultant for product, furniture and lighting suppliers/retail store
  • Conceptualise and produce unique design proposals for: residential, office, hospitality & commercial projects
  • Master the latest industry software: ArchiCAD
  • Learn advanced 3D modelling and presentation skills
  • Explore advanced colour and finishes for a range of residential and commercial interiors
  • Design lighting layouts, plans and specifications
  • Design custom furniture and cabinetry and develop industry standard documentation packages, schedules and specifications
  • Learn the business of interior design and project management to be able to run your own successful design practice
  • Graduate with an industry focused portfolio showcasing your unique work and talent
  • The Australian Institute of creative Design offers intimate classes to cater on a personalised level for your learning experience.Our trainers have industry current qualifications and experience, to prepare you for success in your future. We offer a range of additional short courses and workshops to support and develop your specialised skills and interests.We offer Prepare for Success and Dress for Success workshops as well as arrange for guest speakers who are leaders in their industry. In addition to preparing our students with hands on experience within our courses; there are often events and opportunities for internships, work experience or volunteering within the creative industries which are given to us to pass on to our students.


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.

  • Additional Costs:

    • Student ID Card: $25
    • Interior Design Kit ($355)
    • Students will have to purchase their own stationery equipment – Download Stationery List
    • 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

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


Full Course Cost (Payment Plan): $14,000.00

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
BSBDES601 Manage design realisation
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
MSFID5024 Design workplace interiors
MSFID5025 Develop residential interior design project documentation
MSFID6011 Resolve complex spatial design problems through modelling
MSFID6018 Apply 3D visualisation techniques to represent interior designs
MSFID6010 Design commercial interior lighting
MSFID6020 Develop commercial interior design project documentation
Elective Units
BSBDES602 Research global design trends
BSBDES403 Develop and extend design skills and practice
MSFID4017 Research & recommend furniture and accessories
MSFID5016 Develop decoration proposals for complex sites
CUAANM502 Create 3D Digital environments
MSFID6019 Produce digital presentations for commercial projects
BSBCRT501 Originate and develop concepts
BSBDES304 Source and apply design industry knowledge
 CUAANM303 Create 3D digital 3D models
MSFID4013 Design residential interior lighting
MSFID4021 Design soft furnishing solutions for interior spaces
MSFID5018 Provide interior styling service
BSBDES401 Generate design solutions
CUADIG304 Create visual design components
CUAPPR504 Establish and maintain environmentally sustainable creative practice
MSFID4015 Prepare a materials board for client presentation
MSFID4019 Research interior decoration and design influences
MSFID4017 Research & recommend furniture and accessories
MSFID5023 Design for all ages and abilities
MSFID4019 Research interior decoration and design influences
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
CUAACD303 Produce technical drawings
MSFID4012 Decorate residential interiors