Elevate your career with this high-level, dual diploma and gain the advanced skills and specialised knowledge to work as an interior designer or building designer.
CPP50911 / MSF50218 Diploma of Building Design / Diploma of Interior Design
Get ahead in your dream career with this high level, dual diploma. Gain the advanced skills and specialised knowledge to work as an interior designer or building designer. According to the Australian Government's Job Outlook service, the number of people working as interior designers grew very strongly in the past few years. The industry is projected to see strong growth in the future with around 7,000 job openings expected over the next five years.
Working on simulated projects you will learn to produce and present refined design ideas and plans to clients and industry. Utilising a suite of software programs for computer-aided design (CAD) you will develop building design concepts by producing drawings and models. You'll also learn how to work with a client to develop and negotiate a design brief, determine lighting requirements, create colour schemes, and formulate creative design solutions for interior residential spaces.
This course meets the minimum academic requirements for a Medium Rise Building Design Licence with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC). Graduates will also be able to join the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) as a Graduate Member which, with additional workplace experience, leads to Associate Membership.
Upon successful completion of this course you may find work as an interior decorator, building designer or interior designer. This comprehensive dual diploma will allow you to develop your multidisciplinary capability, positioning you to add value to a range of organisations.
Take advantage of our dual award offerings and get two qualifications instead of one. Save time, enhance your job prospects, and add value to your skill set with a double award in building and interior design.
Our learning spaces are more than just classrooms. Our working studios are equipped with the same computer software and equipment being used in industry. This means you'll be prepared for real-world scenarios, with guidance from our team of industry professionals.
The successful achievement of qualification CPP50911 Diploma of Building Design, requires you to complete all 7 core units and 10 elective units from the list below.
The successful achievement of qualification MSF50218 Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration, requires you to complete all 10 core units and 17 elective units from the list below.
These qualifications have credits that are recognised within each of the qualifications. This will reduce the total amount of electives that are required to be achieved.
|UNIT CODE||UNIT NAME|
|Diploma of Building Design|
||Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry|
||Research construction materials and methods for small-scale residential building design projects|
||Research compliance requirements for small-scale residential building design projects|
||Recommend sustainability solutions for small-scale building design projects|
||Develop concepts for small-scale building design projects and finalise solutions with clients|
||Produce compliant client-approved designs for small-scale building design projects|
||Produce compliant client-approved working drawings for small-scale residential buildings|
|Diploma of Interior Design|
||Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms|
||Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms|
||Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief|
||Design residential interior lighting|
||Produce digital models and documentation for interior design projects|
||Design colour schemes for interior and exterior spaces|
||Design residential interiors|
||Evaluate site structure and services for interior design briefs|
||Explore and apply creative design methodology to interior space|
||Develop residential interior design project documentation|
|UNIT CODE||UNIT NAME|
|Diploma of Building Design|
||Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business|
||Research construction materials and methods for small-scale non-residential building design projects|
||Research compliance requirements for small-scale non-residential building design projects|
||Consult with clients to produce approved small-scale building project design briefs|
||Produce and present 3-D models of small-scale building designs|
||Develop and collaborate on building information models for small-scale building design projects|
||Produce compliant client-approved working drawings for non-residential buildings|
||Produce 2-D drawings for building design projects using CAD software|
||Inspect and analyse sites and produce measured drawings for small-scale building design projects|
|Diploma of Interior Design|
||Source and apply information on the history and theory of design|
||Generate design solutions|
||Create 3D digital models|
||Present a body of own creative work|
||Prepare materials and finishes boards for client presentation|
||Research and recommend hard materials and finishes for interiors|
||Research interior decoration and design influences|
||Prepare quotation and contract documentation for design projects|
||Design workplace interiors|
||Research and recommend colour applications and finishes|
Note: For some courses, not all electives are available at all campuses.
If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.Learn more about university pathways
No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, get in touch. We're here to help.
This may be the full fee for the course, or the student contribution amount if you are eligible for a subsidy or concession.
This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies.
If you have difficulty paying for the full cost of a course upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.
Our preferred payment method is telegraphic transfer or credit card using Western Union Global Pay for Students or the Flywire Payment Portal. Western Union and Flywire both allow you to complete your payment in your own currency using a telegraphic transfer with no processing fees or delays.
The following Selection criteria requirements apply only to Domestic Students:
It is highly recommended that you have successfully completed year 12 (or equivalent) or have relevant experience and/or qualifications.
Please note: You may be required to obtain a Construction White Card in order to complete construction site visits during this program.
Students should be a minimum of 18 years of age. Student visa applicants under the age of 18 will be accepted where they demonstrate that they will be accompanied by a parent, legal custodian or a suitable relative who is aged 21 or over. This arrangement requires the approval of the Department of Home Affairs. For more information visit Department of Home Affairs - Welfare Requirements for Student Visa Applicants under 18.
It is recommended that you have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for use at all TAFE Queensland locations.
You must also have access to a CAD or gaming quality computer. Windows machines are ideal as Autodesk programs are not available native to Mac machines. A dual boot system may be used, but there are known issues and no technical support offered for this by TAFE Queensland. Autodesk programs (Revit and AutoCad) can be downloaded for free as educational versions. Required Adobe programs and Sketchup may be available on campus, but it is recommended that you purchase your own copies to assist in completion of project and assessment work. More information will be supplied after enrolment or during orientation.
You will be provided with a recommended reading list and/or required textbooks during orientation or at the start of each unit. The purchase of these resources may incur additional costs, or you may be able to borrow them from the TAFE Queensland library network.
You will also be required to have access to and bring to class some building design resources and a portable external hard drive (no USBs). Details will be provided after enrolment or during orientation. Please note: the purchase of these items may incur additional costs of approximately $750.
You will be required to hold a Construction White Card in order to complete construction site visits during this program.
This qualification has been replaced by CPP50921 - Diploma of Building Design, as of 6 January 2021. A transition period applies to enable current students to complete their study. The transition period finishes on 1 July 2023. If required, enrolments will be transitioned into the replacement qualification.
Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.
All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.
You can apply to study this course through the Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre (QTAC). You will need to submit your application on the QTAC website. It will be assessed, and if you are successful you will receive an offer directly through QTAC. You will need to accept your offer from QTAC before enrolling with TAFE Queensland.
International students can either apply directly through our TAFE Queensland International Application portal, or through one of our education agents. Our registered agents can assist you with your visa application and guide you through the enrolment process. If you are from this list of countries, you will need to apply through an agent.
Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.