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Diploma of Interior Design

At a glance

At a glance

Get a head start in the design industry with this high-level qualification that will give you the specialised skills you need to become an interior designer.

JOB PROSPECTS
  • Interior Designer
  • Interior Decorator
  • Interior Stylist
  • Colour Consultant
  • Residential Interior Designer
  • Showroom Sales Consultant
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MSF50218 Diploma of Interior Design

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Course overview

Course overview

Interior Design today is an evolving industry, focused on creating unique environments both in residential and commercial applications.

As an interior designer, you will have the opportunity to maximise the potential of space in a range of exciting industry sectors including residential, workplace, retail, hospitality, education and healthcare.

If you’re looking for a challenging and creative career that allows you to be instrumental in designing interiors catered to the diverse ways in which we live and work today, then studying with TAFE Queensland will equip you with industry-ready skills to launch you into the world of design.

Due to a booming construction industry, employment outlooks remain positive due to population expansion, increasing economic growth and an escalating interest in interior design which are  driving the industry. With up to 25,000 job openings expected in the next five years, qualified interior designers, decorators, and drafters are in high demand.
TAFE Queensland offers a number of practical courses in interior design and decoration. You will have the opportunity to learn from industry-experienced teachers, contributing their expertise to kick start your career in a field where employers are looking for well-rounded, highly-skilled and creative candidates.

With  a range of  study options available ranging from introductory courses catered to gaining basic design skills, through to the Diploma of Interior Design which will render you industry ready. You can choose from studying on campus or online in a full time or part time capacity.  Speak to us about pathway options to suit your needs.

Our teaching staff are the best in the business and will give you the one-on-one guidance needed to prepare you for an exciting future in the Design Industry.
You'll learn how to interpret project briefs and formulate creative design concepts.

You will explore colour theory and colour psychology, implement design elements and principles, propose lighting and create 2D and 3D design solutions using the latest technology in drafting and digital presentation. 

Product knowledge with reference to furniture, fixtures and decorative elements will be gained to ensure that every design outcome meets the functional and aesthetic project requirements.

Manual and electronic presentation skills will be developed and an understanding of interior construction elements and materials will be attained to ensure workable outcomes for a range of project types are achieved.

Units

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 17 elective units from the list below. 

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
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
UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
Greater Brisbane (Online delivery)
BSBCRT401
Articulate, present and debate ideas
BSBDES304
Source and apply design industry knowledge
BSBDES401
Generate design solutions
CUAACD302
Produce computer-aided drawings
CUAACD303
Produce technical drawings
CUAANM303
Create 3D digital models
CUAPPR503
Present a body of own creative work
MSFFDT4012
Research furniture styles and movements
MSFID4012
Decorate residential interiors
MSFID4015
Prepare materials and finishes boards for client presentation
MSFID4017
Research and recommend furniture and accessories
MSFID4018
Research and recommend hard materials and finishes for interiors
MSFID4019
Research interior decoration and design influences
MSFID4021
Design soft furnishing solutions for interior spaces
MSFID5024
Design workplace interiors
MSFID5027
Research and recommend colour applications and finishes
MSFID4022
Prepare quotation and contract documentation for design projects
Gold Coast / Greater Brisbane (Face to Face delivery)
BSBCMM401
Make a presentation
BSBDES501
Implement design solutions
BSBWOR204
Use business technology
CPCCWHS1001
Prepare to work safely in the construction industry
CUAACD302
Produce computer-aided drawings
CUAANM303
Create 3D digital models
CUADIG303
Produce and prepare photo images
CUAPPR503
Present a body of own creative work
MSFID4015
Prepare materials and finishes boards for client presentation
MSFID4017
Research and recommend furniture and accessories
MSFID4018
Research and recommend hard materials and finishes for interiors
MSFID4021
Design soft furnishing solutions for interior spaces
MSFID5016
Develop decoration proposals for complex sites
MSFID5018
Provide interior styling service
MSFID5024
Design workplace interiors
CUADIG507
Design digital simulations
MSFID5027
Research and recommend colour applications and finishes
MSFKB3011
Plan kitchen and bathroom projects
Sunshine Coast
BSBDES304
Source and apply design industry knowledge
BSBDES305
Source and apply information on the history and theory of design
BSBDES501
Implement design solutions
BSBWOR204
Use business technology
CPCCWHS1001
Prepare to work safely in the construction industry
CPPBDN4001
Research and evaluate construction materials and methods for building design projects
CPPBDN5101
Produce digital 3-D models of building designs
CUAANM303
Create 3D digital models
CUADIG507
Design digital simulations
CUAPPR503
Present a body of own creative work
MSFID4018
Research and recommend hard materials and finishes for interiors
MSFID4020
Research and integrate embedded technologies in interior designs
MSFID4021
Design soft furnishing solutions for interior spaces
MSFID4022
Prepare quotation and contract documentation for design projects
MSFID5016
Develop decoration proposals for complex sites
MSFID5024
Design workplace interiors
MSFKB3011
Plan kitchen and bathroom projects

Note: For some courses, not all electives are available at all campuses.

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Ways to study

Ways to study

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University pathways

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.

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  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Federation University
  • University of Southern Queensland
Payment options

Payment options

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.

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This may be the full fee for the course, or the student contribution amount if you are eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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Money IconVet Student Loan - $16,221 cap

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.

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Money IconPayment plan

If you have difficulty paying for the full cost of a course upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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Money IconInternational Student Payment

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. 
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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information


Selection criteria

Domestic Student
The following selection criteria requirements apply only to domestic students.

It is highly recommended that you have:

  • completed Year 12 (or equivalent) or have relevant experience and/or qualifications or are of mature age; 
  • have sound literacy and numeracy skills (AQF Level 5 is strongly recommended); and
  • sound computer skills.

International Students 
The following selection criteria requirements apply only to International students:

  • English Language Proficiency: Academic IELTS 5.5 (no individual band less than 5.0) or ISLPR 2+ on all skills or other - View a list of all English Language tests accepted by TAFE Queensland International
  • Academic Requirements: Completion of Year 12 (or equivalent). Non school-leavers must have relevant work experience or qualification that indicates likely success of course completion. View more information on the international education achievement levels equivalent to Year 10 and 12
  • Highly Recommended: Sound achievement in Year 12 Mathematics

Applicants should be a minimum of 17 years of age and turning 18 during the first year of study with TAFE Queensland. International students who are under 18 years of age and are applying for a student visa are required by the Australian Department of Home Affairs to have adequate welfare arrangements in place.  TAFE Queensland has entered an agreement with Union Institute of Language (UIL) to facilitate the provision of the welfare services (fees apply).

Resources required

Classroom Delivery
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 require access to personal stationery and an external hard drive (1TB), which may incur an additional cost of approximately $200.

It is also recommended that you have access to a personal computer and/or laptop, so that you're able to continue your work outside of class.

Online Delivery
You will be provided with a list of recommended software at the start of each unit, as some of this software can only be downloaded on a paid subscription basis.

You will require access to a computer that is capable of running ArchiCAD, InDesign and Photoshop, as well as personal stationery and an external hard drive (1TB), which may incur an additional cost.

Assessment Methods

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.

Disclaimer

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.

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How to apply

How to apply

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers


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.

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Get started with TAFE Queensland

If you have read and understood the student rules, refund policy, understand your fees and payment options, have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and checked you meet the entry requirements and selection criteria for this course, you're ready to get started.

University pathways

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
  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Federation University
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland