Course Title: Interior Design Professional Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Interior Design Professional Practice

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


315H Architecture & Design


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013


City Campus


320H Architecture & Urban Design


Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Anthony Fryatt

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2654

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 100.08.02

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite courses ARCH1121 Interior Design Studio 6 before you commence this course.

Alternatively you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course. Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. For further information go to Recognition of prior learning (RPL) in Higher Education.

Course Description

This course will introduce you to the professional practice of Interior Design, and to the legal requirements and obligations of a professional Interior Designer.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Conceptualise and engage in research through design as part of the creative process to open the potential for new understandings, experimentation and innovation.
  • Communicate your ideas and designs verbally, visually and textually through a range of media to your peers as well as professional, academic and public audiences.
  • Reflect, analyse, synthesize, critique and evaluate your own work as well that of your peers and apply your knowledge and skills with initiative and insight in professional practice and/or scholarship.
  • Engage in research with an enhanced appreciation and understanding of theoretical, environmental, social, historical, cultural and technical contexts in relation to the activity of interior design and be able to engage and extend this knowledge through the practice of design.
  • Use technology as an intrinsic part of the design process and have the ability to identify relevant techniques, skills, materials and technologies for specific designs.
  • Understand and value your individual abilities and way of working as an interior designer; to initiate independent strategies together with the ability to plan and time manage projects; to develop a personal work ethic based on initiative and self-motivation.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Research and articulate your professional ambition and establish a plan to transition to professional practice upon gradation.
  • Develop the means to communicate your interior design knowledge, capabilities and experience to others.
  • Recognise the practical, legal and ethical responsibilities of a professional Interior Designer.
  • Have an awareness of professional project management and administration principles relevant to designing interiors. Including understanding of fee proposals, briefing documents, design phases, relevant codes and permits relevant to a particular project.
  • Understand the role and relationship of interior design to associated stakeholders, consultants and trades.
  • Plan and time-manage your work in response to deadlines.

Overview of Learning Activities

Key concepts and their application will be explained and illustrated in lectures, seminars or online lecture summaries with opportunities to discuss their use in case studies during tutorials and group discussions. Case based scenarios will be used to develop your ability to apply procedures relevant to Interior Design professional practice.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be expected to utilise library and electronic resources (as well as any other appropriate resources) to engage in reading of relevant interior design practice literature.

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

The University Library has extensive resources for Interior Design students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies

The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian Tristan Badham

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include projects and assignments to analyse case studies and precedent practices to build approaches and familiarise yourself with the implementation of the design of interiors.

The assessments in this course are designed for you to:

  • develop a set of tools and systems relevant to the implementation and administration of a design project.
  • communicate an understanding of the profession of interior design.
  • articulate an ambition for the type of practice you would like to pursue. 

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

Equitable Learning Services: If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Assessment Policy: Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures:

Student Charter: The Student Charter provides an overview of key responsibilities of RMIT Staff and Students to ensure a successful experience of university life.