Course Title: Decorate residential interiors

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: ARCH5205C

Course Title: Decorate residential interiors

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5333 - Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration

Course Contact: Jennifer Crowley

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff


Lindsey Glover

Danielle Trengenza


Accelerated Co-ordinator : Michele Meister-



Nominal Hours: 80

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit specifies the outcomes required to decorate residential interiors for the solution of interior decoration projects in accordance with project briefs.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSFID4002 Decorate residential interiors


Analyse the project brief

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Applicable work health and safety (WHS), legislative and

organisational requirements relevant to decorating for

residential spaces are verified and complied with

1.2 Project brief is reviewed, confirmed and clarified with


1.3 Parameters for the project are assessed and confirmed

1.4 Resources are selected appropriate to work requirements and checked for operational effectiveness

1.5 Communication with others is established and maintained

1.6 Problems or underlying factors to be addressed by the

project brief are verified



Conduct research for the design

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Areas for research are identified

2.2 Impacts of cultural, social and economic influences and

trends are identified and analysed

2.3 Ergonomic and anthropometric influences are identified

and analysed

2.4 Environmental issues are identified and analysed

2.5 Other relevant information is assessed and used to guide


2.6 Design influences are prioritised for relevancy to design


2.7 Collected information is documented


Confirm the design brief

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Design requirements are translated in a manner which is

clear and concise

3.2 Factors affecting the outcome of the project are


3.3 Criteria for assessing and evaluating design concepts are


3.4 Final design brief outlining all the requirements is

compiled, produced and refined with the client


Generate decoration concepts

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Creative methodologies are used to generate a range of

decoration concepts and themes

4.2 Concepts are assessed against the project brief to select

most viable solution

4.3 Concept is presented to client using a range of concept

presentation methods

4.4 Ideas are discussed with client and concept is modified

according to feedback


Present decoration solution to client

Performance Criteria:

7.1 Final presentation is prepared for the client

7.2 Final presentation is presented to the client with keyfeatures and benefits of the solution explained

7.3 Client is engaged to gain feedback on decoration elements


Reflect on decoration process

Performance Criteria:

8.1 Client feedback and response are analysed to determine

success in achieving client satisfaction

8.2 Own performance in the design process is examined to identify strengths and weaknesses

8.3 Areas for improvement are identified


Revise and refine solution

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Planning is revised and refined, and ergonomics considered

6.2 Regulatory requirements relating to decoration are assessed

to determine compliance

6.3 Finishes, fittings, fixtures, furniture, materials and

accessories are selected

6.4 Colour scheme is selected to complement the space and

create the required visual experience

6.5 Environmental aspects of decoration solution are examined

and areas for improved sustainability are identified and

incorporated where possible

6.6 Preliminary drawings are developed


Translate concepts into 3-D decoration ideas

Performance Criteria:

5.1 The elements and principles of design that are derived from

the concept are explored

5.2 A range of 3-D decoration ideas are generated from the


5.3 Surface materials, finishes, and colours are explored and

assessed for their ability to express the concept

5.4 Furniture, fixtures, fittings and accessories are explored

and assessed for their ability to express the concept

5.5 The allocation and arrangement of objects within the space

are explored

5.6 2-D and 3-D sketches are developed to document the 3-D


Learning Outcomes

This unit covers employability skills in teamwork and communication in order to work with others in the design process. Planning and organising and problem skills are required to apply design processes and initiative and enterprise are required to develop to design ideas. Self management and learning skills are applied to assess and reflect on own design skills and identify areas for improvement.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will take place in a studio classroom using industry standard tools and resources. 

You will also be required to undertake independent study.
Reference mode of delivery for this course is a blended approach

In-class activities will include:
• Tutorials and project based work
• Group discussion
• Teacher directed activities/projects

Out-of-class activities will include:
• Online investigation
• Independent project based work
• Gallery/Exhibition visits

Teaching Schedule


 Week          COURSE CONTENT                      Element Due

Decorate Residential Interiors course structure – mode of delivery & project activities 

• Introduction to Style Blogs
• What are the Elements of a style?
• Consideration of Interiors regarding Climate, Culture, History and Politics

Style file:

  • Scandinavian
  • American

  1.1 to 1.6
 2.1 to 2.7


TASK 1 Style Blogs 

 due Week 8



Style delivery - Style allocation  

Collect style information & feedback explore and research 2 allocated files for blog

Style file:

  • Asian / Indian
  • Luxe/Glam
  • Moroccan

1.2 to 1.5

3.1 to 3.4
 5.1 to 5.6


Style file:

  • Recycle / Upcycle
  • Retro
  • Indoor- Outdoor


  1.1 to 1.6
 2.1 to 2.7
 3.1 3.3 3.4
 4.1 to 4.4


 Briefing Task 2 and 3

Renovations of Terrace House (Design and Decoration)

Style file:

  • Minimalism
  • Maximalist
  • French Provincial


  1.1 to 1.6
 2.1 to 2.7
 3.1 3.3 3.4
 4.1 to 4.4


Style file:

  • Tuscan
  • Mexican
  • Mediterranean

5,6.1- 6.6 8.1-8.3

    6 Excursion Day2.1-.7, 3.3,4.1-4.4 

 Briefing Task 2 and 3 in depth

Discussion about:
your clients

  • Existing conditions
  • Concept development
  • Process Journal
 2.1-2.9, 3.1-3.9, 4.1-4.5, 6.1-6.6 
    8  Brief establishment and design development

Spatial planning explored through Bubble Diagrams and discussion with your tutor. Studio work, concept development to be documented in Process Journal

Down load TASK 1 Style blogs
Sourcing Furniture, materials, accessories and colour 

5.1-5.5 6.1-6.6

Style blogs


Concept Development

Complete Spatial Planning and draw up Concept floor plan to scale(1:50) using drafting conventions

 3.3,4.1,4.2 7.1-7.3 

 Review Process

Tutorial/studio work 

   11 Review Process

Tutorial/studio work 

  MID SEMESTER BREAK                              

Present Concept

Terrace Project, floorplan to scale 1:50, concept colours, materials, flooring, furniture for client approval.

This will be in the form of an A3 Mood board in the classroom to our peers and teacher to view and assess

 7.1 to 7.3 8.1-8.2


 Design Development

Prepare detailed plans, elevations and sections in class

 7.1, 8.1-8.2

 Design Development

Sourcing furniture, soft furnishing , Décor & Accessories, materials and colour

 7.1 to 7.3, 8.1-8.2 

 Design Development

Sourcing Furniture, materials , accessories and colour, Discussion regarding preparation for package

 7.1-7.3, 8.1-8.2 
   16 Studio and review time 7.1-7.3, 8.1-8.2



Studio work 

 7.1-7.3, 8.1-8.2 

Presentation of project to client

Oral and visual presentation of project to class

 7.2,  7.3

 Submission Task 2 +3

Terrace House package + oral presentation

Semester 2 - Tutorials - week 1 to 18

 Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of  resources.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems 
You are advised to look at the course at myRMIT site for ongoing updated information

The University Library has extensive resources for Interior Design and Decoration 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

Materials resource room

Overview of Assessment

• Effectively analyse a project brief to determine client requirements
• Work through the decoration process collecting the required information
• Effectively establish criteria for the intended solutions to meet the requirements of the project brief
• Effectively design for at least two interior residential spaces to provide the client with creative solutions that satisfy the project brief
• Visually and verbally present decoration solution
• Effectively apply design elements and principles in designing for residential space
• Comply with legislation, regulations, standards, codes of practice and established safe practices and procedures for designing for residential space
• Communicate effectively and work safely with others in the work area

Assessment Tasks

Feedback throughout the course may be written, verbal or a combination of both
To demonstrate competency in this course you need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.
Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills and will include:

  • Practical tasks and a major project
  • direct observation and exploration 
  • completion of a process journal including personal reflection and feedback
  • direct questioning combined with review of portfolio of evidence

    Decorate residential Interiors
    This course is linked to ARCH 5213C Research and recommend furniture and accessories
    This will allow us to assess your project work against several competencies

TASK 1 - Style Blogs
TASK 2 - A3 Presentation Board

Presentation of design solution to client using visual techniques across a variety of media - linked to 
You are advised to look at the course at myRMIT site for ongoing updated information.

The University Library has extensive resources for Interior Design and Decoration students. The Library has
produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies
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The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian ( )

This course is delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment (see list below), but also utilises graded assessment

CHD: Competent with High Distinction (4 GPA)
CDI: Competent with Distinction (3 GPA)
CC: Competent with Credit (2 GPA)
CAG: Competency Achieved – Graded (1 GPA)
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did Not Submit for Assessment 

Assessment Matrix

An assessment matrix demonstrating alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit
of Competency is available from the course contact person (stated above).

Other Information

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that you attend
all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to be successful in this course.
Feedback - You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on
how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Student feedback at RMIT:
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Student Progress
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Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges
that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.
Pick the following link for Cover sheet for submission of works
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Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level.
If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension.
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Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
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