Course Title: Design soft furnishing solutions for interior spaces

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2021

Course Code: ARCH5245C

Course Title: Design soft furnishing solutions for interior spaces

School: 375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5396 - Diploma of Interior Design

Course Contact: Jenny Crowley

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4759

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff


Lecture documentation:

Danielle Tregenza


Michele Meister


Maddie Granata

Colour & light Lectures & tutorial 

Gillian McInnes



Nominal Hours: 60

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

This course is delivered and assessed in conjunction with MSFID4016 Design Colour schemes for Interior and exterior spaces and MSFID4013 Design Residential Lighting. 

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to determine soft furnishing requirements, research and refine options and present a design solution to the client.

This unit applies to individuals providing advice in a retail, consulting or design studio environment. They analyse and compare product information from a wide range of different sources to develop a design solution.

No licensing or certification requirements exist at the time of publication. Relevant legislation, industry standards and codes of practice within Australia must be applied.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSFID4021 Design soft furnishing solutions for interior spaces


1. Determine project requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Evaluate project specifications, parameters and constraints, and confirm with client

1.2 Select work resources based on the needs of the project

1.3 Identify and assess aspects of the space that impact on potential solutions

1.4 Take and document accurate measurements of floors, furniture, and window openings

1.5 Collect and develop visual aids of all existing and continuing structures, furniture and furnishings that inform the project

1.6 Establish communication with other people involved in the project


2. Research soft furnishing options

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Source and assess style designs that match the brief in regards to form and function

2.2 Source and assess fabrics, trims and/or componentry options that match the brief

2.3 Research, assess and consider visual and tactile characteristics of different products

2.4 Analyse and review intended use against functional and technical features of different products

2.5 Consider and investigate new technologies and innovations for their application to the brief 2.6 Analyse and evaluate product properties for their suitability

2.7 Identify and consider installation constraints

2.8 Source and compare information about costs and availability against the project brief

2.9 Identify and integrate potential sustainability features or issues into the research process


3. Refine ideas and select preferred solution

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Explore, integrate and refine different options through a process of reflection and testing

3.2 Choose a preferred solution that includes fabrics, furnishings and fixing technologies based on research findings and the key objectives of the project brief

3.3 Prepare a visual representation that communicates the key aspects of the preferred solution


4. Make recommendation to client

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Present recommendations in a format and level of detail suited to the client and scope of the project

4.2 Clearly articulate rationale for the chosen solution and present to the client

4.3 Provide documented product specifications and cost estimates associated with sourcing, manufacturing and installation of the soft furnishings to the client

4.4 Seek client feedback on the proposed solution 4.5 Make adjustments to the final design solution based on feedback

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will take place in a Virtual 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

Virtual 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







Tasks Due:

ARCH5247C + ARCH5248C


Introduction to colour and light. Colour forecasting. Elements and principals of design

Creating a mood board

AT1 – Due Wk 9 and 14

AT2- Due Wk 16


Colour theory, terminology. Cultural and historical influences of colour. Psychological influence of colour

Research and reflect on colour psychology



How we see colour. The effect of light on colour. Rendering media and technique


Research and collect information on the impact of specific colours



Evaluation of client and brief. Analysing a project space

Return brief




Introduction to light. How we perceive light, colour temperature of light. Using different types of lighting

Evaluate and experiment with colour effect perceptions



Industry standards for documenting lighting plans [RCPs]

Product and trade information on fittings and lamps


Identify and evaluate additional lighting sources and their possible ability to attain the desired lighting effects.



Usage and manipulation of artificial lights

Select the most viable concept to fit each of the three briefs.




Applicable standards and regulations. Review of AT1 questions.


Research the environmental aspects of lighting

AT1 Part A Due week 9

Part B Due week 14





Session 1 Creative Studio

 Lecture Session 2 Creative Studio

Studio session Lobby

Tasks due


Overview of project 

scope of works 

Starting research

Intro to tasks

AT1 Part A submission due


Studio review of project parameters Studio time

Studio time

Studio time

This week

Revision exercises


Master schedule

Design terminology



Concept Presentation

Function / Styles

  / Regulation





Studio time




Review - Soft Furnishing Product sheets

Studio time

Lighting and colour 


Review presentation to BQ Design


Studio time

Furniture / Lighting choices


Studio time Studio time  

Studio time




Specifying floor finishes 

Studio time

Documentation requirements

AT1 Part B submission due 

Studio time

Q & A

  Studio time

Documentation requirements



Studio time

Studio time



AT2 Final Presentation to Industry

Documentation requirements

AT2 submission Due 



Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Library support

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


Study and Learning support

Would you like to get better at studying, writing, or researching for your assignments? The Library has everything you need to develop your academic skills, improve your marks and save time.

Overview of Assessment

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 tasks and projects.

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Assessment Tasks

This course is clustered of;

Decoration Studio 2

ARCH5245C Design Soft Furnishing for Interior Space

ARCH5237C Design Residential Lighting

ARCH5239C Design Colour Schemes for Interior & exterior  


AT1 Knowledge Quiz - Part B Due Week 14

AT2 Final Presentation Due Week 16


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. 


All assessment information for this course can be found on the course’s Canvas shell, in conjunction with assessment information communicated in class by the teacher.


This course is delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment.


CA: Competency achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did Not Submit for Assessment

SEC: Stopped engagement in course

WDR: Withdrawn from course


All work for Assessable Tasks is required to be submitted on the due date and time as outlined in the Assessment Briefs. Exception to this is where an approved ELS plan, an application for Special Consideration or an approved Extension of Time is in place, submitted before the task’s due date with appropriate documentation.


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 of time for your assessable work.

Please see following access for the details on applying for extension of time to assessments.


Special consideration;


Application for extension of time;


Equitable assessment arrangements (EAA);


If your work is incomplete, you are strongly encouraged to submit your work on the due date, in order to meet the submission requirements. Should it be below competency you may be asked to resubmit within 5 working days.

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.


Use Canvas to access your course content and announcements, submit assignments, and receive your grades and feedback;

Student feedback at RMIT:

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.

The following link is an outline and ways that you will receive your feedback at RMIT;

Student Progress Monitoring

Academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.

Please see following access to the Student progress policy webpage;

Submitting Assessments onto Canvas

Here is a guide to submitting assessments on Canvas;

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity.

Please see following access for more information on Academic Integrity at RMIT;

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