AD020 - Associate Degree in Interior Decoration and Design

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Plan: AD020 - Associate Degree in Interior Decoration and Design
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Associate Degree in Interior Decoration and Design
Award abbreviation: AssDegIntDec&Des
Total credit points: 192
Career: UGRD
Duration: 2 years full-time - 4 semesters
Location: City Campus
Owning school: Architecture & Urban Design (320T)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 040107
CRICOS code: 078836M

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Purpose of the Program

The Associate Degree in Interior Decoration & Design at RMIT will prepare you for a diverse career in Interior Decoration and Design that deals in the planning, designing and embellishment of interior space.

The program will support you to become a highly skilled practitioner with a broad range of skills and knowledge to create environmentally oriented and sustainable outcomes incorporating technologies and critical thinking that are applicable to Interior Decoration and Design.

The program will provide you with a broad theoretical and technical knowledge of residential and commercial interior fit out, including materials and their applications, colour, lighting, furnishings and decorative treatments that meet a wide range of industry standards and requirements.  You will be proficient in applying principles of aesthetics, function, environment and sustainability to design and implement a range of interior environments. You will be able to create diverse proposals that will respond to a variety of client briefs as well as having knowledge about the business aspects of decoration and design.

The program will prepare you for roles in a range of areas from large scale commercial design offices to small boutique decoration consultancies along with other specialised areas such as consulting in colour and in the retail and wholesale areas of the industry in fabric houses and material suppliers.

Upon completion of the Associate Degree you will be work ready for the interior decoration and design industry, or for further learning in Interior Design or related disciplines.

In the final year of the program you will work on a major capstone project across two courses, Decoration and Design Studio 3 (ARCH1387) and Decoration and Design Studio 4 (ARCH1389). This experience will enable you to synthesize and integrate your knowledge, as well as demonstrate your holistic achievement of the program learning outcomes. 

The Associate Degree Interior Decoration & Design is primarily delivered in face-to-face mode at the City Campus

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Articulation and pathways

Articulation agreements between RMIT University programs enable you upon graduating from an RMIT University qualification to apply for advanced standing in a higher level qualification. The statements below provide you with information about articulation agreements with this program.

Program CodePlan CodePlan DescriptionOwning SchoolCredit Granted 
 BP115BP115Bachelor of Interior Design (Hons)School of Architecture and Design144 credit points/1.5 yearsWith GPA of 3.5 or greater, guaranteed entry upon application

With GPA less than 3.5 guaranteed interview with folio presentation

Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program.

You may be eligible for credit into other RMIT University programs for successfully completing this program upon application to other RMIT University programs. Please check with admissions officer of your program of choice.



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Entrance requirements


Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 25 in English (ESL) or at least 20 in any other English

Successful completion of Year 12/Foundation Studies program or equivalent secondary school studies or a recognised, post secondary diploma or certificate in the discipline.  Applicants with work experience in this field will also be considered.

International Students  

Successful completion of Year 12/Foundation Studies program or equivalent secondary school studies or a recognised, post secondary diploma or certificate in the discipline.  Applicants with work experience in this field will also be considered.                                        

A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 5.5, with no band  less than 5.0, or equivalent.

For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English  equivalents web page.

Program selection tasks
All applicants must provide a E portfolio (digital folio) via email to, or if applying through the RMIT's Direct Application System, include with the application. 

E portfolio: 6 - 8 bodies of work comprising of finished work with conceptual development, a continuous PDF no larger than 10MG

Your folio should reflect concept and finished skills in drawing, problem solving, creative use of colour, communication and 3D/spatial thinking and a computer generated project displaying skills of digital competency.  Selected work should be a combination of development and finished work. 

Provide a statement for each piece of work describing the task and the outcome. Also include a Personal statement as to why you wish to apply for this course and demonstrate your understanding of this vocational choice.

Non-year 12 applicants only: Non-year 12 applicants must also submit a personal statement describing their motivation for applying for this course.


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External accreditation and industry links

In Australia there are professional bodies that recognize but do not formally accredit programs in Interior Decoration and Design.

The Program of Interior Decoration and Design at RMIT has a long history of successful engagement with the Interiors industry and has built strong and lasting relationships with industry practitioners and the professional association of the DIA (Design Institute of Australia) which is part of a globally recognised group of design organisations which include icsid, ifi, icograda, ADSDA and AdA.

As part of the learning experience for students, teaching staff are working in the Interiors industry as current decorators & designers in some capacity, and furthermore the program is validated by a PAC (Program Advisory Committee) that consists of industry representatives from a range of design and decoration areas, regularly reviewing program content. 

This program has strong industry support and links, through varied 1st & 2nd Year projects and visiting specialist speakers to a wide range of organisations and associations including:
- Design Institute of Australia
- Colourways
- BQ Design

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

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