BH115 - Bachelor of Interior Design (Honours)

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Plan: BH115 - Bachelor of Interior Design (Honours)
Campus: City Campus

Overview

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: Bachelor of Interior Design (Honours)
Award abbreviation: BIntDes(Hons)
Total credit points: 384
Career: UGRD
Duration: 4 years full-time
Location: Onshore, CIty Campus
Owning school: Architecture & Design (320H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/architecturedesign
ASCED code: 040107
CRICOS code: 083945G

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Purpose of the Program

This program has been designed to give you a specialised knowledge in relation to interior design so that you are able to undertake professional work and/or pursue a pathway into research and further learning. The program promotes interior design as a practice conderned with spatial relations between people and the surrounding environment. Different interiors are considered from architectural interiors to retail, exhibition and urban environments; digital and filmic spaces; performance and theatre design; art installations; ephemeral and fictional interiors.

You will learn how to design through the process of actual designing - developing your own design response in relation to a range of design briefs from the conceptual to real life situations. With an emphasis on idea-led and research-informed design you will study histories and theory of design, visual arts, film, architecture and other related areas. You will be provided with technical and communication tools such as Autocad, 3D imaging, hand drawing, film production and model making as well as verbal presentation skills. The knowledge and skills you will develop will enable you to work in diverse contexts locally and globally with an advanced level of knowledge that will enable you to challenge existing assumptions about interior design and engage design as an agent of social and cultural change.

A research based major project will enable you to synthesize and integrate your knowledge, skills and experience from the previous three years of study. It will also establish a point of departure into a specialized area of professional practice and/or further research in post graduate qualification.

On completion of the program, you will be able to enter the profession with a specialised knowledge of interior design as an expanded practice. You will be able to engage with complex issues in a creative and conceptual way, confidently take initiative on projects and be able to work both independently and in collaboration with others.

Graduates may be employed in commercial design and architectural practices where commissions include houses, restaurants, hotels, retail spaces, corporate offices and public buildings. Interior Designers also work in film and television design, set design for theatre, furniture design, exhibition design and curating, event planning and journalism. Design practices are increasingly becomming multi disciplinary with interior designers, landscape architects, architects, industrial designers and graphic designers collaborationg on large scale projects.

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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.

Articulation from Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural)

Source ProgramOwning SchoolCredit towards this programAcademic Requirement for entryTerms of Entry
C6136 Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural)Architecture & DesignUp to 1.5 years exemption for BH115Minimum GPA of 3.5Guaranteed place in BH115 Bachelor of Interior Design (Honours)
C6136 Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural)Architecture & DesignUp to 1.5 years exemption for BH115GPA less than 3.5May still apply to BH115 Bachelor of Interior Design (Honours)

Note:
Due to the structure of the HE program and subjects progression the duration of the HE Program after exemption is as follows:
3 years for Sem 1 intake
2.5 years for Sem 2 intake


Articulation from Associate Degree in Interior Decoration and Design

Source ProgramOwning SchoolCredit towards this programAcademic requirement for entryTerms of entry
AD020 Associate Degree in Interior Decoration and DesignArchitecture & DesignUp to 1.5 years exemption for BH115Minimum GPA of 3.5Guaranteed place in BH115 Bachelor of Interior Design (Honours)
AD020 Associate Degree in Interior Decoration and DesignArchitecture & DesignUp to 1.5 years exemption for BH115GPA less than 3.5May still apply to BH115 Bachelor of Interior Design (Honours)

Note:
Given the infrastructure of the HE program and courses progression the following applies:
Sem 1 intake = 3 years duration of the HE program after exemption
Sem 2 intake = 2.5 years duration of the HE program after exemption


Articulation from Diploma of Interior Design & Decoration

Source ProgramOwning SchoolCredit towards this programAcademic requriement for entryTerms of entry
C5249 Diploma of Interior Design & DecorationArchitecture & DesignUp to 1 year exemption for BH115Minimum GPA of 3.5Guaranteed place in BH115 Bachelor of Interior Design (Honours)
C5249 Diploma of Interior Design & DecorationArchitecture & DesignUp to 1 year exemption for BH115GPA less than 3.5May still apply to BH115 Bachelor of Interior Design (Honours)


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

Academic entrance requirements: Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent.

VCE prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or at least 25 in any other English.

International English language requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)
  • TOEFL (Paper based): 580 (TWE 4.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test – iBT): Overall score of 92 with minimum of 20 in any sections
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE(A)): 58 (no band less than 50)
  • Cambridge English – Advanced (CAE): CAE Grade B
  • RMIT English Worldwide (REW) – English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programs: Advanced Plus certificate

Extra requirements
Applicants must complete and submit a pre-selection kit. Short listed and exempt applicants will be required to present their folio to a selection panel.
There are no requirements for the folio. Applicants can submit a folio of their choice.

Note: Applicants may be exempt from the Interior Design pre-selection kit if they have completed tertiary study in architecture, interior design, industrial design, or landscape architecture.

 


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External accreditation and industry links

In Australia there are no professional bodies that accredit programs in the area of Interior Design. However, graduates of the Bachelor of Interior Design (Honours) are eligible to become members of the Design Institute of Australia, http://www.dia.org.au/ the peak professional body for designers in Australia.

The program participates in a local and global conversation and network through its membership of IDEA (Interior Design/Interior Architecture Educators Association), DIA (Design Institute of Australia) and IFI (International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers). These organisations recognise a four-year Bachelor degree as the required qualification to provide graduates with the necessary advanced knowledge and skills to enter the profession.

The program links with and forms partnership with industry on a range of projects including undergraduate studios, postgraduate research projects and staff research. It also regularly consults with a Program Advisory Committee whose membership is composed of leading industry practitioners.

 

 

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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

Library resources and services
As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT (www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit) or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service. The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

Online learning tools and content
You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit

School based resources
As a student in the Interior Design program you have access to workshop resources within the School of Architecture & Design. These workshops provide access to, and technical support in using a wide range of fabrication and model making technologies. Additionally specialised industry standard commercial software and other digital technologies are available for your use within university provided computer laboratories, and in some instances to download for use on personal computers.

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University
RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
You can find more information at www.rmit.edu.au/students

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