BP196 - Bachelor of Design (Interior Design)

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Plan: BP196 - Bachelor of Design (Interior 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: Bachelor of Design (Interior Design)
Award abbreviation: BDes(IntDes)
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: 048216K

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Purpose of the Program

The Bachelor of Design (Interior Design) at RMIT is concerned with the spatial and temporal relations between people and the surrounding environment. In this program you will challenge accepted assumptions about interior design and test new ideas through exploratory design and projects. You will engage in the design of interiors in ways that are not confined to the inside of a building but ranges from the intimacy of a finely crafted objects to projects working with the urban fabric of a city.

You will develop a sensitivity and sensibility to imagine and project the experiential and phenomenal qualities of interiors you design. The contribution of local and international practitioners from a wide spectrum of disciplines together with ongoing participation in a local and global networks will ensure that you are critically engaged with contemporary design practice.

Upon completion of the program you may be employed in interior design and architectural practices where commissions range from domestic interior, retail and entertainment, to hospitality, corporate office and public building design. You may also work in film and television design, set design for theatre, furniture design, exhibition design and curating, event planning and design journalism.

Working in the interstices between people and spaces you will enter professional practice that is increasingly becoming multidisciplinary, with interior designers, landscape architects, architects, industrial designers and graphic designers collaborating 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.

Graduates of the following programs may be eligible to apply for exemptions:  

RMIT Program CompletedOwning SchoolCreditArticulation Conditions

Advanced Diploma in Building Design (Architectural) (C6097)

Associate Degree in Interior Decoration and Design (AD020)

School of Architecture and Design144 Credit points /1.5 years

with GPA of 3.5 or greater: Guaranteed entry upon application

with GPA less than 3.5 Guaranteed interview with folio presentation

Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration (C5249)School of Architecture and Design
96 Credit points/1 year

with GPA of 3.5 or greater: Guaranteed entry upon application

with GPA less than 3.5 Guaranteed interview with folio presentation


 The Grade Point Average (GPA) is a measure of your average results across all courses and is explained at http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/gradingbasis/gpa If you require further details on these programs refer to the RMIT University Handbook [http://www.rmit.edu.au/handbook].

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 Design (Interior Design) 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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