C4431 - Certificate IV in Interior Decoration

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Plan: C4431 - Certificate IV in Interior Decoration
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: Certificate IV in Interior Decoration
Qualification national code: MSF40122
Nominal hours: 848
Career: TAFE
Duration: 1 year
Location: RMIT City Campus
Owning school: Creative Industries (515T)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/schools-colleges/college-of-vocational-education
Partnered offering / Corporate client: N/A
CRICOS code:

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Purpose of the Program

The program offers training in the skills and knowledge needed to:

  • research and analyse the client's goals and requirements
  • plan and arrange space
  • provide interior styling
  • specify finishes and furnishings
  • select colours
  • provide specifications and purchasing.

Interior decoration is an exciting and challenging career that responds to and sets new trends for both domestic and commercial environments. A current global awareness and knowledge of design directions and latest materials is imperative, as well as an ability to conceptualize an idea through to a proposal for client presentation.

The continuing focus on environmental and sustainability aspects, technology applications for design and presentation of spatial layouts and fitout, plus an appreciation of art and the decorative arts from both an historical and contemporary perspective, means the decorator explores spatial solutions with a well prepared and considered eye.

Typical employment outcomes include employment as interior decorators or interior stylists in a decoration or styling studio, in interior product manufacturing and retail environments or colour consultants.

Good communication skills, both visual and verbal, are necessary to ensure the decorator can promote their ideas successfully.

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Articulation and pathways

MSF40122 Certificate IV in Interior Decoration graduates can pathway into the Diploma of Interior Design, with 10 units of competency from the Certificate IV credit into the Diploma. Students will be required to complete the remaining 17 units of the Diploma.  

If you have already developed areas of skill and knowledge included in this program (for example, through prior studies or work experience), you can apply for credit once you have enrolled in this program.

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Entrance requirements

There are no minimum academic requirements.


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External accreditation and industry links

The Certificate IV in Interior Decoration maintains industry links in a variety of ways.

The program is closely linked with the DIA (Design Institute of Australia) - as students in this program, you will have the opportunity to join the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) as student members while studying, and as an associate member upon graduation. The DIA has a specific category for interior decorators and offers associate members professional recognition and information on all areas of decoration and design through seminars and forums. Please note that successful completion of this qualification is not dependent upon membership of the DIA.

Our teachers bring to the program extensive industry experience and contact networks, and many are practising professionals. Their experience, when integrated into teaching and learning practice, enriches your learning environment. 

The program is furthermore supported and advised by a Industry Advisory Committee (IAC), which is made up of high profile Industry representatives, from a wide diversity of areas within the industry of interior decoration and design, and the members are further encouraged and invited to be involved in graduate exhibitions, moderation and competitions.  The committee's brief is to ensure that the program remains current and relevant. The makeup of the IAC is reviewed regularly. 

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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: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

Library IT and specialise resources

  • Computer Labs and associated software are available
  • Specialist Resources Specialised equipment 
  • Fabric Samples, Window Treatment & Hardware Samples, Colour and Finishes Samples are all supplied by industry on an ongoing basis
  • Dedicated Studios for Drafting & Drawing with specialised drawing desks
  • Specialised Colour Workshop / Studio with storage of sampling and wet facilities
  • Specialised drawing, drafting, colour and general folio equipment
  • Lecture Theatres for large groups and for visiting guest lectures

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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