C4431 - Certificate IV in Interior Decoration

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Plan: C4431 - Certificate IV in Interior Decoration
Campus: City Campus

Program delivery and structure

Approach to learning and assessment
Work integrated learning
Program structure

Approach to learning and assessment

This qualification will focus on selection and application of colour, soft furnishings, materials and finishes for both decoration and styling. In addition training is offered in a range of drawing and presentation techniques and their appropriate applications.

Your learning and assessments are designed to develop an understanding of the essential concepts that support decorating and styling skills. With the focus on integrated learning and a workplace approach to communication and presentation of ideas to clients.

Underpinning knowledge of decoration and styling concepts is developed throughout the program.

Smaller practical industry-based assignments gradually expand to embrace simulated decoration and styling Studio style project delivery which echoes industry practice. This will prepare you for employment in the decoration and styling field specifically for the domestic market place.

You will be encouraged to develop a solution-based approach to client briefs. As well, you will be trained in professional standards and consultative models.

Decoration concept development is delivered to support the application of design principles and elements, with examples drawn from historical and contextualised references to ensure you acquire an extended repertoire of imagery, design motif, and reference.

Successful completion of this program requires you to demonstrate that you are competent in 17 units of competency. 

For learning and assessment purposes some of these units of competency have been grouped into clusters as listed below;

Cluster 1 Foundation Colour

MSFID4016 Design colour schemes for interior and exterior spaces

MSFID4015 Prepare a materials board for client presentation 

Cluster 2 Decoration Studio 

MSFID4012 Decorate residential interiors

MSFID4017 Research & recommend furniture & accessories

Cluster 3: Interior Styling (codelivery) 

SIRRMER007 Design and install visual merchandising displays. 

MSFGN3006 Estimate and cost a job. 

Approaches to learning include project based learning, site visits, industry-based projects, lectures, tutorials, guest speakers and online delivery. The program is delivered flexibly through a mix of online facilitated teaching and face-to-face delivery at the City Campus.

Students are assessed in a variety of ways including:

  • concept presentations
  • research based projects
  • minor and major projects
  • visual journals
  • oral and visual presentations

You will also need to work independently, this includes:
-    Independent study activities such as research, reading, practical and/or theoretical practice tests or assessments.

If you have a long term medical condition, disability and/or other form of disadvantage it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the RMIT Equitable Learning Services team (ELS team) if you would like to find out more.https://www.rmit.edu.au/students/support-services/equitable-learning

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Work integrated learning

RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with workplace experience. As a student enrolled in this RMIT University program you will be assessed on structured activities that allow you to learn, apply and demonstrate vocational competency.

If you are working, particularly in a job which is related to your studies you will also be learning while at work and may have the opportunity to be assessed in your workplace for some or all of your courses. Feedback from work supervisors and others in the workplace can be used as evidence for assessment of competence, and an RMIT University assessor can visit your workplace to observe and assess your work practice and competence.

Guest speakers from industry inform and educate on specific topics throughout the program. Site visits to showrooms, suppliers and manufacturers provide opportunities to research and learn in industry.

In this course students are given a brief which has been developed by practitioners from industry. Students prepare a design response to the brief. Student work is then reviewed by the industry practitioners and students are provided with feedback.

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Program Structure

This qualification requires completion of the following:

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C4431 Core Courses:

Complete all Seven (7) Core Courses:

Course Title

Nominal Hours

Course Code


Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms (CUADES302) 60 GRAP5423C City Campus
Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms (CUADES303) 60 GRAP5421C City Campus
Produce Technical Drawings (CUAACD313) 50 GRAP5422C City Campus
Produce drawings to communicate ideas (CUAACD311) 90 VART6528C City Campus
Design colour schemes for interior and exterior spaces (MSFID4016) 85 ARCH5239C City Campus
Research and meet ethical and compliance requirements (MSFGN4001) 25 BUSM8868C City Campus
Decorate residential interiors (MSFID4012) 80 ARCH5247C City Campus

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C4431 Elective Courses::

Complete all Ten (10) Elective Courses:

Course Title

Nominal Hours

Course Code


Prepare Materials and Finishes Boards for Client Presentation (MSFID4015) 20 ARCH5250C City Campus
Create visual design components (CUADIG304) 30 VART6470C City Campus
Measure up and calculate fabric quantities for window coverings (MSFSF3017) 56 MANU6167C City Campus
Research and recommend furniture and accessories (MSFID4017) 36 ARCH5248C City Campus
Source and apply design industry knowledge (CUADES304) 20 GRAP6372C City Campus
Design and install visual merchandising displays (SIRRMER007) 80 MKTG8024C City Campus
Estimate and Cost Job (MSFGN3006) 16 BUIL6550C City Campus
Capture photographic images (CUAPHI312) 60 VART6529C City Campus
Research interior decoration and design influences (MSFID4019) 40 ARCH5251C City Campus
Design residential interior lighting (MSFID4013) 40 ARCH5237C City Campus

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