C5333 - Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration

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Plan: C5333 - Diploma of Interior Design and 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: Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration
Qualification national code: MSF50213
Nominal hours: 1629
Career: TAFE
Duration: 2 years full time
Location: City Campus
Owning school: Architecture & Urban Design (320T)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/our-education/academic-schools/architecture-and-urban-design
Partnered offering / Corporate client: N/A
CRICOS code: 084393E

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Purpose of the Program

This qualification will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to provide a full range of decoration services, consultation and design advice, including:

  • researching and analysing the client's goals and requirements
  • planning, arranging and styling the space, and preparing detailed client presentations
  • selecting and specifying colour schemes, furniture, fabrics and fixtures, including layouts and detailed specifications
  • preparing design documentation for specialty floor coverings, fabrics and wall finishes
  • working with builders, architects and service contractors to advise on changes to the interior structure
  • producing documentation for shop fitters, cabinet makers, furniture suppliers and materials suppliers
  • preparing documentation for power and communications locations, reflected ceiling plans and lighting designs that reflect an understanding of basic building protocols
  • providing contract documentation for the pricing, procurement and installation of materials and furniture
  • organising the purchasing of materials, accessories, artwork and furnishings
    contracting and supervision of the trades people required to implement a project.

Employment outcomes include:

  • self employment as an interior decorator, colour consultant or interior stylist
  • in-house interior designer or decorator for design and decoration consultancies, furniture, furnishings and fabric suppliers, furnishing departments of retail stores or shop fitters
  • interior design department management within a commercial design office.

Interior design and 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 documented 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 designer decorator explores spatial solutions with a well prepared and considered eye.

This is a diverse area in which to work with roles varying from retail and colour consulting through to Interior Design department management within an architectural or design office.

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

At the end of the first year of this program you will have completed sufficient units to graduate with the Certificate IV in Interior Decoration should you not wish to continue with the Diploma.

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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.

If you are a graduate of Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration and you are applying for:

BH115 Bachelor of Interior Design (Honours) http://www.rmit.edu.au/programs/bh115 you may be able to claim credit for courses you have already completed. For the list of courses for which you may claim exemption and other details refer to the program guide for the Bachelor of Interior Design (Honours) in the RMIT 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 can also continue your studies and apply for exemptions in the AD020 Associate Degree Interior Decoration and Design .


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Entrance requirements

You must meet the University entry requirements for this type of program.

There are no pre-requisite studies

Program selection tasks
All applicants must provide a E portfolio (digital folio)via email to interiors@rmit.edu.au, 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.

English Language Requirements

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. http://www.rmit.edu.au/international/english-equivalent


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External accreditation and industry links

This program maintains industry links in a variety of ways.

This program is closely linked with the Society of Interior Designers Australia (SIDA), part of 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 assessment in 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 Program Advisory Committee (PAC), 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 PAC 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 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.

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

CAD Labs and associated software are available

Specialist Resources

  • 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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