Course Title: Decorate residential interiors

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: ARCH5205C

Course Title: Decorate residential interiors

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4355 - Certificate IV in Interior Decoration

Course Contact : Jennifer Crowley

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

John Perperis
(ph) 9925 4720 or Reception (ph) 9925 4819

Michele Meister
Reception (ph) 9925 4819


Nominal Hours: 80

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit specifies the outcomes required to decorate residential interiors for the solution of interior decoration projects in accordance with project briefs.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSFID4002 Decorate residential interiors


2. Conduct research for the design


Performance Criteria:

Areas for research are identified
Impacts of cultural, social and economic influences and trends are identified and analysed
Ergonomic and anthropometric influences are identified and analysed
Environmental issues are identified and analysed
Other relevant information is assessed and used to guide research
Design influences are prioritised for relevancy to design brief
Collected information is documented


7. Present decoration solution to client

Performance Criteria:

Final presentation is prepared for the client
Final presentation is presented to the client with key features and benefits of the solution explained
Client is engaged to gain feedback on decoration elements


1. Analyse the project brief

Performance Criteria:

Applicable work health and safety (WHS), legislative and organisational requirements relevant to decorating for residential spaces are verified and complied with
Project brief is reviewed, confirmed and clarified with client
Parameters for the project are assessed and confirmed
Resources are selected appropriate to work requirements and checked for operational effectiveness
Communication with others is established and maintained
Problems or underlying factors to be addressed by the project brief are verified


3. Confirm the design brief

Performance Criteria:

Design requirements are translated in a manner which is clear and concise
Factors affecting the outcome of the project are documented
Criteria for assessing and evaluating design concepts are determined
Final design brief outlining all the requirements is compiled, produced and refined with the client


4. Generate decoration concepts

Performance Criteria:

Creative methodologies are used to generate a range of decoration concepts and themes
Concepts are assessed against the project brief to select most viable solution
Concept is presented to client using a range of concept presentation methods
Ideas are discussed with client and concept is modified according to feedback


5. Translate concepts into 3D decoration ideas

Performance Criteria:

The elements and principles of design that are derived from the concept are explored
A range of 3-D decoration ideas are generated from the concept
Surface materials, finishes, and colours are explored and assessed for their ability to express the concept
Furniture, fixtures, fittings and accessories are explored and assessed for their ability to express the concept
The allocation and arrangement of objects within the space are explored
2-D and 3-D sketches are developed to document the 3-D space


6. Revise and refine solution

Performance Criteria:

Planning is revised and refined, and ergonomics considered
Regulatory requirements relating to decoration are assessed to determine compliance
Finishes, fittings, fixtures, furniture, materials and accessories are selected
Colour scheme is selected to complement the space and create the required visual experience
Environmental aspects of decoration solution are examined and areas for improved sustainability are identified and incorporated where possible
Preliminary drawings are developed


8. Reflect on decoration process

Performance Criteria:

Client feedback and response are analysed to determine success in achieving client satisfaction
Own performance in the design process is examined to identify strengths and weaknesses
Areas for improvement are identified

Learning Outcomes

Refer to the elements

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will take place in a studio or classroom using industry standard tools and resources. You will complete exercises & tasks.

You will also be required to undertake independent study.
Reference mode of delivery for this course is a blended approach

In class activities will include:
• Lectures & project based work
• Group discussion
• Teacher directed activities/projects
• Class exercises to review lectures

Out of class activities will include:
• Online investigation
• Independent project based work
• Gallery/Exhibition visits

Teaching Schedule


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 11 Lecture -  Introduction to Decorate Residential Interior course structure – mode of delivery & project activities over 2 semesters
 & introduction to semester 1 - TASK 1A  Style File & TASK 1B Style blog
 1.1 to 1.6
 2.1 to 2.7
TASK 1A & 1B  due semester 2 - WEEK 2
 12 Lecture - Contemporary Styles 1
 Record & explore styles
 3.1 to 3.3
 4.1 to 4.4

 Lecture - Contemporary Styles 2
 Record & explore styles

 3.1 to 3.3
 4.1 to 4.4

Lecture - Cultural Styles 1 
 Record & explore styles

 3.1 to 3.3
 4.1 to 4.4
 15 Lecture - Cultural Styles 2
Record & explore styles
Layout & presentation process - style blog
 3.1 to 3.3
 4.1 to 4.4
 16 Lecture - Cultural Styles 3 
 Record & explore styles
 Layout & presentation process - style file
 3.1 to 3.3
 4.1 to 4.4
                                 SEMESTER 2  COURSE CONTENT  

 Introduce Dec Res Int major decoration project for semester 2
 Class discussion regarding visual diary    
 Confirmation of design process development 
 Select style to underpin project 
 TASK 2 visual diary -  TASK 3A boards & model - TASK 3B client presentation  

 1.1,1.2 ,

  TASK 2 visual diary due WEEK 15
 TASK 3A & 3B due WEEK 15


 Hand-in TASK 1A Style file & TASK 1B Style blog
  Explore industry language
 Learn how to source products for the project - site visits & websites
 Begin spatial planning of residential project

 TASK 1A & 1B due this week
 3Studio workshop for spatial planning of residential project including group discussion & feedback

 1.1, 1.2

 4 Site visits to industry related businesses to assist project development  2.4,2.5
    5 Studio workshop to assist project development of design to assist project development & feedback 


    6 Studio workshop - measurement & calculation 1 exercises to assist project development & feedback  3.3,4.1,4.2 
    7  Studio workshop - measurement & calculation exercises to assist project development & feedback 3.3,4.1,4.2 
    8 Studio  workshop - model & boards - to assist project development with & feedback

5.1 to 5.6

    9 Studio workshop - model & boards  - to assist project development with & feedback 3.3,4.1,4.2
 5.1 to 5.6
   10 Documentation requirement with project summary breakdown of costs
 Contractual detailsof residential project  
   11 Documentation requirement with project summary breakdown of costs
Contractual detailsof residential project
   12 Preparation for client presentation 7.1 
   13  Preparation for client presentation 7.1 
   14 Client presentations 7.1 to 7.3 
   15 Hand-in today -
 TASK 2 - visual diary
 TASK 3A - boards & model
 TASK 3B - client presentation & comment
   TASK 2 visual diary due today
TASK 3A & 3B due today
   16 Review Assessment - deliver Feedback rubric & where necessary direct Re-submission  

Semester 1 - Tutorials - weeks 11 to 16 
Semester 2 - Tutorials - weeks1 to 16

 Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems 
You are advised to look at the course at myRMIT site for ongoing updated information

The University Library has extensive resources for Interior Design and Decoration students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies
The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian

Materials resource room

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course will be project based.

Assessment Tasks

Feedback throughout the course may be written, verbal or a combination of both
Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills and will include:

Practical tasks and a major project
Direct observation and exploration 
Written and/or oral questioning and discussion to assess knowledge and understanding
Completion of a journal and/or portfolio including personal reflection and feedback
Direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence

Decorate residential Interiors
In second semester this course is linked to ARCH5214C  Research and recommend soft furnishings for interior 
This will allow your project work to be assessed against several competencies

To demonstrate competency in this course you need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.

TASK 1A & 1B
TASK 1A - Style File - due WEEK 2 semester 2 
TASK 1B - Style Blog - due WEEK 2 semester 2
Booklet presentation methodology is developed and prepared across a variety or decoration styles past, present and future using a varety of multimedia & computer stratagies - linked to Soft furnishings course

TASK 2 - Visual diary - due WEEK 15 semester 2
Conceptual design development - fabric exploration - window styles investigation

TASK 3A & 3B
TASK 3A - Presentation boards with model - due  WEEK 15 semester 2 
TASK 3B - Oral Presentation - due WEEK 15 semester 2
Oral presentation of design solution to client using visual techniques across a variety of media 
You are advised to look at the course at myRMIT site for ongoing updated information.

The University Library has extensive resources for Interior Design and Decoration students. The Library has
produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies

The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian (

This course is delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment (see list below), but also utilises graded assessment

CHD: Competent with High Distinction (4 GPA)
CDI: Competent with Distinction (3 GPA)
CC: Competent with Credit (2 GPA)
CAG: Competency Achieved – Graded (1 GPA)
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

An assessment matrix demonstrating alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit
of Competency is available from the course contact person (stated above).

Other Information

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that you attend
all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to be successful in this course.
Feedback - You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on
how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Student feedback at RMIT:
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Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.
Pick the following link to access the Student progress policy webpage

Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges
that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.
Pick the following link for Cover sheet for submission of works

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level.
If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension.
Pick the following link for details on applying for Special consideration
Further links - Application for extension of time

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity.
Pick the following link for more information Academic Integrity

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