Course Title: Interior Design Professional Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Interior Design Professional Practice

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


315H Architecture & Design


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013


City Campus


320H Architecture & Urban Design


Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Anthony Fryatt

Course Coordinator Phone: Contact via email

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 100.08.02

Course Coordinator Availability: Contact via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite courses ARCH1121 Interior Design Studio 6 before you commence this course.

Alternatively you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course. Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. For further information go to Recognition of prior learning (RPL) in Higher Education.

Course Description

This course will introduce you to the professional practice of Interior Design, and to the legal requirements and obligations of a professional Interior Designer. You will develop strategies and skills to apply theoretical, environmental, social, historical, cultural and technical knowledge to the professional practice of design. You will study a range of practice models and consider your own practice framework.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

• Conceptualise and engage in research through design as part of the creative process to open the potential for new understandings, experimentation and innovation.
• Communicate your ideas and designs verbally, visually and textually through a range of media to your peers as well as professional, academic and public audiences.
• Reflect, analyse, synthesise, critique and evaluate your own work as well that of your peers and apply your knowledge and skills with initiative and insight in professional practice and/or scholarship.
• Engage in research with an enhanced appreciation and understanding of theoretical, environmental, social, historical, cultural and technical contexts in relation to the activity of interior design and be able to engage and extend this knowledge through the practice of design.
• Use technology as an intrinsic part of the design process and have the ability to identify relevant techniques, skills, materials and technologies for specific designs.
• Understand and value your individual abilities and way of working as an interior designer; to initiate independent strategies together with the ability to plan and time manage projects; to develop a personal work ethic based on initiative and self-motivation.

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Research and articulate your professional ambition and establish a plan to transition to professional practice upon graduation.
2. Develop the means to communicate your interior design knowledge, capabilities and experience to others.
3. Recognise the practical, legal and ethical responsibilities of a professional Interior Designer.
4. Identify and apply professional project management and administration principles relevant to designing interiors. Including understanding of fee proposals, briefing documents, design phases, relevant codes and permits relevant to a particular project.
5. Understand the role and relationship of interior design to the community associated stakeholders, consultants and trades.
6. Plan and time-manage your work in response to deadlines.

Overview of Learning Activities

Key concepts and their application will be explained and illustrated in lectures, seminars or online lecture summaries with opportunities to discuss their use in case studies during tutorials and group discussions. Case based scenarios will be used to develop your ability to apply procedures relevant to Interior Design professional practice.

Overview of Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Detailed references and ongoing updated information will be made available to students in the myRMIT Canvas site


Detailed references and ongoing updated information will be made available to students in the myRMIT Canvas site

Other Resources

Library Resources
The Library offers extensive resources and study support services for Interior Design students. These include:
• Subject guides tailored to your studies:
• Help with referencing, planning assignments and study support:
• Chat service Ask The Library and online study resources:

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities. The evidence for your learning outcomes will be in the design projects you present through a variety of visual and verbal means.

Assessment Tasks:

Assessment 1 - Coursework - Professional Contexts - 30%

Linked Course Learning Outcomes: CLO2, CLO3, CLO4, CLO5, CLO6

Assessment 2 - Coursework - Speculative Professional Practices - 30%

Linked Course Learning Outcomes: CLO1, CLO2, CLO6

Presentation 3 - Coursework - Portfolio and CV - 40%

Linked Course Learning Outcomes: CLO 1, CLO2, CLO4, CLO6

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equity Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.