Course Title: Decorate residential interiors

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: ARCH5165C

Course Title: Decorate residential interiors

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4251 - 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

Lindsey Glover -

John Perperis -

Maria Fey -

Kris Piggford -

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:

LMFID4002A Decorate residential interiors


1.  Analyse the project brief

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Applicable OHS, legislative and organisational requirements relevant to decorating for residential spaces are verified and complied with
1.2. Project brief is reviewed, confirmed and clarified with client
1.3. Parameters for the project are assessed and confirmed
1.4. Resources are selected appropriate to work requirements and checked for operational effectiveness
1.5. Communication with others is established and maintained
1.6. Problems or underlying factors to be addressed by the project brief are verified


2.  Conduct research for the design

Performance Criteria:

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


3.  Confirm the design brief

Performance Criteria:

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


4.  Generate decoration concepts

Performance Criteria:

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


5.  Translate concepts into 3D decoration ideas

Performance Criteria:

5.1. The elements and principles of design that are derived from the concept are explored
5.2. A range of 3-D decoration ideas are generated from the concept
5.3. Surface materials, finishes, and colours are explored and assessed for their ability to express the concept
5.4. Furniture, fixtures, fittings and accessories are explored and assessed for their ability to express the concept
5.5. The allocation and arrangement of objects within the space are explored
5.6. 2-D and 3-D sketches are developed to document the 3-D space



6.  Revise and refine solution

Performance Criteria:

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


7.  Present decoration solution to client

Performance Criteria:

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


8.  Reflect on decoration process

Performance Criteria:

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

Learning Outcomes

This unit supports the attainment of skills and knowledge required to analyse a design brief, conduct research and generate decoration ideas and concepts to create a visual experience in a previously defined interior space. This unit includes skills required to select materials and finishes for surface decoration and to arrange the objects and elements within the space. This unit does not cover skills required to alter established structural aspects of the building or building services.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will take place in a studio, workshop or classroom using industry standard tools and resources. You will complete exercises and industry style projects. You will also be required to undertake independent study.

In Class Activities will include:

• Lectures
• Peer teaching & class presentations
• Group discussion
• Teacher directed group activities/projects
• Class exercises to review discussions
• ‘workshopping’ of student projects
• Analysis/critique of relevant reading material

Out of class activities will include:
• Online research
• Independent project based work
• Gallery & exhibition visits

Self-Directed Learning - Some activities will include a self-directed learning approach; selfdirected
learning refers to organised activities that students undertake independently, either as
individuals or with other students that are supervised by a teacher. This may include workplace
research, library assignments. Field trips and work placements.

Teaching Schedule


Decorate residential Interiors is linked to Soft Furnishings for Interiors & Prepare a material board 
This will allow us to assess your project work against several competencies
All components must be addressed to gain a pass in this course and be deemed competent overall

WeekSemester 1  Weekly outlineElementsDue Date
 11Introduction to Decorate Residential Interior course structure – mode of delivery & project activity
 1.1 to 1.6
 2.1 to 2.7
 12Fabrics &Contemporary Styles
Luxe/Glam Minimalist & Silk 
3.1 to 3.3
5.1 to 5.6
 13Fabrics &Contemporary Styles
Out-door/In-door & Cotton
 3.1 to 3.3
5.1 to 5.6
 14Fabrics &Contemporary Style
Retro & Plain weaves
 3.1 to 3.3
5.1 to 5.6
 15Fabrics &Contemporary Styles
Re-cycle & Future styles & Other fibres Sustainable Fabrics
 3.1 to 3.3
5.1 to 5.6
 16Fabrics &Cultural Styles 1
Jacquard weaves
3.1 to 3.3
4.1 to 4.4
5.1 to 5.6
 Semester 2 Weekly outline  
 1 Fabrics &Cultural Styles 2
Pile weaves
Assessment task 1 – project Style File
3.1 to 3.3
5.1 to 5.6
 2 Fabrics &Cultural Styles 3
Historical weaves
 3.1 to 3.3
5.1 to 5.6
 3 Fabrics &Cultural Styles 4
Non-weaves / Specialty Fibres
 3.1 to 3.3
5.1 to 5.6
 4 Fabrics &Cultural Styles 5
Sustainable Fabrics
 3.1 to 3.3
5.1 to 5.6
 5 Documentation
Introduce Soft Furnishing project & assessment for semester 2
Client profile & Scope of Work
Client profile & Scope of Work
1.1 to 1.6
2.1 to 2.7
3.1 3.3 3.4
4.1 to 4.4
 6 Documentation
Client profile & Scope of Work
 5.1 to 5.6
6.1 to 6.6
7.1 7.2 
 7 Documentation
Client Letter & Master Schedule
 5.1 to 5.6
6.1 to 6.6
7.1 7.2 
 8 Documentation
Client Letter & Master Schedule
 5.1 to 5.6
6.1 to 6.6
7.1 7.2 
 9 Oral Presentation
Introduction to assessment
 5.1 to 5.6
6.1 to 6.6
7.1 7.2 
 10 Oral Presentation 5.1 to 5.6
6.1 to 6.6
7.1 7.2  
 11 Oral Presentation 5.1 to 5.6
6.1 to 6.6
7.1 7.2 
 12 Hand-in
Assessment task 2 - Documentation
Assessment task 3 – Oral Presentation
 7.1 to 7.3
8.1 to 8.3
2 & 3


Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material outlined in the Weekly Outline, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


You are advised to look at the course myRMIT site for ongoing updated information

Other Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this
course through our online systems and access to specialised facilities and relevant software. You will also have access of the library resources.

Library resources

Design I: The Elements Explore the ELEMENTS of design - color, line, shape, form, pattern
and texture. This video features usual design disciplines; interior, clothing, landscape, and
architecture, as well as more unusual venues, like the family dog, kids and professional models.

Design II: The Principles A lively, entertaining, quickly-paced video narrated by an awardwinning
actress! Take your students on a whirlwind tour of the natural world, the fashion world,
ancient times, modern past-times, interiors, exteriors, and everything in between for a thorough
grounding in the PRINCIPLES of design; balance, rhythm, scale, proportions, and harmony


Design resources: art and design terminology:

Materials resource room

Overview of Assessment

• Effectively analyse a project brief to determine client requirements
• Work through the decoration process collecting the required information
• Effectively establish criteria for the intended solutions to meet the requirements of the project brief
• Effectively design for at least two interior residential spaces to provide the client with creative solutions that satisfy the project brief
• Visually and verbally present decoration solution
• Effectively apply design elements and principles in designing for residential space
• Comply with legislation, regulations, standards, codes of practice and established safe practices and procedures for designing for residential space
• Communicate effectively and work safely with others in the work area

Assessment Tasks

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 & a major project
- written and/or oral questioning and discussion to assess knowledge and understanding
- completion of a style & fabric journal including personal reflection and feedback
- direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence…

The RMIT assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as a student as well as those of your teachers.

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks. Summative assessment tasks in this course are graded.
Feedback throughout the course may be written, verbal or a combination of both
To demonstrate competency in this course you need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.


Task 1: Formative assessment - Style File
Booklet presentation methodology is developed and prepared across a variety or decoration styles past, present and future using a varety of multimedia & computer stratagies

Task 2:Summative assessment - Client Documentation
 Linked to Soft furnishings - Child’s Bedroom project
Covers client letters, contracts and scheduling

Task 3: Summative assessment - Oral Presentation
Linked to Soft furnishings & Prepare a materials board - oral presentation of Child’s Bedroom design solution to client using visual techniques across a variety of media
At the completion of the course, grading will be offered in addition to, and after, competency based assessment.

CHD - Competent with High Distinction
CDI - Competent with Distinction
CC - Competent with Credit
CAG - Competency Achieved – Graded

NYC - Not Yet Competent
DNS - Did Not Submit for Assessment

All components must be addressed to gain a pass in this course and be deemed competent overall.

You will receive feedback with verbal and/or written evaluation of your progress within class time. The submitted projects will be assessed with written feedback as well as a quality indicator that relates to separate components of the project and the overall outcome. At the completion of the course, grading will be offered in addition to, and after, competency based 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

Decorate residential Interiors is linked to Soft Furnishings for Interiors, Prepare a material board.

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that students attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

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.
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Student Progress
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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. Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration.


Cover Sheet for Submissions:
All students must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications. Please refer to the following URL for further information regarding plagiarism.

Work not seen in progress
If a student hands in any work that the teacher has never seen in class or discussed with the student prior to the submission, the teacher can refuse to assess the work on the basis of authentication issues.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
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