Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration (MSF50213)

Qualification: Diploma
Course Code: MSF50213
Study mode: Online
On Campus
Payment options: VET FEE-HELP may be available
Payment plan
Upfront payment
Duration: 110 weeks (online); 55 (on campus)
Start date: Start anytime! (online); Set intake dates (on campus)
Awarded by: Martin (RTO 5806)
This course meets Nationally Recognised Training standards. It is listed on the Australian government's National Register for Vocational Education and Training (VET). Studying this course leads to a qualification that's recognised throughout Australia, and lets employers know that you have the right skills for the job.

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About this course

If you're passionate about lush and functional interiors and appreciate how beautiful design can feed the soul, this online Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration (MSF50213) course will help you turn your passion into a fully-fledged career.

Delivered online for your convenience, this Martin course will equip you with the design fundamentals needed to design, style and decorate interiors for a range of settings including residential homes, commercial offices and retail outlets. You will learn how to conceptualise and plan spaces, pick appropriate furnishings to set the desired mood for your client, and will also be trained in the industry's latest drafting programs such as Revit and SketchUp.

Upon completion of this course, you'll have the industry knowledge and practical skills needed to pursue work as an interior designer and decorator, stylist or colour consultant.

Refine your eye for design, and start doing what you love!

Campus locations

If you'd prefer to study this course on campus, you can choose between one of the following locations:

  • Sydney - Level 1, 63 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
  • Melbourne - Level 3, 30 Church Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000
  • Brisbane - Level 4, 119 Charlotte Street, Brisbane, Queensland 4000


To be eligible to enrol in this course, you must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Provide a copy of your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (i.e. a Year 12 qualification); OR
  • Demonstrate that you have the capacity to successfully complete this course by achieving an Exit Level 3 score within the Australian Core Skills Framework assessments in reading and mathematics. This will be demonstrated through two short tests as a part of the enrolment process.

Areas of study

In this interior design course, the units of competency you may study include:

  • BSBDES302A - Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms
  • BSBDES303A - Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms
  • MSFID4010 - Research interior decoration and design influences
  • CPPCMN4008A - Read and extract information from plans, drawings and specifications for residential buildings
  • CUVACD301A - Produce drawings to communicate ideas
  • MSFFDT4004 - Assess environmental impact of a design
  • MSFID5001 - Design residential interiors
  • CUVACD303A - Produce technical drawings
  • MSFID4007 - Identify materials, construction techniques and methods used in building interiors
  • MSFID4001 - Research, analyse and apply colour for interior spaces
  • MSFID4002 - Decorate residential interiors
  • MSFID4008 - Assess interior light and recommend light fittings
  • MSFID5013 - Design for small to medium scale commercial or institutional interiors
  • CUVACD302A - Produce computer-aided drawings
  • MSFID5003 - Evaluate site for interior design brief
  • SIRRMER512 - Produce perspective drawings, plans and elevations
  • MSFID4003 - Prepare a materials board for client presentation
  • MSFID4006 - Research and recommend hard materials and finishes for interiors
  • MSFID4011 - Determine work, health and safety (WHS) implications of interior effects
  • MSFID5009 - Research and recommend colour and applied finishes
  • BSBDES502A - Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief
  • MSFID5005 - Explore and apply creative design methodology to interior space
  • MSFID5010 - Provide interior styling service
  • MSFID5004 - Specify structural elements, systems and services for interior spaces
  • MSFID5014 - Use CAD applications to complete models and documentation for interior design projects
  • BSBDES304A - Source and apply design industry knowledge
  • BSBDES403A - Develop and extend design skills and practice
  • MEM16006A - Organise and communicate information
  • MSAENV272B - Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration (MSF50213) from Martin.

Graduate from this program with the interior design world at your feet. With this industry-recognised qualification under your belt, you'll be ready to pursue jobs such as:

  • Self-employed interior decorator
  • Colour consultant
  • Interior stylist
  • In-house interior designer or decorator
  • Interior design and decoration consultant

Finance options

You may be eligible to receive a VET FEE-HELP loan for this diploma, meaning you can defer payment of your course fees. Enquire now for more information and to see if you meet eligibility criteria.

Martin also offers flexible payment plans to help make studying more affordable.

View the tuition fees for 2016 here.

You may be eligible to receive VET FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the VET FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.
RTO 5806
Martin is a leading tertiary education institution offering a range of courses in events, business and management at certificate and diploma level. With over 35 years experience in the education sector, the college is focused on equipping students with the practical skills needed to enter the professional workforce. All Martin courses are accredited by the Australian Skills Quality Authority and meet the requirements of the VET Quality Framework.

Campus locations
Sydney – Level 1, 63 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Melbourne – Level 3, 30 Church Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000
Gold Coast – Level 5, 38 Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise, QLD 4217
Brisbane – Level 4, 119 Charlotte Street, Brisbane, Queensland 4000
Martin offers a range of student support services, and is dedicated to helping its students excel in their chosen field of speciality. As a Martin student you will be supported at every stage of your training; from talented mentors and one-on-one feedback sessions, through to academic skills workshops, and learning support services.

You will also be given access to the Basic Skill Key Builder, an online learning platform that creates individualised learning plans, houses interactive learning resources, and features support tutorials that are tailored to your needs.

Martin is dedicated to building inclusive learning environments, and provides disability services and free counselling sessions to promote wellbeing for all students.

Career Starter Program

Ensure you graduate job-ready with the help of Martin’s Career Starter Program. The program includes:

  • Careers counsellors: Available for personal guidance sessions, workshops, seminars, and mentoring.

  • Job placements: Short-term or part-time placements across a range of industries.

  • Internships: Gain valuable experience and start building your professional network.

  • Volunteer opportunities: Get a foot in the door and build valuable industry contacts.

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