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Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration

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  • Duration:

    Max 30 months

  • Start date:

    Anytime – start today!

  • Awarded by:

    TAFE NSW North Coast (RTO 90010)

  • Career Outcomes:

    Interior Designer | Interior Decorator | Colour Consultant | Soft Furnishing Consultant | View all

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This course meets the 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

The online Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration (MSF50213) course, offered by North Coast TAFE via Open Colleges, will provide you with the creative, technical and conceptual skills to launch your career as an interior designer.

Designed in consultation with industry experts, the course covers a comprehensive range of content, including space creation, space planning and creating environments for living and working. Students also receive an education in environmentally sustainable practices, as well as how to treat heritage sites. The course structure is such that students graduate with a diverse portfolio incorporating residential, commercial, heritage, restoration and accessible spaces.


In order to be eligible for this course, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Have completed year 10, or equivalent; OR
  • Have completed a certificate II or higher; OR
  • Have at least two years of industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication

Areas of study

In this design course, the subjects you will study include:

  • BSBDES302A - Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms
  • CUVACD303A - Produce technical drawings
  • MSFID4009 - Research architectural styles and movements
  • BSBDES303A - Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms
  • BSBCRT501A - Originate and develop concepts
  • CUVACD301A - Produce drawings to communicate ideas
  • MSFID5010 - Provide interior styling service
  • BSBDES301A - Explore the use of colour
  • MSFID4002 - Decorate residential interiors
  • MSFID4001 - Research, analyse and apply colour for interior spaces
  • MSFID3001 - Source and specify decoration products
  • MSFID4004 - Research and recommend furniture and accessories
  • MSFID4005 - Research and recommend soft furnishings for interiors
  • BSBDES401A - Generate design solutions
  • MSFID4011 - Determine work health and safety (WHS) implications of interior effects
  • MSAENV272B - Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • BSBSMB405B - Monitor and manage small business operations
  • MSFID4007 - Identify materials, construction techniques and methods used in building interiors
  • MSFID4006 - Research and recommend hard materials and finishes for interiors
  • MSFID4003 - Prepare a materials board for client presentation
  • MSFID5014 - Use CAD applications to complete models and documentation for interior design projects
  • SIRRMER512 - Produce perspective drawings, plans and elevations
  • BSBDES502A - Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief
  • MSFID5003 - Evaluate site for interior design brief
  • MSFID5002 - Develop a decoration proposal for a complex site
  • CPCCBC4037A - Prepare drawings for heritage works
  • MSFID5015 - Decorate interiors for restoration projects
  • MSFID4008 - Assess interior light and recommend light fittings
  • CUVPRP503A - Present a body of own creative work
Open Colleges Open Colleges is one of the largest private education providers in Australia. It offers a wide variety of courses, from leisure courses to vocational and higher education courses, many of which are government-accredited and employer-recognised. Most courses are delivered online or via blended learning, allowing you to work at your own pace and around your own schedule. Studying with Open Colleges is perfect for people with busy lifestyles, and those wishing to work and learn for themselves.
As a student of Open Colleges, you will have access to a range of student and administrative support options. Your course trainers are available via email, messaging and through your online course forums in OpenSpace. You will also have access to help with study skills such as time management, essay writing and referencing.

Where Will It Lead Me?

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

The interior design and decoration industry is experiencing steady growth, and accordingly, obtaining this online diploma will present you with a raft of employment opportunities. The project management component of this course will also hold you in good stead to launch your own small business, or pursue personal interest projects.

How Much Will It Cost?

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