This unique Interior Design and Decoration course gives you greater design awareness and the skills to develop your individual style.

Explore decoration, colour theory, problem-solving design, presentation approaches and construction drawings. Learn decoration and design practices from industry professionals working across both residential and commercial projects. Upon completion of the Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration (MSF50213), you will be able to analyse interior decorating and spatial challenges to visualise, present and document design solutions. Assessments include boutique hotel decoration, styling schemes for multifunctional residential interiors, kitchen joinery design, and design of an innovative physical environment for an online brand.

Your qualification options

Did you know, you can complete a course with similar outcomes and graduate with a higher qualification? Studying a Higher Education Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration through our sister college Billy Blue College of Design allows you to:

  • develop key technical on-the-job skills valued by employers
  • access personal and professional development opportunities
  • graduate with a Higher Education qualification
  • pathway to a degree down the track
  • utilise a Government student loan covering all of your course fees

QUALIFICATION CODE

MSF50213

CRICOS CODE

083113D

 

(Accrediting body Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA))

HOW CAN I STUDY?

WHERE CAN I STUDY?

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Choose to study part time or full time, on campus or online. You can even mix it up with part on campus, part online with blended learning.

BLENDED LEARNING
(Mix of online and on campus study)

Full time
3 trimesters (12 weeks each)
20 hours per week (15 hours on campus, 5 hours online)
Part time
6 trimesters (12 weeks each)
Trimester 1, 4, 6 = 8 hours per week (6 hours on campus, 2 hours online).
Trimester 2, 3, 5 = 12 hours per week (6 hours on campus, 6 hours online).
OR

ONLINE LEARNING

Full time
3 trimesters (12 weeks each)
20 hours per week
Part time
6 trimesters
Trimester 1, 4, 6 - 8 hrs p/w (6 hrs facilitated, 2 hrs directed study)
Trimester 2, 3, 5 – 12 hrs p/w (9 hrs facilitated, 3 hrs directed study)

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Course Assessment: competency based assessment - demonstrated skills and knowledge, practical and written projects, and presentations.

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CATC has design colleges in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. You can also choose to study the entire course, or part of it, online.

STUDY ON CAMPUS

Sydney

46 - 52 Mountain St Ultimo

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Melbourne

595 Little Collins St Melbourne

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Brisbane

90 Bowen Tce
Fortitude Valley

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...OR STUDY ONLINE

WHEREVER YOU ARE

CATC Diploma courses can be studied fully online.

CATC Vocational Education Training (VET), courses are delivered by Think: Colleges Pty Ltd ACN 050 049 299, Provider Registration Code: 0269. HEP No. 4375. CRICOS Provider Code 00246M.

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DOMESTIC STUDENTS

  1. A completed Australian secondary education qualification or equivalent; OR
  2. Undertake Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) testing and demonstrate competency at exit level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) in both reading and numeracy.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

  1. Equivalent IELTS 5.5 (Academic) with no skills band less than 5.0
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Key Dates

FEES & FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Equipment Requirements

Start Date Census Dates Last Day Breaks

Mon 20 Feb 2017

10 Mar

14 May

15 May - 4 Jun

Mon 05 Jun 2017

23 Jun

27 Aug

28 Aug - 17 Sep

Mon 18 Sep 2017

6 Oct

10 Dec

11 Dec - 18 Feb 2018

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PAYMENT OPTIONS - DOMESTIC AUSTRALIAN STUDENTS

Estimated Maximum Course Cost AUD 21,022 (domestic students)

Upfront payment

This means tuition fees will be invoiced each trimester and payment is required on or before the due date.

VET Student Loans

VET Student Loans is a Government loan program that helps students pay for their tuition fees up to a set amount (known as a loan cap).

Further information about VET Student Loans, including eligibility, is available at:

VET Student Loans website

But wait, you have options!

Our sister college Billy Blue College of Design offers a Higher Education (HE) qualification that gives you the same employability outcomes and additional personal development opportunities.

Eligible students can also access a Government student loan covering all course fees and will graduate with a Higher Education qualification valued by employers. Read more about this course here

Austudy and Abstudy

Students enrolled in this course may be eligible for government assistance, such as Austudy or Abstudy.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Upfront payment

This means tuition fees will be invoiced each trimester and payment is required on or before the due date.

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HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL NEED

Students studying at CATC (full time, part time or online) are required to have a computer throughout their studies. On-campus students are required to have a laptop, online students - a laptop or desktop computer as well as a printer, scanner and phone.

Minimum recommended hardware specifications:

  • Intel Core™ i7 processor 3.3GHz or higher
  • Windows 7 or higher (Windows 8.1 recommended)
  • 15”screen or larger with a minimum resolution of 1920 x 1080px
  • 8GB RAM or higher
  • 2GB Dedicated Graphics (Intel HD Graphics 6000 or better)
  • 1TB hard drive
  • Built in or external video camera
  • Built in or external speakers
  • Built in or external microphone
  • 3 button mouse

If using a Mac, purchasing Windows to “Boot Camp” platform is required. Students are responsible for their own computers.

Basic Digital Camera or smart phone with camera is required.

Software requirements:

  • Adobe Creative Cloud (Student and Teacher Edition) including Photoshop, Acrobat Pro, Illustrator and InDesign.
  • Microsoft Office (Home and Student suite)
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software (free student versions available atwww.autodesk.com/education/free-software/all)
  • SketchUpMake software (free student versions available at http://www.sketchup.com/download)
  • Artlantis (Free)

We recommend students purchase a subscription membership with Adobe Creative Cloud (Student and Teacher Edition). We suggest the ‘Complete — Student version’, which is heavily discounted and provides full access to all Adobe applications.

Australian Adobe site: https://creative.adobe.com/plans?store_code=au

Please Note: Internet access is required for software activation and validation of subscription, as well as to online services.

Art Kits

All students commencing this Interior Design course (on-campus or online) will require art materials for their studies. You can buy an Art Kit in full or make purchases as needed throughout your course from anywhere you choose. For a detailed materials list, please get in touch with a Course and Career Advisor or call 1300 661 111.

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SUBJECT INFORMATION

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Drawing is a rudimentary and essential basis for any design career. This subject introduces the student to the methods and techniques of basic photo imaging and drawing and professional visualization in the context of interior design. Students explore a range of techniques and materials and their application in order to communicate design concepts and assist students in understanding the principles of design and their specific application to drawing.

This subject is an introduction to the design process and its application to interior decorating and design. The student learns about design principles and elements and their place in the creative design process. Producing design concepts for an interior space through a series of exercises using creative thinking methods, e.g. brainstorming, trigger word, etc., the student uses experimentation to explore and challenge a range of different ideas. The production of sample boards and presentation boards is explored. During this subject the student acquires a basic understanding of sustainability, environmental hazards/risks, resource use and inefficiencies associated with the interior design workplace and apply those principles to the design studio environment.

In this subject the student learns how to develop and refine a range of techniques to produce technical and concept drawings. The student explores the way design drawing, both technical and concept, can be applied to interior decoration and design contexts where visual representation is required. The student learns how to produce floor plans, elevations, sections, isometric, and axonometric drawings relevant to interior spaces and furniture. Both manual and digital methods and techniques are explored.

This subject introduces the student to research and specification of furniture, soft furnishings and accessories for interior spaces. The student learns how to interpret the decoration requirements from a project brief, research furniture and accessories and make the appropriate recommendations to the client. The student also learns how to assess soft furnishing requirements, research soft furnishing materials, window treatments, and soft floor coverings. The student is introduced to the application of Australian Standards, documentation and presentation of decorative recommendations.

The student learns how to develop decorating schemes for residential interiors in accordance with project briefs. During the subject the student learns how to analyse a design brief, conduct research and generate decoration ideas and concepts to create a visual experience in a previously defined interior space. The student learns how to select materials and finishes for surface decoration and to arrange the objects and elements within the space. The subject is also an introduction to anthropometrics and ergonomics.

In this subject the student learns how to develop and refine a range of techniques to produce technical and concept drawings. The student explores the way design drawing, both technical and concept, can be applied to interior decoration and design contexts where visual representation is required. The student learns how to produce floor plans, elevations, sections, isometric, and axonometric drawings relevant to interior spaces and furniture. Both manual and digital methods and techniques are explored.

In this subject the student learns how to identify the different types and features of hard materials and the hard material requirements for a project. The student carries out research on various hard materials and finishes and documents recommendations for the client. The student furthers their knowledge of Australian Standards and regulations and codes. The sustainability of a design is assessed and the student learns how to apply resources sustainably.

This subject is focussed on the history of architectural and furniture styles and movements and its influence on contemporary interior design. The student learns to effectively research a range of architectural and furniture styles and movements to assist in the student’s current design practices. Effective analysis of design elements and principles in both architectural form and furniture is emphasised. The student analyses a range of styles and movements and learns how they influence current interior and furniture design. The research findings are documented and presented.

In this subject knowledge of structural components and systems is developed and the student learns how to interpret plans and specifications for interior projects. The student is introduced to legislative regulations, codes and standards and their application in residential design.

This subject introduces the student to industry standard CAD software and its application. The student will learn how to set up CAD drawings, create and edit objects, add text and dimensions to drawings and plot or print drawings.

This subject builds on the skills and knowledge acquired in the Design Process 1 subject. It explores the process of design development in 3-dimensional forms. Through the production of a range of concept realizations, the student is able to demonstrate the creative application of design processes to 3-dimensional work. The principles of WHS in an interior design context are identified by the student and the implications and risks are assessed for interior design projects.

Using industry standard CAD software, the student designs and produces 2D and 3D CAD drawings that document the requirements of a design brief. The student is taught how to determine the project requirements, use the CAD application to produce a 3D model and the associated 2D documentation, render the model, set up 3D views of the model and plot and print the results for final presentation.

This subject further develops the student’s knowledge of the design process in relation to interior design. The subject focuses on the design of commercial interior spaces and the complex processes involved. The student learns how to develop and refine a design brief, negotiate terms and conditions. Creative thinking skills are developed to generate a range of innovative concepts and ideas and the student learns to use lateral thinking and to take a visionary approach to developing concepts and ideas.

This subject includes the development of the students own voice through exploring and experimenting with new ideas in making and/or interpreting work. The student will develop acquired skills, develop conceptual skills and ideas, evaluate their own work and research work opportunities. The student consolidates their knowledge of the design industry, design as a profession and the relationship between design and other industries. The student applies industry knowledge to work activities, maximising effective performance and also gains knowledge of ways to maintain currency in design industry trends and practice.

In this subject the student learns how to evaluate materials and construction methods used on a site in order to determine their impact on the interior design brief. The student will also learn how to manipulate 3-D interior space and form applying the elements and principles of design in response to a brief. A project evaluation will be carried out by the student and they learn how to design the structural elements and the construction aspects of a design. They learn how to liaise with specialist professionals and prepare design documentation for a commercial project.

Within a commercial context, the student learns how to analyse the project brief, conduct project research, generate decorative themes and concepts, select and specify internal finishes, furniture, furnishings, lighting and object d’art. For this subject the student will present a fully resolved scheme and evaluate the client response.

WHY STUDY INTERIOR DESIGN?

The interior design industry has grown enormously over the past decade and is currently thriving! There are many angles to explore in your career including colour, design, furniture construction, spatial planning, lighting, business, furnishings and much more. Specialise in one area, or branch out and work for a studio or as a consultant.

Graduate Spotlight

Jessica Viscarde

2012: Worked as Graphic Designer and Marketing Assistant at IKEA
2013: Graduated from CATC winning D.I.A Encouragement Graduate Award
2014: Winner of the Alumni Grant and launched Eclectic Creative
Now: Owner at Eclectic Creative

Possible careers in interior design

  • Interior design and decoration consulting
  • Architectural illustrator
  • Kitchen joinery designer
  • Furniture and soft furnishing sales
  • Editor/writer for design magazines and blogs
  • CADD Operator
 

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"I loved the fact that the course gave you such a variety of knowledge into every facet of interior design"

I decided to come to CATC to pursue what I thought was a hobby and something I enjoyed reading about but has now turned into my passion and something that brings purpose and meaning into my life. It allows you to discover who you are or desire to be as a designer in the industry and it really tests your limits and shows you how capable you are.

Greta Gavrily   |   Interior Design and Decoration (MSF50213), Sydney HEAR FROM MORE STUDENTS
 

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