Interior Design Courses Example

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






(Accrediting body Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA))




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.

(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).


Full time
3 trimesters (12 weeks each)
20 hours per week
Part time
6 trimesters (12 weeks each)
Trimester 1, 4, 6 = 8 hours per week
Trimester 2, 3, 5 = 12 hours per week

More about online learning

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


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



46 - 52 Mountain St Ultimo



595 Little Collins St Melbourne



90 Bowen Tce
Fortitude Valley




CATC Diploma courses can be studied fully online.



  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.


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

Key Dates


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


Fees and financial assistance

In 2017 the Government is planning to launch VET Student Loans, a new scheme giving students access to high quality VET diplomas. However, the amount you can borrow will be capped and there is likely to be out of pocket expense.

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


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.


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 Suite 6 (Master Collection bundle) or 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
  • SketchUpMake software ( Currently free.
  • Artlantis (Free)


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An introduction to drawing and visualisation in the context of interior design and decoration, this subject sees you exploring a range of techniques to communicate design concepts. Analogue and digital methods of drawing are explored, from pencil to stylus.

This interior design course is an introduction to the design process and its application to interior decorating and design. You will learn the core principles, as well as their place in the creative process, by producing a design concept for an interior space through a series of exercises using creative thinking methods. Using experimentation to explore and challenge a range of different ideas, you’ll acquire a basic understanding of interior design workplaces and apply those principles to a design studio environment.

Develop and refine a range of techniques to produce technical and concept drawings. Using both analogue and digital techniques, you’ll explore the way drawing is applied to interior design and decoration. You will learn how to produce floor plans, elevations, sections, isometric and axonometric drawings, as well as what “axonometric” means.

Furniture, soft furnishings and accessories for interior spaces – they’re the core of this subject, which teaches you how to interpret the decoration requirements from a project brief, research furniture and accessories, then make appropriate recommendations to the client. You’ll also find out how to assess soft furnishing requirements, research soft furnishing materials, window treatments and soft floor coverings. Finally, the subject covers the Australian Standards for documentation and presentation of decorative recommendations.

Everyone has their own ideas on how their home should look, and this subject helps you develop decorating schemes for residential interiors in accordance with project briefs. Learn how to analyse a design brief, conduct research and generate decoration ideas to create a visual experience in a defined interior space. Select materials and finishes for surface decoration and arrange objects and elements within a space. This subject is also an introduction to anthropometrics and ergonomics.

Colour psychology and the manipulation of spatial illusion through colour are explored in this subject, where you’ll learn how to create colour schemes with technical integrity. The interpretation of lighting requirements for a design brief is covered, as well as the environmental impact of various forms of lighting, both natural and artificial. You’ll also learn how to present a lighting layout for an interior space.

In this subject you’ll learn how to identify the different types and features of hard materials to suit the requirements of a project. Carry out research on various hard materials and finishes, then document recommendations for clients. You’ll further your knowledge of Australian Standards, and regulations and codes. The sustainability of a design is assessed, showing you how to apply resources sustainably.

Contemporary interior design is the product of centuries of history. Research a range of architectural and furniture styles, with an emphasis on the analysis of design elements and principles in both architectural form and furniture. You’ll learn how historical architectural and furniture styles influence current interior and furniture design, then document and present your research findings.

Knowledge of structural components and systems will help you learn how to interpret plans and specifications for interior projects. This subject introduces industry-standard CAD software and its application, so you’ll learn how to set up CAD drawings, create and edit drawings, add text and dimensions, and finalise documentation.

This subject explores the process of design development in three-dimensional forms. By producing a range of concept realisations, you’ll be able to demonstrate the creative application of design processes to 3D work. The subject includes concept realisations and design development for a number of design projects.

Using industry-standard CAD software, you’ll design and render 3D CAD models that meet the requirements of a design brief. Determine the project requirements, use the CAD application to produce a 3D model and the associated 2D documentation, set up 3D views of the model and render the model for presentation.

Building on what you’ve already learned, this subject expands your knowledge of the design process in relation to interior design, focusing on the design of commercial interior spaces and the complex processes involved. Discover how to develop and refine a design brief, as well as negotiate terms and conditions. Creative thinking skills are developed to generate a range of innovative concepts and ideas.

It’s time to develop your own voice! Explore and experiment with new ideas in making and/or interpreting work, developing conceptual skills and ideas, evaluating your own work and researching work opportunities. Gain knowledge of the design industry, design as a profession and the relationship between design and other industries. Finally, you’ll take that industry knowledge and make plans for acquiring and maintaining currency in the future. (Currency meaning both “relevance” and “money” in this case.)

Bring skills and experience learned in the interior design diploma course to an interior design and decoration brief. You’ll learn how to manipulate 3D interior design to affect spatial experience, applying the elements and principles of design. Before you know it, you’ll be carrying out project evaluations, taking into account the structural elements and the construction aspects of a design. Liaise with specialist professionals and prepare design documentation for a commercial project.

Within a commercial context, you’ll learn how to analyse the project brief, conduct project research, generate decorative themes and concepts, select and specify internal finishes, furniture, furnishings and lighting. Present a fully resolved scheme and evaluate the client response.


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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