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.






(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 22 Feb 2016

Fri 11 Mar

Fri 13 May

Mon 16 May - Fri 3 Jun (3wks)

Mon 4 Apr 2016

Tue 12 Apr

Fri 13 May

Mon 16 May - Fri 3 Jun (3wks)

Mon 06 Jun 2016

Fri 24 Jun

Fri 26 Aug

Mon 29 Aug - Fri 16 Sep (3wks)

Mon 18 Jul 2016

Tue 26 Jul

Fri 26 Aug

Mon 29 Aug - Fri 16 Sep (3wks)

Mon 19 Sep 2016

Fri 07 Oct

Fri 9 Dec

Mon 12 Dec - Fri 17 Feb (10 wks)

Mon 31 Oct 2016

Tue 08 Nov

Fri 9 Dec

Mon 12 Dec - Fri 17 Feb (10 wks)

Mon 02 Jan 2017 (Summer School)

Tue 10 Jan

Fri 10 Feb

Mon 13 Feb – Sun 19 Feb (1wk)


As a FEE-Help eligible institution, CATC is able to administer the government benefits scheme for students who meet the application criteria.

VET FEE-HELP is available to assist eligible students studying higher level vocational education and training (VET) qualifications to pay their tuition fees. Higher level VET qualifications are at the diploma level and above. VET FEE HELP can be used to pay all or part of an eligible student’s tuition fees, but cannot be used for additional study costs such as accommodation or text books.

During your course you’ll need to buy art materials and have access to equipment to complete your assessments and session tasks. Here’s a summary of 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 i5 processor - 2.2GHz or higher
  • Windows 7 or higher (Windows 10 highly recommended)
  • 15”screen or larger with minimum resolution of 1920x1080 px
  • 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

Software requirements:

All students must purchase the Art Kit, comprising a range of art materials, tools and equipment. Students will be provided with details of required materials, tools, and equipment at offer/orientation stage and will be required to have equipment for course commencement day 1.

Get a student discount on laptops and software

CATC students are eligible for substantial discounts for laptops and design software through our supplier Powermedia. To enquire or order, visit the Powermedia website or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You must be enrolled at CATC Design School to receive the student discount.



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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.

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