Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration

Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration

Course Code
Creative Industries
Study Area(s)
Interior Design
Course Length
Full-time(1 year)

Start Date(s): February 2020
End Date(s): December 2020
Days and Time: 3 days a week
Monday to Wednesday

Course Overview

Whether you seek an interior design career or want to successfully manage your home decoration projects, our Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration (MSF50213) will give you the theoretical knowledge and technical skills needed to achieve your goals.

You’ll graduate feeling inspired and confident in your ability to conceptualise and then create commercial and residential spaces that are dynamic, engaging and functional.

Working in three dimensions, interior designers need to consider space allocation, building services, furniture, fixtures and surface finishes. This course is not only about the aesthetic elements of decoration it takes into consideration the functional, social, safety and cultural aspects of the environment. 

This course covers all areas of interior design and decoration, from design philosophies to dealing with customers as well as working with suppliers and drawing up design briefs, and identifying and recommending materials and furniture. It puts a strong focus on developing technical drawing skills, three dimensional thinking and presentation methods. 

Students learn through a practical projects, hands-on studio workshops and individual feedback.

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Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
BSBDES302Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms50
BSBDES303Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms50
BSBDES502Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief65
CUAACD301Produce drawings to communicate ideas80
CUAACD303Produce technical drawings50
MSFID4001Research, analyse and apply colour for interior spaces80
MSFID4011Determine work health and safety (WHS) implications of interior effects10
MSFID5001Design residential interiors108
MSMENV272Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices30


Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
BSBDES301Explore the use of colour40
BSBDES305Source and apply information on the history and theory of design65
BSBDES403Develop and extend design skills and practice30
BSBPMG522Undertake Project Work60
CUAACD302Produce computer-aided drawings50
CUAANM303Create 3D digital models75
CUADES403Research and apply techniques in spatial design50
CUADIG507Design digital simulations50
MSFDN4001Produce drawings from design concepts64
MSFID3001Source and specify decoration products20
MSFID4010Research interior decoration and design influences36
MSFID5002Develop a decoration proposal for a complex site108
MSFID5005Explore and apply creative design methodology to interior space60
MSFID5007Decorate for events40
MSFID5009Research and recommend colour and applied finishes40
MSFID5013Design for small to medium scale commercial or institutional interiors108
MSFID5014Use CAD applications to complete models and documentation for interior design projects80
SIRRMER512Produce perspective drawings, plans and elevations45

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed to show that you have achieved the skills and knowledge required by the course. Assessment may include written, oral or practical assessment methods. You will know in advance about the type of assessment and how it will operate. There is the opportunity for reassessment and appeal and you will be given this information.

What will I study?

- Design context
- Mood/concept boards
- Ergonomics
- Scale, line quality, weight and conventions
- Space analyses and analytical diagrams
- Three dimensional thinking and space planning
- Historical references and interior development
- Kitchen & bathroom design
- Using a technical drawing board and associated tools
- Sketch model preparation and use
- Hard & soft furnishing
- Materials board
- Painting & rendering techniques.

For course information, please call 13 TAFE (13 8233) or fill our enquiry form.

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This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Are you eligible for Government Subsidised fees? Find out now!

You may be eligible for concession. Find out now!

The fees listed below relate to 2019 courses and are indicative pricing only as total costs vary depending on the units you elect to study.

Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

Payment plans are available. Click here to find out more.
Course availability is subject to enrolment numbers.

Your total course fee will typically include your tuition fee (table 1), any applicable consumables and/or material fees (table 2) and non-tuition fees such as student support fees (table 3).

Table 1

Enrolment type
Government Subsidised
Indicative total tuition fee#
Indicative total tuition fee#
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Full Fee
Indicative total tuition fee#

Table 2

Average course
material fees*


Average course
consumable fees*

# The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.
* Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student.

Click here to view maximum tuition fees. We strongly urge you to contact us for a more exact calculation of your fees. Additional fees may apply such as the Student Support Fee. 

2019 Student Services Fee (Table 3)

 Type of cohort:

Eligible full fee paying student (more than 125 SC hours) Non eligible/FFS  full fee paying student (more than 125 SC hours) Special cohort classes:
  • Concession card holders
  • Apprentices
  • Trainees
  • Work based students (100% off campus delivery)
  • Full online delivery (100% off campus delivery)
Any students studying less than 125 hours in the full year
Domestic student services fees for 2019: $0.40 per student contact hour. $60 min total to $200 max total $0.40 per student contact hour. $60 min total to $200 max total $60 fixed fee None


The following fee categories are exempt from the SSF -
ASH: Asylum Seeker Or Victim Of Human Trafficking Concession
ASZ: Asylum Seeker Or Victim Of Human Trafficking Non-concession
X: Community-based Orders/Judy Lazarus Transition Centre
OZ: International Student
M: Prisoner
YTC: Young People Transitioning From Care – Concession
YTN: Young People Transitioning From Care - No Concession
Short courses

student contact hours

Total hours^ Indicative hours* Government Subsidised $/SCH Indigenous Concession $/SCH Full fee $/SCH
1709 1709 $5.70 $1.14 $11.80

^This is based on the maximum number of student contact hours for the total duration of the course. Hours may vary depending on electives chosen by the student.

*This is based on the maximum number of student contact hours for the calendar year of 2019. Hours may vary depending on electives chosen by the student. If you have to undertake training as part of Skills Recognition, your tuition fees are charged according to the applicable rate per Student Contact Hour depending on your eligibility for government subsidised, concession or full fees.

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What costs and other fees should I expect?

Contact the Contact Centre on 13 TAFE (13 8233) or enquiries@kangan.edu.au for a fee schedule. There may be extra costs for reference books, protective clothing or specialised materials.

Can I apply?

There are no set prerequisites for this course. However it is recommended that you have satisfactory numeracy and literacy skills to undertake this course or are mature age and have sufficient work experience to successfully undertake the course. OR You may apply if you have satisfactorily completed VCE or an approved equivalent course and the satisfactory completion of the work requirements (eligibility to transfer); or are mature age and have sufficient work experience to successfully undertake the course. (Mature age is anyone over the age of 18 who has been out of full-time education for more than 12 months.)

Where and how can I study?

You will study at our Richmond campus.  Located within the one of Melbourne’s best shopping districts, the campus offers state-of-the-art textile and work rooms, a retail training centre, as well as a hair and beauty training salon.

What employment opportunities will I have?

This course may lead to employment as an Independent or Freelance Interior Decorating Consultant, Interior Design Consultant, Interior Designer, Interior Stylist, Soft Furnishing Consultant.

What skills will I have when I complete this course?

Students will gain skills in technical hand drawing as well as CAD. Students will learn how to draw from different 2D viewpoints and incororate their ideas within the constraints of space and a brief. This interior design and decoration course will cover space creation and planning as well as how to create the best environments for living and working.

What qualifications will I receive?

On successful completion of the course you will be awarded the MSF50213 Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration. As part of the Australian Qualifications Framework this program is nationally recognised.

What opportunities for further studies will I have?

This course will lead to higher level studies at the Advanced Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration (MSF60113) level. Credit transfers may be available into a degree in Interior design and decoration.

How do I apply?

To apply for this course, complete an online application form by clicking the yellow 'Apply Here' button above.  For further information call 13 TAFE (13 8233) or contact us via our online enquiry form.

How will I be selected for this course?

Applicants for this course are required to complete an assessment to evaluate their Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills.  This tool helps to ensure that you enrol in a course that is the right level of study for you.