National code: MSF50222

Diploma of Interior Design

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Overview About this course

Develop the skills to pursue a career in interior design. Build your creative and technical abilities as you learn design principles, space planning and material selection to help create functional, aesthetic and sustainable interior spaces.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Design residential interiors and lighting

  • Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief

  • Produce digital models and documentation for interior design projects

  • Design colour schemes for interior and exterior spaces

  • Explore and apply creative design methodology to interior spaces

Course outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • A portfolio of work to show potential employers

  • Opportunities to showcase designs in a graduate exhibition

  • A sound understanding of industry-specific software

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • Current enrolment or completion of the Certificate IV in Interior Decoration as evidenced by a copy of your transcript, certificate or enrolment letter, or

  • Current enrolment or completion of the following units of competency: CUADES302, CUADES303 and MSFID4016. This can be evidenced by a copy of your transcript, certificate or enrolment letter.

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • A strong interest in interior design

  • Digital literacy and access to a computer and reliable internet connection

  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) at a Year 10 high school level


  • TAFE NSW may ask you to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test. This helps us to understand your individual study needs, to design an individualised plan that supports your study success and ensures your LLN skills match the demands of the course.

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future career and study options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: interior designer and interior stylist.

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 2 Courses

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

Further study 1 Course

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

Related study 1 Course

Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Diploma of Interior Design qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 27 units of competency, including 10 core and 17 speciality units.

Please note, not all specialty units are offered at every TAFE NSW location. It is highly recommended that you check with your preferred campus for information about the specialty units offered at that location.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms CUADES302

  • Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms CUADES303

  • Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief CUADES512

  • Design residential interior lighting MSFID4013

TAFE NSW services Facilities and support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

Info sessions Want to know more?

There are a total of 4 information sessions planned for this course. They'll take place at different locations across the state.

You can select a study option below to see the sessions available. Or you can view all sessions related to Art and Design

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