Course code: HE20501V03

    Bachelor of Interior Design

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    OverviewAbout this course

    Create unique and innovative spaces as an interior designer as you combine your understanding of the interaction between people and spaces with your skills in concept creation and project management. The TAFE NSW Bachelor of Interior Design equips you with creative and technical skills in future-focused digital design and the ability to realise your design projects with confidence.

    This qualification is both nationally and internationally recognised. This means you’ll have the professional skills to work around the globe and begin a role as a commercial interior designer, opening up exciting opportunities.

    Graduate ready to dive into a diverse range of workplaces. Whether it’s as a consultant in an interior-specific design business, an architecture firm, or an interior design department of a property development firm, there are many places to flourish in this booming industry.

    Course duration

    3 years full time or 6 years part time

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    International students

    OutcomesWhat you'll gain

    Learning outcomes

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

    • Develop ethical design approaches to improve social connection, cultural inclusion, accessibility, health and wellbeing

    • Design innovative interiors by applying a broad understanding of interior design and its importance to people and ideas

    • Work within ethical frameworks, prioritise environmental sustainability and demonstrate professionalism in your community, both locally and globally

    • Create and promote environmentally responsible design strategies and showcase your leadership through positive social and ethical design solutions

    • Work both independently and collaboratively to show your versatility. Actively engage in ongoing professional development.

    • Engage with diverse design challenges, apply creative methodologies, take creative risks and reflect critically on your work and ideas in the context of a structured design process

    Course outcomes

    Develop specialist skills to gain an advantage in the job market

    • Graduate with a Bachelor Degree (AQF 7)

    • A professional portfolio of work that showcases your skills and knowledge

    • 70 hours of work placement experience with an industry interior design workplace organised by TAFE NSW

    • Eligibility to be admitted to the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) at the Associate Member level

    • The ability to coordinate, design and manage interior design projects from scoping and planning in the pre-implementation stage, all the way through to completion

    • This course has been accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA)

    SuitabilityIs this course right for you?

    Entry requirements

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

    You must demonstrate that you have achieved one of the following:

      • A NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) or its equivalent
      • A Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation or its equivalent
      • A completed certificate IV or higher vocational qualification

    Advanced Standing:

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

    • Certificate IV in Interior Decoration: Students who have completed a nationally recognised Certificate IV in Interior Decoration will receive credit for four subjects, covering the entire first semester of the degree. This allows you to complete the Bachelor of Interior Design in just two and a half years (full-time).

    • Diploma of Interior Design: Students with a nationally recognised Diploma of Interior Design will receive credit for nine subjects, encompassing the entire first year of the degree plus one subject in second year. This reduces the time needed to complete the Bachelor of Interior Design to two years (full-time).

    • Diploma of Building Design: Students who hold a nationally recognised Diploma of Building Design will receive credit for five subjects distributed across the first, second, and third years. As a result, you can complete the Bachelor of Interior Design in three years with a reduced study load.

    • Take advantage of your previous experience and accelerate your path to a new qualification at TAFE NSW.


    • Your certificates, transcripts and other entry requirement evidence must be certified through a Justice of the Peace or other authorising officer

    Entry recommendations

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

    • An interest in a career as a commercial interior designer

    • A passion for interior design, art and architecture

    • Engaged in some kind of creative art or design study in the past, either in school, at TAFE or just for your own interest

    • Some digital literacy and confidence in using computers

    • Access to your own personal modern PC laptop. You can access this equipment on campus, however it is highly recommended you have your own equipment available

    You do not require an ATAR score for entry into this course.

    If you are unable to meet the entry requirements, you may be eligible for special admission.

    Please continue with your application and you will be guided to identify as mature aged (at least 21 years old in your first year of study) or disadvantaged (disability, serious or chronic illness, interrupted education, lack of support for study, serious personal problems and/or serious family responsibilities). Please contact us to find out more.

    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.

    PathwaysFuture career and study options

    Career pathways

    Our graduates go onto roles like:

    Interior Designer

    Interior Designers plan, design, detail and supervise the construction of commercial, industrial, retail and residential building interiors to produce an environment tailored to a purpose, with particular emphasis on space creation, space planning, and factors that enhance living and working environments.

    • Full-time share Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).


    • Employment size Employment size is the number of workers who do this as their main job.

      3,100 workers

    • Average age This is the average age of all workers in this job.

      39 years

    • Weekly pay Median earnings are shown for full-time, non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate, before tax or any amounts that are salary sacrificed. These figures are a guide to earnings only and should not be used to determine a wage rate.


    • Average full-time The average full-time hours that people in this role work each week.

      45 hours

    • Skill level rating Skill level ratings are based on the range and complexity of job roles. In general, the higher the skill level, the more formal education and training, previous experience or on-the-job training needed to be good at the job.


    • Gender share

      75% female

    • Future growth The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business estimates the likely change in number of workers in this role, or industry, over the next 5 years. Future growth is the likely percentage change compared to all other job roles.

      Strong Growth

    Study pathways

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

    Further study0 Courses

    Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

    The Bachelor of Interior Design does not have any post-graduate courses.

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    Strengthen your expertise and expand your employability

    The Bachelor of Interior Design does not have any related courses.

    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.

    SubjectsSubjects in this course

    Completion of this course requires you to successfully complete 24 subjects (240 credit points) made up of 22 core subjects and 2 elective subjects.

    Core Subjects

    Elective Subjects

    Note: Some courses offer the opportunity to choose subjects from the complete suite of Higher Education electives that are delivered by TAFE NSW. Once you’ve enrolled, contact your Course Coordinator to discuss tailoring your course to align with your interests and goals.

    TAFE NSW servicesFacilities 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

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