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TAFE NSW courses can provide amazing in careers related to building design and drafting. Building designers work with architects and engineers to develop working drawings and building plans for new constructions and renovations.

Advanced Diploma of Building Surveying (CPC60115) online options available

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Apply decoration and skills to what is crucial in our lives: the spaces in which we live, work and play in. This career area embraces everything from the hands-on products to colour theory.

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Certificate III in Design Fundamentals (CUA30715) online options available

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Create modern spaces, revitalise heritage buildings, balance form and function, and make dreams a reality when you become an interior or building designer.

Studying an interior design course helps to unleash your creativity; you will also add business skills, communication, research and problem-solving techniques to your arsenal of transferrable skills.

As a building designer, you’ll provide professional design and documentation and use your specialised knowledge to create high performance buildings that are sustainable, efficient and aesthetically pleasing.

When you start your career as a building designer or your interior design career, you will impact the lives of your community. Whether you’re designing commercial or residential spaces, your ideas and solutions make a difference in how people live and interact every day

To launch your interior design career, enrol in one of our hands-on qualifications, including the Certificate IV in Design, the Certificate IV in Interior Decoration, and the Diploma of Interior Design. If you’re looking to take your design to degree level, we offer you the Bachelor of Design (Interior Design) through TAFE Degrees.

If you are considering becoming a career in building designer, the Diploma of Building Design is your entry-level qualification. You’ll learn the latest design trends in building and architecture from your teachers, most of whom are architects with years of industry experience.

Alternatively, if you’re looking to upskill with CAD courses, we offer you a range of short courses including foundation and advanced 3D Revit and Advanced 3D ArchiCAD.

Depending on the level of study you choose, in an interior design course you will learn to:

  • Specialise in residential and commercial design
  • Heritage restoration
  • Alterations and additions
  • Create DA/CC documentation
  • 3D model construction
  • 3D rendering
  • Client consultation
  • National codes and standards
  • Local regulations

Graduates of our interior design courses go on to roles such as:

  • Interior designer or decorator
  • Interior stylist
  • Colour stylist
  • Texture specialist

Graduates of our building design course can lead to many job opportunities, including:

  • Building designer
  • CAD technician
  • Building informational modeller

To start your building design career, begin with the Diploma of Building Design and be challenged to explore and express your residential and commercial design ideas and bring to life building informational models.

To start your interior design career, begin with the Certificate IV in Interior Decoration. This interior decoration course will prepare you for assistant designer roles and strengthen your design instincts and thinking.

With emerging technologies and new design software, there’s a lot happening in the interior and building design industries.

It is becoming the norm to use 3D modelling software and virtual reality technologies to give clients walk-throughs of their concepts. Designers also need to incorporate sustainability and new materials in their designs, to maximise efficiency and space and conserve energy.

Building design, are gaining popularity due to the demands of the building market, particularly from public sector expenditure on education and health care facilities. The Australian Architectural Services industry is forecast to generate $6 billion in revenue in 2019/20, with contract documentation (architectural drafting, contract administration, schematic design) contributing to 32.2% of revenue.

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What job opportunities could a building design or drafting course lead to?

An building design or drafting course can lead to a number of job opportunities; from preparing and drafting designs for residential projects, to surveying for major national infrastructure undertakings.

Qualifications in building design and drafting can lead to a job as:

  • a building designer
  • a CAD technician
  • a building informational modeler
  • a landscaper

Whether you're just starting out in your building design and drafting career, want to gain more qualifications, add to your previous experience, or simply broaden your horizons, TAFE NSW offers a wide variety of courses at a number of levels to suit you. 

TAFE NSW courses in this area include:

  • Engineering
  • Industrial Design
  • Building Design
  • Engineering Drafting
  • Manufacturing Technology
  • Surveying
  • Spatial Information Services
  • Rural Operations