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1 Year


The Diploma of Interior Design equips you with the skills you need to unleash your creative talents and create captivating interior design solutions.

Graduate with the design knowledge and business sense you need to succeed in the industry and develop transferable skills that are used in global design contexts. Build essential business skills and immerse yourself in design culture.

In this exciting course, you will learn how to establish, negotiate and refine a design brief, design lighting for residential interiors, produce digital models and documentation for projects and design colour schemes for interior and exterior spaces. You will also learn to evaluate site structures and services and apply creative design methods with supporting product documentation.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to: 

  • Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief
  • Create digital designs, illustrations and constructions
  • Design colour schemes for interior and exterior spaces
  • Apply creative design methods
  • Evaluate site structures and services
  • Create design documentation
  • Produce digital presentations


Build your experience and get practical skills in:

  • Create 3D models
  • Work with interior lighting
  • Trial colour in various contexts
  • Experiment with different textures and surfaces
  • Work safely with materials and products
  • Produce presentations in a professional manner


Develop the qualities you need to get ahead in this industry:

  • Appreciation for architectural significance
  • Effective communication
  • Collaborative skills to produce final spatial designs
  • Aptitude for problem solving
  • Unique design ideas
  • An eagerness to explore innovative ways forward in build environments​


This qualification could help you prepare for roles like:

  • Colour Stylist
  • Council Design Worker
  • Interior Designer
  • Residential Interior Designer
  • Specialist Retail Assistant
  • Texture Specialist


When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledgeand skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

English Language Requirements:
  • Academic IELTS 6.0 (with no individual band less than 5.5) or equivalent

Additional Requirement:

  • For direct entry into this course a submission of a portfolio, design or written task is required for assessment.

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TAFE NSW makes every effort to ensure your Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) needs are met. The level of support you require may be assessed via a review of your LLN skills with written tasks and a one-on-one interview. If you need to strengthen your LLN skills, an individual training plan will be created with you.

To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you have:

  • A passion for interior design
  • A critical and creative eye
  • Excellent communication skills
  • A wish to highlight the importance of good architecture

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

No Licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification.


From mountains to oceans, from cities to country towns, international students can choose from a range of courses offered at multiple campus locations across the state. Experience our vibrant spaces such as libraries, cafes and gyms as well as places you can network and socialise.

Learn more about TAFE NSW study locations

LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Design Centre Enmore Feb A$23,190
Lidcombe Feb , Jul A$23,190
LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Design Centre Enmore Feb A$23,190
Lidcombe Feb , Jul A$23,190


Additional costs for uniforms, equipment, textbooks and materials (if applicable) range from A$300 - $1,000 per course.


TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the resources, counselling and facilities to support you while you are studying.

We offer a range of support services including: 

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service
  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support
  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service
  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor
  • LinkedIn Learning - an online resource that offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills


To receive this course students must complete all core units and a range of Additional units. 

Note: Additional units may vary between each semester and campus, and will depend on a number of considerations including the packaging rules for the qualification and demand for the unit at that location. TAFE NSW does not guarantee that speciality units listed will be offered at each location and semester. You will receive your timetable from the teaching section on commencement and speciality units offered will be provided at that time.

  • Packaging Rules Total number of units = 27
  • 10 core units 17 elective units consisting of
  • At least 11 units from Groups A and B with at least 5 from Group A
  • up to 6 additional units from Group A, Group B any endorsed Training Package or accredited course these units must be relevant to the work outcome.
  • Units selected from other Training Package and accredited courses must not duplicate units available within this qualification.
  • Core Units
  • CUADES302 - Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms
  • CUADES303 - Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms
  • CUADES512 - Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief
  • MSFID4013 - Design residential interior lighting
  • MSFID4014 - Produce digital models and documentation for interior design projects
  • MSFID4016 - Design colour schemes for interior and exterior spaces
  • MSFID5020 - Design residential interiors
  • MSFID5021 - Evaluate site structure and services for interior design briefs
  • MSFID5022 - Explore and apply creative design methodology to interior space
  • MSFID5025 - Develop residential interior design project documentation
  • BSBCRT413 - Collaborate in creative processes
  • BSBCRT512 - Originate and develop concepts
  • CUADES413 - Develop and extend design skills and practice
  • CUADES423 - Research and apply techniques in spatial design
  • CUADIG303 - Produce and prepare photo images
  • CUADIG304 - Create visual design components
  • CUAANM313 - Create 3D digital models
  • CUAPPR513 - Present a body of own creative work
  • CUAPPR514 - Establish and maintain environmentally sustainable creative practice
  • MSFID4018 - Research and recommend hard materials and finishes for interiors
  • MSFID5016 - Develop decoration proposals for complex sites
  • MSFID5017 - Develop event decoration proposals
  • MSFID5018 - Provide interior styling service
  • MSFFDM4021 - Research furniture styles and movements
  • MSFID4022 - Prepare quotation and contract documentation for design projects
  • MSFID5027 - Research and recommend colour applications and finishes
  • MSFID5028 - Research and recommend artwork


From certificates to diplomas, degrees to study packages, you can take your study further with us.


Explore Your Degree Options

When you finish this course, you may be eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Interior Design degree at the Design Centre Enmore - one of Australia's best design schools. Gain skills, experience and a qualification that helps you stand out from the crowd.


Plan your study around your life with a TAFE NSW study package. Our study packages allow for multiple courses to be packaged together that can lead you to a TAFE NSW or an Australian University Bachelor Degree with credits. This gives you a one stop shop by completing your applications for the whole package through TAFE NSW allowing you to apply for one student Visa for the full duration of the package.

TAFE NSW allows for two or more courses to be packaged together, either to meet the prerequisite requirements for a course or to plan your studies around your career goals. You can submit a single TAFE NSW application form and will be able to apply for one Student Visa for the full duration of the package.

TAFE NSW allows for two or more courses to be packaged together leading to a TAFE NSW Bachelor Degree, either to meet the prerequisite requirements for a course or to plan your studies around your career goals. You can submit a single TAFE NSW application form and will be able to apply for one Student Visa for the full duration of the package.