International Course Info

Course code:


Course fee:



0.5 Year


The Certificate IV in Interior Decoration gives you the skills and knowledge you need to work as an assistant interior decorator or interior designer for retail, consulting and building businesses.

In this course, you will explore the world of interior decoration and learn a broad range of specialised and technical decorating skills. You will also develop your capacity for planning, designing and arranging space, interior styling, specifying finishes and furnishings, colour selection, and purchasing.

When you study with TAFE NSW you learn by doing, and gain the practical real-world skills the interior design and decoration industry is looking for.


Learn more about Scholarships


Through theory and practical course work, you will learn to:

  • Decorate residential interiors
  • Create technical drawings
  • Create digital illustrations
  • Design colour schemes
  • Research and analyse client goals
  • Ensure compliance standards are met


TAFE NSW is known for delivering theory along with practical learning. You will strengthen your practical skills in interior decoration, including:

  • Drawing by hand
  • Digital design, illustration and construction
  • 3D model construction
  • Working with different types of materials and products
  • Producing and presenting digital presentations
  • Working safely with equipment and materials


Stand out in a global job market with a range of key professional skills that equip you with:

  • A strong instinct for design and decorating
  • The ability to make hard decisions and quickly
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Great communication skills to connect with clients and other design professionals


The global interior design and decoration market is forecast to grow by AUD $169 billion during 2018-2025. That’s an annual growth rate of 8.7%.

Thanks to fast economic growth in India and China, the Asia Pacific region is expected to dominate the contract design market in the coming years.

In the future, interior designers and decorators will increasingly need skills and knowledge in:

  • Sustainability and energy efficiency
  • Floor plan development
  • Custom furniture
  • Computer-aided design (CAD)
  • Immersive technologies like augmented and virtual reality


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.

Academic Requirements:

English Language Requirements:
TAFE NSW makes every effort to ensure your Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) needs are met. The level of support you need 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 creativity and interior decoration
  • An interest in designing 3D environments
  • Great communication skills

Interior decorators may need to enter construction sites as part of their employment.

In Australia, before you can enter a construction site you must complete the general induction training program (commonly known as White Card training).

This is specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (ASCC 2007).


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
Lidcombe Feb , Jul A$12,110
LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Lidcombe Feb , Jul A$12,110


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


TAFE NSW offers you a range of on campus study environments you will have access to industry specific computer rooms, simulated work places, study and presentation areas as well as general student facilities to enhance your learning and student experience.

Student facilities, amenities and support services include:

  • 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


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 = 177 core units 10 elective units consisting of
  • At least 7 units from the electives listed below
  • Up to 3 units from the electives listed below any endorsed Training Package or accredited course these units must be relevant to the work outcome
  • Units selected from other Training Packages and accredited courses must not duplicate units available within this qualification.
  • Core Units
  • BSBDES302 Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms
  • BSBDES303 Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms
  • CUAACD301 Produce drawings to communicate ideas
  • CUAACD303 Produce technical drawings
  • MSFGN4001 Research and meet ethical and compliance requirements
  • MSFID4012 Decorate residential interiors
  • MSFID4016 Design colour schemes for interior and exterior spaces

  • BSBDES301 Explore the use of colour
  • BSBDES401 Generate design solutions
  • CUAILL401 Develop and refine illustrative work
  • MSFID4015 Prepare materials and finishes boards for client presentation
  • MSFID4017 Research and recommend furniture and accessories
  • MSFID4019 Research interior decoration and design influences
  • MSFID4021 Design soft furnishing solutions for interior spaces
  • MSFSF3010 Advise customers on interior decoration
  • BSBDES304 Source and apply design industry knowledge
  • MSFID5018 Provide interior styling service


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


Build your expertise with a TAFE NSW Interior Design study pathway:

Be Recognised

If you already have experience, skills and knowledge that are relevant to your course, you may be able to apply for credit through articulation, credit transfer or recognition of prior learning.


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.