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Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration

  • National Course Code: MSF50213
  • TAFE NSW code: MSF50213-01V04-19DCE-402

This course is superseded

Location – Design Centre Enmore

Study Type

PT Evening

Course Start Date

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Hours Per Week



2 Years

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government
  • VET Student Loans Available

Course Details

This qualification describes the skills and knowledge required to perform design and decoration advice for building interiors. Design and decoration at this level covers the development of complete decorative schemes for the effective use of residential and commercial or institutional interior spaces, working with a client brief and within project parameters. It may also include specialist design areas, such as facilities for people with disabilities and the aged. Vocational outcomes include:
- self-employment as an interior decorator, colour consultant or interior stylist
- in-house interior designer or decorator for design and decoration consultancies, furniture, furnishings and fabric suppliers, furnishing departments of retail stores or shop fitters.

There are no specific licences that relate to this qualification. However, depending on the jurisdiction, licensing or regulatory requirements may apply to the use of some units in this qualification. Local regulations should be checked for details.

Work may require access to construction sites and require construction induction training and certification covered by the unit CPCCOHS1001A Work safely in the construction industry. Local regulations should also be checked for requirements.
There are no entry requirements for this qualification.
This qualification is typically used to develop a breadth, depth and complexity of skills and knowledge covering furnishings, finishes and aesthetic presentation to meet the purpose, efficiency and comfort of the space and encourage the principles of environmental sustainability. It covers a detailed understanding of the application and effect of colour and pattern in interior space and the application of historic furnishing styles and their relationship to architectural periods and heritage projects to provide a full range of decoration services, consultation and design advice, including:
- researching and analysing the client's goals and requirements
- planning, arranging and styling the space, and preparing detailed client presentations
- selecting and specifying colour schemes, furniture, fabrics and fixtures, including layouts and detailed specifications
- preparing design documentation for specialty floor coverings, fabrics and wall finishes
- working with builders, architects and service contractors to advise on changes to the interior structure
- producing documentation for shop fitters, cabinet makers, furniture suppliers and materials suppliers
- preparing documentation for power and communications locations, reflected ceiling plans and lighting designs that reflect an understanding of basic building protocols
- providing contract documentation for the pricing, procurement and installation of materials and furniture
- organising the purchasing of materials, accessories, artwork and furnishings
- contracting and supervising tradespeople required to implement a project.
This offering is for part-evening study in the Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration. The pathway into the fast tracked Diploma is successful completion of the CUA40715 Certificate IV in Design (Interior Design), or be able to demonstrate equivalent competencies. Alternatively, you can arrange an interview at a time convenient to you by contacting Suthasiri Menyam at If you have not previously completed the Certificate IV Design (Interior Design), you will need to demonstrate equivalent competencies. In this case bring to the information session or interview a portfolio of 10 examples of work and/or sketchbooks and your previous qualifications (academic transcripts). You will be advised on your eligibility for the course at that time in consultation with your assessor.

In addition to your on campus classes, you should expect to do at least 9 hours per week of additonal study which may include research, assessment preparation, visiting showrooms and online activities.

There are no Information Sessions scheduled at this time.? Please contact campus for more information.


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You will need to attend approximately 9 hours of class over 3 evenings per week for 4 semesters. An indication of how your Semester 1 weekly timetable may look is: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process.
This course is approved for a Commonwealth VET Student Loan. If you meet the eligibility requirements, you are able to apply to the Commonwealth for a loan to cover all or part of your course fee. We will ask you whether you would like to apply for a VET Student Loan when you enrol and advise you of the process.


Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process.

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This course is approved for a Commonwealth VET Student Loan (VSL). If you meet the VSL eligibility and academic suitability requirements, you are able to apply to the Commonwealth for a loan to cover all or part of your course fee. We will ask you whether you would like to apply for a VET Student Loan when you enrol and advise you of the process.

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Direct payment by Unit of Study instalments is available for this course.

The Units of Study and associated fees for this course are detailed below. Fees are charged on the census day for each unit of study. To secure a loan for part or all of your course, you must be eligible and submit a valid application to the Commonwealth for a VET Student Loan. You may withdraw prior to the census date without incurring a fee.

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An equipment kit will cost approximately $500.00, a PC computer and the cost of consumables averages $50.00 per week.

Enrolments will open from 14 October 2019 for our February 2020 intake.

To find out more information on this course including the next start date, submit an online enquiry by clicking the Enquire Now button on this page, or call 131 601 during business hours* to chat with a member of our friendly customer service team.

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Core Units
Number Title
MSFID5003 Evaluate site for interior design brief
MSFID4001 Research, analyse and apply colour for interior spaces
BSBDES502 Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief
MSFID4002 Decorate residential interiors
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
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
MSFID4011 Determine work health and safety (WHS) implications of interior effects
Elective Units
Number Title
BSBCRT402 Collaborate in a creative process
BSBCRT501 Originate and develop concepts
MSFID5001 Design residential interiors
CUADES403 Research and apply techniques in spatial design
MSFID5014 Use CAD applications to complete models and documentation for interior design projects
MSFID5007 Decorate for events
CUAANM303 Create 3D digital models
MSFID6005 Design for retail interiors
MSFID4007 Identify materials, construction techniques and methods used in building interiors
MSFID5002 Develop a decoration proposal for a complex site
MSFID5005 Explore and apply creative design methodology to interior space
MSFID5009 Research and recommend colour and applied finishes
MSFID5015 Decorate interiors for restoration projects
MSFID6004 Design interiors for hospitality environments
CUADIG507 Design digital simulations
CUADIG304 Create visual design components
MSFID4003 Prepare a materials board for client presentation
MSFID4006 Research and recommend hard materials and finishes for interiors
MSFID5010 Provide interior styling service
MSFID5011 Specify soft furnishings for complete interior solution
MSFID4008 Assess interior light and recommend light fittings
BSBDES401 Generate design solutions

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.
Interior decorator, colour consultant, interior stylist, in house interior designer or decorator

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Design Centre Enmore
110 Edgeware Road, Enmore
Phone 131 601

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