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Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration MSF50213

Overview

This program will give you the underpinning skills and technical knowledge to provide creative and technical solutions for interior residential, small commercial and institutional design projects with proficiency and confidence.

It will develop your creative design and problem solving skills and enable you to work with a client brief, within project parameters. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between human activity and interaction, spatial design and sustainability.

You will study different techniques of design communication, technical and computer-aided drawing, furnishings, materials and finishes, the psychology of colour and design history.

The program is taught through a series of practical projects and live briefs which encourages client interaction and provides industry content.

Upon graduation you will be able to join a design practice or operate a small interior design and decoration consultancy that specialises in residential and other small scale projects.

Qualification: Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration MSF50213
Program No: DP-BD03
Campus: CIT Reid 
Duration: 3 semesters full-time (approximately 30 hours per week) OR part-time equivalent.
Likely Job Outcome: 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.
Application Type: Public
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Additional Information

Design Industry Association

Entry Requirements / How to Apply

You must have:
- an ACT Year 12 Certificate or equivalent,
OR be mature-age with a demonstrated interest in the field (this may include workplace or other practical experience).

If you already have a Certificate IV in Interior Decoration or a Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration or are able to demonstrate equivalent skills and experience you can begin at either the Diploma or the Advanced Diploma level. A skills recognition process will apply.

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Further Study

University of Canberra
This program provides 24 credit points into the Bachelor of Design or the Bachelor of Interior Architecture.

Literacy Skills Information

We suggest that you will need Australian Core Skills Framework literacy levels of at least 3 across reading, writing, learning, oral communication and, depending on your program of study, numeracy skills to successfully complete this program. See below to check your literacy skills. If you do not have this level, you can still enrol and seek support to improve your skills or you may prefer to begin with the lower level program. Please visit Education and Community or phone (02) 6207 4872 to have a chat to one of our teachers.

Transition Information

Qualifications at CIT are regularly updated or replaced to meet current industry needs and maximise your employment opportunities. If this occurs while you are part way through a qualification, you may need to vary your learning to meet the new national requirements. CIT will aim to make this as smooth as possible for you.

Subject Cancellations/Changes

To ensure positive outcomes for all students, CIT may need to cancel or change classes at short notice. CIT will make every effort to inform students as soon as changes are made and will also make every effort to offer alternative arrangements for students to meet the requirements of the subject and complete their qualification. In an unfortunate instance when this cannot be met, you will receive a full refund. Please ensure you maintain current contact details via CIT Self Service or by contacting CIT Student Services at infoline@cit.edu.au.


Subject Information

Stage 1 - complete all (19) subjects

  • BSBDES401  Generate design solutions
    • CIT Code: DSGN168
      Cost: $120.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to generate design solutions in response to a particular design need.
      It applies to individuals who generate concepts and solutions in response to a design challenge in any industry context. The starting point may be an open or closed brief; a spontaneous idea; modification of an existing product, service, process or system; or a point in an ongoing design process.
      This unit builds on BSBDES201 Follow a design process, and places greater focus on research, concept generation and collaboration with others as key aspects of the design process.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUAACD303  Produce technical drawings
    • CIT Code: DSGN153
      Cost: $140.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to apply a range of techniques to produce technical drawings that meet required standards and conventions.  It applies to individuals who use technical drawings in various contexts. No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSFID4001  Research, analyse and apply colour for interior spaces
    • CIT Code: DSGN177
      Cost: $220.00
      Description:

      This unit specifies the outcomes required to research, analyse and apply colour for interior decoration projects.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSFID4011  Determine work health and safety (WHS) implications of interior effects
    • CIT Code: DSGN179
      Cost: $20.00
      Description:

      This unit of competency covers identifying and assessing the WHS implications of effects used in interior decoration and design, including furniture, hard and soft materials and accessories, to determine potential hazards for a range of customer groups.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUAACD302  Produce computer-aided drawings
    • CIT Code: DSGN152
      Cost: $200.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to use a range of computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) program functions to produce drawings. The focus of this unit is on the technical skills required to operate CADD, not on design skills. It applies to individuals who use computer-aided drawing skills in various contexts.
      No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSFID4004  Research and recommend furniture and accessories
    • CIT Code: DSGN184
      Cost: $80.00
      Description:

      This unit specifies the outcomes required to research and recommend furniture and accessories for various decoration and design solutions to meet client and project brief requirements.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSFID4005  Research and recommend soft furnishings for interiors
    • CIT Code: DSGN185
      Cost: $100.00
      Description: This unit specifies the outcomes required to research and recommend soft furnishings for various decoration and design solutions to meet client and project brief requirements.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSFID4006  Research and recommend hard materials and finishes for interiors
    • CIT Code: DSGN186
      Cost: $110.00
      Description:

      This unit specifies the outcomes required to research and recommend hard materials and finishes for various interior decoration and design solutions.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSFID4009  Research architectural styles and movements
    • CIT Code: DSGN189
      Cost: $80.00
      Description: This unit specifies the outcomes required to research architectural styles and movements and analyse how they influence interior decoration and design projects.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSFID4008  Assess interior light and recommend light fittings
    • CIT Code: DSGN188
      Cost: $80.00
      Description:

      This unit specifies the outcomes required to assess natural and artificial light sources of an interior space and make recommendations for light fittings as part of a decorative solution.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSFID4003  Prepare a materials board for client presentation
    • CIT Code: DSGN183
      Cost: $40.00
      Description: This unit specifies the outcomes required to prepare a materials or sample board for client presentation, for interior decoration and design projects.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSFID4002  Decorate residential interiors
    • CIT Code: DSGN178
      Cost: $160.00
      Description:

      This unit specifies the outcomes required to decorate residential interiors for the solution of interior decoration projects in accordance with project briefs.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSFID4007  Identify materials, construction techniques and methods used in building interiors
    • CIT Code: DSGN187
      Cost: $110.00
      Description: This unit deals with the skills and knowledge required to research and document the materials, construction techniques and methods associated with the construction of residential buildings.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSMENV272  Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
    • CIT Code: ENVI143
      Cost: $95.00
      Description:

      This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to effectively find out current resource use and carry out improvements, in own work area, including those that reduce the negative environmental impacts of work practices. This unit of competency applies to operators/team members who are required to follow procedures to work in an environmentally sustainable manner. This maximises the environmental performance of the process and the organisation, ensures regulatory compliance, and aims to minimise environmental risks and impacts.
      This unit of competency applies to all sectors of the manufacturing industry and members of its value chain. It may also be applied to all sections of an organisation, including office and warehouse. This unit will need to be contextualised for the industry sector, organisation and section.
      This unit of competency applies to an individual working alone or as part of a team/work group and working in liaison with other shift team members and the control room operator, as appropriate.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUADES403  Research and apply techniques in spatial design
    • CIT Code: DSGN180
      Cost: $100.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to test and apply techniques for the production of models or maquettes for spatial designs. It applies to individuals who generate ideas and solutions for the layout of spaces. Spatial design solutions are required for exhibitions, fit-outs for exterior spaces or environments, and fit-outs for building foyers and offices, special events and theatre sets.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • BSBDES303  Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms
    • CIT Code: DSGN165
      Cost: $100.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to explore and creatively apply the design process to the development of three-dimensional (3D) forms. It applies to individuals who work under supervision and apply an understanding of the design process using discretion and judgement.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUAACD301  Produce drawings to communicate ideas
    • CIT Code: DSGN117
      Cost: $290.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to produce drawings that represent and communicate ideas. It does not relate to drawing as an art form.  It applies to individuals who use drawings, either electronic or hand drawn, for personal use or in response to a project or brief. Drawings may include design concepts for objects, processes or spaces, movement sequences for performances or screen productions, exhibitions, tenders, proposals or publications.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • BSBDES302  Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms
    • CIT Code: DSGN164
      Cost: $100.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to explore and creatively apply the design process to the development of two-dimensional (2D) forms. It applies to individuals who apply the creative design process to the development of 2D forms. The unit underpins many other specialised design units.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CPCCOHS1001A  Work safely in the construction industry
    • CIT Code: OHSS436
      Cost: $20.00
      Description:

      This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to undertake Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) induction training within the construction industry. It requires the ability to demonstrate personal awareness of OHS legislative requirements, and the basic principles of risk management and prevention of injury and illness in the construction industry.
      Licensing requirements will apply to this unit of competency depending on the regulatory requirements of each jurisdiction.

      Prerequisites: Nil

Stage 2 - complete all (10) subjects

  • MSFID5003  Evaluate site for interior design brief
    • CIT Code: DSGN190
      Cost: $80.00
      Description: This unit specifies the skills and knowledge required to evaluate materials and construction methods used on a site in order to determine their impact on the interior design brief.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • BSBDES502  Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief
    • CIT Code: DSGN172
      Cost: $130.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work proactively with a client or commissioning organisation to develop and negotiate a design brief.
      It applies to individuals working in any industry or design context where the designer plays a key role in determining the scope and nature of work required. Establishment, negotiation and refinement of a design brief requires the integration of highly-developed creative thinking, communication and planning skills in a process that may not be linear. Adaptability and effective responses to change and new ideas are crucial.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSFID5014  Use CAD applications to complete models and documentation for interior design projects
    • CIT Code: DSGN205
      Cost: $235.00
      Description: This unit specifies the outcomes required to use computer aided drafting (CAD) applications to produce models and documentation for interior decoration and design projects to meet client and project brief requirements.
      Prerequisites: DSGN152 CUVACD302A Produce computer-aided drawings
  • SIRRMER512  Produce perspective drawings, plans and elevations
    • CIT Code: DSGN207
      Cost: $90.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to produce perspective drawings, plans and elevations in retail or exhibition environments in response to client briefs.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSFID5010  Provide interior styling service
    • CIT Code: DSGN201
      Cost: $80.00
      Description: This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to provide design styling services for a range of interior spaces.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CPPBDN5003A  Research compliance requirements for small-scale residential building design projects
    • CIT Code: BLDG190
      Cost: $80.00
      Description:

      This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to research compliance requirements in different locations that apply to all residential building design projects covered by the National Construction Code (NCC), except construction Type A buildings. It covers research into local, state and federal government legislation and policies relating to planning and the environment, including zoning, and analysis of requirements in relation to client preferences and prospective design proposals.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSFID6005  Design for retail interiors
    • CIT Code: DSGN215
      Cost: $220.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to apply researched information to formulate creative and complex interior design solutions to retail environments, satisfying the physiological, psychological, social, cultural and environmental requirements of the brief.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSFID5008  Design for people with disabilities and the elderly
    • CIT Code: DSGN199
      Cost: $200.00
      Description: This unit specifies the outcomes required to design for people with disabilities and the elderly in residential environments including kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, lounge rooms, dining rooms, family rooms and multi-use rooms, for the solution of interior decoration and design projects and in accordance with project briefs.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSFID5005  Explore and apply creative design methodology to interior space
    • CIT Code: DSGN196
      Cost: $120.00
      Description:

      This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to manipulate 3-D interior space and form applying the elements and principles of design in response to a brief.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • Designing residential interiors
    • CIT Code: DSGN265
      Cost: $220.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to apply researched information to formulate creative and complex design solutions to a range of residential interior design situations satisfying the physiological, psychological, social, cultural and environmental requirements of the brief.

      This subject achieves competency MSFID5001

      Prerequisites: Nil

Related Courses

Advanced Diploma Interior Design MSF60113
Certificate IV Interior Decoration MSF40113

More Information

For more information about this course please contact CIT Student Services on (02) 6207 3188 or email infoline@cit.edu.au