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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.
Cost Info:

2018 - Enrolment fees for this course are based on the costs per subject as indicated below. In addition, a Service and Amenities fee of $40 will be payable each semester. Further information is available at Course fees and assistance.

2019 - New enrolment fee arrangements will be introduced. The $40 Services and Amenities fee will be included in the total subject costs. Indicative program cost may vary slightly and the subject costs displayed will also change. Further information is available at Course fees and assistance.

Indicative Cost: $3,965
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 shopfitters.
Enrolment Type: Standard
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Additional Information

Design Industry Association

Entry Requirements / How to Apply

You must have a Senior Secondary Certificate (Year 12) or equivalent, or be able to demonstrate an interest and experience in the field (such as 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.

To study any course at CIT (excluding degrees and non-accredited training) you must have a Unique Student Identifier (USI).

Further Study

Canberra Institute of Technology
Advanced Diploma of Interior Design

  • 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. 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 Foundation Skills 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

Complete 29 subjects

Core: Complete all 10

  • CUAACD301   Produce drawings to communicate ideas
    • CIT Code: DSGN117
      Cost: Profile $302.00
      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
  • CUAACD303   Produce technical drawings
    • CIT Code: DSGN153
      Cost: Profile $147.50
      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
  • BSBDES302   Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms
    • CIT Code: DSGN164
      Cost: Profile $107.50
      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
  • BSBDES303   Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms
    • CIT Code: DSGN165
      Cost: Profile $107.50
      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. 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: Profile $232.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers researching, analysing and applying colour for interior decoration projects, including experimentation and application of colour in interior decoration projects in order to achieve desired effects using design tools, such as colour wheels and formulas.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSFID4002   Decorate residential interiors
    • CIT Code: DSGN178
      Cost: Profile $212.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers decorating residential interiors for interior decoration projects in accordance with project briefs by analysing the design brief, conducting research and generating decoration ideas and concepts to create a visual experience in a previously defined interior space. It includes selecting materials and finishes for surface decoration and arranging the objects and elements within the space. It does not cover skills required to alter established structural aspects of the building or building services. Licensing, legislative or certification requirements may apply to this unit and relevant state/territory and local government agencies should be consulted to determine any necessary certification or licensing for undertaking interior decoration and design work. Access to construction sites requires certification of general induction training specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction for Construction Work (ASCC 2007).
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSFID4011   Determine work health and safety (WHS) implications of interior effects
    • CIT Code: DSGN179
      Cost: Profile $21.50
      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
  • MSMENV272   Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
    • CIT Code: ENVI143
      Cost: Profile $99.50
      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
  • BSBDES502   Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief
    • CIT Code: DSGN172
      Cost: Profile $139.75
      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. No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSFID5003   Evaluate site for interior design brief
    • CIT Code: DSGN190
      Cost: Profile $86.00
      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

Electives: Complete all 19

  • CUAACD302   Produce computer-aided drawings
    • CIT Code: DSGN152
      Cost: Profile $207.50
      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
  • BSBDES401   Generate design solutions
    • CIT Code: DSGN168
      Cost: Profile $129.00
      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. No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUADES403   Research and apply techniques in spatial design
    • CIT Code: DSGN180
      Cost: Profile $107.50
      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
  • MSFID4003   Prepare a materials board for client presentation
    • CIT Code: DSGN183
      Cost: Profile $83.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers preparing a materials or sample board for client presentation for interior decoration and design projects. The materials board includes visual demonstration of colour, materials, samples, finishes and textiles used in the decoration and design project.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSFID4004   Research and recommend furniture and accessories
    • CIT Code: DSGN184
      Cost: Profile $86.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers researching and recommending furniture and accessories for various decoration and design solutions to meet client and project brief requirements and applies to a design and decoration, retail, consulting or studio environment.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSFID4005   Research and recommend soft furnishings for interiors
    • CIT Code: DSGN185
      Cost: Profile $107.50
      Description: This unit of competency covers researching and recommending soft furnishings for various decoration and design solutions to meet client and project brief requirements in order to achieve integrated decoration and design solutions.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSFID4006   Research and recommend hard materials and finishes for interiors
    • CIT Code: DSGN186
      Cost: Profile $118.25
      Description: This unit of competency covers researching and recommending hard materials and finishes for various interior decoration and design solutions and applies to a design and decoration retail, consulting or studio environment.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSFID4007   Identify materials, construction techniques and methods used in building interiors
    • CIT Code: DSGN187
      Cost: Profile $118.25
      Description: This unit of competency covers researching and documenting the materials, construction techniques and methods associated with the construction of residential buildings for work in interior decoration and design businesses of all sizes. Licensing, legislative or certification requirements may apply to this unit and relevant state/territory and local government agencies should be consulted to determine any necessary certification or licensing for undertaking interior decoration and design work. Access to construction sites requires certification of general induction training specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction for Construction Work (ASCC 2007).
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSFID4008   Assess interior light and recommend light fittings
    • CIT Code: DSGN188
      Cost: Profile $86.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers assessing natural and artificial light sources of an interior space and making recommendations for light fittings as part of an integrated decorative solution. Licensing, legislative or certification requirements may apply to this unit and relevant state/territory and local government agencies should be consulted to determine any necessary certification or licensing for undertaking interior decoration and design work. Access to construction sites requires certification of general induction training specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction for Construction Work (ASCC 2007).
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSFID4009   Research architectural styles and movements
    • CIT Code: DSGN189
      Cost: Profile $86.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers researching architectural styles and movements and identifying and analysing how they influence interior decoration and design projects. It includes documenting findings and information for use in decoration and design projects.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSFID5005   Explore and apply creative design methodology to interior space
    • CIT Code: DSGN196
      Cost: Profile $169.00
      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
  • MSFID5008   Design for people with disabilities and the elderly
    • CIT Code: DSGN199
      Cost: Profile $236.50
      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
  • MSFID5010   Provide interior styling service
    • CIT Code: DSGN201
      Cost: Profile $126.00
      Description: "This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to provide design styling services for a range of interior spaces."
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSFID5014   Use CAD applications to complete models and documentation for interior design projects
    • CIT Code: DSGN205
      Cost: Profile $272.00
      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: Nil
  • MSFID6005   Design for retail interiors
    • CIT Code: DSGN215
      Cost: Profile $236.50
      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
  •   Designing residential interiors
    • CIT Code: DSGN265
      Cost: Profile $236.50
      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
  • CUAANM303   Create 3D digital models
    • CIT Code: MEDA341
      Cost: Profile $161.25
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to create 3D digital models that meet technical and design specifications. It applies to individuals who clarify production requirements and produce 3D models under supervision, but may have responsibility for planning their own work. They produce these 3D models primarily for online and mobile device application. No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CPCCWHS1001   Prepare to work safely in the construction industry
    • CIT Code: WPHS117
      Cost: Profile $21.50
      Description: This unit of competency specifies the mandatory work health and safety training required prior to undertaking construction work. The unit requires the person to demonstrate personal awareness and knowledge of health and safety legislative requirements in order to work safely and prevent injury or harm to self and others. It covers identifying and orally reporting common construction hazards, understanding basic risk control measures, and identifying procedures for responding to potential incidents and emergencies. It also covers correctly selecting and fitting common personal protective equipment (PPE) used for construction work. This unit meets the general construction induction training requirements of: • Part 1.1 Definitions and Part 6.5 of the Model Work Health and Safety Regulations; • Division 11 of Part 3 of the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 for Western Australia; and • Division 3 of Part 5.1 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2007 for Victoria. It is expected that site-specific induction training will be conducted prior to conducting construction work. Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit. Relevant work health and safety state and territory regulatory authorities should be consulted to confirm jurisdictional requirements.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CPPBDN5003A   Research compliance requirements for small-scale residential building design projects
    • CIT Code: BLDG190
      Cost: Profile $166.00
      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 Building Code of Australia (BCA), 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

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