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Diploma of Interior Design MSF50218

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 encourage 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 MSF50218
Program No: DP-BD32
Campus: CIT Reid 
Duration: 3 semesters full-time (approximately 24 hours per week) OR part-time equivalent
Cost Info:

The 2020 Semester 1 enrolment fees for this course are based on the costs per subject as indicated below. The total program cost may vary depending on the choice of elective subjects or if subjects are attempted more than once.

Subject costs identified as Standard are partially subsidised by the ACT Government. Concessions may be available to eligible students.

Costs identified as Apprentice or Trainee apply only to students studying as part of an Australian Apprenticeship arrangement. The qualification cost for an Apprentice or Trainee is subsidised by the ACT Government. Concessions may be available to eligible Apprentices or Trainees.

Costs identified as Full Fee receive no government subsidy. Concessions are not available.

Further information about fees is available at Course fees and assistance.

Information about studying under Skilled Capital is also available.

Indicative Cost: $4,086
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. Designer within Interior Design Practice or Building company that specialises in Residential projects.
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) or have achieved a Certificate IV in Interior Decoration.

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

  • 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.

  • 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 27 subjects

Core: Complete all 10

  • BSBDES302   Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms
    • CIT Code: DSGN164
      Cost: Standard $110.00
      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
  • BSBDES303   Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms
    • CIT Code: DSGN165
      Cost: Standard $110.00
      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. No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • BSBDES502   Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief
    • CIT Code: DSGN172
      Cost: Standard $143.00
      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. No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSFID4013   Design residential interior lighting
    • CIT Code: DSGN282
      Cost: Standard $88.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assess natural light and determine supplementary lighting requirements in an existing residential interior space and design lighting for that space. This unit applies to interior decorators and designers. They analyse and compare information from diverse sources to inform a design 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
  • MSFID4014   Produce digital models and documentation for interior design projects
    • CIT Code: DSGN283
      Cost: Standard $279.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to review information about the design brief and proposed solution, and then use the features of computer-aided design (CAD) applications to produce models and extract two dimensional (2D) and three dimensional (3D) drawings and documentation in accordance with all standard practice notations and drawing protocols.This unit applies to interior designers, including kitchen and bathroom designers.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSFID4016   Design colour schemes for interior and exterior spaces
    • CIT Code: DSGN285
      Cost: Standard $249.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assess colour requirements, research and experiment with different colour options and create preferred colour schemes for presentation to the client. This unit applies to interior decorators and designers.No licensing or certification requirements exist at the time of publication. Relevant legislation, industry standards and codes of practice within Australia must be applied.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  •   Designing residential interiors
    • CIT Code: DSGN325
      Cost: Standard $238.00
      Description: This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to formulate creative design solutions for residential interior design projects, satisfying the physiological, psycho-logical, social, cultural and environmental requirements of the client brief. Designs include the manipulation of interior elements such as walls, floors, ceilings and staircases. This unit applies to interior designers. 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 con-struction sites requires certification of general induction training specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction for Construction Work (ASCC 2007).
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSFID5022   Explore and apply creative design methodology to interior space
    • CIT Code: DSGN293
      Cost: Standard $173.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to apply the elements and principles of design to manipulate three dimensional (3D) interior space and form in response to a design brief. It involves the observation and analysis of a range of complex spatial typologies and a process of exploration and refinement to develop a design solution. This unit applies to individuals who design any type of interior space.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSFID5025   Develop residential interior design project documentation
    • CIT Code: DSGN296
      Cost: Standard $132.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to produce residential interior design project documentation using computer-aided design (CAD) programs. Documentation includes researching, detailing and specifying the materials, construction techniques and methods associated with residential interior design fit-outs for new or existing buildings.This unit applies to interior designers.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
  • MSFID5021   Evaluate site structure and services for interior design briefs
    • CIT Code: DSGN292
      Cost: Standard $88.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assess structural components and services in a residential building to determine their impact on the interior design brief. This unit applies to interior designers, including kitchen and bathroom designers. They analyse and integrate information from site inspection, documentation and consultation to inform the design process. 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

Electives: Complete 17

  • MSFID5018   Provide interior styling service
    • CIT Code: DSGN290
      Cost: Standard $121.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to determine requirements, develop the styling approach and manage the styling process through the selection, sourcing and placing of objects and accessories for visual effect. Styling may be for permanent or temporary application.This unit applies to stylists working in residential, retail or commercial environments. They analyse and compare information from a wide range of different sources and both plan and manage the operational aspects of the styling process.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSFID5023   Design for all ages and abilities
    • CIT Code: DSGN294
      Cost: Standard $238.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to analyse the project brief and client requirements, generate design options and finalise the design of interior spaces using the principles of universal design to respond to the needs of people of all ages and abilities. This may include people with a disability and the elderly.This unit applies to interior designers, including kitchen and bathroom designers. 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
  • MSFID4015   Prepare materials and finishes boards for client presentation
    • CIT Code: DSGN284
      Cost: Standard $85.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify presentation requirements and prepare 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.This unit applies to interior decorators and designers.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSFID4017   Research and recommend furniture and accessories
    • CIT Code: DSGN286
      Cost: Standard $80.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to determine decoration requirements, research product options and make recommendations for loose furniture and accessories.This unit applies to individuals providing advice in a retail, consulting or design studio environment. They analyse and compare product information from a wide range of sources to develop a design solution.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSFID4018   Research and recommend hard materials and finishes for interiors
    • CIT Code: DSGN287
      Cost: Standard $119.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to determine design and decoration requirements, research product options and make recommendations for hard materials and finishes. This unit applies to individuals providing advice in a retail, consulting or design studio environment. They analyse and compare product information from a wide range of sources to develop a design solution.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSFGN4001   Research and meet ethical and compliance requirements
    • CIT Code: DSGN306
      Cost: Standard $55.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to research and use information that supports ethical and compliant work practice or product specification in the relevant industry. It includes the requirement to be able to maintain currency of knowledge.This unit applies to any individual whose work involves taking responsibility for determining and following the compliance regimes and ethical frameworks that apply to an area of work. This may include work in design, manufacture and service and/or product provision.No licensing or certification requirements exist at the time of publication. Relevant legislation, industry standards and codes of practice within Australia must be applied.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUAANM303   Create 3D digital models
    • CIT Code: MEDA341
      Cost: Standard $165.00
      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
  • BSBDES401   Generate design solutions
    • CIT Code: DSGN168
      Cost: Standard $132.00
      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
  • CPCCWHS1001   Prepare to work safely in the construction industry
    • CIT Code: WPHS117
      Cost: Standard $22.00
      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
  • CUADES403   Research and apply techniques in spatial design
    • CIT Code: DSGN180
      Cost: Standard $110.00
      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
  • MSFID4012   Decorate residential interiors
    • CIT Code: DSGN281
      Cost: Standard $217.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to analyse the design brief, conduct research and generate and refine decoration concepts for existing residential interior spaces. It includes selecting materials and finishes for surface decoration and arranging the objects and elements within the space.This unit applies to interior decorators who research, analyse and evaluate information from a wide range of different sources to develop decoration solutions. 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
  • MSFID4021   Design soft furnishing solutions for interior spaces
    • CIT Code: DSGN289
      Cost: Standard $132.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to determine soft furnishing requirements, research and refine options and present a design solution to the client. This unit applies to individuals providing advice in a retail, consulting or design studio environment. They analyse and compare product information from a wide range of different sources to develop a design solution.No licensing or certification requirements exist at the time of publication. Relevant legislation, industry standards and codes of practice within Australia must be applied.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSFID4019   Research interior decoration and design influences
    • CIT Code: DSGN288
      Cost: Standard $88.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to research and analyse significant influences on contemporary and historical interior decoration and design movements to inform current and future work. It includes the requirement to maintain currency of knowledge around emerging trends.This unit applies to interior decorators and designers. They analyse and compare information from diverse sources to inform work practice.No licensing or certification requirements exist at the time of publication. Relevant legislation, industry standards and codes of practice within Australia must be applied.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • MSFID6014   Design for retail interiors
    • CIT Code: DSGN301
      Cost: Standard $238.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to design retail environments for the effective selling of products and services. Retail design covers the application of branding, marketing and consumer research to satisfy the commercial, physiological, psychological, social, cultural and environmental requirements of the interior design brief. Retail environments may be for an entire building or for retail tenancies within larger building complexes. This unit applies to interior designers. 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 require certification of general induction training specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction for Construction Work (ASCC 2007).
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUAACD301   Produce drawings to communicate ideas
    • CIT Code: DSGN117
      Cost: Standard $310.00
      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: Standard $151.00
      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
  • CUAACD302   Produce computer-aided drawings
    • CIT Code: DSGN152
      Cost: Standard $213.00
      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

Related Courses

Advanced Diploma Interior Design MSF60118
Certificate IV Interior Decoration MSF40118

More Information

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