MSF50213Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration

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  • Awarded by

    TAFE NSW North Coast (RTO 90010)

  • Qualification


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  • Payment Options

    Payment planUpfront payment

  • Duration

    Max 30 months

  • Start Date

    Anytime – start today!

  • Career Outcomes

    Interior Designer | Interior Decorator | Colour Consultant | Soft Furnishing Consultant | View all

This course meets the Nationally Recognised Training standards. It is listed on the Australian government's National Register for Vocational Education and Training (VET). Studying this course leads to a qualification that's recognised throughout Australia, and lets employers know that you have the right skills for the job.

Last modified: 20 Feb 2018

In a Nutshell

The online Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration (MSF50213) course, offered by North Coast TAFE via Open Colleges, will provide you with the creative, technical and conceptual skills to launch your career as an interior designer.

Designed in consultation with industry experts, the course covers a comprehensive range of content, including space creation, space planning and creating environments for living and working. Students also receive an education in environmentally sustainable practices, as well as how to treat heritage sites. The course structure is such that students graduate with a diverse portfolio incorporating residential, commercial, heritage, restoration and accessible spaces.

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  • What You'll Need to Get In


    In order to be eligible for this course, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

    • Have completed year 10, or equivalent; OR
    • Have completed a certificate II or higher; OR
    • Have at least two years of industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication
  • Subject Breakdown

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    In this design course, the subjects you will study include:

    • BSBDES302A – Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms
    • CUVACD303A – Produce technical drawings
    • MSFID4009 – Research architectural styles and movements
    • BSBDES303A – Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms
    • BSBCRT501A – Originate and develop concepts
    • CUVACD301A – Produce drawings to communicate ideas
    • MSFID5010 – Provide interior styling service
    • BSBDES301A – Explore the use of colour
    • MSFID4002 – Decorate residential interiors
    • MSFID4001 – Research, analyse and apply colour for interior spaces
    • MSFID3001 – Source and specify decoration products
    • MSFID4004 – Research and recommend furniture and accessories
    • MSFID4005 – Research and recommend soft furnishings for interiors
    • BSBDES401A – Generate design solutions
    • MSFID4011 – Determine work health and safety (WHS) implications of interior effects
    • MSAENV272B – Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
    • BSBSMB405B – Monitor and manage small business operations
    • MSFID4007 – Identify materials, construction techniques and methods used in building interiors
    • MSFID4006 – Research and recommend hard materials and finishes for interiors
    • MSFID4003 – Prepare a materials board for client presentation
    • MSFID5014 – Use CAD applications to complete models and documentation for interior design projects
    • SIRRMER512 – Produce perspective drawings, plans and elevations
    • BSBDES502A – Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief
    • MSFID5003 – Evaluate site for interior design brief
    • MSFID5002 – Develop a decoration proposal for a complex site
    • CPCCBC4037A – Prepare drawings for heritage works
    • MSFID5015 – Decorate interiors for restoration projects
    • MSFID4008 – Assess interior light and recommend light fittings
    • CUVPRP503A – Present a body of own creative work
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  • Why Open Colleges?

    RTO 90796
    Open Colleges is one of the largest private education providers in Australia. It offers a wide variety of courses, from leisure courses to vocational and higher education courses, many of which are government-accredited and employer-recognised. Most courses are delivered online or via blended learning, allowing you to work at your own pace and around your own schedule. Studying with Open Colleges is perfect for people with busy lifestyles, and those wishing to work and learn for themselves.

    As a student of Open Colleges, you will have access to a range of student and administrative support options. Your course trainers are available via email, messaging and through your online course forums in OpenSpace. You will also have access to help with study skills such as time management, essay writing and referencing.


    "This time last year, I had no real clue of where I was going to go. I knew I wanted to do something in interior design and this qualification has brought me one step closer. I think completing the course – getting there – is an excellent thing. I think self-development is really important with interior design. And I think that learning online means that you develop a lot of skills yourself – much more so than if you were sitting in a university lecture theatre."

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    "It was very grounded in reality and it was practical as well as theoretical. I recommend doing the training before starting to write. I see people that will come to our writers group and say ‘I’ve got this lovely story, my kids love it, my grandchildren love it,’ and it would never get published because they haven’t done any training and they don’t know how to write."

    Yvonne Mes , Certificate in Professional Children\'s Writing

    "Because it’s so flexible, it was easy for me to do it. I’ll be in the middle of an assignment and I can just pause it if my son is asking for lunch. I’ll quickly make him lunch or get a drink and I can just open it back up and go straight back into it to continue. The trainers have been great. They really try to get back to you on time and make sure they give you the best possible answers. They always seem to come back with a quick response."

    Emma Christian-Hayes , Certificate IV in Allied Health specialising in Physiotherapy

    "It’s given me a different mindset. I used to think you’d go out and do a job, like mechanics, for years and that you’d just get the qualification after years on the job. But with this, you can study for a couple of months and then you can go out into the world fully qualified and ready for the job and just go for it."

    Amy Stephenson , Certificate III in Accounts Administration

    "I think the Open Colleges model is particularly good because you’re not tied down to due dates, you just have as much time as you need. You have people to get in touch with if you’re having trouble. I’ve actually had emails back at 10pm at night from my teacher. I’ve been sitting here and I’ve shot one off and they’ve got right back to me within that hour. You don’t get that anywhere."

    Marcia Lindsay , Diploma of Hospitality

    "I am a farmer and I run a family farm with my husband. I was given the opportunity to study any course I wanted that would help our business, and that may help me earn some money off the land, so I chose to learn bookkeeping. The course is so useful and beneficial for our farm. It’s great to learn how to set journals out so our accountant can do the BAS and income tax, without them being all over the place."

    Robyn Hundy , Certificate IV in Bookkeeping

Where Will This Course Take You?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration (MSF50213) from North Coast TAFE.

The interior design and decoration industry is experiencing steady growth, and accordingly, obtaining this online diploma will present you with a raft of employment opportunities. The project management component of this course will also hold you in good stead to launch your own small business, or pursue personal interest projects. 

Wondering where a career in interior design could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

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