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Advanced Interior Design & Decorating


The Australian College Advanced Interior Design & Decorating course covers all the principle subjects and elements along with a broad selection of advanced modules. You will learn everything from decorating a room to taking a client brief and setting up your own stationery.

Of course, you don’t have to get started in interior design and decorating as a business. You can simply use the skills and knowledge you have gained to redesign and decorating your own home, office or apartment.

Career opportunities include:
Interior Designer, Interior Decorator, Colour Consultant, Events Designer. Further study can lead to Interior Architect.

When you successfully complete your course you will be awarded the Australian College Diploma of Design (Advanced Interior Design and Decorating).

Course Fee and Duration

Module 1: Foundations of Interior Design

Reading 1: Elements & Principles of Design
Topic 1: Introduction to the Interior Design and Decorating Industry
Topic 2: Elements of Design
Topic 3: Principles of Design
Topic 4: Elements of a Decoration Plan
Topic 5: Environmentally Sustainable Design
Topic 6: Tools and References

Reading 2: Colour Planning and Effects
Topic 1: Definition of Colour: The Colour Wheel
Topic 2: Colour Atlas: Colour Matching
Topic 3: Functional and Decorative Use of Colour
Topic 4: Colour Planning
Topic 5: Colour Psychology
Topic 6: Lighting Effects on Colour

Module 2: Organisation and Planning for Your Client

Reading 1: Basic Plans & Drawing
Topic 1: Residential Design Basics
Topic 2: Plan Reading and Documentation
Topic 3: Planning and Measuring
Topic 4: Freehand Sketches
Topic 5: Drawing To Scale
Topic 6: The Principles of Feng Shui
Topic 7: Working With Space

Reading 2: Furnishing & Decorative Finishes
Topic 1: Understanding Mood and Style
Topic 2: Historic Restoration
Topic 3: Period Design and Decoration
Topic 4: Paints and Decorative Finishes
Topic 5: Carpets and Floors
Topic 6: Windows and Treatments
Topic 7: Lighting and Special Effects
Topic 8: Fabrics and Soft Furnishings
Topic 9: Accessorising

Reading 3: Planning a Decorative Colour Scheme for a Client
Topic 1: Developing an Interior Design and Decorating Business
Topic 2: Business Essentials
Topic 3: Sourcing Business and Selling Your Services
Topic 4: Communicating With Clients and Tradespeople
Topic 5: Negotiating Rates and Services
Topic 6: The Beginning of Your Decoration Plan
Topic 7: Taking a Client Brief
Topic 8: The Finishing Touches
Topic 9: Presenting a Client Proposal
Topic 10: Tips for Going Professional

Module 3: Prepare and Select Products and Finishes

Reading 1: Prepare Product Specifications
Topic 1: Introduction to Specifications
Topic 2: Assessing the Project
Topic 3: Obtaining Product Information
Topic 4: Preparing Specifications

Reading 2: Source and Select Products and Finishes
Topic 1: Design Considerations
Topic 2: Style
Topic 3: The Age of Oak
Topic 4: The Age of Walnut
Topic 5: The Age of Mahogany
Topic 6: French Styles
Topic 7: The Victoria Era
Topic 8: Twentieth Century Style
Topic 9: Materials Part 1
Topic 10: Materials Part 2
Topic 11: Materials Part 3

Reading 3: Research and Recommend Soft Furnishings
Topic 1: Planning for Soft Furnishing Research
Topic 2: Language of Pattern
Topic 3: Fibre to Fabric
Topic 4: Curtains
Topic 5: Fabric Selection
Topic 6: Soft Furnishing for the Bedroom
Topic 7: Upholstery

Module 4: Design and Planning the Space

Reading 1: Research and Recommend Accessories
Topic 1: What Are Accessories?
Topic 2: Art Work
Topic 3: Rugs
Topic 4: Antiques
Topic 5: Lamps
Topic 6: Other Accessory Items
Topic 7: Cushions
Topic 8: Arranging Accessories

Reading 2: Design for Domestic Space
Topic 1: Introduction
Topic 2: Space Planning
Topic 3: Select a Style/Theme for the Space
Topic 4: Colour
Topic 5: Design Living Room Space
Topic 6: Selecting Products and Finishes for Living Space
Topic 7: Wall and Ceiling Finishes
Topic 8: Window Treatments
Topic 9: Selecting and Arranging Furniture
Topic 10: Design for a Dining Space
Topic 11: Bedroom Space
Topic 12: Home Study
Topic 13: Specifications

Reading 3: Design for a Kitchen Space
Topic 1: Introduction
Topic 2: The Evolution of the Kitchen
Topic 3: Kitchen Design
Topic 4: The Kitchen Floor
Topic 5: Benchtops
Topic 6: Kitchen Cabinets and Doors
Topic 7: Kitchen Appliances
Topic 8: Presenting Kitchen Designs Ideas
Topic 9: Eco-Friendly Appliance Buying Tips

Module 5: Promoting Your Service and Costing a Job

Reading 1: Design for a Bathroom
Topic 1: Introduction
Topic 2: The History of the Bathroom
Topic 3: Universal Bathroom Design
Topic 4: Bathroom Layout
Topic 5: Working With Limited Space
Topic 6: Products, Materials and Finishes

Reading 2: Estimate and Cost Jobs
Topic 1: Introduction
Topic 2: Estimating Costs of Building a Domestic Residence
Topic 3: Estimating the Cost of a Kitchen
Topic 4: Estimating the Cost of a Bathroom
Topic 5: Estimate Cost of Carpet and Curtains for Living Room
Topic 6: Estimate Cost of Wallpaper and Paint
Topic 7: Estimating Cost of Furniture and Accessories
Topic 8: Estimating Tools and Documents

Reading 3: Promote Products and Services
Topic 1: Understanding Promotion
Topic 2: Advertising for Business
Topic 3: Advertising and Promotion
Topic 4: Business Promotional Activities
Topic 5: Public Relations and Product Promotions
Topic 6: Internet Marketing and Website Promotion
Topic 7: Planning Promotional Activities
Topic 8: Organising Promotional Activities
Topic 9: Measuring Promotional Response
Topic 10: Reviewing Promotional Activities

Module 6: Attention to Customer Details and Needs

Reading 1: Address Customer’s Needs
Topic 1: Identifying Your Customers
Topic 2: Techniques for Providing Good Customer Service
Topic 3: Some Common Causes of Misunderstanding
Topic 4: Overcoming Objections
Topic 5: Effective Communication
Topic 6: Customer Service Policies and Procedures
Topic 7: Quality and Customer Service
Topic 8: Maintaining Customer Relationships
Topic 9: Negotiating Sales
Topic 10: Tracking Customer Satisfaction

Reading 2: Prepare a Colourboard and Client Presentation
Topic 1: Introduction
Topic 2: Drawing
Topic 3: Cad, Cadd and Manual Drawing Tools
Topic 4: Sample Boards
Topic 5: Presentation Technology
Topic 6: Over All Presentation

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