Advanced Interior Design and Decorating


Course Information

The 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.


Australian College provides you with a range of payment plan options. You can pay upfront, pay by instalment or completely customise your own payment plan here.

Employers ask about our group/corporate rates and traineeship availability.

Entry Requirements
  • Access to a computer with word processing, PDF reader capabilities and an internet connection
  • A good command of written English
  • Ability to allocate appropriate study hours per week

If you have these essential requirements then you can get started immediately.


Upon completion of the course you will be awarded the Australian College Diploma of Design (Advanced Interior Design and Decorating).

Qualification Pathways
  • Complete the required training and the assessment requirements
  • Apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
  • Apply for Recognition of Current Competency (RCC)
  • Apply for Credit Transfer (CrT)
Career Opportunities

Interior Designer, Interior Decorator, Colour Consultant, Events Designer.

Further study can lead to Interior Architect.

Course Summary
Course Code:
Delivery Mode:
Online and Flexible delivery
Assessments may vary according to each subject, but may include one or more of the following:
  • Short answers questionnaires
  • Written tasks/Written essays
  • Multiple choice/true or false questions
  • Scenario-based case studies, practical projects with product or software, documents or diagrams.
Qualification Gained:
Diploma of Design (Advanced Interior Design and Decorating)
Nationally Recognised:
National Code:
Awarded By:
Australian College
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"I would thoroughly recommend Australian College to anyone who wants to learn something new, or add to the knowledge base they may already have on a particular subject.

There is a multitude of different courses to choose from that could take the individual in whatever direction they would like to take - be it for increased work opportunities or simply to stimulate the mind.

My thanks for helping me to open up a new direction in my life."

Tracey Marcelis, 8th October 2013

"Australian College was very helpful to answer any questions throughout the duration of my course. They always responded to questions in a timely manner giving back appropriate feedback that was useful in completing my course, I believe by completing this course my knowledge is much broader on interior design and decorating."

Rachel Bates, 4th February 2014

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Subject Descriptions

Unit 1 - Foundations of Interior Design
Reading 1 - Elements & Principles of Design
Introduction to the interior design and decorating industry
Elements of design
Principles of design
Elements of a decoration plan
Environmentally sustainable design
Tools and references
Reading 2 - Colour Planning and Effects
Definition of colour: the colour wheel
Colour atlas: colour matching
Functional and decorative use of colour
Colour planning
Colour psychology
Lighting effects on colour
Unit 2 - Organisation and Planning for Your Client
Reading 1 - Basic Plans & Drawing
Residential design basics
Plan reading and documentation
Planning and measuring
Freehand sketches
Drawing to scale
The principles of Feng Shui
Working with space
Reading 2 - Furnishing & Decorative Finishes
Understanding mood and style
Historic restoration
Period design and decoration
Paints and decorative finishes
Carpets and floors
Windows and treatments
Lighting and special effects
Fabrics and soft furnishings
Reading 3 - Planning a Decorative Colour Scheme for a Client
Developing an interior design and decorating business
Business essentials
Sourcing business and selling your services
Communicating with clients and tradespeople
Negotiating rates and services
The beginning of your decoration plan
Taking a client brief
The finishing touches
Presenting a client proposal
Tips for going professional
Unit 3 - Prepare and Select Products and Finishes
Reading 1 - Prepare Product Specifications
Introduction to specifications
Assessing the project
Obtaining product information
Preparing specifications
Reading 2 - Source and Select Products and Finishes
Design considerations
The age of oak
The age of walnut
The age of mahogany
French styles
The Victoria era
Twentieth century style
Materials part 1
Materials part 2
Materials part 3
Reading 3 - Research and Recommend Soft Furnishings
Planning for soft furnishing research
Language of pattern
Fibre to fabric
Fabric selection
Soft furnishing for the bedroom
Unit 4 - Design and Planning the Space
Reading 1 - Research and Recommend Accessories
What are accessories?
Art work
Other accessory items
Arranging accessories
Reading 2 - Design for Domestic Space
Space planning
Select a style/theme for the space
Design living room space
Selecting products and finishes for living space
Wall and ceiling finishes
Window treatments
Selecting and arranging furniture
Design for a dining space
Bedroom space
Home study
Reading 3 - Design for a Kitchen Space
The evolution of the kitchen
Kitchen design
The kitchen floor
Kitchen cabinets and doors
Kitchen appliances
Presenting kitchen designs ideas
Eco-friendly appliance buying tips
Unit 5 - Promoting Your Service and Costing a Job
Reading 1 - Design for a Bathroom
The history of the bathroom
Universal bathroom design
Bathroom layout
Working with limited space
Products, materials and finishes
Reading 2 - Estimate and Cost Jobs
Estimating costs of building a domestic residence
Estimating the cost of a kitchen
Estimating the cost of a bathroom
Estimate cost of carpet and curtains for living room
Estimate cost of wallpaper and paint
Estimating cost of furniture and accessories
Estimating tools and documents
Reading 3 - Promote Products and Services
Understanding promotion
Advertising for business
Advertising and promotion
Business promotional activities
Public relations and product promotions
Internet marketing and website promotion
Planning promotional activities
Organising promotional activities
Measuring promotional response
Reviewing promotional activities
Unit 6 - Attention to Customer Details and Needs
Reading 1 - Address Customer’s Needs
Identifying your customers
Techniques for providing good customer service
Some common causes of misunderstanding
Overcoming objections
Effective communication
Customer service policies and procedures
Quality and customer service
Maintaining customer relationships
Negotiating sales
Tracking customer satisfaction
Reading 2 - Prepare a Colour board and Client Presentation
Cad, Cadd and manual drawing tools
Sample boards
Presentation technology
Overall presentation
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