Interior Design and Decorating


Course Information

In the Interior Design & Decorating course you will learn the essential knowledge required to design and decorate a space in a balanced and informed way. If your goal is to set out and get started in a career in designing and decorating, or you simply want to create a beautiful home, then the one thing you need to do is to learn as much as you can. Interior design and decorating is like any other career - the more you learn about it the better.

In this online course you will study the techniques to plan a room and create a sense of space. This will include making informed suggestions on planning, furniture, colour and finishes. For instance, to create more space you might suggest built-in wardrobes with mirrored doors, or furniture which has a strong vertical line to create height. As an interior decorator you will also learn to recommend strong combinations of paint, wallpaper, floor coverings, and so on.

While you can channel and grow your skills and knowledge to specialise in interior design or interior decorating, you can also choose to work in both areas, as many people do. Regardless of which path you decide to take at the completion of your course, you will have the foundational knowledge of both these vital areas and how they contribute to creating beautiful spaces, whether it is for career or home.


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 Certificate in Design (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:
Certificate of Interior Design and Decorating
Nationally Recognised:
National Code:
Awarded By:
Australian College
What Our Students Say

"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
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