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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.

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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.

Course summary

Qualification gained
Australian College Certificate of Interior Design and Decorating
Course code
Study mode
Flexible delivery (including online with some projects / activities and/or skills-based training)
Course fees
Pay up-front, pay by installment or completely customise your own payment plan here. Employers, ask about our group/corporate rates and traineeship availability.
Flexible duration (with an option to extend)
Up to 12 months
Study load
Start date
Start anytime
Assessment method
Multiple choice, short answer questions
Nationally recognised

Career opportunities

  • Interior Designer
  • Interior Decorator
  • Colour Consultant
  • Events Designer
  • Further study can lead to Interior Architect

Course units

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

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.

Student reviews

"During the course I was working full-time and even had a baby! I would recommend the college to anyone who needs to study at their own pace, not the at the pace of the college!"

Yvonne Clarke, 13th August 2013

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