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The Interior Design & Decorating Professional Upgrade course will teach you 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.

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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 Diploma of Design (Advanced 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 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

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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