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This program facilitates the development of specialised applied knowledge, high level technical skills, and the use of technology to communicate a broad range of interior concepts.
Underpinned by the exploration of sustainable practices in the planning and specification of interior structures, there is a strong focus on the application of materials and surface treatments, furnishings, and colour and lighting solutions to create aesthetic and functional spaces in both residential and commercial environments.
This is a dynamic and industry-relevant program where you’ll explore practical and theoretical decoration and design frameworks to support a wide range of projects, creating innovative interior concepts and proposals.
Projects will provide you with opportunity to work directly with industry to develop an understanding of associated vocational roles.
On successful completion graduates may be employed in assisting in commercial design offices, working with lead designers in boutique decoration consultancies, working in colour consulting, and fulfilling design and decoration consultation outcomes in other related retail and wholesale sectors of the industry.
International student visa holders can only study full-time.
The learning and teaching of this program emulates how you would work in a commercial decoration or design studio.
Teachers will interact and work with you as if you are a junior designer.
You’ll learn through lectures, workshops, studios, online learning, classroom and industry presentations and briefs and on-site visits. Practical demonstrations may be held in class or in an on-site industry environment.
You will acquire a broad range of hands-on skills (rendering, architectural drafting, sketching, perspective drawing, CAD, Revit, model making, Photoshop, client presentation) alongside learning the history and theory of colour and design.
It is recommended that you have your own computer but this is not a requirement as students have access to computer labs on campus. Students have access to program specific and industry standard software and can purchase these at discounted rates.
During the program you’ll interact with key people from external companies on live projects. This models the consultancy practice of interior design and decorators for client presentations.
The associate degree promotes independent learning and inquiry as an integral part of its program.
Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes concept design development , digital and verbal presentations, reports, groups projects, research and practical tasks.
All programs are delivered in English. You will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
Rather than undertaking block work experience, you will work with external companies on live projects and competitions throughout your studies. In the past students have worked with
- Hermon & Hermon,
- Christopher Boots and
- International Flooring.
This approach mirrors the consultancy practice of interior decorators and designers with clients and stakeholders in industry.
This program supports and encourages networking to develop Industry connections. Networking is an essential part of the design industry and this program allows you to connect with current designers and past students who have established design practices. Networking can lead to invitations to become part of industry-based committees and boards.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
As an interior decorator and designer you will:
- develop and create beautiful, functional spaces working to a design brief
- decorate residential and commercial environments
- draw sketches and produce samples of your design ideas
- work directly with clients, providing advice on colour schemes, layouts, lighting and soft furnishings
- source paint colors, lighting, furniture and flooring
- provide advice on artwork, pillows, rugs and accessories
- supervise on-site design and construction
- keep up to date on global trends and product knowledge.
- communicate successfully with both clients and associated project consultants/tradespeople.
As an interior decorator and designer you will work in a wide range of design environments including:
- assisting decorators and designers in large architectural firms
- management roles in interior decoration and design departments
- CAD in commercial areas
- decoration and design consultancies in small boutique companies specialising in complete soft furnishings and residential fit outs
- interior textile wholesale areas
- retail consultancies in furnishings, lighting or furniture
- colour consultancies, either for large paint companies or in self employment.
Professional recognition and accreditation
This course is nationally accredited by the Design Institute of Australia (DIA). Current students and graduates of this course are eligible for DIA membership.
This program is investigating options for future overseas study and learning connections.
Program and course information
Create aesthetic and functional residential and commercial spaces
Work on industry briefs and simulated projects to create innovative interior and decoration concepts and proposals.