Associate Degree in Interior Decoration and Design
DurationFull-time 2 years
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.
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.
This is a 2 year, full-time program.
This program focuses heavily on industry-led, real client projects. This approach mirrors the consultancy practice of interior decorators and designers with clients and stakeholders in industry.
Second year students have the opportunity to enter a variety of competitions including the Design Institute of Australia Graduate of the Year Awards.
Graduates of the program are work-ready due to the amount of exposure they have to industry projects, scholarships, competitions, industry networks and mentors.
Students are expected to attend 20 hours of classes over four days and undertake a minimum of 20 hours extra study and research weekly. Concentrated periods of self-directed learning are often required out of class hours when assessments are due.
You’ll study residential briefs to develop your understanding of:
- architectural views
- space planning
- decorative arts and contemporary interior style.
Visual technology and communication skills underpin the presentation aspects of working as a designer/decorator. You will work with computer-aided design (CAD), Photoshop and other industry-standard software.
You will deepen your knowledge of residential and commercial briefs. Sustainability underpins the approach to all projects including lighting, soft furnishings, colour, interior building materials and techniques.
You'll develop your 3D visualisation and modelling skills to produce detailed and accurate spatial documentation.
You'll also hone your presentation skills in design practice studios for both concept and finished presentations and engage with experienced professionals through the industry-mentoring program.
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|Associate Degree in Interior Decoration and Design||City Campus||
2 years full-time - 4 semesters
2 years full-time
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Program code: AD020
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.
You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent senior secondary school) qualification.
RMIT is committed to admissions transparency. View the 2018 ATAR distribution information for our degrees and information about how admissions work at RMIT:
You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent senior secondary school qualification) with a minimum 60% average (check calculator below).
Equivalent qualifications may also include completion of the RMIT Foundation Studies program or a recognised post-secondary diploma in the relevant discipline with the required grades.
Meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee entry. Your application will still need to be assessed and accepted.
You must complete and submit the Interior Decoration and Design selection kit as part of your RMIT direct application by 5pm Wednesday 20 June, 2018*. Once you submit your online application, you will be prompted to complete the selection kit.
*Kits will be assessed in the order they are received until this date unless places are filled prior
The selection kit includes:
- an applicant statement outlining why you want to study Interior Decoration and Design (maximum 300 words).
- a digital folio of 6–8 bodies of your work that reflect both conceptual and finished skills in drawing, problem solving, creative use of colour, communication and 3D/spatial thinking.
At least one body of work must be a computer generated project displaying digital skills. Your folio should contain a combination of development and finished work.
Your folio must be compiled into a single PDF, including a short statement for each piece of work (100 words) describing the task and the outcome. You can upload your PDF (maximum file size 10MB) or supply a URL to your PDF.
Folio: You are required to submit a folio of work.
The folio should contain a maximum of 6-8 pieces that reflect concept and finished skills in drawing, problem solving, and creative use of colour, communication and 3D/spatial thinking and a print out of a computer generated project displaying skills of digital competency.
The selected works in the folio should be a combination of development and finished work. Folios must be submitted electronically in PDF format. Each electronic file should be no larger than 10MB.
To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:
- IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.0 (with no individual band below 5.5)
- TOEFL (Paper Based Test): minimum score of 550 (TWE 4.0)
- TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 79 (with minimum of 19 in all sections)
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 50 (with no communication band less than 42)
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 169 with no less than 162 in any component.
For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.
Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
Graduates of the following programs:
can choose to continue their studies in the Associate Degree in Interior Decoration and Design.
Eligible graduates of RMIT's Certificate IV in Design who achieve a minimum overall grade of Competency with Distinction (CDI) will be given automatic entry into first semester, first year only of the Associate degree program.
When you successfully complete the Associate Degree in Interior Decoration and Design and achieve a minimum GPA of 3.5, you are guaranteed entry into the Bachelor of Interior Design (Honours) with 3 semesters of advanced standing (equivalent to 144 credit points).
If you achieve below the minimum GPA, you may still apply and will need to submit a folio. You will be assessed on a case by case basis and credit is not guaranteed.
Alternatively, you may be eligible for entry into other RMIT undergraduate programs.
All undergraduate and honours degrees have Commonwealth supported places (CSP) available.
In a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), your tuition fees are subsidised by the Australian Government. Your share of the fee (student contribution) is set each year by the government and is determined by the discipline areas (bands) of your individual enrolled courses, not the overall program.
As a CSP student, you may be eligible to apply for a HECS-HELP loan, which allows you to defer payment of up to 100% of your student contribution.
Learn more about fees for undergraduate study.
How much can I expect to pay for my Commonwealth supported place?
Courses (subjects) fall into one of three bands. The band determines the student contribution amount for the course.
Amounts listed in the table below are based on a standard, full-time study load (96 credit points per year) with all courses in the same band. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load or for enrolment in courses (subjects) from a combination of bands.
You can learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees for units from different bands at Fees for Commonwealth supported students.
Maximum student contribution amount for Commonwealth supported places in 2018
|Student contribution band by course (subject)||Maximum annual student contribution amount in 2018|
|Band 1: humanities, behavioural science, social studies, clinical psychology, foreign languages, visual and performing arts, education, nursing||$6,444 per standard year
$805 per standard (12 credit point) course
|Band 2: mathematics, statistics, computing, built environment, other health, allied health, science, engineering, surveying, agriculture||$9,185 per standard year
$1,148 per standard (12 credit point) course
Band 3: law, accounting, administration, economics, commerce, dentistry, medicine, veterinary science
|$10,754 per standard year
$1,344 per standard (12 credit point) course
The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the HECS-HELP loan scheme, which allows eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) to defer payment of up to 100% of their student contribution.
How does a HELP loan work?
If your HECS-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.
You will only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying).
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.
The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2018 is $298.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.