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Focused on the dynamic relations between people and the surrounding environment, this ideas-led design program explores the potential and future of interior design as a practice.
In the 21st century, the definition of ‘interior’ can no longer be simply equated to the inside of a building. Conditions of interior and interiority are increasingly affected and transformed by contemporary technologies as well as social and cultural forces and relationships.
This program will challenge your assumptions about interior design. You will learn to think and operate like a designer and, studying in a highly creative studio setting, you will learn from distinguished design practitioners.
You will learn to design through the process of responding to a range of design briefs from the conceptual to real-life situations. You will be provided with technical and communication tools such as AutoCAD, 3D imaging, hand-drawing, film production and model making, as well as verbal presentation skills.
You'll have the opportunity to travel and engage with industry through workshops and projects that allow you to respond to complex design challenges.
Students in third and fourth year will have the opprtunity to undertake interships and gain valuable experience with leading design practices in Melbourne and internationally.
Four years of ideas-led designing
Working in a highly creative studio setting, you will develop rich experiential sensibilities and a sophisticated range of approaches to the design of interior environments. These could range from detailed, material-focused projects including furniture and joinery, to event-based situations like exhibitions, installations and performances, or large-scale complex projects such as commercial spaces, retail precincts and public or community centres.
Different interiors are considered from architectural, retail, exhibition and urban environments to digital and filmic spaces, performance and theatre design, art installations and more.
Your studies conclude with highly-celebrated graduate exhibition INDEX. This event brings together industry, staff, and students to celebrate the discipline of Interior Design and its future through the work of these emerging designers.
International student visa holders can only study full-time.
What will you learn?
Your studies will focus on the following areas:
- design theory
- digital technologies
- event design
- history (design)
- interior design
- spatial design
Learn to think and operate as a designer
Design studios make up a majority of your studies and are generally taught in small groups. In these classes, you will explore conceptual ideas and experiment with a breadth of media and innovative technologies. These range from detailed hands-on making processes to sophisticated digital modelling.
What is a design studio?
Design studios provide a unique way of exploring ideas by challenging future designers. Studios are run by academics and practicing design leaders from local and international architectural and design firms.
Design studios model the best practice of local and global design firms. The studios allow you to explore design, connect with your peers, industry and integrate with other disciplines.
The city is your urban laboratory
Studying in the dynamic urban setting of Melbourne’s CBD will allow you to develop sophisticated design proposals in response to your immediate surroundings. In this way, RMIT’s Bachelor of Interior Design (Honours) uses Melbourne’s CBD as a kind of urban laboratory to test design ideas.
INDEX Graduate Exhibition
INDEX is the final year graduate exhibition. Each year generates a unique event and the exhibition is an interior design project in its own right. The exhibition brings together industry, staff, and students to celebrate the discipline of Interior Design and its future through the work of these emerging designers.
Each semester, practising professional designers present studios or specialisations that engage directly with contemporary design projects and/or issues. These projects may involve clients and actual projects where you will develop your design proposals within a scenario-based, simulated design practice environment.
The program has developed strong community and industry relationships, which allow you to be exposed to real-life projects. Examples include projects with HASSELL, design proposals for the re-design of the Quiksilver Headquarters in Torquay, and prototyping lighting design in collaboration with Euroluce.
Internships – third and fourth year
You will have the opportunity to gain valuable industry experience in a range of leading design practices located both locally in Melbourne, and internationally across South-East Asia.
These placements will embed you into design teams under the supervision of an experienced industry mentor, allowing you to develop your design skills and professional capabilities whilst working on real projects.
Local internship partners:
- Bates Smart
- National Gallery of Victoria
- Doherty Design Studio
International internship partners:
- Woods Bagot
- Cush Cush Gallery
Many graduates work in interior design and architectural practices where commissions may range from domestic interior, retail and entertainment, to hospitality, corporate office and public building design. These practices range in scale from large corporate offices to teams of two or three.
Design practices are becoming increasingly multidisciplinary, with interior designers, landscape architects, architects, industrial designers and graphic designers collaborating on large-scale projects. Many graduates also establish their own design practices.
As an interior designer, you may also work in film and television design, set design for theatre, furniture design, exhibition design and curating, event planning and design journalism.
- Lucy Mcrae
Sci-fi Artist, Lucy Mcrae
- Billy Ip
Principal Interior Designer, Woods Bagot – Hong Kong
- Ingrid Rhule
Exhibition Designer, National Gallery of Victoria
Professional recognition and accreditation
Graduates are eligible for membership of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA).
This RMIT degree participates in a local and global conversation and network through membership of:
- Interior Design/Interior Architecture Educators Association (IDEA)
- (Design Institute of Australia (DIA)
- International Federation of Interior Architects and Interior Designers (IFI)
Through this program, you will engage in an ongoing global dialogue through conferences, student and staff exchange, travel studios and regular participation in/contribution to an international network of practitioners and academics.
Examples of recent connections include a student field trip to Hanoi, Vietnam to redesign a café which offers training and support to an orphanage of over 400 children living with disabilities.
International travel studios provide you with an opportunity to engage in projects and workshops that bring into focus issues surrounding space, local customs, society and contemporary culture.
Students focus on developing design projects in response to these complex issues.
Previous locations include, India, Argentina, Mexico, New York, Germany, Eastern Europe, South Korea and Morocco.
You will also have the chance to go on a full semester overseas exchange in your third year.
Program and course information
Challenge your ideas about interior design.
Explore conceptual and real-life design briefs in studio and workshop settings.