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This certificate is a dynamic, practical, industry-relevant program and is your entry into the field of interior design and decoration.
This program has a selection task.
Over two year part time study you will learn how to plan, design and decorate an interior with a focus on the development of the project's aesthetic, environmental, spatial and safety aspects as well as your client presentation skills.
Who is suited to this program?
This certificate IV is designed to introduce you to the professional world of interior decoration. You can use the skills and knowledge learned in the program to:
- develop your personal interests in decorating
- lay the foundations for a career change
- improve your career opportunities
- build a pathway to further studies
This program is suitable for people who are working full or part time.
What you will learn
You'll begin by focusing on 2D and 3D design and their decorative aspects, which will train you to effectively communicate concepts and design ideas to your residential clients.
Projects are themed around exploring and evaluating areas in soft furnishings, colour, drawing and digital presentation skills based on historical and contemporary styles and trends.
Interior decorators create beautiful spaces without making structural or architectural changes.
Study in a commercial design studio setting
You will study in design studios that reflect both industry and retail settings. This learning approach models the consultancy practice of interior decorators.
Learn from industry experienced teachers
You will study in state-of-the-art facilities at RMIT’s Melbourne City campus, working with industry-experienced teachers who have up-to-date knowledge of the market and the latest trends and innovations.
Throughout your studies you will have the opportunity to connect with key industry figures from the decoration and design field.
How you will learn
You’ll learn through lectures, workshops, studios, online learning, classroom and industry presentations and on site visits. Practical demonstrations may be held in class or in an on-site industry environment.
You’ll interact with key figures from established companies on projects during the program. This models the consultancy practice of interior decorators for client presentations.
It is recommended that you own a computer but this is not a requirement as you will have access to computer labs on campus. You will have access to program specific and industry standard software and can purchase these at discounted rates.
How your work will be assessed
Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes reports, verbal presentations, group projects, research and practical tasks.
All programs are delivered in English.
You will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
Students have the opportunity where possible to connect with key industry figures. The course content is reviewed regularly for currency and to keep the learning on global trend.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
This program qualifies you to be an interior decorator or assistant.
As an interior decorator you will:
- embellish well-designed, beautiful and functional spaces
- decorate residential environments
- present to clients the sketches of your decorating ideas, providing advice on colour schemes, layout, lighting, soft and hard wall and floor finishes, and soft furnishing products
- provide advice on interior styling such as artwork and accessories
- in interior decoration consultancies
- in interior decoration shops
- as a design consultant
- in retail store furnishing departments
- as a self-employed interior decorator
- as furniture, furnishings and fabric suppliers
- as shop fitters
- in colour consulting
- in retail flooring and tiling
Professional recognition and accreditation
Current students can join the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) as student members. Graduates can apply for associate membership and full membership once they have obtained their professional experience.
Please note: eligibility for DIA full membership is based on a points system.