Certificate IV in Interior Decoration
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.
As an individual program, the Certificate IV in Interior Decoration is offered as a part-time day or evening course and is completed over two years.
You can continue your studies the Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration, which is a full-time program. You will enter with advanced standing into second year of the diploma once you have successfully completed the Certificate IV in Interior Decoration.
As a part-time student you will attend 6 hours of classes per week. This can be either 1 full day or 2 evening classes per week. You are expected to undertake 6 hours of homework and research weekly.
Certificate students have the opportunity to work on projects and gain work experience with major Australian companies.
You will study residential briefs to develop your understanding of:
- architectural views
- space planning
- decorative arts
- research into historic 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.
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|Certificate IV in Interior Decoration||City Campus||
2 years part time
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Program code: C4355
National curriculum code: MSF40113
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
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.
You must submit the Interior Design and Decoration selection kit by the extended deadline of Friday 26 January 2018.
You will receive an email prompting you to complete the selection kit upon submission of your application.
The selection kit requires:
- an applicant statement outlining why you want to study Interior Decoration and Design (maximum 300 words).
- a 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 must be a computer-generated project displaying digital skills. There should be a combination of in-development and finished work.
- a statement for each body of work, describing the task and the outcome (maximum 100 words each).
Your folio must be collated in a single PDF (maximum size 10MB).
Graduates of the Certificate IV in Interior Decoration part-time program can receive advanced standing to continue their studies in the second year of the Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration, which is a full-time program.
Graduates can also continue their studies in the:
The tuition fees you will pay for this program will depend on whether you are offered a Victorian Government subsidised place or a full-fee place.
To find out if you are eligible for a government subsidised place, follow the steps at ‘How to check if you are eligible’.
The student tuition fees as displayed by the fee finder are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide. Learn more about fees for vocational study.
If your application for a fee concession is approved, you will be charged 20% of the standard government subsidised tuition fee for your program. You will also be charged a lower rate on your student services and amenities fee (SSAF).
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.