Certificate IV in Interior Decoration

Certificate IV in Interior Decoration - MSF40118

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Create beautiful and functional spaces for residential and commercial environments.

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Mode of study:
On campus
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Duration:
Full-time 1 year
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Next intake:
February, July
Location:
Melbourne City
Mode of study:
On campus
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Overview

This practical course is designed to prepare you for the thriving interior decoration industry.

You will learn how to plan, design and decorate interior spaces. You’ll focus on the development of a project’s aesthetic, environmental, spatial and safety aspects, as well as your presentation skills. As an interior decorator, you will:

  • create well-designed and functional spaces

  • decorate residential environments

  • present your decorating ideas

  • provide advice on colour schemes, layout, lighting, soft and hard wall and floor finishes, and soft furnishing products

  • advise on interior styling, such as artwork and accessories

Focussing on 2D and 3D design and their decorative aspects, you’ll learn how to effectively communicate concepts and design ideas to your clients.

Projects are anchored around evaluating areas in soft furnishings, colour, drawing and digital presentation based on historical and contemporary styles.

With this qualification, you can pursue a career as an interior decorator in studio, manufacturing, and retail environments.

*This is a JobTrainer course. Check your eligibility.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.

Please note: this certificate is not available for international students intending to study on a student visa. If you are holding a temporary visa (other than a student visa) and your visa has a full study entitlement, you may be eligible to apply. For more information, see the international students with other temporary (non-student) visas.

Details

As a student of this course, you will be taught in design studios that mirror industry and retail settings, as is reflective of interior decorators’ consultancy practice.

You will study in state-of-the-art facilities at RMIT’s Melbourne City campus, working with experienced teachers who have up-to-date knowledge industry, trends and innovations.

Throughout your studies, you will have the opportunity to connect with key industry figures from the decoration and design field.

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 industry environment.

You’ll interact with key figures from established companies, modelling the consultancy practice of interior decorators for client presentations.

Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes reports, verbal presentations, group projects, research and practical tasks.

Certificate students have the opportunity to work on projects and gain work experience with major Australian companies.

The course content is reviewed regularly for currency and to keep the learning on global trend.

Global work, exchange and study experiences

RMIT offers a range of opportunities for our students to study abroad through global work, exchange and study experiences with over 165 partner universities worldwide.

The knowledge and skills you will acquire throughout this certificate and how they can be applied in your career are described in the learning outcomes.

The Certificate IV in Interior Decoration is offered as a full time course over one year.

Classes are delivered over two and a half days per week on campus, and half a day of online study at various points throughout each 16-week semester. Students should also budget approximately 12 hours per week for research, study and assessment tasks.

You will study residential briefs to develop your understanding of:

  • architectural views
  • space planning
  • colour
  • materials
  • furnishings
  • decorative arts
  • historic and contemporary interior style.

Visual technology and communication skills underpin the presentation aspects of working as a designer or decorator. You will work with computer-aided design (CAD), Photoshop and other industry-standard software.

Course structure

Choose a plan below to find out more about the subjects you will study and the course structure.

Certificate IV in Interior Decoration
Program code: C4402
National curriculum code: MSF40118

Title
Location
Duration
Plan code
CRICOS
Certificate IV in Interior Decoration
City Campus
1 year
C4402
Location
City Campus
Duration
1 year
Plan code
C4402
CRICOS

VTAC Code

If you are eligible to apply via VTAC, copy and paste the below code into VTAC search.

  • Plan C4402 - 3200310874

Please ensure that you have checked the admissions requirements and apply page before applying.

Career

This course qualifies you to be an interior decorator or assistant, making you qualified to work in:

  • consultancies and shops

  • retail store furnishing

  • furniture, furnishings and fabric supplying

  • shop fitting 

  •  colour consulting

  • retail flooring and tiling

  • self-employment

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.

Admissions

You need to satisfy all of the following academic (entry) requirements to be considered for entry into this course.

Mandatory Personal Statement

All applicants must complete and submit the following personal statement:

  • Your reasons for wanting to study the Certificate IV in Interior Decoration
  • Your intended career path
  • Your personal strengths and attributes relevant to the course
  • Details of any related work or voluntary experience.

There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.

A selection task is not required for entry into this qualification.

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You need to satisfy all of the following requirements to be considered for entry into this degree.

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 or an equivalent senior secondary school qualification with a minimum average of 50% (see 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.

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.

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent senior secondary school qualification) (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.

You may also be considered if you have work experience in this field.

Meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee entry. Your application will still need to be assessed and accepted.

There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.

A selection task is not required for entry into this qualification.

To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

  • IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 5.5 (with no individual band below 5.0)
  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 50 (with minimum of 5 in Reading, 5 in Listening, 14 in Speaking and 15 in Writing)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 42 (with no communication band less than 36)
  • C1 Advanced: minimum of 162 with no less than 154 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 English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Upper Intermediate Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.

Pathways

Understanding pathways

Undertaking a certificate, diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree can help you meet the entry requirements for your preferred degree. These qualifications often provide credit, reducing the duration of your bachelor degree.

Even though there are no formal pathways into this course, there are often other ways you can gain entry.

Credit, recognition of prior learning, professional experience and accreditation from a professional body can reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant experience.

Credit and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT Credit Policy.

When you successfully complete this certificate, you may be eligible to apply for further studies at RMIT such as a diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree. Contact Study@RMIT to discuss your options or browse our courses.

Fees

JobTrainer courses

JobTrainer is a joint initiative between the Commonwealth and State Government which provides additional funding for free or low-fee (20% of the listed tuition fee) training courses for young people and job seekers. Eligible applicants will be able to access up to one full qualification and one short course or skill set under the JobTrainer fund.

Visit Free TAFE for priority courses for further information on what this means and whether you may be eligible.

If you have any questions you can contact Study@RMIT.

The tuition fees below will apply if you are not receiving a Free TAFE or JobTrainer fee waiver.

2023 fees

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.

  • 2023 government subsidised place (with concession): AU$950.00* per annum
  • 2023 government subsidised place: AU$4,750* per annum
  • 2023 full-fee place: AU$12,750* per annum

*Fees shown are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.

Fee finder

Use our fee finder to get an estimate of your fees for this program.

Additional expenses

*The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) rates for 2023 have been delayed by the Australian Government. The fee information will be published when they are available.

  • Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$315 maximum fee for 2022*.
  • Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.

Annual fee adjustment

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.

Eligibility Exemption criteria

**The Victorian Government is currently waiving three (3) eligibility criteria around prior qualifications. This means that more people who want to study a vocational education program at RMIT, and who have studied previously, will be able to access a government subsidised place in a program. Find out how to check your eligibility

Payments and refunds

For information on how to pay your fees or how to apply for a refund, please see Paying your fees and applying for refunds.

*The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) rates for 2023 have been delayed by the Australian Government. The fee information will be published when they are available.

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 2022* is $315. 

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.

You may be entitled to apply for a fee concession or exemption if you are in a Victorian Government subsidised place and you meet the eligibility criteria.

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).

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds.

The annual tuition fee for 2022 is AU$XX,XXX.

The total indicative tuition fee for 2022 commencement is AU$XX,XXX.

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Applying for refunds

Find information on how to apply for a refund as a continuing international student.

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds.

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Sorry, this program is not available for international students intending to study on a student visa.

If you hold a different visa type, you may be eligible. Please contact Study@RMIT for more information.

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.