Certificate IV in Interior Decoration - MSF40118
DurationFull-time 1 year
Next intakeNot applicable
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.
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.
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:
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.
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Program code: C4402
National curriculum code: MSF40118
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
retail flooring and tiling
You must complete and submit the Interior Decoration VE selection task. Please click the apply button to submit your direct application. The link to submit your selection task will appear on the applicant dashboard after you have submitted your application.
All tasks must be submitted by 2 December 2019. tasks will be assessed in the order they are received until this date unless places are filled prior.
The selection task requires:
- an applicant statement outlining why you want to study Interior Decoration (maximum 300 words)
- a folio of at least 2 bodies of your work or projects 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 be a combination of development and finished work
- a statement for each body of work, describing the task and the outcome (maximum 100 words per work).
Your folio must be collated in a single PDF (maximum size 10MB). Alternatively, you can provide a URL to your folio. Please provide a username and/or password if applicable.
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.
- 2020 government subsidised place (with concession): AU$800* per annum
- 2020 government subsidised place: AU$4,000* per annum
- 2020 full-fee place: AU$14,250* per annum
*Fees shown are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.
Use our fee finder to get an estimate of your fees for this program.
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$308 maximum fee for 2020.
- 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 criteria waver
**The Victorian Government is currently waiving two (2) eligibility criteria around prior qualifications. This means that more people who want to study a vocational education program at RMIT, and already have a qualification, will be able to access a government subsidised place in a program. Find out how to check your eligibility.
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 2020 is $308.
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.