DurationFull-time 1 year
Next intakeFebruary, July
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:
- architectural views
- space planning
- 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.
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Program code: C4402
National curriculum code: MSF40118
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.
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
There are no minimum academic requirements.
Entry to this program is competitive. Applicants are ranked and selected in order of merit based on their academic achievement, e.g., ATAR (including any adjustment factors).
Applicants who are not currently studying year 12 are encouraged to submit a personal statement outlining:
- your reasons for wanting to study this course
- your intended career path
- your personal strengths and attributes relevant to the course
- details of any related work or voluntary experience
If you do not submit a personal statement you will be considered on the basis of academic achievement only.
If you are applying to RMIT via VTAC you can complete and submit the VTAC personal statement via your online VTAC account.
If you are applying direct to RMIT you can upload your completed personal statement via your online direct application.
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The tuition fees below will apply if you are not receiving a JobTrainer fee waiver.
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.
- 2022 government subsidised place (with concession): AU$900.00* per annum
- 2022 government subsidised place: AU$4,250* per annum
- 2022 full-fee place: AU$12,500* per annum
*Fees shown are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.
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- 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
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