Prepare to make an impact in the thriving interior decoration industry.
In the Certificate IV in Interior Decoration, you will learn how to plan, design, decorate and style 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 or stylist, you will:
Collaborate on industry projects and gain work experience with major Australian companies.
Learn from industry-connected experts in design studios that mirror industry and retail settings.
Join the Design Institute of Australia as a student, then apply for associate membership on graduation.
Focusing 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 or interior stylist in a decoration or styling studio, in interior product manufacturing and retail environments.
This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
The Certificate IV in Interior Decoration is delivered at the Melbourne City campus, working with experienced teachers who have up-to-date knowledge of industry, trends and innovations, and learning in state-of-the-art facilities.
You will be taught in design studios that mirror industry and retail settings, as is reflective of interior decorators’ consultancy practice.
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.
The types of classes you have will depend on the course you’re studying. Classes are offered in various formats designed to provide meaningful engagement with staff, industry and peers and provide for access and use of spaces where learning can be applied and active, including an array of specialised equipment.
Most RMIT courses do not include passive large-scale classes such as lectures, instead the content traditionally provided in lectures is made available online. This may be in the form of readings, videos or other on-demand learning materials. This content will also support the basis of interactive learning that takes place in on-campus classes.
Throughout your study in the Certificate IV in Interior Decoration you have the opportunity to work on projects and collaborate with industry briefs.
The course content is reviewed regularly for currency and to keep the learning on global trend.
The Certificate IV in Interior Decoration is offered full-time over one year or a part time over two years.
As a full time student your classes are delivered over three and a half days per week on campus throughout each 16-week semester.
As a part time student your classes are delivered over 2 days on campus over each 16-week semester.
You should also budget approximately 12 hours per week for research, study and assessment tasks.
Throughout the Certificate IV in Interior Decoration you will study decoration and styling briefs to develop your understanding of:
Visual technology and communication skills underpin the presentation aspects of working as a designer or decorator. You will work with Photoshop and other industry-standard software.
Choose a plan below to find out more about the subjects you will study and the course structure.
Note: International student visa holders can only study full-time.
The Certificate IV in Interior Decoration qualifies you to be an interior decorator, stylist or assistant, giving you the skills and expertise to pursue a career in:
The program is closely linked with the DIA (Design Institute of Australia) - as students in this program, you will have the opportunity to join the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) as student members while studying, and as an associate member upon graduation. The DIA has a specific category for interior decorators and offers associate members professional recognition and information on all areas of decoration and design through seminars and forums. Please note that successful completion of this qualification is not dependent upon membership of the DIA.
You need to satisfy all of the following academic (entry) requirements to be considered for entry into this course.
There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.
A selection task is not required for entry into this qualification.
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.
You must meet the entry requirements to gain access to this course. Please contact Study@RMIT to discuss your options.
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.
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.
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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 2024 is $351.
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.
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).
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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.