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If you are looking for an in-depth understanding of the design principles of interior design and marketing requirements for a fledgeling business, this is the course for you. The Australian College Diploma of Design (Advanced Interior Design and Decorating) is a thorough exploration of interior design, to prepare you for your next career move.

Throughout this professional development course you will learn:

  • In-depth design planning
  • Planning specifications
  • To design specific spaces
  • Marketing essentials for a small business
  • How to maintain customer relationships

At Australian College, we offer an online learning experience. You can complete your course online in your own time and at your own pace.

Course summary

Qualification gained
Australian College Diploma of Design (Advanced Interior Design and Decorating)
Course code
Study mode
Flexible delivery (including online with some projects / activities and/or skills-based training)
Flexible duration (with an option to extend)
Up to 12 months
Study load
Start date
Start anytime
Assessment method
Short answer questions
Nationally recognised
Career Opportunities
  • Interior Designer
  • Interior Decorator
  • Colour Consultant
  • Events Designer
  • Further study can lead to Interior Architect

Course fees

Payment Option 1 - $2,000.00 upfront*
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Course units

Unit 1 - Foundations of Interior Design

Reading 1 - Elements & Principles of Design

Introduction to the Interior Design and Decorating Industry
Elements of Design
Principles of Design
Elements of a Decoration Plan
Environmentally Sustainable Design
Tools and References

Reading 2 - Colour Planning and Effects

Definition of Colour: The Colour Wheel
Colour Atlas: Colour Matching
Functional and Decorative Use of Colour
Colour Planning
Colour Psychology
Lighting Effects on Colour

Unit 2 - Organisation and Planning for Your Client

Reading 1 - Basic Plans & Drawing

Residential Design Basics
Plan Reading and Documentation
Planning and Measuring
Freehand Sketches
Drawing to Scale
The Principles of Feng Shui
Working with Space

Reading 2 - Furnishing & Decorative Finishes

Understanding Mood and Style
Historic Restoration
Period Design and Decoration
Paints and Decorative Finishes
Carpets and Floors
Windows and Treatments
Lighting and Special Effects
Fabrics and Soft Furnishings

Reading 3 - Planning a Decorative Colour Scheme for a Client

Developing an Interior Design and Decorating Business
Business Essentials
Sourcing Business and Selling your Services
Communicating with Clients and Tradespeople
Negotiating Rates and Services
The Beginning of Your Decoration Plan
Taking a Client Brief
The Finishing Touches
Presenting a Client Proposal
Tips for Going Professional

Unit 3 - Prepare and Select Products and Finishes

Reading 1 - Prepare Product Specifications

Introduction to Specifications
Assessing the Project
Obtaining Product Information
Preparing Specifications

Reading 2 - Source and Select Products and Finishes

Design Considerations
The Age of Oak
The Age of Walnut
The Age of Mahogany
French Styles
The Victoria Era
Twentieth Century Style
Materials Part 1
Materials Part 2
Materials Part 3

Reading 3 - Research and Recommend Soft Furnishings

Planning for Soft Furnishing Research
Language of Pattern
Fibre to Fabric
Fabric Selection
Soft Furnishing for the Bedroom

Unit 4 - Design and Planning the Space

Reading 1 - Research and Recommend Accessories

What are Accessories?
Art Work
Other Accessory Items
Arranging Accessories

Reading 2 - Design for Domestic Space

Space Planning
Select a Style/Theme for the Space
Design Living Room Space
Selecting Products and Finishes for Living Space
Wall and Ceiling Finishes
Window Treatments
Selecting and Arranging Furniture
Design for a Dining Space
Bedroom Space
Home Study

Reading 3 - Design for a Kitchen Space

The Evolution of the Kitchen
Kitchen Design
The Kitchen Floor
Kitchen Cabinets and Doors
Kitchen Appliances
Presenting Kitchen Designs Ideas
Eco-Friendly Appliance Buying Tips

Unit 5 - Promoting Your Service and Costing a Job

Reading 1 - Design for a Bathroom

The History of the Bathroom
Universal Bathroom Design
Bathroom Layout
Working with Limited Space
Products, Materials and Finishes

Reading 2 - Estimate and Cost Jobs

Estimating Costs of Building a Domestic Residence
Estimating the Cost of a Kitchen
Estimating the Cost of a Bathroom
Estimate Cost of Carpet and Curtains for Living Room
Estimate Cost of Wallpaper and Paint
Estimating Cost of Furniture and Accessories
Estimating Tools and Documents

Reading 3 - Promote Products and Services

Understanding Promotion
Advertising for Business
Advertising and Promotion
Business Promotional Activities
Public Relations and Product Promotions
Internet Marketing and Website Promotion
Planning Promotional Activities
Organising Promotional Activities
Measuring Promotional Response
Reviewing Promotional Activities

Unit 6 - Attention to Customer Details and Needs

Reading 1 - Address Customer’s Needs

Identifying Your Customers
Techniques for Providing Good Customer Service
Some Common Causes of Misunderstanding
Overcoming Objections
Effective Communication
Customer Service Policies and Procedures
Quality and Customer Service
Maintaining Customer Relationships
Negotiating Sales
Tracking Customer Satisfaction

Reading 2 - Prepare a Colour Board and Client Presentation

CAD, CADD and Manual Drawing Tools
Sample Boards
Presentation Technology
Overall Presentation

Entry requirements

  • Access to a computer with word processing, PDF reader capabilities and an internet connection
  • A good command of written English
  • Ability to allocate appropriate study hours per week

If you have these essential requirements, then you can get started immediately.

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