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If your goal is to get started in a designing and decorating career, or you simply want to create a beautiful home, this is the course to get you on your way. Australian College Certificate of Interior Design and Decorating will teach you the essential knowledge required to design and decorate a space in a balanced and informed way.

Throughout this professional development course you will learn:

  • Colour planning and psychology
  • Elements and principles of design
  • Drawing to scale
  • Period design and decoration
  • How to negotiate rates and service

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 Certificate of 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*
Payment Option 2 - $300.00 Deposit then 20 x $100.00 Weekly = $2,300.00*
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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 Ese 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

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.

Student reviews

"During the course I was working full-time and even had a baby! I would recommend the college to anyone who needs to study at their own pace, not the at the pace of the college!"

Yvonne Clarke

Combine employment and training in order to gain a nationally recognised qualification.
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