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Become an Interior Designer

Diploma of Interior Design

Interior Designers solve problems and create functional, meaningful spaces. This engaging course will launch your career in the exciting interiors industry. You will be exposed to the latest international design trends and best-practice for residential and commercial interiors including retail, office, cafe, restaurant and bar design. You’ll bring your creative ideas to life using 3D modelling software and professional presentation techniques.

Accredited Qualification MSF50222
10 hrs per week / 2-3 years

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What will I learn?

This industry focused course starts with the elements and principles of design and colour. You will develop your spatial awareness through drawing and model making and ignite your creativity with concept development. You’ll realise your ideas using the latest 2D drawing and 3D modelling tools, producing a comprehensive portfolio of residential and commercial projects.

What does the course cover?

  • Residential design subjects from the Certificate IV in Interior Decoration plus:
  • Use the latest industry software: AutoCAD, SketchUp and Adobe Photoshop
  • Develop advanced rendering, perspective drawing and professional presentation skills
  • Undertake site analysis, evaluation and client briefings
  • Explore advanced colour and finishes including whites, neutrals, exterior and colour for public spaces
  • Design custom furniture and cabinetry for client specific interior schemes
  • Design lighting layouts, plans and specifications
  • Produce unique designs for a range of commercial spaces including offices, training, retail and hospitality
  • Develop industry standard documentation packages, schedules and specifications
  • Learn the business of interior design and how to position yourself most effectively in industry
  • Graduate with a professionally designed portfolio showcasing your work and talent

What is the cost?

This course is divided into 11 units and you can apply and pay unit by unit or upfront.

  • Unit 1 Foundations of Design and Colour + Design Kit (free shipping) |  $2,290
  • Unit 2 Interior Planning and Design  |  $1,795
  • Unit 3 Interior Schemes and 3D Visualisation  |  $1,795
  • Unit 4 Residential Decoration  |  $1,795
  • Unit 5 AutoCAD and Interior Construction  |  $1,095
  • Unit 6 Residential Planning |  $1,295
  • Unit 7 SketchUp for Designers  |  $595
  • Unit 8 Advanced Colour and Finishes  |  $895
  • Unit 9 Small Commercial Design  |  $1,295
  • Unit 10 Workplace Design  |  $2,495
  • Unit 11 Hospitality Design  |  $1,600
  • Total course cost  |  AUD $16,945 (GST Free)

How can I pay?

We know the investment you’re making in your future is an important one, which is why we offer a range of payment options

The first 4 units are the same as Certificate IV in Interior Decoration and can be credited towards this course.

Option 1 – Pay Upfront

Pay for the total course cost at enrolment.

Option 2 – Pay Unit by Unit

Pay for Unit 1 at time of enrolment and then pay for each subsequent unit when you finish your current unit.

Option 3 – Pay by Instalments

Pay an initial deposit at the time of enrolment followed by instalments via Ezidebit. Please note, payment by instalment is available to Australian students only. For full details please click here.

If you require a longer instalment plan to pay for your first unit please contact our team on for more options.

Note: A credit card transaction fee will be applied at checkout for all payments.

This course is developed by our partner Sydney Design School, Australia’s award-winning interior design school.

This qualification is accredited by the
Australian Skills Quality Authority.
Registered Training Provider 91446.

What will I need?

Our Design Kit contains everything you need to get started. It’s included in the cost of your first unit and is shipped for free internationally. You are required to cover the cost of any GST, customs or duty that may be charged by your local authority. You’ll also need a smart phone, a powerful computer or laptop (with graphics card), Microsoft Office and access to the internet. More detail on our computer requirements is available here. Students will need access to a printer a few times in this course.

How does it work?

This course is delivered through our online eCampus. The eCampus is easy to navigate and accessible from anywhere with an internet connection. It is filled with inspirational content, practical resources and video tutorials.

You will work through a range of activities. Each activity carefully guides you step-by-step through the creative process, gradually building your knowledge and confidence.

Along the way, our Educators – who are professionals working in the industry –  will be on hand to provide guidance and answer questions via phone or email. When you’ve completed all of your activities and assessments, you simply upload your work for marking and feedback.

We estimate that you will need to spend approximately 10 hours per week studying to complete the work within 2-3 years. You have a maximum of 6 months to complete each unit. This qualification can be credited towards the Advanced Diploma of Interior Design on campus as Sydney Design School if wish to extend your study.

What are the career opportunities?

Our Careers Coach will help you to prepare a professional resume and will assist you with identifying job opportunities in your local area. You’ll also get access to our exclusive online job board for Sydney based roles.

Graduate career opportunities

  • Interior Designer in a decorating, interior design or architectural firm
  • Interior Stylist
  • Interiors Consultant for product, furniture and lighting suppliers
  • Colour Consultant
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • Real Estate Staging Consultant
  • CAD and SketchUp Draftsperson
  • Entrepreneur in your own interior business

Entry requirements

You don’t need any previous experience just enthusiasm and a passion for interiors! We start from the basics and gradually build your skills, knowledge and confidence. You will need basic computer knowledge and the ability to navigate the Internet.

To study with Interior Design Online you will need a strong command of the English language (verbal, written and comprehension) and, if required, be able to score at least 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test here or an equivalent.

If required, our team will be in contact with you by telephone to assess your English language proficiency, prior to an enrolment confirmation being sent. If your application is not successful due to your language ability your payment will be refunded in full.

How do I apply?

You can apply online today. Follow the link below to enter your details into our online application form. You can choose to pay for the course in full, by unit or by instalments.

Please allow one business day for our team to process your application and payment. You will then receive a confirmation of your enrolment via email including your login to our eCampus and payment receipt.

This will be followed by a welcome email from an Educator. You will receive a link to join a live online welcome session via Zoom where you will get a guided tour of our eCampus. Your Design Kit will be posted to you and should arrive within one week of your enrolment but you won’t need the resources until much further into your course.

“I love learning new skills and seeing how far I’ve come since I started the course. I also love that we’re given a lot of ‘real’ projects to work on, it’s very practical and not only about learning the theories.”

Graduate Agathe Touguet

Learn in our real-time online classroom.

This comprehensive foundation course starts with the basics and gradually builds your skills and confidence. You’ll begin with the elements and principles of design, before exploring the inspiring world of colour, drawing and model making. We’ll teach you how to develop interior schemes and plan kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms and living spaces.

Explore work by our creative students

We love to share their projects online.
Be inspired by their beautiful work on our Instagram page.

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