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Extend Yourself

Advanced Colour
and Finishes

In this advanced course, designed specifically for Interior Designers, Decorators, Colour Consultants and Architects, you will extend your knowledge of colour theory to discover exciting new ways to create dynamic and sophisticated colour schemes. Venture deeper into the exciting world of materials, finishes and sustainability for both residential and commercial environments. You’ll explore exterior and heritage colour and finishes palettes considering aspects of light, location, surroundings and architectural style.

This accredited course explores how colour trends are predicted globally and are used across a range of areas from branding and fashion to interiors. You will be introduced to new ideas on colour from aspirational public spaces around the world and explore the latest colour and finishes trends being used in commercial spaces, such as education, health and hospitality. Become a Colour Specialist and produce professional specifications and renders.

Accredited online short course
3 hrs per week / 12 weeks

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Why learn with us?

We’re passionate about providing personal support and encouragement. Throughout your course you can reach out to our Educators for help. As Interior Designers and Decorators themselves, they can give you real world insights into how they use colour in their own projects.

What does the course cover?

  • Exterior and environmental colour and finishes
  • Architectural styles and elements
  • Heritage colour combinations
  • Advanced colour combinations including colour discords and simultaneous and saturated colour palettes
  • Colour for public spaces
  • Predicting colour trends
  • Colour and branding
  • Colour consultancy
  • Top tips from industry professionals

How does it work?

This course is delivered through our online eCampus. The eCampus is easy to navigate and accessible from anywhere there is an internet connection. It is filled with inspirational images, practical colour resources, video presentations and lots of real life examples.

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 – colour professionals who are working in the industry –  will be on hand to provide guidance and answer questions during your creative journey. When you’ve completed all of your activities and assessments, you simply upload your work for marking and feedback.

What skills do I need?

This course is designed for industry professionals, to apply you will need one of the following pre-requisite qualifications;

  • Colour for Interiors (Interior Design Online)
  • Certificate IV in Interior Decoration
  • Certificate IV in Design
  • A colour theory course or equivalent

You will need basic computer knowledge and the ability to navigate the internet. In terms of equipment you will need a computer or laptop with Microsoft Office, access to the internet (preferably broadband), access to an A4 printer and scanner (Min 1000+ DPI) and a digital camera or phone camera.

You are required to upload your assessments as a PDF so you will require software on your phone such as Turbo Scan or Genius Scan.

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.

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

Receive a Statement of Attainment
with an accredited competency.
Registered Training Provider 91446

What tools will I need?

  • 2 magazines (not interiors)
  • A4 visual diary
  • A2 foam core
  • Coloured pencils
  • Double-sided tape
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Ruler

What are the career opportunities?

  • Colour Consultant to interior design and architecture firms
  • In-house Colour Consultant for paint showrooms
  • In-house Colour Consultant for home decorating showrooms
  • Self-employed Colour Consultant

What is the cost?

  • Pay AUD $995 in full (GST free) or pay a deposit of $395 followed by 2 monthly instalments of $300 via Ezidebit
  • A credit card transaction fee will be applied at checkout.
  • 12 week duration (3 hours per week)

Meet an Educator

Sharon Gage
Colourist, Interior Designer, Fashion & Textile Designer

“Teaching is my first love. To share a subject that you are so passionate about and that has underpinned your entire life is extremely powerful. Passing on your knowledge to the next generation is a legacy I like to leave all of my students.”