Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration

International Students


Become the architect of a colourful career with a Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration. Use your interior design skills to place you into the world of residential and commercial interior design. Work for large corporate clients and prestigious customers and unleash your creative flair into their world.

Thrive in a profession that values cutting-edge design

The interior design industry is booming as people look to make their domestic and commercial spaces aesthetically pleasing and comfortable. You will thrive in this profession if you have a great eye for detail and like to stamp your own design on home and business restoration and refitting.

Industry connections and resources

Our knowledgeable and industry-experienced staff focus on your progress throughout the course, providing quality personal attention to ensure you are industry ready and confident when you complete the course.

We have a variety of excellent industry contacts and affiliations, including the Design Institute of Australia, various industry partners, and a range of retailers, designers and decorators, ensuring that you have the best start towards developing your career in this exciting industry.

Employment outcomes

Possible career outcomes on completion of the Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration, include:

  • self-employed interior designer or decorator
  • interior decoration or design consultant
  • architectural assistant
  • interiors retail consultant
  • colour, furnishing or lighting consultant


You will be assessed throughout the course by completing projects, assignments, and written and oral questioning.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

You can seek RPL where your work or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. Academic Credit is granted on a case-by-case basis, according to our Academic Credit policy and associated procedures. Applications for Academic Credit will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

International Students








Full-time: 9 months

Modes of Delivery

Studio, Face-to-face, Classroom


  • Tuition fees per semester: $9467
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Entrance Requirements

Must have successfully completed the Certificate IV in Interior Decoration MSF40113

Assessment Methods

Projects, assignments, presentations, tests, written and oral questions


Lists of required materials, books or timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department

Pathways to further study

Graduates of this course may seek entry and advanced standing into university degree courses in interior design or architecture, for example a Bachelor of Interior Design

Career Pathways

Interior decoration is a qualification that creates an exciting range of careers in many settings, including:
  • self-employed Interior Designer or Decorator
  • interior Decoration or Design consultant
  • architectural assistant
  • interiors retail consultant
  • colour, furnishing or lighting consultant

Enrolment Intake

  • October
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Units Of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subjects Hours
BSBDES502 Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief 65
BSBDES602 Research global design trends 30
BSBPMG522 Undertake project work 60
CUAANM303 Create 3D digital models 75
MSFID5002 Develop a decoration proposal for a complex site 108
MSFID5003 Evaluate site for a design brief 40
MSFID5004 Specify structural elements, systems and services for interior spaces 72
MSFID5010 Provide interior styling service 72
MSFID5013 Design for small to medium commercial or institutional interiors 108
MSFID5014 Use cad applications to complete models and documentation for interiors 80

Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.