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Certificate IV in Interior Decoration

Code: MSF40122 CRICOS: 111971C



12 months full time / 2 years part time


1 year

Next Intake

February, July

Next Intake

February, July

Please note that this course may be taught from our Collingwood Campus by 1/07/2024.

Turn your personal style into a beautiful career

Our Certificate IV in Interior Decoration MSF40122 will help you turn your individual style into an exciting and creative career. Styling a space is more important than ever in this Instagram age and the interior design industry is growing rapidly. Job opportunities in interior design have almost doubled since 2014. If you have an eye for detail and a taste for trends, you could use this qualification to establish your own interior design business or provide design consulting for high-end commercial and domestic clients.

Industry experience with real world design challenges

Learn the core principles and techniques needed to start your career in interior design, including how to research and use CAD design, analyse and apply colour, visual design practice and media techniques. You’ll be taught by our qualified and experienced design teachers, who have consulted with a variety of excellent industry contacts and affiliations, including the Design Institute of Australia and a range of retailers, designers and decorators, ensuring that everything you learn is timeless or on trend. Melbourne Polytechnic provides their interior design students with real world experience before they graduate, including the opportunity for internships with HBA and Associates, student-run stalls at the Melbourne Home Show, the annual Livestyling interior design competition and ongoing opportunities for interior design consultancies with the public.

Design your future in homes, offices, restaurants and more

Interior design qualifications can lead to an exciting range of careers in commercial and domestic settings. Aside from running your own interior design consultancy or business, you might become a colour consultant, an interior stylist, a decoration consultant or even move into the world of sales or visual merchandising.

Career Pathways

Where will the Certificate IV in Interior Decoration MSF40122 take me?

Interior design qualifications can lead to an exciting range of careers in commercial and domestic settings.

  • Interior Stylist
  • Colour Consultant
  • Interior Designer
  • Interior Design Consultant
  • Interior Decorator
  • Retail Consultant

Study Pathways

Completion of this course may be used as a pathway into the Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration MSF50222.

Portrait of Student Sara Levitas
[The course] is very practical, it's not like, theory, theory, theory, and I guess that’s the difference between a TAFE and university programs, there is that practical element and for me that was important.
Sara Levitas
Interior Design Graduate

Course Details

How you will study

Each course has a dedicated learning method that is designed to let you thrive in your studies.


Interactive learning in a face-to-face environment. Classes will be held at a Melbourne Polytechnic campus or partner institute. Visit the How You'll Study page for more information.

Class Schedule


CampusDurationNext Intake
Preston1 year full timeFebruary
Preston1 year full timeJuly
Preston2 years part timeFebruary

Assessment Methods

Projects, assignments, written and oral questioning.

Units of Study

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

Code Subject Elective Hours
CUAACD311 Produce drawings to communicate ideas Core 90
CUAACD312 Produce computer-aided drawings Elective 60
CUAACD313 Produce technical drawings Core 50
CUADES302 Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms Core 60
CUADES303 Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms Core 60
CUADIG303 Produce and prepare photo images Elective 20
MSFGN4001 Research and meet ethical and compliance requirements Core 25
MSFID4012 Decorate residential interiors Core 80
MSFID4013 Design residential interior lighting Elective 40
MSFID4015 Prepare materials and finishes boards for client presentation Elective 20
MSFID4016 Design colour schemes for interior and exterior spaces Core 85
MSFID4017 Research and recommend furniture and accessories Elective 36
MSFID4018 Research and recommend hard materials and finishes for interiors Elective 54
MSFID4019 Research interior decoration and design influences Elective 40
MSFID4021 Design soft furnishing solutions for interior spaces Elective 60
MSFID5016 Develop decoration proposals for complex sites Elective 108
MSFID5028 Research and recommend artwork Elective 36

Attend an Information Session

Our information sessions will give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and answer your questions about your course.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $1050 $5250 $13500
Maximum annual amenities $175 $250 $250
Total payable $1225 $5500 $13750
Per year $17200
Per semester $8600

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Contact us to find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1st of November. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.


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

Fees explained

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

Check your eligibility here.

The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

Check your eligibility here.

Concession fees are charged at 20 per cent of the standard fees for enrolments in Certificate I to IV courses. To be eligible students must meet Skills First eligibility criteria and present a valid:

  • Commonwealth Health Care card, or
  • Pensioner Concession card, or
  • Any dependent spouse or dependent child of one of the above cardholders, or
  • Veterans Gold card.

The following groups are eligible for concession fees from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Asylum Seekers and victims of human trafficking

Additional expenses

The Student Services and Amenities Fee is charged at forty cents (40 cents) per student contact hour and is capped over a twelve (12) month period, effective from the enrolment date, to:

  • $250 for full fee-paying students; and
  • $175 for concession-paying students studying Certificate I, II, III, or IV.

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

The teaching department will provide lists of required materials, books and timetables at course induction or class enrolment.
The teaching department will provide lists of required materials, books and timetables at course induction or class enrolment.


There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

You must attend an information session.

Australian Year 12 equivalency

Academic IELTS 5.5 overall with no individual band below 5.0, or equivalency

Next Steps

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form from the Apply Now page.

After you complete that form we will send you an email with a link to an application form webpage. If you don’t receive the email, check your spam and junk folders.

Complete the application form on the application form webpage.

You will be required to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment.

Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend an enrolment appointment over the phone or on campus.

For certificate-level courses, you can pay by weekly or fortnightly direct debit using our Tuition Payment Plan. Read more about Tuition Payment Plans here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 1300 635 276 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

When we receive your application, the International Office will be in contact with you shortly to discuss your application and provide you additional instructions.

If you'd like to speak to one of our International Office staff directly, call 1300 635 276

Recognising Organisations

Nationally Recognised Training

Nationally Recognised Training This course is government accredited and has national recognition.

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