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Local student means; you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, a New Zealand citizen or a permanent humanitarian visa holder.
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International student means; you are not an Australian citizen or permanent resident, a New Zealand citizen or a permanent humanitarian visa holder.

Interior Decoration

Certificate IV in

International Students Code: MSF40118 Cricos: 099339K







12 months full time


12 months full time


Academic IELTS 5.5 overall with no individual band below 5.0

Next Intake

February, July

Next Intake

February, July

Turn your personal style into a beautiful career

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate IV in Interior Design (International) 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 this take me

Interior design qualifications can lead to an exciting range of careers in commercial and domestic settings.
  • Interior Designer
  • Interior Stylist
  • Retail Consultant
  • Colour Consultant
  • Interior Decorator
  • Interior Design Consultant


Students completing this course may go on to study a Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration, Bachelor of Interior Design or Bachelor of Interior Architecture

Akolda Bil

"It means future to me now. All I was doing before this was working in small jobs, or jobs that aren't going to get me far in life, so studying is a huge deal to me. It got me where I am now.... And it actually, studying gave me a path to go somewhere in my life."

Course Details

How you learn

  • Studio
  • Face-to-face
  • Classroom

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
BSBDES302 Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms Core 50
BSBDES303 Explore and apply the creative process to 3D forms Core 50
CUAACD301 Produce drawings to communicate ideas Core 80
CUAACD302 Produce computer-aided drawings Core 50
CUAACD303 Produce technical drawings Core 50
CUADIG303 Produce and prepare photo images Core 20
MSFGN4001 Research and meet ethical and compliance requirements Core 25
MSFID4012 Decorate Residential Interiors Core 80
MSFID4013 Design residential interior lighting Core 40
MSFID4015 Prepare materials and finishes boards for client presentation Core 20
MSFID4016 Design colour schemes for interior and exterior spaces Core 85
MSFID4017 Research and recommend furniture and accessories Core 36
MSFID4018 Research and recommend hard materials and finishes for interiors Core 54
MSFID4019 Research interior decoration and design influences Core 40
MSFID4021 Design soft furnishing solutions for interior spaces Core 60
MSFID5016 Develop decoration proposals for complex sites Core 108
MSFID5028 Research and recommend artwork Core 36

Recognition of Prior Learning

You can seek Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) where your work experience or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. RPL is individually assessed based on evidence submitted by the student to the teaching department. Applications for RPL will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic trainers, academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

Fees & Costs

Course Fees

  • Tuition fees per term: $3,732
  • Tuition fees course total: $14,925

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.

To find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy we recommend you contact us help you find out.

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 1 November 2019. 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.

Tuition Fees
$ - $
$7850 per semester
$15700 per year
Estimated based on eligibility
Course Fees are only estimated. Find out what subsidies apply to you by contacting us.

Materials and Amenities cost

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

Attend an Info Session 

Now’s the time to register for our information and enrolment sessions. We give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and a tour of our department facilities.


Australian Year 12 equivalency

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

Next Steps

Application procedure

All future international students will need to complete the short application form. After this, you will be redirected to the full enrolment application form and provide further documentation and forms specifically for International Students. Following this, you will be contacted by a member of the International Office who will support you in the next steps.

You'll find a step-by-step guide to enrolling for international admissions here

If you'd like to speak to one of our International Office staff directly, call +61 3 9269 8400

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