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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.
Personalised for INTERNATIONAL students.
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 Of

Local Students Code: MSF40118 Cricos: 099339K



Preston, Epping


12 months full time / available part time


12 months full time / available part time

Next Intake


Next Intake

February, July

Turn your personal style into a beautiful career

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate IV in Interior Design (Local Students) 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 Decorator
  • Interior Design Consultant
  • Interior Designer
  • Interior Stylist
  • Colour Consultant
  • Retail Consultant


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

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

Class Schedule

Note: Part-time flexible over two nights per week, to be confirmed upon enrolment.

3 days per week to be confirmed upon enrolment.

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.

Units of Study
Code Subject Elective Hours
CUADIG303 Produce and prepare photo images Core 20
MSFID4012 Decorate Residential Interiors Core 80
CUAACD302 Produce computer-aided drawings Core 50
MSFGN4001 Research and meet ethical and compliance requirements Core 25
MSFID4016 Design colour schemes for interior and exterior spaces Core 85
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
MSFID4013 Design residential interior lighting Core 40
CUAACD301 Produce drawings to communicate ideas Core 80
MSFID5028 Research and recommend artwork Core 36
MSFID4015 Prepare materials and finishes boards for client presentation Core 20
MSFID4017 Research and recommend furniture and accessories Core 36
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
MSFID4018 Research and recommend hard materials and finishes for interiors Core 54
CUAACD303 Produce technical drawings Core 50

Fees & Costs

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
$4450.00 - $12000.00
Estimated based on eligibility
Course Fees are only estimated. Find out what subsidies apply to you by contacting us.

Materials and Amenities cost

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


There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

For more information, we encourage you to attend one of Melbourne Polytechnic's Information Nights.

Next Steps

We're really excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and we look forward to supporting you on your education journey.

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form. You'll then receive a link to complete a few more personal details.

It is a mandatory government requirement for all prospective students to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment. Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend of our Skills and Job Centres, or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.

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

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 03 9269 8400 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.