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Interior Design

Diploma of

Code: MSF50218 Cricos: 0101725
Our courses are being delivered remotely
Melbourne Polytechnic is recognised as an essential service and continues to operate. Due to the coronavirus restrictions, the way our courses are delivered will look a little different for the foreseeable period.

Most of our courses are being taught remotely with an interactive and supportive learning environment, including assessments wherever possible.

Limited activity or training which cannot be delivered entirely remotely will be delivered on campus, with strict health and safety measures in place.



Preston, Epping




18 months full time / available part time


18 months full time / available part time

Next Intake

February 2021

Next Intake

February 2021

Give your career a new design

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Interior Design can let you turn your eye for interiors into a stylish and rewarding career. Designing and decorating a space is essential in this age of social media shares and mass production hacks, 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.

Apply your eye for trends to real world challenges

You’ll 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. Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Interior Design students have the opportunity for large design and decorating projects, as well as units of real interior design consultancy for real clients. 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, Design Matters (BDAV) 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 our industry partners and associates, student-run stalls at the Melbourne Home Show and annual interior design competitions, so you can enter the industry job ready with an active portfolio.

Turn your creativity into your calling

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, furnishing or lighting consultant, an interior stylist, a decoration consultant or even move into the world of sales or assisting architects.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

Interior decoration is a qualification that creates an exciting range of careers in many settings.
  • Interior Design Consultant
  • Interior Designer
  • Retail Consultant
  • Interior Stylist
  • Interior Decorator

Akolda Bil

"It means 'future' to me. 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.... Studying gave me a path to go somewhere in my life."

Course Details

Delivery methods

  • Studio
  • Face-to-face
  • Classroom

Assessment Methods

Units are assessed in a variety of ways including tests, practical exercises, online assessment, case studies, demonstrations, observation or assignments.

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
BSBSMB420 Evaluate and develop small business operations Core 45
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
MSFID4014 Produce digital models and documentation for interior design projects Core 80
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
MSFID4020 Research and integrate embedded technologies in interior design Core 40
MSFID4021 Design soft furnishing solutions for interior spaces Core 60
MSFID5016 Develop decoration proposals for complex sites Core 108
MSFID5020 Design residential interiors Core 108
MSFID5021 Evaluate site structure and services for interior design briefs Core 40
MSFID5022 Explore and apply creative design methodology to interior space Core 60
MSFID5023 Design for all ages and abilities Core 108
MSFID5024 Design workplace interiors Core 108
MSFID5025 Develop residential interior design project documentation Core 60
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

Tuition Fees
Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $ 9100 $21400
Maximum annual amenities $ 250 $250
Total payable $ 9350 $21650
Per year $0
Per semester $0

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.


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 requirements to gain entry into this course. For more information, we encourage you to attend an Information Session. Academic: Australian Year 12 equivalency.
English: Academic IELTS 5.5 overall with no individual band below 5.0, or equivalency.

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 Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas, you may be eligible for a VET Student Loan. Read more about them 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.

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 +61 3 9269 8400

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