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Diploma of Interior Design

VTAC Code: MSF50222 VTAC Number: Preston 6900668484



12 months full time


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Give your career a new design

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Interior Design MSF50222 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 MSF50222 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 the Diploma of Interior Design MSF50222 take me?

Interior decoration is a qualification that creates an exciting range of careers in many settings.

  • Interior Design Consultant
  • Retail Consultant
  • Interior Stylist
  • Interior Designer
  • Interior Decorator
[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
Portrait of Student Sara Levitas

Course Details

Delivery methods

  • Studio

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.

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
BSBESB406 Establish operational strategies and procedures for new business ventures Elective 45
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
CUADES512 Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief Core 65
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
MSFID4014 Produce digital models and documentation for interior design projects Core 80
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
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 Elective 108
MSFID5024 Design workplace interiors Elective 108
MSFID5025 Develop residential interior design project documentation Core 60
MSFID5028 Research and recommend artwork Elective 36
VU23456 Present architectural designs Elective 120

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
Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $6600 $11550
Maximum annual amenities $250 $250
Total payable $6850 $11800
Per year $18600
Per semester $9300

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.

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


You must complete Certificate IV in Interior Decoration MSF40122

You must 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 from the Apply Now page.

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 our Skills and Job Centre, 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 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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