Interior Design


Advanced Diploma of Interior Design
CRICOS: 084363M | National ID: MSF60113

Interior Design

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Duration 2 years
Intake Semester 1 (February) 2018
Semester 1 (February) 2019

CIT Reid

Tuition Fees

2018*: Semester 1 - $6,850 | Semester 2 - $6,850
2019*: Semester 1 - $7,050 | Semester 2 - $7,050

*Please note - Course fees are listed in $AUD and are based on a semester rate. Total course cost will vary depending on semester start date. Small fee increases happen annually in line with CIT’s fee pricing review. 2018 and 2019 fees subject to change.


If you want a career as a professional interior designer, then CIT’s Interior Design qualifications are a must. Our students graduate job ready with skills and knowledge to work in any Architectural or Design practice.

Interior design is an exciting and challenging role; we will guide you through the process of transforming residential and commercial spaces, starting small and moving up to complex commercial and institutional design environments at the Advanced Diploma level.

The first semester classes in both programs give students practical skills to provide advice and assistance on the styling of existing interior spaces. You'll learn about researching and analysis of a client brief, planning and arrangement of a given space, selection of colours, specification of finishes and furnishings and sourcing, costing and purchasing of products, lighting, construction and structural elements along with Building codes and regulations. You will learn how to work with clients, architects, builders, retailers and suppliers.

A series of interactive projects and live briefs will teach you how to provide confident and proficient creative and technical solutions for interior residential, small commercial and institutional design projects. By developing your design and problem-solving skills, you will learn to utilise furnishings, material and the psychology of design, to work within project parameters, exploring the relationship between human activity and interaction, spatial design and sustainability.

This program engages students with designing for complex environments including facilities for people with disabilities, the aged, and adaptive re-use projects, managing the changing nature of design trends, the shift to eco-friendly materials and sustainability, as well as encouraging an appreciation of design culture through historical and theoretical perspectives. The option to do work placement in the industry assists students gaining employment.

The Advanced Diploma utilises different techniques of design communication and take advantage of using the latest software programs in our industry to produce computer-aided drawing, 3D modelling, design and documentation. Our teachers are all working in the industry, which along with site visits and industry involvement ensures the students are given up to date practices, knowledge and skills.

The Advanced Diploma offers students work placement unpaid for up to 100 hours and undertake industry level project work. Most students do gain employment after completing their work placement.

Entry Requirements

ACT Year 12 Certificate or equivalent or Adult Entry | IELTS 6.0 (with no band score less than 5.0) | TOEFL iBT - 60 | PTE Academic - 50 (minimum of 36 in each band) | TOEFL PBT - 550 | Cambridge English test (C1 Advanced and B2 First) - 162 | A portfolio of recent work or images of design appreciation, demonstrating drawing/imaging and design skills, both conventional and/or electronic, which could include a visual diary, sketches and drawings, images and text, design development work, photographs etc. Colour prints, CD or video presentation of students' work is acceptable | Interview (or other negotiated process).

Extra Fees

Advanced Diploma:
Material fees: $1,005

In addition to the above materials costs, students are also required to purchase a kit of equipment on commencement valued at $250.

Throughout their studies students will be required to submit printed versions of their work for assessment. Printing costs are estimated at $10 per week during each semester.

Course Subjects

Advanced Diploma of Interior Design
CRICOS: 084363M | National ID: MSF60113

Stage 1 - complete all subjects

National ID Subject Name
BSBDES401 Generate design solutions
CUVACD303A Produce technical drawings
MSFID4001 Research, analyse and apply colour for interior spaces
MSFID4011 Determine work health and safety (WHS) implications of interior effects
CUVACD302A Produce computer-aided drawings
MSFID4004 Research and recommend furniture and accessories
MSFID4005 Research and recommend soft furnishings for interiors
MSFID4006 Research and recommend hard materials and finishes for interiors
MSFID4009 Research architectural styles and movements
MSFID4008 Assess interior light and recommend light fittings
MSFID4003 Prepare a materials board for client presentation
MSFID4002 Decorate residential interiors
MSFID4007 Identify materials, construction techniques and methods used in building interiors
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
CUVDES405A Research and apply techniques in spatial design
BSBDES303 Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms
CUVACD301A Produce drawings to communicate ideas
BSBDES302 Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms
CPCCOHS1001A Work safely in the construction industry

Stage 2 - complete all subjects

National ID Subject Name
MSFID5003 Evaluate site for interior design brief
BSBDES502 Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief
MSFID5014 Use CAD applications to complete models and documentation for interior design projects
SIRRMER512 Produce perspective drawings, plans and elevations
MSFID5010 Provide interior styling service
CPPBDN5003A Research compliance requirements for small-scale residential building design projects
MSFID6005 Design for retail interiors
MSFID5008 Design for people with disabilities and the elderly
MSFID5005 Explore and apply creative design methodology to interior space
Designing residential interiors (This subject achieves competency MSFID5001)

Stage 3 - complete all subjects

National ID Subject Name
MSFFDT5014 Investigate legal requirements for design
BSBPMG522 Undertake project work
MSFID6001 Resolve complex spatial problems through modelling
MSFID6002 Apply 3-D visualisation techniques to represent interior designs
Designing for small to medium scale commercial or institutional interiors (This subject achieves competency MSFID5013)
MSFID6003 Design for large scale commercial or institutional interiors
BSBDES601 Manage design realisation
MSFFDT5013 Evaluate and participate in design industry networks
MSFID6009 Produce digital presentations for commercial projects
Designing interiors for hospitality environments (This subject achieves competency MSFID6004)

Job Opportunities

Interior Designer for interior design and architectural practices, self employed Design Consultant, Design Project administrator and Design Manager

Teaching Methods and Assessment

Modes of study include:

  • Lectures & Tutorials: Formal teaching sessions are used for audio/visual and oral delivery of principles and theories related to interior design practice and design project management. Individual and/or interactive small group sessions where discussion, analysis, extension and evaluation of student work takes place.
  • Seminars: Presentations and group opportunities to discuss investigative work carried out by students, staff and/or guest lecturers.
  • Studios/Workshops: Opportunities are created for students to build industry level skills through participation in ‘hands-on’ practice.
  • Project based instruction: Instruction intended to develop specific advanced skills and knowledge within an interior design context. Collaborative studio based projects explore contemporary issues, develop tolerance of others, support effective workplace communication and employability skills.
  • Industry Exposure: Opportunities arising out of international study-tours, simulated work environments, industry guest lectures and local and interstate field trips are used to enrich learning.

Students also have access to supplementary online (eLearn) resources to reinforce and extend classroom based learning. Online opportunities to work collaboratively and flexibly are also provided.

Students will be assessed in the following ways:

  • Participation in industry projects, complete assignments and projects
  • Assessments may be competency based, grades, or a combination of the two.

Pathways to Further Study

Students who gain entry into the University of Canberra and successfully complete:

  • the Advanced Diploma of Interior Design will receive 36 credit points (1.5 years) towards the Bachelor of Design (206JA) or 48 credit points (2 years) towards the Bachelor of Interior Architecture (289JA).

Students are advised to speak directly with UC in relation to course choices and pathways.

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