Interior Design

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 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.

The Advanced Diploma 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 program 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 for up to 100 unpaid hours and to undertake industry level project work. Completeing industry placement assists students in finding employment in the industry.

  • Course Details
    Course/s

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

  • Course Duration
    Duration

    TOTAL CIT PACKAGE: 2 years
    Advanced Diploma: 2 years

  • Course Intake
    Intake

    Semester 1 (February) 2019

    Semester 1 (February) 2020

  • Course Campus
    Campus

    CIT Reid

  • Course Fees
    Fees*

    Tuition Fees:

    2019*: Semester 1 - $7,050 Semester 2 - $7,050

    2020*: Semester 1 - $7,250 Semester 2 - $7,250

    Extra Fees:

    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.

  • *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.

  • Entry Requirements

    Academic requirements:

    • ACT Senior Secondary Certificate or equivalent
    • Interview (or other negotiated process)
    • A portfolio of recent work or work that demonstrates your aptitude for design. Portfolios may contain examples of design solutions from a range of activities and media types and may include: drawing, photography, painting, printmaking or any graphic design projects you have undertaken


    Students over the age of 20 may be eligible for adult entry. Please refer to Entry Requirements for more information.

    English requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (no band score less than 5.0)
    • TOEFL iBT - 60
    • PTE Academic - 50 (minimum of 36 in each band)
    • Cambridge English test (C1 Advanced and B2 First) - 169
    • Successful completion of CIT's English for Study and Life (Advanced)
  • Course Subjects - Advanced Diploma

    Advanced Diploma of Interior Design
    CRICOS: 084378D | National ID: MSF40113
    Complete 39 subjects (14 Core and 25 Electives)


    Stage 1 - complete all 19 subjects

    National ID
    Subject Name
    • BSBDES401
      Generate design solutions
      CIT Code: DSGN168
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to generate design solutions in response to a particular design need. It applies to individuals who generate concepts and solutions in response to a design challenge in any industry context. The starting point may be an open or closed brief; a spontaneous idea; modification of an existing product, service, process or system; or a point in an ongoing design process. This unit builds on BSBDES201 Follow a design process, and places greater focus on research, concept generation and collaboration with others as key aspects of the design process.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CUAACD303
      Produce technical drawings
      CIT Code: DSGN153
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to apply a range of techniques to produce technical drawings that meet required standards and conventions. It applies to individuals who use technical drawings in various contexts. No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSFID4001
      Research, analyse and apply colour for interior spaces
      CIT Code: DSGN177
      Description: This unit specifies the outcomes required to research, analyse and apply colour for interior decoration projects.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSFID4011
      Determine work health and safety (WHS) implications of interior effects
      CIT Code: DSGN179
      Description: This unit of competency covers identifying and assessing the WHS implications of effects used in interior decoration and design, including furniture, hard and soft materials and accessories, to determine potential hazards for a range of customer groups.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CUAACD302
      Produce computer-aided drawings
      CIT Code: DSGN152
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to use a range of computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) program functions to produce drawings. The focus of this unit is on the technical skills required to operate CADD, not on design skills. It applies to individuals who use computer-aided drawing skills in various contexts. No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSFID4004
      Research and recommend furniture and accessories
      CIT Code: DSGN184
      Description: This unit specifies the outcomes required to research and recommend furniture and accessories for various decoration and design solutions to meet client and project brief requirements.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSFID4005
      Research and recommend soft furnishings for interiors
      CIT Code: DSGN185
      Description: This unit specifies the outcomes required to research and recommend soft furnishings for various decoration and design solutions to meet client and project brief requirements.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSFID4006
      Research and recommend hard materials and finishes for interiors
      CIT Code: DSGN186
      Description: This unit specifies the outcomes required to research and recommend hard materials and finishes for various interior decoration and design solutions.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSFID4009
      Research architectural styles and movements
      CIT Code: DSGN189
      Description: This unit specifies the outcomes required to research architectural styles and movements and analyse how they influence interior decoration and design projects.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSFID4008
      Assess interior light and recommend light fittings
      CIT Code: DSGN188
      Description: This unit specifies the outcomes required to assess natural and artificial light sources of an interior space and make recommendations for light fittings as part of a decorative solution.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSFID4003
      Prepare a materials board for client presentation
      CIT Code: DSGN183
      Description: This unit specifies the outcomes required to prepare a materials or sample board for client presentation, for interior decoration and design projects.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSFID4007
      Identify materials, construction techniques and methods used in building interiors
      CIT Code: DSGN187
      Description: This unit deals with the skills and knowledge required to research and document the materials, construction techniques and methods associated with the construction of residential buildings.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSMENV272
      Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
      CIT Code: ENVI143
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to effectively find out current resource use and carry out improvements, in own work area, including those that reduce the negative environmental impacts of work practices. This unit of competency applies to operators/team members who are required to follow procedures to work in an environmentally sustainable manner. This maximises the environmental performance of the process and the organisation, ensures regulatory compliance, and aims to minimise environmental risks and impacts. This unit of competency applies to all sectors of the manufacturing industry and members of its value chain. It may also be applied to all sections of an organisation, including office and warehouse. This unit will need to be contextualised for the industry sector, organisation and section. This unit of competency applies to an individual working alone or as part of a team/work group and working in liaison with other shift team members and the control room operator, as appropriate.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CUADES403
      Research and apply techniques in spatial design
      CIT Code: DSGN180
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to test and apply techniques for the production of models or maquettes for spatial designs. It applies to individuals who generate ideas and solutions for the layout of spaces. Spatial design solutions are required for exhibitions, fit-outs for exterior spaces or environments, and fit-outs for building foyers and offices, special events and theatre sets.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CUAACD301
      Produce drawings to communicate ideas
      CIT Code: DSGN117
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to produce drawings that represent and communicate ideas. It does not relate to drawing as an art form. It applies to individuals who use drawings, either electronic or hand drawn, for personal use or in response to a project or brief. Drawings may include design concepts for objects, processes or spaces, movement sequences for performances or screen productions, exhibitions, tenders, proposals or publications.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSFID4002
      Decorate residential interiors
      CIT Code: DSGN178
      Description: This unit specifies the outcomes required to decorate residential interiors for the solution of interior decoration projects in accordance with project briefs.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • BSBDES302
      Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms
      CIT Code: DSGN164
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to explore and creatively apply the design process to the development of two-dimensional (2D) forms. It applies to individuals who apply the creative design process to the development of 2D forms. The unit underpins many other specialised design units.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • BSBDES303
      Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms
      CIT Code: DSGN165
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to explore and creatively apply the design process to the development of three-dimensional (3D) forms. It applies to individuals who work under supervision and apply an understanding of the design process using discretion and judgement.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CPCCWHS1001
      Prepare to work safely in the construction industry
      CIT Code: WPHS117
      Description: This unit of competency specifies the mandatory work health and safety training required prior to undertaking construction work. The unit requires the person to demonstrate personal awareness and knowledge of health and safety legislative requirements in order to work safely and prevent injury or harm to self and others. It covers identifying and orally reporting common construction hazards, understanding basic risk control measures, and identifying procedures for responding to potential incidents and emergencies. It also covers correctly selecting and fitting common personal protective equipment (PPE) used for construction work. This unit meets the general construction induction training requirements of: Part 1.1 Definitions and Part 6.5 of the Model Work Health and Safety Regulations; Division 11 of Part 3 of the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 for Western Australia; and Division 3 of Part 5.1 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2007 for Victoria. It is expected that site-specific induction training will be conducted prior to conducting construction work. Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit. Relevant work health and safety state and territory regulatory authorities should be consulted to confirm jurisdictional requirements.
      Prerequisites: Nil


    Stage 2 - complete all 10 subjects

    • MSFID5003
      Evaluate site for interior design brief
      CIT Code: DSGN190
      Description: This unit specifies the skills and knowledge required to evaluate materials and construction methods used on a site in order to determine their impact on the interior design brief.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • BSBDES502
      Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief
      CIT Code: DSGN172
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work proactively with a client or commissioning organisation to develop and negotiate a design brief. It applies to individuals working in any industry or design context where the designer plays a key role in determining the scope and nature of work required. Establishment, negotiation and refinement of a design brief requires the integration of highly-developed creative thinking, communication and planning skills in a process that may not be linear. Adaptability and effective responses to change and new ideas are crucial.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSFID5010
      Provide interior styling service
      CIT Code: DSGN201
      Description: This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to provide design styling services for a range of interior spaces.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CPPBDN5003A
      Research compliance requirements for small-scale residential building design projects
      CIT Code: BLDG190
      Description: This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to research compliance requirements in different locations that apply to all residential building design projects covered by the National Construction Code (NCC), except construction Type A buildings. It covers research into local, state and federal government legislation and policies relating to planning and the environment, including zoning, and analysis of requirements in relation to client preferences and prospective design proposals.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSFID6005
      Design for retail interiors
      CIT Code: DSGN215
      Description: This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to apply researched information to formulate creative and complex interior design solutions to retail environments, satisfying the physiological, psychological, social, cultural and environmental requirements of the brief.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSFID5008
      Design for people with disabilities and the elderly
      CIT Code: DSGN199
      Description: This unit specifies the outcomes required to design for people with disabilities and the elderly in residential environments including kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, lounge rooms, dining rooms, family rooms and multi-use rooms, for the solution of interior decoration and design projects and in accordance with project briefs.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSFID5005
      Explore and apply creative design methodology to interior space
      CIT Code: DSGN196
      Description: This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to manipulate 3-D interior space and form applying the elements and principles of design in response to a brief.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • Designing residential interiors
      CIT Code: DSGN265
      Description: This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to apply researched information to formulate creative and complex design solutions to a range of residential interior design situations satisfying the physiological, psychological, social, cultural and environmental requirements of the brief. This subject achieves competency MSFID5001
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSFID5014
      Use CAD applications to complete models and documentation for interior design projects
      CIT Code: DSGN205
      Description: This unit specifies the outcomes required to use computer aided drafting (CAD) applications to produce models and documentation for interior decoration and design projects to meet client and project brief requirements.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CUAANM303
      Create 3D digital models
      CIT Code: MEDA341
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to create 3D digital models that meet technical and design specifications. It applies to individuals who clarify production requirements and produce 3D models under supervision, but may have responsibility for planning their own work. They produce these 3D models primarily for online and mobile device application. No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: Nil


    Stage 3 - complete all 11 subjects

    • MSFFDT5014
      Investigate legal requirements for design
      CIT Code: DSGN212
      Description: This unit specifies the outcomes required to investigate legal requirements for design, including procurement, business legalities, contractual obligations and operational issues.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • BSBPMG522
      Undertake project work
      CIT Code: PROJ194
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to undertake a straightforward project or a section of a larger project. It covers developing a project plan, administering and monitoring the project, finalising the project and reviewing the project to identify lessons learned for application to future projects. This unit applies to individuals who play a significant role in ensuring a project meets timelines, quality standards, budgetary limits and other requirements set for the project. The unit does not apply to specialist project managers. For specialist project managers, the other units of competency in the project management field (BSBPMG) will be applicable.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSFID6001
      Resolve complex spatial problems through modelling
      CIT Code: DSGN209
      Description: This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to successfully use a range modelling techniques for extending, developing and resolving complex spatial design problems.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSFID6002
      Apply 3-D visualisation techniques to represent interior designs
      CIT Code: DSGN210
      Description: This unit specifies the outcomes required to use 3-D computer visualisation techniques to represent designs for interior environments.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • Designing for small to medium scale commercial or institutional interiors
      CIT Code: DSGN267
      Description: This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to apply researched information to formulate creative and complex design solutions to a range of small to medium scale commercial or institutional interior design situations satisfying the physiological, psychological, social, cultural and environmental requirements of the brief. This subject achieves competency MSFID5013.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSFID6003
      Design for large scale commercial or institutional interiors
      CIT Code: DSGN213
      Description: This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to apply researched information to formulate creative and complex design solutions to large scale commercial or institutional interior design situations satisfying the physiological, psychological, social, cultural, technical and environmental requirements of the brief.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • BSBDES601
      Manage design realisation
      CIT Code: DSGN173
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to manage the process of taking a design from concept to final realisation or production. It has a strong focus on planning, implementation and monitoring skills, combined with a sound knowledge of design and production issues and challenges in a given context. It applies to individuals working in any industry context or design discipline who take responsibility for turning design concept into reality – a product or service of value to the end-user. This person could be an individual designer-maker or a designer working as part of a larger design/production team.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSFFDT5013
      Evaluate and participate in design industry networks
      CIT Code: DSGN211
      Description: This unit specifies the outcomes required to evaluate and participate in design industry networks to learn from others and develop networks which may assist with the progressing of own initiatives.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSFID6009
      Produce digital presentations for commercial projects
      CIT Code: DSGN219
      Description: This unit specifies the outcomes required to prepare, produce and present commercial project digital presentations for the promotion and marketing of design services, for the solution of interior decoration and design projects and in accordance with project briefs.
      Prerequisites: DSGN205 MSFID5014 Use CAD applications to complete models and documentation for interior design projects
    • Designing interiors for hospitality environments
      CIT Code: DSGN268
      Description: This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to apply researched information to formulate creative and complex interior design solutions to hospitality environments, satisfying the physiological, psychological, social, cultural and environmental requirements of the brief. This subject achieves competency MSFID6004.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSFID6008
      Evaluate design project outcomes
      CIT Code: DSGN218
      Description: This unit specifies the outcomes required to evaluate design project outcomes, including all aspects of the project against the requirements of the project brief.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • Job Opportunities

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

    Work on both Residential and Commercial projects.

  • 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 45 credit points towards the Bachelor of the Built Environment (Interior Architecture) (ABB002).

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

    Advanced Diploma of Interior Design (2 years)
    = 2 years of study
    Optional degree pathway available