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Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration

Billy Blue College of Design

The Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration provides graduates with a theoretical and technical base of knowledge of general interior design and decoration principles and practice, along with an introduction to specialist areas within the interior design and decoration field, leading either to entry-level employment in the interior design and decoration sector or to further specialised design study at Bachelor level.

Careers this can lead to

  • Self-employment as an interior decorator
  • Architectural sales representative for industry product
  • Interior stylist
  • In-house Interior Designer or Decorator for Design and Decoration consultancies
  • In-house Interior Designer or Decorator for furniture, furnishings and fabric suppliers
  • In-house Interior Designer or Decorator for furnishings departments of retail stores
  • Soft furnishings consultant
  • Visual merchandiser
  • Events and Installation designer
  • Real Estate home stager
  • In-house Interior Designer or Decorator for shop fitters

Quick Course Guide

Qualification Title Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration

Study Options – Domestic Australian students

Full-time Blended*

Part-time Blended*

Full-time online

Part-time online

*Blended (face to face on campus plus facilitated online)

Study options – Overseas students

Full-time Blended*
* Blended - face to face on campus plus facilitated online (no more than 25% online)

Start Dates

February, June, September

For specific dates visit the website

Course Length

Full-time: 1 year

Part-time: 2 years

Entry Requirements

Year 12 equivalent

For international applications IELTS 5.5 with no skills band less than 5.0

Special Entry Requirements

Demonstrated ability to undertake study at the required level:

  • Broadly relevant work experience (documented e.g. CV), demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success; OR
  • Formal, informal or non-formal study, completed or partially completed, demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success; OR
  • Written submission to demonstrate reasonable prospect of success; OR
  • Discipline specific portfolio (art and/or design).

Payment Options - Domestic Australian students

Upfront payment

This means tuition fees will be invoiced each trimester and payment is required on or before the due date.

FEE-HELP

FEE-HELP is Australian Government’s loan scheme for higher education degree courses.

Further information within this Course Information Sheet

It can assist you in paying for all, or part of, your course fees. Repayments commence via the tax system once your income rises above a minimum threshold ($54,869 in 2016-17). Just like with any other debt, a FEE-HELP debt is a real debt that impacts your credit rating.

PAYMENT OPTIONS - INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Upfront payment

This means tuition fees will be invoiced each trimester and payment is required on or before the due date.

Course study requirements

Each subject involves 10 hours of study per week, comprising 3 hours of facilitated study and 7 hours selfdirected study.

Assessment

Practical assignments, research projects, presentations and reports

Location

Sydney Campus

Brisbane Campus

Melbourne Campus

Delivered by

Billy Blue College of Design at Torrens University Australia

Provider

Torrens University Australia Ltd is registered as a self-accrediting Australian university by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).

CRICOS Course Code
092483C

Provider obligations

Torrens University is responsible for all aspects of the student experience, including the quality of course delivery, in compliance with the Higher Education Standards 2015

Accrediting body

Torrens University Australia Ltd.

Course Fees

For details, please click here.

CRICOS Course Code

092484B

Course credits

If you have already completed a qualification you may be able to credit this against your degree with us, even if it’s from another institution. Find out more

Key Dates

2016/17 course dates for all Billy Blue classes held at our Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane campuses.

Start Dates Census Dates Last Day Breaks
Mon 20 Feb 2017 10 Mar 14 May 15 May - 4 Jun
Mon 05 Jun 2017 23 Jun 27 Aug 28 Aug - 17 Sep
Mon 18 Sep 2017 6 Oct 10 Dec 11 Dec - 18 Feb

Billy Blue may offer mid-term intakes throughout the year which are subject to availability. For more information please speak with one of our course and career advisors on 1300 851 245

Course Structure

The course structure compromises of 12 core subjects over Levels 100 and 200, as follows:

Level 100 11 core subjects
Level 200 1 core subject  

Course rules

The course structure is based on a standard duration of three study periods (each of 12 weeks duration – 12 teaching weeks).

Four subjects are undertaken in each study period (a total of 12 subjects). To qualify for Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration, students must complete a minimum of 80 credit points. All subjects are compulsory.

The inclusion of a Level 200 subject from Bachelor of Interior Design into the course architecture provides students with the opportunity to explore conceptual and physical design solutions and apply design discipline knowledge and skills within a professional design practice. The inclusion of this Level 200 subject ensures graduate employability outcomes can be met by this course.

Course Subjects – DIPLOMA OF INTERIOR DESIGN AND DECORATION:

The subject introduces the student to various aspects of the elements of design, e.g. materiality, form and shape, colour, positive and negative space etc. utilized in creative problem solving. Initially students are introduced to a design development process, from the tangible to the digital; through paper model making with its inherent skills development and risk taking, then on to further digital development using newly introduced software. Concurrent, weekly, individual homework tasks focus on understanding and appreciation of materials, their many varied uses, properties and the manufacturing processes related to them. Students will make incremental progress towards choosing a material in which their individual design can be realized. The submission will include a material and colour folio. The final submission will be a model executed in an appropriate material with its function/ usage contextualized with all relevant information gleaned throughout the trimester.

This subject is an introduction to the design process and its application to interior decorating and design. The student learns about design principles and elements and their place in the creative design process. Producing design concepts for an interior space through a series of exercises using creative thinking methods, e.g. brainstorming, trigger word, etc., the student uses experimentation to explore and challenge a range of different ideas. The production of sample boards and presentation boards is explored. During this subject the student acquires a basic understanding of sustainability, environmental hazards/risks, resource use and inefficiencies associated with the interior design workplace and apply those principles to the design studio environment.

Drawing is a rudimentary and essential basis for any design career. This subject introduces the student to the methods and techniques of basic photo imaging and drawing and professional visualisation in the context of interior design. Students explore a range of techniques and materials and their application in order to communicate design concepts and assist students in understanding the principles of design and their specific application to drawing. Both manual and digital methods of visual communication are explored.

In this subject the student learns how to develop and refine a range of techniques to produce technical and concept drawings. The student explores the way design drawing, both technical and concept, can be applied to interior decoration and design contexts where visual representation is required. The student learns how to produce floor plans, elevations, sections, isometric, and axonometric drawings relevant to interior spaces and furniture. Both manual and digital methods and techniques are explored.

This subject introduces the student to research and specification of furniture, soft furnishings and accessories for interior spaces. The student learns how to interpret the decoration requirements from a project brief, research furniture and accessories and make the appropriate recommendations to the client. The student also learns how to assess soft furnishing requirements, research soft furnishing materials, window treatments, and soft floor coverings. The student is introduced to the application of Australian Standards, documentation and presentation of decorative recommendations.

In this subject the student learns how to identify the different types and features of hard materials and the hard material requirements for a project. The student carried out research on various hard materials and finishes and documents the recommendations for the client. The student furthers their knowledge of the Australian Standards and regulations and codes. The sustainability of a design is assessed and the student learns how to apply resources sustainably.

In this subject knowledge of structural components and systems is developed and the student learns how to interpret plans and specifications for interior projects. The student is introduced to legislative regulations, codes and standards and their application in residential design. This subject introduces the student to industry standard CAD software and its application. The student will learn how to set up CAD drawings, create and edit objects, add text and dimensions to drawings and plot or print drawings.

In this subject the student learns how to evaluate materials and construction methods used on a site in order to determine their impact on the interior design brief. The student will also learn how to manipulate 3D interior space and form applying the elements and principles of design in response to a brief. A project evaluation will be carried out by the student and they learn how to design the structural elements and the construction aspects of a design. They learn how to liaise with specialist professionals and prepare design documentation for a commercial project.

This subject investigates the evolution of built environment design. It explores major art and architectural movements throughout history and the development of contemporary design by investigating significant turning points and historic milestones. This subject will focus on developing the students’ understanding of the complexities of designing an area within a spatial environment whilst identifying and activating an urban site, with consideration of the longevity and adaptability of the final design solution. Students will integrate their research and knowledge of environments, identifying design related and environmental imperatives in the realisation of design briefs.

In this subject knowledge of structural components and systems is developed and the student learns how to interpret plans and specifications for interior projects. The student is introduced to legislative regulations, codes and standards and their application in residential design. This subject introduces the student to industry standard CAD software and its application. The student will learn how to set up CAD drawings, create and edit objects, add text and dimensions to drawings and plot or print drawings.

This subject includes the development of the student’s own voice through exploring and experi-menting with new ideas in making and/or interpreting work. The student will develop acquired skills, develop conceptual skills and ideas, evaluate their own work and research work opportuni-ties. The student consolidates their knowledge of the design industry, design as a profession and the relationship between design and other industries.

The student applies industry knowledge to work activities, maximising effective performance and also gains knowledge of ways to maintain currency in design industry trends and practice.

This subject aims to expand the student’s knowledge of the designer/client/project relationship through a live design project. Working individually and collaboratively, students will extend their skills in identifying research methodologies to investigate design processes appropriate and relevant to creative problem solving. Students will be introduced to legal and ethical issues surrounding design development and how self‐reflective practices can underpin a continuum of learning and career development.

STUDY PATHWAYS

Billy Blue design courses are designed to give you flexibility. So if you wish to switch courses, exit early or study faster, we can help you out through our study pathway options. In the design world, change is our friend. Contact your Course and Career Adviser for more info.