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Bachelor of Interior Design (Residential)

Billy Blue College of Design

Let’s get something clear: residential interior design isn’t just showing off the bargains you found in a tasteful little op shop in the middle of nowhere or showcasing the latest in Art Deco-inspired furnishings. It’s a language that speaks to the notion of a home as both a physical and mental place.

In this course, you’ll explore and respond to contemporary issues in interior design thinking as it relates to the residential side of the street – our aging population, homelessness, evolving gender roles and definitions of family. On the practical side, you’ll be working with documentation, scheduling, professional design practice plus new and/or environmentally sustainable materials.

As a part of our exclusive 2020 partnership with Australian design industry leader, Sibella Court, we are giving two lucky students commencing September 2020 the chance to adventure into Interior Design with Sibella Court herself! Get 50% off your course fees, have Sibella be your mentor at the start of your studies, get exclusive access to The Society Inc. studio office for research and much much more. Head to our Scholarships page to learn more!

Design Institute Australia recognised course.

Available as a dual degree

Key Information

where CAN I STUDY?

  • Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne
  • Available as blended
  • Available online

start dates


  • 10 hours per subject, per week, comprising 3 hours of facilitated study and 7 hours self-directed.

course duration

  • Full-time accelerated: 2 years
  • Full-time: 3 years
  • Part-time available

Why Study at Billy Blue

The big difference at Billy Blue is that you’ll start working in your industry from day one – getting real experience, learning from real industry professionals and making real industry connections. Plus, we have university accreditation and a commercially focused educational philosophy.

What can you expect when you graduate?

The average salary earned by an Interior Designer.

$81 000*


You’ll have a variety of career options, including:

  • Interior Designer
  • Residential Design Consultant
  • Homelessness Solutions Strategist
  • 3D Computer Modelling Consultant
  • Innovative Home Technology Consultant

Innovative Learning

We want you to feel, see and be heard. We think that students learn faster and progress through material quicker in smaller classes. Our ‘Blended’ study options mean that you can also study on campus and online during your course.


"Rachelle turned a one week internship at Bayley Ward Architects into a month, then full-time employment! ”

Rachelle Kutz - Graduate



In the Bachelor of Interior Design (Residential) you will engage with the many and diverse theoretical and practical elements of designing residential interiors. You’ll come to understand the impact the selection of materials, lighting, joinery and furniture can have on your design. You’ll explore the use of new technology in interiors, such as artificial intelligence robotics and interactive audio-visual systems. As a future-ready interior designer, you’ll learn how environmentally sustainable practices are also an important part of your tool kit. During this course you’ll explore the small but important details of interior design, such as fittings and fabrics, and also respond to major contemporary issues that have an impact on residential interior-design thinking. These include our ageing population, homelessness, evolving gender roles and definitions of family. From a practical point of view, you will make residential environments a reality through documentation, contract management, professional design practice and cross-disciplinary interaction. And you’ll have the opportunity to apply theory to practice by creating a range of residential interior-design solutions for real clients. As well, you can apply for an internship with one of our leading partners as part of your study. You will graduate with the skills and social awareness that will be invaluable as you start your career in one of many exciting and challenging avenues of interior design.

Design Institute Australia recognised course.


  • Skills to work with the ever-changing drivers of residential environments
  • Theoretical and practical elements of residential interiors
  • Make residential environments a reality
  • Understanding of spatial environments
  • Opportunity to intern in a professional design studio

What you’ll study

You’ll need to complete eight core subjects, one elective subject and fifteen specialised subjects.


Pair your core subjects with your choice of elective and specialised units to begin to build a course based around your specific interests.

Create something amazing

The great thing about Billy Blue is you don’t have to wait until you finish to produce exceptional work. Take a look at some of our student’s work.


"Rachelle turned a one week internship at Bayley Ward Architects into a month, then full-time employment!”

Rachelle Kutz - Graduate

How you’ll study

Fit everything in with our flexible course options. You can study when it suits you online or on campus.

personalise your course

At Billy Blue, we offer flexible study pathways and recognise prior learning - you might find you’ve already completed a chunk of your degree already.

How Much

Find out more about course fees and financial support – and for personalised advice, just ask.

How can I pay?

Can I apply

Before you get started with your course application, check you meet all the requirements listed below.

Australian Year 12 certificate (or equivalent)

Applicants with work and life experience

Demonstrated ability to undertake study at this 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)
Full admissions criteria
  • Australian Year 12 or equivalent; and
  • Academic IELTS 6.0 (no band less than 5.5) or equivalent.

International students seeking student visas must comply with regulations from the Department of Home Affairs.

Ready to apply

Applying to Billy Blue is easy. Pick your start date, decide how you’d like to study, then apply online or give us a call and we’ll do it for you.

International students

We prepare international students with the skills and knowledge to be employment-ready, communicate and collaborate with diverse cultures and graduate with a perspective to gain global learning experiences.

More Information

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Yes, all Billy Blue qualifications are accredited by Torrens University Australia and nationally recognised. In addition, Billy Blue’s close industry links ensure that your Billy Blue qualification is highly respected within the design industry.

Yes, course credit is available upon application and academic approval. This credit can take the form of credit transfer, block credit, or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). For further information, consult our friendly Course and Careers Advisor, or visit the website.

Billy Blue Bachelor Degree courses are eligible for FEE HELP (Australian students only). FEE-HELP is Australian Government’s loan scheme for higher education degree courses. 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. Just like with any other debt, a FEE-HELP debt is a real debt that impacts your credit rating.

All students are required to bring a laptop to class.

Software requirements:

  • Microsoft Office (Home and Student suite)
  • Adobe Creative Cloud (Student and Teacher Edition) including Photoshop, Acrobat Pro, Illustrator and InDesign;
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software free student versions available at
  • Autodesk 3Ds Max (free student versions available at
  • Autodesk Revit (free student versions available at
  • SketchUp Make software (free student versions available at
  • Artlantis (free)

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