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Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration

Billy Blue College of Design

Open the door to a whole new world of turning rooms into statements – whether that statement is “There are good chairs and there are bad chairs” or “this is a place to recharge with mindfulness eating”. When you join our interior decoration community of diploma students, lecturers and industry, you’re setting yourself up to acquire a technical base of design principles and practice. Explore a world of bespoke decoration through colour and texture, learn how to illustrate your ideas before turning them into reality and where to find the best cushions to redefine retro for the future. You’ll also fill your brain with information on the history of built environment design – which will make you both useful and interesting to the design profession, all before you even graduate.

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.

Key Information

where CAN I STUDY?

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

start dates

workload

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

course duration

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years

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 experiencing, 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 a Junior Interior Designer.

$53 000*

Source*

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

  • Interior Stylist
  • Soft Furnishings Consultant
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • Events & Installation Designer
  • In-House Interior Designer

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.

COURSE OVERVIEW

WHAT TO EXPECT

We have a long and successful history of delivering Interior Design & Decoration qualifications and we have planned this course so we can share our expertise with you, from the ground up. With the skills and knowledge you’ll acquire, you can kick start your career in the industry. You will explore various design processes and learn everything about materials and finishes while also developing skills in residential and commercial design and decoration. Together with other students in the Design Studio, you’ll learn about the principles and trends of interior design and how they fit into the design process; you’ll explore issues of sustainability, and ways to design appropriately for a range of clients. You will test-run various design processes and collaborate on exciting projects based in the real world. The design work you produce throughout the course will contribute to your professional portfolio – to help you land serious work in this ever-exciting, always evolving creative industry. We’ve designed every aspect of this diploma course to give you realistic, practical experience, the most current theoretical knowledge, and insights into the diverse aspects of interior design and decoration today and into the future. You’ll graduate as an informed, cutting-edge designer with in-demand skills.

Design Institute Australia recognised course.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Understanding of design processes
  • Skills to work with new and emerging trends in the industry
  • Understand how to work in different contexts and with different clients

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.

Graduate SPOTLIGHT

"I really enjoyed my time interning at Billy Blue Creative. It was an immensely valuable experience and was the perfect way to end my degree. The internship allowed me to take my understanding to another level.”

Charlotte Davey – 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 or equivalent or higher qualification;

  • Completion of a Design subject as part of Year 12 studies OR
  • Submission of three examples of creative work demonstrating design skills to support learning at Diploma level.

If you do not meet the ATAR requirements

You can apply through Special Entry;

Demonstrated ability to undertake study at this level:

  • Having prior industry / work experience, and / or completed or partially completed subjects or courses of a degree, associate degree or diploma from an accredited institution OR
  • Submission of three examples of creative work plus a supporting 300 word personal statement.
Full admissions criteria
  • Australian Year 12 or equivalent; and
  • Academic IELTS 5.5 (no band less than 5.0) 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.
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More Information

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Frequently asked questions - DIPLOMA OF INTERIOR DESIGN AND DECORATION

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:

  • Adobe Creative Cloud (Student and Teacher Edition) including Photoshop, Acrobat Pro, Illustrator and InDesign;
  • Microsoft Office (Home and Student suite)
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software (free student versions available at www.autodesk.com/education/free-software/all)

SketchUp Make software (free student versions available at http://www.sketchup.com/download)

Art Materials:

All students commencing this Interior Design and Decoration course (on-campus or online) will require art materials for their studies. You can buy an Art Kit in full or make purchases as needed throughout your course from anywhere you choose. Listed in the below pages are the material requirements.

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