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Accredited Diploma of Interior Design
Accredited Diploma of Interior Design
Accredited Diploma of Interior Design
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This mode of learning is also known as virtual learning or a virtual classroom. It is similar to face to face training, except you attend via video using Zoom or similar software. You will have structured “classes” to attend virtually.

The Interior Design Institute: RTO Code 45423

Accredited Diploma of Interior Design

Regular price AU $2,699 Sale price AU $2,999 Unit price per
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 Enrolment Guide

Why should I take this course?

Nurture your natural sense of flair and transform your surroundings taking your design skills to a professional standard
Nationally Recognized Training

Accredited Diploma of Interior Design at a glance

Course Summary

At The Interior Design Institute, you'll learn from leading designers to enhance your career in this growing industry.

  • Access and nurture your own natural sense of flair and creativity.
  • Learn the technical and practical skills necessary to translate design ideas into reality.
  • Participate in an up-to-date and comprehensive course, covering every aspect of interior design.
  • Learn how to visually present ideas.
  • Take professional advice from outstanding business consultants.
  • Gain the confidence needed to work professionally in the design industry.
  • Benefit from this valuable information regarding business development, business practice and market positioning.
  • Put what you have learnt throughout the course into practise by designing an office space.

Important Information

Award: Accredited Diploma of Interior Design MSF50218
Course Length: Self-paced~18mths
Mode: Online
Commitment: 4-6 hours per week
Course Requirements: Must be over 16 years of age
Prerequisites: See 'Further Information' below
Start Date: Anytime
Institution: The Interior Design Institute: RTO Code 45423
Course Information

The Diploma in Interior Design MSF50218 is delivered online, consisting of 12 comprehensive modules and 12 corresponding interactive assignments. The course is designed to be self-paced. Students studying the Diploma Course are provided up to 18 months to complete their studies.

Module 1
The Visual Language of Design
Unit/s covered in this module:
MSFID5022 - Explore and Apply Creative Design Methodology to Interior Space
BSBDES303 - Explore and Apply the Creative Design Process to 3D Forms

The first module is an introduction to the creative and exciting world of interior design.

You will:
• Be introduced to the elements and principles of design that are used to create harmonious and balanced interiors.
• Learn how to observe, evaluate and form opinions of different design styles by analysing interior spaces.
• Develop your ‘designer’s eye’ and understand how to apply the knowledge and create inspirational designs for home and work environments.
• Work through ‘The Design Process’, learning how to design a space expressed in a client brief.


Module 2
The History of Style, Decoration and Architecture
Unit/s covered in this module:
BSBDES305 - Source and Apply Information on the History and Theory of Design
MSFFDT4012 - Research Furniture Styles and Movements

This comprehensive module takes you on a fascinating journey, beginning with the origins of decorative finishes seen in cave paintings and ancient dwellings and leads you through the history of design and architecture to the present day.

Full of visual images and information, Module 2 will convey the meanings and messages behind the styles and decorative images you encounter.

You will:
• Learn to recognise architectural and decorative details influenced by ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian architecture, Neo-Classicism and more recent design styles.
• Incorporate these ideas into your designs, adding originality and creativity to your work.
• Gain an appreciation of art and design history and how it will continue to be an influence both in the present and the future.
• Look at the different style of furniture throughout the eras.
• Learn how to create ‘Research Information Folders’, to store the myriad of product available.


Module 3
Design Styles
Unit/s covered in this module:
MSFID4019 - Research Interior Decoration and Design Influences
BSBDES401 - Generate Design Solutions
BSBDES302 - Explore and Apply the Creative Design Process to 2D Forms

In this module, you will learn how to make strategic and conceptual decisions for your design projects based on the desired function, style and mood of the space.

You will:
• Explore some of the most common interior decorating styles, including traditional, country, eclectic and contemporary.
• Develop your knowledge of different structures, common problems and their solutions so that you can communicate clearly with clients, suppliers and tradespeople.
• Evaluate a site and assess existing structures in order to create a master plan and implement your ideas.
• Build your confidence by establishing a framework for completing a project in a professional manner that will ensure a consistent and high-quality result.
• Explore the 2D elements and principles of ‘Visual Art of Communication’. Learn both listening and communication skills to articulate how you will meet the client’s brief.
• Learn how to visually present ideas to your client by creating mood boards.


Module 4
Space Planning
Unit/s covered in this module:
MSFID4012 - Decorate Residential Interiors
BSBDES502 - Establish, Negotiate and Refine a Design Brief
MSFID5020 - Design Residential Interiors

Now you will discover how to apply the design elements to your spatial planning and design concepts, considering different furniture layouts to suit the intended function of the space.

You will:
• Learn how to draw a floor plan, rearrange an existing space and plan a new layout for a renovation project.
• Study the different architectural elements that will be included in your floor plan, such as doors, windows, fireplaces and lighting fixtures.
• Become familiar with the functionality of different rooms and understand the role that furniture plays in the design process.
• Extend this project in subsequent assignments and develop a lighting plan, colour scheme and finishes.
• Build your first professional portfolio as you complete these exercises.
• Learn SketchUp for Interior Designers. SketchUp is a modelling program that can be used to create 2D floor plans and 3D models. This SketchUp course is suitable for beginners and includes over 30 video tutorials + downloadable reading material.


Module 5
Unit/s covered in this module:
MSFID4013 - Design Residential Interior Lighting

This module will enable you to discover the sources and properties of light, types of lighting and how the orientation of a space affects natural lighting.

You will:
• Learn how light affects the selection of colours on different surfaces, finishes and fabrics.
• Understand how to communicate your ideas clearly to electricians, builders and suppliers by specifying the correct products suitable for the intended purpose.
• Turn your creative vision into reality by using natural and artificial lighting to create a stunning effect in your interior design projects.
• Incorporate these ideas into your plan as you continue with the renovation project that started in Module 4.
• Understand energy efficiency and electricity supply to a home.


Module 6
Unit/s covered in this module:
MSFID4016 - Design Colour Schemes for Interior and Exterior Spaces
MSFID5027 - Research and Recommend Colour Applications and Finishes

This module will introduce you to the power and psychology of colour and how it can be used as a pivotal design tool in your projects.

You will:
• Learn about the properties of colour and understand how it can change the mood of a space, alter perceptions and create the intended style. Discover the effect of natural and artificial light on colour and surface textures.
• Use the colour wheel as inspiration and guidance to develop harmonious schemes and gain the confidence to use it effectively. Discover that there are no bad colours, only bad combinations.
• Experience the power of using colour in all aspects of your design projects to trigger different responses, such as vibrant and uplifting or muted and restful.
• Familiarise yourself with paint systems, products and specifications.
• Put together multiple colour schemes to accompany the renovation project from Module 4.
• Find out how to work with wallpaper, specialty paint finishes and trend forecasting.


Module 7
Interior Finishes
Unit/s covered in this module:
MSFID4018 - Research and Recommend Hard Materials and Finishes for Interiors

You will learn how to apply the concepts of three-dimensional design to the reality of a finished space.

You will:
• Discover the importance of ensuring quality finishes on the floor, walls and ceiling to create a striking and functional backdrop for furnishings and window treatments.
• Gain the product knowledge required to select and specify cost-effective finishes suitable for the intended end use to create a professional and enduring interior space.
• Find out how to plan and project manage the sequence of floor, wall and ceiling finishes required at different stages of a project.
• Create finish schedules for each room from the renovation project that began in Module 4.
• Discover new emerging hard material and finishes.


Module 8
Decorative Textiles and Fabrics
Unit/s covered in this module:
MSFID4021 - Design Soft Furnishing Solutions for Interior Spaces

This informative module introduces you to the history, beauty and luxury of decorative textiles and fabrics.

You will:
• Be shown how to appreciate the importance of including items with luxurious and aesthetic appeal as essential components in your design, regardless of the available budget.
• Discover the endless possibilities for using fabrics with style and flair to create eye-catching interior spaces. Gain the confidence needed to apply the elements of design and transform spaces by using textiles, fabrics and other decorative accessories.
• Learn about the technical properties of fabrics and their suitability for different end uses. Understand the functional and aesthetic properties required for bed linen, rugs and decorative textiles.
• Explore fabrics and how to select and apply them to different design styles.
• Create fabric selections for each room from the renovation project that began in Module 4.


Module 9
Furniture, Art and Accessories
Unit/s covered in this module:
MSFID5028 - Research and Recommend Artwork
MSFID4015 - Prepare Materials and Finishes Boards for Client Presentation
MSFID4017 - Research and Recommend Furniture and Accessories

The pinnacle of great design is working with beautiful objects, furniture and art. With reference to Module 2 and the history of interior design, you will learn how furniture styles have been developed over the years for specific uses and applications.

You will:
• Apply your knowledge of design elements to the reality of placing beautiful objects into perfectly planned and well thought out spaces.
• Experience the sense of achievement when your space planning and elevations come to life.
• Showcase your creative potential with coordinated, harmonious interiors.
• Learn about Indigenous art and the legal obligations surrounding it.
• You will be instructed on how to correctly frame, position and mount artwork.


Module 10
Working With Clients
Unit/s covered in this module:
MSFID5021 - Evaluate Site Structure and Services for Interior Spaces
MSFID4022 - Prepare Quotation and Contract Documentation for Design Projects
MSFID5025 - Develop Residential Interior Design Project Documentation
MSFID5018 - Provide Interior Styling Service

This module teaches you the work practices of professional designers. You will be shown the vital procedures and thought processes that bring a design to completion in the real world.

You will:
• Learn how to support your creative knowledge with the practical application that ensures success from the start of a project through to completion.
• Ensure that your proposals and management skills will bring work in on schedule and budget for any design project, whether for yourself or for a client.
• Gain the confidence needed to work professionally in the design industry.
• Learn how to conduct a site evaluation.


Module 11
Visual Communication
Unit/s covered in this module:
MSFID4014 - Produce Digital Models and Documentation for Interior Design Projects
CUAANM303 - Create 3D Digital Models
CUADIG304 - Create Visual Design Components

In this module, you will be taught how to document your ideas and designs for clients, contractors and your own reference.

You will:
• Learn how to easily create a three-dimensional drawing from floor plans to help visualise the space and make more informed design choices.
• Find out how these drawings can help you win business and then manage the design process.
• Support your documentation with a clear set of drawings to ensure your ideas are interpreted correctly.
• Experience the pleasure of seeing your design concepts spring to life as projects are completed.
• Be shown how to create a materials board.


Module 12
Setting Up an Interior Design Business
Unit/s covered in this module:
BSBDES403 - Develop and Extend Design Skills and Practice
CUAPPR503 - Present a Body of Own Creative Work

If you are considering making design your career, this may be the decisive chapter that is the stepping stone to your future success.

You will:
• See yourself in the context of the design industry.
• Take professional advice from outstanding business consultants who work with creative, respected and successful interior designers.
• Benefit from this valuable information regarding business development, business practice and market positioning.
• Learn how to put together a professional portfolio and receive insight on setting up your own website and social media networks.
• Put what you have learnt throughout the course into practice by designing an office space for your new business. 

Course Provider

The Interior Design Institute is owned and operated by Online Education Pty Ltd, a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), enabling us to offer you the Accredited Diploma Course of Interior Design (MSF50218).

Below are some of the key components of our Diploma course:

Accredited with the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA): 
ASQA accreditation requires an extensive and thorough process to verify accredited courses are compliant with current government standards.

More In-depth:
The Diploma modules and their corresponding assignments meet ASQA criteria, are more in-depth (80% different) and better prepare you for entering the workforce at the end of the course.

Approved Assessors:
All of the Diploma tutors are ASQA approved assessors.

Units are integrated through a 12 module course:
The authors have covered the knowledge and performance evidence for all of the units required to be covered by ASQA. The units covered in our Diploma course can be viewed here. These units have been integrated into our 12 module course in a unique and interactive way that allows the student a cohesive and enjoyable journey.

The Interior Design Institute offers you the most advanced and comprehensive online solution to learning available today. We offer the most thorough home study courses in Interior Design using the very latest online learning techniques. Our commitment to providing the highest quality training program has resulted in unique teaching and student support systems, which produce unparalleled results.

Students also have the opportunity to delve deeper into areas of Interior Design through the purchasing of Advanced Modules that are available to students who have demonstrated a strong foundation knowledge of Interior Design. These are specially formulated materials to challenge motivated students to achieve more.

Note: This course does not attract government funding

Course Outcomes

You will be awarded a Diploma in Interior Design MSF50218 upon the successful completion of your course.

Industries where this qualification will be valued:

  • Building & construction
  • Retail shopfitting
  • Architecture & engineering
  • Real estate

Potential roles requiring this qualification:

  • Showroom Consultant
  • Colour Consultant
  • Kitchen Designer
  • Hospitality Adviser
  • Self-Employed Interior Designer
Further Information 

Please ensure you read through the course prerequisites here.

After You Enrol

When you enrol, you will receive a username and password, which enables you to log onto our secure student site.

From there you can download your first module, which you could liken to your textbook as it contains all the information you will need to complete assignment one.

Each module is approximately 100 pages in length and is full of detailed technical information delivered in a friendly, conversational manner that is easy to understand. The concepts are further explained by way of diagrams, images and examples.


There are exercises at the end of each module, which will require you to participate in the design experience. It is through participation and interaction that you will learn to feel confident and find your creative voice. The exercises are designed to help you build your first professional portfolio.

Once you have completed your assignment you then upload it onto our site for your tutor to mark. The tutors will give you a grade (out of 10) and a comprehensive evaluation of your work and ideas and help nurture and improve your skills each step of the way.

Course Provider Terms and Conditions

To confirm the suitability of this course please ensure you read and understand the terms and conditions of The Nutrition Institute which can be found HERE.

Cancellations & Refunds

All cancellations are subject to both the InspiringED.com Terms & Conditions and those of the institution delivering your course.

An InspiringED.com administration fee will apply for all cancellations requested after 48 hours of your enrolment.

The Course is not transferable to another person. No refund will be available following 7 days of your enrolment.

Enrolment may be cancelled by completing our contact form HERE.  



"The Diploma course itself was amazing, I found myself so excited to complete each module and really pushed myself to do my best. The content in the module was relevant and interesting and the assignments were challenging and really made me think." Kimberly H 

"It's challenged me, made me step out of my comfort zone and it's also allowed me to explore all aspects of design and the best platforms to expand my knowledge. I would highly recommend it!" Mary L

"What a fantastic course! I found this course to be completely practical, inspiring and most importantly exactly what you need to know when starting out your journey in the design industry."Kelly D