Overview

The Diploma of Interior Design is for those who wish to work in the interior design and decoration industry. Interior designers and decorators deal with the design of interior spaces in retail, domestic and exhibition spaces. In addition to spatial design and organisation, the interior designer and decorator will plan and create furniture, fittings, surface and colour schemes for a range of architectural contexts.

This is a nationally approved vocational course that is recognised throughout Australia.

  • Nationally recognised training
    Nationally recognised training
There’s still time to start in Semester 1

Don’t wait another year to start your undergrad or TAFE study. Start your application now and be in class by the end of February.

Skills you’ll learn

  • Visual communication
  • Principles of design
  • Drawing and illustration skills
  • Drafting
  • Technology and presentation skills
  • Knowledge of design process

Your career opportunities

  • Interior decorator
  • Colour consultant
  • Interior designer
  • Shop fitter

Key codes

Hawthorn VTAC code
3400210494
International student visa

International students in Australia who hold student visas are required to study full-time and on campus. Courses that are taught entirely online are only available to international students studying outside Australia or those in Australia who are not on a student visa. Online courses are not available to international students in Australia who hold a student visa.

Location options

  • Printed photographs of  student's work
    Interior design student's work

Admissions

Entry into this program is based on an applicant’s study and/or relevant work history. Some additional criteria may also apply.

Applicants require a minimum of Year 12 completion or equivalent.

Applicants without formal qualifications but with significant relevant work experience are welcome to apply.

Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum entry requirements for the course does not guarantee an offer of a place. See admission requirements for general information about the admission process.

Successful completion of Australian Year 12, or equivalent overseas qualification.

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

Need to undertake an English assessment for entry?

A prerequisite for many courses, the Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) can now be done at our Hawthorn campus.

Credit transfer

Credit transfer is the recognition of academic credits gained through formal study (i.e. units of competency) completed either at another institute or in another qualification. The total amount of credit will vary from individual to individual, based on the unit/s that have been successfully completed. 

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the process of transferring the skills and knowledge that you have acquired over your lifetime (irrespective of how they were obtained) against the requirements of the unit.  

RPL is an assessment process that requires you to provide evidence that demonstrates how you meet the requirements of the unit/s. The amount and types of evidence you will need to provide will depend on the unit requirements.

Finding your fit

At Swinburne, we recognise that not one size fits all. If this course doesn’t meet all your study criteria, check out these alternatives.

Course structure

To be awarded the Diploma of Interior Design, students must complete 27 units of competency as listed below.
 
Studies include: spatial planning, interior design, colour schemes, lighting, furniture, surfaces and accessories, knowledge of building materials and construction, and computer aided drafting.
 
Spatial contexts include: commercial and residential settings, and other specialist environments.
 
The program begins with skill and technical development, leading to industry-based design project work.

10
Core units
+
17
Elective units
=
Diploma
Indicative nominal course hours: 1526

Your units

Units of study Unit code
Core units
Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms
Core unit
CUADES302
Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms
Core unit
CUADES303
Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief
Core unit
CUADES512
Design colour schemes for interior and exterior spaces
Core unit
MSFID4016
Produce digital models and documentation for interior design projects
Core unit
MSFID4014
Design residential interiors
Core unit
MSFID5020
Evaluate site structure and services for interior design briefs
Core unit
MSFID5021
Design residential interior lighting
Core unit
MSFID4013
Explore and apply creative design methodology to interior space
Core unit
MSFID5022
Develop residential interior design project documentation
Core unit
MSFID5025
Elective units
Articulate, present and debate ideas
Elective unit
BSBCRT412
Source and apply information on the history and theory of design
Elective unit
CUADES305
Develop and refine illustrative work
Elective unit
CUAILL401
Research and recommend furniture and accessories
Elective unit
MSFID4017
Originate and develop concepts
Elective unit
BSBCRT512
Prepare to work safely in the construction industry
Elective unit, 6.0 credit points
CPCWHS1001
Research and apply techniques in spatial design
Elective unit
CUADES423
Research and meet ethical and compliance requirements
Elective unit
MSFGN4001
Research interior decoration and design influences
Elective unit
MSFID4019
Research and integrate embedded technologies in interior designs
Elective unit
MSFID4020
Research and recommend colour applications and finishes
Elective unit, 40.0 credit points
MSFID5027
Establish operational strategies and procedures for new business ventures
Elective unit, 45.0 credit points
BSBESB406
Create 3D digital models
Elective unit, 75.0 credit points
CUAANM313
Create 3D digital environments
Elective unit, 60.0 credit points
CUAANM512
Design digital simulations
Elective unit, 50.0 credit points
CUADIG517
Develop decoration proposals for complex sites
Elective unit
MSFID5016
Design for all ages and abilities
Elective unit
MSFID5023

2024 fees

Full fee* ($AUD)

$23,540

Skills first government-subsidised place* ($AUD)

$13,250

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$0.00

2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$0.00

Fees are estimates only

Fees published on this page are estimates only and are subject to change depending on individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. The above fees apply for units studied in 2024 only and may change for units studied in future years. There may be additional costs related to learning material and equipment.

Fees are estimates only

The indicative course fees shown apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. International tuition fees are generally inclusive of Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

Skills first government-subsidised place

To qualify for a government-subsidised place, you must meet various eligibility criteria. The course you’ve applied for must also be offering government-subsidised places. Swinburne will determine your eligibility by conducting a full assessment of your eligibility during the course application process.

How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your Swinburne fees in person, via credit card, BPAY, or at Australia Post. Check to see if loans and employer sponsored training are also available.

International students need to pay tuition fees up-front by the relevant due date. You can find the due dates on your Statement of Account.

To pay your fees:

  • log in to My Financials
  • check your Australian bank account details are correct 
  • check your Statement of Account to see how much you owe 
  • pay using your preferred payment method.

Eligibility for VET student loans (VSL)

If you apply for a VET Student Loan, Swinburne must first verify your identity. If you are eligible, we will provide your enrolment information to the government so you can complete the application within their eCAF system.

The VET Student Loan amount for this course is capped. You must start repaying this loan once you earn above the compulsory repayment threshold.

VET Student Loan amount* ($AUD)

$18,097

Concessions rates for vocational students

Concession rates for Diploma and Advanced Diploma programs are also available if you self-identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and qualify for a government-subsidised training place under the Indigenous Completions Initiative.

The eligibility criteria are set by the Victorian Government and assessed by Swinburne in accordance with government directives, which are subject to change at any time.

Student services and amenities fee

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

From 1 January 2024, all Diploma level and above courses will contribute to the Student Services and Amenities fee. Below is the capped amount for 2023 as a guide ahead of fees for 2024 being announced.

Please refer to the Student Services Amenities Fee page for more information.

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

This amenities fee is included within your annual tuition fee listed above. The fee shown in the capped amount for 2024.

Please refer to the Student Services Amenities Fee page for more information.

SSAF fee* ($AUD)

$351.00

SSAF fee* ($AUD)

$351.00

Scholarships

Scholarship applications for 2023 are open. Scholarships at Swinburne are about providing opportunity, promoting equity and recognising excellence and achievement. We want you to reach your potential and achieve your life and career goals. 

Our handy guide will assist you to gather documents for your application.

When you apply for a Swinburne course, we automatically consider you for an international scholarship of up to 30 per cent off your course fees – no separate application required! Just apply for your Swinburne course of choice and when we review your course application, we will also assess you for an international scholarship.

Apply through an agent

Most international students use an education agent to help them through the application process. Swinburne has agents all over the world that can help you with your application to study. Search for a Swinburne representative in your country. If your country is not listed, please contact us.

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Apply directly

Ready to take on a new challenge and reach your academic goals? If you already know which course you want to study and understand the entry requirements, what are you waiting for? Apply online! Remember, you cannot apply direct if you have an active VTAC application.

Apply through VTAC

International students currently studying Year 12 in Australia must apply through VTAC. VTAC is the central office that administers the application processes for places in tertiary courses, scholarships and the Special Entry Access Scheme at universities, TAFEs and independent tertiary colleges in Victoria. 

VTAC is the central office that administers the application processes for places in tertiary courses, scholarships and the Special Entry Access Scheme at universities, TAFEs and independent tertiary colleges in Victoria.

Hawthorn VTAC code
3400210494
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