MSF50213 Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration

This course/qualification provides the skills and knowledge required to perform interior design and decoration for building interiors. Design and decoration at this level covers the development of complete decorative schemes for the effective use of residential and commercial or institutional interior spaces, and the skills needed to work with a client brief and within project parameters. This course may also include specialist design areas such as facilities for people with disabilities and the aged.

Job roles/employment outcomes
The MSF50213 Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration reflects vocational outcomes including: self employment as an interior decorator, a colour consultant or an interior stylist. Students may also find employment as an in-house Interior designer or decorator for design and decoration consultancies, furniture, furnishings and fabric suppliers, and furnishing departments of retail stores or shop fitters.Work involves self-directed application of knowledge and skills, with substantial depth in some areas where judgement is required in the planning and selecting of appropriate equipment, services and techniques.

The Course/Qualification
This qualification is typically used to develop breadth, depth and complexity of skills and knowledge covering furnishings, finishes and aesthetic presentation to meet the purpose, efficiency and comfort of space and encourage the principles of environmental sustainability. It covers a detailed understanding of the application and effect of colour and pattern in interior space and the application of historic furnishing styles and their relationship to architectural periods and heritage projects.

Work would involve participation in development of strategic initiatives, as well as personal responsibility and autonomy in performing complex technical operations or organising others. It may include participation in teams, including those concerned with planning and evaluation functions and could involve group or team coordination.

Pathways into the qualification
This qualification may be accessed by direct entry on the submission of a relevant design portfolio. Credit can be granted towards this qualification by those who have completed MSF40113 Certificate IV in Interior Decoration or achieved equivalent industry experience.

Pathways from the qualification
Further training and education pathways from this qualification include the Virtu Design Institute Advanced Diploma of Interior Design (MSF60113).

Course Duration
Diploma course duration depends on; a students pre existing qualifications and experience, a students full time or part time status and study commitment and finally the pace at which the student studies.

Our Diplomas can be studied full-time or part time with the student deciding on their own study pace by enrolling in either one or two subjects per Term. Normal duration is one year full-time; two years part-time.

It is expected that the student will allow 10 hours (part time) to 20 hours (full time) per week for their classes and home and work study. Virtu’s academic year is divided into 8 terms of study per year, with enrolments in January, February, April, May, July, August, October and November of each year.

Tuition Fees and Payment
The tuition fee for this course is $18,000 and there are a number of ways you may choose to pay for your study at Virtu – details are available here (http://virtudesigninstitute.com/fees-fee-help/). If you choose to use a VET Student Loans to pay for all or part of your tuition fees, additional entry requirements apply (see below) and you will be charged a Loan Fee of 20% by the Commonwealth Government.

Additional Entry requirements for VET Student Loans Students
For students to be eligible to access VET Students Loans they are required to be an Australian citizen; or hold a permanent humanitarian visa and usually reside in Australia; or be a qualifying New Zealand citizen.
Additionally you will be required to provide us with:

  • a certified copy of a certificate for a qualification at Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) level 4 (or above) that was delivered in English, or
  • a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education awarded by an agency or authority of an Australian State or Territory for your completion of year 12 of school, or
  • a certificate of competency at or above Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy using an approved assessment tool arranged by Virtu.

Student Entry Procedure:
In order for Virtu to determine that a prospective student is academically suited to undertake a particular course, there are 6 steps to complete the application process; Step 1- Complete the online enquiry form and submit it to Virtu, Step 2 – Virtu Staff member will contact you for a face to face and/or Skype interview, Step 3 – Send to Virtu by email or upload to the Virtu website your academic and personal documents, Step 4 – Virtu will send you a formal acceptance of your application, Step 5 – Successful eligible applicants can elect to pay their own course/tuition fees, make an application for VET Student Loans and/or a Virtu Scholarship, Step 6 – Virtu confirms enrolment, provides information on course commencement date and induction.

Student Study Term 1

VDIS10001 Interior Design Drawing Techniques
Credit Points 15
This subject, which underpins many other specialised design subjects, will provide the skills and knowledge necessary to explore and creatively develop 2D and 3D representations of designs in the design process. Using hand drawing, hand modeling, computer aided design drawings (CAD) and 3D modeling software.
Students will produce drawings and images to represent and communicate ideas and design concepts with a sophistication of representation that is consistent with standards within the design industry.

VDIS10002 Residential Interiors 1
Credit Points 20
Residential Interiors 1 takes students through the design process in defined stages and focuses on each step in detail to provide a comprehensive overview of the evolution and implementation of a successful residential interior design project that does not require structural changes to the building interior or to building services.
The subject covers decorating residential interiors in accordance with project briefs by analysing the design brief, conducting research and generating decoration ideas and concepts to create a visual experience in a defined interior space. It includes selecting materials and finishes for surface decoration and arranging the objects and elements within the space.
Student Study Term 2

VDIS10003 Interior Structures
Credit Points 15
Producing technical drawings required for the construction of Interior Design projects is a vital skill for students to develop, along with a clear understanding of all construction documentation to communicate the design intention. In this subject, students will learn to understand the different structural systems as well as the services integrated in any building.
In addition, students will be required to prepare photo images for integration into reports. More specifically, you should be able to: Use scanner to capture photo images, use digital camera to create photo images, edit photo images, prepare photo image assets and store files appropriately.
Lastly, students will participate in environmentally sustainable work practices, to effectively find out current resource use and carry out improvements in their own work area, including those that reduce the negative environmental impacts of work practices.

VDIS10004 Specifying Interiors
Credit Points 20
An essential component of an interior designers work is the identification and specification of a wide range of materials, finishes and soft furnishings appropriate for Residential and Commercial interior environments.
This subject requires students to recommend and apply suitable decorative treatments for windows, soft floor covering and soft furnishings, as well as research and report on manufacturing processes, new technologies, environmental impact etc. relating to their selections.
Similarly, the conceptualisation and specification of lighting has a significant influence on specified materials and finishes for the intended scheme. The student learns to assess natural and artificial light sources and draw and present lighting layouts for an interior space.
Student Study Term 3

VDIS10006 Restoration Interiors 1
Credit Points 15
In many communities there is an increasing emphasis on the restoration and preservation of historic buildings and their interiors. Interior designers play an important role in many such commercial and residential projects. This subject takes students along the path to creating a successful restoration interior by means of the design process specially adapted for existing environments which do not require changes to established structure or building services. Conservation and heritage projects demand interior designers develop skills and knowledge to have respect for design styles relevant to particular building types and eras is important in this specialised field.
Restoration Interiors 1 guides students through the design process in defined stages and focuses on each step in detail to provide a comprehensive overview of the evolution and implementation of a successful restoration interior design project.

VDIS10007 Residential Interiors 2
Credit Points 15
The focus of this subject is the process of producing a successful residential interior design in spaces that require changes to the established structure of the building interior and/or to building services. Residential Interiors 2 takes students through the design process in defined stages to gain skills in generating design solutions in response to a particular design need.
This subject requires students to apply researched information to formulate creative and complex design solutions to a range of residential interior design situations satisfying the physiological, psychological, social, cultural and environmental requirements of the brief.
In particular, students will focus on researching, analysing and applying colour for interior decoration projects, including experimentation and exploration of colour in order to achieve desired effects using design tools, such as colour wheels and formulas.
Student Study Term 4

VDIS10005 Interiors for the Less Able
Credit Points 20
Designing residential spaces, in accordance with project briefs, for people with disabilities and the elderly is a particular challenge for designers. This subject analyses site constraints in order to rectify and improve spatial designs to suit the special needs of the elderly and less able users. The design process will require students to articulate, present and debate ideas as well as to collaborate in a creative process.
This subject also addresses the undertaking of projects, including the development of a project plan, administering and monitoring the project.

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