MSF60118 Advanced Diploma of Interior Design

This course/qualification provides the skills and knowledge required for creative and technical solutions for built interior environments. Interior design at this level covers the planning and detailing of complex residential, commercial and institutional design projects with an emphasis on space creation, space planning and the factors that affect peoples’ responses to living and working environments. It may also include specialist design areas such as facilities for people with disabilities, institutional design, exhibitions, the aged, and adaptive re-use projects.

Job roles/employment outcomes
The MSF60118 Advanced Diploma of Interior Design reflects vocational outcomes including interior designers for interior design and architectural practices, self employed design consultants, design project administrators and design managers. Work involves using a significant range of fundamental principles and complex techniques across a wide and often unpredictable variety of contexts in relation to either varied or highly specified functions. Accountability and responsibility for self and others in achieving outcomes is involved.

This qualification is typically used to develop a breadth, depth and complexity of skills and knowledge for interior design processes which follow a systematic and coordinated methodology, including research, analysis and integration of knowledge into the creative process, and knowledge of the principles of interior design and building technologies. Designs must meet the purpose, efficiency, comfort, safety and aesthetic requirements of interior spaces, adhere to regulatory requirements and encourage the principles of environmental sustainability.

Pathways into the qualification
This qualification may be accessed by direct entry. Credit can be granted towards this qualification by those who have completed the MSF50218 Diploma of Interior Design.

Pathways from the qualification
Further training pathways from this qualification may include relevant higher education programs and management or competitive manufacturing qualifications.

Course Duration
The Advanced Diploma course duration is twelve months (or until competencies are completed) extended to 24 months if the applicant does not hold a MSF50218 Diploma of Interior Design or equivalent vocational experience, which is embedded in this course. Our Advanced 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. APC Design School’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.

Interior Design students will require the following equipment and software:

• A functioning and monitored email address
• A modern computer (see specs below)
• Face-to-face students: Laptop
• Online students: Laptop or desktop
• Broadband internet access (300 kbps is a minimum requirement)
• A video capable device and/or a digital camera
• Access to a scanner/printer (minimum 1000+ DPI, A4 size)
• Sufficient IT skill sets to operate in an online environment

• AutoCAD & Revit – Free for students
• SketchUp – Student price (Approx. $93.50 per year)
• Microsoft Office, Excel & Powerpoint or equivalent software (Approx. $199.00 one off payment)
• Relevant software to upload and download PDFs & videos

To operate AutoCAD, Sketchup and Revit:

• Internet connection required
• PC: Minimum requirements are Microsoft® Windows 7+ or later, .NET Framework version 4.5.2. Intel® Core 2 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor; 1 GHz or faster processor, 4 GB RAM, minimum 700MB of available hard-disk space, 3D class video card (OpenGL 3.0 or higher) with 512MB of memory or higher and support for hardware acceleration. OpenGL 2.0-capable system
• Mac: Minimum requirements are Mac OS 10.14+ (Mojave), Mac OS 10.13+ (High Sierra), and 10.12+ (Sierra) or later, 2.1+ GHz Intel™ processor, 4 GB or more of RAM (8 GB recommended), 4 GB or more of available hard-disk space for installation, 3D class video card (OpenGL 3.0 or higher) with 512MB of memory or higher and support for hardware acceleration. OpenGL 2.0-capable system.

Student Study Term 1

VDIS10008 Managing Interior projects
Credit Points 15
This subject helps students to understand the selection and instruction of design consultants and contractors for all aspects of the project in the solution of interior design projects and in accordance with project briefs and involves application of skills and knowledge at a managerial level.
Students will also develop awareness as professional designers for evaluating design project outcomes, including all aspects of the project against the requirements of the project brief, to make comparative judgements against evaluation criteria.

VDIS10009 Commercial Interiors
Credit Points 15
This project-based subject allows students to develop design briefs from the client’s requirements, and based on site parameters. Students will gain a good understanding of different design realisations in order to produce, from the original idea, a complete set of documents leading to a new design proposal. These skills will allow students to create designs that work and respond to the client’s requirements.
This subject will cover the application of researched information to formulate creative and complex design solutions to a range of small to medium scale commercial or institutional interior design situations satisfying the physiological, psychological, social, cultural and environmental requirements of the brief.
Student Study Term 2

VDIS10011 Restoration Interiors 2
Credit Points 15
Restoration Interiors 2 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 complex restoration interior design project. This subject draws on the knowledge gained in Restoration Interiors 1 and offers students opportunities to demonstrate their aptitude for this fascinating interior design specialisation.
The objective is to prepare students to undertake research into the project site, its style, history and significance; to prepare a brief for its restoration and then, using environmentally sound techniques and products, develop a design solution.
Evidence of compliance with internationally accepted conservation standards is

VDIS10012 Retail Design
Credit Points 15
Design for retail environments, is one of the most widely sought after and exciting specialisations in the broad field of interior design. This subject covers applying researched information to formulate creative and complex interior design solutions to retail environments, satisfying the physiological, psychological, social, cultural and environmental requirements of the brief.
The subject is ‘project focused’. In responding to a project brief, students are required to research creative and complex interior design solutions to retail environments and demonstrate skills and knowledge in using a range of modelling techniques for extending, developing and resolving complex spatial design problems.
Students will follow the design process and develop and refine a conceptual model and inform design work through experimentation with a range of spatial modelling techniques.
Student Study Term 4

VDIS10052 Portfolio Design
Credit Points 15
Students will need to start promoting themselves and their work with the aid of a professional design portfolio. Students will be tasked with producing a professional digital portfolio that will demonstrate their overall accomplishments as a design student and as a professional.
An interior designer specifically focuses on the manipulation of 3D space and form by the application of the elements and principles of design in response to a client’s brief. Students will learn and apply digital rendering techniques to 3D models and create realistic visualisations to represent their portfolio for presentation to their client.
Student Study Term 3

VDIS10050 Advanced Exhibition Design Studio
Credit Points 15
Exhibition design is a rapidly developing specialisation practiced globally and the resulting exhibits are now an essential component of the marketing programs of many major corporations. In this field, design is fast-moving, energetic and commercially focused with rapid conceptualisation, production, installation and decommissioning phases in order to meet the tight cost plans associated with this work. Students will be equipped with the skills and knowledge required to design and implement displays in a wide range of exhibition spaces. This is a broad field with a growing range of clients who have an insatiable appetite for innovative design that incorporates new media and techniques to attract valuable customers to their exhibits.
Student Study Term 4

VDIS10010 Internship
Credit Points 30
The purpose of this Design Work Placement is to provide a framework for practical industry and professional experience assisting students to attain competencies while experiencing first hand the excitement, practicalities and challenges of design practice in the workplace.
Students will begin to establish and utilise those all important workplace and design industry networks.

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