MSF50218 Diploma of Interior Design

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 MSF50218 Diploma of Interior Design 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 MSF40118 Certificate IV in Interior Decoration or achieved equivalent industry experience.

Pathways from the qualification
Further training and education pathways from this qualification include the Advanced Diploma of Interior Design (MSF60118).

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. 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 – 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 and Sketchup the computer requires:

• 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

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 15
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.

VDIS10051 Modelling Interiors
Credit Points 15
Modelling Interiors takes students through the 3D modelling process in defined stages, firstly reviewing information about the design brief and proposed solution. Then, using the features of computer-aided design (CAD) applications, students produce models and extract two dimensional (2D) and three dimensional (3D) drawings and documentation in accordance with all standard practice notations and drawing protocols.
Students learn skills and knowledge required to apply the elements and principles of design to manipulate three dimensional (3D) interior space and form in response to a design brief. This involves the observation and analysis of a range of complex spatial typologies and a process of exploration and refinement to develop a design solution.
Student Study Term 4

VDIS10005 Interiors for the Less Able
Credit Points 15
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.
Student Study Term 3

VDIS10004 Specifying Interiors
Credit Points 15
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.

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

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.

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