#diploma in interior design
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Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration
In this dynamic, practical, industry-relevant program you’ll learn 2D and 3D design skills and the decorative aspect of design. You’ll develop high-level documentation and technical skills in order to present your ideas to both residential and commercial clients in a professional brief.
Projects are themed around exploration into colour, material and finishes, interior construction techniques, soft furnishings, fabrics and furniture, based on historical and contemporary styles and trends.
As your studies progress you’ll develop a deeper understanding of commercial and residential interiors, spatial layout, furnishings and decorative treatments and the documentation process.
Your knowledge and skills will expand allowing you to create and communicate your design concepts, evaluate design briefs and apply basic business skills to domestic and commercial projects.
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations, group discussions and syndicate work. These are primarily in English.
You will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
The learning and teaching of this program emulates how you would work in a commercial design studio. Teachers will interact and work with you as if you are a junior designer.
You will study in state of the art facilities at RMIT’s Melbourne City campus, working with industry-experienced teachers with up-to-date knowledge of the market and latest trends and innovations.
You’ll learn through lectures, workshops, studios, online learning, classroom and industry presentations and briefs and on-site visits. Practical demonstrations may be held in class or in an on-site industry environment.
You will acquire a broad range of hands-on skills (rendering, architectural drafting, CAD, Rivet, model making, Photoshop, client presentation) along with learning the history and theory of colour and design.
During the program you’ll interact with key people from external companies on live projects. This models the consultancy practice of interior designers and decorators for client presentations.
It is recommended that you own a computer but this is not a requirement as students have access to computer labs on campus. Students have access to program specific and industry standard software and can purchase these at discounted rates.
Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes concept design development. digital and verbal presentations, group projects, research and practical tasks.
This program focuses heavily on industry-led, real client projects. Graduates of the program are work-ready due to the amount of exposure they have to industry projects, scholarships, competitions, industry networks and mentors.
This program has a long-standing agreement with the Design Institute of Australia (DIA), which sees our top 40 students invited to participate in a mentor program, gaining valuable experience working in industry over a semester while maintaining their general studies.
Students have the chance to connect with industry by participating in a number of competitions throughout their studies. In the past students have participated in:
- Dulux Colour Awards
- Grand Designs Live
- GOTYA (Graduate of the Year award at DesignEx)
- BQ Design and Zepel Fabrics awards
- Buhus Rugs
- Wendy Royle Scholarship .
The company BQ Design offers second year students the opportunity to design a bedroom suite, with the winning work being put into production and photographed for the BQ website.
The Wendy Royle Scholarship is supported by Radford Furnishings and offers $1500 to a first year student to support their ongoing studies at RMIT.
Every student of the program will undertake simulated and real-life client projects. Examples of previous projects include redesigning the Fitzroy swimming pool and the Abbotsford Convent Gallery.
As an interior design and decorator you will:
- develop and create beautiful, functional spaces working to a design brief
- decorate residential and commercial environments
- draw sketches and produce samples of your design ideas
- work directly with clients, providing advice on colour schemes, layouts, lighting and soft furnishings
- source paint colors, lighting, furniture and flooring
- provide advice on artwork, pillows, rugs and accessories
- supervise on-site design and construction
- keep up to date on global trends and product knowledge.
Graduates are working for local and overseas design firms such as Atticus and Milo, Jardan, Dulux and many others.
As an interior designer and decorator you will work in a wide range of design environments including:
- assisting designers in commercial design offices
- management roles in interior design and decoration departments
- CAD in commercial areas
- decoration and design consultancies in small boutique companies specialising in complete soft furnishings and residential fit outs
- interior textile wholesale areas
- retail consultancies in furnishings, lighting or furniture
- colour consultancies, either for large paint companies or in self employment.
Professional recognition and accreditation
This course is nationally accredited by the Design Institute of Australia (DIA). Current students and graduates of this course are eligible for DIA membership.
This program is investigating options for future overseas study and learning connections.
RMIT’s Global Mobility supports students to undertake an exchange or short-term mobility activity with over 165 partner universities worldwide.