Creative Arts

Top 3 skills you will achieve:

  • Create technical and computer aided drawings
  • Research and recommend furnishings, materials, furniture and finishes
  • Provide interior styling services

Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration

This qualification will provide you with the skills and knowledge to provide a range of interior decoration services.

Course Overview

Course Code:W643 (National ID: LMF50408) 

Interior Designer, Decorator


Two years (4 semesters) full time.

How:Full time 
Where:PERTH CAMPUS - Building 6
19 Aberdeen Street

Intake:Semester 1 
International study available:Yes 
Online study available:No 
Uni pathway available:Yes 

About the course

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During this course you will work on a number of design projects which will enable you to develop skills to design residential and commercial interiors, decorate for events and work on restoration projects.

You will learn to work with suppliers and specify finishes, soft and hard materials, fixtures and furniture. You will learn design project management skills and will apply CAD applications to document and illustrate your design proposals.

For more information on this creative career path download our brochure.

Where this course can lead you

This industry requires creativity and the ability to work to a clients needs and guidelines. This course may lead you to being self employed, or to work in house for a design and decoration consultancy, retail store or shop fitters.

Your Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration prepares you for roles such as:

  • Interior Designer

  • Interior Decorator

  • Colour Consultant

  • Interior Stylist

Skills you will gain from this course

Central's interior design and decoration qualifications provide you with skills that are relevant to current industry trends and practices.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • research and analyse a client's goals and requirements

  • plan, arrange and style a space

  • prepare detailed client presentations

  • select and specify colour schemes, furniture, fabrics and fixtures, including layouts and detailed specifications

  • work with builders, architects and service contractors

  • organise the purchasing of materials, accessories, artworks and furnishings.

  • contract and supervise the trades people required to implement a project

Connected with industry

As a part of our interior design and decoration qualifications you may have the opportunity to take part in work placements, giving you real experience in the industry which often lead to employment post-study.

You'll also be studying where some of the states top designers studied, some of whom won various industry awards for their work produced whilst at Central. We also ensure our industry partners are involved in the development of our courses and curriculum, so the skills you obtain are relevant in the workforce.

At Central we place an emphasis on quality training, that is why we ensure interior design and decoration professionals are our lecturers. So you gain the best learning experience possible. We have also assessed the software and practices this industry uses and replicated it within Central so when you leave, you'll be working on familiar technology and with familiar processes.


Our Interior Design
 Industry Partners

Mirvac have supported Central and
its students.


Innerspace have supported Central and
its students.

Woodhead International have worked with Central and its students.

Crosby Tiles


Design Institute of Australia is a supporter
of Central's programs.

University Pathways

Central's university pathway arrangements means your Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration will provide you with the opportunity for direct entry and an advanced standing in a course at Curtin University or ECU.

Curtin University

Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) (3D Design)

Credit arrangements into Curtin are currently being reviewed, however, if you wish to apply for Credit for Recognised Learning to Curtin University courses this can be assessed on a case by case basis as part of the application process. Please forward this request as part of your application to your preferred Curtin course.


Edith Cowan University

Bachelor of Creative Industries
Advanced Standing Credit: CCA1103 (Creativity: Theory, Practice and History), CCA 1108 (Communications and Digital Technology), DEF1102 (Design Foundations: Design History), DEF1106 (Collaborative Design), VIS1303 (Introduction to Drawing), 1 x Level 1 Electives and 2 x Level 2 Electives (120 credit points)
Bachelor of Creative Industries (Environmental and Spatial Design)
Advanced Standing Credit: CCA1103 (Creativity: Theory, Practice and History), CCA 1108 (Communications and Digital Technology), DEF1102 (Design Foundations: Design History), DEF1106 (Collaborative Design), VIS1303 (Introduction to Drawing), 1 x Level 1 Electives and 2 x Level 2 Major Units (120 credit points)


Course Structure

Description:Complete 29 units 

Available Groups


Description: Complete the units below

NumberNational IDTitle
D0664BSBDES401AGenerate design solutions
D1690CUVCRS03BProduce computer-aided drawings
WA339LMFID4006AResearch and recommend hard materials and finishes for interiors
WA340LMFID4007AIdentify materials, construction techniques and methods used in building interiors
WA341LMFID4008AAssess interior light and recommend light fittings
WA342LMFID4009AResearch architectural styles and movements
WA344LMFID4011ADetermine occupational health and safety implications of interior effects


Description: Complete the units below

NumberNational IDTitle
D0660BSBDES302AExplore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms
D0661BSBDES303AExplore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms
D1220CUVCOR09BSelect and apply drawing techniques and media to represent and communicate the concept
D1684CUVCOR08BProduce drawings to represent and communicate the concept
D1691CUVCRS04BProduce technical drawings
D3655MSAENV272BParticipate in environmentally sustainable work practices
WA334LMFID4001AResearch, analyse and apply colour for interior spaces
WA337LMFID4004AResearch and recommend furniture and accessories
WA338LMFID4005AResearch and recommend soft furnishings for interiors
WA354LMFID5010AProvide interior styling service


Description: Complete the units below

NumberNational IDTitle
S7605CUVACD501ARefine drawing and other visual representation tools
WA345LMFID5001ADesign residential interiors
WA347LMFID5003AEvaluate site for interior design brief
WA357LMFID5013ADesign for small to medium scale commercial or institutional interiors
WA358LMFID5014AUse CAD applications to complete models and documentation for interior design projects
WA388LMFFDT5002AApply resources sustainably


Description: Complete the units below

NumberNational IDTitle
D0668BSBDES502AEstablish, negotiate and refine a design brief
D1702CUVDSP11BResearch and apply techniques for illustrative work
WA355LMFID5011ASpecify soft furnishings for complete interior solution


Description: Complete the units below

NumberNational IDTitle
WA335LMFID4002ADecorate residential interiors
WA378LMFFDT4012AProduce ideation drawings

Information for international students

Requirements for this course

Completion of Certificate IV in Interior Design (W641) before entering this course.

Studying as an international student at Central

Central is one of Australia's largest VET colleges, and trains around 1700 international students from more than 85 countries each year. In 2010, we were the inaugural winner of Western Australia's International Training Provider of the Year award and were again given this award in 2011 and 2013.

Our campuses are conveniently located near the centre of Perth's CBD, making them easy to access via public transport. Central boasts excellent state of the art facilities and resources and a friendly, safe and secure learning environment.

As a graduate, you are ensured direct pathways to further qualifications at Western Australian universities, or alternatively, the job ready skills you need to succeed in your career straight away.

We offer a dedicated International Centre which is focused on servicing International students, helping you with your personal and academic needs. Staff offer friendly, specialised support and guidance from your initial contact through to your graduation, to ensure that your experience at Central is enjoyable and rewarding.


Visit our international pages to find out more about studying at Central and life in Perth.

Find out from international students about their experiences studying at Central.

Find out about applying to study at Central as an International student.


Courses available to international students at Central are delivered in partnership with Education and Training International RTO Provider No: 52395 CRICOS Provider Code: 00020G


Getting into this course

Entrance Requirements

Entrance Requirements table In order to gain entry into this course you must demonstrate developed maths and developed communication skills.

This conversion table explains the grades you need to have obtained at a high school level to meet this entry level requirement.


The Application Process

This course is delivered as a full time.

Find out more information about the process to apply, enrol and pay.

Full time:

Find out about applying for a full time course

Recognition of Prior Learning

Do you have existing skills? Whether obtained through paid or voluntary work, training or other experiences, you may be able to fast track your study by applying for recognition of prior learning, often referred to as RPL.

Find out more here

Fee information

Domestic full time students

Course fees are made up of two components, tuition fees and resource fees.

Fees may vary depending on the units you are enrolled in so an approximate amount has been shown. You will be given the exact amount of your fees at enrolment. Part time student fees will vary depending on the number of units you are enrolled in.

Please note, you may also need to buy textbooks or equipment for your course.

Tuition fees:

Tuition fees are determined by multiplying the course fee rate by the nominal hours, which is the number of hours in which an average student could be expected to complete each unit. They are not the hours of training or instruction.

Full course approximate tuition fee based on the 4 semesters it takes to complete full time: $7427

Resource fees:

The resource fees cover the materials and services required to complete a unit.

Approximate resource fee for the full course: $1253

Paying your fees:
Both tuition and resource fees for the upcoming semester should be paid in full at the time of enrolment.
Find out how and where to pay for your course

Financial assistance:

Most Diploma and above students are eligible for VET Fee Help.  This is a Government loan program that helps you with your fees so you can pay them off slowly by instalments.

Find out more about VET FEE-HELP


International students:
The total course cost for international students is $10,900 (duration 1 year). You will need to pay your course fees to ETI when you accept your offer.


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