Advanced Diploma of Interior Design

National Code: MSF60113
TAFE SA Code: TP00698


This qualification helps you to create a career pathway as an interior designer. You will learn the skills to provide advice and practical solutions on the finishing and furnishing of interior spaces. This includes residential, commercial or institutional spaces and involves working directly with the client or associated professional.

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Up to 30 months 

Full Time or Part Time equivalent

Interior Decorator Interior Decorator

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Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements, however, students wishing to access subsidised training or VET Student Loans will be required to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 30 month course
$1,600 - $2,294
$7,999 - $11,471
$1,145 - $1,642
$5,726 - $8,211

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. Assessing your eligibility may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

Subsidised Training Eligibility
Full Fee
$6,197 - $8,887
$30,986 - $44,436
    • You may choose between 3 study options: online study, campus attendance or a combination of both.
    • To successfully complete this course you will need a computer with internet access. You should also have basic computer knowledge including: Word, Powerpoint, copy, paste and file saving skills. All course work will be submitted online for assessment. Please note some online subjects will require a compulsory workshop attendance.
    • Reading, writing and numeracy skills are assessed using the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA). This assessment is used to determine whether you will be required to undertake additional support units alongside your qualification or undertake a pathway course before commencing your chosen qualification. If you receive an offer, more information will be provided at your enrolment session.
  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    VET Student Loan

    This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    Interior designers for interior design and architectural practices, Self-employed design consultants, Design project administrators, 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.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Advanced Diploma of Interior Design (MSF60113)
    This course covers skills and knowledge required for creative and technical solutions for built 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 design areas such as facilities for people with disabilities, institutional design, exhibitions, the aged and adaptive re-use projects. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 14 core units and 25 elective units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2017 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on

    Not all units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply 3-D visualisation techniques to represent interior designs 54
    Design for small to medium scale commercial or institutional interiors 108
    Design residential interiors 108
    Determine work health and safety (WHS) implications of interior effects 10
    Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief 65
    Evaluate site for interior design brief 40
    Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms 50
    Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms 50
    Manage design realisation 50
    Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices 30
    Produce drawings to communicate ideas 80
    Produce technical drawings 50
    Research, analyse and apply colour for interior spaces 80
    Resolve complex spatial design problems through modelling 54


    Name Nominal Hours
    Assess interior light and recommend light fittings 36
    Create 3D digital environments 30
    Create 3D digital models 75
    Create visual design components 30
    Decorate for events 40
    Design for people with disabilities and the elderly 108
    Design interiors for hospitality environments 108
    Develop and extend design skills and practice 30
    Evaluate and participate in design industry networks 72
    Evaluate design project outcomes 36
    Explore and apply creative design methodology to interior space 60
    Identify materials, construction techniques and methods used in building interiors 54
    Investigate legal requirements for design 36
    Prepare a materials board for client presentation 20
    Produce computer-aided drawings 50
    Provide interior styling service 36
    Research and recommend artwork 36
    Research and recommend furniture and accessories 36
    Research and recommend hard materials and finishes for interiors 54
    Research and recommend soft furnishings for interiors 50
    Research architectural styles and movements 36
    Research global design trends 30
    Research interior decoration and design influences 36
    Use business technology 20
    Work safely 30
  • Studying at TAFE SA is one of the easiest pathways towards a University Degree. Credit Transfer is the formal recognition that parts of a TAFE SA course are equivalent in content and level to parts of some University courses. Below are the Credit Transfer details for this course. View all TAFE SA Credit Transfer Agreements

    University University Course Details
    Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
    Bachelor of Interior Architecture
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