Diploma of Interior Design

National Code: MSF50222
TAFE SA Code: TP01424


Colour your world with an exciting career in interior design. Run your own business as a design consultant or become part of a team working in design and decoration. This nationally accredited Diploma will help you to understand the furnishings, finishes, and aesthetics that are integral to creating outstanding interiors. Learn about colour schemes, lighting, the principles of design, project documentation, creating 2D and 3D forms, and producing digital models. Our wide range of subjects can be tailored to suit all your design interests. Refine your design skills, build your business abilities, and graduate ready to join this in-demand industry.

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24 months 

Full Time or Part Time equivalent

Interior Decorator

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Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course.

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Attendance Requirements (subject to change)
Classes are online, on-campus or a combination.

Additional Uniforms, Equipment and Costs
You are able to use the TAFE SA facilities and computer suites or you may choose to buy relevant software such as:

  • a SketchUp one (1) year Student Licence for approximately $93.50
  • Microsoft Project Student Licence (Cloud Base) $14.00 per month
  • Free Autodesk Student Licence is available on course registration for Revit and AutoCAD.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 24 month course
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training may require applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).
Full Fee

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

  • 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

    Self employment as an interior decorator, Colour consultant or Interior stylist, In-house interior designer or decorator for design and decoration consultancies, furniture, furnishings and fabric suppliers, furnishing departments of retail stores or shop fitters.

    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

    Diploma of Interior Design (MSF50222)
    There is an emphasis on furnishings, finishes and aesthetics, environmental sustainability, colour and pattern in interior spaces and historic furnishing styles. It may also include specialist design areas such as facilities for people with disabilities and the aged. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 10 core units and 17 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 are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2023 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

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


    Name Nominal Hours
    Design colour schemes for interior and exterior spaces 85
    Design residential interior lighting 40
    Design residential interiors 108
    Develop residential interior design project documentation 60
    Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief 65
    Evaluate site structure and services for interior design briefs 40
    Explore and apply creative design methodology to interior space 60
    Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms 60
    Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms 60
    Produce digital models and documentation for interior design projects 80


    Name Nominal Hours
    Decorate residential interiors 80
    Design for all ages and abilities 108
    Design soft furnishing solutions for interior spaces 60
    Design workplace interiors 108
    Determine spatial planning considerations for bathroom design 60
    Determine spatial planning considerations for kitchen design 84
    Generate design solutions 70
    Prepare quotation and contract documentation for design projects 30
    Present a body of own creative work 60
    Produce computer-aided drawings 60
    Produce drawings to communicate ideas 90
    Produce technical 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 interior decoration and design influences 40
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