MSF50213 Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration

Online Learning

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Becoming a professional Interior Decorator is more than just picking out interesting cushions. From conceptualising and planning the layout of a residential or commercial space to filling it with beautiful furnishings, you will learn all of the skills you need at Martin. While studying a Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration either online or on-campus, students also will get the opportunity to work with the latest industry technology. Whether you’re getting experience using the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign etc) or working with the latest conceptual software (SketchUp), you’ll be ready for employment straight after graduation.


Potential Career Opportunities

The qualification covers workers who provide interior decoration advice for building interiors in residential, commercial, retail and institutional spaces. It may be used by people working:

  • As in-house interior decorators for design and decoration consultancies
  • As in-house interior decorators for furniture, fitting, furnishing or fabric suppliers
  • As in-house interior decorators for furnishing retail stores
  • As in-house interior decorators for shop fitters
  • In positions of self-employment as interior decoration consultants

Occupational titles for these workers may include:

  • Interior Decorator
  • Interior Stylist
  • Colour Consultant
  • Established for
    Over 35 years

  • Chosen by
    40,000 students

Course details

Intake dates

Online Learning* 27/03, 26/06, 25/09

*Online Learning is not available to international students


Online Learning: 72 weeks of tuition + 6 weeks break (6x 12 week study periods with a one week break between each) – equivalent to a maximum of 4 days per week study

Delivery mode

Online Learning: This includes scheduled virtual classes, discussion forums, webinars, directed practical activities, individual resourced-based learning and support materials such as online tutorials, web links, handouts and readings

Entry requirements

Applicants to this course must satisfy the standard Diploma level entry requirements. View entry requirements >

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL is an opportunity for you to receive recognition of your previous skills and knowledge you have acquired from work experiences, life experiences, and/or through recent formal studies. Through the RPL assessment process you may be able to gain recognition in Units of competency within this course or the entire course. Find out more about RPL >


As within any study, students are required to complete a variety of assessments. In this course assessments may include case studies, research projects, demonstration of skills, video submissions, role-plays and written assessments.

Student support

Martin College has a range of support services available if the need arises, including:

  • Learning Skill support
  • Language Literacy and Numeracy support
  • Disability Services
  • Counselling Services
  • Career Advise
  • IT Help

Issuing qualifications

Upon successful completion of this course Study Group Australia Pty Ltd trading as Martin College will issue your nationally recognised qualification - MSF50213 Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration

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* Applies to domestic Australian students only

Additional costs

Additional costs are separate from the tuition costs and these may include costs such as textbooks, uniforms and resource kits. For further information regarding this course's additional costs, contact one of our Student Enrolment Advisers on 1300 762 129.


Units of Competency to be Delivered

To achieve this qualification a total of 29 units of competency must be successfully attained. These include 10 core units and 19 elective units chosen by Martin and are listed below.

SGA Subject Name Embedded Unit(s) of Competency
Study Period 1
Design Skills Studio BSBDES302 Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms Core
BSBDES303 Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms Core
MSFID4010 Research interior decoration and design influences Elective
Decoration and Design Communication CPPCMN4008 Read plans, drawings and specifications for residential buildings Elective
CUAACD301 Produce drawings to communicate ideas Core
Study Period 2
Residential Decoration and Design Studio 1 MSFID5001 Design residential interiors Elective
MSFID4002 Decorate residential interiors Core
Study Period 3
Residential Communication and Construction Methods CUAACD303 Produce technical drawings Core
MSFID4007 Identify materials, construction techniques and methods used in building interiors Elective
Residential Decoration and Design Studio 2 MSFID4001 Research, analyse and apply colour for interior spaces Core
Study Period 4
Commercial Decoration Studio 1 MSFID4008 Assess interior light and recommend light fittings Elective
MSFID5013 Design for small to medium scale commercial or institutional interiors Elective
Commercial Communication and Construction Methods CUAACD302 Produce computer-aided drawings Elective
MSFID5003 Evaluate site for interior design brief Core
SIRRMER512 Produce perspective drawings, plans and elevations Elective
Study Period 5
Commercial Decoration Studio 2 MSFID4003 Prepare a materials board for client presentation Elective
MSFID4006 Research and recommend hard materials and finishes for interiors Elective
MSFID4011 Determine work health and safety (WHS) implications of interior effects Core
MSFID5009 Research and recommend colour and applied finishes Elective
Creative Industry Business Skills BSBDES304 Source and apply design industry knowledge Elective
BSBDES403 Develop and extend design skills and practice Elective
MEM16006 Organise and communicate information Elective
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices Core
MSFFDT4004 Assess environmental impact of a design Elective
Study Period 6
Retail Styling and Design Studio BSBDES502 Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief Core
MSFID5005 Explore and apply creative design methodology to interior space Core
MSFID5010 Provide interior styling service Elective
Retail Communication and Construction Methods MSFID5004 Specify structural elements, systems and services for interior spaces Elective
MSFID5014 Use CAD applications to complete models and documentation for interior design projects Elective