Interior Design

Course Overview


If you dream of a career as a Residential or Commercial Interior DesignerInterior Designer, Exhibition Designer, Kitchen and Bathroom Designer, Rendering Specialist, Set Designer, Exhibition Designer, Interior Stylist, Visual Merchandiser or Design Consultant, the Interior Design course is for you.

The Interior Design course is ideal for students wanting to work in the interior design industry in spatial design, creative management, communication and business. Students can study online, on campus or mixed with access to all of Collarts' campus facilities, where you will be taught and mentored by industry experts who are currently working within major brands, design studios and architectural firms. You will undertake fundamental units such as Creative Theory, Critical Thinking, Material Exploration, Design Entrepreneurship, Design Movements and digital integration.

Collarts offers students a variety of real-life industry experiences so that they are career-ready when they graduate. Through our industry partnerships, students have opportunities to partake in a variety of real-world business experiences, gaining access to industry connections through internships and placements.

Students will graduate with a globally recognised qualification and well-rounded understanding of the interior design industry, both in Australia and internationally.

WHAT YOU’LL BE STUDYING

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Bachelor Degree or Diploma? 

Collarts offers two qualifications within the Interior Design course, a Bachelor of Arts (Interior Design) and a Diploma of Arts (Interior Design). The Diploma is embedded within the Bachelor Degree. 

The Diploma consists of the first 2 trimesters of the 6 trimester Degree. Students may receive an offer into the Diploma or Bachelor Degree depending on their application and/or entry requirements. If students apply for, or receive an offer for the Diploma course, they may use the Diploma as a pathway into the Bachelor Degree. If they successfully pass the Diploma level qualification, they may then begin the Bachelor Degree in the 3rd trimester should they so choose.

If students apply for, or receive an offer for the Bachelor Degree, they must complete all 6 trimesters including trimesters 1 and 2, which are also considered a part of the embedded Diploma. If a student enrols into the Bachelor Degree and chooses to finish the course at the end of their 2nd trimester and they have successfully completed both trimesters, they may exit the course with the Diploma level qualification. Students enrolled in the Diploma and Degree will have classes together in the first two trimesters of their course. 

Please see course matrix above, outlining the embedded Diploma within the Bachelor degree.

Bachelor of Arts (Interior Design)

The Bachelor of Arts (Interior Design) will provide students with knowledge and understanding of contemporary interior design activities and operations. The course ensures students develop practical skills and experience required to gain employment in the field of interior design.

The degree can be completed in six trimesters (two years) of full-time study.

Students can study online, on campus or mixed with access to all of Collarts' campus facilities. 

Throughout the degree, you will:

  • Work on industry projects with interior designers and brand leaders;
  • Learn and apply practical skills in creative interior design, conceptualisation and trend forecasting;
  • Gain hands-on experience in design technologies, events and installations;
  • Acquire an in-depth understanding of design culture, creative theory and history;
  • Gain knowledge and experience in interior design practices and entrepreneurship;
  • Develop an industry relevant portfolio of creative projects;
  • Start your career sooner with immersive courses that allow you to complete your Bachelor Degree in two years instead of the standard three;
  • Study in our warehouse-style campus in the heart of Melbourne’s arts district.

Bachelor graduates can expect to find employment as:

  • Commercial Interior Designer
  • Retail Interior Designer
  • Residential Interior Designer
  • Interior Decorator
  • Exhibition/Theatre/Installation Designer
  • Assistant Interior Designer
  • Assistant Interior Decorator
  • Specifier
  • Documenter
  • CAD/CAM technician
  • Rendering specialist

FEE-HELP available to eligible students (no upfront fees), learn more here.

Diploma of Arts (Interior Design)

The Diploma of Arts (Interior Design) will provide students with knowledge and understanding of contemporary interior design activities and operations. The course ensures students develop practical skills and experience required to gain employment in the field of interior design.

The diploma can be completed in two trimesters (seven months) of full-time study and you have the opportunity to progress into the Bachelor Degree (subject to academic performance). 

Students can study online, on campus or mixed with access to all of Collarts' campus facilities. 

Throughout the diploma you will:

  •  Work on industry projects with interior designers and brand leaders;
  • Gain hands-on experience in design technologies, events and installations;
  • Acquire an in-depth understanding of creative theory, critical thinking, colour & lighting and digital integrations;
  • Gain knowledge and experience in interior design practices;
  • Study in our warehouse-style campus in the heart of Melbourne’s arts district.

Diploma graduates can expect to find employment as:

  • Assistant interior designers or decorators
  • Specifiers
  • Stylists
  • Visual merchandisers
  • Industry supplier representatives
  • Colour consultants or documenters

FEE-HELP available to eligible students (no upfront fees), learn more here.

Admission and Intake

The Bachelor and Diploma of Arts (Interior Design) are delivered at the Cromwell Street Campus and is recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework (CRICOS Code 098439C).

There is a simple portfolio requirement as part of the enrolment process. You will be advised on this once your application is received.

Admission Criteria:

Bachelor of Arts (Interior Design)
Diploma of Arts (Interior Design)

For intake datesduration and links to learn more, click here.

Eligibility & Entry Requirements

To be eligible to apply for Collarts' Bachelor Degrees, you need to have successfully completed ONE of the following:

  • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or International Baccalaureate (IB).
  • Interstate or New Zealand equivalent to VCE ie. HSC, QCE, TCE, WACE, SACE, NTCE, ACT Year 12 Certificate, or NCEA (New Zealand)
  • Overseas Secondary Year 12 Equivalent

To be eligible to apply for Collarts' Diplomas, you need to have successfully completed ONE of the following:

  • Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) Year 12 Senior Level
  • Interstate or New Zealand Vocational Equivalent to VCAL ie. QCIA
  • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or International Baccalaureate (IB).
  • Interstate or New Zealand equivalent to VCE ie. HSC, QCE, TCE, WACE, SACE, NTCE, ACT Year 12 Certificate, or NCEA (New Zealand)
  • Overseas Secondary Year 12 Equivalent

If none of the above qualifications have successfully been completed, applicants must be 20 years of age or older with 2 years of work experience to apply.

Collarts does not have subject prerequisites and does not require a minimum ATAR rank.

Course Requirements

Notebook, art kit and computer program requirements - see here. You may purchase these after receiving your Student ID card for student discounts.

Time Commitment

On-campus students will have 3 contact hours for each unit of study,  which is a total of 12 hours per week for full-time students. To get the best education experience, we recommend that students commit a further 3 - 6 hours of study per unit, per week.

FEE-HELP and FEES

For more information on FEE-HELPFees and Tuition Assurance, click here.

For more information on International Student Fees, click here.

Admissions Requirements

 ALL APPLICANTS: Applicants must undertake a 30 minute interview. During the interview we will ask you questions about your knowledge and experience within your field of interest as well as discuss your course choice with you. 

Diploma – Applicants are required to successfully complete VCAL, VCE, IB or state/international year 12 equivalent. If students have not completed the year 12 requirements, they must be at least 20 years of age. The diploma can be used as a pathway into the Bachelor degree. There is no ATAR minimum or subject requirements.

Bachelor – Applicants are required to successfully complete VCE, IB or state/international year 12 equivalent. VCAL students are not eligible for the Bachelor until they have successfully completed the diploma. If students have not completed the year 12 requirements, they must be at least 20 years of age. There is no ATAR minimum or subject requirements.

Course Intake Dates: We run 3 intakes throughout the year, February, May, and September. Please see our Course Dates page for more information.

How To Apply 

Non-Year 12 applicants may apply directly on the website, and a Future Student Coordinator will be in touch to arrange an interview.

Year 12 applicants MUST apply through VTAC. VTAC opens in August each year. Place the appropriate Collarts course into one of your preferences and a Future Student Coordinator will be in touch to arrange an interview.

 

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The Collarts Bachelor of Interior Design is a recognised course of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA).

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