Monthly Archives: April 2012

Rachel Hawkins


 

 

 

 

 

Title: Academic Director (VET), Course Coordinator (Graphic Design)
Qualifications: BDes, MCDArtDes, Cert IV TAE

Profile: Ms Rachel Hawkins graduated with a Bachelor of Design, majoring in Graphics and Textiles from the College of Fine Arts, The University of New South Wales in 2006. A strong believer in continuing education, she then went on to study a Masters of Cross-Disciplinary Art and Design, completely online, graduating from College of Fine Arts, The University of New South Wales in 2012. Rachel brings to Virtu this wealth of knowledge and experience in online study platforms and online collaboration. In 2012, Rachel also attained the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, adding LLN in 2013.

Ms Hawkins’ professional career began in the graphic design department of Sydney based fashion house, Jets Swimwear, from there she went on to work in commercial digital design and print in Vancouver, Canada.

On her return to Sydney, Ms Hawkins moved into senior design roles at entrepreneurial companies leading graphic design with a strong marketing focus; working with high profile brands such as: Sydney Water, AMP Capital, Centro Properties Group, GPT, Starlight Children’s Foundation, Lilydale Chickens and Bodytrim. Ms Hawkins is an experienced product and packaging designer with product ranges in Coles Supermarkets and Priceline stores.

During the last eleven years in the industry Ms Hawkins’ creative and conceptual capabilities have seen her undertake projects in product design, packaging design, corporate identity, advertising, marketing, signage and web based campaigns.

Simon Richards

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title: Lecturer
Qualifications: BGrapDes (RMIT), M.Des (Hons) UNSW, Cert IV TAE

Profile: Recently returned from working in Asia for the past 11 years, where his he was lecturing at Raffles Design Institute in Shanghai, China. Simon has returned to Melbourne to do consulting in design and design education and to undertake a research masters degree in Design Education.

Over the past 15 years Simon has been involved in the Design industry and Education in Asia, his background before lecturing was in publishing design and advertising in Australia and South East Asia. He has worked on more than 40 titles in publishing, such as Harpers Bazaar, Cleo, Dolly, Female, Nu You and Women’s Weekly.

Simon has lectured in Diploma and Degree programs in Singapore, Saigon and Shanghai and has also had the experience of being involved in the co-ordination and delivery in China of the BA honors from Northumbria University, UK.

Under his guidance students have won many awards including: the Crowbars, Young Guns, Future Brand’s Future Talent Awards, General Electric’s Silver Ribbon and consistent international recognition in the D&AD Student Awards.

Cal Swann


 

 

 

 

 


Title:
Lecturer
Qualications:
NatDip, MA

Profile: Cal Swann was Professor in the School of Design at Curtin University of Technology, Australia. Prior to that, he was Professor and Head of the School of Design at the University of South Australia and before that he was Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Art and Design at Liverpool Polytechnic (now Liverpool John Moores University) in England. He was Head of Graphic Design at London’s Saint Martin’s School of Art in the 1980s, among many other teaching and design roles around the UK.

His special interest is in typography and the communication of language in its spoken and printed forms. An MA in Applied Linguistics from Lancaster University in 1986 saw the two disciplines merged in Language and Typography (1991, Lund Humphries),

following the earlier how-to-do-it manual Techniques of Typography (1969, 1981) also for Lund Humphries (Watson Guptill in the US). He has written many articles for journals and presented papers in international conferences (just Google ‘Professor Cal Swann’). A former Fellow of the Design Institute of Australia and a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers (UK), Cal has been a designer and educator in England and Australia throughout the last five decades.

Retired from the full-time grind, he continues to design graphics, write articles, teach typography workshops, play enthusiastic (but amateur!) jazz, and enjoy family life under a cloudless, Australian blue sky.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)


 

 

 

 

 

 
Professor Ron Newman
Qualifications: ASTC Ind Des, GDipHEd (UNSW),
FIA, CertIV TAE, LFDIA

Profile: As a professional designer who joined the ranks of academia full time in 1994, Professor Newman brings a mix of design and business experiences, higher education and an acute business acumen to the management of projects and academic units.

Professor Newman completed his studies in Industrial Design at the National Art School (NAS) in the early 1970s and has held various design and design management positions in Australia and Europe. Senior design positions with Philips, Email and for six years as Research and Development Manager for Sebel Furniture paralleled his editorial stewardship of the national magazine Design in Australia and various executive roles within the Design Institute of Australia (DIA).

For five years in the late 1980s Professor Newman was the Chief Executive Officer of the public company, Exhibit Resources, which he established, a company involved in design and fabrication of museums and exhibitions. Professor Newman has held many board directorships and consultancy positions to major companies.

Professor Newman was Head of School of Design Studies, College of Fine Arts (COFA), the University of New South Wales (UNSW) for eight years from 1992 to 2000 and from 2002 for 4 years he was Director & Dean of Sydney College of the Arts, the visual arts Faculty of the University of Sydney. In January 2005 Auckland University through its business incubator, IceHouse, appointed Professor Newman into a parallel role as Entrepreneur in Residence, a residency designed to initiate new collaborations within Auckland University and encouraging outreach to the commercial community of New Zealand.

In September 2006 Professor Newman left the University of Sydney, to join Raffles Education Corp (REC) to become Vice President and later (2008) President of Raffles University System, at REC’s headquarters in Singapore. Professor Newman left REC in 2011 and is currently CEO of Virtu Institute.

Along with his other qualifications and experience Professor Newman holds a TAE40110 Certificate IV Training & Assessment.

Chair Academic Board

Lee-Styger

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Lee E. J. Styger
Qualifications: MSc, PhD, CEng, CSci, CEnv, FIED, FIMMM, FICME, FCILT, REngDes, SMSME, MIEAust

Profile: Dr Lee Styger is the Executive MBA Director of the University of Wollongong’s Sydney Business School. Before joining the Sydney Business School, Lee worked with many blue chip organisations in the business development, product development and people development spaces.

Lee is a thought leader and creative thinker. He is a rare individual who has forged a career in both industry and academia. Working in advanced technology and platform development, Lee’s career foundation has been in the new product development, rapid prototyping, niche production and 3D printing disciplines. Lee has worked on programs in industries as diverse as medical devices, automotive, avionics, environmental and education.

Lee has been a member of, and chaired, many prestigious design and industry committees and boards, delivering programs though out the European Union, Asia and the USA. He is regularly called upon to deliver keynote talks and lead innovation groups for businesses.

His experience has resulted in a passionate belief of the imperative that winning organisations must deliver meaningful customer delight through differentiation and value creation, at the heart of which lies good design.

Student Services Manager and Assistant Registrar

Monique-Eggeling

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ms Monique Eggeling

Profile: Monique Eggleing is a mum of two and lives in the Sydney Northern Beaches. Monique has been involved in RTO administration for several years and joined Virtu in early 2015. Monique also works for the Manly Chamber of Commerce with a strong background in: membership, management, marketing and events management. Through her various roles in rugby league and sports administration Ms Eggeling has understood the importance of developing a community around and activity; in Virtu’s case, education.
Monique’s knowledge and enthusiasm for the suburb of Manly is infectious as she strives to help local businesses grow, network and become more sustainable into the future.

Ms Eggelings role in Virtu makes her the best first point of contact for all student enrolment, complaint or appeal matters.

Professor Ron Newman


 

 

 

 

 

 
Title: Chief Executive Officer / Lecturer
Qualifications:
ASTC Ind Des, GDipHEd, FIA, 
Cert IV TAE, LFDIA

Profile: As a professional designer who joined the ranks of academia full time in 1994, Professor Newman brings a mix of design and business experiences to higher education and an acute business acumen to the management of projects and academic units.

Professor Newman completed his studies in Industrial Design at the National Art School (NAS) in the early 1970s and has held various design and design management positions in Australia and Europe. Senior design positions with Philips, Email and for six years as Research and Development Manager for Sebel Furniture paralleled his editorial stewardship of the national magazine Design in Australia and various executive roles within the Design Institute of Australia (DIA).

For five years in the late 1980s Professor Newman was the Chief Executive Officer of the public company, Exhibit Resources, which he established, a company involved in design and fabrication of museums and exhibitions. Professor Newman has

held many board directorships and consultancy positions to major companies.

Professor Newman was Head of School of Design Studies, College of Fine Arts (COFA), the University of New South Wales (UNSW) for eight years from 1992 to 2000 and from 2002 for 4 years he was Director & Dean of Sydney College of the Arts, the visual arts Faculty of the University of Sydney. In January 2005 Auckland University through its business incubator, IceHouse, appointed Professor Newman into a parallel role as Entrepreneur in Residence, a residency designed to initiate new collaborations within Auckland University and encouraging outreach to the commercial community of New Zealand.

In September 2006 Professor Newman left the University of Sydney, to join Raffles Education Corp (REC) to become Vice President and later (2008) President of Raffles University System, at REC’s headquarters in Singapore. Professor Newman left REC in 2011 and is currently CEO of Virtu Institute.

MSF50213 Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration

This course/qualification provides the skills and knowledge required to perform interior design and decoration for building interiors. Design and decoration at this level covers the development of complete decorative schemes for the effective use of residential and commercial or institutional interior spaces, and the skills needed to work with a client brief and within project parameters. This course may also include specialist design areas such as facilities for people with disabilities and the aged.

Job roles/employment outcomes
The MSF50213 Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration reflects vocational outcomes including: self employment as an interior decorator, a colour consultant or an interior stylist. Students may also find employment as an in-house Interior designer or decorator for design and decoration consultancies, furniture, furnishings and fabric suppliers, and furnishing departments of retail stores or shop fitters.Work involves self-directed application of knowledge and skills, with substantial depth in some areas where judgement is required in the planning and selecting of appropriate equipment, services and techniques.

The Course/Qualification
This qualification is typically used to develop breadth, depth and complexity of skills and knowledge covering furnishings, finishes and aesthetic presentation to meet the purpose, efficiency and comfort of space and encourage the principles of environmental sustainability. It covers a detailed understanding of the application and effect of colour and pattern in interior space and the application of historic furnishing styles and their relationship to architectural periods and heritage projects.

Work would involve participation in development of strategic initiatives, as well as personal responsibility and autonomy in performing complex technical operations or organising others. It may include participation in teams, including those concerned with planning and evaluation functions and could involve group or team coordination.

Pathways into the qualification
This qualification may be accessed by direct entry on the submission of a relevant design portfolio. Credit can be granted towards this qualification by those who have completed MSF40113 Certificate IV in Interior Decoration or achieved equivalent industry experience.

Pathways from the qualification
Further training and education pathways from this qualification include the Virtu Design Institute Advanced Diploma of Interior Design (MSF60113).

Course Duration
Diploma course duration depends on; a students pre existing qualifications and experience, a students full time or part time status and study commitment and finally the pace at which the student studies. Our Diplomas can be studied full-time or part time with the student deciding on their own study pace by enrolling in either one or two subjects per Term. Normal duration is one year full-time; two years part-time.

It is expected that the student will allow 10 hours (part time) to 20 hours (full time) per week for their classes and home and work study. Virtu academic year is divided into 4 terms of study per year, with enrolments in January, April, July and October of each year.

Additional Entry requirements for VET Student Loan Students
For students to be eligible to access VET Students Loans they are required to be an Australian citizen; or hold a permanent humanitarian visa and usually reside in Australia; or be a qualifying New Zealand citizen.

Additionally you will be required to provide us with:
– a certified copy of a certificate for a qualification at Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) level 4 (or above) that was delivered in English, or
– a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education awarded by an agency or authority of an Australian State or Territory for your completion of year 12 of school, or
– a certificate of competency at or above Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy using an approved assessment tool arranged by Virtu.

Apply Now:
In order for Virtu to determine that a prospective student is academically suited to undertake a particular course, there are 6 steps to complete the application process; Step 1- Complete the online enquiry form and submit it to Virtu, Step 2 – Virtu Staff member will contact you for a face to face and/or Skype interview, Step 3 – Send to Virtu by email or upload to the Virtu website your academic and personal documents, Step 4 – Virtu will send you a formal acceptance of your application, Step 5 – Successful eligible applicants can make an application for VET Student Loans, and/or a Virtu Scholarship, Step 6 – Virtu confirms enrolment, provides information on course commencement date and induction.

Student Study Term 1
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VDIS10001 Interior Design Drawing Techniques
Credit Points 15
This subject, which underpins many other specialised design subjects, will provide skills and knowledge necessary to explore and creatively develop hand drawing, hand modelling, computer aided design (CAD) 2 dimensional (2D) and 3 dimensional (3D) representations of designs in the design process. Participants will produce images to represent and communicate design concepts with a sophistication of representation that is consistent with standards within the design industry.
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VDIS10002 Residential Interiors 1
Credit Points 20
Residential Interiors 1 takes students through the design process in defined stages and focuses on each step in detail to provide a comprehensive overview of the evolution and implementation of a successful residential interior design project.
Student Study Term 2
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VDIS10003 Interior Structures
Credit Points 15
The essence of this subject is the process of producing a successful residential interior design in spaces that do not require changes to established structural aspects of the building interior or to building services. The subject also provides students with an introduction to the use and respect of copyright in residential interior design.
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VDIS10004 Specifying Interiors
Credit Points 20
The specification of a wide range of materials and finishes appropriate for interior environments is an essential component of the work of an interior designer. Similarly, the conceptualisation and specification of lighting has a significant influence on those finishes as they make up the designed interior. This subject offers students an opportunity to explore the realm of interior finishes and to investigate their properties, surprising variety and suitability for many classifications of interiors.
Student Study Term 3
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VDIS10006 Restoration Interiors 1
Credit Points 15
In many communities there is an increasing emphasis on the restoration and preservation of historic buildings and their interiors. Interior designers play an important role in many such commercial and residential projects. This subject takes students along the path to creating a successful restoration interior by means of the design process specially adapted for existing environments which do not require changes to established structure or building services. Conservation and heritage projects demand interior designers develop skills that respect not only the client’s brief but also the regulatory, environmental and stylistic character of the project.
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VDIS10007 Residential Interiors 2
Credit Points 15
The process of producing a successful residential interior design in spaces that require changes to the established structure of the building interior and/or to building services is the focus of this subject. Residential Interiors 2 takes students through the design process in defined stages and focuses on each step to provide a comprehensive overview of the evolution and implementation of a successful residential interior design project. Particular emphasis is placed on the extent to which an interior designer should coordinate with other building specialists such as engineers, architects and builders to achieve an interior designed with respect for regulatory, functional and sustainable factors.
Student Study Term 4
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VDIS10005 Interiors for the Less Able
Credit Points 20
Designing residential spaces, in accordance with project briefs, for people with disabilities and the elderly is a particular challenge for designers. This subject analyses site constraints in order to rectify and improve spatial designs to suit the special needs of the elderly and less able users. The design process will require students to articulate, present and debate ideas as well as to collaborate in a creative process. This subject also addresses the management of projects, including the development of a project plan, administering and monitoring the project.

CUA50715 Diploma of Graphic Design

This course/qualification reflects the role of graphic designers at the beginning of their professional careers. Students will combine technical, creative and conceptual skills to create designs that meet client requirements and solve a range of visual communication challenges. They will demonstrate a sound understanding of design theory and practice and will be able to analyse and synthesise information from a range of sources to generate design solutions.

Graphic designers work in many different commercial and community contexts across both print and digital media. At this level, the designer is likely to be working in junior or generalist roles. Their work may include or have links to areas such advertising and promotion, art direction, branding, corporate identity, instructional design, packaging, signage and web design.

Pathways into the qualification
The qualification CUA50715 Diploma of Graphic Design is designed for those working in, or wishing to work in the role of graphic designer. It is recommended that people entering this qualification either possess a Certificate IV qualification or have equivalent vocational expertise in a field related to graphic design, such as printing and graphic arts. Depending upon specific individual pathways and competencies achieved, other qualifications in design, information technology, screen and media may also be relevant. It is also intended for those who may already be working in the industry and have gained significant knowledge in Graphic Design. The Preparatory Skill Set for Professional Graphic Design Practice is also a suitable pathway.

Entry Requirements
• produce multiple examples of graphic design work that respond effectively to different design challenges
• produce typography that supports the overall design solution
• use graphic design industry software

These skills and knowledge may have been acquired through personal or work experience, or through formal study.

Pathways from the qualification
Students with CUA50715 Diploma of Graphic Design are able to work in a range of professional graphic design roles, often as junior or generalist designers. The conceptual and theoretical content in this qualification also supports learning at higher levels. Graduates may engage in further learning in vocational and higher education through Advanced Diploma and Degree qualifications in graphic design and broader areas of practice, such as digital media or other design disciplines.

Course Duration
Diploma course duration depends on; a students pre existing qualifications and experience, a students full time or part time status and study commitment and finally the pace at which the student studies. Our Diplomas can be studied full-time or part time with the student deciding on their own study pace by enrolling in either one or two subjects per Term. Normal duration is one year full-time; two years part-time.

It is expected that the student will allow 10 hours (part time) to 20 hours (full time) per week for their classes and home and work study. Virtu academic year is divided into 4 terms of study per year, with enrolments in January, April, July and October of each year.

Additional Entry requirements for VET Student Loan Students
For students to be eligible to access VET Students Loans they are required to be an Australian citizen; or hold a permanent humanitarian visa and usually reside in Australia; or be a qualifying New Zealand citizen.

Additionally you will be required to provide us with:
– a certified copy of a certificate for a qualification at Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) level 4 (or above) that was delivered in English, or
– a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education awarded by an agency or authority of an Australian State or Territory for your completion of year 12 of school, or
– a certificate of competency at or above Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy using an approved assessment tool arranged by Virtu.

Apply Now:
In order for Virtu to determine that a prospective student is academically suited to undertake a particular course, there are 6 steps to complete the application process; Step 1- Complete the online enquiry form and submit it to Virtu, Step 2 – Virtu Staff member will contact you for a face to face and/or Skype interview, Step 3 – Send to Virtu by email or upload to the Virtu website your academic and personal documents, Step 4 – Virtu will send you a formal acceptance of your application, Step 5 – Successful eligible applicants can make an application for VET Student Loans, and/or a Virtu Scholarship, Step 6 – Virtu confirms enrolment, provides information on course commencement date and induction.

Student Study Term 1
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VDIS10015 Visual Communication Skills
Credit Points 15
This subject investigates and researches meanings, messages and information that are imparted, both overtly and subliminally, in design practice at an industry level. Students are encouraged to develop an in-depth understanding of how visual language is utilised to communicate with the targeted audiences, purchasers or users. By refining their drawing and other visual representation tools, students will present a body of their own creative work that matches with the professional standards and industry trends.
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VDIS10016 Design for Production
Credit Points 15
In the world of design today, creativity and collaboration have become very valued assets. This subject focuses on ways and means to cultivate creativity, develop ideas, manage and present them to others as well as engage in the creative process centered on commitment, trust and professional ethics. Students will learn the process of creating and developing an advertising campaign which includes designing across different media such as print, electronic and digital and while doing so work individually as well as collaboratively in the creative process.
Student Study Term 2
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VDIS10017 The Consumer and the Designer
Credit Points 15
The first step towards creating effective designs is to understand the consumer and the market which the product serves; the best designers know why, when, where and how products meet consumer needs before solving the design problems. This subject, therefore, equips students with basic concepts in marketing such as marketing mix and consumer profiles, which are critical to consumer choice. In addition, students gain insight of the creative strategy employed by designers in advertising to achieve the solution. Designers are expected to develop empathy and awareness so that they can design visual messages suitable for the products but also appeal to both the hearts and minds of consumers.
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VDIS10020 Typography 1
Credit Points 15
Typography is the visual representation of language – often called ‘the visible language’. Understanding the relationship between the spoken and written/printed/screen languages is a pivotal attribute for the graphic designer. The spoken word can have a powerful impact on the listener and, for similar though sometimes quite different reasons, the manner in which the visible language is presented (the format or layout) can have a profound influence on the way the information is interpreted.
This subject explores typographic message making in various forms – traditional and contemporary – focusing on the basic typographic conventions: why they are how they are, and what designers can or should do about them. Students will thus develop an understanding of visual language as it relates to reader-centered needs.
Student Study Term 4
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VDIS10018 Visual Communication History Theory
Credit Points 15
The knowledge of how design and design concepts developed over time is extremely relevant to designers in contemporary practice. This course provides an overview of how histories of design evolved alongside visual communication theories. Students will contemplate the relationship between design and visual communication theory amid political, cultural and technological developments. Students are to think critically about the stages of development and draw their own conclusions about how these theories and histories apply to the cultural contexts in which their practice is situated. In the learning process there will be an opportunity for students to think critically, to develop story telling narrative skills, to present concepts and to debate ideas.
Student Study Term 3
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VDIS10019 2D and 3D Graphic Design
Credit Points 15
Planning and producing a body of two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) graphic design work in response to a variety of visual communication challenges is the main goal of this subject. Students will combine technical, conceptual and organizational skills to develop a command of relevant software programs, an understanding of materials and applications on site specific 3D graphic design projects, and the creative ability to generate ideas to meet different needs; from 2D illustrations to 3D public space signage.
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VDIS10021 Working in Digital Design
Credit Points 15
Photo imaging, as it relates to graphic design practice, is unique in the expression of visual communication styles. Through a series of lectures, discussions and critiques, students will develop valuable knowledge and experience in visual communication theory, production of original photo media, digital asset management, image manipulation, digital imaging workflow management and the preparation of digital artwork. Students will be assessed on their report, portfolio of images and discussion forum participation. The student’s ability to research and experiment with communicating using the language of this medium, and to appreciate ideas and trends in photo-media for graphic design is the primary objective of this subject.
Student Study Term 4
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VDIS10022 Advanced Graphic Design Studio
Credit Points 15
Frequently working on a freelance basis, graphic designers may also be employed in graphic design studios, commercial printing companies, advertising agencies, book and magazine publishing companies, television stations or marketing divisions of any business. In this subject, students will investigate the incorporation of hand and digital illustration and many different visual elements into graphic publications. They will experience technical restrictions on format or size and find resolutions. Students will develop an understanding of promotional, editorial and corporate styles and how to design for each category. At this level, the designer, working independently, is responsible for the overall design layout.

MSF60113 Advanced Diploma of Interior Design

This course/qualification provides the skills and knowledge required for creative and technical solutions for built interior 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 specialist design areas such as facilities for people with disabilities, institutional design, exhibitions, the aged, and adaptive re-use projects.

Job roles/employment outcomes
The MSF60113 Advanced Diploma of Interior Design reflects vocational outcomes including interior designers for interior design and architectural practices, self employed design consultants, design project administrators and 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. Accountability and responsibility for self and others in achieving outcomes is involved.

Application
This qualification is typically used to develop a breadth, depth and complexity of skills and knowledge for interior design processes which follow a systematic and coordinated methodology, including research, analysis and integration of knowledge into the creative process, and knowledge of the principles of interior design and building technologies. Designs must meet the purpose, efficiency, comfort, safety and aesthetic requirements of interior spaces, adhere to regulatory requirements and encourage the principles of environmental sustainability.

Pathways into the qualification
This qualification may be accessed by direct entry. Credit can be granted towards this qualification by those who have completed the MSF50213 Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration.

Pathways from the qualification
Further training pathways from this qualification may include relevant higher education programs and management or competitive manufacturing qualifications.

Course Duration
Advanced Diploma course duration depends on; a students pre existing qualifications and experience, a students full time or part time status and study commitment and finally the pace at which the student studies. Our Advanced Diplomas can be studied full-time or part time with the student deciding on their own study pace by enrolling in either one or two subjects per Term. Normal duration is one year full-time; two years part-time.

It is expected that the student will allow 10 hours (part time) to 20 hours (full time) per week for their classes and home and work study. Virtu academic year is divided into 4 terms of study per year, with enrolments in January, April, July and October of each year.

Additional Entry requirements for VET Student Loan Students
For students to be eligible to access VET Students Loans they are required to be an Australian citizen; or hold a permanent humanitarian visa and usually reside in Australia; or be a qualifying New Zealand citizen.

Additionally you will be required to provide us with:
– a certified copy of a certificate for a qualification at Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) level 4 (or above) that was delivered in English, or
– a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education awarded by an agency or authority of an Australian State or Territory for your completion of year 12 of school, or
– a certificate of competency at or above Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy using an approved assessment tool arranged by Virtu.

Apply Now:
In order for Virtu to determine that a prospective student is academically suited to undertake a particular course, there are 6 steps to complete the application process; Step 1- Complete the online enquiry form and submit it to Virtu, Step 2 – Virtu Staff member will contact you for a face to face and/or Skype interview, Step 3 – Send to Virtu by email or upload to the Virtu website your academic and personal documents, Step 4 – Virtu will send you a formal acceptance of your application, Step 5 – Successful eligible applicants can make an application for VET Student Loans, and/or a Virtu Scholarship, Step 6 – Virtu confirms enrolment, provides information on course commencement date and induction.

Student Study Term 1
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VDIS10008 Managing Interior projects
Credit Points 15
This subject helps students to understand basic drawings and documents used by contractors and consultants when building a design project. It creates awareness about the selection and instruction of design consultants and contractors, and also looks into legal requirements related to interior design projects. Students will develop awareness as professional designers so that they can evaluate and assess design project outcomes that appeal to the end users.
Student Study Term 2
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VDIS10011 Restoration Interiors 2
Credit Points 15
This subject prepares students for the design of more complex projects involving planning, organizing and problem solving skills as they apply to interior conservation and restoration projects. Research skills will be required to satisfy the more extensive briefs to be developed both in terms of interior finishes and furniture and with the specification and commissioning of artwork.
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VDIS10012 Retail Design
Credit Points 20
Design for retail environments, one of the most widely sought after and exciting specialisations in the broad field of interior design, draws together studies in the psychology of space and its use, and addresses the social, cultural and environmental requirements of a retail design brief. The subject is ‘project focused’. In responding to project briefs, students are required to research creative and complex interior design solutions to retail environments and analyse and apply ‘colour’ for interiors. Essentially, students must demonstrate skills and knowledge in using a range of modelling techniques for extending, developing and resolving complex spatial design problems.
Student Study Term 3
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VDIS10013 Advanced Interior Design Studio
Credit Points 20
In response to a client’s brief, an interior designer specifically focuses on the manipulation of space and form by applying elements and principles of design. As such, this subject sets the scene for a complex project during which the student orchestrates the creation of an interior — from the briefing stage through the design and documentation process. Through this process, students will demonstrate skills in comprehending and strategizing briefing information; organizing finite resources such as ‘time’; developing and critically analyzing creative direction; and planning and producing presentation material. A critical part of the subject deals with the application of 3-D visualisation techniques.
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VDIS10014 Exhibition Design
Credit Points 15
Exhibition design is a rapidly developing specialization practiced globally, and the resulting exhibits are now an essential component of the marketing programs of many major corporations. In this field, design is fast-moving, energetic and commercially focused with rapid conceptualization, production, installation and decommissioning phases in order to meet the tight cost plans associated with this work. Students will be equipped with the skills and knowledge required to design and implement displays in a wide range of exhibition spaces.
Student Study Term 4
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VDIS10010 Internship
Credit Points 20
The purpose of this subject is to provide a framework for practical industry/professional experience assisting students to attain the competencies contained within the units while experiencing first hand the excitement, practicalities and challenges of Design Practice and the workplace, while beginning to establish and utilise those all important “work-place” networks.