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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.

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