Advanced Diploma of Interior Design

Full Time Course Dates:

If the dates above are not suitable, you can always register interest and you will be notified of any new dates when they are added.


The Advanced Diploma of Interior Design offers you the exciting opportunity to develop valuable skills and gain sound industry knowledge required to pursue a career in the dynamic field of Interior Design and Decorating. We are now offering the latest and updated Interior Design qualification which means that you are receiving the most up-to-date and relevant industry training available.

Through a combination of advanced technical, theory-based and specialised practical components, you will acquire essential expertise, and will have the opportunity to gain experience by confidently exercising your skills and expressing their creative potential through a range of realistic client-based projects, both in the residential and commercial design sectors.

student working on interior client presentation boardThe Advanced Diploma of Interior Design addresses key aspects of training, catered to ensure industry success. These include client brief analysis; formulating and implementing a design process to realisation; product familiarisation; evaluation of the impact of global design trends; the negotiation of successful interaction with a range of industry professionals; a broad range of mediums used to communicate design concepts including sketches, technical and CAD generated drawings, the composition of presentation boards through to digital representations, 3D modelling and advanced technical and CAD generated drawings - all of which contribute to an impressive student portfolio.

During the course students will:

  • Learn how to interpret and address a client brief - identifying key factors necessary to confidently propose design concepts and advise customers on the selection and specification of decorating and design products
  • Gain skills in effectively communicating with a range of industry professionals - interpreting information appropriately and recognizing the value of clear and concise written and verbal correspondence;
  • Explore the fascinating world of colour, both in theory and psychology, enabling students to competently select and specify colour for interior spaces;
  • Gain an insight into the historical development of architecture, design and decorating - recognising and appreciating the impact that the past has on present and future trends;
  • Study and apply the essential elements and principles of design, which are the primary building blocks of all successful interiors;
  • Communicate and showcase design concepts through the preparation of concept, colour & finishes boards;
  • Acquire knowledge regarding the structural components and construction techniques and materials employed within an interior space;
  • Represent design concepts using sketches, renderings, perspective drawings, technical drafting and CAD generated drawings;
  • Research the diverse and evolving range of decorating & design resources in today's industry including furniture, floor & wall coverings, soft furnishings, fixtures, fittings, window treatments, art and accessories;
  • Appropriately select and quantify decorator products & calculate relevant costings;
  • Assess lighting requirements and make appropriate recommendations for a specific interior space;
  • Develop visual design techniques to successfully showcase concepts & decorating products;
  • Explore interior space planning - recognising the relevance of human scale and ergonomics;
  • client boardDevelop basic business skills and understand the value of professional practice in the design Industry.
  • Learn how to interpret and address specific client briefs with a focus on small to medium scale commercial or institutional interiors;
  • Identifying key factors and resolving existing design constraints, with reference to a pre-determined interior environment;
  • Confidently proposing design concepts and providing professional advice on the selection and specification of decorating and design products for a specific interior space;
  • Acquiring skills in effectively communicating and interacting with a range of industry professionals including contractors and consultants;
  • Appropriately documenting product and material schedules and specifications;
  • Communicating and showcasing design concepts through a range of medians including 3D modelling, perspective drawings, digital presentations and advanced technical drafting and CAD generated drawings;
  • Researching the continually evolving global design trends and analysing their impact on our local industry.


"I started off pursuing my bachelor in education, however after one year decided my interests lay in design and in particular interior design. It was through a lot of research that I picked and enrolled in the Advanced Diploma of Interior Design at AICD in Brisbane. I started not knowing exactly what to expect of the course, but was pleased to spend the first 6 months understanding core elements and principles of design.

The second 6 months was putting this into practice and into more industry focused scenarios and working on things like client briefs and presentation boards. Through client briefs I found my career path, which is redesigning and redecorating residential homes. The practical approach of the course, including excursions and teachers experience has cemented my knowledge of the industry. Apart from learning the best part has been meeting new people and creating new friendships."

—Margie Rose, 2013 Advanced Diploma of Interior Design student.

Career Opportunities

  • Interior Designer / Consultant
  • Interior Decorator
  • Interior Stylist
  • Colour Consultant
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • Residential Designer / Decorator / Consultant
  • Commercial Assistant / Junior Designer
  • CAD Draftsperson
  • Sales role within the design industry
  • Home decoration/furniture store owner
  • Retail Interior Decoration/Furniture sales assistant
  • Home Stager
  • Decorating Consultant
  • Lighting Consultant
  • Soft Furnishings Consultant
  • Window Treatments Consultan
  • Kitchen/Bathroom Showroom Consultant
  • Design Product Specifier
  • Decorator/Design Showroom Staff member

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Qualification and Units of Competency

Course Code: MSF60113

Nationally Recognised Training On successful completion students will be awarded the MSF60113: Advanced Diploma of Interior Design which is nationally recognised as part of the Australian Qualifications Framework. This course is the latest training package on offer, and is the most industry relevant qualification available.

On successful completion of the course students will receive competencies in the following units:

Course Duration:

The course runs over 56 weeks plus holidays. Student's attend 4 days per week from 9.00am - 3.30pm during the first year and 3 days per week (9.00am - 4.30pm) in the second year.

Term Dates

Click on the arrows below to go forward or backward through each intake's term dates. Please note that term dates are subject to change, please contact us to confirm future dates if required.

Gold Coast

March INTAKE 2016

Term 1
14th Mar 16
24th Mar 16
Term 2
4th Apr 16
1st Jul 16
Term 3
11th Jul 16
23rd Sep 16
Term 4
4th Oct 16
9th Dec 16
Term 5
30th Jan 17
7th Apr 17
Term 6
18th Apr 17
23rd Jun 17

March INTAKE 2015

Term 1
9th Mar 15
8th May 15
Term 2
19th May 15
17th Jul 15
Term 3
3rd Aug 15
2nd Oct 15
Term 4
19th Oct 15
18th Dec 15
Term 5
8th Feb 16
8th Apr 16
Term 6
25th Apr 16
24th Jun 16
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February INTAKE 2016

Term 1
22nd Feb 16
24th Mar 16
Term 2
4th Apr 16
24th Jun 16
Term 3
11th Jul 16
16th Sep 16
Term 4
4th Oct 16
9th Dec 16
Term 5
30th Jan 17
7th Apr 17
Term 6
18th Apr 17
16th Jun 17
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Course Fees

VET FEE-HELP: Study Now, Pay Later

VET FEE-HELP is a government loan scheme which assists eligible students undertaking certain courses to pay for all or part of their tuition fees. The loan allows students to study now and pay later by deferring loan repayments until your income is above the minimum repayment threshold (in 2015-2016 this is $54,126). Once you reach the repayment threshold repayments are made to the Australian Government through the tax system.

If you are eligible for VET FEE-HELP

Students may choose to pay for all or part of their tuition fees upfront for the entire course, academic year or unit of study and/or can apply for a VET FEE-HELP loan for all or part of the tuition fees. Course fees are due no later than the census date for each unit of study.

Click below to view the Schedule of VET Tuition Fees for more information on census dates and units of study:

If you are not eligible for VET FEE-HELP or choose not to apply for a VET FEE-HELP assistance:

Full Course Cost (Payment Plan): $26,500.00
  • Non-Refundable Enrolment Fee: $1,000.00
  • Balance paid in weekly direct debit instalments (with Ezypay) over course duration: $25,500.00

Interior Floor PlansAdditional Costs:

  • Student ID Card: $25
  • Printing & photocopying by student.
  • Basic Stationery

Required Course Equipment:

Students will need to provide the following equipment:

  • USB Thumb Drive (2GB recommended minimum)
  • Students will require additional materials to be used for the production of Colour & Finishes Boards. These requirements will be discussed in Class.
  • Laptop computer - see requirements below.

Students will be provided with learning resources and equipment required during their course of study


Students accepted into the program will be required to have a laptop computer with a wireless network connection. The following minimum specifications are required:

  • Wireless 802.11a/b/g/n
  • Minimum 4Gb RAM
  • CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive
  • 64 bit Operating System - required to run ArchiCAD software
  • 2.5Ghz faster processor
  • Web Browser (i.e. Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari) (free online)
  • Anti-Virus Software.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (free online)
  • Microsoft Office 2007 or higher (Required programs- Word, Excel and Powerpoint).

* Please check software manufacturers minimum system requirements. Student pricing available.


Financial Assistance

Eligible students may be able to apply to Centrelink for either Youth Allowance (for full-time students aged 16 to 24) or Austudy (for full-time students aged 25 years or over). For more information visit the Centrelink website.



Domestic Students Only

Application and Enrolment Process:

  1. Phone the Gold Coast (07) 55 938 335 OR Brisbane (07) 38 541 395 campus to arrange your interview OR fill out the online Application Form and arrange a phone interview if you cannot come into either campus.
  2. Attend your interivew or complete the phone interview.
  3. You will recieve your enrolment paperwork and the student handbook at the interview and information on the required evidence you will have to supply to support your application.
  4. After reading the student handbook and enrolment forms, if you wish to enrol you must submit the enrolment form along with any requested evidence (original or certified copies of originals).Our administration staff will check the completed enrolment form and evidence you supplied to demonstrate your suitability for the course. We may have to ask you further information or discuss your options if you don't meet the suitability requirements for the course. If you do meet the suitability requirements for the course, we will send you a Confirmation of Enrolment, along with a VET FEE-HELP application form or payment plan forms, whichever is applicable.
  5. You will receive your first VET FEE-HELP invoice notice (for students obtaining a VET FEE-HELP loan) no more than one calendar month before the start of study and at least two weeks before the first census date.

Next Course Start Dates

Full Time Course Dates:

If the dates above are not suitable, you can always register interest and you will be notified of any new dates when they are added.