Design (Interior Design) course details
Course description and aims
The Bachelor of Design (Interior Design) is a three-year professional degree that prepares graduates for creative employment in the interior design industry in Australia and overseas. The course aims to develop highly creative design professionals, who can think critically, reflect on ideas, and progress a complex project from a theoretical concept though to detailed resolution, balancing the social, ethical, cultural, technical, business and environmental contexts in which a designer in the 21st Century operates.
Graduates will be committed to professional excellence and equipped for lifelong learning. Students will learn how to generate innovative and original interior design concepts, explore the spatial, structural and material elements of built interior environments and develop a comprehensive understanding of factors governing the interaction between interior environments and the people who use them. They will learn how to visualise and present their unique interior design schemes using sophisticated computer modelling applications and translate them into resolved three-dimensional (3D) spaces using a range of sustainable materials, furnishings and processes.
Alongside specialised subjects in interior design, students will study a range of core subjects covering theory and knowledge which is shared by other design disciplines. Through this multidisciplinary approach, students will develop their creative skills within a broader professional and commercial framework, reflecting the increasing convergence of design professions and the larger value chain within which designers operate. Students will gain an appreciation of broad cultural and historical contexts, learn about the cultural and economic importance of the design industry and explore emerging ideas in 21st century design.
School leavers and graduates of Certificate IV or higher level vocational programs in Design.
Course outcomes and careers
Interior designer for interior design and architectural practices, self-employed design consultant, design project administrator, design manager.
Advanced standing may be available for students who have completed the Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration, the Advanced Diploma of Interior Design or other relevant courses.
Students completing the Bachelor of Design (Interior Design) may be eligible for entry into postgraduate programs at universities and higher education institutions which offer design programs.
Minimum Eligibility Requirements:
Applicants are required to hold, at minimum, one of the following to be considered eligible for admission:
- a NSW HSC (Higher School Certificate) or equivalent;
- a recognised Tertiary Preparation Certificate;
- a qualification from a Registered Training Organisation at Certificate IV level or above;
- the completion of at least one year full-time or equivalent in a degree course at a higher education institution.
In addition to the minimum eligibility requirements the following specific entry requirements apply to entry to this program. All applicants are required to:
- submit a portfolio of design and art work, and
- submit a 500 word essay, and
- attend an interview.
8-12 examples of art or design work such as but not limited to drawing, painting, photographs, and digital media, presented in a portfolio.
When you apply you will be provided with the essay question you need to answer.
If you do not meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this course, you may be able to apply for entry into this course based on mature age or disadvantage. Talk to admissions staff at the campus you wish to study at if you wish to apply for special admission.
In addition to proof of eligibility and course specific entry requirements, international student applicants whose first language is not English or who have not completed their secondary education in English or who have not completed an Australian educational qualification must demonstrate English proficiency at a minimum IELTS level of 6.5, with a minimum level of 6 in any one band.
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For more detailed information about this course and to download the Course Information Brochure outlining the structure, objectives and assessment requirements for this course; and the Application Form please read the information at
Full-time attendance over 6 semesters (3 years) with an expectation that students also complete an additional 20-24 hours per week of independent study. Full time students undertake 4 subject each semester.
Entry into the Bachelor of Design (Interior Design) is by application. You can download an application form at https://www.tafensw.edu.au/courses/tafe-nsw-degrees/choose-a-degree/bachelor-of-design-interior-design
For further information about this course and to find out how to apply, contact the course coordinator Todd Packer on (02) 9394 5764 or send an email to Sydney.Degree@tafensw.edu.au
Attend the following information session to meet with the teaching staff, discuss the course and get more information about enrolment and next steps.
Wednesday 30 November 2016 at 6.00pm at Design Centre Enmore, Exhibition Space, Building D, Room DG.08, 110 Edgeware Rd Enmore.
|Number||Subject name||Nominal hours|
|DEDES103A||Design and culture||60|
|IDSTU103A||Materials and surface||60|
|IDSTU101A||Studio 1 - Identity||60|
|DEDES104A||Visual communication 1||60|
|IDSTU102A||Visual communication 2||60|