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Become an Interior Design and Building Design master with the double qualification in Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration and Diploma of Building Design. This double qualification has been specifically designed to give our students the knowledge and skills from both Industries and provide the best chance at employment. Graduates of these courses have a current 98% graduation employment rate and have won awards with the BDAQ.

In our design labs, you will develop skills in providing advice for designing innovative interiors, developing complete design schemes for the residential, commercial or retail interior spaces, working with a client brief and within project constraints. You will learn about the material selection, 3d modelling documentation, furnishings styles, colour, light and pattern in interior space all whilst using the latest computer software including: Autodesk Revit, CAD, SketchUp, Lumion, Adobe Premier, InDesign and Photoshop. Learn specialist skills in Interior Design and Building Design including: 3D computer aided drafting conducting site surveys, construction materials technology, commercial documentation compliance for sustainable design.

This program covers the theory and practical skills to produce documentation for Residential and Commercial Building Approval for Class 1 and Class 2 to 9, building Type A, B and C in accordance with the provisions of the National Construction Code of Australia. Develop skills to design innovative interiors, complete design schemes Present your ideas with photorealistic 3d models, industry standard documentation and details and a thorough understanding of the complexities of buildability in accordance with codes.

Create Buildings and Interiors that others will admire and you could be designing Residential and Commercial projects, including new homes, or renovations, small commercial office or retail buildings, industrial projects such as factories or warehouses. This program will prepare you to work as an interior designer, architectural or building design assistant, building designer, interior visualisation artist, colour consultant, interior stylist or furnishings agent.

Topics include:

  • Commercial design
  • Residential design
  • Design drawings sketches and concepts
  • Documentation detailing
  • Colour  Soft Furnishings
  • Construction methodology
  • Animated walkthroughs and 3d visualisation
  • Client presentations scheduling and purchasing
  • Manage projects
  • Residential building compliance
  • Large scale commercial projects
  • Site inspections for small scale projects
  • Interior spaces for hospitality
  • Digital simulations



Key dates and info


Course details

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How to enrol

Key dates

Location Workload Delivery Key Date
Nambour Full Time Classroom 29/01/2019

Entry requirements

  • English Language Proficiency: Academic IELTS 5.5 (no individual band less than 5.0) or ISLPR 2+ on all skills or other - For a list of all English Language test accepted by TAFE Queensland International
  • Academic Requirements: Completion of Year 12 (or equivalent). Non school-leavers must have relevant work experience or qualification that indicates likely success of course completion. For more information on the international education achievement levels equivalent to Year 10 and 12.

Students should be a minimum of 18 years of age. Student visa applicants under the age of 18 will be accepted where they demonstrate that they will be accompanied by a parent, legal custodian or a suitable relative who is aged 21 or over. This arrangement requires the approval of the Department of Home Affairs. For more information visit Department of Home Affairs - Welfare Requirements for Student Visa Applicants under 18.


91 Windsor Road
Nambour QLD 4560

Resources required

It is recommended that students have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for students to use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

Courses may require different resources, depending on your study location.


Timetables may be available online or may be provided to you at your program orientation.

Your timetable may change every semester and you must be able to manage your commitments to ensure attendance at all your classes.

Timetables will be different across TAFE Queensland locations. This is an example of what a course timetable could look like -  

Monday and Tuesday 8.00am - 4.45pm and Wednesday 8.00am - 12.00pm


Wednesday and Thursday 8.00am - 4.45pm and Friday 8.00am - 12.00pm

Important Information

You will be required to hold a Construction White Card in order to complete construction site visits during this program.


To achieve the Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration qualification you will need to complete:
Core Competencies: 10
Elective Competencies: 19

To achieve the Diploma of Building Design qualification you will need to complete:
Core Competencies: 7
Elective Competencies: 10

These qualifications have credits that are recognised within each of the qualifications, therefore students only need to complete the 39 units listed below.

Semester 1
MSFID4002 Decorate residential interiors Core
BSBDES303 Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms Core
BSBDES403 Develop and extend design skills and practice Elective
MSFID4001 Research, analyse and apply colour for interior spaces Core
BSBDES302 Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms Core
CUAACD301 Produce drawings to communicate ideas Core
CUAACD303 Produce technical drawings Elective
CUAACD302 Produce computer-aided drawings Elective
CPPBDN5011A Produce compliant client-approved working drawings for small-scale residential buildings Core
MSFID4005 Research and recommend soft furnishings for interiors Elective
MSFID4011 Determine work health and safety (WHS) implications of interior effects Core
CPCCOHS2001A Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry Core
MSFID4007 Identify materials, construction techniques and methods used in building interiors Elective
CPPBDN5003A Research compliance requirements for small-scale residential building design projects Elective
Semester 2
MSFID5001 Design residential interiors Core
CPPBDN5005A Recommend sustainability solutions for small-scale building design projects Core
MSFID4009 Research architectural styles and movements Elective
MSFID4010 Research interior decoration and design influences Elective
BSBDES401 Generate design solutions Elective
BSBDES304 Source and apply design industry knowledge Elective
MSFID4006 Research and recommend hard materials and finishes for interiors Elective
MSFID4008 Assess interior light and recommend light fittings Elective
CPCCSV5012A Assess timber-framed designs for one and two storey buildings Core
Semester 3
MSFID5003 Evaluate site for interior design brief Core
MSFID5014 Use CAD applications to complete models and documentation for interior design projects Elective
CPPBDN5004A Research compliance requirements for small-scale non-residential building design projects Elective
MSFID5004 Specify structural elements, systems and services for interior spaces Elective
CPPBDN5015A Produce compliant client-approved working drawings for non-residential buildings Elective
BSBDES502 Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief Core
MSFID6002 Apply 3-D visualisation techniques to represent interior designs Core
MSFID5013 Design for small to medium scale commercial or institutional interiors Core
CPPBDN5008A Develop concepts for small-scale building design projects and finalise solutions with clients Core
CPPBDN5009A Produce compliant client-approved designs for small-scale building design projects Core
Semester 4
BSBPMG522 Undertake project work Elective
CPPBDN5014A Contribute to construction and building design project finalisation processes Elective
CPCCBC4015A Prepare specifications for all construction works Elective
MSFID5002 Develop a decoration proposal for a complex site Elective
MSFID6005 Design for retail interiors Elective
CUADIG507 Design digital simulations Elective


Not all electives available at all campuses

The course cost indicated is for students on an international student visa. If you are visiting Australia on a non-student visa, (e.g. partner visa, working holiday, employer sponsor etc.) please contact us directly for the price applicable to you.


Location Cost Duration
Nambour, East Coast    
Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration
Diploma of Building Design
$28,000 2 Years

Additional costs

There are various items required to be purchased to complete this course to the approximate value of $640.00. Details will be provided at Orientation.

Recommended Textbook: Build your own Home by J Wilke.


MSF50213 Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration 083415A
CPP50911 Diploma of Building Design 077748G

Job prospects

  • Colour Consultant
  • Interior Technician/Technical Support for Design
  • Interior Decorator
  • Building Designer
  • Interior Designer
  • Drafter
  • Interior Stylist

Application Process

Applying to TAFE Queensland International is easy. You can submit an application at any time, but get in early as positions are limited. Follow the steps below to apply to study at TAFE Queensland.

Before you apply

  1. Check the evidence required to apply for your visa

    Before you apply to study at TAFE Queensland, you should check what documents and evidence you will need to provide to the Department of Home Affairs (HA) to support your visa application.

    How to check what evidence you will need to provide to obtain a visa:

    • Visit the Student Visa (subclass 500) page on the HA website
    • Scroll down to the Document Checklist Tool
    • Select the country listed on your passport
    • Enter 03020E in the Education Provider CRICOS code field
    • Answer the final question: I am one of the following
    • Click the Display Evidence button
    • Read through the Documentary Evidence List to find out what you will need to submit with your visa application

  2. Review Admissions criteria and key dates

    Some courses require you to meet additional entry requirements eg. Submit a portfolio or artwork with your application. Please check individual course requirements via the Course page.

  3. Prepare your certified supporting documents

    If you are an international student applying directly to TAFE Queensland, you will need to include certified copies of the following documents to support your application:

    • Copy of passport
    • Educational certificate and academic records
    • English language test results

  4. Applying as a mature aged student

    Mature age students (at least 21years of age and with work experience/other qualifications) may be admitted into a program without meeting the formal academic requirements.
    The following documentation is required to support your application:

    • Current CV
    • References on company letterhead from current or previous employers

    Where previous study/employment was conducted in English, submit a certified letter from the educational institution/employer confirming the language of instruction/employment was English.
  5. Under 18 students

    International student visa applicants under the age of 18 will only be accepted where they demonstrate that they will be accompanied by a parent, legal custodian or a suitable relative who is aged 21 or over. For more information visit Department of Home Affairs website.

  6. Submit your application

    Submit your application and supporting documents through TAFE Queensland's online application portal or through a TAFE Queensland Registered Agent who can guide you through the enrolment process.

    Receive your Letter of Offer

    Accepting your Letter of Offer

    Note the expiry date for acceptance.

    • Meet all conditions as outlined in your Letter of Offer and Acceptance
    • Read and agree to the Terms and Conditions of your Letter of Offer and Acceptance
    • Read the International Student Refund Policy
    • Read the TAFE Queensland student rules
    • Pay the tuition fees as stated in your Letter of Offer
    • Pay for Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) as stated in your Letter of Offer, or arrange your own OSHC for the duration of your visa.

    Next Step

    Receive your Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE -required for visa lodgement). You will use this document to apply for your student visa.

    Apply for your visa

    To apply for your student visa, visit the HA website and click Apply Now. Follow the steps to create your ImmiAccount and apply for your visa.

    Travel to Queensland and attend Orientation

    Once you have received your student visa, you can travel to Queensland ready to attend the TAFE Queensland International Orientation.


At the beginning of each semester orientation events are hosted across TAFE Queensland locations.

TAFE Queensland recommends you arrive two weeks prior to your course start date to allow time to organise and settle into your accommodation and prepare for your studies.

International Orientation details are emailed to you prior to commencing your studies or they can be accessed via the Orientation Schedule.

Program specific orientations are also conducted one week prior to the start of study. This is an opportunity for you to meet your teachers and classmates, get to know your campus, and familiarise yourself with your study schedule. 

Last updated on 12 February 2018

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