THE INTERIOR DESIGN & DECORATING PROGRAM The Institute of Design is expanding its current course portfolio with a new Interior Design course. The LMF50408 Diploma of Interior Design and Decorating is designed to be both an entry level qualification in interior design and decorating and related skills as well as a qualification providing the skills for employment in various industries. The program focuses on developing each student’s creative flair when selecting and combining interiors. The course equips students with the skills and knowledge required to design and decorate domestic and commercial projects.
THE TRAINING YOU’LL NEED The Interior Design and Decorating department focuses on developing each student’s creative flair when planning and styling interiors. The course equips students with the skills and knowledge to design and decorate interiors from concept design and development through to completion. At the diploma level the course covers design and decoration of complete decorative schemes for residential, retail, commercial and public spaces. Students will work on client briefs within project parameters as they would within the industry.
THE REWARDS Positions within a company would attract around $35,000 for a graduate junior design position, $60-$80,000 for a mid-level designer and up to $150,000 for a senior designer with many years of experience. Interior designer and decorators have several other ways of charging for their time. Some designers charge an hourly rate based on the project requirements. You could also charge a one off fee which would be based on how long you estimate the project may take, or a percentage (generally 10-20%) of the project’s worth, for example a $100,000 project may attract a fee of 10% being a $10,000 design fee.
EXHIBITION, TV, FILM & SET DESIGN
GRADUATE INTERIOR DESIGNER OR INTERIOR DECORATOR
Set designers and decorators plan and co-ordinate the construction of a set space for the required media use. With an emphasis on design impact and presentation you also have to consider the strength, safety and ease of on site construction/ deconstruction of the set. This will require a good working relationship with builders, shopfitters and suppliers.
Graduates work within a team to create a stylised space through the planning and specification of furniture and all finishes and materials required. You would look after a reference library of products and materials keeping up to date with the latest trends in design. You would work on preparing presentation boards including materials and finished samples. Showing initiative and creativity would soon move you to a mid level position.
RESIDENTIAL INTERIOR DESIGNER OR INTERIOR DECORATOR Residential Interior Designers work more directly with the client or occupier of the proposed space. They plan, select colours and finishes as well as select the furnishings for the space. They will also specify furniture, wall coverings, floor coverings, artwork, lighting and other fixtures and fittings. They organise purchases of these items on the client’s behalf. A good client brief and an understanding of their taste would be required. Small renovations could be designed with the use of CAD and some local council guidelines. Period styling knowledge is desirable .
RETAIL INTERIOR DESIGNER OR INTERIOR DECORATOR The retail design industry is an exciting and fast paced world. Knowledge of current global trends, CAD and detailing skills are essential when working on a retail project. Retail design can include boutique stores through to large department stores. There is an excellent opportunity to custom design fittings and fixtures. You would be dealing with builders/shopfitters, local councils and possibly corporate shopping centres. Retail design can include some project management roles.
COMMERCIAL INTERIOR DESIGNER OR INTERIOR DECORATOR Commercial designers work on office, industrial or other public spaces such as hospitals and healthcare institutions. You would provide space planning, furniture and finishes selection, electrical, services and lighting specifications. Specific guidelines, such as occupational health and safety for hospital and healthcare, would be learnt within the industry. CAD is also essential in this field for documentation and specification purposes. Local council knowledge may be required.
COLOUR CONSULTANT Colour consultants work individually or within a larger corporate company. An understanding of colour combined with different finishes and specialised applied finishes is needed. You would keep up to date with the very latest colour trends and ideas as well as historic and heritage colours.
SELF EMPLOYMENT An interior designer or decorator can have their own company specializing in any or all of the above fields. With the internet you can choose to work from a home office or another location. You will need a library of finishes and materials samples, books and magazines for design inspiration and to keep in touch with current trends. CAD would be necessary if you wanted to work on retail, commercial or complex residential interior projects.
QUALIFICATION LMF50408 Diploma of Interior Design and Decorating DURATION 2 year fulltime – 2 semesters each year. VET FEE-HELP is available for nationally accredited courses at diploma level for all Australian citizens. WHO IS ELIGIBLE Students who have completed year 10 or mature age students. ACCREDITATION The course is nationally accredited. SEMESTER 1 Interior Design and Decoration 1 Color and Illustration Production Knowledge 1 Management CAD 1 – Technical Drawings SEMESTER 2 Interior Design and Decoration 2 Production Knowledge 2 Furniture Fixtures and Finishes 1 Period Styles 1 CAD 2 – 3D Models SEMESTER 3 Interior Design and Decoration 3 Lighting Production Knowledge 3 CAD 3 – 3D Digital Rendering Techniques Presentation Techniques 1 ELECTIVE International Interior research, trends and project (Including a study tour to London and Paris) SEMESTER 4 Interior Design and Decoration 4 Furniture Fixtures and Finishes 2 Period Styles 2 CAD 4 – 3D Virtual Walk-Through Presentation Techniques 2
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