Bachelor of Interior Design (Residential)

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Billy Blue College of Design
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What is a Bachelor of Interior Design (Residential)?

A Bachelor of Interior Design (Residential) teaches you practical design skills and essential theory to help you respond to contemporary living challenges. You will graduate with a strong foundation of design best practice, prepared to embark on a creative career as an interior designer.

This course teaches you environmentally sustainable practices while you investigate the finer details of home interior design, such as fittings and fabrics, as well as societal issues which include our ageing population, homelessness, evolving gender roles and the definition of family. You’ll discover the impact the selection of materials, lighting, joinery and furniture can have on your design, and explore technologies such as artificial intelligence and interactive audio-visual systems. From a practical point of view, you will realise residential environments through professional design practice and cross-disciplinary interaction, technical documentation, contract management and visualisation solutions.

Available as a double degree with a Bachelor of Business.


Learning outcomes

  • Create future-ready living solutions that embrace new technologies.
  • Work with 3D-modelling software to design residential environments.
  • Explore the impact of joinery, materiality and finishes to meet client needs.
  • Develop construction documentation to industry standards for the future of home design.
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Vogue Australia partnership

We’ve partnered with industry leaders including Vogue Australia, to offer you internship, mentoring and scholarship opportunities.

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DIA-recognised course

This course is recognised by the Design Institute of Australia, giving you confidence that your education is of the highest industry standard.

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Free Adobe Creative Cloud Pro licence

You'll receive a free Adobe Creative Cloud Pro licence for the entire time you're studying Design with us.

Study mode
Online, On campus, Blended
Campus locations*
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Online
Course duration
3 years full time, 6 years part time, 2 years accelerated
Start date
05 Jun 2023
18 Sep 2023

This is an AQF Level 7 course delivered by Torrens University Australia Ltd T/A Billy Blue College of Design.

*For more details on international student study options.

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Connect with industry experts
Partnering with industry leaders such as Sibella Court and Vogue, we offer you internships, mentorship and insider knowledge to help launch your career.

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Master industry-standard software
Learn how to use Sketch Up Pro, AutoCAD, 3DsMax and Revit.

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Our Interior and Environmental Design courses received the highest ranking for student support in the 2021 QILT Survey. 
Hear from Estelle Davis, who completed the Diploma of Interior Design with Billy Blue and loved it so much she then enrolled into the bachelor program.
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Career opportunities

In this course, you will engage with the diverse theoretical and practical elements of designing residential interiors. With this broad-ranging perspective, you will graduate with the skills and social awareness that will be invaluable as you start your career in one of many exciting and challenging roles available in interior design practices, architectural studios or property developers.

Potential career paths

  • Interior Designer
    Average salary: $73,000 - $86,000
  • Virtual Environment Designer
    Average salary: $75,000 - $130,000
  • Residential Designer
    Average salary: $78,000 - $109,000
  • Property Stylist
    Average salary: $55,000 - $65,000
Hannah Cooper | Bachelor of Interior Design Residential
My current position as a Graduate Interior Designer has been accelerated by the skills and knowledge acquired during my studies. The mix between hands on creative projects as well as learning technical aspects of design was fundamental for finding a role in the industry.
Hannah Cooper
Graduate, Bachelor of Interior Design (Residential)

Subjects and units

This course comprises of 15 core subjects, eight specialisation subjects and one elective subject. Each subject involves 10 hours of study per week, comprising three hours of facilitated study and seven hours self-directed study.

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3
  • Electives


Complete eight core subjects.

Core subjects

  • Design Context | DCX101
  • Design Drawing | DDW100
  • Interior Design Practice | BID104A
  • Design Studio 1 | DSO102
  • History of Interior Design and Decoration | DHI100
  • Construction and CAD | DCC100
  • Joinery and Finishes | DJF100
  • Design Studio 2 | DSO103


Complete four core subjects and four specialisation subjects.

Core subjects

  • Computer 3D Modelling | BID200
  • Design Studio 3 | DSO201
  • Problem Based Learning Studio | PBL202
  • Discover, Define, Develop, Deliver | DDD203

Specialisation subjects

  • Environment Design 2 (Residential) | IDR202A
  • Scheduling Interiors 2 (Residential) | IDR205A
  • Theories of Space and Place 2 | IDR206A
  • Systems and Documentation 2 (Residential) | IDR207A


Complete three core subjects and four specialisation subjects. Additionally, you’re required to select one elective from the electives tab.

Core subjects

  • Social Enterprise | SEN301
  • Work Integrated Learning | WIL302
  • Portfolio and Industry Experience | BID302A

Specialisation subjects

  • Systems and Documentation 3 (Residential) | IDR303A
  • Emerging Design Technologies (Residential) | IDR301A
  • Environment Design 3 (Residential) | IDR302A
  • Systems and Documentation 4 Residential | IDR304A


Choose one elective.

Elective subjects

  • Interaction Design | DIG103A
  • Product Knowledge | DPK100
  • Message, Meaning, Media | CDC200A
  • Fashion and Social Media | FA204A
  • Design Research | IDC201A
  • Environment Design 3 (Commercial) | IDC208A
  • Emerging Design Technologies (Commercial) | IDC206A
  • Life through a lens | CIM200A
  • Systems and Documentation 2 (Commercial) | IDC302A
  • Scheduling Interiors 2 (Commercial) | IDC303A


Learn with industry standard technologies

International students must not enrol in more than one-third (33%) of online subjects over their course, and must study at least one face-to-face subject each study period. Please note that due to COVID-19, authorities have provided exceptions to the usual face-to-face learning requirements until 30 June 2023 only. For more information, visit Study in Australia.

International students on a student visa are required to study full time (i.e. must complete a minimum of 1.0 EFTSL of study per year). For the latest information on study locations, please check the entry requirements flyer.

Industry partners and work placements

The big difference at Billy Blue College of Design at Torrens University Australia is that you’ll start working in the design industry from day one – gaining valuable experience, learning from industry professionals and making industry connections.

Complete an industry brief or internship

Engage with industry throughout your course as you complete an industry brief or internship, gaining valuable work experience in your dream field.

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Entry details

  • Domestic
  • International


Check the domestic course fee schedule for the cost of your course.


Eligible Australian students may choose to defer some, or all, of their tuition fees through FEE-HELP, a loan scheme repaid through the tax system based on income.

Learn more about fees and FEE-HELP


If you are truly passionate about Design and Creative Technology, we want to hear from you. We have a variety of Design and Creative Technology scholarships on offer to assist you in becoming a key part of the Design and Creative Technology industry:

Admission criteria

Before you begin your course application, check that you meet at least one of the requirements listed below.

Year 12 (Australian secondary school certificate) or equivalent


Successful completion of a Vocational qualification (AQF Level 4), or above


Successful completion of a Higher Education qualification


Work life experience demonstrating the ability to undertake study at the required level.

View full course admission information

Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already completed a qualification you may be able to credit this against your degree with us, even if it’s from another institution. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.

Learn more about study pathways


Check the international course fee schedule for the cost of your course. Onshore international students requiring a student visa should choose campus-based / blended options.

Fee payment

Course fees can be paid across three study periods. Each instalment to be paid before the beginning of the academic stage census date.


We want you to have the best possible chance to succeed, which is why we offer a range of financial scholarships to support our international students during their study journey.

Admission criteria

Before you begin your course application to study as an international student, check that you meet the requirements below.

Australian Year 12 or equivalent and
Academic IELTS 6.0 (no band less than 5.5) or equivalent
OR alternative entry requirement may be available. Contact the International Admissions team for more information.

View full course admission information

Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already completed a qualification you may be able to credit this against your degree with us, even if it’s from another institution. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.

Learn more about study pathways

How to apply

Frequently asked questions

  • What are Torrens University Australia’s ATAR requirements for domestic students?
  • What if  I don’t meet the entry criteria for a degree?
  • Am I eligible for FEE-HELP?
  • Can I get course credit for previous experience?
  • What are Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT)? How do I apply?
  • How do I apply for a scholarship?

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