Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration
Student Domestic International
Study mode Online On campus Blended
Campus locations Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Online
Duration18 months full-time, up-to 3 years part-time, 12 months accelerated
Start date

31 May 2021

13 Sep 2021

01 Nov 2021

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Billy Blue College of Design at Torrens University Australia Ltd, ABN 99 154 937, RTO 41343, CRICOS 03389E.

Code DIPIDD16 | CRICOS 102491E

What is a Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration?

A Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration provides the technical skills, industry knowledge and understanding of design processes that shape the environments in which we live, work, shop and eat. It builds a foundation in the industry, typically over 18 months of full-time study with guidance from industry professionals. This diploma gives accreditation for further study or a career in the field.

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Gain course credit
Take your relevant credits with you into a bachelor course.

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Master industry-standard software
Complement your technical skills with the right tools for any creative job.

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DIA-recognised course
Course recognised by the Design Institute Australia.

Subjects and units

Each subject involves 10 hours of study per week, comprising 3 hours of facilitated study and 7 hours self-directed study. 

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. Most face-to-face courses are also available online. Please note that due to COVID-19 pandemic, authorities have provided exceptions to the usual face-to-face learning requirements.

1 Core subjects and 11 specialised subjects
  • Graphic Communication | DGC14
    This subject introduces the student to the methods and techniques of drawing and professional visualisation in the context of interior design and decoration. Students explore a range of techniques, mediums, and media and their application in order to communicate design concepts and form an understanding of the principles of design and their specific application. Both manual and digital methods of visual communication are explored.
  • Design Process 1 (Bespoke Decoration) | HDIDDP114
    This subject is an introduction to the design process with an emphasis on bespoke decoration. The student learns about design principles and elements and their place in the creative design process and the role of reflection in design development throughout the design process. A focus on colour and the application in interior spaces is explored and applied. The student produces design concepts for an interior space through a series of exercises using creative thinking methods. The student explores and challenges a range of different ideas. Presentation techniques are explored. During this subject the student acquires a basic understanding of the opportunities for custom design and customising available products.
  • Design Drawing | DDW100
    In this subject the student learns how to develop and use a range of techniques to carry out a basic measure up, and produce 2D technical drawings and 3D models. The student explores the way technical manual drafting can be applied to interior decoration and design contexts. The student learns how to identify and produce floor plans, elevations, and to extract views from digital 3D models, relevant to interior spaces. Both manual and digital methods and techniques are explored.
  • Product Knowledge | DPK100
    This subject introduces students to the investigation and specification of furniture, soft furnishings and accessories for interior spaces. Students examine and compare furniture and accessory types, interpret the decoration requirements from a project brief, and make the appropriate recommendations to the client. Students are introduced to principles of documentation, the presentation of decorative recommendations and the application of Australian Standards.
  • Design Studio 1 | DSO102
    The subject introduces the student to various aspects of the elements of design, e.g. materiality, form and shape, colour, positive and negative space etc. utilised in creative problem solving. Initially students are introduced to a design development process, from the tangible to the digital; through paper model making with its inherent skills development and risk taking, then on to further digital development using newly introduced software. Concurrent, weekly, individual homework tasks focus on understanding and appreciation of materials, their many varied uses, properties and the manufacturing processes related to them. Students will make incremental progress towards choosing a material in which their individual design can be realised. The submission will include a material and colour folio. The final submission will be a model executed in an appropriate material with its function/usage contextualised with all relevant information gleaned throughout the trimester.
  • Joinery and Finishes | DJF100
    In this subject, the student learns how to identify different types of joinery and associated finishes. The student will design and document a basic joinery package for a residential kitchen brief. Student will develop an understanding of joinery construction terminology and its application. Student will further develop knowledge of joinery finishes, fittings, and equipment.
  • Construction and CAD | DCC100
    This subject introduces the student to industry standard CAD software and its application. The student will learn how to set up and draw a CAD documentation package, add annotations to drawings, and plot/print drawings. In this subject, knowledge of basic building and structural components is developed. The student learns how to interpret technical drawings and other documentation for interior projects. The student is introduced to legislative regulations, codes and standards and their application.
  • Project Site Analysis |DPS100
    In this subject the students will identify both the structural and non-structural elements of a chosen site. Students will identify the existing services, material features, and construction methods and analyse their suitability for a client. Students will identify relevant equipment, regulations, standards and procedures to prepare for a site visit. Students will research projects of a related nature to identify elements of spatial configuration and demonstrate how they apply to a client brief. Student will demonstrate through evidence of design process how to apply elements and principles to spatial design. Students communicate design solutions through 2D and 3D visualisation techniques which satisfies the client’s needs.
  • History of Architecture, Interior Design and Decoration | DHI100
    Applying historical knowledge to current contemporary interior design practice is an invaluable methodology employed in informing design choices. This subject enables the student to explore historical styles of architecture, interior design and decoration.
  • Professional Practice | DPP100
    This subject develops a student’s personal brand identity through exploring their place within the design industry. The student will further develop acquired technical and soft skills, evaluate their own work, and understand industry opportunities. The student applies industry knowledge to course work activities, and gains knowledge of ways to maintain currency in design industry.
  • Major Project | DMP100
    This subject enables the student to learn how to analyse a project brief, conduct project research, generate design themes and concepts, select and specify internal finishes, furniture, furnishings, lighting and object d’art within the commercial context. For this subject the student will present a fully resolved interior design and decoration scheme.
  • Work Integrated Learning (WIL) | DWL200

    Students can engage in this subject either through external placement or internal placement.

    External Placement: offers students the opportunity to work within a professional design studio for a period of time. Student are exposed to professional work environments and are encouraged to fully immerse themselves in this through a collaborative design project.

    Externally placed students will be matched to an appropriate mentor at the placement site and monitored by an academic in the discipline of study.

    Internal Placement: students will engage with a similar range of professional experiences to those placed externally. Assignment to, and management of, WIL tasks may occur face to face or via a dedicated online platform.

    Internally placed students will be directed by a project leader/academic.
    In both cases:

    • students may or may not see projects through to completion but may contribute to (and be assessed on) progress
    • students may be involved in the initial pitch to clients and/or supervisors for the awarding of the project
    • students may, or may not, be involved in presenting the project during its progress, or at completion

Industry partners

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. We have a strong network of partners and are always welcoming opportunities to build new relationships in the design world.
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Gain professional experience
Work on an industry brief in conjunction with an industry client or immerse yourself in an industry internship as part of your course.
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Briellyn Turton
Graduate, Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration
My internship gave me access to incredible industry contacts, as well as brands and businesses you see featured in magazines.

Learning outcomes

  • Learn to illustrate your ideas before making them a reality
  • Master industry-standard software: AutoCAD
  • Collaborate with your peers to interpret trends and generate ideas
  • Develop technical skills to engage with complex interior sites
  • Work on real briefs and gain studio experience that prepares you for industry

Why study with us?

With dynamic, cutting-edge courses, Billy Blue College of Design at Torrens University Australia fosters the next generation of innovative, independent thinkers. Our passionate experts equip you with the tools to thrive and prepare you for the creative industry. Thanks to our partnerships, you will collaborate with some of the most influential brands in the world, building a portfolio that will help you secure your dream career.

Connected to industry

Industry professionals and entrepreneurs founded Billy Blue, and today it remains an active creative hub where friendly lecturers teach and mentor students. Our strong relationships with the design industry means you will work on live projects with real industry clients.

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Future-proof your career
Whichever course you take at Billy Blue College of Design at Torrens University Australia, you’ll be prepared for rapid change by having next-generation technology at your disposal.

Student showcase

Students and graduates are strongly recognised and constantly sought out by the design and creative tech industries. Work-ready, incredibly talented and always prepared to push the boundaries, they are creative problem-solvers.

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Tristan Garces
Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration
I did all my study online. I loved being able to access all the content and material that was there and just jump straight into doing what I love which is creating and developing spaces.

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Choose your student type for entry requirements, fees and scholarships


  • Domestic
  • International

Admissions criteria and pathways: Domestic students

Before you begin your course application, check that you meet the requirements listed below.
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Year 12 (Australian secondary school certificate) or equivalent.
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OR successful completion of a Vocational qualification (AQF Level 4), or above OR Successful completion of a Higher Education qualification.
OR work life experience demonstrating the ability to undertake study at the required level. 

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.

Fees: Domestic students

Domestic fees
Check the Domestic Course Fee Schedule for the cost of your course.
FEE-HELP
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.
  • Domestic fees

    Check the Domestic Course Fee Schedule for the cost of your course.

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  • FEE-HELP
    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.

    View our fees

Scholarships: Domestic students

We're serious about supporting your studies from start to success, which is why we offer the opportunity to earn a reduction in your course fees, so you can focus on getting into a career you'll love. The scholarships below span all our courses in Design and Creative Technology and are your chance to work into your chosen field as well as become one of our networked ambassadors.

How to apply: Domestic students

Get started
Read through the admissions criteria and ensure you meet the entry requirements.
Apply
It’s easy! Apply online below or contact us and we can help on 1300 575 803.
Offer
We’ll contact you shortly after to confirm your details and help you through the rest of the process.

Admissions criteria and pathways: International students

Before you begin your course application, check you meet all the requirements listed below

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Australian Year 12 or equivalent; and
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Academic IELTS 5.5 (no band less than 5.0) or equivalent.

OR alternative entry requirement may be available. Contact the International Admissions team for more 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.

Fees: International students

International fees
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 in 3 instalments, each instalment to be paid before the beginning of the academic stage census date.
  • International fees

    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.

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  • Fee payment

    Course fees can be paid in 3 instalments, each instalment to be paid before the beginning of the academic stage census date.

    View our fees

Scholarships: International students

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.

How to Apply: International students

Get Started
Read through the admissions criteria and ensure you meet the entry requirements.
Apply
It’s easy! You can apply online below or contact our International team on 1300 575 803.
Offer
We’ll contact you shortly after to confirm your details and help you through the rest of the process.

Key intake dates

31 May 2021 | 13 September 2021 | 14 February 2022

Frequently asked questions

  • What are the admissions requirements for international students?
    Overseas Year 12 equivalent applicants who have completed a secondary school qualification from an overseas institution, will have their application assessed by the International Admissions team to determine equivalency with the Australian secondary school certificate.  International students will also have to satisfy minimum English language proficiency requirements. To find out more, visit Admissions Criteria.
  • What are Torrens University Australia’s courses’ ATAR requirements?
    Torrens University Australia no longer considers ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) as our primary entry requirement. We have removed ATAR as the key admissions criteria for applicants aiming to study at Torrens University Australia. We strongly believed an alternative to the ATAR system should be found, which more broadly assesses students, especially when soft skills are emerging as important employability attributes. So, students with a recent secondary school education are now considered for admission if they have a Year 12 (Australian secondary school) certificate.
  • Can I get course credit for previous experience?

    Yes, course credit is available upon application and academic approval.

    If you have already completed a qualification or have relevant work experience, you may be able to receive credits towards your degree. This credit can take the form of credit transfer, block credit or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

    Our Program Directors will carefully review the learning gained from your previous qualification and/or experience to ensure we provide you with credit towards our degrees whenever appropriate. Review our course credits page or chat to one of Course and Careers Advisors.

  • What are course credits?

    Course credits are credits that can be applied to your course based on your prior experience or qualifications. To find out more, visit course credits

    .

  • What does admissions criteria mean?

    Admissions criteria is a set of criteria that must be met to be eligible to apply for a chosen course.

    To gain entry to an accredited undergraduate course at Torrens University Australia, applicants must both satisfy general admissions criteria and meet any additional course requirements where specified.

    All admissions criteria and course-specific requirements apply consistently across campus locations and study modes. To find out more, visit admissions criteria.

  • What if I don’t meet the entry criteria for a degree?

    Torrens University Australia has recognised pathways to help you gain entry into our bachelor degrees based on different criteria.

    To find out more, visit Study pathways or contact one of our knowledgeable Course and Careers Advisors.

  • I don’t have a portfolio and I want to study a degree. What can I do?

    If you have met the entry requirement for the course, you do not need to submit a design portfolio.

    If you can’t meet the entry requirement and don’t have a portfolio, you will need to show evidence of prior industry/work experience OR have completed or partially completed study from an accredited institution to gain entry into the course.

    If you would like to talk through the entry requirements, please contact one of our Course and Careers Advisors.

  • I have a portfolio but haven’t completed a Higher School Certificate or equivalent. How can I gain entry into a degree?

    We offer several pathway options for students who have not completed a Higher School Certificate or equivalent.

    For some courses, entry can be achieved by undertaking a diploma course first (pathway criteria applies), and on successful completion of the diploma you can credit this study towards completion of a degree. Mature-aged students (21 and over) are also welcome to apply directly based on work experience and/or an existing portfolio. To find out more about Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or applying directly, please contact a Course and Careers Advisor.

  • What makes a good portfolio?

    A good portfolio should include 6-10 pieces of original creative work and provide evidence of both your creativity and skill.

    To find out more, visit portfolio and interviews for guidance on what to include in your application portfolio or speak to a Course and Careers Advisor.

  • How do Torrens University Australia fees charge?

    Torrens University Australia is a full-fee paying institution. To find out more, visit Tuition Fees.

    Domestic students may be eligible for FEE-HELP. For more information on FEE-HELP, please visit: https://www.studyassist.gov.au/.

    Please note we do not currently offer any full fee waivers for international students. We do not offer stipends or living allowances.

  • How much are Torrens University Australia courses?

    For a full list of tuition fees, visit Tuition Fees.

    Remember, if you're an Australian citizen or permanent resident, your fees can be covered by FEE-HELP. You can find out more information on FEE-HELP on the StudyAssist website at https://www.studyassist.gov.au/fee-help or contact us and we can guide you through the process.

  • Am I eligible for FEE-HELP?

    To get a FEE-HELP loan, you must:

    • be an Australian citizen and study at least part of your course in Australia, or
    • be a New Zealand Special Category visa (SCV) holder or permanent humanitarian visa holder and meet the residency requirements.
    • be enrolled in a fee-paying place at a provider that offers FEE-HELP loans
    • be enrolled in an eligible course at your provider by the census date (your provider can tell you if your course is eligible)
    • submit the Request for FEE-HELP form to your provider by the census date
    • not have already borrowed up to your HELP loan limit.

    Permanent residents can only get FEE-HELP for approved bridging studies.

    If you are studying at a non-university, you will also need to meet the ‘pass rate’ requirements.

    You can find out more information on the StudyAssist website at https://www.studyassist.gov.au/fee-help or speak to a Course and Careers Advisor and we can guide you through the process.

  • Can I apply for FEE-HELP?

    To be eligible for FEE-HELP you need to be an Australian citizen , and have a tax file number. You must also be studying at an approved higher education provider, such as Torrens University Australia.

    You can find out more information on the StudyAssist website at https://www.studyassist.gov.au/fee-help or contact us and we can guide you through the process.

  • How do I apply for FEE-HELP?

    If you receive an offer from Torrens University Australia, and you meet the eligibility requirements, you may be eligible for FEE-HELP. You will need to complete a Commonwealth Assistance Form if you want to defer payment of some, or all, of your tuition fees. You will need to quote your tax file number or provide a Certificate of Application for a Tax File Number. The form must be completed before the due date.

    You can find out more information on the StudyAssist website at https://www.studyassist.gov.au/fee-help or speak to our Course and Careers Advisors and we can guide you through the process.

  • Is there a FEE-HELP limit?

    For 2020, the HELP loan limit is $106,319 for most students. The Australian Government publishes the HELP Loan limit on their website.

    FEE-HELP is a loan scheme that assists eligible fee-paying students to pay their tuition costs. Eligible students can borrow up to the FEE-HELP limit to pay their tuition fees. Note: Any loan fees that were applied to study prior to January 1, 2019 will not count towards your FEE-HELP limit.

    Students repay the loan to the Australian Government through the tax system once a student reaches the minimum income threshold level for repayment, which for 2019-20 is $45,881.

    You can find out more information on the StudyAssist website at https://www.studyassist.gov.au/fee-help or Contact Us and we can guide you through the process.

  • What courses are available for FEE-HELP?
    To find out more, visit How to Apply.
  • What is FEE-HELP?

    FEE-HELP is a loan scheme that assists eligible full-fee-paying students pay their tuition costs.

    You must be studying at an approved FEE-HELP provider in order to access a FEE-HELP loan, such as Torrens University Australia.

    A FEE-HELP loan does not cover costs like accommodation, laptops or textbooks, and must be repaid once you start earning above a certain income threshold.

    To find out more, visit the Study Assist website: https://www.studyassist.gov.au/help-loans/fee-help.

  • How do I apply?

    Applying is easy and can be done online by filling out the apply form. If you have any difficulty, please contact a Course and Careers Advisor, who can talk you through the process.

    ALL SA/SACE and Victorian high school students must apply through SATAC and/or VTAC. Search for Torrens University Australia, Billy Blue College of Design or Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School. International applicants may also need to demonstrate compliance with relevant legislative requirements, for example, requirements for student visas (this does not apply for online study outside of Australia).

  • How will I know if my application has been processed?
    Our Course and Careers Advisors will help you through every step of the application process and provide you with updates. If your application is successful, you will receive an offer letter via email.
  • I am having trouble with my application. Who can help?
    Our friendly Course and Careers Advisors are available to answer all your questions and guide you through the application process. Fill out the contact us form and one of them will reach out to you.
  • Are Billy Blue students sought after in the industry?

    Billy Blue students are highly sought after in the design industry.

    While you study, you’ll have your own Success Coach who will make sure you get the most out of your course, build on your strengths and help you meet your career goals. You’ll be taught by lecturers who are working in the industry and have the opportunity to complete internships and/or industry live briefs. This makes you a powerhouse, ready to start working from the moment you graduate.

  • Is FEE-HELP available for Billy Blue courses?
    If you are an eligible Australian student, FEE-HELP is available for all degrees, meaning you can defer your fees and pay later. International students need to pay each trimester in full before it starts.
  • Who is Billy Blue?
    Billy Blue, the man, allegedly stole a little raw sugar in the 1800s which sent him to the shores of Sydney as a convict. He made the most of it and kick-started Sydney’s first ferry service. Years later, the founders of Billy Blue magazine kept his rebellious spirit alive. Thirty years on, what started as a magazine blossomed into a design agency, then a school and now a university, created by designers for designers. To find out more, visit Billy Blue College of Design.
  • Will Torrens University Australia help me find work after I graduate?

    Yes. While you are studying, you’ll have a dedicated Success Coach and the chance to gain real work experience. You will graduate with a professional portfolio, prepared for the workforce.

    We also have a graduate exhibition that is well attended by top professionals in the design and creative industries. In fact, students have been known to get a call from a prospective employer within weeks of the exhibition.

  • What is Artificial Intelligence?

    Artificial Intelligence is a branch of computer science that refers to intelligence demonstrated by machines. It's a rapidly growing field of technology that is being implemented in many sectors. These are the courses we offer to explain how Artificial Intelligence works, why design principles are essential, and how you can get started in this seriously exciting career:

    • Bachelor of Software Engineering (Artificial Intelligence)
    • Master of Software Engineering (Artificial Intelligence)
    • Master of Software Engineering, Advanced (Artificial Intelligence)
  • What is Cloud Computing?

    Cloud Computing is a branch of computer science. It’s the always-on approach to technology services and resources that is being implemented by more and more companies. These are the courses we offer in Cloud Computing:

    • Graduate Certificate of Software Engineering
    • Master of Software Engineering (Cloud Computing)
    • Master of Software Engineering, Advanced (Cloud Computing)
  • What is Creative Technology?

    Creative Technology focuses on applying design thinking concepts to the technology development process, in order to create something with the end-user needs in mind.  View our Creative Technology courses that we offer: 

    • Diploma of Game Design & Development
    • Diploma of Software Engineering
    • Bachelor of Game Design & Development
    • Bachelor of Software Engineering (Game Programming)
    • Bachelor of Software Engineering (Artificial Intelligence)
    • Graduate Certificate of Software Engineering
    • Graduate Certificate of Digital Transformation and Creative Intelligence
    • Master of Software Engineering (Cloud Computing)
    • Master of Software Engineering, Advanced (Cloud Computing)
    • Master of Software Engineering (Artificial Intelligence)
    • Master of Software Engineering, Advanced (Artificial Intelligence)
  • How can I contact Torrens University Australia?
    The best way to get in contact with Torrens University Australia is to fill out the Contact us form or call 1300 575 803.
  • How do I apply for a scholarship?

    To find out how to apply for scholarships in Australia, visit Scholarships.

    All faculties of Torrens University Australia offer scholarships for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Depending on the scholarship type, we don’t just look at your academic record, we want to know what makes you unique in terms of things such as activities, leadership skills and hobbies. When you speak to one of our Course and Career Advisors, let them know you wish to be considered for a scholarship in your application form. They will show you how to apply for a scholarship.

  • What type of scholarships do you offer?

    We offer scholarships in different areas. These include Alumni, Industry, Indigenous, International, Business, Hospitality, Hotel Management, Nursing, Health, and Design, and Creative Technology.

    To find out more, visit Scholarships or let one of our Course and Career Advisors know you wish to be considered for a scholarship in your application.

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