Diploma of Arts (Interior Design)

The Collarts Diploma of Arts (Interior Design) will encourage a development and focus on foundational design knowledge and skills, and aims to prepare the graduate with capabilities that introduce enquiry, conceptual and applied knowledge and skills to ensure the program’s learning outcomes have industry relevance.
The foundational knowledge and skills relate specifically to the use of technology in the presentation of design concepts and documentation, the selection, and specification of materials, in areas of sustainability and energy use, construction detailing, and in sophisticated levels of client presentation and communication.
Students have the opportunity to examine the evolution of interiors and architecture in historical terms and establish a context to the current influencers of design. The essentials of interior design are covered including elements and principles of design, construction materials, soft furnishings and textiles, colour and light to provide students with the foundation knowledge of creating and decorating interiors. 
In addition, students can emerge with introductory knowledge and skills, enabling them to communicate their design concepts in both technical and presentation drawing styles at a basic level. The program promotes strong, creative knowledge and skill-building activities addressing interiors content across styling, design, presentation, and documentation. The program’s combination of contextual interiors theory, with applied learning units will incorporate industry-led or connected assessments, ensuring students gain experience working on relevant projects and interacting with industry professionals. Career outcomes are varied. Collarts contend that graduates of this program can expect to step into a number of emerging roles within the traditional Design Studio environment and the affiliated industries.

This course is offered by Mercer School of Interior Design, under the authority and license of Collarts | CRICOS Provider Code 03392K | RTO. 0109.

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Campus Delivery


February, May and September


Approximately 7 months (Full Time)
2 years (Part Time)

Diploma Fees


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  • Work on industry projects with interior designers and brand

  • Learn and apply practical skills in creative interior design, conceptualisation and trend forecasting

  • Gain hands-on experience in design technologies, events and installations

  • Acquire an in-depth understanding of design culture, creative theory and history

  • Gain knowledge and experience in interior design practices and entrepreneurship

  • Develop an industry relevant portfolio of creative projects

  • Study in our warehouse-style campus in the heart of Melbourne’s arts district

  • FEE-HELP available to eligible students (no upfront fees)

  • Learn more at collarts.edu.au/interiordesign

  • assistant interior designers or decorators
  • specifiers
  • stylists
  • visual merchandisers
  • industry supplier representatives 
  • colour consultants or documenters