What is the Certificate IV in Interior Decoration?

The nationally accredited MSF40113 Certificate IV in Interior Decoration is your first step to a career as an Interior Decorator.

Focusing on the essential skills you will need as an Interior Decorator, the course teaches you the foundations of colour and design whilst equipping you with all of the necessary practical skills to work within the decorating industry. The course is a perfect blend of theoretical elements, hands on practical experience, and real life industry briefs to ensure that you are ready to launch yourself into the interiors industry on completion.

Explore how to create design concepts, communicate and present your ideas confidently and deliver comprehensive and well-resolved interior schemes. You will learn how to confidently work with soft furnishings, room layouts, specifying colour, styling interiors and illustrating your ideas.

You will graduate with an extensive portfolio of work, essential industry contacts and the confidence to succeed in the interiors industry.

 

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How can i become an interior decorator?

Become an Interior Decorator by completing the 19 Units of Competencies that make up the MSF40113 Certificate IV in Interior Decoration.

At iscd, the part-time certificate is completed over 5 terms, studying on campus just 8 hours per week with mid-week, or Saturdays.

Your certificate program will provide you with internship opportunities and when you graduate the MSF40113 Certificate IV of Interior Decoration, we are here to help with the opportunities on our job board.

This course is for those that love to rearrange rooms, play with colour, source great soft furnishings and design the overall theme, usability and layout of a space. This course is for the Creative who wants to be an Interior Decorator.

 

Course Overview

Focusing on the essential skills you will need as an Interior Decorator, the course teaches you the foundations of colour and design whilst equipping you with all of the necessary practical skills to work within the decorating industry.

 

What you’ll learn:

  • An extensive knowledge of colour theory and their application to design including interior scheming, finishes and the effects of lighting in interiors
  • Sound understanding of the elements and principles of design and composition techniques.
  • Learn the processes to generate conceptual ideas
  • An understanding of client analysis and expectations for design projects including project co-ordination, fees, scheduling, presentation and concept generation
  • In depth knowledge of soft furnishings, furniture and spatial design and planning
  • The ability to confidently source and style furniture and accessories in response to a client brief
  • The ability to produce architectural drawings including perspective drawings to communicate concepts by hand
  • Examine two and three-dimensional spatial planning
  • The ability to generate ideas and concepts to create decorating solutions for interior spaces including material and finishes selections, furniture layouts and materials boards for client presentations

Career Outcomes

After completing the Certificate IV in Interior Decoration, graduates go on to secure industry positions such as:

  • Interior Decorators
  • Residential Stylists
  • Property Stylists
  • Soft Furnishing Consultant
  • Colour Consultants
  • Visual Merchandiser

You can keep up to date with current job that are available now in the design industry on our job board.

Certificate IV in Interior Decoration (MSF40113)
Certificate IV in Interior Decoration (MSF40113)
Certificate IV in Interior Decoration (MSF40113)
  • How to apply colour principles and theory in response to a design brief
  • How to produce drawings to represent and communicate concepts
  • How to interpret and respond to a design brief
  • How to effectively apply the design process to 2D and 3D work
  • The ability to source and apply design industry knowledge
  • How to create concepts and conduct critical discussions
  • The ability to source and apply design industry knowledge
  • How to create concepts and conduct critical discussions
  • How to develop & implement styling concepts
  • How to professionally present a major project in residential design
  • How to document the design work process and manage your own work
  • Design process for 2D and 3D forms
  • Colour theory and application to design
  • Extended research of colour, finishes and the effects of lighting
  • Conceptualisation and the phases of the design process
  • Soft Furnishings and their application in an interior space including suppliers, trades and specifications.
  • Styling, providing interior styling services and researching and recommending furniture and accessories.
  • Presentation of sample boards and specifications for clients
  • Developing your design identity and setting up your business • Drawing and documentation of design concepts and ideas.
  • Design Processes
    Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms
    Develop and extend critical + creative thinking skills
  • Colour Foundation
    Explore the use of colour
    Design Methods
    Generate design solutions
    Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms
    Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief
  • Design History
    Source and apply information on the history and theory of design
    Drawing + Rendering
    Architectural drawing communication in response to a brief
    Produce technical drawings
    Produce drawings to communicate ideas
  • Applied Colour
    Research, analyse and apply colour for interior spaces
    Research and recommend colour and applied finishes
  • Soft Furnishings
    Research and recommend soft furnishings for interiors
    Prepare a materials board for client presentation
  • Design Industry Practice
    Determine work, health and safety (WHS) implications of interior effects
    Source and apply design industry knowledge
  • Styling
    Provide interior styling service
    Research and recommend furniture accessories
  • Residential Interiors 1
    Decorate residential interiors
    Produce perspective drawings, plans and elevations

Assessments are made up of a series of research and practical briefs that include a major residential design project:

  • Design and decorate an entry space
  • Create a professional 3 Dimensional model box
  • Understand and present design movements
  • Create a colour scheme for a boutique hotel
  • Develop your designer identity and business paperwork
  • Decorate a residential space

 

There are no entry requirements for the MSF40113 Certificate IV in Decoration, just an open mind and the motivation to learn new skills to take the first step of your career in interior decorating.

  • Certificate IV in Interior Decoration (MSF40113)

    With over 30 years of design industry experience and a forward-thinking focus and creative and supportive environment.

  • Certificate IV in Interior Decoration (MSF40113)

    We cater for your needs and lifestyle with campuses located in Sydney and Melbourne.

  • Certificate IV in Interior Decoration (MSF40113)

    Work with our industry partners on design briefs and graduate with real-world experience.

This course includes industry briefs and awards to provide you with strong foundations of working within the design industry.

Industry Partners

  • Belle Magazine
  • Temple & Webster
  • Designer Rugs
  • Laminex
  • Di Lorenzo Tiles

Industry Awards

  • Photographic Styling Internships – Temple & Webster
  • Rug Design – Designer Rugs make your rug design
  • Graduate of the Year – Internship at Belle Magazine
Certificate IV in Interior Decoration (MSF40113)

Study Options

Study from just one day a week and choose from two intakes each year  + Weekends class options to choose from.

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The school’s strong industry connections and flexible study options are integral to helping students achieve their goals. “Whether students attend our North Sydney or Melbourne CBD campus or study online, everyone receives the support they need to realise their potential.”

WENDY GREENHALF,General Manager iscd

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