There is one fundamental difference between Interior Design and Interior Decoration. Interior Design is the design of the actual space i.e. including where the walls, windows and doors will go. Interior Decorating is the embellishment, creating mood and style of the space with soft furnishings, curtains, carpet, tiles, furniture, colour and accessories.

The Diploma of Interior Design trains you to graduate the course as a qualified Interior Designer. Whereas the Certificate IV in Interior Decoration trains you to become and Interior Decorator. The Diploma of Interior Design gains you skills in programs such as AutoCAD and some of the Adobe suite. The Certificate IV in Interior Decoration gains you skills in SketchUp and apps. To find out the difference between interior design and Interior decoration please read the above question.

Your trainers are active professionals in the industry who are there to enhance your job-ready skills. Our qualified trainers bring you a deep passion for design, a wealth of first-hand experience and the willingness to share and impart their knowledge. Your trainer is passionate about providing you with a learning environment that organise, collaborative and progressive. Click here to find out more about our expert trainers.

We offer a materials kit at $300 with the essential materials you’ll need throughout the course. You can buy through us or you can but your own set of supplies. The Adobe suite is around $15 a month for the student licence. You will also need AutoCAD and SketchUp which are both free for the starter versions. If you would like the pro versions they are $70 a year.

Our courses are designed to build your creative confidence. Our learning platform is easy to use and give you access to all the materials, video and educational support you need to complete your design assessments. We provide you with a study calendar to make keeping up with your deadlines and important dates easy. Our trainers are online 5 days a week to support you through the course. You can always contact your trainers via email, a phone call or an arranged Skype call. With active online discussion boards and great access to your trainer studying online has never been more inclusive.

Our online courses are full of active discussion boards where we encourage you to chat and interact with other students on a daily basis. You will be supported and guided through the courses by your trainers who offer fortnightly webinars, phone calls when requested and they are also always online Monday to Friday!

Yes. What we require you to do is undertake our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and / or Credit Transfer process. This includes completing and submitting the application form and supplying support documentation to indicate that you have already met the competencies through the previous your studies or relevant work experience.

Credit transfer is the awarding of competency to a student as a result of their having successfully completed that Unit of Competency (or its equivalent) either with iscd or another Registered Training Organisation within the previous 5 years.

The Recognition of Prior Learning process allows students to be assessed against Units of Competency forming part of iscd’s accredited vocational qualifications. This assessment is based on other education and learning (formal and informal) and work experience. Where competency is awarded for a full subject, students will be exempt from studying or undertaking assessments in that subject.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) acknowledges skills and knowledge obtained over the past 5 years through:
-Informal training, undertaken in industry
-Non-accredited formal training undertaken with educational providers either in Australia or overseas.
-Formal training undertaken with education institutions overseas
-Work experience
-Life experience

Students applying for RPL are required to gather evidence of competence against a module’s learning outcomes either presenting a portfolio of work. Evidence must show currency of skills and knowledge as well as relevance and equivalency.

Application forms for RPL / Credit Transfer are available from iscd and must be forwarded with certified copies of all supporting documentation (including current resume) at least two weeks prior to course commencement.

Course subjects are made up of clusters of interrelated Units of Competency. Successful RPL for any Unit of Competency will still require the completion of that subject, however, a 70% reduction of the fee for each successful unit will apply. If an entire subject is successfully RPL’d the subject will be reduced accordingly and completion of the assessment for that subject will not be required.

It means that the accredited courses delivered by iscd have been reviewed and endorsed by the Australian Industry Skills Committee. As a registered training organisation (RTO) iscd is approved to deliver these courses by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). What this means for you is that you can be assured that by studying with iscd your accredited qualification meets current industry standards and prepares you for your future in the design industry.

Many of iscd‘s students study to enhance existing skill sets or start their own business. The School is often privy to exclusive positions within the industry before they are advertised online – this is an example of our strong industry contacts. These positions are then displayed on our job board.

The courses delivered at iscd are respected and recognised within the design industry. The school seeks industry professionals as educators in the diploma and many product partners supply the latest product knowledge to ensure that the curriculum is constantly related to the industry.The Design Institute of Australia has recognised iscd as a quality provider and as such endorses our Diploma of Interior Design (MSF50218).

Our online courses are designed to keep you on-track to finish on time. iscd provides you with a study plan to help you achieve this. Our goal is for you to have a great online learning experience that is manageable and you can finish within the allocated period. To do this we have set blocks we want to you to concentrate on finishing subjects within. There is some flexibility to work more some weeks and less others so you can manage your studies around life’s demands, but we advise sticking to the study plan as much as possible.

Absolutely! Drawing is all about practice and confidence and learning to see the world differently. We teach you all the tips and tricks to be able to sketch – both by hand and digitally!