Your Short Course FAQ’s answered…

Posted by Gabrielle Rosenfeld on May 20

Have a read below of our most asked questions and please get in touch with us if you have a question we haven’t covered here.


What format is the course taught on? Is it easy to use?


Our short courses are taught through a platform called OpenLearning. The platform is easy to navigate and allows you to progress through your chosen course as you complete each module. It is a community-driven platform created to inspire and connect you to your learning peers through activities, sharing of ideas and talking with other students via discussion boards.

Once you enrol into a course you will be asked to set up a profile where you can upload a photo and write a little about yourself. From there it is as simple as reading, watching videos, sharing ideas on discussion boards and following the simple set activities to practice and consolidate your newly acquired knowledge and skills. Submitting your work is as easy as taking a photo or screen grab and loading it onto a discussion board for feedback from your peers.

“Meaningful learning happens when students are inspired, excited, challenged, and motivated by a genuine love for something, not grades. At OpenLearning, we’re revolutionising online learning to be a social and engaging experience for students.” – Open Learning


What entry requirements do I have to meet to enrol into the short courses?


The only requirement is that you need to be aged 18+. These essential short courses have been built to give you a real introduction into your chosen design area, covering everything you need to know from the very start. 


How do I know if these are the right courses for me?


These short courses are introductory courses. They teach you the basic knowledge and skills in each area of design. They are perfect for anyone who wants to learn these skills as an interest or as a beginning into design training and all you need is a willingness to learn.


Are these short courses accredited?


Our Colour Essentials and Styling Essentials courses have been built with our Industry Partners, Haymes Paint and Home Beautiful. Ensuring you have the most up to date and relevant content in these courses from experts in the industry. As such the Essentials Short courses are not accredited but you do receive an industry-recognised micro-credential as well as a globally recognised Digital Badge from Accredible.  


Do I need to buy any materials or programs to complete any of the short courses?


Colour and Styling Essentials do not require any additional materials. We do use some free software to create mood boards.

The Surface Design Essentials course will require the purchase of a visual diary, some inks, paper, paints, pens and pencils. However, this will depend on the medium you wish to practice with during the course to create your pattern bank and all materials you can purchase at any art store. So you can spend as much or as little as you like. You will also require access to Adobe Illustrator, which is available through (free 30-day trial available). You will need this software from Module 4 onwards in this course. 


What’s the study commitment, per week, for the course?


These short courses are broken into 6 modules. We advise allowing approximately 3 hours per module to complete the study and activities. You can go as fast as you like to complete these modules within your subscription time.


Can I pay for the course and start it later?


No, once you pay for the course you have full access to all the material. The subscription to the course commences on the day that you settle the payment. It’s important therefore that you are ready to start and complete the course within 6 weeks, from the date of payment.


Do I have access to the course content after completing the course?


You will only have access to the course content for the duration of the 6 weeks and there will be no access after this time. We recommend students take notes of any information that they wish to keep for the future.


Do I have contact with an educator in these courses?


As the short courses are community-based learning you will get lots of tips and shared insights from the wider group. However, there will be no educator support, only peer-to-peer feedback. However, the courses have been designed by educators for self-paced learning with lots of wonderful resources.


Does completion of a short course give me course credits for further study in iscd’s Certificate IV in Interior Decoration or Diploma of Interior Design courses?


No course credits will apply. Where upon completion of a short course and students enrol into the next available intake of iscd’s Certificate IV in Interior Decoration, students are eligible to receive a discount. The discount is the equivalent to the price paid for the short course. 


Can I enrol into more than one short course at a time?


You can enrol in as many of our short courses as you like. We recommend you spend 3 hours per week, for each course to complete within the 6 week time frame. 


Do I have to be in Australia to study these courses?


No, we welcome anyone from anywhere in the world. Our current iscd community is world wide! But you will need to be proficient in English.


What payment methods do you accept?


Short courses are paid for in upfront payments only by either credit/debit card or direct electronic transfer. There are no instalment plans for these short courses and no refund once the course has commenced.


Who can I contact if I have any technical difficulties or questions?


For general inquiries, you can contact and for technical support, you can contact


Can I share my work from the course?


Yes! Please do! We love to see our students work and love sharing it with the wider iscd community too! You will have a portfolio upon completing the course and remember to tag us in any social media posts of your work using @iscdeducation and #iscdeducation.



To find out more about each short course or to enrol head over to the course pages below:






Got a question we haven’t answered? Contact us today and we’ll be happy to help you out further!


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