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Diploma of Arts (Interior Design and Decoration)

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  • Objectives
    The Diploma of Arts (Interior Design and Decoration) and the Certificate IV in Arts (Interior Decoration) will equip you with skills and knowledge to work in the building beautification industry. The courses concentrate on commercial and domestic buildings, furnishings and decorative treatments and encourage participants to explore imaginative interior design and decoration concepts together with a wide range of practical presentation skills. Major areas of study include construction, computer aided design (CAD), preparation of 2D and 3D presentation drawings, colour studies, design history and small business management. Through the four-part module Design Studio students are provided with opportunities to interpret design briefs and to develop solutions for design projects to an industry accepted standard. The Certificate IV in Arts (Interior Decoration) is the first year of the Diploma of Arts (Interior Design and Decoration). Certificate IV in Arts (Interior Decoration) and Diploma of Arts (Interior Design and Decoration) graduates can aspire to careers working in a range of industries including architectural practices, interior design and decoration consultancies, building companies, soft and hard furnishing retailers, colour consulting groups or as a self-employed consultant.
  • Entry requirements
    All applicants for the Diploma of Arts (Interior Design and Decoration) must apply through VTAC and complete a Gordon Building Application form. Part-time applicants for the DIploma of Arts (Interior Design and Decoration)must fill in a Part time Gordon Building Application Form. For non Year 12 full-time applicants, the Diploma of Arts (Interior Design and Decoration) requires applicants to be at least 18 years of age and to have been out of full-time study for at least 12 months. Current Year 12 applicants must have Units 3 and 4 in English (any) and one Studio Arts or Art. You will be expected to have suitable language, literacy, numeracy and communication skills needed to undertake your course. All applicants may be required to attend an interview.
  • Academic Title
    Diploma of Arts (Interior Design and Decoration)
  • Course description
    Modules / Units of Competency
    There are a number of Modules / Units of Competency that form the Diploma of Arts (Interior Design and Decoration). The Modules / Units of Competency and hours listed below are included in the current Gordon course structure and are subject to change.
    Title     Approx. Hours

    Certificate IV in Arts - (Interior Decoration) - Year 1

    Construction 1     55
    Working Drawings 1     70
    Follow Health Safety and Security Procedures     15
    Use and Adapt Changes in Technology     20
    Select and Apply Drawing Techniques and Media to Represent and Communicate the Concept     80
    Produce Computer-Aided Drawings     50
    Apply the Design Process to Two-Dimensional Work in Response to a Brief     50
    Interpret and Respond to a Brief     15
    Research and Apply the History and Theory of Design to Design Practice     65
    Research and Apply Techniques for the Application to Spatial Design     50
    Produce Digital Images     50
    Colour Studies 1     36
    Colour Studies 2     36
    Materials and Finishes     54
    Soft Furnishings 1     54
    Sell Products and Services     18
    Diploma of Arts (Interior Design and Decoration) - Year 2
    Construction 2     54
    CAD 3     36
    Presentation Drawings 2     36
    Establish Business and Legal Requirements     40
    Develop Self as Designer     60
    Generate and Transfer Complex Computer-Aided Drawings and Specifications     72
    Soft Furnishings 2     54

    Links and options exist between various levels of study. Accredited pathways exist enabling students to move between courses within the Gordon and to other higher education institutions.

    Diploma of Arts (Interior Design and Decoration)

        * Self employed consultant
        * Interior designer
        * Building company employee
        * Soft and hard furnishing retail

    Bachelor of Arts (Architecture)*
    Recognition of Prior Learning

    Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be given for skills and knowledge gained through previous study or other relevant experience. For further information refer to the RPL brochure that can be found under Downloads & Forms.
    Gordon Institute Support Services

    The Gordon offers a range of support services to assist prospective students with course, career or fee advice. For enrolled students, the Gordon provides general education support, counselling and careers advisors, disability support services and an Indigenous Education Unit. The Gordon also offers an on-campus Student Residence for students living away from home. If you need assistance in any of these aspects please let a Gordon staff member know so that we can arrange assistance where appropriate.

    Lighting     36
    Design History 2     36
    Design Studio 2     108
    Design Studio 3     216

    The Diploma of Arts (Interior Design and Decoration) is a full-time two-year course*. Students can expect approximately 20 hours of class attendance each week. Student intakes are generally in February.

    * Selected units may be available on a part time basis. To check availability please contact Course Information.

    Selection Criteria
    If there are more applicants than course vacancies available then preference will be given to applicants who have demonstrated motivation and understanding of the course, demonstrated understanding of the nature of the work and the industry, relevant work or voluntary experience and a demonstrated variety of conceptual and technical abilities.

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