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Interior Designer

Working as an Interior Designer you will focus on the planning and preparation of complex residential, commercial and institutional design projects. You will emphasize on space creation and planning by factoring in peoples’ responses to living and working environments.

Summary of Training

  • Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms
  • Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms
  • Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief
  • Manage design realisation
  • Design residential interior lighting
  • Produce digital models and documentation for interior design projects
  • Design colour schemes for interior and exterior spaces
  • Design residential interiors
  • Evaluate site structure and services for interior design briefs
  • Explore and apply creative design methodology to interior space
  • Design workplace interiors
  • Develop residential interior design project documentation
  • Resolve complex spatial design problems through modelling
  • Apply 3D visualisation techniques to represent interior designs
  • Design commercial interior lighting
  • Develop commercial interior design project documentation
  • Develop and extend design skills and practice
  • Research global design trends
  • Collaborate in professional creative projects
  • Develop decoration proposals for complex sites
  • Design for large scale commercial or institutional interiors
  • Design interiors for hospitality environments
  • Select and monitor contractors
  • Evaluate design project outcomes
  • Originate and develop concepts
  • Source and apply design industry knowledge
  • Undertake project work
  • Research and meet ethical and compliance requirements
  • Design residential interior lighting
  • Research and integrate embedded technologies in interior designs
  • Prepare quotation and contract documentation for design projects
  • Develop event decoration proposals
  • Research and recommend artwork
  • Articulate, present and debate ideas
  • Source and apply information on the history and theory of design
  • Generate design solutions
  • Establish operational strategies and procedures for new business ventures
  • Prepare to work safely in the construction industry
  • Establish and maintain environmentally sustainable creative practice

Please note that this Job & Training Description provides an example of the selection of non-core units. Alternative combinations of units may be selected and in some cases prerequisite units may need to be completed. For advice contact Apprenticeship Network providers or an approved Registered Training Organisation.

Job Pathways

Interior Decoration, Design & Sales

This occupation fits generally with these groupings

Industry Group
Manufacturing & Production

Work Type
Analytic & Investigative
Creative & Artistic

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Commencements Change

The change in Australian Apprenticeships commencements in this overall industry in the past two years. Commencements in 20/21: 3798

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 29/3/2022. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Employment

Australian Apprentice graduates from this overall industry in employment (in any industry).

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2020, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Wage

Average wage of Australian Apprentice graduates from this overall industry employed full-time after training.

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2020, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Growth

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Source: National Skills Commission, 2022. AATIS analysis.

Industry Size

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Source: National Skills Commission, 2022. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

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Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2022. AATIS analysis.

Availability Information

Interior Designer - MSF60118
Full Time

(Nominal Duration)

Part Time
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Commencement data source: National Apprentices and Trainees collection, VOCSTATS, extracted 29/3/2022, rounded estimates for October 2020 to September 2021. This data is for general information purposes only.

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