Interior designers/architects plan and detail commercial and residential building interiors for effective use with particular emphasis on space creation, space planning and factors that affect our responses to living and working environments.

Interior design is also referred to as interior architecture because interior designers are trained to consider the modification of the interior structure of the building rather than just refinishing and furnishing existing spaces.

Good design can enable us to live and work more efficiently, comfortably, profitably, securely and pleasurably in a more aesthetically fulfilling and functional environment.

Interior designers plan space allocation, traffic flow, building services, furniture, fixtures, furnishings and surface finishes. They consider the purpose, efficiency, comfort, safety and aesthetic of interior spaces to arrive at an optimum design.

They custom design or specify furniture, lighting, walls, partitions, flooring, colour, fabrics and graphics to produce an environment tailored to a purpose.

An interior designer often works as part of a team that may include architects, builders, project managers, engineering consultants, shop fitters, cabinet makers, furniture suppliers and materials suppliers. They may be required to organise the modification of building structures, the purchasing of materials and furnishings and the contracting and supervision of the tradespeople required to implement a project.

Many users of interior design services only require these skills occasionally. It is common for interior designers to be employed in consulting businesses such as interior design consultancies and architectural practices.

Tertiary interior architecture/design education has an emphasis on commercial and industrial interiors such as offices, public buildings, hospitals, department stores and shops. However the design of domestic interiors is also covered and is a common source of work for many interior designers in self employment.

ANZSCO (2006) occupation code 232511.

What you’ll study

  • Design Studio
  • Design History & Theory
  • Communication Skills
  • Environment & Space Planning
  • Construction
  • Materials & Finishes
  • Lighting
  • Acoustics
  • Ergonomics
  • Presentation Drawing
  • Working Drawings
  • Computer Aided Drafting & Design
  • Business Management

Where you’ll work

  • Interior Design Consultancies
  • Architects Offices
  • Builders
  • Government Building & Construction Departments
  • Other areas you’ll find work
  • Shop Fitters
  • Shopping Centre Corporations
  • Self Employment
  • Building Industry Suppliers
  • Furniture Design
  • Exhibition Design
  • Film, TV & Stage Set Design