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OP11

Rank76

Course information set

  • Be part of a vibrant, internationally recognised school with excellent connections to the real world.
  • Through a studio-based approach, learn to research, plan, design and consult on the purpose, efficiency, comfort, safety, aesthetics, and social and environmental aspects of interior spaces.  
  • Develop your design skills, and theoretical and technical knowledge, to produce spaces that are functional and enhance the quality of life and cultural experience of the occupants. 
  • Work as part of an interdisciplinary team on unique, real-world design projects.
  • Interact with the design community through public lectures, collaborative real-world design studios, student-run exhibitions and off-campus and international study tours.
  • Professionally recognised by the Design Institute of Australia (DIA), the Interior Design/Interior Architecture Educators Association of Australia and New Zealand (IDEA) and the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI).
QTAC course code412362
QUT course code DE42
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 4 years full-time
Start month 2018 February
Deferment

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
Faculty
  • Creative Industries Faculty
Course contact
CRICOS code 079947G
Careers
  • Designer
  • Interior Designer

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Details

Interiors are significant in our everyday life at all levels of interaction and experience. Unlike interior decoration, interior design is concerned with the relationship between people and all aspects impacting on the interior environment, to produce spaces that are functional and enhance the quality of life and cultural experience of the occupants. Interior designers consider the purpose, efficiency, comfort, safety and aesthetics of interior spaces.

As well as technical knowledge and design skill, interior designers develop theoretical knowledge of how people interact with environments, psychologically and socially. They often work as part of a team that may include architects, builders, project managers, engineering consultants, shopfitters, cabinet makers, and furniture and materials suppliers.

Why choose this course?

This internationally recognised course integrates design with social and environmental issues. Links with other disciplines in QUT’s Creative Industries Faculty facilitate digital design in the context of virtual and interactive environments, further broadening career opportunities. 

Interior design at QUT has strong connections to local industry, employing award-winning practitioners as tutors and promoting student work in prominent public settings. The degree prepares you for a career in an increasingly diverse field that embraces small and large-scale design in both real and virtual environments. It also provides a pathway to higher degree study at masters or PhD level.

Our approach extends interior design into new and emergent fields. Recent focus on physical and digital experimentation and body/space relations is driving the course into exciting futures. This is also supported by a growing research emphasis on design for health and social inclusion.

You will be supported by contemporary, relevant teaching which culminates in upper-level design studios that are the site for experimentation and research-led enquiry. You will conceptualise and develop your designs through to detailed resolution, conveying them through models to full-scale material constructs and digital animations. These project-based design units offer you opportunities to express your individual approach to design.

Career outcomes

Many interior designers work independently or in both small and large practices. Others elect to work in multidisciplinary firms specialising in large-scale complex architectural projects, both locally and internationally. Other career areas include retail, and theatre and exhibition design, such as in gallery or museum settings. Exciting new areas include interaction design, gaming and virtual environments—specialist areas requiring sophisticated imagining and visualisation skills.

Professional recognition

Graduates qualify for associate membership of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA). The course is an educational member of the DIA and the Interior Design/Interior Architecture Educators Association of Australia and New Zealand (IDEA). IDEA is also an institutional member of the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI).

Units

Download course structures and unit outlines for Bachelor of Design (Honours) (Interior Design)

Customise your degree

Your interior design course consists of 18 units in your primary major and four units that are common to all six design majors (architectural studies, fashion, industrial design, interactive and visual design, interior design or landscape architecture).

An additional eight units are taken outside your primary major. After studying for a year you can:

  • choose a second major (eight units from any approved QUT degree), or
  • choose two minors (a minor is a specific set of four units drawn from courses throughout QUT), or
  • choose one minor and four electives.

Minors and majors allow you to tailor your studies to suit your interests and career aspirations. Minors give you breadth of knowledge from two other areas and a second major provides depth in one area.

This means eight units of your course (one quarter of your degree) are taken from outside your primary major. You’ll work alongside students from other disciplines because that is how it will be when you graduate and work in the real world of design. The possibilities are almost endless. Here are some examples that might inspire ideas:

  • an architecture student could take a minor in interior design and a work integrated learning minor to gain professional industry experience 
  • a landscape architecture student could take a language minor such as Italian to help them work overseas
  • an interior design student could take a second major in industrial design to aid their ambition to design and manufacture their own range of office furniture
  • an industrial design student could take a second major in mechanical or electrical engineering to give them a deeper understanding of manufacturing and production
  • a fashion student could take a minor in business and another in interior design to help meet their dream of launching their own concept fashion store
  • an interactive and visual design student could take a second major in advertising or marketing and work as a designer for a leading digital agency.
And remember—your second major or minors could be in film, creative writing, music, visual arts, drama or other disciplines across QUT. #

Your course

Year 1

  • understand the breadth of design process and theory
  • three foundation units covering design, design history, and sustainability
  • two units on core interior design studios
  • unit focusing on design technology​

Year 2

  • explore issues of inhabitation in both transitory and permanent residential situations
  • study the theory and practice of leading designers
  • understand interior systems and technology, colour and design psychology
  • commence your second major or first minor units

Year 3

  • adopt an experimental attitude to design studios
  • discover differing approaches to the interior
  • study specialist areas such as furniture studies
  • understand the role of design in society
  • continue your second major or minor units

Year 4

  • develop a body of work that distinguishes and advances your own design interests
  • two semi-structured, research and professional practice-led design studios
  • research methods unit and a professional studies unit
  • complete two units of your second major or second minor

Second degree

Undertaking a second major in one of the six design disciplines also gives you the option of obtaining a second degree*.

After graduation, you can return to complete the remaining 12 units (or equivalent) from your second major to obtain a second qualification. This is usually undertaken part time over two years while working.

Note: This is not a double degree because it is not undertaken simultaneously with the first degree.

Example

A student completes a Bachelor of Design (Honours) (Industrial Design) with a second major in interactive and visual design. 

They can then return to complete units in interactive and visual design and graduate with a second design degree in interactive and visual design.

* To pursue a second design degree, this second major must be an approved set of eight units from within a Bachelor of Design (Honours) primary major.

# The choice of second majors may be limited in some disciplines.

Study overseas

Study overseas while gaining credit towards your QUT creative industries degree with one of our worldwide exchange partners. Overseas study can be for one or two semesters (or during the semester break) and the units you take can be in a creative or non-creative discipline area, depending on how they match with your QUT course. Saving your electives for exchange will allow you the most flexibility. For more information, visit QUT student exchange.

Entry requirements

Guide to entry thresholds

OP 11

Rank 76

Course information set

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course we assume you have sound knowledge in these areas:

  • English

We assume that you have knowledge equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA).

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Did you get an OP 1-5?

If you receive an OP 1-5 or equivalent, you're guaranteed an offer for this course in the major offer round.

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually.

Additional Costs

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.

 

2018: CSP $9,300 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You may need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

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Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

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You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments.

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How to apply for Bachelor of Design (Honours) (Interior Design)

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  4. Checked your course costs and if you're eligible for financial support.

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

Important: Make a note of the QTAC code for this course (412362) because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

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