Advanced Diploma of Interior Design

Enhance your skills and knowledge in the creation of innovative, technical design solutions for complex retail, hospitality and commercial interior design projects.

This course equips you with the skills and knowledge to develop creative & technical solutions for built interior environments. Interior design at this level covers the planning and detailing of complex interior design projects with an emphasis on space creation, space planning and the factors that affect people’s responses to social and working environments.

Targeting the practical aspects and employability skills for the design industry, this program will interest those wishing to work as a:

  • Interior Designer
  • Residential Design Consultant
  • Design Project Administrator
  • Interior Stylist
  • Colour Consultant
  • Real Estate Staging Consultant
  • Draftsperson
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Course Structure

  • Workplace Interiors
  • Commercial Interiors
  • Retail Interiors
  • Advanced Modelling
  • Hospitality Design
  • Design Portfolio
  • Understanding the Interior Design Workplace (Work Placement)

Work placement is a mandatory component, providing a framework that enables students to gain relevant working experience while developing specialised knowledge and practical skills in organisational learning and capability development. It takes place in the final term of study and requires 120–135 hours of work placement, attendance at studio class and the completion of assessment work. Specific subject requirements are outlined in the individual course documents. It is the students’ responsibility to find and secure a Host Organisation for their Work Placement prior to the start of their final term. APC will support students with resources to secure a Host Organisation prior to the Work Placement.

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  • Broadband internet access 
  • A video capable device and/or a digital camera
  • Access to a scanner/printer (minimum 1000+ DPI, A4 size)
  • Sketchbook, drawing and model making materials
  • Laptop (100% Online students may use Desktop computer)
    – Apple/ MAC: 
       macOC 10.13 or newer, 16GB, 2.7 GHz quad-core Intel® Core i7™ or newer, 8 GB RAM, Minimum 40 GB free disk space; recommend 100 GB free disk space available. 
    – PC
       64-bit Microsoft® Windows® 10 or Windows 11, 6 GB RAM, 30 GB free disk space.


  • AutoCAD – Free for students AutoDesk.
  • Revit Architecture (Advanced Diploma) – Free for students with AutoDesk.
  • SketchUp – Student price (Approx. $99 per year)
  • Adobe Creative Cloud subscription for Photoshop and Acrobat ($21.99/mth first year, $43.99/mth after that)
  • Google Suite (Google Docs, Slides and Sheets included as part of your Student Email Account)
  • Relevant software to upload and download video files

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) is available for all courses, subjects and units of learning and competency being offered by APC and APC Design School.

If you have experience, skills and knowledge in your field of work – you may be eligible or even close to attaining a related qualification.

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All APC vocational courses are assessed through a combination of assessment types that may include short answer questions, studio projects, essays, reports, group tasks, portfolios and/or presentations.

Entry Requirements


Successful completion of MSF50218 Diploma of Interior Design at Australian Pacific College or APC Design School (due to it being a nested qualification).

English language proficiency requirements:

This Course requires you to be at an Upper-Intermediate English Level or have completed the English Proficiency Skills test with an Overall Minimum Pass Rate.

See below requirements to meet an Upper-Intermediate English Proficiency level:

ELICOS ProviderNumber of Weeks
in this English Level
Entry Level
Test Required
English Unlimited8 weeks minimum80%Minimum Attendance achieved
Other approved ELICOS colleges10 weeks minimum80%Minimum Attendance achieved
Absence of ELICOS school proof  YES

For detailed information please review the documents Minimum Entry Requirements for APC Courses and English Proficiency Tests Comparison chart.

To participate in APC courses students need to have certain technical equipment, software and design equipment. Please check this Technology and Equipment Standard for Students.

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Sample Timetable

DAY 109:00 - 12:00Subject 1: Livestream Lecture13:00 - 16:00Subject 2: Livestream Lecture
DAY 209:00 - 12:00Subject 1: Studio (on-campus)12:30 - 15:30Subject 2: Studio (on-campus)
DAY 309:00 - 13:00Subject 1: Interactive Livestream Studio with on-campus support13:30 - 15:30Subject 2: Interactive Livestream Studio with on-campus support15:30 - 17:30Enhance Your Employability Skills (EYES) tutorial
  • The above is a sample timetable. Actual timetables may vary between campuses. Please contact APC to find out more information on the specific timetable for this course at the campus of your choice. Student timetables are available in MyAPC.hub. Click here to access the Tutorial Topic Calendar FAQ .
  • International students are expected to attend and study 20 timetabled hours per week.

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Bundle and Save on Visa Costs

Course bundling is when you apply for a series of related courses, instead of just one course, saving you money on your visa costs. 

For example, if you are interested in a Certificate II or Certificate III course, you can combine it into a bundle with a related Certificate IV course. Or combine a Certificate IV course with a related Diploma and Advanced Diploma.