Bachelor of Design - Interior Design

3 years full-time

Create a better space

Year 2017 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Design
Location Parramatta campus
Length 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

2017: February, April, July, October

Tuition fee rate Available fee rates can be found at
English language proficiency
English proficiency of at least an IETS level 6.0 (or equivalent).
Entry Requirements can be found at
Study mode On-Campus day
Level Undergraduate
Alternative entry pathway Certificate IV
Contact details Further information is available from Raffles College on:
T: +61 2 9633 3800
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Find an elegant balance between people and space, form and function. Explore the effects of colour vs monochrome, paint vs wallpaper. Understand the impact of design decisions on engineering, construction and architecture.

A Raffles interior design course will enhance your creative eye and teach you sound technical and people management skills to create beautiful, functional spaces.


What you’ll learn in this interior design course

Before you start any interior design project, you need to understand the space you have to work with, and the needs of the people using it. You’ll learn the essential requirements of interior design – space allocation, building services, traffic flow, furniture, fixtures and surface finishes.

You’ll work on practical projects that require you to develop strong skills in Archicad and find creative and functional solutions to a variety of briefs. You will also learn the theories that underpin the understanding and articulation of design ideas and concepts.


Interior design is for you if…

You’re fascinated by colours and textures that help you to create exciting spaces. Few things please you more than clever storage solutions and you have a dimmer switch in every room.

You understand how to create balance within a space and want to develop your knowledge of design principles with the technical knowledge needed to excel in this popular profession.


Why choose a Raffles interior design course?

The Bachelor of Design – Interior Design at Raffles blends practical skills with an essential and thorough understanding of all the processes of interior design.

You’ll learn how to whip up working drawings and have comprehensive knowledge of all the technical, engineering and service aspects of the discipline, in addition to materials and finishes.

You’ll be asked to regularly present your design concepts to ‘clients’ to refine your presentation skills and apply your newly acquired skills to real-life situations during your industry internship.



As a graduate of this interior design course, you might find yourself working as a consultant designing interiors for a range of buildings and purposes:

  • Interior Designer
  • Retail Space Designer
  • Hospitality Space Designer
  • Commercial Space Designer
  • Office Space Designer
  • Public Space Designer
  • Residential Space Designer
  • Exhibition Space Designer


Study options

The Bachelor of Design majoring in Interior Design is a full-time, 3-year degree available at our Parramatta campus. 

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Course Outline

Semester 1

ID059: Interior Design Studio (6 credit points)
The aim of this subject is to introduce students to design process including, research and analytical thinking in creative design, principles of 3-dimensional designs, drawing, and problem-solving.
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AC007: Computing for Design (6 credit points)
The purpose of this module is to introduce students to relevant design industry software. Students will develop functional competence in using this software to prepare, graphics and text, manipulate scanned and downloaded images and present material for publishing.
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CC142: Ideas and Thought (6 credit points)
This subject seeks to introduce students to philosophy, culture and visual art. It discusses the interrelatedness of key philosophical, cultural and artistic ideas and encourages a scholarly way of thinking. Providing an overview of some of the major historical periods it focuses on an influential thinker of each age.
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DN019: Drawing, Design Principles and Colour Theory (6 credit points)
Students will be given an understanding and foundation in: basic drawing techniques; design elements and principles; colour mixing and colour theory (both practical and theoretical); composition; and professional mounting and presentation skills.
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Semester 2

ID060: Interior Design Materials and Technologies (6 credit points)
This subject will further develop students’ skills in drafting and introduce students to materials, finishes and installations used in designing interior spaces.
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DN017: Computer Aided Drawing (6 credit points)
The purpose of this module is to prepare a CAD workstation for use, access drawings and create backup files using CAD software, produce technical drawings to Australian Standard 1100 using CAD software and generate three-dimensional images and exploded views of a product.
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DN020: 20th Century Design and Culture (6 credit points)
The purpose of this module is to research, understand and analyse the historical, cultural, social and economic factors that have influenced the development of design in the 20th century.
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ID061: Interior Design Past and Present (6 credit points)
The purpose of this module is to study and analyse the application of historical design movements, their contexts and their influences on contemporary design trends.
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Semester 3

DN022: Sustainable Design (6 credit points)
The main aim of this course is to explore how design both reflects and constructs the world about us. In order to understand this relationship - and to be a socially conscious participant - the course also aims to develop students' skills of analysis, interpretation and explanation of design as a social phenomenon with a global impact.
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Students will select an elective
ID062: Residential Interiors (6 credit points)
For students to further develop skills in design process and methods as well as creative and critical skills to propose solutions to a range of residential spaces for private clients.
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ID063: CAD for Interior Design (6 credit points)
The purpose of this module is to extend students knowledge of design tools and their commands and respective editing commands used in CAD for designing, drawing and drafting interior design spaces and projects.
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Semester 4

ID064: Commercial Interior Design (6 credit points)
The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the methods and constraint of designing Commercial and Interior Spaces, to research on Commercial and Retail space, to present design concept through 3D renders, working drawing documentation, material samples and oral presentation.
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ID065: Building Materials and Technology (6 credit points)
The aim of this subject is to familiarise students with interior building construction methods, process and materials. To develop communication skill through working drawing documentation and drawing and to familiarise students with the Building Code of Australia.
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DN023: Design and Subculture (6 credit points)
The purpose of this module is to explore a range of subcultures and their historical transition into mainstream culture through design and design “style”.
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Students will select an elective.

Semester 5

DN035: Self Promotion (3 credit points)
The aim of this subject is to acquire additional skills for three-dimensional architectural computer drawing using a range of software, and to build on computer rendering skills already acquired.
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DM006: Design and Business Management
The aim of this subject to prepare portfolio and self-promotion material relevant to the student’s profession. Material may include building an online presence, creating appropriate portfolio’s for interviews, business cards, demonstration or show reels. Students are encouraged to be innovative and creative when preparing their material.
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ID066: Public Space Design (6 credit points)
The purpose of this module is to Introduce students to the methods of designing commercial, public Interior spaces, with attention to safety, access, ergonomic needs and environmental constraints.
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ID067: Architectural Drawing and Digital Interiors (6 credit points)
This subject will give students an appreciation of what it is like to be part of a commercially based organisation and recognise that management is a generic process that underpins all human activity.
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Semester 6

CC141: Internship (6 credit points)
This Industry Preparation will guide students through the process of taking the necessary steps in obtaining a position in an approved company. It will assist students to undertake appropriate research to investigate and familiarise themselves with the Industry and the nature of employment opportunities available in their Professional field. The students will acquire practical insights of what is required in preparing a Professional Job application, attending interviews and undertake formal negotiations with prospective Employers.
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DN027: Major Project (12 credit points)
The purpose of this module is to provide an opportunity for students to design and create a significant series of Design projects or body of Design work.
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DM001: Design, Business and Law (6 credit points)
The aim of this subject is to examine the legal, business and ethical environment in which local and international contemporary design oriented businesses operate. It is designed to equip students with knowledge of the basic business and legal principles pertinent to both international business and to the country in which they are studying. The subject focuses on ethical principles that require an examination of the human consequences to corporate decision-making, and on the increasing importance of social corporate responsibility for today’s design business.
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DN033: Drawing (6 credit points)
In this subject students further quality experience and understanding in freehand drawing as a fundamental tool for communication across all major areas of study. Communicating ideas through drawing is an integral part of the creative (and related) industries and in particular, a fundamental part of a designer's job. Classes will focus on the differences and variety of the objective and subjective experiences of drawing.
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PH049: Photography for Designers (6 credit points)
This subject introduces students to the creative potential of photography in visual communication and design. Students will also learn how they can successfully collaborate with professional photographers, as well as producing their own high quality images tailored to their own industry. Students will gain an insight in regards to the physical limitations of lighting and optics, thus giving them a greater understanding of how photographers work around this to best meet the requirements and requests of their clients.
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ID070: Interior Design Lighting (6 credit points)
Lighting design is concerned with the creation of interior and exterior spaces for work and pleasure. It is a vital part of architecture and interior design. It aims to introduce students to the background of both the technical and design lighting knowledge. The student will then integrate this knowledge into the general process of lighting in the design of typical typologies of Interior Design spaces such as, Residential Design, Commercial Design, Hospitality Design, Retail Design, Exhibition Design and Office design.
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ID069: Exhibition Design ( 6 credit points)
The purpose of this module is to introduce students to designing exhibition spaces and project scope, including planning, costing, sourcing, negotiating, and design work undertaken in designated space.
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ID068: Furniture Design ( 6 credit points)
The purpose of this module is to introduce students to furniture design, including the history of style, materials and construction techniques.
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