MSF40118 Certificate IV in Interior Decoration

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Next intake July 2022
LocationsEast Geelong Campus
DurationFull-time: 12 months

Course description

Are you a creative person with an eye for interior design? You can experience what it is really like to work as an interior decorator, and develop the skills expected by employers and clients. During the course you will learn to interpret design briefs and develop solutions for design projects, research interior design and decoration influences, research, analyse and apply colour for interior spaces, recommend furniture and accessories and explore and apply the creative design process in 2D and 3D formats.

You will build a portfolio of work to show potential employers, and start building your network of industry contacts.

Wondering if this industry will suit you?

We have created a very short course quiz to help you gain a little more understanding of what is required and whether you might enjoy a role in this industry. Take the quiz here.

Gordon VCE/VCAL students

This course is offered to Gordon VCE/VCAL students. To enrol in this course as a Gordon VCE/VCAL student you need to apply from the VET Delivered to Secondary Students (VETDSS) course list. Go to VETDSS courses to APPLY NOW!

For more information on VCE/VCAL studies with a VET program please go to the VET Delivered to Secondary Students site. NOTE: Fees apply for Gordon VCE/VCAL Students, see Fees section below.

Work placement/industry experience

How often do I attend?

How often do I attend?

FT - 3 days per week | Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday | 9.00am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 5.00pm
Some subjects may require night or weekend attendance. Some subjects may require Remote Delivery.

Possible career outcomes

  • Freelance interiors consultant
  • Retail decorator/design consultant
  • Building company employee
  • Interior consultant for soft and hard furnishings
  • Colour consultant

How to apply

  1. View the application requirements to find out what documents you will need to complete your application.
  2. Apply online by selecting an intake from the Applications & attendance table below.

If you need help, visit Customer Service or request application support via email.
Submission of an application does not guarantee a place in the course.

Applications & attendance

2022 July
East Geelong Campus 
Open: 1 Apr 2022
Close: 1 Jul 2022 
Class DayStart: 11 Jul 2022
Mon, Tue & Wed, 9AM to 5PM
Full-time: 12 months  Apply  


Students may need to complete some self-paced learning and assessment activities outside class time. This will be different for each course and will depend on a student’s level of skill and experience.

Class days and times in the above table are indicative. Prior to course commencement, changes may be necessary. Follow the link for more information on Attendance mode definitions. When you submit your application, please make sure you answer all the questions. Only successful applicants with complete applications will receive an offer. We issue offers as soon as possible. Follow the link for more information on Offer timing.

Many courses have limited places and high demand. We may close an intake before the date above. We recommend you apply early. If student numbers are insufficient we may cancel an intake or a course.

  • Applicants must be 17 years and over at the time of course commencement
  • Applicants are expected to have literacy and numeracy skills at Year 11 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 3
  • You must reside in Victoria to access Victorian Government Subsidised Fees and any incentive such as Job Trainer. Full fees apply to all non-Victorian residents.

Each student must complete a pre-training review as part of their application. The outcome of your pre-training review assists our teachers and trainers to better understand your capabilities prior to training and enables you to be matched to the right program. Your literacy and numeracy skills will be evaluated and you may be required to undertake a separate assessment. Follow this link for more information about literacy and numeracy skills .

Practice tests

In order to prepare for your LLN, you may wish to attempt some practise tests in which you will find similar questions (with solutions too). These practice tests are not VSL approved but may be similar in question type and level of difficulty to what may be asked in the VSL approved LLN. Click here for practice tests. Please note, the VSL approved LLN cannot be resat within 3 months of undertaking it.

  • Applicants must be 17 years and over at the time of course commencement
  • Applicants are expected to have literacy and numeracy skills at Year 11 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 3

Personal Learning Requirements

There are personal learning requirements for each qualification at The Gordon. These are essential personal capabilities and skills required to successfully complete the course and be ready to work in the industry.

Please review the requirements here and consider any challenges you may have in meeting them. When applying for your course, please let us know what support you may need.

Selection mode

  • Design skills and knowledge are desirable

Core Code Hours
Decorate residential interiors MSFID4012 80
Design colour schemes for interior and exterior spaces MSFID4016 85
Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms BSBDES302 50
Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms BSBDES303 50
Produce drawings to communicate ideas CUAACD301 80
Produce technical drawings CUAACD303 50
Research and meet ethical and compliance requirements MSFGN4001 25
Elective Units Code Hours
Advise customers on interior decoration MSFSF3010 52
Collaborate in a creative process BSBCRT402 40
Design soft furnishing solutions for interior spaces MSFID4021 60
Develop and extend design skills and practice BSBDES403 30
Develop and refine illustrative work CUAILL401 50
Prepare materials and finishes boards for client presentation MSFID4015 20
Produce computer-aided drawings CUAACD312 60
Research and recommend furniture and accessories MSFID4017 36
Research and recommend hard materials and finishes for interiors MSFID4018 54
Research interior decoration and design influences MSFID4019 40


Please note that the listed electives are delivered by The Gordon but you may not need to complete all of these units to successfully complete this qualification. If you have previously completed any of the units of competency relevant to this course, you may be eligible for Credit Transfer (CT). Any previous relevant experience may qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Find out more about CT or RPL here.

Assessment is based on:

FeesRateUnitIndicative Course HoursIndicative Tuition Payable by StudentMax. Indicative Government Subsidy Total
Concession Tuition AUD $0.85 per hour 862 AUD $733.00 AUD $7,992.00
Standard Tuition AUD $4.23 per hour 862 AUD $3,646.00 AUD $7,992.00
Full Fee Tuition AUD $14.38 per hour 862 AUD $12,396.00

Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

Materials AUD $250.75 once
Education Levy AUD $129.30
Equipment Levy AUD $80.00 once
Licence AUD $185.00 once


All fees and charges are correct at time of publication but may change without notice. The student tuition fees are indicative only. Additional fees may apply. Where GST is applicable to any courses or materials, the fee displayed is inclusive of the GST.

Which fee will I pay?

Your fees will be charged according to your eligibility for government funding. For more information, visit our Fees & Payments pages.

Fee help and student loans

VET Student Loans are available for eligible students for tuition fees only. The current years maximum loan cap is $

Payment plans may be available for eligible students who need assistance to manage their fee payments.

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Many Gordon courses offer pathways to higher qualifications within The Gordon and in some cases, to university degrees. Your Gordon course may provide credit points which could reduce further study time. Follow the link to find more information about pathways, or contact Customer Service.

Date published: 18/05/2022 12:01:15 PM