About the course

About the course

Explore the interior decoration industry in a retail environment. This course will be delivered through a variety of interactive tutorials and class activities. You will work in groups and individually on activities weekly that build towards the completion of a portfolio of visual work.

Investigative tasks will be used to immerse you in the introduction to interior design elements, such as materials and finishes, lighting, furniture and accessories; design industry and its value in society and the relevance of history in contemporary design practical tasks (entry–level) will include exploration of the following design essentials:

  • colour theory and ergonomics
  • manual drawing and computer aided design
  • preparation of a mood board to communicate ideas
  • use of measuring devices
  • WHS implications of interior decoration effects

Course Details


Qualification Issued on Completion

MSF31018 Certificate III in Interior Decoration Retail Services

Course Length and Classes

Part time: 2 years

VETDSS courses follow the same term structure as Secondary Schools

Wednesday 1:30pm to 5:00pm Box Hill
Wednesday 1:30pm to 5:00pm Mount Eliza Secondary College

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Entry Requirements

This course can only be completed as part of your VCE or VCAL program in Year 10, 11 and 12.


After successful completion you can apply for a Certificate IV in Design (CUA40715), Diploma of Graphic Design (CUA50715), Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design (CUA60315), Certificate IV in Interior Decoration (MSF40118), Diploma of Interior Design (MSF50218) or Diploma of Visual Merchandising (SIR50217).

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Career Outcomes

This entry level qualification provides students with interior decoration knowledge and skills in the day to day operations of a retail/department store and the customer service skills in providing customers with interior decoration advice.

Contribution to VCE, VCAL & ATAR

On successful completion of this program, you will be eligible for block credit. The following guidelines apply:

  • Attainment of Units of competency/modules at AQF level III or above provides credit at Units 3 and 4 level
  • 90 nominal hours of training is required for each VCE Unit
  • The award of credit will take into account issues of duplication with other VCE studies or VCE VET programs and other VET undertaken by the student
  • Where available, a Units 3 and 4 sequence will be awarded on satisfactory completion of 180 nominal hours at AQF level III, according to the guidelines above
  • VTAC may award VCE students who receive a Units 3 and 4 sequence through block credit recognition a fifth or sixth study increment (10% of the lowest study score of the primary four) towards their ATAR. This is subject to VTAC rules regarding the calculation of the ATAR

Structured Workplace Learning

There is no requirement for structured workplace learning.


Please contact your secondary school regarding fees for this program

Uniform Requirements

There is no specific uniform requirement. It is expected you wear comfortable and suitable clothing for classes.

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