Why should I choose Sydney Design School?
At Sydney Design School we understand your drive to live a creative life, our Educators are all practising designers who bring their passion and industry experience into the classroom.
Our unique ethos focuses on each student’s individual journey, nurturing your individuality and personal style. Studying with us is like joining a practising design studio. You’ll work on real projects with real clients.
Graduate with a relevant, recognised qualification, a professional portfolio and the connections and coaching to pursue your dream career.
What are the term dates?
We have two enrolment intakes in January and July. Our terms
follow the NSW School Holiday term structure.
Term 1: Tuesday 29 January to Friday 12 April 2019
Term 2: Monday 29 April to Friday 5 July 2019
Term 3: Monday 22 July to Friday 27 September 2019
Term 4: Monday 14 October to Friday 13 December 2019
Term 1: Tuesday 28 January to Thursday 9 April 2020
Term 2: Monday 27 April to Friday 26 June 2020
Term 3: Monday 20 July to Friday 25 September 2020
Term 4: Monday 12 October to Friday 11 December 2020
Note: You may start on a different day of the week depending on your choice of course.
Which course is right for me?
When it comes to choosing a course it’s important to consider the outcome – what career path do you have in mind? How much time can you invest in studying? These are questions best answered one-on-one at our free Information Session or Open Day. Find out about our next event here.
Are the courses accredited?
Yes. Sydney Design School is accredited by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). Our course content is constantly refined and based on competency standards set by the interior design industry. You will graduate with a nationally recognised qualification RTO 91446.
What’s the difference between a Sydney Design School course and a university course?
Sydney Design School courses are vocational – they focus on preparing students to work in the industry by exposing them to practical real world projects and technology. University courses take a more theoretical and conceptual approach to design education.
What are my employment prospects after I finish the course?
This is a crucial consideration and one we ask students to consider from day one of their studies. Our Careers Coach is on hand to help you determine your unique career path. Whether it be Commercial, Residential or Hospitality design, Styling or your own business we are determined to help you to reach your potential. Find out more about our career service here.
How can I pay my fees?
We’ve compiled a helpful list of payment methods including VET Student Loans, instalments and low interest loans here. If you’ve got questions we’d love to help, call our team on +61 2 9437 1902.
How much do the career courses cost?
Certificate IV in Interior Decoration $9,490 (GST free)
This course can be paid for online, please note a 2% PayPal processing fee will be applied at checkout (inc GST).
Diploma of Interior Design $20,990 (GST free)
Advanced Diploma of Interior Design $29,190 (GST free)
All students will need to purchase a Design Kit $595 (GST inc).
Please allow $50 per term for incidental costs eg. photocopying.
If your course covers SketchUp you will need to purchase a 12 month student subscription (approx AUD $88).
Will I need to sit exams?
No, exams are not part of our design courses. Most assessments are practically based and presented in class. There is also a small component of written research assignments.
I can’t draw, does that matter?
We believe everybody can draw. Our patient Educators are passionate about learning. They will teach you the correct techniques to express your ideas through drawing.
How big are the class sizes?
We like to keep our class sizes small so that you get lots of individual attention. There is a maximum of 16 people in each class (12 for computer classes).
How much homework is there?
Our Certificate IV day classes require 4-6 hours of extra study per week, evening classes require 2-4 hours. All Diploma and Advanced Diploma classes require 6-14 hours.
I am an international student – can I study?
Yes! Sydney Design School is an accredited CRICOS Provider (03759F). Students applying from outside Australia will need to be eligible for an international student visa to apply. Find our more about our two career courses available on our International Student home page here.
Can I study online?
Yes. Our partner school Interior Design Online offers the same high quality education you would receive on our Sydney campus, delivered by interactive video tutorials and quality online resources. Click here to visit their site.
Can I apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)?
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the acknowledgement of a person’s competency, skills and knowledge which may have been acquired through formal, non-formal and/or informal learning.
Sydney Design School offers applicants the opportunity to apply for RPL and gain credit towards their course. There is a fee associated with an RPL application, please speak to our Course Advisor for more information.
Can I arrange a Credit Transfer?
Sydney Design School offers a Credit Transfer to any applicant who provides suitable evidence that they have successfully completed a unit or module at any Registered Training Organisation (RTO).
How do I enrol and what are the prerequisites?
It’s important that you chose the right course which is why we encourage you to attend one of our free Information Sessions or join us for our Open Day.
To study with Sydney Design School you will need a strong command of the English language (verbal, written and comprehension) and, if required, be able to score at least 6.5 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test here or an equivalent.
Certificate IV in Interior Decoration and Accredited Short Courses
If required, our team will be in contact by telephone to assess your English language proficiency, prior to an enrolment confirmation being sent. If your application is not successful your deposit will be refunded in full.
Diploma and Advanced Diploma of Interior Design
Your command of English will be assessed by our team during your interview face to face on campus or by Skype to ensure that you meet our language requirements. You may need to provide evidence of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test here or an equivalent. Students must achieve a score of 6.5 or provide evidence of previous education in Australia.
For those choosing the Certificate IV, no experience is necessary. For those studying the Diplomas you’ll need to meet us for an interview and have some experience / level of education to attend. Find out more here.
All Diploma and Advanced Diploma students will need a laptop computer that can be brought to class and used at home. We recommend students use a PC as this computer is compatible with all software used on the course.
Once you’ve made a selection you can apply online here.
When is graduation?
In July and December we celebrate our graduating students with an exhibition of their design work on campus.
Next Student Graduation: TBA
Next Public Exhibition: TBA
2/40 Oxley St, St Leonards, Sydney 2065