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.
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 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 $71.50).
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).