The Best Design Schools if You're Looking for a Career Change

Lauren Powell
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The Decorating School

Love interiors and design? Looking for a career change? Look no further. We are simply spoilt for choice when it comes to quality, practical, and first-class education in the design industry and it’s about time we took advantage of it! Whether you’re looking for a change in career, to upskill in your current role, or to simply expand love of interiors and create a side project or hobby, we’ve found the best design schools just for you. Read on to turn your passion into a career and start learning.

Billy Blue

Courses: Bachelor of Interior Design (Commercial); Bachelor of Interior Design (Residential)

Location: Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, and Brisbane

Duration: 2-3 years full time; 4-6 years part time

What to expect: Billy Blue College of Design is an Australian private design college renowned for its design courses in interior design, fashion, communication, and digital media that is famous for its unconventional, non-conformist, yet commercially relevant approach.

For more information head to Billy Blue.

ISDC (International School of Colour and Design)

Courses: Certificate IV in Interior Decoration; Diploma of Interior Design & Decoration; Interior Styling Diploma

Location: Sydney, Melbourne, and online

Duration: Certificate IV in Interior Decoration (Five terms); Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration (1-2 years); Interior Styling Diploma (18 months)

What to expect: ISDC nurtures your individual creativity and style whilst providing you with the industry know-how. The college also works with leading industry associations and companies to also offer trend seminars, open days, and design events with professional designers presenting to students.

For more information head to ISDC

Sydney Design School

Courses: Certificate IV in Interior Decoration; Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration; Advanced Diploma of Interior Design.

Location: Sydney

Duration: Certificate IV in Interior Decoration (6-12 months); Diploma of Interior Design (12-18 months) & Decoration; Advanced Diploma of Interior Design (18-24 months).

What to expect: This school is focused solely on interior design and has a unique and creative approach to design education incorporating strong conceptualisation as well as the practical and business skills relevant to working in any interior design or decoration business.

For more information head to Sydney Design School.

Interior Design Institute

Course: Diploma of Interior Design

Location: Online

Duration: 24 weeks – 12 months

What to expect: The Interior Design Institute offers one of the most advanced, comprehensive, and convenient online interior design courses.

For more information head to Interior Design Institute.  

Coco Republic Design School

Courses: Interior Decoration Essentials 101; Styling Essentials 101; Colour for Interiors 401

Location: Online

Duration: Interior Decoration Essentials 101 (18 weeks); Styling Essentials 101 (18 weeks); Colour for Interiors 401 (16 weeks)

Location: Online

What to expect: The reputable Coco Republic Design School—Australia’s only design school connected with a leading furniture and design brand—is accredited with Sydney Institute TAFE and offers real-life, hands-on experience.

For more information head to Coco Republic.

UTS (University of Technology Sydney)

Courses: Bachelor of Design in Interior and Spatial Design

Location: Sydney

Duration: Three years full-time

What to expect: This respected university degree helps students to re-imagine interior environments and public spaces in local and global contexts and equips students with the critical skills required to push the boundaries in traditional commercial interior design.

For more information head to UTS.

Whitehouse Institute of Design

Courses: Diploma of Interior Design & Decoration; Advanced Diploma of Interior Design

Location: Sydney, Melbourne

Duration: Diploma of Interior Design & Decoration (three years part-time); Advanced Diploma of Interior Design (four years full-time)

What to expect: The Whitehouse Institute of Design is famous for its exceptional courses in design and the interior design courses are designed and intended for those who wish to develop skills and knowledge to gain employment as a designer, product developer or manager within the interior design and decoration industry.  

For more information head to Whitehouse Institute of Design.

Karl von Busse Institute of Design

Course: Diploma of Interior Design; Advanced Diploma of Interior Design

Location: Sydney

Duration: Diploma of Interior Design (two years part-time); Advanced Diploma of Interior Design (three years part-time)

What to expect: The Karl von Busse Institute of Design is a Sydney design school that offers Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses. The hands-on interior design courses involves thought-provoking lectures and creative workshops given by international industry professionals.

For more information head to Karl Von Busse Institute of Design.

RMIT University

Courses: Certificate IV in Interior Decoration; Diploma of Interior Design & Decoration

Location: Melbourne

Duration: Certificate IV in Interior Decoration (two years part-time); Diploma of Interior Design & Decoration (two years full-time)

What to expect: RMIT University is a highly regarded global university of technology and design and its interior design courses are dynamic, practical, and industry-relevant program and the perfect entry point into the field of interior design and decoration.

For more information head to RMIT.

Raffles College of Design and Commerce

Course: Bachelor of Design—Interior Design

Location: Sydney

Duration: Three years full-time

What to expect: A Raffles interior design course blends practical skills with an essential and thorough understanding of all the processes of interior design. You’ll learn how to create working drawings and have comprehensive knowledge of all the technical, engineering and service aspects of the discipline, in addition to materials and finishes.

For more information head to Raffles College of Design and Commerce.

The Decorating School

Course: Plan Decorate Live decorating eCourse

Location: Online

Duration: Six weeks

What to expect: This decorating course will teach you everything you need to know to design and decorate your home—including how to analyse your space, how to use colour, how to buy and position furniture, and how to use pattern through videos, worksheets, checklists, buying guides and masterclasses from our guest experts.

For more information head to The Decorating School.

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