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Bachelor of Design (Honours) (Interior Design)

Queensland University of Technology

About the Course

Interiors are significant in our everyday life at all levels of interaction and experience. Unlike interior decoration, interior design as a profession is concerned with the relationship between people and all aspects of the environment through a focus on interior settings that are functional and enhance the quality of life and cultural experience of the occupants.Interior designers consider the purpose, efficiency, comfort, safety and aesthetics of interior spaces.

As well as technical knowledge and design skill, interior designers possess theoretical knowledge of how people interact with environments psychologically and socially. They often work as part of a team that may include architects, builders, project managers, engineering consultants, shopfitters, cabinet makers and furniture and materials suppliers.

Why choose this course?

This internationally recognised course integrates design with social and environmental issues. Links with other disciplines in QUT’s Creative Industries Faculty facilitate digital design in the context of virtual and interactive environments, further broadening career opportunities.

Interior design at QUT has strong connections to local industry, employing award-winning practitioners as tutors and promoting student work in prominent public settings. The degree prepares students for a career in an increasingly diverse field that embraces small and large-scale design in both real and virtual environments. It also provides a foundation for transition to higher degree study at masters or PhD level.

Recent focus on physical and digital experimentation and attention to body/space relations is driving the course into the third millennium. This is further supported by a growing research emphasis on design for health and social inclusion. Developed from traditional foundations, our approach extends interior design into new and emergent fields.

This vision is supported by contemporary, relevant teaching which culminates in upper-level design studios that are the site for experimentation and research-led enquiry. Here students conceptualise and develop their designs through to detailed resolution, using representational means ranging from models to full-scale material constructs and digital animations. As an important location for self-discovery, these project-based design units engage staff expertise which offers different and individual specialist approaches.

This course has been assessed as a bachelor honours degree which is a higher-level qualification than a bachelor degree. The advanced knowledge and skills in this course will benefit your professional career or future research and study.

Career outcomes

Many interior designers work independently or in both small and large practices. Others elect to work in multidisciplinary firms specialising in large-scale complex architectural projects, both locally and internationally. Other career areas include retail, and theatre and exhibition design, particularly in gallery or museum settings. Exciting new areas include interaction design, gaming and virtual environments — specialist areas requiring sophisticated imagining and visualisation skills.

Professional recognition

Graduates qualify for associate membership of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA). The course is an educational member of the DIA and the Interior Design/Interior Architecture Educators Association of Australia and New Zealand (IDEA). IDEA is also an institutional member of the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI).


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