Course: Bachelor of Design | Interior Design Specialisation2019-11-15T16:33:52+11:00

Interior Design

Bachelor of Design Degree

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Bachelor of Design, Interior Design, focuses on a diverse range of interior design areas including; residential interior design, furniture and installation design, retail interior design, community landscape design and commercial office interior design.

Whitehouse offers an intensive immersion in materials research and exploration in the process of making new or transforming existing buildings, furniture and objects. Interior Design looks not only at the application of surface materials but more fully at understanding the design of usable spaces that enhance lifestyle.

Just some of the industry partners our students & alumni have had opportunities with:

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Interior Design

Interior Design straddles the interface between the cultural and natural worlds, addressing the design issues occurring in a range of scales, from specific sites to global systems. The Bachelor of Design, Interior Design, prepares students to thoughtfully examine the increasingly complex issues associated with designing, building and transforming interiors, structures & objects.

In the studio, students use digital and manual means to research and recommend design alterations and renovations that give existing buildings new life. Whether working in the field, the CAD Lab, the Model Shop or on their own laptops in studio, students are challenged to think critically and develop self-reliant design solutions and processes.

With a large focus on sustainable and responsible design, students  are encouraged to experiment with a wide range of materials and approaches. Complemented by the study of perspective drawing, history, theory, ecology, cultural geography, plants and technology, students investigate some of the most important questions facing designers today.

We proudly deliver an exceptional 1,728* hours over two years and we encourage you to compare.

You won't find another degree like it in Australia.

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Course Subjects

Design Contexts

In year one, students will be immersed in the foundation elements of design context that look at the historical, cultural and social influences that impact on contemporary design practices. Students relate their research to their chosen specialisation and how the relationship of culture, history and marketplace informs design and designers today. In the second and final year, design context students investigate the relationship between design and marketing, how to integrate design with industry business models and how design integrates with the professional world.

Digital Design

Focuses on visual communication through print and digital media. In this class, students learn professional interior design presentation skills such as editing CAD renders, technical drawings, creating mood boards and spacial mock-ups. This area of study examines the principles of communication realised through effective and innovative visual outcomes. Students use programs such as: ArchiCAD, SketchUp and Adobe Creative Cloud including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.

Illustration for Design

Focuses on communication techniques relevant to the specialisation of choice.  A diverse range of media is investigated, used and mastered to successfully communicate design intent through illustration.

Design Methods

Students explore of a range of scale in projects, from small residential homes, commercial spaces, office fit-outs and large hospitality projects. Design methods see students research elements and principles inclusive of rhythm, repetition, line, texture colour of design and the application to interior environments.

Design Workshop

Supports students through the realisation of their 2D design to a 3D prototype. This area of study provides students with the opportunity to integrate and apply their skills and knowledge from all other subject areas. In workshop classes, students are producing accurate and industry standard technical documentation for designs, as well as exploring and researching materials for interior spaces.

Graduate Outcomes

Here are just some examples of career outcomes our Interior Design graduates have continued into:

- Spatial Designer

- Furniture Designer

- CAD Operator

- Interior Designer

- Commercial Designer

- Hospitality Designer

- Interior Illustrator

- Magazine Editor

- Design Coordinator

- Exhibition Designer

- Showroom Manager

- Interior Renovator

- Entertainment Designer

- Lighting Designer

- Design Manager

- Design Administrator

Facilities & Infrastructure

With design-centric campuses in Melbourne and Sydney, Whitehouse students are provided with state-of-the-art facilities within each of their subjects. Exclusive access to digital resources, online trend-forecasting services, a specialist design library, student rooftop garden and fully-equipped photography studio.

Whitehouse is continuously updating and replenishing resources to ensure that students have extensive research support. Check out our campuses here.

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Lizzie Upfold

Design Lecturer

Sydney Campus

“ To study Interior Design is to explore and resolve the balance between the creative and the technical. We explore this interrelation in its entirety through design to documentation, to materiality and furniture sourcing, all the way through to modelling, communicating. It is ultimately the measure in realising and resolving a successful space. ”

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