Master of Interior Design in Australia

Master of Interior Design in Australia

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Shanti RanaSun Nov 21 2021

Many Australian universities and institutes offer Bachelor of Interior Design however, there are limited institutes that offer Master of Interior Design in Australia. 

This course is generally 2 years long and the tuition fee is around AUD 33,000 per year. You will mostly find July and February intake for this program in Australia. 

Upon graduation from the Master of Design program in Australia at RMIT University, graduates become eligible for membership for the Design Institute of Australia (DIA). Then, you can find employment in a number of areas such as design companies, consultancies, interior designing, architecture and so on. 

You can make a lucrative career and earn from AUD 50,000 to more than 100,000 per year with an increase in your skills and experience. 

Why study Master of Interior Design In Australia? 

  • Some of the best Master of Design (Interior Design specializations) are from Australia including RMIT University, University of Technology Sydney, University of South Australia and Swinburne University of Technology. 
  • The salary after graduation in the interior design field ranges from AUD 48,000 to AUD 72,000 in entry-level positions. 
  • You can be a member of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) and practice a career in Interior Design. 
  • Interior Designers are highly demanded all over Australia, mainly in urban and residential cities Like Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.  

Top Universities for Master of Interior Design in Australia 

These are the universities offering Master of Interior Design or Architecture in Australia: 

  • RMIT University
  • University of South Australia
  • Swinburne University of Technology

These are some other universities in Australia which offer Master of Design programs that are minor in interior design. 

  • University of Sydney
  • University of New South Wales
  • University of Canberra
  • Monash university
  • University of Technology Sydney

Interior Design Courses in Australia for international students

  • Master of Interior Design, Associate Degree of Interior Decoration and Design- RMIT University
  • Master of Design (Interior Architecture)- University of South Australia
  • Master of Design (specialization in Interaction Design)- Swinburne University of Technology
  • Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration- Billy Blue College of Design
  • Diploma of Interior Design- The Gordon TAFE, Sydney Design School
  • Advanced Diploma of Interior Design- APC Design School

Master of Interior Design fees in Australia

University

Course Duration

Annual Tuition fees in AUD

RMIT University

2 years

36,480

University of South Australia 

2 years

32,600

Swinburne University of Technology

2 years

33,580

University of Tasmania

2 years

32,912

Admission Requirements for Master of Interior Design in Australia

To apply for this course, you need to fulfil the application requirement. These are the documents you need to apply for a Master of Interior Design in Australia. 

  1. Transcripts, character certificates and provisional certificates from bachelor degree in civil engineering or other closely related disciplines, and intermediate level (+2). 
  2. English test scores
  3. Letter of Recommendations if asked
  4. Personal Statement
  5. Application Fees
  6. Passport
  7. CV/ Resume
  8. Proof of scholarships is any

These are the academic and English language criteria set by the top universities for this program. 

RMIT University

  • Intakes: February, July
  • English Test Scores: 
    • IELTS: A minimum overall score of 6.5 with no section score less than 6.0
    • TOEFL: Overall 79, with a minimum of 12 in listening, 13 in reading, 18 in speaking and 21 in writing. 
    • PTE: Overall 58 with no communication score less than 50. 
  • Academic Requirements: Applicants need to complete a Bachelor degree in related fields like Interior Design, Spatial Design, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Spatial Arts, Theatre Design, Exhibition Design, Service Design, Industrial Design, Experience Design with a minimum of 2.5 GPA or its international equivalent.

University of South Australia

  • Intakes: February, July
  • English Test Scores: 
    • IELTS: A minimum overall score of 6.5 with no section score less than 6.0
    • TOEFL: Overall 79, with a minimum of 18 in each field.
    • PTE: Overall 58 with no communication score less than 50. 
  • Academic Requirements: Applicants need to complete a Bachelor degree in related fields or a graduate diploma in areas like interior architecture, interior design, furniture design and architecture.

Swinburne University of Technology

  •  Intakes: February, July
  • English Test Scores: 
    • IELTS: A minimum overall score of 6.5 with no section score less than 6.0
    • PTE: Overall 58 with no communication score less than 50. 
  • Academic Requirements: Applicants need to complete a Bachelor degree or graduate diploma in related fields that include architecture, landscape architecture, creative arts. 
  • Relevant professional experience is a must.

University of Tasmania

  •  Intakes: February, July
  • English Test Scores: 
    • IELTS: A minimum overall score of 7.0 with no section score less than 6.5
    • PTE: Overall 65 with a minimum 65 in writing and speaking and 58 in other bands. 
    • TOEFL: An Overall score of 94 with a minimum of 26 in writing and speaking and 20 in reading and listening.
  • Academic Requirements: Applicants need to complete a Bachelor degree or graduate diploma in related fields that include architecture, landscape architecture, creative arts with at least a second class lower standard. 
  • Other Requirements: Applicants need a master degree with a minimum research component and substantial demonstrated sector experience. 

Scholarships

These are some of the scholarships which help you with the cost of this program p[artially or completely. 

University

Scholarship

Scholarship Information

University of South Australia

Vice Chancellor's International Excellence Scholarship

50% reduction in their student contributions (tuition fees) for the duration of their degree, or up to a maximum of four years of full-time study

International Merit Scholarship

15% reduction in their student contributions (tuition fees) for the duration

Australian Government Scholarships

Up to full waiver in scholarships and yearly living expenses. 

Architecture Museum Higher Degree by Research Travel Grant

Varies

University of Canberra

International Merit Scholarship

Up to 25% waiver in tuition fees

 

UC Scholarships

Up to 15% tuition fee waiver

University of Technology Sydney

Global Exchange Scholarship

AUD 1000

UTS Vice-Chancellor’s International Undergraduate Scholarship

A full waiver on UTS Tuition fees

University of Melbourne

Graduate Research Scholarships

100% tuition fee waiver

Gates Cambridge Scholarships

Up to 100% fee waiver

Melbourne Mobility Awards

Up to AUD 6,000

Scope and Career Opportunities

After graduating from this program, students can find career opportunities in architectural practices, interior design practices, building companies, design and building industry,  corporate furniture suppliers and architectural practices in diverse roles like interior design, design consultant, event designer and furniture designer. 

Other than that, graduates can also make a career in public relations and marketing organisations.

In the table below, you can see some of the job roles and average salary of those jobs you can expect after completing a Master of Interior Design in Australia. 

Interior Design Job Roles

Average Annual Salary(AUD)

Interior Design Assistant

42,300

Design and Decoration Assistant

49,300

Interior Designer

92,200

Commercial and Industry Design

56,700

Creative Designer

72,100

Imaging Technologist

55,5000

Artist

79,900

Imagery Analyst

54,800

Some interior designing companies (some of the main recruiters of interior design graduates) in Australia are: 

  • Essential Home
  • Zircon Interiors
  • Valmont
  • Minosa: A multi-award-winning Design company 
  • Design Bubble
  • Valmont
  • Alexander & CO

 

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