Advanced Diploma of Interior Design

Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT)

This qualification is part of the Furnishing Training Package. It describes the skills and knowledge required for creative and technical solutions for built interior environments. Interior design at this level covers the planning and detailing of complex residential, commercial and institutional design projects with an emphasis on space creation, space planning and the factors that affect peoples' responses to living and working environments. It may also include specialist design areas, such as facilities for people with disabilities, institutional design, exhibitions, the aged and adaptive re-use projects.

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At a glance

Type of Institution: TAFE Institute/Polytechnic (Govt)
Level: Preparatory/Industry
Campus/Location: CIT Reid
Institution CRICOS: 00001K


  • Core: Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms
  • Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms
  • Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief
  • Manage design realisation
  • Produce drawings to communicate ideas
  • Produce technical drawings
  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Research, analyse and apply colour for interior spaces
  • Determine work, health and safety (WHS) implications of interior effects
  • Design residential interiors
  • Evaluate site for interior design brief
  • Design for small to medium scale commercial or institutional interiors
  • Resolve complex spatial design problems through modelling
  • plus more and electives.

CIT is your first step on an incredible journey.

Quick facts about CIT

  • 90 years of CIT and over 25 years teaching international students. 
  • 20,000 students each year, including over 1000 international students.
  • 100+ courses available to international students.
  • Certificate to bachelor degree level qualifications.
  • Highly-skilled teachers with industry knowledge, experience and connections. 
  • ACT government institution with courses delivered to Australian national standards.
  • World-class facilities including simulated training environments, libraries and information technology resources, plus new sporting and recreational centres.
  • Modern teaching methods including online learning and live virtual classrooms.
  • Study pathways to leading Australian universities. 

CIT is Canberra’s TAFE and the largest technical and vocational education provider in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), with an impressive 90-year history! 

CIT has five conveniently located campuses across Canberra, with world-class facilities including industry-standard simulated training environments, libraries and information technology resources, plus new sporting and recreational centres. 

CIT – Dream it. Learn it. Be it. 


CIT offers over 100 courses to international students from Certificate to Bachelor Degree level qualifications in a range of subject areas:

  • Art, design and multimedia
  • Business, accounting and IT
  • Community services and medical care
  • English and study preparation
  • Fitness, health and beauty
  • Hospitality, tourism and events
  • Science and construction

CIT offers internationally-recognised certificate to bachelor degree level qualifications. Our hands-on courses and industry placement opportunities ensure students graduate with invaluable industry skills and connections.

CIT is a government supported institute, ensuring that our quality courses are delivered to the highest national standards.

Pathways to University

CIT offers international students the opportunity to move onto further education at top Australian universities through “study pathways”. Pathways give students credit for studies completed at CIT to use towards a degree at an Australian university. 

With the ability to complete a combination of English language courses, Secondary (high school) studies, certificates III and IV, a diploma, an advanced diploma or a bachelor degree, CIT has a study pathway to suit most students! 

CIT offers a wide range of support services and facilities to assist international students in successfully completing their studies at CIT and enhance their personal lives during their stay in Canberra. 

Pre-enrolment Support

  • International student orientation day
  • International student advisers
  • Accommodation placement
  • Airport pick-up

Support during your studies

  • Counselling – academic, personal and career
  • Employment options
  • Library services
  • International Services Unit
  • Pastoral care officers

Services and Facilities

  • World-class libraries
  • 24-hour access to computer laboratories
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Cafés, bookshops and canteens
  • Student services hub
  • CIT student-run gym, hairdressing and beauty salon, massage and naturopathy clinic, restaurant and café
  • CIT Student Association (CITSA), which offers a wide range of commercial and support services, as well as fun social activities on all campuses
  • Prayer rooms
  • Study centres
  • Sporting and recreational facilities.

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