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Start date
February
July

Duration
1 year(s) full-time

Program Code
DGSP

Fees
2018: AUD$ 29,500 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.5]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
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CRICOS Code
082773J

Key features

  • Gain advanced design and research skills.
  • Benefit from our networks and relationships with the design industry – locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Work on real-life projects, gaining valuable practical experience.
  • Learn from teachers who are established designers, offering insight into what it takes to create sustainable, coherent, visually appealing interiors.
  • Our architecture qualifications are ranked in the Top 100 in the World1.
  • Use this qualification as a pathway to further learning.

1 2017 QS Subject Rankings

Snapshot

Snapshot

With a focus on design research, theory and practice, this graduate diploma will prepare you for a career as an interior architect or interior designer. 

You will study the development and application of research processes. Through our industry connections, you will be given the opportunity to work on creative projects, developing skills in writing project proposals and presenting information.

A focus on practical learning also means you will gain the skills and knowledge needed to design stimulating, sustainable and visually appealing interiors, as well as the confidence to embark on real-world projects.

Why Graduate Diploma in Design (Interior Architecture)

Why this Degree

This dynamic graduate diploma offers a unique blend of practical experience with solid theoretical knowledge, ensuring you graduate with the tools needed for a successful career in this competitive field.  

Our School of Art, Architecture and Design boasts strong relationships with industry experts locally, nationally and internationally, so by studying this qualification at UniSA you will be well on your way to building long-lasting industry relationships and networks. You will be taught by award-winning designers and academics that are industry leaders – in fact, our teaching staff received top ratings in the 2017 Good Universities Guide for the overall quality of education in the field of architecture.

We are also one of only two universities in Australia to combine art, architecture, design and planning principles, making us a great choice for students with a specific interest in this field.

Real-world connections

There is a strong practical component to this graduate diploma. You will benefit from our industry links and relationships with the design profession locally, nationally and internationally. 

Our teaching staff are also highly trained industry professionals who bring with them years of experience. They have strong industry links and many hold professional positions with national and international organisations. We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Your career

Graduates typically find work in architectural practices, interior design practices, building companies, and other organisations supplying the design and building industry, such as corporate furniture suppliers. Careers to consider:

  • interior designer: design, implement and refurbish interior spaces
  • design consultant: help clients to best utilise living spaces by advising on how to arrange lighting, furniture and other fixtures
  • event designer: oversee and direct the overall look and visual appeal of an event 
  • furniture designer: develop design concepts, experiment with different materials, liaise with clients and build sample models for either mass produced furniture prototypes or one-off exclusive pieces 

Professional accreditation

Graduates of this program are eligible for Associate Membership of the Design Institute of Australia. Graduates are eligible for membership of the Design Institute of Australia after three years of professional practice.

Industry facts

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Employment for interior designers in Australia is projected to increase by 19.9 per cent by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

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The architectural services sector in Australia is projected to grow and reach $7.1 billion in annual revenue by 20201.

1IBISWorld’s Architectural Services market research report 2017

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Employment for architects, designers, planners and surveyors in Australia is projected to increase by 17,500 (14.7 per cent) by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

What you'll learn

What you Learn

You will graduate with the confidence and practical capabilities needed to succeed in this competitive field. Through your studies you will develop an advanced understanding of the theoretical aspects of design, industry trends and design processes. You will also develop cognitive skills needed to review and analyse research. The graduate diploma includes design research studio classes, research methods, design theory and electives.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums. So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • projects
  • presentations
  • essays and assignments

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Research Studio 1 GRAP 5005 9
AAD Research Methods VSAR 4003 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Research Studio 2 GRAP 5006 9
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2

I’m passionate about increasing awareness of Indigenous knowledges and providing expansive opportunities for students to engage in the educational process.

Mr Peter Walker

Program Director

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Adelaide - City West campus

City West is in Adelaide’s most lively precinct, close to art galleries, music venues, cafés and restaurants. It has brand new learning spaces; modern lecture theatres; architecture workshops, contemporary art and design studios; and well-equipped student lounges. Explore City West >

Your study spaces

You will have access to: 

  • dedicated design studios and workshops
  • Australia’s only Architecture Museum 
  • the University library’s collection of art, craft and design resource materials, which is the largest in the state
Your study spaces

Your study experience

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist.

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

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