Diploma in Design and Decorating (Level 5)

Qualification code OP5030

This qualification will give you the knowledge and skills which are necessary to provide interior and exterior design advice in a residential environment. You will learn about colour schemes, fabric use, room plans, layout and design, and more.

The skills you learn will enable you to seek entry-level employment as an interior designer, or in specialist trade showrooms and design stores, as a consultant or as an assistant to kitchen or bathroom designers, architects or other applicable industry specialists.

To successfully complete this qualification, you need to have an eye for detail and colour, the ability to perform self-directed research and present work in an attractive and professional manner.

For more information view the brochure below or request a brochure to be sent to you. If you have any questions please contact us.


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  • Level 5  
    Credits 120 
  • Workload

    For each credit, allow about 10 hours of study. This may be higher near assessment due dates.

  • Study type Open  
  • Cost $3,640 NZ Domestic

    Approximate cost for the full qualification based on 2018 fee information, not including annual administration fees, fee increases, textbooks, course materials or external exam fees.

  • Student loan

    Eligible for student loans, if you meet the criteria. Student loans and eligibility

For information about selecting courses to study towards this qualification, check out the Choose courses tab.

What you will learn

Once you have successfully completed this qualification you will have:

  • a broad range of design skills
  • an awareness of influences on current design
  • the ability to apply design principles, including planning, colour and lighting to practical design tasks.

Important Information

This qualification replaces OP3142 Certificate of Achievement in Interior Design and Decorating (Level 3).  If you have successfully completed certificate courses by gaining an academic pass, you may apply to have the courses credited to this diploma.

The following cross-credits are available:

Certificate Diploma
DEC2  DD1 
DEC4  DD3 
DEC5  DD5 
DEC6  DD6 
DEC7  DD7 
DEC8  DD8 
DEC9  DD9 
DEC10  DD10 
DEC11  DD11 
DEC12  DD12 

To apply for a cross-credit please complete the Application for Cross-Credit /Credit Transfer form

Key dates

Our open courses are open for enrolment every month. Each open course starts on the first Monday of the month you choose for enrolment. You must complete your study within the given start and end dates.

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Assessment and exam

This qualification is internally assessed, with two assessments for each course, including case studies and projects. Some assessments may need to be submitted online.

Assessment information

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