Interior designers specialise in designing architectural interiors. They plan and coordinate furnishings, select colour schemes and furniture.

Where interior designers are employed

Interior designers can work on a wide range of projects including residential, commercial, retail, hospitality and institutional developments such as schools and hospitals. A few work as designers on stage, film and television productions.

Major employers include large construction firms, architects, some government departments and large retail stores. Opportunities also exist for self-employment as consultants.

Competition for jobs is very strong. Initially interior designers may look for work interstate or overseas where a wider range of experience is available.


Full-time interior designers in South Australia generally earn between $800 and $1,249 per week.

Graph of pay scales for Interior Designers

Job prospects

In 2011 there were 279 people employed full-time as interior designers in South Australia compared with 262 in 2006.

How to become one

To become an interior designer you usually have to complete a vocational education and training (VET) qualification in interior design or interior design and decoration. 

See courses related to this occupation.

Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have a degree in interior design, interior architecture or spatial design. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE). Prerequisite subjects or assumed knowledge in one or more of English and maths are normally required. Applicants may be required to attend an interview and submit a folio of recent design work.

For information on course admission requirements and how to apply to the universities and TAFE in South Australia visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

Check South Australian universities at The University of Adelaide, Flinders University and University of South Australia.

For information about Australian universities visit Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).

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