Interior designers work with clients to develop design solutions that are aesthetic, technically sophisticated and functional. They are the design architects of interior space. Work settings include residential, commercial, institutional and industrial buildings. The Interior Designer assesses a client’s needs and creates solutions. They design technical drawings then monitor and supervise installation. At completion the Interior Designer evaluates the project and ensures it meets the clients’ objectives along with all building, fire and safety codes. This program targets students who are imaginative and have a passion for creating environments that enhance the quality of living. Basic drawing skills, along with math ability are essential. Students must be both independent thinkers and able to work in a team environment.
- Numerous opportunities for field study in the community and internationally.
- Active student chapter of ASID (American Society of Interior Design) and ARIDO (Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario)
- Advanced technology offering computer aided drafting and design, animation, 3D imaging training and application.
- Integrated design studio offering training by an architect, landscape designer and lighting designer.
- A design-build component offering hands-on furniture construction.
- Graduates of this program that meet the Lawrence Technological University requirements will receive credit towards a 4-year Bachelor of Interior Architecture degree. Interior Design graduates can also apply directly to Griffith University to gain direct entry into their Master of Arts in Visual Arts program.
The program offers very strong job placement with international opportunities. With their highly developed technical and creative skills graduates find work as designers for architects, lighting contractors and furniture designers. Diverse training allows for designing opportunities in the retail, hospitality, medical, commercial and entertainment sectors.
Graduates of this program that meet the Lawrence Technological University requirements will receive credit towards a 4-year Bachelor of Interior Architecture degree. Interior Design graduates can also apply directly to Griffith University to gain direct entry into their Master of Arts in Visual Arts program. Please see www.griffith.edu.au/credit. Visit the College-University Transfer Guide website for information on additional agreements.
Students who complete their Ontario College Advanced Diploma in Interior Design, qualify to enter Wayne State University to complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Design with concentration in Interior Design from Wayne State University, College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts with just one additional year of study. Visit the Credit Transfer & Pathway Agreements page for more information. This agreement is in effect starting January 1, 2019.
OSSD with the majority of courses at the College (C), University (U), University/College (M) or Open (O) level qualify for admission to this program.
Mature students - See Admission Procedures for details.
The curriculum below is for incoming students:
Program Physical Demands Analysis
Program Vocational Learning Outcomes
Interior Design (Ontario College Advanced Diploma) (61833)
The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:
- Analyze a client's needs and goals by using research methodology and techniques.
- Prepare a design proposal.
- Analyze design components by using the creative process.
- Prepare an appropriate design concept* of three-dimensional form* which meets the criteria of a given design project by using the creative process.
- Execute appropriate presentation techniques to communicate the design concept.*
- Prepare a design which reflects the concept by using current and relevant information.
- Communicate to the client the proposed design solution for approval.
- Prepare documentation needed for the implementation of the design.
- Collaborate as part of the management team, as the client's agent, in the implementation of a design project to ensure that the project reflects the design solution.
- Evaluate completed design solutions.