Interior Design | St. Clair College

Program Overview

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.

Program Highlights

  • 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.

Career Opportunities

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.

Degree Completions

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.

Admission Requirements

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.

Courses

The curriculum below is for incoming students:

Semester 1
Code Title Credits
MTH101MT
Math For Drafting & Design I
2
CAD139
Computer Aided Drafting And Design
3
IND107A
Design Illustration I
3
IND117
Drafting And Design I-Fundamentals
5
IND120C
Interior Design Fundatmentals I
6
IND122
Materials For Interior Environments
2
Semester 2
Code Title Credits
CAD203
Computer Aided Drafting And Design II
3
IND207A
Design Illustration II
3
IND206
Drafting And Design II - Residential Construction
5
IND220C
Interior Design Fundamentals II
6
IND200G
Art History
3
ELEC1030
Choose 1 Elective Course
3
Semester 3
Code Title Credits
CAD330A
Computer Aided Drafting And Design III
3
IND307
Design Illustration III
3
IND303
Interior Design Estimation
3
IND312
Drafting And Design III - The Office Environment
4
IND320
Interior Design Intermediate III
5
IND308G
Art History II
3
Semester 4
Code Title Credits
BDT200
People In Motion
3
CAD430A
Computer Aided Drafting And Design IV
3
IND408
Specification And Estimation
2
IND413
Drafting And Design IV - Construction Detailing
4
IND430
Lighting Fundamentals
2
IND420B
Interior Design Intermediate IV
4
Semester 5
Code Title Credits
CAD530A
Computer Aided Drafting And Design V
3
IND410
Contract Business Procedures
2
IND517A
Health Safety And Code Practice
2
IND511
Drafting And Design V - Construction Working Documents
4
IND530
Design Detailing
2
IND520B
Design Studio / Advanced V
4
Semester 6
Code Title Credits
CAD630A
Computer Aided Drafting And Design VI
3
IND603
Project Management
3
IND620A
Design Studio Advanced V1
6
IND103
Professional Partnerships
3
IND619
Portfolio And Marketing
2
IND600
Environmental Design
3

Past Cohorts:

Semester 1
Code Title Credits
MTH101MT Math For Drafting & Design I 2
CAD130A Computer Aided Drafting And Design 2
IND107A Design Illustration I 3
IND115 Drafting And Design I 5
IND120C Interior Design Fundatmentals I 6
IND600 Environmental Design 3
Semester 2
Code Title Credits
CAD230A Computer Aided Drafting And Design II 3
IND207A Design Illustration II 3
IND215 Drafting And Design II 5
IND220C Interior Design Fundamentals II 6
IND200G Art History 3
ELEC1030 Choose 1 Elective Course 3
Semester 3
Code Title Credits
CAD330A Computer Aided Drafting And Design III 3
IND307 Design Illustration III 3
IND317B Specification & Estimation I 3
IND315 Drafting And Design III 4
IND320 Interior Design Intermediate III 5
IND308G Art History II 3
Semester 4
Code Title Credits
BDT200 People In Motion 3
CAD430A Computer Aided Drafting And Design IV 3
IND410 Contract Business Procedures 2
IND417 Cost Estimating II 2
IND415A Drafting & Design IV 4
IND420B Interior Design Intermediate IV 4
IND430 Lighting Fundamentals 2
Semester 5
Code Title Credits
CAD530A Computer Aided Drafting And Design V 3
IND500 Portfolio & Marketing I 3
IND517A Health Safety And Code Practice 2
IND515 Drafting And Design V- Building Systems 4
IND530 Design Detailing 2
IND520B Design Studio / Advanced V 4
Semester 6
Code Title Credits
CAD630A Computer Aided Drafting And Design VI 3
IND610 Project Management 2
IND611 Portfolio & Marketing II 3
IND620A Design Studio Advanced V1 6
IND103 Professional Partnerships 3

Your Investment

The standard tuition and compulsory fees for the current academic year:

2020-2021 Tuition Fees

For programs with Experiential Learning (Work Placement/Internship): Costs for accommodation, if needed, travel and related expenses is at the student's own expense. It is recommended for most programs, that students have access to a laptop or desktop computer while away from home during experiential learning periods.

Textbooks and other materials are in addition to Tuition Fees. Textbook prices may be found through the Bookstore website.

Please be aware that tuition and compulsory fees are subject to adjustment each year. The College reserves the right to change, amend or alter fees as necessary without notice or prejudice.

Program Physical Demands Analysis

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

Interior Design (Ontario College Advanced Diploma) (61833)

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Analyze a client's needs and goals by using research methodology and techniques.
  2. Prepare a design proposal.
  3. Analyze design components by using the creative process.
  4. Prepare an appropriate design concept* of three-dimensional form* which meets the criteria of a given design project by using the creative process.
  5. Execute appropriate presentation techniques to communicate the design concept.*
  6. Prepare a design which reflects the concept by using current and relevant information.
  7. Communicate to the client the proposed design solution for approval.
  8. Prepare documentation needed for the implementation of the design.
  9. 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.
  10. Evaluate completed design solutions.