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Interior Decorating Diploma

Decorate a new home or office or redecorate an existing one with style and confidence. Get the skills you need for an exciting career in interior decorating. This two-year (60 weeks) Diploma program will provide you with the practical skills and abilities to successfully manage interior decorating projects. Learn how to work effectively in a business environment in a variety of roles associated with interior decorating.

Need more info?

Contact the Student Advising Centre (formerly the Prospective Student Centre):
Phone: 403-410-1402
Email: info@bowvalleycollege.ca


Courses in Program

Fall 2016 Semester: August 30 - December 12, 2016

Winter 2017 Semester: January 5 - April 19, 2017

 

IDEC 1101 - Interior Lighting in Decorating (3 credits)

This course will provide a practical understanding of the effective use of colour scheme to create a desired atmosphere and enhance furnishings throughout the dwelling. Topics covered will include: lighting effects and techniques, general guidelines for the use of natural or artificial light, with attention to the placement of general, task and accent lighting, and how lighting effects colour in a space.

Available:
In-class: Fall 2016 Semester

Prerequisite(s):
None

IDEC 1102 - History of Decorating Styles (3 credits)

This course is an introduction to the historic style, movements, and characteristics of furniture from the ancient through to the modern era. The course will focus on decorating in a style that complements the personal lifestyle of the client.

Available:
In-class: Winter 2017 Semester

Prerequisite(s):
None

IDEC 1103 - Principles & Elements of Design (3 credits)

This course covers the concepts used to professionally decorate a space, including: design principles, proportion and scale, balance, rhythm and unity, and focal point. Additional topics will cover the application of design elements, including: line, space, texture, colour, and light. A fundamental component of the course is the creation of colour boards. Students will learn how to assemble a presentation board based on all the elements and principles of design, as well as backgrounds, furniture, window treatments, and accessories.

Available:
In-class: Fall 2016 Semester

Prerequisite(s):
None

IDEC 1104 - Space Planning & Blueprints (3 credits)

This course will cover the plan for the arrangement of furnishings to create maximum convenience of movement and visual appeal by creating floor plans and elevations and by examining specific lighting requirements for each room in a home, and the technical aspects of each. Students will learn how to read residential and small commercial building architectural blueprints and develop an understanding of the Alberta Building Code with an emphasis on housing and small buildings.

Available:
In-class: Fall 2016 Semester

Prerequisite(s):
None

IDEC 1105 - Window Coverings (3 credits)

This course is an introduction to selecting and specifying proper fabrics and window coverings for a client, including the importance of taking proper measurements, identifying potential obstacles, price, quotes for window coverings and placing the order.

Available:
In-class: Winter 2017 Semester

Prerequisite(s):
IDEC 1103 - Principles and Elements of Design
IDEC 1201 - Drawing & Sketching I

IDEC 1106 - Textiles & Furniture (3 credits)

This course is an introduction to different types of textiles and their application in decorating, including understanding quantity requirements for fabric applications such as toss pillows, furniture re-upholstery, and bedding.

Available:
In-class: Winter 2017 Semester

Prerequisite(s):
IDEC 1103 - Principles and Elements of Design
IDEC 1201 - Drawing & Sketching I

IDEC 1201 - Drawing & Sketching I (3 credits)

This course is an introduction to presentation drawings for interior spaces. Topics include: one and two point perspective, the usage and application of shade and shadow, and rendering techniques for surfaces and applying those techniques to floor plans, elevations and perspective views of a space.

Available:
In-class: Fall 2016 Semester

Prerequisite(s):
None

IDEC 1301 - AutoCAD Theory (3 credits)

This course is an introduction to the principles of CAD and the basics of AutoCAD features and commands necessary to produce CAD drawings using AutoCAD software.

Available:
In-class: Fall 2016 Semester

Prerequisite(s):
None

IDEC 1401 - Surfaces & Backgrounds (3 credits)

This course is an introduction to the principles of background finishes and construction of a room. This will include: how to apply the elements and principles of design to the selection of walls, floors, countertops, ceilings and fireplaces. Students will gain an understanding and appreciation of the use and application of accessories within a space.

Available:
In-class: Winter 2017 Semester

Prerequisite(s):
IDEC 1103 - Principles & Elements of Design
IDEC 1201 - Drawing & Sketching

IDEC 2101 - Kitchens & Bathrooms Basics (3 credits)

This course will cover the basics of residential kitchen and bathroom decorating/design theory delivered through practical projects for houses and condos.

Available:
In-class: Fall 2016 Semester

Prerequisite(s):
IDEC 1103 - Principles & Elements of Design
IDEC 1104 - Space Planning & Blueprints
IDEC 1105 - Window Coverings
IDEC 1106 - Textiles & Furniture
IDEC 1401 - Surfaces & Backgrounds

IDEC 2102 - Sustainable Interiors (3 credits) [Online Only]*

This course covers the concepts of creating a space using sustainable materials, furniture and finishings to decorate a space. Students will also gain an understanding of the principles of sustainability, and the implications of a carbon footprint in a project. The course will also cover LEED certification, Canadian Green Building Console, and other organizations and the impact they have on the residential market place.

Available:
Online: Winter 2017 Semester

Prerequisite(s):
IDEC 1103 - Principles & Elements of Design
IDEC 1105 - Window Coverings
IDEC 1106 - Textiles & Furniture
IDEC 1401 Surfaces & Backgrounds

IDEC 2201 - Drawing & Sketching II (3 credits)

This course is an extension of IDEC 1201 – Drawing & Sketching I, with advanced rendering techniques. Students will also learn about oblique drawings and create a basic 3D model.

Available:
In-class: Fall 2016 Semester

Prerequisite(s):
IDEC 1201 - Drawing & Sketching I

IDEC 2301 - AutoCAD for Interiors I (3 credits)

This course will utilize the tools learned in IDEC 1301 – AutoCAD Theory, and apply them to creating floor plans, electrical plans, elevations, and legends using standard drafting practices.

Available:
In-class: Winter 2017 Semester

Prerequisite(s):
IDEC 1104 - Space Planning & Blueprints
IDEC 1301 - AutoCAD Theory

IDEC 2302 - AutoCAD for Interiors II (3 credits)

This course is a continuation of IDEC 2103 – AutoCAD for Interiors I. In addition to the review of the basic commands, students will cover the basics of creating working drawings and packages for residential interior decorating projects, including: living spaces, kitchens, and bathrooms. Understanding the basics of drafting principles will be required to create a set of working drawings for construction purposes.

Available:
In-class: Fall 2016 Semester

Prerequisite(s):
IDEC 2301 - AutoCAD for Interiors I

IDEC 2501 - The Business of Interior Decorating (3 credits)

This course provides an overview of the decorating profession with an emphasis on associated business principles and practices. Students will learn what is required to set up and successfully run a business. Topics will include: professionalism, ethics, presentation skills, costing methods, and working with wholesalers.

Available:
In-class: Winter 2017 Semester

Prerequisite(s):
IDEC 1103 - Principles & Elements of Design
IDEC 1104 - Space Planning & Blueprints
MGMT 1201 - Business Communication

IDEC 2601 - Digital Presentations (3 credits)

This course will provide students will the skills to present design options and suggestions to clients using current computer software, such as Sketch-up, Publisher, Power Point, and others.

Available:
In-class: Winter 2017 Semester

Prerequisite(s):
IDEC 1103 - Principles & Elements of Design
IDEC 2302 - AutoCAD for Interiors II

IDEC 2701 - Staging & Redesign (3 credits)

This course will cover the concepts needed for staging a new home for sale or an existing home for resale. Students will gain an understanding of the psychology of showing a space, the techniques of de-cluttering, furniture placement, and accessories.

Available:
In-class: Winter 2017 Semester

Prerequisite(s):
IDEC 1101 - Interior Lighting & Decorating
IDEC 1103 - Principles & Elements of Design
IDEC 1104 - Space Planning & Blueprints

ADMN 1701 - Communication Fundamentals (3 credits)*

This course focuses on learners developing skills to improve communication within a workplace setting. Emphasis is placed on the importance of correct and current business English in written and oral communication. Learners can enhance written communication skills and techniques by composing, revising, and editing a variety of business correspondence.

Available:
In-class: Fall 2016 Semester

Prerequisite(s):
None

MKTG 2201 - Customer Service Management (3 credits)

This course will provide a comprehensive assessment of best practices for the successful management of the client experience. Three critical foundations for service excellence will be explored: service strategy, service staff and service systems.

Available:
In-class: Fall 2016 Semester

Prerequisite(s):
None

IDEC 2999 - Interior Decorating Capstone (3 credits)

This course will require that students plan and organize a complete interior decorating project looking at specific rooms within a house. They will develop and apply skills in decorating, space planning, interior perspective renderings, and preparation of AutoCAD drawings. Particular emphasis will be placed on calculating the cost of labour, materials, and furnishings. The project will be based on a particular family profile. The final submission will be presented to a panel of industry professionals who will evaluate the presentation, organization, and plans of the project.

Available:
In-class: Winter 2017 Semester

Prerequisite(s):
IDEC 2101 - Kitchen and Bathroom Basics
IDEC 2302 - AutoCAD for Interiors II

Optional Work Experience

COURSE FEES APPLY
Contact the Student Advising Centre for further details.

IDEC 9999 - Work Experience (0 credits)

This optional Work Experience scheduled by the College provides hands-on practice in a workplace located in the City of Calgary. Work Experience is four (4) weeks in length, with the exception of Legal Assistant Diploma, which is six (6) weeks in length. With the direct guidance of a workplace supervisor, the basic skills acquired through coursework are practiced. Regular contact with a Student Engagement Officer is provided and Work Experience requires full-time attendance. Course fee is $200.00. It is important to note that this course is not covered by student loans, as it is non-credit. For further information, contact your Student Engagement Officer.

Prerequisites, effective Fall 2015:
Successful completion of all courses in the Interior Decorating Diploma program
TOWES (Test of Workplace Essential Skills) completion
BVC Eligibility Requirements

Note: To apply to the program, please go to Apply Now