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Kitchen and Bath Design Post-Diploma Certificate

Build on your existing interior decorating, design, or architectural training and advance your career in the residential kitchen and bath design industry in this exciting new post-diploma program – the first of its kind in Alberta!

Learn about trends and challenges emerging for kitchen and bath designers. Specialize your abilities to analyze and respond to clients' needs by creating functional and aesthetically pleasing design solutions. Learn to consider durability and the environment, while working within building codes and kitchen and bath industry design standards. Refine your knowledge of technical and presentation documents. Increase your understanding of residential construction practices and industry specific materials and products.

Accelerate your career by adding a kitchen and bath design post-diploma certificate to your credentials. Because you know the way to stand out is to be ahead of the crowd.

Need more info?

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


Courses in Program

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Semester 1

CADD3601 - Computer Aided Drafting for Kitchen and Bath Design (3 credits, 45 hours)

Industry standard kitchen and bath design software programs are studied and applied to the specification and documentation of design concepts. Learners prepare technical drawings that define the scope of work and construction methods and specifications for new and renovated kitchen and baths including plans, elevations, sections, details, and three dimensional drawings for project specifications and client presentations.
Prerequisites: none

DESN3201 - Residential Kitchen Design (3 credits, 45 hours)

Learners analyze functional and spatial qualities of kitchen design. The design and the decision making process as it is relevant to the planning of functional kitchens are explored and applied to the creation of new residential kitchens and the specific design criteria and of regulatory codes and principles of universal design. Learners define the scope of a residential kitchen project, design functional and code compliant kitchen space, and specify equipment, fixtures, and cabinetry. The elements and principles of design, design philosophies, and aesthetic qualities relevant to kitchen design are examined.
Prerequisites: none

DESN3202 - Residential Bath Design(3 credits, 45 hours)

Learners examine functional and spatial qualities of bath design. The design and the decision making processes relevant to the planning of functional baths are explored and applied to the creation of new residential baths that satisfy specific design criteria and adhere to regulatory codes and the principles of universal design. Learners define the scope of a residential bath project, design functional and code compliant bath space, and specify equipment, fixtures, and cabinetry. Learners use elements and principles of design, design philosophies, and aesthetic qualities relevant to bath design.
Prerequisites: none

DESN3301 - Residential Kitchen and Bath Construction Methods (3 credits, 45 hours)

Learners observe residential building systems and regulatory codes that pertain to kitchen and bath design. The integration and specification of proprietary items and fixtures with cabinetry construction and assembly is studied together with the appropriate use of construction materials and surface finishes. Site evaluation methods, interdisciplinary coordination and documentation standards, and industry installation procedures are examined and applied.
Prerequisites: none

DESN3302 - Estimating Processes for Kitchen and Bath (3 credits, 45 hours)

Learners evaluate estimating techniques and prepare an itemized bill of quantities from specifications for kitchen and bath designs. Methods for the preparation of a comprehensive list of material quantities for fabrication and proprietary item purchases together with cost estimates for construction materials, design components, equipment, and fixtures, and estimated labour costs for construction and installation are researched. Methods for estimating contingency sums and specifying provisional sums are examined.
Prerequisites: none

Semester 2

CADD3602 - Advanced Computer Aided Drafting for Kitchen and Bath Design (3 credits, 45 hours)

Learners advance their study and practice of two-dimensional and three-dimensional computer aided drafting conventions using industry standard software. Techniques to develop a comprehensive set of kitchen and bath design construction drawings and three-dimensional renderings are applied.
Prerequisite: CADD3601 - Computer Aided Drafting for Kitchen and Bath Design

DESN3303 - Residential Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Systems (3 credits, 45 hours)

The course examines the design and evaluation of new and existing building systems, including the study of heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC), hydraulic, and electrical requirements. Applicable regulatory codes are examined for the design of plumbing, power, and lighting components. The coordination of the trades in relation to industry practices, specification standards, installation methods, and project management is examined in detail.
Prerequisites: none

DESN3304 - Sustainable Materials and Finishes for Kitchen and Bath Design(3 credits, 45 hours)

Learners assess sustainable issues including the efficient use of energy and water in the design of kitchens and baths. Materials, finishes, and proprietary items such as plumbing and cabinetry hardware, equipment, appliances, shower inserts, baths, sinks, and basins are compared in relation to sustainable issues and hygienic, durability, and aesthetic considerations.
Prerequisites: none

DESN3401 - Professional Practice and Marketing for Kitchen and Bath Industry (3 credits, 45 hours)

Project and financial management procedures are studied together with the psychology, theories, and strategies applicable to the development of client relations and management of client expectations. Marketing techniques that promote individual success and respond to sales forecasting and the impact of economic circumstances related to selling are explored.
Prerequisites: none

DESN3998 - Kitchen and Bath Design Capstone (3 credits, 45 hours)

Learners further show functional and spatial solutions relevant to the design of a new or renovated kitchen and bath. Learners apply advanced planning principles to a kitchen and bath design that varies in both scope and design criteria. Design integrity, barrier free design, sustainable applications, principles of universal design, regulatory codes, and the development of design solutions from concept to documentation are prepared.
Prerequisites:
All Semester 1 courses complete
All Semester 2 courses must be either in-progess or complete

Semester 3 - Work Experience Term

Kitchen and Bath Design Work Experience (4 credits, 160 hours)

TBD
Prerequisites: Successful completion of all Semester 1 and 2 courses

 


Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

1) A diploma or a degree in interior decorating, interior design, architectural technology or a related program. Education and work experience equivalencies considered on a case by case basis by departmental approval.  

2) Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate one of the following:

  • IELTS - Academic (International English Language Testing Systems): 6 with a minimum band score of 5.5
  •   TOEFL (Test of English as a Second Language): 83
  • Academic English 2: Grade B- ·         Milestones Test (CLB): 8 in each strand  

Additional Requirements  

You will receive an email requesting a portfolio submission after educational and English language requirements are reviewed and approved. The portfolio will include the following:  

  • A Letter of Intent
  • The physical portfolio of work to be determined by:
  • Artistic content
  • Evidence of work
  • Working drawings
  • Organization and layout
  • Presentation  

Click here for detailed portfolio requirements.