- August 30 2018
- In Class
- Combined Online
Tuition & Fees
Domestic: CAD $8,763
International: CAD $25,436
Learn how you can make an impact. Interior decorators affect our daily lives through colours, textiles, lighting, form, and function. You'll learn to interact with trades and other professionals to create the spaces where we live and work. This two-year (4-term) diploma program is recognized by Canada's National Association for Decorators and Designers (CDECA). You'll learn the practical skills and techniques to successfully manage interior decorating projects and work effectively in business environments in a variety of roles related to interior decorating.
When you graduate from the Interior Decorating program, you can expect many job opportunities. Look for careers as an interior decorator; colour, furniture, or lighting consultant; interior draft person; stylist; stager; or in the kitchen and bath industry. The skills you learn in this program open opportunities for advancement in many different areas.
After graduation, you can give your career a further edge with a Kitchen and Bath Design Post-Diploma Certificate.
- Credit in English 30-1 or 65% in English 30-2 or equivalent
- Minimum final mark of 60% in Math 10C or equivalent
Successful completion of the General Educational Development (GED) test that consists of five tests with a minimum score in the following sections:
- Interpreting Literature and Art: 520 minimum standard score
- Writing Skills: 520 minimum standard score
- Math Test: 450 minimum
- Satisfactory results on the Bow Valley College Admissions Test
English language proficiency requirement
For applicants whose first language is not English, please review English language proficiency requirements.
Curriculum subject to change.
This course provides a practical understanding of the effective use of colour scheme to create a desired atmosphere and enhance furnishings throughout the dwelling. The course will cover lighting; the effects and techniques, study of the guidelines for the use of natural and/or artificial light, with attention to the placement of general, task and accent lighting.
This course covers the guidelines for achieving a professionally appearance in any space (design principles, proportion and scale, balance, rhythm and unity, and focal point), including the application of design elements (line, space, texture, colour and light). A fundamental component of the course is the creation of colour boards. Learners will learn how to assemble a presentation board based on all the elements and principles of design, surfaces, furniture, window treatments and accessories.
This course will cover the skills required to plan and create furnishing arrangement to create maximum convenience of movement and visual appeal. Skills will be developed through understanding space by measuring existing spaces, drawing the measurement to scale, and creating floor plans and elevations of a space. Further skills developed will be the ability to analyze space through the application of the Principles and Elements of design and understanding human form; examing specific lighting requirements for each room in a home and the technical aspect of each. The course will cover the methods used to read residential and small commercial building architectural blueprints. The learner will also be exposed to the Alberta Building Code with an emphasis on housing and small buildings.
This course provides students with hands-on experience in the area of drawing and sketching to create professional presentation boards. Learners will develop drawing and sketching skills to clearly communicate their decorating ideas and concepts.
This course is designed to enable the learners to produce 2D drawings using Computer Assisted Drawing (AutoCAD) software. The course is an introduction to the software and covers basics of creating and manipulating objects in AutoCAD using a variety of commands and system variables. The skills developed will allow the user to create and use a parts library, draw a floor plan and interior elevations of a house, and insert furniture and drafting symbols into the plan.
Learners will develop a practical understanding of historically important and influential decorating styles throughout history. The characteristics of various decorating styles will be discussed and explored, so students will be able to distinguish and identify certain eras by key furniture pieces and style icons.
The objective of this course is to provide the student with a fundamental understanding of window treatments. The students will learn how to select both hard and soft window coverings for specific room's styles and uses. They will also learn how to calculate drapery yardages, specific to the styles and fabric chosen. They will understand the basic for fabric calculation for other residential interior requirement such as, but not limited to, pillows and bedding. Does not include upholstery.
Prerequisites: IDEC1103 and IDEC1201
Through discussions, activities, assignment/presentations and field trips, students will develop awareness and understanding of the application of textiles and furniture in a residential space. This is an introduction to selecting and specifying textiles and furniture base upon, but not limited to, construction methods, finishes and design and client profiles.
Prerequisites: IDEC1103 and IDEC1201
The main objective of this course is to provide the student with a fundamental understand of the background surfaces in residential space. Students will learn how to apply the Principles and Elements of Design to the selection of walls, floors, counter tops, ceiling and trims in decorating an interior space. Understand and read specification sheet for different materials; determine how much material to order for a project; research for surfaces products; and present surface solutions to others. Also the student will gain an understanding and appreciation of the use and application of accessories within a space.
Prerequisites: IDEC1103 and IDEC1201
This course is designed to enable students to produce 2D drawings using Computer Assisted (CAD) AutoCAD software that is used specifically for residential interior industry. The course is an extension of both IDEC1301 and IDEC1104, where the application of AutoCAD software develops and creates floor plans, elevations and other types of drawings used for an interior project. Learners will expand their knowledge and competency of AutoCAD and space planning though the course. Including but not limited to the development of support documents required to sell a project to a client.
Prerequisites: IDEC1104 and IDEC1301
This course will develop your ability to design kitchens and bathrooms. Students will learn about project planning, cabinets, storage, the working triangle in the kitchen, and how to select suitable surfaces for both rooms. Students will also learn to evaluate the special considerations of these rooms for their special functional needs and environment.
Prerequisites: IDEC1101, IDEC1104, IDEC1105, IDEC1106, and IDEC1401
This course provides a practical understanding of drawing, sketching, rendering, and model making used to communicate decorating solutions to a client. Within the course existing skills will be expanded upon while introducing new techniques used to visually communicate to others. All work will be used to develop a Professional Portfolio.
Service touches our lives by the service we receive and the service we give. This course encompasses the essential principles of customer service with additional focus on effective communication, problem solving and complaint handling skills. Offering exceptional customer service, at any level in an organization, is the key factor to whether an employee or a business survives, thrives and stands apart from the competitors. Customer Service Management will provide a comprehensive assessment of best practices for the successful management of the client experience.
This course will expand the learner's current knowledge of AutoCAD and provide additional commands and practices of the software for the application of drafting and design spaces. Learners will put together a set of interior working drawing to be used by other trades. The course will continue to use the textbook from IDEC1301, and cover topics not yet introduced. Learners will also be introduced to additional drawing software and how it can be used in conjunction with AutoCAD.
Learners explore principles of interpersonal relationships and communication, considering the roles of culture, perception, and listening therein. They practice verbal, nonverbal, conversational, and computer-mediated messaging necessary for effective communication within personal and professional contexts.
The objective of this course is to learn the steps necessary to visually prepare a property for sale. Learners will develop techniques that can be utilized for both homeowners wishing to sell and for builders' show homes.
Prerequisites: IDEC1101, IDEC1103, and IDEC1104
Using a real residential setting and client, learners will design a kitchen and bath renovation for their final project. Providing verbal and visual presentation, students will explain their design to a panel including floor plans, cabinetry design, elevations, space planning, scaled model and electrical plans.
Prerequisites: IDEC2101 and IDEC2302
In this course learners will learn about business roles and operations, how they present themselves within the interior decorating/design industry, and how they relate to career goals. The course consists of individual and group in-class learning, field research including interviewing professionals and the tailoring of marketing deliverables to your specific career goals.
Prerequisites: IDEC1103, IDEC1104, and either COMM1101 or MGMT1201
Learners will learn how to organize themselves to create and present a decorating solution to a client using current electronic technologies. Through this, they will learn how to apply different software programs towards a single goal. Using software programs that they may already know and introduced to new ones, they will build the skills to present a client with a polished, impressive and persuasive presentation.
Prerequisites: IDEC1103 and IDEC2302
This course covers the usage of sustainable materials, furniture and finishes used in decorating a residential space. Through discussions, assignments, and presentations, learners will develop an understanding of the principles of sustainability and the implications of a carbon footprint in a project. Learners will gain an understanding of, but limited to, the terms such as cradle to the grave, LEED, Canadian Green Building Console, and others, and the impact they have on the residential market place.
Prerequisites: IDEC1101, IDEC1103, IDEC1105, IDEC1106 and IDEC1401
(Optional four-week placement after all other program courses have been completed)
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 direct guidance of a workplace supervisor, the basic skills acquired through coursework are practiced. Work Experience requires full-time attendance.
The program is 20 courses, which can be completed in four terms (16 months) or up to five years (part-time).
Interior decorators do the following:
- Work with computers and technology
- Work with clients to analyze needs and goals
- Formulate preliminary decorating concepts
- Develop and present final decorating recommendations to clients
- Prepare working drawings and specifications
- Prepare and administer bids and budgets
- Shop for products and materials for projects
- Collaborate with workrooms, tradespeople, and suppliers
- Review and evaluate decorating solutions from implementation to completion of a project
- Measure site for projects
- Manage outgoing and incoming communications with clients and industry professionals
Interior decorators work in the following workplaces or industries:
- Furniture stores
- Paint and wall covering stores
- Flooring or other surfaces stores
- Furniture manufacturers
- Office furniture suppliers
- Residential builders
- Kitchen and bath industry
- Fabric and window covering suppliers
- Interior design firms
- Interior decorating firms
- Interior drafting offices
Interior decorators also work in the following roles:
- Manufacturer sale representatives
Please visit the full time course credits pages for details for each program.
Post Diploma Certificate
Kitchen and Bath Design
Kitchen and bath designers provide specialized services within the residential kitchen and bath design industry. Learners will add to their training by building analytical, planning, and documenting skills specific to the kitchen and bath design industry.