- August 30 2018
- January 07 2019
- In Class
- Combined Online
Tuition & Fees
Domestic: CAD $8,763
International: CAD $25,436
An optional four-week work experience is available after the fourth term. A fee is required.
We are no longer accepting applications for the August 2018 intake.
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.
Learners in this program will require their own laptop computer
Here is a list of the software that will be used and the hardware needed to support it:
Basic requirements are as follows:
• INTEL QUAD CORE CPU (I5 OR I7)
• 8GB RAM (16 GB RECOMMENDED
• 13” 1080P SCREEN (15” RECOMMENDED)
• DEDICATED GRAPHICS CARD NVIDIA OR EQUIVALENT
• 256GB SOLID STATE HARD DRIVE (512GB RECOMMENED)
• PROTABLE HARD DRIVE (FOR DATA BACKUP)
• WINDOWS 10
• USB PORT MIN 2
• 3 BUTTON SCROLL WHEEL MOUSE
** EQUIVALENT SPECIFICATION IN AN APPLE MACBOOK PRO IS ACCEPTABLE
You can find additional information about the program's technology requirements here.
- 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 examines the principles of colour theory and its relationship with interior space, light, and materials. Learners apply this knowledge in their consultation with a client, to create and present a lighting plan that addresses spacial requirements and client need.
This course focuses on the role of the interior decorator as a member of a project team including interior designers and allied professionals. Learners apply the principles and elements of design in the creation of client profiles and decorating solutions addressing the requirements of an interior space and client need.
This course focuses on the planning and creation of furnishing arrangements. Learners apply the principles and elements of design as they analyze, plan, and present decorating solutions. During the process, learners address technical concerns such as blue prints and architectural drawings as well as ergonomics and building code.
Interior decorators create visualizations of interior spaces to communicate ideas to clients and other stakeholders. In this course, learners develop sketching and drawing skills to create visual perspectives and render finishes for interior spaces.
The course addresses the basics of creating and manipulating objects in Computer Assisted Drawing (AutoCAD) software using a variety of commands and systems variables. These foundational skills support the creation of a parts library, a floor plan, and interior elevations of a house, complete with furniture and drafting symbols.
Learners explore the characteristics of major historical decorating styles including atmosphere, colour scheme, lighting, background coverings, furniture, window coverings, and accessories. Learners develop a practical understanding of furniture construction techniques and differences in quality of materials and workmanship. Learners apply their knowledge of historical decorating to address client requirements.
In this course, learners focus on the process of creating a window covering solution. The process includes evaluation of window types and styles, soft and hard coverings, as well as the tools and documents used in the preparation of quotations and presentations. Course activity includes techniques for creating and delivering a professional decorating solution as a member of a project team.
Prerequisites: IDEC1103 and IDEC1201"
In this course, learners apply foundational knowledge of historical and contemporary textiles and furniture. Learners create solutions to address client need, spatial requirements, and financial restraints such as budget and availability while considering construction methods, finishes, and design.
Prerequisites: IDEC1103 and IDEC1201"
This course provides learners with foundational knowledge of how surfaces and backgrounds impact the creation and presentation of a decorating solution. Learners apply the elements and principles of design to a selection of walls, floors, countertops, ceilings, and fireplaces in decorating a space. Decoration solutions reflect considerations of sourcing, budget, specifications, and client need.
Prerequisites: IDEC1103 and IDEC1201
This experiential offering builds on previous courses and provides learners the opportunity to solve practical decorating issues using principles and elements of design and current interior decorating trends. Using various mediums, the latest technology, and inspiration from professionals in the field, learners explore the world of decorating with colour, lighting, furniture, finishes, and other essential elements to meet client needs and deliver decorating solutions.
Prerequisites: IDEC1104 and IDEC1301
This course focuses on kitchen and bathroom decorating principles. Major considerations underpinning the process are project planning, mechanical requirements, and documentation. Learners address client requirements through the choice of cabinetry, fixtures, surfaces, and finishes.
Prerequisites: IDEC1101, IDEC1104, IDEC1105, IDEC1106, and IDEC1401
Communication with clients is essential for the professional interior decorator. Communication rests upon the basic skills of drawing, sketching, rendering, and model making. Skills acquired in the prerequisite course are honed and new visual communication techniques are practiced. Learners compile ongoing project work in the construction of a professional portfolio.
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 focuses on advanced drafting and design of interior spaces. Learners build a set of interior working drawings with plans and elevations appropriate for use by allied professions. In addition, the course also addresses three-dimensional (3D) drawing, version control, documentation, and industry related software programs.
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.
In addition to creating design solutions for residential renovations, a key activity in the decorating industry is the preparation of residential properties for sale. This course focuses on the role of the decorator as part of an interprofessional team preparing a property for the
market. Emphasis falls on the aesthetic principles of presentation considering matching furniture and accessories with spatial attributes like colour and light and analysing costs of repair, redesign, and staging.
Prerequisites: IDEC1101, IDEC1103, and IDEC1104
This course presents the opportunity for learners to bring together skills accumulated in their program of study. Learners focus upon the professional presentation of a decorating solution for a renovation including drawings, documentation, and a budget. The intention of the
capstone is to complete the professional portfolio.
Prerequisites: IDEC2101 and IDEC2302 Co-requisites: IDEC2601 recommended
Business skills are essential for the interior decorator working either as an employee or as an independent entreprenuer. This course examines the essential components of a successful decorating business including business plans and cost analysis. In addition, the course addresses the professional conduct guiding business interactions of the interior decorator.
Prerequisites: IDEC1103, IDEC1104, and COMM1101
The creation and presentation of decorating solutions to clients and colleagues is key to success in the decorating industry. In this course, learners practice the tools and techniques of verbal and visual communication using industry tools and techniques. Emphasis falls on the attributes of the creative professional presentation.
Prerequisites: IDEC1103 and IDEC2302
This course addresses the use of sustainable materials, furniture, and finishes to decorate a residential space. Learners apply the principles of sustainability and evaluate the implications of the carbon footprint in a project. Projects combine considerations like Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and Canadian Green Building Console. These standards influence the carbon footprint, livability, and budget of the decorating solution.
Prerequisites: IDEC1101, IDEC1103, IDEC1105, IDEC1106 and IDEC1401
(Optional four-week placement after all other program courses have been completed)
This work experience gives learners the opportunity to apply the technical, business, and professional skills from the interior decorating program. During their time in the workplace, learners integrate into office culture, contribute to project teams as an interior decorating member, practice professional communication, network with industry colleagues, accumulate references, and enhance resumes.
Prerequisites: Completion and passing grades in all program courses
Completion of TOWES
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.
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.