Location
Start Dates

  • August 29, 2019
Duration

3Terms

Course Delivery

  • In Class
  • Hyflex
Tuition & Fees

Domestic: CAD $6,722
International: CAD $18,633

Includes mandatory four-week work experience

Program Description

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.

Learners in this program will need a laptop computer
Laptop specifications
  • Intel quad core CPU (i5 or i7)
  • 8GB RAM (16GB recommended)
  • a 13 inch 1080p screen (15 inches recommended)
  • a dedicated graphics card (NVIDIA or equivalent)
  • a 256GB solid state hard drive (512GB recommended)
  • a portable hard drive (for data backup)
  • Windows 10
  • 64-bit

You can find additional information about the program's technology requirements here

** Equivalent specification in an Apple MacBook Pro is acceptable 

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Course Listings Request More Information
Prospective Student Centre

Room S1111, South Campus
345 - 6 Avenue SE
403-410-1402
Toll-free: 1-866-428-2669
info@bowvalleycollege.ca


Admission Requirements

Academic requirements

Applicants who meet the English language proficiency requirements and hold one of the following academic diplomas or degrees will be admitted* to the Kitchen and Bath Design Post-Diploma Certificate without a portfolio assessment:

  • Interior decorating
  • Architectural technology
  • Interior design
  • Graphic design
  • Set design
  • Construction
  • Structural engineering 
  • Fine arts
  • Staging/organization 
  • Environmental design
  • Industrial design  

*subject to available seats in the program

All other applicants who meet the English language proficiency requirements and hold a diploma or degree in areas of study not listed above OR those who meet the English language proficiency requirements without holding a diploma or degree, but have related industry work experience, will be assessed by the department for equivalencies on a case-by-case basis based on their portfolio submission. 

Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate one of the following:
  1. IELTS – Academic (International English Language Testing Systems): 6 with a minimum band score of 5.5
  2. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): 83
  3. Academic English 2: Grade B-          Milestones Test (CLB): 8 in each strand  

For more information please see English language proficiency requirements.

Equivalency Assessment

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:  

Portfolio Submission

The portfolio must be personally produced, extremely well organized, and demonstrate artistic style and ingenuity. The portfolio must be in digital format (PDF or JPEG). Please include a cover letter.
Applicants should not submit hard copies and or original works.   
To be assessed, portfolios require:

  • A CV/résumé
  • Portfolio of work

CV/résumé
Highlight related personal and professional experience. Include details of experience with any or all of the following:

  • AutoCAD, Sketch-up, 20/20, Chief Architect, Revit, BIM or other drafting software
  • Hand drafting techniques, site measure experience, drawing to scale 
  • Product sales or estimating knowledge in residential construction materials, finishes or furniture
  • Residential renovation or construction experience 
  • Cabinetry sales or construction knowledge
  • Residential mechanical, plumbing, electrical product, and/or installation experience

Portfolio of work

  • Evidence of personal or professional designing/decorating/drafting and artistic capability 
  • Label all work with name, date when work was executed, media used, original size, and a summary of the project/assignment 
  • Good quality digital images are acceptable and desired
 
Course Listings
Prospective Student Centre

Room S1111, South Campus
345 - 6 Avenue SE
403-410-1402
Toll-free: 1-866-428-2669
info@bowvalleycollege.ca

Course Listing


*Please note that tuition and fees are subject to change. Current students should confirm program requirements with their academic advisor.

Term 1

Required CoursesCredit

In this course, learners use industry standard kitchen and bath design software programs to specify and document design concepts. Learners prepare technical drawings that define the scope of work, construction methods, and specifications for new and renovated kitchens and baths including plans, elevations, sections, details, and three dimensional drawings for project specifications and client presentations.
Prerequisite: CADD3601

Course Delivery
In Class Classes meet for lectures, labs, or seminars at scheduled times at one of Bow Valley College's campuses.

In this course, learners define the scope of a residential kitchen project, design a functional and code compliant kitchen space, and specify equipment, fixtures, and cabinetry for that space. During their project work, learners apply the elements and principles of design, design philosophies, and aesthetics in the design of a functional, residential kitchen space that meets industry standards and client needs. The design process, the decision making process, and access standards underpin all course activities.

Course Delivery
In Class Classes meet for lectures, labs, or seminars at scheduled times at one of Bow Valley College's campuses.

In this course, learners define the scope of a residential bath project, design a functional and code compliant bath space, and specify equipment, fixtures, and cabinetry for that space. During their project work, learners apply the elements and principles of design, design philosophies, and aesthetics in the design of a functional, residential bath space that meets industry standards and client needs. The design process, the decision making process, and access standards underpin all course activities.

Course Delivery
In Class Classes meet for lectures, labs, or seminars at scheduled times at one of Bow Valley College's campuses.

This course addresses construction methods for residential building systems and the building code for kitchen and bath projects. Focus falls on the integration and specification of proprietary elements and fixtures for cabinetry as well as the relationship between materials and surface finishes during construction and assembly. Learners delve into site evaluation and communication methods, documentation standards, and industry installation procedures.

Course Delivery
In Class Classes meet for lectures, labs, or seminars at scheduled times at one of Bow Valley College's campuses.

In this course, learners practice estimating techniques and prepare itemized bills of quantities based upon kitchen and bath design specifications. In the kitchen and bath workplace, focus falls on the preparation of comprehensive lists of material quantities together with cost estimates for construction materials, design components, equipment, and fixtures, and estimated labour costs for construction, installation and alterations. In addition, learners estimate contingency sums and provisional sums.

Course Delivery
In Class Classes meet for lectures, labs, or seminars at scheduled times at one of Bow Valley College's campuses.

Term 2

Required CoursesCredit

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

Course Delivery

This course examines the design and evaluation of new and existing building systems, including the study of heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) as well as plumbing and electrical requirements. Learners follow regulatory codes for plumbing, power, and lighting components. In addition, learners apply sequential coordination of the trades to address industry practices, specification standards, and installation methods.

Course Delivery

Learners identify sustainable issues relating to kitchen and bath design including the efficient use of energy and water. Materials, finishes, and equipment such as plumbing, cabinetry, hardware, appliances, shower inserts, baths, sinks, and basins are evaluated for sustainability.

Course Delivery

This course explores project and financial management procedures together with the theories and strategies underpinning the development of client relations and the management of client expectations. Learners analyse marketing techniques, explore industry trends as well as evaluate sales forecasting and current economic conditions.

Course Delivery

In this course, learners create functional, spatial solutions for kitchens and baths to meet a variety of design criteria and project scopes. During the development of these design solutions from concept to
documentation, learners necessarily address project elements like design access standards, sustainable applications, and regulatory codes.

Prerequisites: CADD3601, DESN3201, DESN3202, DESN3301, DESN3302, DESN3303, CADD3602, DESN3304, DESN3401

Course Delivery

Term 3

Work ExperienceFour weeks/160hours

This course provides learners with professional work experience during which they apply the practical skills, knowledge, and attitudes fostered by the kitchen and bath program. In consultation with a faculty advisor, each learner conducts a job search and secures a work experience placement. During the placement, learners record and document their experience and professional development as well as develop both personal and career goals.

Prerequisites: CADD3601, DESN3201, DESN3202, DESN3301, DESN3302 (can be a co- or prerequisite), DESN3303, CADD3602, DESN3304, DESN3401, DESN3998 (can be a co- or prerequisite)"

Course Delivery

Program FAQs

Learners in this program will need a laptop computer.

Laptop specifications

  • Intel quad core CPU (i5 or i7)
  • 8GB RAM (16GB recommended)
  • 13 inch 1080p screen (15 inches recommended)
  • A dedicated graphics card (NVIDIA or equivalent)
  • 256GB solid state hard drive (512GB recommended)
  • a portable hard drive (for data backup)
  • Windows 10
  • 64-bit

You can find additional information on the program's technology requirements here.

**Equivalent specification in an Apple MacBook Pro is acceptable.

The program is completed over 3 terms. There are 10 courses and a mandatory work experience to be completed before graduation. 

Kitchen and bath designers do the following:

  • Work with computers, photocopiers, faxes, and other office equipment
  • Work with clients to analyze needs and goals to create a safe environment
  • Formulate preliminary design concepts
  • Develop and present final design recommendations to clients or supervisors
  • Manage outgoing and incoming communications with clients and industry professionals
  • Filing; assembling binders
  • Prepare working drawings and specifications
  • Prepare and administer bids
  • Internet research
  • Shop for products and materials for projects
  • Collaborate with tradespeople and suppliers
  • Review and evaluate design solutions from implementation to completion of a project
  • Measure site for projects 
Kitchen and bath designers work in the following workplaces or industries:
  • Residential designers or builders
  • Cabinet manufacturers
  • Architectural mill work companies
  • Product sales
  • Manufacturer sales representative
  • Interior design firms
  • Interior drafting offices 

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