Location
Start Dates

  • January 08 2018
  • August 30 2018
Duration

3Terms

Course Delivery

  • In Class
  • Hyflex
Tuition & Fees

Domestic: CAD $6,716
International: CAD $18,276

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  

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  
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

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.

Course Delivery:
In Class

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

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

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.

Course Delivery:
In Class

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

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:

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.

Course Delivery:

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.

Course Delivery:

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.

Course Delivery:

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.
Prerequisite: CADD 3602*, DESN3201, DESN3202, DESN3301, DESN3302, DESN3303*, DESN3304*, DESN3401* (* may be pre- or co-requisite)

Course Delivery:

Term 3

Work ExperienceFour weeks/160hours

Learners experience the opportunity to practice skills on the job site and apply knowledge gained in the kitchen and bath design program.
Prerequisites: CADD 3602, DESN3303, DESN3304, DESN3401, DESN3998

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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 eight months, broken up into two semesters, followed by a one-month work experience. 

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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