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  • Objectives
    The Interior Decorating Certificate is designed to develop the knowledge, skills and professionalism required for a successful career in the field of interior decorating. Graduates of this program will be prepared to seek employment in the many areas of design and decoration in retail sales and as manufacture retail representatives. Students will learn the basic skills of drawing and creating floor plans, space plans, effective use of materials and the ability to co-ordinate residential interior decorating projects through hands-on practical application. Upon successful completion of this program students will have a complete and professional portfolio for employment purposes. Areas to be covered include colour theory, lighting and accessories, fabrics and window treatments, Antiques, furniture styles and presentations.
  • Academic Title
    Interior Decorating Ontario College Certificate
  • Course description
    IDEC1010      Advanced Interior Decorating
    Description: This course will be the culmination of all the knowledge gained in the prerequisite decorating courses. Portfolios will be reviewed and critiqued for content and professionalism. Your major project and presentation will include labour and supply costing calculations as well as all other components covered in previous courses. Other topics covered are: Interior design businesses, supplier info, client consultations, customer service and legal responsibilities and requirements. All program courses and electives must be completed before enrolling in this course.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: IDEC1030, IDEC1040, IDEC1060, IDEC1080

    IDEC1020     Antiques and Furniture Styles
    Description: The history of furniture includes an understanding of antiques, as well as a recognition of the major periods of style and how trends and influences are incorporated. Contemporary furniture of the 20th century will also be discussed and allow students to recognize particular designs and how to accurately assess a piece of furniture's worth and recognize the good-better-best categories of goods. Students will discuss all types of case goods, both wood and upholstered and the purchasing of them.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: IDEC1050

    IDEC1030     Colour and Theory
    Description: Students will understand the effects of colour in this course. Using colour wheels students will create colour schemes. Assignments will apply this knowledge on how colour affects light, texture and mood. Recognizing and forecasting colour trends as well as styles and fads will be developed through class projects.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: IDEC1050

    IDEC1040     Fabrics and Window Treatments
    Description: Natural and synthetic fabrics and the advantages of each are outlined in this course. Students will learn how fabrics are made as well as their durability. Current trends and treatments will also be discussed. Topics to be covered include blinds, shutters and valances as well as proper measuring technique.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: IDEC1050

    IDEC1050     Floor Plans, Space Planning and Presentations
    Description: Understanding blue prints and developing floor plans are keys to this course. Students will draw blue prints and will identify blue print symbols. Hands-on assignments will allow students to experiment with furniture layouts. Presentation boards will also be created to enhance the student's knowledge of standard industry measurements and planning techniques.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: IDEC1070

    IDEC1060     Interior Materials and Surfaces
    Description: Discussing the various housing materials on the market, this course will outline the merits of products including wallpaper, flooring, paint and moldings. Students will learn how to calculate the amount of space needed for a particular product and how to install it. Topics discussed include ceiling styles, countertops, trim and moldings.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: IDEC1050

    IDEC1070     Introduction to Interior Decorating
    Description: Covering the basic principles of design, this course will show the importance of room décor. Career options will be reviewed as well as what makes a professional portfolio. Decorating basics will be discussed and illustrated in a colour-board presentation at the end of the course. This course must be completed prior to all other program courses.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

    IDEC1080     Lighting and Accessories

    Description: Introducing students to applications of lighting and styles, this course will identify trade specs and the many lighting options available. A variety of accessories will also be examined and how they contribute to the décor and what works in specific situations. Assignments will challenge students to design and demonstrate the complexities of lighting and accessories.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: IDEC1050

          Electives: Program option     

    Description: Student must complete a minimum of 90 Hours

    Elective Courses:

    BUS2010     Business Law

    Description: Introducing the legal system which governs personal and commercial relationships in Canada, this course provides knowledge of the basic legal concepts in order to gain insight into judicial reasoning. Areas covered range from contract law to real property and protection of creativity. Equivalent Course: OLRN1440 Business Law 1 (Internet)
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    OMDP1040     Customer Service Excellence

    Description: To have an edge in today's marketplace you must excel in customer service. Providing a quality product or service is merely the entrance fee to play in the game. Learn the benefits of delivering quality customer service, the use of awards and assessment in a service culture, and the formulation of a quality service plan.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

    OMDP1050     Dealing With Difficult People

    Description: Understanding people and being able to work with them, no matter what type of people they are, is one of the major keys to management and life success. Through this course you should be able to identify and cope with some of the most difficult behaviours you would encounter. Other topics include: personality styles, establishing rapport, body language, matching and mirroring techniques, and the skills necessary to feel totally connected with anyone you choose.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

    OMDP1080     How To Start A Small Business

    Description: This course will guide the businessperson through the process of setting up a business. Content areas include feasibility study, forms of ownership, financing, operations, marketing plans and personal skills. In short, this course will help transform your business idea into a functional business.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

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