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  • Objectives
    Interior Design is a three year co-operative program of study which provides for professional training in design development and the presentation of interior spaces, both in the classroom and through work term experiences. The program provides exposure to business, institutional, commercial and residential interior spaces. Technical aspects such as: space planning, manual and computer-aided drafting (AutoCAD) are emphasized in this program to meet industry standards.
  • Practical experience
    This three year program has three co-op work terms.
  • Academic Title
    Interior Design Ontario College Advanced Diploma
  • Course description
    Level 1    Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • WRIT-1036    Reason & Writing 1-Art & Design     3.00
    • DESG-1001    Basic Design Studio     4.00
    • DRAF-1003    Technical Drafting for Interiors     2.00
    • ARTS-1023    Fundamental Drawing     2.00
    • DESG-1064    Design Fundamentals     1.50
    • MATS-1004    Materials of Design     2.00
    • METH-1004    Colour for Interiors     1.50

    Level 2    Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • COMM-3023    Comm. for Designers, Planners, Techs     3.00
    • CADD-1056    Interior Design AutoCAD 1     2.00
    • DESG-1013    Interior Design Studio 2     4.00
    • DRAF-1012    Technical Drafting for Interiors     2.00
    • ARTS-1026    Fundamental Drawing 2     1.50
    • DESG-1027    Design Fundamentals     1.50
    • DESG-1028    Perspective Development     2.00
    • METH-1012    Colour for Interiors     1.50

    Level 3    Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • ARCH-3001    Architectural Elements for Interiors 1     2.00
    • CADD-3021    Interior Design AutoCAD 2     2.00
    • DESG-3035    Interior Design Studio 3     4.50
    • DRAF-3012    Technical Drafting for Interiors 3     2.00
    • MATS-3006    Materials of Interior Design     2.00
    • ARTS-1066    Presentation & Illustration 1     1.50
    • HIST-1028    History of Period Styles 1     3.00

    Level 4    Credits
    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • CADD-3022    Interior Design AutoCAD 3     2.00
    • DESG-3036    Interior Design Studio 4     4.50
    • DRAF-3014    Technical Drafting for Interiors 4     2.00
    • METH-3012    Business for Interiors     2.00
    • ARTS-3030    Presentation & Illustration     1.50
    • HIST-3015    History of Period Styles 2     3.00

    Level 5    Credits
    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • ARCH-3014    Architectural Elements 2     1.50
    • CADD-5012    Interior Design AutoCAD 4     2.00
    • DRAF-5006    Technical Drafting for Interiors 5     2.00
    • DESG-5005    Interior Design Studio 5     6.00
    • METH-5004    Business for Interiors     2.00

    Level 6    Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • CADD-5013    Interior Design AutoCAD 5     2.00
    • DESG-5008    Interior Design Studio 6     6.00
    • DRAF-5008    Technical Drafting for Interiors 6     2.00
    • BUSI-5003    Business Presentation     2.00
    • ARTS-5017    Portfolio Presentation     1.00

    Gen Ed - Electives
    Take 6 General Education Credits -
    Normally taken in Levels 4 and 5

    ARCH-3001 -  Architectural Elements for Interiors 1
    This is a lecture oriented course designed to expose the student to various methods of building construction, building components, basic structural systems, with reference to the Ontario Building Code. This program will be instrumental in the understanding of the design process necessary for development and renovation of interior spaces. Information collected in this course will be applied in Technical Drafting III, and Technical Drafting IV. Residential construction will be emphasized.

    ARCH-3014 -  Architectural Elements 2

    Architectural Elements For Interiors I is a prerequisite for this course. This is a lecture oriented course designed to expose the students to various methods of building construction, building components, basic structural systems with reference to the Ontario Building Code and commercial construction emphasized. Information collected in this course will be applied to Technical Drafting For Interiors V, Technical Drafting, Interiors VI and 3rd year design studio.

    ARTS-1023 -  Fundamental Drawing

    This one semester core course is designed to develop the students' skills of observation and drawing through a series of multi-media exercises and projects. These will foster an aesthetic appreciation in the student by helping them understand composition, balance, scale, proportion line, texture and color. Credit in this course must be achieved to proceed to the second level of the Interior Design program.

    ARTS-1026 -  Fundamental Drawing 2
    This one semester core course is designed to develop the students' skills of observation and drawing through a series of exercises and projects. One-point and two-point perspective drawing of room elements will be introduced and serve as one of the vehicles by which the student will express acquired skills. This course is considered to be a core subject and credit in this course must be achieved to proceed to the second year of the Interior Design program.

    ARTS-1066 -  Presentation & Illustration 1

    This course builds on Drawing 2 and emphasizes more advanced illustration techniques. Students will prepare detailed perspective renderings to help sell their design proposals. Material renditions and shade and shadow techniques will be taught.

    ARTS-3030 -  Presentation & Illustration

    This course is a continuation of Presentation and Illustration. Students will be exposed to various techniques of rendering to help them acquire their own personal style of illustrating for presentation drawings. Verbal presentation will also be reviewed. Students will be allowed to experiment with more advanced visual presentation packages.

    ARTS-5017 -  Portfolio Presentation
    This is a 15 hour course that has been designed to assist the student with the development and presentation of their professional portfolio. Students will be required to prepare an exhibition of their work to be displayed at the end Gala in late August for public viewing.

    BUSI-5003 -  Business Presentation
    This course is designed to increase the students' awareness of the skills necessary for marketing and selling their ideas and product in the interior design field. It involves the students in presenting their work to outside clientele and building their personal marketing identity-business card/stationery.

    CADD-1056 -  Interior Design AutoCAD 1
    This course develops Interior Design AutoCAD skills and is a pre requisite for Interior Design AutoCAD 2. Students will learn basic settings for drawing creation and drawing management such as layout/model space, plotting settings, viewports. Students will use basic AutoCAD techniques to produce preliminary construction drawings for hypothetical interior design projects. The following applies for course offerings consistent with the Standard Academic Calendar.

    CADD-3021 -  Interior Design AutoCAD 2

    This core course offers the fundamentals of AutoCAD with a focus on Interior Design applications. Students will demonstrate their ability to prepare 3D drawings that include file management, drawing setup-layers, linetypes, dimension styles text and plotting.

    CADD-3022 -  Interior Design AutoCAD 3

    This course introduces 3D modeling in AutoCAD. Students will create and render various objects using all aspects of the program and finally produce a room holding these objects. Rendering techniques in AutoCAD will be incorporated into the project requirements.

    CADD-5012 -  Interior Design AutoCAD 4
    This course introduces Architectural Desktop software, reinforces interior design AutoCAD skills developed in Interior Design AutoCAD 3 and is a pre requisite to Interior Design AutoCAD 5. Students will create a complete set of drawings including elevations and perspectives. Students will produce a video walkthrough utilizing different rendering techniques with Architectural Desktop software.

    CADD-5013 -  Interior Design AutoCAD 5

    This course reinforces Revit Architecture as a tool to create and customize residential and commercial Buliding Information Models. Students will create a complete set of drawings including schedules, elevations and perspectives. Students will produce an exterior and interior walkthrough utilizing different rendering techniques in Revit Architecture.

    COMM-3023 -  Comm. for Designers, Planners, Techs
    Professional communication is designed to improve students’ writing, reading, and speaking skills for work-related purposes. Emphasis is placed on process writing, composing, researching, documenting, evaluating, and editing program-related materials. Students also prepare a résumé/cover letter package and deliver an oral presentation based on research.

    DESG-1001 -  Basic Design Studio

    This is a one semester project-oriented core course where the student is first introduced to interior space. Emphasis is placed on basic design elements and principles as they relate to interiors. Student projects for this semester will concentrate on residential space. This course is considered to be a core subject and credit in this course must be achieved to proceed to the second year of the Interior Design program.

    DESG-1013 -  Interior Design Studio 2

    This is a one semester project-oriented core course where the student is introduced to commercial interior spaces. Emphasis is placed on basic design elements and principles as they relate to interiors.

    DESG-1027 -  Design Fundamentals
    Design Fundamentals is a pre-requisite for this course. This is a one semester core course with emphasis placed on the elements and principles of design as they relate to design. Two and three dimensional elements will be explored.

    DESG-1028 -  Perspective Development

    This core course is a hands on step by step course designed to expose the student to various methods of representing the 3rd dimension of design in a two dimensional drawing. This course will assist the student in understanding design development as well as giving them a vehicle to present their design ideas. Specific attention to accuracy, detail and quality of craftsmanship will be required.

    DESG-1064 -  Design Fundamentals
    This course covers basic design theory. Students are introduced to a variety of design fundamentals through lectures and "hands-on" 2D and 3D assignments. Students will expand their visual perception by analyzing the fundamental principles and elements of design and their relationship to interior design.

    DESG-3035 -  Interior Design Studio 3
    This is a one semester project-oriented core course. Two projects will be researched, one commercial and one residential. A model will be developed from the residential project. This course is considered to be a core subject and credit in this course must be achieved before proceeding to the 4th level of the Interior Design program.

    DESG-3036 -  Interior Design Studio 4
    This is a 1 semester project-oriented core course. A variety of projects will be researched including business, commercial and residential interior spaces. This course is a core subject and credit must be achieved before proceeding to the 3rd Year of the Interior Design program.

    DESG-5005 -  Interior Design Studio 5
    This is a 1 semester project-oriented core course. A variety of projects will be researched including business, institutional, commercial and residential interior spaces. This course is a core subject and credit must be achieved before proceeding to the 3rd Year of the Interior Design program. Computer aided drafting AutoCAD skills will be used to produce design solutions. Model building (conceptual only) may be required.

    DESG-5008 -  Interior Design Studio 6
    Interior Design Studio 5 is a pre-requisite for this course. This is a 1 semester project-oriented core course. This course is a core subject and credit must be achieved before graduating. An advanced project will be undertaken with emphasis placed on comprehensive and professional execution of typical Interior Design proposal Interior Design project. Computer aided drafting AutoCad skills will be used to produce design.

    DRAF-1003 -  Technical Drafting for Interiors

    This is a core course which is designed to introduce the student to architectural drafting instruments and manual drafting skills as they relate to interior design construction drawings. Credit in this course must be achieved to proceed to the second level of the Interior Design and Interior Decorating programs.

    DRAF-1012 -  Technical Drafting for Interiors

    This is a core course that builds on Technical Drafting for Interiors and is designed to further develop the student's drafting skills in the production of basic interior design construction drawings. Students will construct a three dimensional model from their construction drawings. This course is considered to be a core subject and credit in this course shouldbe achieved to proceed to any portion of the second year of the Interior Design program.

    DRAF-3012 -  Technical Drafting for Interiors 3
    Technical Drafting For Interiors II is a pre-requisite for this course. This core course will emphasize more advanced skills of manual drafting required in the execution of working drawings with emphasis placed on plans, elevations, sections and details of objects and buildings. Some design work will be required. Model building will be completed. This course is considered to be a core subject and therefore credit in this course must be achieved to proceed to the 4th level of the Interior Design program.

    DRAF-3014 -  Technical Drafting for Interiors 4

    Technical Drafting For Interiors III is a prerequisite for this course. This core course will emphasize more advanced skills of manual drafting required in the execution of working drawings with emphasis placed on the working reflected ceiling plans, drawing plans, elevations, sections and details of interior spaces. Credit in this course must be achieved to proceed to the 3rd year of the Interior Design program.

    DRAF-5006 -  Technical Drafting for Interiors 5

    This is a one semester core course that is a continuation of Technical Drafting for Interiors at a more advanced level, using AutoCAD software. Emphasis will be placed on applied technology, detailing and structural information. Specific attention to detail and quality of craftsmanship will be required. Detail oriented, quality AutoCAD skills will be reinforced.

    DRAF-5008 -  Technical Drafting for Interiors 6
    Technical Drafting for Interiors V is a pre-requisite for this course. This core course is a continuation of Technical Drafting for Interiors at a more advanced level, using AutoCad software . Emphasis will be placed on applied technology, detailing and structural information. Specific attention to detail and quality of lineware will be required. Specification writing and pricing will be included .

    HIST-1028 -  History of Period Styles 1
    This one semester course is designed to develop an understanding and interest in the furniture and architectural styles of the past. This course serves as a General Education credit within the program and discusses how history, politics, religion, climate, geography, social conditions and physical resources have shaped and influenced the architecture and interior furnishings of each country and time period studied. It fosters an aesthetic appreciation in the student by helping them understand beauty, form, taste and the role of the arts in society. It will allow the student to discuss, research, and replicate a design based in a past era or style. Areas of study include Egypt, the Renaissance, and the French periods.

    HIST-3015 -  History of Period Styles 2
    This one semester course is designed to develop an understanding and interest in the furniture and architectural styles of the past. This course serves as a General Education credit within the program and discusses how history, politics, religion, climate, geography, social conditions and physical resources have shaped and influenced the architecture and interior furnishings of each country and time period studied. It fosters an aesthetic appreciation in the student by helping them understand beauty, form, taste and the role of the arts in society. It will allow the student to discuss, research, and replicate a design based in a past era or style. Areas of study include: English Georgian, American design, Victorian through Bauhaus to Contemporary.

    MATS-1004 -  Materials of Design
    This is a one semester lecture based course. The selection criteria for interior design materials are introduced, and the properties, manufacture and selection of various interior finishes are covered. Wood, glass, ceramics, plastics and metals are discussed, along with types of flooring materials and their features. Processes for estimating flooring yardages are also included.

    MATS-3006 -  Materials of Interior Design
    This one semester lecture based course builds on Materials of Interior Design. The construction, aesthetics and properties of fabrics and wall coverings are covered. Furniture construction, drapery and upholstery styles are explored, with their application to and installation into commercial and residential interiors. Specifying, measuring, estimating and costing is included.

    METH-1004 -  Colour for Interiors

    This is a lecture and project oriented core course. The student will explore the history and psychology of colour and the various colour theory systems. Two dimensional projects painted with gauche paints will be completed to reinforce colour theory. Credit in this course must be achieved to proceed to the second level of the Interior program.

    METH-1012 -  Colour for Interiors
    Students apply theory to practice by preparing colour schemes for interior spaces. Color theory critiques of interior design spaces are prepared and presented by students in groups. This is a CORE course and must be completed to continue into the 2nd Year of the Interior Design program. This course builds on METH-1004.

    METH-3012 -  Business for Interiors
    This course is a lecture series designed to make students aware of business principles needed to practice in the interior design profession. Students will understand community expectations in terms of regulation, logic, decision making and awareness of the social and financial environment around them.

    METH-5004 -  Business for Interiors
    This course is a lecture series designed to introduce students to project management, specification writing and the bid process for interior design projects.

    WRIT-1036 -  Reason & Writing 1-Art & Design

    This course will introduce art and design students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking. This course will also introduce students to selected topics and concepts in art and design.

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