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Bachelor of Interior Design

Credential: Honours Degree Program Code: 22051 Length: 8 semesters

To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses:
    • Grade 12 English (ENG4U or equivalent) minimum 65 per cent
    • Grade 11 or 12 Mathematics (MCR3U, MCF3M, MDM4U, MCB4U, MGA4U, MCV4U or MHF4U or equivalent) minimum 60 per cent
    • Four Grade 12 U or M courses in addition to those listed above
    • Overall minimum grade point average (GPA) 65 per cent

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All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

Selection Includes Secondary Requirements:

Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated and the result of the evaluation of additional secondary requirements. Secondary requirements may include a portfolio, audition, letter of intent, references, etc., and vary by program. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission.

Date Location Availability International Student Availability
September 2017NorthOpenOpen

The 2016/2017 fee for two semesters was:

  • domestic $7,575.65
  • international $14,800.

Amounts listed were the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2016/2017 academic year. Fees are subject to change.

 

Additional Costs

$1,000 per year for materials and books; field trip travel expenses; $1,000 for site studies trip (based on New York destination); safety boots and hard hat; access to a computer with Internet, word processing/presentation software; additional software (also available to students in computer labs on campus).

For information regarding fees for work terms, refer to Fees and Financial Assistance.

Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

Learn more >

Alternative Course of Study

Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Interior Design degree program should consider applying for the following diploma program(s). View program pages for pathway details:

Architectural Technology >

Interior Decorating >

Humber Also Offers

Design Foundation program >

This program is not considered a formal foundation for the Interior Design degree program, however, students may apply for individual exemptions.

Humber offers a number of postgraduate certificates to help take your degree further.

Ontario Graduate Certificates >

Transferring from Another College or University

Details on transferring credits or credentials from another college or university or how to apply for credit based on prior work or life experience.

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Program Contact(s)

Kelly Gluck
Program Co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 5114
kelly.gluck@humber.ca

Admissions

Domestic Students

North Campus
Humber Learning Resource Commons, 1st Floor
416-675-5000

Lakeshore Campus
A118
416-675-5000

enquiry@humber.ca

 

International Students

Phone 1-416-675-5067
Fax 1-416-675-6386
international@humber.ca

 

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Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or ontariocolleges.ca.

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International Students

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

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In order to continue with your application for Bachelor of Interior Design, you must complete this step in the application process. Applicant selection is based on academic criteria and results of these secondary requirements. This document contains all the information you need to prepare and submit secondary requirements for consideration. If you have any questions, please contact Admissions.

Secondary Requirements

Applicants are required to submit a portfolio and a writing sample.

i. Portfolio
Applicants must submit a portfolio that includes four creative pieces. The requirements for these submissions are as follows:

Compulsory Portfolio Submissions (three required submissions)

Submission #1 – Perspective line drawing of a chair (two-point perspective). You may use your choice of medium for this piece, however, you are encouraged to work in black line for the chair and to use construction lines to show proper perspective methods.

Submission #2 – Perspective line drawing of an interior space or building façade. This should be from an actual space or building and not from your imagination or an abstract method. You may use your own choice of medium.

Submission #3 – Colour still life study that demonstrates your use of colour and composition. You are encouraged to group everyday objects such as fruit, small appliances, pottery or shoes.

Compulsory Submission of Your Choice (one required submission)

Submission #4 – Submit work of your choice. You may include a photograph of a three- dimensional object you have designed or created, work related to interior design or a subject or type of work that is not included in the list above. You should not include an abstract composition or piece of photography as it may not indicate the strength of your drawing
abilities.

Be sure to title each submission and briefly describe it (maximum 50 words).

ii. Writing Sample

Applicants will complete a 350-word writing sample describing their knowledge and interest in interior design. We strongly recommend you research and refer to current issues in the interior design profession and include any projects, periods or styles, architectural influences, designers or artists whom you feel have influenced either your artistic
endeavours or your decision to pursue a career in the design discipline.

Be sure to emphasize your understanding of interior design versus decorating and your desire to attend Humber’s program.

Submission Instructions

Applicants must submit the portfolio and writing sample through SlideRoom. SlideRoom is a secure site where secondary requirements are collected, scored and stored. Log-in to https://humber.slideroom.com and create your free account. There will be additional instructions once your account has been created.

Applicants must save each submission as a PDF file no larger than 10 MB each. All submissions must be labelled as the corresponding submission requirement (e.g. Portfolio Submission #1).

All secondary requirements should be submitted by March 17th or 3 weeks from the date of application, whichever is later.

All secondary requirements will be evaluated and a score will be calculated by the academic school. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Deadline for Submission

Applicants must meet both academic and secondary requirements in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility does not guarantee an offer of admission.

Our Program

Humber’s Interior Design degree program balances practical and creative problem solving with contemporary theories, emerging societal issues, research and technology. 

Sustainable design practice is integrated throughout the program and is an important consideration in students’ studio work. Interior design classes are enhanced by a breadth of liberal arts and applied science courses.

Engaging interior design studios enable you to master an evidence-based design process, develop effective presentation abilities and acquire vital professional practice skills. Collaboration models industry team practices.

A self-directed volunteer project helps connect you to the community and the design industry. For example, our students have worked with organizations such as the Furniture Bank, Toronto District School Board, youth and women’s shelters, and Habitat for Humanity.

Observational field trips provide opportunities to connect theoretical contexts such as the perception of space and human interaction with built environments. Past field trips have included the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Italy, Holland and New York. In the fourth-year thesis courses, you will interact with industry mentors as you research, develop and document a large scale project from initial concept to construction documentation.

Courses Learning Outcomes


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Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  • Design, document and communicate high quality interior design propositions of varying size, scope and complexity employing principles of evidence-based design methodology.

  • Select and employ appropriate visual languages to investigate, analyze, interpret, develop and articulate ideas for two and three-dimensional projects.

  • Produce sophisticated design proposals emphasizing three- dimensional quality of space achieved through architectural detailing.

  • Integrate sustainable practices in the design process and demonstrate leadership by educating users in these principles.

  • Analyze the complexity of forces – economic, political, physiological, sociological and technological – which influence the design of the physical environment.

  • Select appropriate methods and materials to achieve the technical functionality and aesthetically pleasing built environment.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between human behaviour and the built environment and the implications in preparing design solutions.

  • Assess the implications for interior design presented by key developments in current and emerging materials, media and technologies and in interdisciplinary approaches to contemporary design practice.

  • Employ effective and professional communication skills and techniques to interact, negotiate and undertake collaborative efforts including meaningful discussion of one’s work in an open studio environment, with audiences, clients, markets, end-users and team members.

  • Confidently employ appropriate professional accountability, personal and business ethics demonstrating competency of industry practices.

  • Employ appropriate conventions of measurement, scale, site measuring, drafting and volumetric manipulation through a variety of manual and digital modeling techniques.

  • Design to exceed the minimum standards of applicable laws, codes, regulations, and practices that protect the health, safety and welfare of the public.

  • Employ both convergent and divergent thinking in the process of observation, investigation, speculative enquiry, ideation, rationalization and implementation of design solutions.

  • Source, navigate, select, retrieve, evaluate, manipulate and manage information from a variety of sources, both primary and secondary.

  • Analyze information and experiences in order to articulate an academically structured, sustained and well-supported argument supporting a design issue or creative interior design solution.


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Work Placement

You will apply hands-on, job-ready skills with a 440-hour paid work term between semesters six and seven. We encourage you to take career management workshops to develop effective job search skills, which will help you find your own work placement with the support of work placement consultants and faculty. The school works with business and industry contacts to help identify employment opportunities.

The Humber Experience

Watch the video. Hear from students and faculty in our Bachelor of Interior Design program.

Thesis Presentations

interior design thesis show

These students worked hard for months to come up with new design concepts for spaces around the city. Watch the video to see what these Interior Design students came up with! 

Modernist Ode to Summer

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Neal Prabhu from our Bachelor of Interior Design program was featured in the Globe and Mail.

The Humber Advantage

Facilities & Equipment

Our learning spaces provide an atmosphere which simulates design studio environments: drafting tables, computer stations, team discussion and presentation areas. An interior design resource room, complete with material samples, computer stations, a lounge area dedicated to the students, sofas, a microwave, layout space, team areas and storage, is available 24/7 with secure access. Whether you're looking to focus on your class assignments, work in the computer lab, research in the library, meet with a teacher, or consult with Career Services, Humber North has everything you need to get started.

Design Centre

The Humber Design Centre features a large, open concept space along with the latest digital imaging and design technologies. With seven open studios, a computer lab and a state-of-the-art resource room, complete with high-end digital cameras to photograph sample boards, the Design Centre is an incredible place to learn and explore.

Industry Demand

In response to industry demand, our students are equipped with the workplace skills to compete in the industry immediately upon graduation. This program is designed to meet the standards professional organizations and employers require in either commercial or residential design.

Your Career

The spaces where people live, work and socialize have a significant impact on quality of life and productivity. As a graduate of our program, you will play a key role in shaping interesting, functional and esthetically pleasing interiors, integrating diverse cultural needs, accessibility and environmental responsibility.

A wide variety of excellent employment opportunities exist with interior design and interdisciplinary design firms specializing in corporate, health-care, retail, commercial, hospitality and residential design. Employment in the design and construction sector is expected to remain steady over the coming years.

Our Faculty

For information regarding faculty credentials for this program, visit humber.ca/faculty.

Professional Accreditation, Endorsement and Recognition

In 2000, the Humber Interior Design diploma program was the first in Canada to receive professional accreditation by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). In 2011, CIDA again reviewed and renewed Humber’s professional accreditation for a period of six years – the highest level of recognition.

The degree program is also recognized by the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) and Interior Designers of Canada (IDC). It has been approved by the Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board (PEQAB).

Additional requirements may apply.

Note: The requirements for the additional credential(s) are determined by the granting body, which is independent from the College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling. 

Every attempt is made to ensure that information contained in this website is current and accurate. Humber reserves the right to correct any error or omission, modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable or campus location at any time without prior notice or liability to users or any other Person.