Humber’s Bachelor of Interior Design degree program balances creativity with sensitive, pragmatic design thinking. Our graduates problem-solve, investigate and explore design environments where people thrive.
Engaging interior design studios enable you to master an evidence-based design process, develop effective presentation abilities and acquire vital professional practice skills. Team collaboration among student groups mirrors industry team practices.
Observational field trips provide opportunities for you to connect classroom theory, such as the perception of space and human interaction, with built environments. In the fourth-year courses, you will interact with industry mentors to research, develop and document a large scale project from initial concept to construction documentation.
Additionally, a self-directed volunteer project helps connect your passion for design to the community and the design industry. Students have worked with organizations such as the Furniture Bank, Toronto District School Board, youth and women’s shelters, and Habitat for Humanity.
Courses Learning Outcomes
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.
You will apply your hands-on, job-ready skills with a 420-hour paid work placement between Semesters 6 and 7. Career management workshops help you to develop effective job search skills. You will 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.
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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.
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.
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.
You'll learn from professors who have real-world experience and are active in the industry. Our professors are committed to providing you with practical, hands-on training to help you achieve the career you want.View Faculty Credentials
M. Arch – University of Toronto
BA, Honours - McMaster University
MA (Urban Design Studies) – University of Toronto
BTech (Architecture) – Ryerson University
NCIDQ – Ryerson University
MES – York University
BEd – University of Toronto
BID – University of Manitoba, MB
MA (Interior Architecture) – Curtin University, Perth, Australia
BEd (Adult Education) – Brock University
Advanced Diploma (Honours – Interior Design) – Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
NCIDQ, ARIDO, IDC
Professor and program co-ordinator
M.Arch - University of Toronto
Hons. BA. (Architecture Specialist) - University of Toronto
Architectural Design Technology Diploma - Humber College of Applied Arts & Technology
Facility Planning - Humber Certificate College of Applied Arts & Technology
LEED® AP BD+C
MArch – University of Toronto
BFA – Queen's University
SEED – Harvard University, MA, USA
MA (Interior and Spatial Design) – Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, UK
BSc (Architecture) – McGill University, PQ
BArch – McGill University, PQ
NCIDQ, ARIDO, IDC
Hons. BA (Art History and Architecture)
Diploma (Interior Design) – Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
Masters Candidate (Inclusive Design Graduate Studies) - OCAD University
Bachelor of Interior Design - Ryerson University
MArch – Dalhousie University, NS
Bachelor of Environmental Design – Technical University of Nova Scotia, NS
Diploma (Environmental Design) – Ontario College of Art and Design
MA (Art History) – York University
BA - Honours (Art History) – Queen's University
Advanced Diploma (Interior Design) – Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
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 while 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.
Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA)
The four year Bachelor of Interior Design at Humber College is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).
Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO)
The program is also recognized by the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) and Interior Designers of Canada (IDC). Since January 1, 2017, completion of an accredited degree is a requirement to write the Council for Interior Design Qualifications (CIDQ) professional exams which is the North American professional standard to be recognized as an Interior Designer.
Note: The requirements for licensure are determined by the granting body, which is independent from Humber College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.
This program is not considered a formal foundation for the Interior Design degree program, however, students may apply for individual exemptions.
Humber Interior Design Degree graduate, Karly Cable, was this year's recipient of Gensler's Rising Designer Award.
Humber Bachelor of Interior Design student, Tiam Rahmani, has placed in an international student design competition – the only one from a Canadian postsecondary institution to do so.
"My Design Foundation certificate was great preparation for Humber's Interior Design degree." - Alec, Interior Design degree student
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