Humber’s Interior Decorating diploma program combines essential creative and practical elements with insights into current design trends.
Cultivate your creative abilities using the principles and elements of design.
Hone your artistic talent and develop your professional skills to launch your career.
Learn how to design, plan, detail and create unique spatial concepts for residential environments as an interior decorator.
Explore and ideate clients’ needs and passions, then use them to transform their living/work space.
Discover and implement unique trends for kitchen and bath solutions.
You will learn from practising professional experts in our design studios. The studio curriculum provides hands-on experience and training using market-specific materials and trends. Guest speakers, trade shows, field trips and out-of-country adventure opportunities await you. Using the latest in technology software programs, you will explore the world of design and discover furniture, finishes, textiles, objects d’art and essential elements that evolve into unique and extraordinary living spaces.
Our program will complement your creative and technical expertise with essential business training in how to run your own enterprise and manage your own projects. You will learn how to understand specifications and how to communicate design ideas effectively to a real client.
Round out your interior decorating education with instruction in mechanical, electrical, plumbing services and building methods including residential finishes, computer drafting, sketching interiors and digital communications.
Courses Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:
Communicate effectively with a wide variety of people, taking a professional, customer service approach to sales, consulting and presentations.
Demonstrate appropriate business services and ethics in accordance with the standards of the decoration profession.
Apply techniques of visual merchandising to display preparation.
Employ sound project management skills, demonstrating business and communication abilities, in a broad range of construction and administrative situations.
Solve decorating challenges with appropriate designs, materials, and space planning.
Investigate, assess and apply a variety of materials, finishes, furniture and accessories.
Apply both creative and colour theories effectively.
Apply appropriate historic context to decorated spaces.
Identify, evaluate and apply ‘human’ elements in all project situations to include life safety, building code, ergonomic, anthropometric and environmental issues as they relate to the decorated environment.
Assess, measure, plan and graphically articulate space with pencil and computer generated drawings.
Communicate by means of graphic presentation and verbally defend choices.
The interior decorating program offers an optional work placement to all students who choose to enrol in this opportunity. The work placement requirement is a minimum of 240 hours, following Semester 2. Students who enrol in January have a slightly modified option to gain the mandatory hours.
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Watch the video to see Interior Decorating students create a Winter Wonderland for The Morning Show set.
Interior Decorating, Home Renovation and Electrical program students built a 108 sq.ft. student bunkie for auction to support student awards and scholarships.
Introducing "Homes With Holly" on YouTube! Watch the video to see Holly Cowieson, a student in the Interior Decorating program shares her new skills and expertise on Staging.
Our on campus facilities which include the AutoCAD labs, lounge and sample room allow students to remain within a studio environment that is tailored to their unique needs. In addition, the college library contains a large section of reference and video material and the campus bookstore sells tools, supplies and textbooks which support this course.
Interior decorators work with clients and consult on programming through to installation phases. Components selection encompasses style, colour schemes, space plan layouts, elevations perspective sketches, lighting, furniture, floor finishes, wall finishes, kitchen and bathroom design, accessories, and many more details.
Interior decorators can provide conceptual sketches, computer-aided design and drafting (CADD), generated working drawings, and other design-related essentials to their clients including product specification, as well as cost estimates.
Decorators can also choose from other career avenues including window display, event planning, décor magazines, television work, home staging and much more.
Humber graduates have gone on to become interior decorating magazine editors-in-chief, featured magazine interior decorators, TV personalities with their own show, guest TV decorators, newspaper feature article leaders, interior decorating business owners, event planners, managers of decorating retail stores, design consultants and buyers to name but a few.
Graduates work with:
The Bachelor of Interior Design degree program.
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