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Interior Design, Bachelor of

Ministry Name: Bachelor of Interior Design

Credential: Honours DegreeProgram Code: 22051Length: 8 semestersProgram Starting Between:  

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following 5 requirements:

  • Academic

    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

    or

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    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • English Language Proficiency

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

  • International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a WES or ICAS evaluation.

  • Portfolio

  • A portfolio is a collection of work which tells us about your creative and problem solving process, your drawing skills and how you present yourself as an artist and designer. The work you present is extremely important in your application. Your portfolio is reviewed by Interior Design faculty to determine your suitability for the program.

    Applicants must submit a portfolio that includes four creative pieces. Be sure to title each submission and briefly describe it (maximum 50 words for each piece).

    The requirements for these submissions are as follows:

    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. Include a small photograph of the chair you have drawn as part of the submission page.

    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. Include a small photograph of the space or building you have drawn as part of the submission page.

    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. We will assess your representation of realistic details: shade and shadow, depth, tonal value and texture. Include a small photograph of the object(s) you have drawn as part of the submission page.

    Submission #4 – Compulsory Submission of Your Choice (one required submission)

    Please choose one of the following which you feel describes your work as a designer or artist:

    a) Interior design work such as plan/section/elevation and materials board. This may be a school project or something you completed on your own;
    b) A sculpture or architectural model, or something you designed and fabricated including the conceptual sketches and the finished piece;
    c) AutoCAD, Sketchup or Revit drawings you feel show your talent as a designer;
    d) Multiple images from a sketchbook you keep of spaces, places, buildings and objects that inspire you.

  • Writing Sample

  • Research and write a 350-word writing sample describing your knowledge and interest in interior design. 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.

    Submission Instructions

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC EQUIVALENCY

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

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Fees

The 2019-2020 fee for two semesters is:

  • domestic: $7,968.82
  • international: $17,504.00

Fees are subject to change.

Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

Learn more >

Fees by Semester 

Fees by Semester

Semester 1Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,991.91$8,542.00
Tuition$3,398.11$7,948.20
Mandatory Non-Tuition$468.80$468.80
Lab/Materials$15.00$15.00
Co-op/Placement$110.00$110.00

 

Semester 2Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,976.91$8,542.00
Tuition$3,398.11$7,963.20
Mandatory Non-Tuition$468.80$468.80
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$110.00$110.00

 

Semester 3Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$4,051.91$8,542.00
Tuition$3,398.11$7,888.20
Mandatory Non-Tuition$468.80$468.80
Lab/Materials$75.00$75.00
Co-op/Placement$110.00$110.00

 

Semester 4Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,976.91$8,542.00
Tuition$3,398.11$7,963.20
Mandatory Non-Tuition$468.80$468.80
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$110.00$110.00

 

Semester 5Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$4,051.91$8,542.00
Tuition$3,398.11$7,888.20
Mandatory Non-Tuition$468.80$468.80
Lab/Materials$75.00$75.00
Co-op/Placement$110.00$110.00

 

Semester 6Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,976.91$8,542.00
Tuition$3,398.11$7,963.20
Mandatory Non-Tuition$468.80$468.80
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$110.00$110.00

 

Semester 7Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,866.91$8,542.00
Tuition$3,398.11$8,073.20
Mandatory Non-Tuition$468.80$468.80
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

 

Semester 8Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,866.91$8,542.00
Tuition$3,398.11$8,073.20
Mandatory Non-Tuition$468.80$468.80
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $420 Winter start - $280 Summer start - $140

Additional Costs

$1,000 - materials, books and field trip travel expenses (per year); $1,000 - 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.

Pathways

Pathways are academic routes that students can take to move from one credential to another.

HUMBER PATHWAYS INTO THIS PROGRAM

Degree Entry: Fall    Apply Now 

Graduates with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent or more may be considered for admission. Graduates may then complete the degree with the equivalent of six semesters of full-time study plus a work term. Successful applicants must also possess:

  • ENG4U or Humber’s WRIT 100 or 200 level course, or equivalent, with a minimum grade of 65 per cent.
  • Any Grade 11 or Grade 12U-level Mathematics with a minimum grade of 60 per cent, or Humber's TMTH 111, with a minimum grade of 60 per cent.

Admission will be based on availability in the program.

A portfolio assessment is also required. 

* Please note: This block transfer is for Humber graduates only. Graduates of similar diploma programs in Ontario will be assessed on an individual basis for transfer credit. 

**The advanced standing outlined is a general guideline. Diploma graduates may be required to take courses in lower semesters in order to meet the overall degree learning outcomes.

$2500.00 Diploma to Degree Transfer Student Scholarship

All students who have achieved a cumulative program grade point average (GPA) of 80% or better upon graduation of their Ontario college diploma will be automatically awarded a one-time scholarship of $2,500 in recognition of their academic achievement at the diploma level.

Degree Entry: Fall    Apply Now 

Graduates with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent or more may be considered for admission. Graduates may then complete the degree with the equivalent of six semesters of full-time study plus a work term. Successful applicants must also possess:

  • ENG4U or Humber’s WRIT 100 or 200 level course, or equivalent, with a minimum grade of 65 per cent.
  • Grade 11 or 12 Mathematics (MCR3U, MCF3M, MDM4U, MCB4U, MGA4U, MCV4U or MHF4U or equivalent) minimum 60 per cent.

A portfolio assessment is also required. 

* Please note: This block transfer is for Humber graduates only. Graduates of similiar diploma programs in Ontario will be assessed on an individual basis for transfer credit. 

Admission will be based on availability in the program.

**The advanced standing outlined is a general guideline. Diploma graduates may be required to take courses in lower semesters in order to meet the overall degree learning outcomes.

 

$2500.00 Diploma to Degree Transfer Student Scholarship

All students who have achieved a cumulative program grade point average (GPA) of 80% or better upon graduation of their Ontario college diploma will be automatically awarded a one-time scholarship of $2,500 in recognition of their academic achievement at the diploma level.

PATHWAYS INTO THIS PROGRAM FROM OTHER INSTITUTIONS

Graduates from recognized institutions in Ontario with the same program learning outcomes as the Humber program may be eligible for admission into an advanced semester.

Learn more >

PATHWAYS OUT TO A PARTNER INSTITUTION

Programs:

  • Consecutive Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) - Technological Education

The consecutive BEd (Technological Education) Program at York University is open to Humber graduates who have successfully completed the Bachelor of Interior Design program. Consistent with all other BEd programs at York, the Technological Education option requires completion of 60 credits offered in two consecutive Fall/Winter sessions in addition to the requirements of the student’s program at the sending institution.

Individuals who successfully complete the Consecutive BEd (Technological Education) program and who have successfully completed an approved applied degree or advanced diploma and a minimum of 2 years (24 months) of work experience related to the areas of Technological Education selected as options in the program of professional education will be eligible for recommendation by York University to receive a Certificate of Qualification in Technological Education from the Ontario College of Teachers so they may teach Technological Education in an Ontario Secondary School. Agreement covers admission up to F/W 2021 session. Candidates must apply to York University.  

 Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

Programs:

  • MBA
  • Master of Management
  • MBA Strategic Management Concentration

For those students who complete a 4 year degree at Humber, Davenport University will recognize the student's entire completed bachelor's degree. In order to meet Davenport University residency and program requirements students must complete the minimum number of credit hours in their chosen masters degree program with Davenport University. Completion of your masters degree will depend on how many courses a semester you are able to take. Students must meet all admission requirements to be accepted in the master's degree program of their choice.

 Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

Programs:

  • MA Interior Design

Humber College and the University of Westminster have partnered to create educational opportunities and progression routes to Masters degrees for Humber graduates of select programs.  

Students who have successfully completed this Humber Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.0 or above may receive direct entry to Westminster's Masters programs as indicated (one year).

Admission requirements:

For more information, contact:

Monika Parzych
Regional Manager 
University of Westminster 
E: M.Parzych01@westminster.ac.uk
Skype: monika,universityofwestminster

Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

Contact Us

Program Specific Questions

Kelly Gluck, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 5114
kelly.gluck@humber.ca

Current students please send inquiries to: SATadvising@humber.ca.

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

Phone: 416-675-5000
Email: enquiry@humber.ca

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

How to Apply

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.

Admissions Road Map >

Apply through Ontario Colleges >

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

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

Apply through the International Centre >

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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


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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 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.

Program Availability

START DATE LOCATION STATUS INTERNATIONAL STATUS
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The Humber Experience

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.

Our Faculty

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.

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Tings Chak

M. Arch – University of Toronto
BA, Honours - McMaster University

Craig Crane

MA (Urban Design Studies) – University of Toronto
BTech (Architecture) – Ryerson University
NCIDQ – Ryerson University
ARIDO, IDC
BCIN
Professor

Richard Eppstadt

OCAD University
AOCA

Audrey Freidin

MES – York University
BEd – University of Toronto
BID – University of Manitoba, MB
Professor

Kelly Gluck

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
BCIN
Professor and program co-ordinator

Michael Guido

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
OAA
LEED®  AP BD+C

Marcin Kedzior

MArch – University of Toronto
BFA – Queen's University
SEED – Harvard University, MA, USA
Professor

Zaiba Mian

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
Professor

Omar Rivera

Hons. BA  (Art History and  Architecture)
Diploma (Interior Design) – Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning

Anna Stranks

Masters Candidate (Inclusive Design Graduate Studies) - OCAD University
Bachelor of Interior Design - Ryerson University
ARIDO, IDC
LEED AP
Professor

Lesley Taylor

MArch – Dalhousie University, NS
Bachelor of Environmental Design – Technical University of Nova Scotia, NS
Diploma (Environmental Design) – Ontario College of Art and Design
Professor

Karen White

MA (Art History) – York University
BA - Honours (Art History) – Queen's University
Advanced Diploma (Interior Design) – Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
ARIDO, IDC
Professor


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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 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.

Professional Accreditations & Recognition

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.

Additional requirements and/or costs may apply.

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.

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.

Interior Design Alumna Wins Prestigious Industry Award

Karly Cable

Humber Interior Design Degree graduate, Karly Cable, was this year's recipient of Gensler's Rising Designer Award. 

Interior Design Student Places In International Competition

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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.

Design Foundation Certificate

Alec

"My Design Foundation certificate was great preparation for Humber's Interior Design degree." - Alec, Interior Design degree student

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