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Interior Decorating

Credential: Diploma Program Code: 31511 Length: 4 semesters

Programs Starting Between:

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

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses:
    • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent)
    • Three Grade 11 or Grade 12 C, M or U courses in addition to those listed above



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


Mature Applicants

An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older (21 or older for degree programs) as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U level or equivalent.

College Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber will use your college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

University Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber will use your university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

Selection: Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.


Post-Admission Requirements:

Prior to entering the program, it is recommended that students have secondary school studies in drawing and drafting. Students should have the ability to draw along with drawing and sketching training.

Date Location Availability International Student Availability
September 2017NorthOpenClosed
January 2018NorthOpenOpen

The 2017-2018 fee for 2 semesters is:

  • domestic: $3,945.69
  • international: $14,671.00

Fees are subject to change.

Additional Costs

$1,500 per semester for books and supplies.

Note: Specialty equipment including scale rule, drafting equipment, cutting and markers, etc., are required. Additional materials such as paper and board materials will be required on an ongoing basis based on project and student needs.

Extra fees apply for optional field experience.

Fees by Semester 


Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

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Humber Degree Pathways

Complete your degree with us. Humber's degrees are designed with our diploma graduates in mind. We'll give you credit for what you've already learned and help you take the next step in less time. Humber also awards a $2500 degree scholarship to diploma graduates with a program grade point average of 80% or more.

Graduates may be considered for admission to:

Interior Design, Bachelor of 

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.


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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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Future Study Options

Humber has a number of transfer agreements with other postsecondary institutions (within Canada and around the world) that enables students and graduates to use their Humber credential to gain advanced standing in another program.

Bachelor of Applied Management 

Credential Opportunity: Diploma to Degree
Location: Saint John, NB
Institution(s): University of New Brunswick

Graduates of any two-year diploma program at Humber who have attained a cumulative grade point average of 70% or greater will be eligible to enter year three of the 4-yr Bachelor of Applied Management (BAM) at the University of New Brunswick. Depending on the diploma program, students may be exempted from study in certain courses and therefore, requested to take alternate courses offered by the Faculty of Business.

For further information, contact:

Anne Marie Stephen

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.

Environmental Design (Bachelor of Design) or Environmental Design (Bachelor of Design): Interior Decorating Specialization 

Credential Opportunity: Diploma to Degree
Location: Toronto, ON
Institution(s): OCAD University

Graduates of the Interior Decorating Diploma program at Humber College have the opportunity to apply for advanced standing to OCAD University to complete a Bachelor of Design in Environmental Design. OCAD University recognizes the Humber College Interior Decorating Diploma (2 year) as the academic basis for admission with advanced standing to the Environmental Design (Bachelor of Design) program or Environmental Design (Bachelor of Design) Program: Interior Design Specialization. A cumulative GPA of 75% is required. Applicants must have graduated with the Humber Interior Decorating Diploma no later than June for September admission. All applications for admission must be made through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC). 

For further information, contact:

Donald Kelly, Manager
Undergraduate Admissions

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.

Humber Ontario Graduate Certificates

Humber offers a number of Ontario graduate certificates to help take your education further.

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Program Contact(s)

Vanessa Vilic-Evangelista
Program co-ordinator
416-675-6622 ext. 4785




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Phone 1-416-675-5067

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Fees by Semester

Semester 1Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45


Semester 2Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45


Semester 3Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45


Semester 4Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45

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

Our Program

Humber’s Interior Decorating diploma program combines essential creative and practical elements with insights into current interior decorating trends.

Hone your artistic flair and develop your professional skills to launch your career. Learn how to design space for both residences and workplaces as an interior decorator. Nurture your creative ability using the principle elements of the design industry.

You will learn from practising interior decorating experts in our design studios gaining hands-on experience and training using market-specific materials and accessing paints and fabric samples in our own resource library. 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 find finishes, textiles, objects d’art and essential elements that evolve into beautiful, workable spaces expertly designed for living.

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 hone your understanding of specifications and how to present design ideas and communicate effectively with real clients. 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.

If you choose, you can put your learning into a professional context and build industry experience and contacts through a work placement.

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.


Work Placement

Our program features an optional decorating field experience of a minimum of 240 hours, following semester two. Students who enrol in January can complete some of the field experience during the summer break and have the option of completing the 240 hours in tandem with classes. Regardless of when students choose to opt into their field experience, they must complete a career management workshop. Humber assists students as they arrange their field experience including working with business, industry and government to identify work placement opportunities.


The Humber Experience

Watch the video to see Interior Decorating students create a Winter Wonderland for The Morning Show set.

Projects Support Students

Interior Decorating, Home Renovation and Electrical program students built a 108 sq.ft. student bunkie for auction to support student awards and scholarships.

Homes with Holly

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.

Your Career

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 for client approval.

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.

Our program explores the links to magazine and television creating opportunities for students to make direct connections to the industry through trade shows, our own Design Dilemma day, magazine articles, client staging opportunities and much more.

Graduates work with:

  • residential staging firms
  • media including television/set design
  • window display firms
  • event planning firms
  • kitchen and bath design centres
  • media including magazines, blogs, tweets and other social media
  • interior decorating and design firms
  • model home décor
  • new home developers
  • retail and wholesale showrooms.

Humber Also Offers

 The Bachelor of Interior Design degree program.

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