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Interior Decorating

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Program Code: 31511 Credential: Diploma Program Length: 4 semesters Delivery Mode (Semester 1 Delivery Fall 2021)  : Online/In-personCurrent Students can view program delivery details at Current Student Resources  
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Program Overview

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

  • Cultivate your creative abilities by exploring and ideating clients’ needs and passions to transform their living/work space
  • Use the principles and elements of design to formulate original concepts and apply them in 2d and 3d residential design solutions

  • Learn how to develop, articulate and document your designs to create unique spatial concepts for residential environments as an interior decorator

  • Implement a versatile combination of presentation skills to generate solutions through hand and computer drafting, craftsmanship, sketching, hand and digital rendering, and graphic skills and layouts

  • Discover unique residential trends by creating and transforming spaces in various sectors of design focusing on the residential environments with opportunities in kitchen/bath, DYI’s, staging, real clients and specialty design challenges

  • Hone your artistic talent and develop your professional skills to launch your career

You will learn from practising professional experts in our design studios. Studio classes provide hands-on experience and training using market-specific materials and trends. Guest speakers, trade shows, field trips and international adventure opportunities await you. Using the latest technology, you will explore the world of design and discover furniture, finishes, lighting, millwork, 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 real clients.

Round out your interior decorating education in interior detailing and construction documents along with understanding many interdisciplinary platforms and stakeholders (architects, engineers, trades, clients and contractors and more). Launch your career knowing how mechanical, electrical, plumbing services and building methods work together cohesively on an entire residential project.

Courses Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  1. Communicate effectively with a wide variety of people, taking a professional, customer service approach to sales, consulting and presentations.

  2. Demonstrate appropriate business services and ethics in accordance with the standards of the decoration profession.

  3. Apply techniques of visual merchandising to display preparation.

  4. Employ sound project management skills, demonstrating business and communication abilities, in a broad range of construction and administrative situations.

  5. Solve decorating challenges with appropriate designs, materials, and space planning.

  6. Investigate, assess and apply a variety of materials, finishes, furniture and accessories.

  7. Apply both creative and colour theories effectively.

  8. Apply appropriate historic context to decorated spaces.

  9. 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.

  10. Assess, measure, plan and graphically articulate space with pencil and computer generated drawings.

  11. Communicate by means of graphic presentation and verbally defend choices.


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Work Placement

The interior decorating program offers an optional work placement to eligible students. 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.

The Humber Advantage

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.

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

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Read about six of our students who worked on developing the look of the hotel suite in the new Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation.

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


Humber Also Offers

 The Bachelor of Interior Design degree program.

Your Career

Interior decorators work with clients and consult on programming through to installation procurement phases. Components selection encompasses concepts, style, colour schemes, space plan layouts, elevations perspective sketches, lighting, furniture, millwork and architectural detailing, floor finishes, wall finishes, kitchen and bathroom design, accessories, and many more design details.

Interior decorators can provide conceptual sketches, computer-aided design and drafting (CADD), generated working and detail 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 design consultants, home staging, event planning, décor magazines, television work 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 both "domestic and international"  and buyers to name but a few.

Graduates also work with:

  • a variety of residential design firms
  • staging experts for real estate
  • television/set design
  • high end furniture companies as design consultants and product launchers
  • event planning firms
  • kitchen and bath design centres
  • print magazines and online media
  • interior decorating and design firms
  • new home developers and model home décor
  • retail and wholesale showrooms
  • detailing experts in millwork companies
  • lighting consultants
  • specialist designers in carpet, tile and upholstery
  • media including magazines, blogs, tweets and other social media

Program Availability

START DATE LOCATION STATUS
September 2021 North Open
January 2022 North Open
START DATE LOCATION STATUS
September 2021 North Closed
January 2022 North Opening Soon

Homes with Holly

Holly Cowieson sharing her new skills on tv

Watch the video introducing "Homes With Holly" on YouTube! Watch the video to see Holly Cowieson, a student in the Interior Decorating program share her new skills and expertise on Staging.


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Industrial Design Student Wins at BRP International Design Competition

Industrial Design Student Wins at BRP International Design Competition

Fri, July 24, 2020

Industrial Design student, Bradley Staite, recently won the 2019 Bombardier Recreational Products’ (BRP) International Design Competition.

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Humber Industrial Design Chair Show

Humber Industrial Design Chair Show

Mon, March 09, 2020

FAST and the Bachelor of Industrial Design program hosted the annual Chair Show on March 9th, 2020 at the Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation.

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Humber College Students Won Awards for Four Projects Submissions in this Year’s BOUNDLESS: A POST-SECONDARY DESIGN CHALLENGE

Humber College Students Won Awards for Four Projects Submissions in this Year’s BOUNDLESS: A POST-SECONDARY DESIGN CHALLENGE

Tue, July 23, 2019

This year, the competition received a record-breaking number of submissions from post-secondary schools across Ontario.

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Faculty of Applied Sciences & Technology Events

Fall Convocation

Fall Convocation

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Last Day of Classes

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Fri, December 13, 2019
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Faculty of Applied Sciences & Technology News

ICT Capstone Project Expo 2020

ICT Capstone Project Expo 2020

Tue, May 19, 2020

Bachelor of Industrial Design Thesis Show 2020

Bachelor of Industrial Design Thesis Show 2020

Thu, March 12, 2020

Supply Chain Management Annual Career Networking Event

Supply Chain Management Annual Career Networking Event

Wed, March 11, 2020

The annual Supply Chain Management Career Fair was another very successful event hosted by Work Placement Services.

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Every attempt is made to ensure that information contained on 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.

On October 21, 2019, the Provincial Government of Ontario announced the renaming of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) to the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU). Both names may appear on this website.

Admission Requirements

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

Recommended Preparation: 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.

Admission selection is based on the following 3 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 (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent)
      • Three Grade 11 or Grade 12 C, M or U courses in addition to those listed above

    or

    or

    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.

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).

Drawing and Sketching Training

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.

Equipment & Device Requirements

Details and Specifications Minimum Specifications Recommended Specifications
Processor Intel i7 (Quad Core) Intel i7 (Quad Core)
Memory Minimum 16GB of RAM
Storage Minimum 250GB storage space (SSD) preferable
Network Wireless 802.11 b/g/n/ac Built-in Ethernet port (strongly recommended), Long battery life (strongly recommended)
Video Minimum 4GB video RAM/Minimum 24 bit colour (DGAS, DEC, ARC, SNRG, INTD, IDSN) Recommended but not required for LAND and CIVL
Display 1280x1024 video display resolution (DGAS, DEC, ARC, SNRG, INTD, IDSN) Recommended but not required for LAND and CIVL
Other Dedicated graphics card - GTX 1050, 1550, 2060 or higher needed for rendering purposes (DGAS, DEC, ARC, SNRG, INTD, IDSN)

Contact Information

If you have questions about these Equipment & Device Requirements contact:

Vanessa Vilic Evangelista, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4785
vanessa.vilic-evangelista@humber.ca

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

Fees

The 2020-2021 fee for two semesters was:

  • domestic: $3,869.75
  • international: $17,027.00

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester

Domestic Fees International Fees

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.

Scholarships

Humber Scholarships

Find out more about scholarships and bursaries that you may be eligible for, visit Student Scholarships.

Humber Bursaries

Bursaries are available for Certificate, Diploma and Degree programs primarily based on financial need, visit Humber Bursaries.

External Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Find out more information about external scholarships and bursaries, visit External Awards.

Indigenous Student Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of bursaries and scholarships for Indigenous students, visit Indigenous Student Awards.

Pathways

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

PATHWAYS OUT TO ANOTHER PROGRAM:

WITHIN HUMBER

View Honours Degree 

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.

 

Apply for this degree starting in Fall >   

$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.

TO A PARTNER INSTITUTION

Bachelor of Design in Environmental Design

OCAD University recognizes the Humber College Interior Decorating Diploma (2 year) program as the academic basis for admission to upper year entry of the Environmental Design (BDes) program or Environmental Design (BDes)Program: Interior Design Specialization. A Grade Point Average of 75% is required for upper year entry.

Applicants to OCAD must have graduated from the Humber diploma program no later than June for September admission.  All applications for admission must be made through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC).  Articulating students are strongly encouraged to seek advising at OCAD before registering for courses to ensure degree requirements will be met.  

Please note:  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.

For more information, contact: https://www.ocadu.ca/admissions/connect.htm

Bachelor of Design in Environmental Design - Interior Design Specialization

OCAD University recognizes the Humber College Interior Decorating Diploma (2 year) program as the academic basis for admission to upper year entry of the Environmental Design (BDes) program or Environmental Design (BDes)Program: Interior Design Specialization. A Grade Point Average of 75% is required for upper year entry.

Applicants to OCAD must have graduated from the Humber diploma program no later than June for September admission.  All applications for admission must be made through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC).  Articulating students are strongly encouraged to seek advising at OCAD before registering for courses to ensure degree requirements will be met.  

Please note:  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.

For more information, contact: https://www.ocadu.ca/admissions/connect.htm

Bachelor of Applied Management

Graduates of any two-year diploma program at Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning, who have attained a cumulative grade point average of 70% or greater will be eligible to enter year three of the four-year Bachelor of Applied Management (BAM) at the University of New Brunswick, Saint John. 

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. 

Please note:  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.

For more information please contact: admissions@unb.ca.

Business Bachelor of Business Administration

Students who complete a 2 year diploma at Humber will be granted 60 credit hours toward the completion of a bachelor degree program at Davenport University. You will need to complete a minimum of 60 credit hours (approximately two years of full-time attendance) to meet residency and program requirements and to complete your bachelor degree program. Students must complete a minimum total of 120 semester credit hours to earn a bachelor degree. The total credit hours will include the completed 2 year diploma classes plus any courses completed through Davenport University.

If you still have questions, reach out to the transfer admissions team at info@davenport.edu or 1.800.686.1600

Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution.

Honours Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies

Humber and Seneca Colleges have entered into an agreement that increases student opportunities for degree completion at both institutions.  Humber graduates may transfer into Seneca’s Honours Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with entry into Semester 4, Year 2 of the program.    

Admissions:

All applicants to Seneca degree programs are required to have successfully completed the related Humber program with a minimum overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 (70%).

All applicants may apply through the Ontario College Application Service and must submit an official academic transcript for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.  The application must be received no later than the stated deadline for the given term being applied for in order to qualify for admission.

For further information, please contact:  academic.pathways@senecacollege.ca

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.

Law LLB

Humber students who have successfully completed a Diploma or Advanced Diploma in any field at Humber College and meet the requirements, will be considered for admission into the University of Gloucestershire's Bachelor of Law LLB program. 

International students should demonstrate and must provide evidence that they have attained a level of English equivalent to IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in writing. Alternative acceptable English Language qualifications can be found at: www.glos.ac.uk/study/international

Students will be expected to attend an Academic Induction preceding entry to the program. Students admitted to the UoG program will pay the appropriate annual tuition fee rate. The definitive fees will be those published here: http://www.glos.ac.uk/international

Students admitted to UoG from Humber will be eligible to receive the international bursary. This award, and its ruling terms and conditions, is subject to change on an annual basis. For September 2020/January 2021 entry, the applicable bursary is £3,000, and will be automatically applied against tuition for successful applicants from Humber. Please note that the bursary is only available to students who are studying full-time at the UoG on campus in the UK, and completing a full degree (not available for distance learning or master's stage students).

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 for more information:

Shandin Rickard-Hughes
International Marketing & Student Recruitment Manager, Americas
srickardhughes@glos.ac.uk

Contact Us

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

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

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

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Program Specific Questions

Vanessa Vilic Evangelista, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4785
vanessa.vilic-evangelista@humber.ca

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

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

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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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