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Interior Decorating

Credential:
Ontario College Diploma
College Code:
CONS
School:
Media & Design
Program Code:
1207
Accelerated Delivery:
No
Campus:
DO
Academic Year:
2016 / 2017

About the Program

This exciting program provides students with the opportunity to develop interior decorating skills and knowledge for residential, retail and commercial environments. Students will be introduced to the latest computer applications, the effective use of materials, the elements of design, lighting and acoustics, and to the concept of universal design. This program addresses the needs of the changing marketplace including the aging population, multiculturalism, new market niches, sustainable resources, and the environment.

Conestoga is the only college offering Interior Decorating graduates the opportunity to earn a second two-year diploma in Visual Merchandising Arts in just one year! Successful students become even more marketable, capable of designing for both home and commercial interiors.

Program Information

Length: Two-year Ontario College Diploma program
Delivery Sequence: Doon (Kitchener) - September/2016 (Open) - Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
Start: September
First-Year Capacity: 70

Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

Tuition & Fees

Tuition fee details for the 2016-2017 year are listed below. Books and supplies are additional.

Domestic Fees

Estimated fees based upon the previous academic year (2015 / 2016) for Interior Decorating - Program # 1207

Doon - Fall 2016 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2016-09-06)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
Full-time Program Tuition $1420.00 $1420.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
CSI Health Plan Fee $286.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $2206.25 $1920.25
Year Total   $4126.50
Doon - Fall 2016 Level 3 & 4 (Program Start: 2015-09-08)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
Full-time Program Tuition $1420.00 $1420.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
CSI Health Plan Fee $286.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $2206.25 $1920.25
Year Total   $4126.50

International Fees

Estimated International fees based upon the previous academic year (2015 / 2016) for
Interior Decorating - Program # 1207


Doon - Fall 2016 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2016-09-06)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
International Program Tuition $5850.00 $5850.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Insurance $0.00 $0.00
International Health Fee $550.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $7275.25 $6725.25
Year Total   $14000.50

Doon - Fall 2016 Level 3 & 4 (Program Start: 2015-09-08)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
International Program Tuition $5850.00 $5850.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Insurance $0.00 $0.00
International Health Fee $550.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $7275.25 $6725.25
Year Total   $14000.50

Financial Assistance

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.

For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.

Graduate Opportunities

An Interior Decorating diploma will open doors to many career options including: interior decorator; entrepreneur; builder selection centre consultant; model home merchandiser; kitchen and bath assistant designer; trade showroom consultant/representative; home decor store sales professional; paint and colour specialist; home stager; professional organizer; fabrics, wall-coverings and lighting specialist; interior space planner; AutoCAD assistant designer.

71% of 2013-2014 graduates found employment within 6 months of graduation.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions. View the transfer agreement opportunities for this program.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

Program Courses

Course Details
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
ARTS1185 Colour Theory

Description: This course explores the effects of colour; both from a holistic schemata and a human environment perspective. Students will identify the physical, chemical and psychological aspects of colour via a blending of theory and practical applications with specific relationships to their field of studies.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

ARTS1220 Fabrics and Textiles

Description: This course delves into the world of fabric and textile fabrication, through production to sourcing and application. Students will explore information sources and make strategic decisions about products, from man made synthetics to fibers and yarns, inclusive of dyeing, printing and various topical finishes through to finished goods. This course will contribute to the student's portfolio and provide them with the skills and knowledge required to specify and cost goods, from both a practical and aesthetic perspective.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

ARTS1435 Concept to Completion

Description: This course will provide students with the theories associated with idea development and to establish solid design strategies from concept to completion. Students will have the opportunity to develop and hone their presentation skills, selling their ideas through a variety of practical scenarios including space planning, visual display, staging and re-staging. This course will contribute to the development of portfolio elements in other courses throughout the program design.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

COMM1085 College Reading & Writing Skills

Description: This course focuses on the reading, writing and critical thinking skills needed for academic and workplace success. Students will analyse, summarize, and discuss a variety of readings and apply the steps of planning, writing, and revising in response to written prompts. This course prepares students for post-secondary writing tasks, research, and documentation.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

COMP1125 Computer Applications Media and Design

Description: This practical and creative computer lab course will develop the student's computer skills to an intermediate level. This course will introduce students to industry specific software, which will be explored as a tool for creative communication and expression. Upon course completion, students will be able to navigate through the programs with confidence, creating project-based assignments in a variety of different applications and outputs.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

DSGN1075 Introduction to Design

Description: This course will provide students with experience in both two dimensional and three dimensional design. Space planning a variety of home or retail venues according to client specifications will be undertaken. Three dimensional design will blend both theoretical and practical applications.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

HIST1010 History of Design and Decorating

Description: History of Design and Decorating is a course that chronologically traces the evolution of design and interiors in western civilizations. The journey from the first traces of man in cave dwellings, through the important Egyptian and Greek periods, to our modern 21st century innovations is studied.
Prehistoric to Pre Christian periods will focus on the evolution of art, sculpture, architecture, motifs, and furniture.
Post Christian to 21st Century periods will add to this the study of the evolution in design aesthetics of such items as china and household items, tools, appliances, automotive design, lighting and fashion.
This course will familiarize the students with great works of art, artists and designers. Discovery through discussion on manufacturing methods, material availability, geographic and geopolitical conditions, and religious influences will engage the students' travel through time in this historical overview of design and decorating.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Level 2
ARTS1200 Scale Modeling

Description: Students will explore the technical skills associated with the design and fabrication of scale models and drawings. With a focus on detail and accuracy, the course will teach the basics of drafting; lettering, line weights and symbols in creating interior floor plans, elevations and orthographic drawings. The fundamentals of scale modeling will also be introduced; students will create three-dimensional models, using a variety of mediums to explore technical skills and to understand scale, proportion and volume of spaces. Understanding and interpreting physical measurements into a variety of different scales, both in two-dimensional form (drawing) and three-dimensional form (models) will be essential to the course.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

ARTS1210 Illustrative Techniques I

Description: This practical hands-on course will engage students in techniques associated with the field of illustration and will contribute to other courses within the program design. Students will work on projects that will develop skills in drawing, rendering, drafting and perspectives with opportunities to move concepts to illustrations, on to actual commissioning in related courses.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

ARTS1230 Interior Materials and Finishes

Description: This lecture based course will address the materials and finishes commonly utilized in interior decorating, inclusive of ceiling to floor applications. Students will work on assignment briefs that focus on practical application of the course material, and prepare work for integration of this information into associated courses. This course will introduce sustainable material issues and the impact materials and finishes have on the environment.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

HIST1000 Furniture: History, Style and Design

Description: This course introduces students to the study of furniture, from both historical and design approaches. Students will examine the history of furniture, from ancient civilizations up to the modern era, understanding the historical influences and applying them to contemporary design. This course will also familiarize students with contemporary designers and their approach to furniture design. Building on the history of furniture, concepts of furniture design, including joinery methods, materials and finishes, and upholstery basics will be presented, with emphasis given to understanding the different styles of furniture design and environmental considerations. This course will include field trips to furniture showrooms and manufacturing facilities.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

PHOT1145 Digital Imaging

Description: Students will develop the skills and knowledge related to digital imagery, both in still image caption (photography), as well as, image manipulation (computer altered). Students will first explore the practical groundwork of image capture; focus, composition, and exposure, while creating professional images. With an understanding of both the technical and creative requirements of image capture, students will then learn the basic skills of image manipulation, working in various innovative software programs to meet specific design requirements.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 84 Hours
Level 3
COMP2060 Computer Aided Drafting and Design I

Description: This course introduces computer-aided drafting design software for interior decorating applications. Learning the basic tools and functions in industry leading software, students will be given floor-plan drawings to complete using industry based platforms. This course will introduce students to residential kitchen and bath design using drawing industry standards, including line weights, title blocks, symbols and noting. Focus will be placed on different file saving applications and file extensions, used in creating presentations for clients.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

DSGN2000 Creating Environments I

Description: This course focuses on the concept of ‘universal design' and expands into an introduction to the ergonomics associated with residential and commercial applications. Students will explore the functionality of environments with respect to safety and security; as well as unique market demographics being created by the aging population (down-sizing) and the baby boom generation. Alternative energy and the creation of ‘green' and sustainable environments will form the basis of discussions/lectures with students introduced to alternative decorating styles, the use of fung shui as well as, various architectural styles and elements.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

DSGN2140 Interior Decorating I

Description: This course provides students with the opportunity of gaining knowledge related to the theories and concepts associated with Interior Decorating, with acquisition and application of theories and associated terminologies in the field of study. The assignments will reinforce concepts and provide students with the opportunity of generating elements, and principles of design, that meet industry standards.
Hours: 84
Credits: 6
Pre-Requisites:
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MECH2005 Lighting-Methods and Fixtures

Description: This is an introductory course that exposes students to the current lighting technologies available, the applicable terminology, performance and sourcing. Students will have the opportunity to apply and integrate this information in other courses, and will integrate elements from this course into projects and assignments that will be incorporated into the student's personal portfolio. Building codes, aesthetics and sustainable materials will contribute to the overall learning and will form the basis for a lecture based instruction, with students gaining practical commissioning skills through field trips and site visits to locations that utilized modern technologies.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MECH2045 Mechanical Systems

Description: This lecture and lab course will provide students with an introduction to the mechanical systems associated with residential applications. Electrical, heating/conditioning ducting and plumbing will be explored in varying stages of development and completion. This course will build student's working knowledge and application of the rules and regulations associated with building codes, and expand the application of methodologies to incorporate sustainable and environmental friendly mechanical systems.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
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OHS1320 Safety in the Workplace

Description: This course focuses on developing awareness and skills for the student to safely manage and conduct him or herself while on an unpaid work placement within a variety of employment settings. Through the nine units of the course, participants will have the opportunity to enhance their understanding and knowledge of General Health and Safety guidelines, including WHMIS, Fire Safety and Workplace Violence. The unit on Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act will instruct the student on the requirements for Accessible Customer Service and Integrated Accessibility Standard Regulations. General information on Safe Driving, Privacy of Information and Hand Washing will be addressed as well. The course also provides participants with critical information regarding their insurance coverage (WSIB or other) while on unpaid work placements, as well as guidelines to follow in the event of an injury. Participants will receive a printable Record of Completion upon successful conclusion of this course, in order to demonstrate awareness of safe working practices to their Placement Employers. Participants in this course are required to provide informed consent regarding WSIB or other insurance coverage while on an unpaid work placement
Hours: 15
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Level 4
COMP2090 Computer Aided Drafting and Design II

Description: As an extension to COMP2060, this course will allow students to build on their current knowledge of industry standard software. Students will create full working drawings to communicate design to both residential clients and trades people involved with the design process. This course will also touch on the management of the business components offered in the software package. Students will also be introduced to current 3D visualization software as a means to further develop a strong interior decorating concept, and client package. Upon completion of this course students will be able to create state-or-the-art design, specifications, and 3D visualization capabilities for products in the residential and commercial design markets.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

DSGN2150 Interior Decorating II

Description: This course will combine lecture and lab components that integrate and apply elements from across all aspects of the program deliveries. Students will determine effective placements of elements; relying on ergonomics as well as anthropometrics, the concepts, theories and principles of design with inclusion of identification and commissioning of fabrications that respect the theories associated with colour, light and sound. This course provides the opportunity for application beyond the theoretical and conceptual stages with assignments merging the concept of universal design and sustainable materials to include the regulations and requirements of building code.
Hours: 84
Credits: 6
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

DSGN2160 Creating Environments II

Description: Building off the Level Three – Interior Decorating Course, students will refine their strategies and methodologies and work on design briefs that demonstrate integrated and applied skills and knowledge. A comprehensive approach to styling and staging for both residential and commercial applications will contribute to a ‘capstone' project, which will form the basis of their final portfolio. This course will draw on skills and knowledge acquired through other Level Four courses with specific alignment to Interior Decorating II, with opportunity for integrated projects and assignments that demonstrate the student's ability to move from the conceptual stage to final, commissioned environments.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
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ENTR2060 Business and Sales Strategies

Description: In this course the student will research and understand the business practices of an Interior Decorating small business from the point of view of the business owner as well as the employee.
Students will develop strategies for effective research of marketplace competition and implementing marketing and promotional plans. The elements studied include strategies to qualify customers, improve sales, and analyze demographic and psychographic information.
Understanding the entrepreneurial spirit, the use business statements as well as the importance of cash flow, budgets and contracts is included. Students will receive a basic overview of the important factors in running, or being employed by, a small interior decorating business.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
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FPLT2120 Field Placement (Interior Decorating)

Description: Field Placement is an integral part of the Interior Decorating program. Students are required to complete 80 hours in a satisfactory field experience during the fourth semester of studies. Field Placement is monitored and evaluated by faculty and must be successfully completed before graduation.
Hours: 77
Credits: 3
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MGMT2210 Interior Decorating Client/Trade Relations and Project Management

Description: This course provides insight into the role of project management and client/trade relationships in the field of interior decorating. Assignments will reinforce the practical aspects of acquiring sub trades and executing excellent customer service. It will include realistic approaches to time and action calendars, scheduling, holdbacks and logical approaches to project completion. Students will learn how to prospect and qualify clients, make persuasive presentations and close sales. Ethical practices and considerations are emphasized.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
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Program Outcomes

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Start DateCampusStatus**
SEP, 2016 Doon Open
** Status applicable to domestic students

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