Bachelor of Interior Design

2017/18 Program Handbook

Program Code: 1068C
School of Engineering and Information Technology

Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

This is a companion document to the current Conestoga College Student Guide

Program Handbook Guidelines

The purpose of this handbook is to provide students with program-specific details and other important information. The material in this handbook is accurate at the date of posting, and is applicable for the current academic year. Students will be informed of handbook changes that occur, if any, through college email. Program handbooks are updated yearly and students must check their program handbook for the current edition. 

Program Staff Contact Information


Welcome to the School of Engineering and Information Technology

Conestoga offers a full range of engineering and information technology programs to suit your interests and career aspirations. Within these there are one year certificate (both foundational and post-diploma), two and three year diploma, and four year bachelor's degree programs. Pathways exist within these allowing for students to reach their full potential.

All of our programs incorporate active learning that may include project-based learning, co-operative education, case studies and capstone projects. Active learning allows students to apply theory to practice during their studies and results in a graduate who is better prepared for the real work world. Employers like this, which is why the School of Engineering & Information Technology has a history of excellent graduate and co-op placement rates.


Julia Biedermann, PhD, PEng
Executive Dean

Program Administration and Faculty

Executive Dean – Engineering–Technology–Trades
Julia Biedermann, PhD, P.Eng.
A2205-4 - Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 3212

Administrative Assistant to Executive Dean:
Rebecca Dougherty
A2205 – Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 4573

Program Assistant
Ryan Huckle
A2205 – Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 3363

Program Coordinator
Sarah Turner, MID, BID, ARIDO, NCIDQ cert. # 26939
A3219 – Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 4588

Program Faculty

Ann Callaghan, MID, BID, Educator Reg. ARIDO, IDC, LEED AP ID+C, Bill 124 Certified
A3219 – Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 2467

Wendi Hulme, MA Int. Des., Educator Reg. ARIDO, LEED AP
A3219 – Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 4539

David B. Sapelak, M.A., B.A., B.A.A., IDC, Educator Reg. ARIDO,NCIDQ Cert.014735
A3219 – Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 4579

Ron Bean, B. Tech, B. Arch, OAA, MRAIC, CAHP, LEED AP
A3219 – Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 2276

Andrew Chatham, B.E.S., M.Arch.
A3219 – Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 2263

Jeffrey Elliott, B.E.D.S., M. Arch, OAA, MRAIC, LEED AP
A3219 – Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 2277

Colin McGugan, P. Eng, B.A. Sc., M. Eng.
A3219 – Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 2242

Laura Quirk, Ph.D.
A3219 – Doon Campus, 4B, D23
519-748-5220 ext. 3291

Other Faculty

In addition to the core complement of your full-time program faculty, other faculty will work with you for the duration of this program.  These include faculty from other Schools for breadth and or/general education courses, as well as faculty with particular expertise in specific areas of program focus.

Contact information for this faculty will typically be provided on the first day of related courses. 

Program Overview

Program Description

The mission of the Bachelor of Interior Design program is to provide students with the theoretical, practical and technical skills that reflect the profession of Interior Design. Through a comprehensive curriculum delivered by an interdisciplinary faculty, this program will prepare students to apply an integrated approach to interior design solutions for the built environment and its occupants, and will prepare students for the demand to meet technological changes and currency relating to sustainability, universal design, and health and safety.

This Bachelor of Interior Design degree, delivered at the honours level, provides professional training in the development of creative design solutions for interior spaces (residential, corporate/commercial, retail, institutional, healthcare, hospitality/entertainment, exposition) through project-based learning. The range of functional and aesthetic components that allow spaces in the built environment to be safely and comfortably inhabited are studied and the relationship of occupants and their physical environment is analyzed, through the consideration of ergonomics, illumination, acoustics, finishes, safety and all aspects of space programming.

Interior design has evolved to be as much science as art. Designing and creating sustainable interiors; managing interior design projects; working in a team of professionals that includes architects, engineers and contractors: require the solid technical education that is provided in Conestoga's Bachelor of Interior Design degree program. Why is this important? Industry professionals want to employ graduates with technical competency. This makes Conestoga graduates very attractive to employers. Graduates are prepared for the realities of new and emerging technologies and for great careers in interior design!

There are two (2) co-op work term opportunities to provide students with relevant experience that will complement their academic studies.

This program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) and graduates meet the education requirements to become a registered Interior Designer.

Program Design

Students can find their program design on the Student Portal by following the steps below:

  1. Log in to Student Portal
  2. Click on 'My Courses' tab
  3. Select 'View Progress Report' button

Courses are listed by level/semester. Students can also view courses for the most current program design for this academic year on the Conestoga College website. To find these courses, students need to scroll down the page to the 'Program Courses'.

Program Outcomes

Program outcomes are developed with the expectations and requirements of external regulatory/accrediting bodies and consultation with Program Advisory Committees (PACs) and related industry experts.  These outcomes are coordinated and articulated in a manner designed to result in the achievement by of sets of specified learning attributes.

Program Outcomes are located on the Bachelor of Interior Design webpage on the left side navigation bar.

Program Academic Achievement and Requirements

Academic Promotion Decisions

Students who take longer than the four years required to complete the program are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study.

The Academic Team meets at the end of every semester to make academic decisions. Academic decisions are made with respect to promotion, probation, learning contracts, supplemental work and discontinuance.

Students may fail to meet program/course requirements for any of the following reasons:

  • Failure of courses and/or studio
  • Patterns of absences from class or Co-op work terms
  • Poor academic achievement

A student who has not met the program/course requirements will be subject to one, or a combination of, the following as determined by the Academic Team:

  1. Complete supplemental work relating to specific course failures.
  2. Repeat the course at the earliest opportunity.
  3. Repeat entire semester/year.
  4. Be placed on probation.
  5. Enter into a Learning Contract relating to achievement across more than one program course.
  6. Be discontinued from the program.

Clearance of Academic Deficiency

Supplemental Opportunity

During a student's college career, there may be occasions when the student's performance results in a failing grade for the course. The College grants students the opportunity to raise this grade to the minimum passing grade of 60% under specific circumstances. Supplemental work is an academic privilege not an academic right. The privilege may be extended to students who meet the criteria for the granting of supplemental work. The criteria provide academic objectivity in making decisions about which students will be granted the privilege.

Opportunities for the clearance of an academic deficiency will arise after the submission of a final failing grade for a student in a course. The student must indicate an intention to clear an academic deficiency within five working days after the final grade is posted for the course.

In addition to College policy, the decision of whether or not to grant a supplemental work is made by the Academic Team after considering the following:

  • Previous academic history
  • Interest and effort in the classroom and studio
  • Current academic achievement
  • Attendance in class / studio

If granted, the supplemental will take the form appropriate to the failed course. It may be comprehensive in nature, or require the student to repeat particular aspects of the course. Students will be required to pay the supplemental fee as established by the Registrar's Office.

Criteria for the opportunity to clear an academic deficiency:

  1. Must achieve a final grade of at least 50%.
  2. There is to be only one supplemental opportunity granted for a course.
  3. No more than two supplemental opportunities will be allowed in a given semester.
  4. There must be evidence of passing at least one evaluation in the course.
  5. There must be no registered academic misconduct in the semester.

The final mark will be the minimum passing grade of 60% for the course if the supplemental evaluation meets the requirements set by the faculty member. Failure in the supplemental will result in no change to the original course grade. The re-calculation of the final grade will be automatic and without appeal.

Retaking Failed Courses

When a supplemental opportunity is not possible or in the event of not successfully completing a supplemental evaluation, the failed course must be retaken at the earliest opportunity. The student is responsible for any fees associated with retaking a failed course.  It may be possible for the student to take a course from another institution as long as the course is deemed to be equivalent by the Credit Transfer Office.  Refer to the Letter of Permission Procedure.


The following information is in addition to the College Baccalaureate Degree Promotion and Graduation Policy available on the College website.

The conditions of Academic Probation will be determined by the academic team and will be one of the following:

1.    A student with a program or sessional GPA greater than or equal to 2.50 with more than two failed and/or dropped courses will be placed on probation and: 

1.1. If the Academic Team determines that the failed courses will not prevent the student from continuing in the project-based learning environment, then the student is eligible to continue into the next level but is required to pick up and clear the failed courses as soon as possible. In some cases, this may result in the student having to drop a course in order to pick up a failed course. The student is encouraged to meet with the Program Assistant prior to the start of the next semester, and each subsequent semester, until the probation is cleared.

1.2. If the Academic Team determines that the failed courses will prevent the student from continuing in the project-based learning environment, then the student is required to repeat a specified semester. Again, the student is encouraged to meet with the Program Assistant prior to the start of the next semester, and each subsequent semester, until the probation is cleared. This may result in the student being out of school for a semester. It will be up to the Academic Team to determine if the student is required to repeat the entire semester that is specified or just a portion of it as related to the failed courses.

2.    A student with a program or sessional GPA less than 2.50 may be placed on probation or be discontinued from the program. This decision is made by the academic team and will depend upon overall academic achievement to date.

2.1 If placed on probation, the student may be eligible to continue into the next level or may be required to repeat an entire semester. Unless there are extenuating circumstances, the student has one academic year to clear the probation by getting their cumulative average to at least a GPA of 2.50 with no more than two (2) un-cleared failures. Failure to do so may result in discontinuance.


Program Requirements (refer to Academic Promotion Decisions and Clearance of Academic Deficiency) define the expected academic performance of students progressing through this program. These requirements provide the Academic Team with a basis for decisions regarding the promotion of students. Students who fail to meet program requirements (academically, practically or ethically) will be discontinued from the program on the recommendation of the Academic Team.

Students may also be discontinued for failure to meet the Student Code of Conduct or Academic Integrity policy set by Conestoga. Students are entitled to appeal a discontinuance decision in accordance with the College's appeal process.

A student who wishes to appeal an academic decision or discontinuance from the program should refer to the Conestoga College Student Guide.


Discontinued Student - Readmission Program Protocol

  1. A discontinued student may be eligible to return to the program as a part-time or full-time student. The student is required to first successfully repeat all failed courses with 70% minimum grade, then submit a written request to the Program Assistant with an explanation of what they have done academically and professionally since their discontinuance and how this will help them be successful. An interview with the Program Assistant will follow and the options for readmission will be presented.
  2. Readmission is not guaranteed and is subject to space availability within the program.
  3. The student is responsible to complete all courses resulting from any program design changes that may have occurred.
  4. The Academic Team reserve the right to modify the implementation of the above, in individual cases, due to extenuating circumstances.

Voluntary Withdrawal - Readmission Program Protocol

  1. A student that voluntarily withdrew from Level 1, prior to the Program Withdrawal Without Academic Penalty Date, will be required to reapply to the program through the Ontario College Application Service (OCAS).
  2. A student that voluntarily withdrew from the program following the completion of Level 1 must reapply to the program through the Registrar's Office. The student will be readmitted to the program level consistent with the program courses previously completed at the discretion of the Program Coordinator.
  3. Readmission is not guaranteed and is subject to space availability within the program.
  4. Upon readmission, the student is placed into the current program of study and is responsible for all graduation requirements associated with that program of study.  I.e., readmission may place the student into a different cohort than the one they began the program with and program design changes may have resulted.


Students are eligible to graduate upon completion of all academic requirements in their program of study, including co-op work terms. Students are invited to the convocation ceremony closest to their graduation date.

Students are expected to respond to their invitation to convocation through their Student Portal. Convocation ceremonies are held in the spring and fall of each academic year. Students who complete their program after the scheduled completion date are required to fill out an Application to Graduate form and submit it with payment to the registrar's office. Students who are discontinued or have withdrawn and then return to the college will be placed in the current program design and must meet all requirements to graduate.


Students considering withdrawing from a program should meet with their program coordinator/academic advisor prior to withdrawing.  In order to formally withdraw from a program, the student must complete the Program Withdrawal form and submit it to the Registrar's Office. Deadlines for withdrawing from a program with/without an academic penalty or with/without a refund are posted on the website under Academic Dates.

Program Information

Academic Assistance

Academic assistance is available to students through a variety of avenues.  The Program Assistant and faculty can advise students on specific program and course information such as adding/dropping courses, special timetabling, etc.  Access the Conestoga website for assistance provided through Accessibility Services.  Access the Learning Commons website for detailed information on the academic services they provide, including Learning Skills, Peer Services, Math and Writing assistance.

Academic Dates

Program start and end dates, holidays and deadlines for course add/drop, withdrawal and refunds are located on the college website.  Course changes (add/dropping) may also be made through the Student Portal under the "My Courses" tab.


  1. A student must regularly attend all classes / studio sessions.
  2. A student must maintain regular attendance during co-op work terms.

Absenteeism places the student in academic jeopardy because faculty are unable to assess and evaluate performance when students are not in attendance for classroom, studio and co-op work terms. Evaluation of these experiences is based on the student's demonstration of knowledge and skills throughout the program.

Lack of attendance means:

  • The student missed important information/skill demonstrations provided in class.
  • The student has reduced time to learn and demonstrate knowledge and skills.
  • Fellow students are often disadvantaged by absent students/team members.

A student cannot demonstrate competence if absent and this could result in a failed grade.


Conestoga has more than 400 awards, bursaries, scholarships and academic grants available to Conestoga students. These funds are made available to our students through the partnerships we have established with local business and industry leaders.  To be considered for an award, complete the General Application available through your Student Portal.  Notifications and instructions to complete the application are sent to all full-time students' email accounts in the fall semester (Deadline: First Friday in October) and winter semester (Deadline: First Friday in February).  Visit the Financial Aid and Student Awards Office on Conestoga's website.

BID program awards are given each year based on academic performance and performance in certain courses/projects.  Students do not need to apply for academic performance awards.  Students will be notified if they are eligible to submit a portfolio to be considered for awards for certain courses/projects.

Communication - School Standard

Conestoga College and eConestoga student email accounts are used to communicate with students.  Students are expected to regularly check their student email accounts.  Faculty will not respond to emails from non-Conestoga email addresses.  

Course Changes (Adding/Dropping)

Students can find their program design on the Student Portal by following the steps below:

  1. Log in to Student Portal.
  2. Click on 'My Courses' tab.
  3. Scroll over the icons to the right of individual course listings.

It is strongly recommended that students consult the Program Assistant prior to dropping a course.

  • If a course withdrawal is processed prior to the deadline date, a dropped course will be recorded as a "W" (withdrawal) on the transcript.
  • If a course withdrawal is processed after the deadline, an "F" (fail) will be recorded on the transcript.

Continuing Education and OntarioLearn courses are not included in student full-time fees. Students wishing to take these part-time courses are required to pay the full fee for the individual course(s). Students may add these or other courses under the 'Browse Continuing Education' tab in their Student Portal.

Co-operative Education

The academic requirements to be eligible for a co-op work term in a degree program are as follows:

  • Minimum 2.5 SWA (65% session weighted average) in the eligibility term two academic semesters prior to any co-op work term
  • Maximum two failures or withdrawals during the academic semester that occurs in the eligibility term two academic semesters prior to any co-op work term
  • Must have successfully completed all but two core courses, according to the program design, by the eligibility term prior to any given work term (regardless of the level the student was placed in advanced standing)
  • Students (even those on special timetables) will not be permitted to complete a co-op work term until conditions above are met and all but two core course deficiencies, according to the program design, are cleared
  • Co-op work terms may need to be re-sequenced to allow academic deficiencies to be cleared or in the event a student changes cohorts (i.e. graduation is delayed by one year or more). Students may not repeat a passed work term
  • Should a student's academic performance decline considerably (including cumulative missed courses) during the term just prior to any work term, the college reserves the right to withdraw the student from the upcoming work term
  • Students who do not secure the first work term by the start of the work term semester will instead be enrolled in the 14 credit Career Management in Canada course.  This course involves one 3 hour in-class, on-campus meet per week and 12 hours/week of the on-line and out-of-class activity.

To participate in a co-op work term, students must:

  • Successfully complete the Co-op and Career Preparation course (CDEV71050).  Students who fail Co-op and Career Preparation will not be permitted to search for co-op employment nor will they be able to participate in a co-op work term.  Students who fail the course more than twice will not be permitted to continue in their co-op program (exceptions may be granted for degrees).
  • Be enrolled full-time (full-time = 70% of the hours, or 66 2/3 % of the courses in the current session/level of the Program Design.)  Exceptions will apply to those students who have been granted special timetabling based on formal identification of barriers or challenges for which accommodation is required. Academic eligibility requirements must still be met prior to being granted access to seek a co-op work term.
  • Must have successfully completed all but two core courses, according to the program design, by the eligibility term prior to any given work term (regardless of the level the student was placed in advanced standing).
  • Students (even those on special timetables) will not be permitted to complete a co-op work term until conditions above are met and all but two core course deficiencies, according to the program design, are cleared.
  • Co-op work terms may need to be re-sequenced to allow academic deficiencies to be cleared or in the event a student changes cohorts (i.e. graduation is delayed by one year or more). Students may not repeat a passed work term.
  • Should a student's academic performance decline considerably (including cumulative missed courses) during the term just prior to any work term, the college reserves the right to withdraw the student from the upcoming work term.
  • Meet program specific co-op work term eligibility requirements.

For additional information please refer to the Co-op Policies, Procedures and Support Handbook found by:

  • Login to MyCareer
  • Select Co-op
  • Select Co-op Resources
  • Select Co-op Policies
  • Select Co-operative Education Policies and Procedures for Students

Please Note:

  • The College cannot guarantee co-op employment.  All co-op students are required to conduct an independent co-op job search in addition to the supports and services provided by the Department of Co-op Education.
  • Students are responsible for their own transportation and associated costs in order to complete work term requirements. Work locations may not always be readily accessible by public transportation. 

International Student Exchange

An International Student Exchange may count as an exemption for a co-op work term if the program has an international student exchange agreement in place. This will be granted for one work term only and at the discretion and approval of the program coordinator/exchange advisor and the program Chair /Associate Director of Co-op. This information must be communicated to the Co-op Advisor.

Entrepreneurial Work Term

An Entrepreneurial Work Term is an option and must be approved by the Co-op Advisor at least one month in advance of the work term. The student is required to complete an Enterprise Co-op Application Form for approval by their Co-op Advisor and the Centre for Entrepreneurship (C4E). Normally only one Entrepreneurial Work Term is permitted; all other work terms should be completed with an employer.

Other Alternatives

Due to economic conditions or personal barriers to employment, students may be granted some flexibility subject to the approval of their Co-op Advisor.

  1. Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) – available only for the first work term and only for programs where there are multiple work terms.
  2. Career Guided Management Course - this is an alternative to the first co-op work term that is available in the BID program beginning with the fall 2017 cohort.  Students unable to secure a work term during their job search term (level 4) will be enrolled in, and required to take, this course instead of the co-op work term.  This course involves 3 hours of class time each week and an additional 12 hours of out of class self-directed learning each week.

Credit Transfer

Conestoga recognizes you may have formal post-secondary education that may allow you to enter a program at an advanced level or provide for individual course exemptions.

To ensure your credits are eligible for transfer, please contact our Credit Transfer Office. The Credit Transfer Policy and Procedure are available on the college website. For more information, visit the Credit Transfer & PLAR page.

Dress code

Our objective in establishing a dress code is to allow our students to work comfortably in the school while projecting a respectable image.

Because not all casual clothing is suitable for the classroom/workplace, these guidelines will help you determine what is appropriate to wear to school. Clothing that works well for the beach, yard work, dance clubs, exercise sessions, and sports are not appropriate for school. Clothing that reveals too much cleavage, your back, your chest, your stomach or your underwear are not appropriate for either a business or school setting.

  • The length of dresses, skirt and shorts should allow you to sit comfortably in public and not show too much thigh; must be at least to the fingers or past the fingers when standing naturally.
  • Clothing with potentially offensive words, terms, logos, pictures, cartoons, or slogans are not to be worn.
  • Necklines on shirts, blouses and tops should not be low enough to reveal the chest area.
  • Some classmates are allergic to the chemicals in perfumes and make-up, so wear these substances with restraint.

Professional dress is required for ALL presentations, field trips, as well as guest speaker presentations. We encourage professional dress for everyday as well. Be creative and age appropriate with your attire, as first impressions last a long time.

Professional Dress Guidelines

YES: Dress pants and dress jeans of any colour, capris.

NO: Ripped jeans, sweatpants, exercise pants, shorts or leggings.

YES: Skirts and dresses are acceptable subject to an appropriate length.

NO: Overly short or tight skirts/dresses, sun dresses, beach dresses, and spaghetti-strap dresses (unless covered by a jacket).

YES: Blouses and jackets, dress shirts, t-shirts under a sweater, blouse or jacket, sweaters, golf-type shirts, shawls, wraps and turtlenecks.

NO: Tank tops; midriff tops; shirts with potentially offensive words, terms, logos, pictures, cartoons, or slogans; halter-tops; tops with bare shoulders; sweatshirts. Necklines on shirts, blouses, tops should not reveal chest area.

YES: Shoes and footwear that are conservative walking shoes, loafers, stylish boots, flats and dress heels.

NO: Athletic shoes, slippers or flip-flops.

YES: Jewelry, makeup, perfume, and cologne should be in good taste. Remember, some employees are allergic to the chemicals in perfumes and make-up, so wear these substances with restraint.

NO: Hats are not appropriate. Head covers that are required for religious purposes or to honour cultural tradition are absolutely accepted.

Evaluations (deadlines, tests and examinations)

Assignment Program Protocol

It is in the interest of both faculty and students to see that all work is complete, done to a high standard, and is submitted on time. To support this learning objective, the following describes the overall respective responsibilities of faculty and students:

The faculty is responsible to:

  • Provide to students, at the start of each course, the due dates for all deliverables (e.g., assignments, tests, reports, projects, and class participation) and the respective weighting of each toward the student's final mark.
  • Return tests and quizzes within one to two weeks of their completion.
  • Return exams within two to three weeks of their completion.
  • Return assignments and Studio projects within two to three weeks of their scheduled submission.
  • Respond to student requests for consultations to discuss their performance in respect to coursework.

Students are responsible to:

  • Submit coursework, complete projects and write exams as set out on the schedule provided at the start of each course.
  • Submit coursework in accordance with format and requirements described by course faculty and project outlines.
  • Attend and participate in lectures, studio sessions, scheduled reviews and presentations of their own and their colleagues' work.
  • Fully disclose and completely reference all sources used in their work (e.g., web-based, printed, personal contacts).
  • Advise faculty of circumstances that would prevent the completion of student work as outlined in course schedules, and provide documentation of same.

Missed Work or Classes

Student work submitted after the due date/time, and without accepted extenuating circumstances, may be graded by faculty but the mark will be progressively reduced as follows:

Within 24 hours of the due date/time – mark reduced by 10%

Within 48 hours of the due date/time – mark reduced by 20%

Without accepted extenuating circumstances, student work submitted after that window may be marked as zero. This is a faculty decision made in consultation with the student.

Extension of Submission of Student Work

It is acknowledged that events can happen to either faculty or students that disrupt the planned schedule. Each incident will be addressed on an individual, case-by-case basis by course faculty, with the following general guidelines:

  • Students are required to submit all assignments on or before the date specified and should anticipate problems that might necessitate an extension of time. If an extension of time is required, students will make this request to the appropriate faculty. An extension of time will be given only if arrangements have been made with the faculty prior to the due date. Extensions will not be given if the request is made the day the assignment(s) is due.
  • In certain situations, an extension may be granted providing the student has made the request, provided relevant faculty with appropriate documentation, and received acceptance of the extension at least 24 hours in advance of the original deadline date.
  • In general, extensions for submission of student work will be considered only in the case of extenuating circumstances (sickness, accidents, bereavement, etc.). The student must provide documentation of the proposed extenuating circumstances; the decision to accept this documentation is determined by the faculty responsible for the related work.
  • Where a student has requested an extension, and provided relevant faculty with accepted documentation of extenuating circumstances at least 24 hours in advance of due dates or with medical certificate upon return to classes, efforts will be made to accommodate the student without penalty and within the timeframe set by the College for completion of term work.

Online Submission of Student Work Program Protocol

  • Students are required to submit all online assignments on or before the time and date specified, allowing additional time for the electronic submission process to complete.
  • Students are required to request and retain an eConestoga submission receipt for all online submissions to the eConestoga dropbox. Please note that student work is not considered to be submitted until a submission receipt has been received by the student, and that faculty may request the submission receipt in cases where submission discrepancies occur.
  • If an issue occurs during the electronic submission process preventing the student work from being submitted, the student must inform the professor immediately via email.
  • For online submissions of group work, all group members are responsible to confirm that the student work has been submitted on or before the time and date specified.

Test and Examination Program Protocol

  • Students are required to bring their college ID cards to tests and exams.
  • The faculty/invigilator may request that books, bags, coats, caps, cellphones, laptops, etc. be left in a designated area.
  • The faculty/invigilator has the authority to assign seats.
  • Students must wait until so directed before turning over and starting their test or exam.
  • Students are not permitted to talk after the test or exam has started, except to the faculty/invigilator.
  • Students may not talk or chat in the exam/test room after submitting his/her paper.

Field Trips

Various field trips are scheduled throughout the BID program to enhance the learning experience. Students are required to maintain professional conduct during field trips that will bring credit to the BID Program, Conestoga College and to themselves. Please follow the Student Code of Conduct policy.

Students may be required to pay a nominal field trip fee for field trips with bus transportation.

General Education Electives

In the BID program, you are required to complete three (3) Interdisciplinary Elective (General Education) courses.  These elective courses are chosen by the student in the academic term indicated by the program design. The applicable level/semester and the minimum hours that are required for the program are listed at the bottom of each student's progress report, which is found on the Student Portal.  Students are responsible for adding the elective course into their schedule, during the designated semester. Eligible courses are approved and posted each semester on the college website. Visit Current Students | Conestoga College and click on 'Announcements'.   For additional information regarding Interdisciplinary Electives, please contact the School of Liberal Studies.

Maintaining Student Files

Use Authorization to Retain and Use Student Material form

Retention of Student Coursework

As a condition of program review and accreditation, the Program is required to retain examples of student coursework in each of the courses of the curriculum.

At the inception of the Foundation Module, each student will be required to complete this form with respect to retention of coursework over the duration of their enrolment in the Program.

The removal of student projects from College Property must be approved by the faculty member involved with the project.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, education (informal/ formal), non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measured to meet the required course outcomes and grading standards. This policy applies to candidates who wish to earn academic credit for a course in acknowledgement of significant life and work experience. PLAR is not to be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies and/or to improve grades.

Students must be at least 19 years of age or have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (or equivalent) to be eligible to apply for PLAR. 

For more information, refer to the PLAR policy and procedure. Questions regarding PLAR may be sent to

Program Advisory Committee

Each program at Conestoga has a Program Advisory Committee (PAC), which is made up of industry and academic representatives, as well as current students. They meet several times a year to discuss the direction in which that industry is heading and any improvements that can be made to keep the program current. This helps to ensure that students are learning material that is relevant to their industry.

At the beginning of each year, the coordinator of the program will ask for student volunteers. The coordinator will decide which students will represent years one and two.  The student representatives are expected to attend the meetings. Students must prepare and submit a report based on guidelines provided by the Program Chair/Coordinator which will be presented at the meeting. Students are expected to be professional, dress in business attire and engage in discussions.

Program Transfer

Prior to transferring to another program, it is recommended that the student meet with the program coordinator or academic advisor.  Students who decide to change programs may do so by completing and submitting a program application form to the registrar's office. If considering transferring to a program outside the school in which they are currently enrolled, students may want to discuss options with a career advisor. When a student moves from one Conestoga program to another and where course numbers/codes are identical or equivalent, automatic credit is given if passing grades are met.  Additional information for career or academic advising is available from faculty, program coordinators or career advisors in the Welcome Centre or on the Conestoga website. 


Student Feedback

Student feedback is an essential component of our continuous improvement process. Our opportunities for student feedback include:

Key Performance Indicators

All college programs in the province are evaluated using Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) through the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD). This survey is conducted each academic year in select classes. Strategic goals to improve the programs are developed from these results. This data and other data specific to the campus and the program/school are collected so that Conestoga College can continually improve quality.

Student Appraisal of Teaching (SAT)

The Student Appraisal of Teaching (SAT) allows direct feedback from students on teaching for a particular course. Completion of the SAT form gives teachers and academic managers valuable information to use for the improvement of teaching at Conestoga.

The SAT process occurs in the last one-third of the semester. Typically about one-quarter of the faculty is appraised per term, and each has two courses selected by their academic managers for appraisal. All teachers have a SAT review at least once every two years. The SAT process is managed by the Office of Institutional Research and Planning using an online survey system specifically designed for course/teacher evaluations.  After all marks for the semester have been submitted, a summary of results goes to the academic manager to be shared with the faculty member. Continuing Education students may have an opportunity to complete a SAT form at the conclusion of each Continuing Education course.

Facility Information

After Hours Access

Conestoga hours of operation are 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Conestoga recognizes that in some programs of study, students may require after-hours access to classrooms and labs. After-hours access is maintained in accordance with the academic needs of individual programs. The after-hours access is a privilege, not a right.

If after-hours access is required, faculty must contact security in advance, with the student(s) name, ID number, and program information, along with signed paperwork approving access. The student must follow these guidelines: 

  • Be in the designated room with another approved person
  • Inform security immediately of any out-of-the normal situations
  • Have student identification card available
  • Notify security upon departure
  • Not move furniture

Refer to the Student Guide for more information.

Room Access

After the add/drop date each semester, each faculty member whose class may need to access the college after hours will submit an electronic class list to Security to indicate which students are eligible for access to the college after hours.

Students will be required to sign in, showing their student cards at Security before 11:00pm each day that they wish to be on campus after 11:00pm. Students wishing to leave and return after 11:00 pm will need to inform Security who will readmit them upon their return. Students must leave the classroom/lab if requested to do so by the cleaning staff.

Computer Labs

Note: There is no food permitted in any computer lab. Beverages are permitted in unbreakable, re-sealable containers. Please note that in computer labs, containers should be placed away from the keyboard to prevent unnecessary damage.

Program Physical Space

The physical space of the program includes:

  • a plotter/printer room (A3122)
  • a model room (A3132)
  • a product library room (A3126)
  • faculty offices (A3219)
  • three studios: varies by semester

Studio Rules

This is a space that we share as faculty and student body. This is where we will come together to explore the material of your Studio work, and other curriculum, in each semester of the program. This exploration will range from lectures to seminar discussions to development of group and individual project work to formal reviews and informal discussions. This is a shared space and must be kept clean and tidy.  Failure to do so may result in loss of unrestricted access.

Security of Property

The program studio facilities are equipped with keyless entry. The punch code access is provided to each student registered in the program at the outset of each semester.

All individuals permitted access to the studio facilities will be provided with the code by program faculty/administration. In order to maintain security of property and persons, it is critical that this access code is not shared with students outside of the program.

Within the studios, each student is provided with a storage cabinet for securing their personal equipment and supplies. Students are advised to purchase a lock for their individual storage cabinet to ensure the security of their property when they are absent from their work area.

Product & Samples Library

The Product & Samples Library is for the use of students in the Bachelor of Interior Design program only. Students are encouraged to use this resource to source materials and product information.  In consideration of fellow students, students must ensure that library resources are put away and personal belongings are removed when leaving the room.

Safety Information

Services Offered

For general inquiries, contact Security Services at:

Cambridge (Fountain Street): Main Foyer, 519-748-5220, ext. 3357
Doon (Kitchener): Main Building, Room 2B10-6, 519-748-5220, ext. 3357
Guelph: Room A5, 519-824-9390, ext. 3357
Waterloo: Room 1B02, 519-885-0300, ext. 3357

Safety and Security Services provides 24-hour security at the Doon (Kitchener), Waterloo and Cambridge (Fountain Street) campuses, and daytime/evening/weekend security at the Guelph campus. Concerns or offences may be reported to Safety and Security Services.

Emergency Number While on Campus: ext. 5555 - for all medical, fire situations, and police assistance from all campuses (Cambridge [Fountain Street], Doon [Kitchener], Guelph, Waterloo, and Stratford).

Safety and Security Services provides the following services: first aid, personal safety education/plans, general information, emergency response, investigations, self defense training, mobile and bike patrol, crime prevention education, parking - sales, assistance and enforcement, security at residence and campus events.

Emergency phones and alarm systems emergency phones are available throughout the Cambridge (Fountain Street) and Doon (Kitchener) campuses.

Check out our new Mobile Safety App available free for download on any phone system.

For more information on emergency  response and what to do, go to the Security Services webpage.

Basic Safety

Refer to your Student Guide for Conestoga's Safety and Security services and procedures.

Note: Students may be required to sign a Conestoga College ITAL (CCITAL) Acknowledgment of Safety Training and Responsibilities Form depending on program requirements.

Emergency Telephone Messages

It may be necessary for family members to contact a student in an emergency situation. Family members need to know the student number, program name, school, and campus the student is registered in, to aid Security in locating the student. This information will be required when the family member calls. Please have family members contact Security directly at 519-748-5220, ext. 3357 - only if it is an emergency. 

Machine Operation and Safety

Machine operation and safety requirements will be provided by the faculty responsible for the delivery of each course, as necessary. Refer to your Student Guide for Conestoga's Safety and Security services and procedures. 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Physical protection requirements will be provided by the faculty responsible for the delivery of each course, as necessary. Refer to your Student Guide for Conestoga's Safety and Security services and procedures.

Student Services

Student Services information can be found in the Student Guide and or on Conestoga's website.

College-wide Academic Policies and Procedures

A Student Protection Acknowledgement confirmation pop-up will appear when a student logs into the Student Portal on a yearly basis. This will direct students to policies and procedures relevant to their academic responsibilities. All Conestoga College wide academic policies and procedures are listed on the college website under "About Conestoga", "Policies and Procedures". 
Students are advised to review and comply with all policies and procedures, including the following: 
  • Academic Dispute and Resolution Policy & Procedure
  • Academic Integrity Policy & Violation of Academic Integrity Procedure 
  • Academic Recognition Policy
  • Academic Credential Procedure
  • Clearance of Academic Deficiency Policy & Procedure
  • Co-operative Education Policy
  • Discontinuance Policy & Procedure
  • Eligibility to Participate in Co-op Work Terms Policy & Procedure
  • Evaluation of Student Learning Policy & Procedure
  • Grading Procedure
  • Graduation Requirements and Convocation Procedure
  • Honours Policy & Procedure
  • Program Withdrawal and Refund Procedure
  • Student Code of Conduct Policy
  • Student Concerns and Issues Policy & Procedure
  • Student Fees Policy & Student Fee Invoicing and Payment Procedure
  • Student Feedback Policy

Students must follow all of the policies and procedures for Conestoga College and it is expected that faculty will accept, fulfill and enforce these standards.

General Education / Breadth Electives

School of Liberal Studies

The purpose of General Education and Degree Breadth electives is to provide graduates with the skills and knowledge to succeed both professionally and in their own personal lives. Working collaboratively with your program, General Education and Degree Breadth courses help develop the critical and creative thinking skills, civic engagement and knowledge of the broader world of arts, culture and science that helps make you more reflective, creative, and effective in your own life.

All Ontario College Diploma, Ontario College Advanced Diploma, and Degree programs at Conestoga require students to complete general education electives / interdisciplinary breadth.

More information on these courses can be found at

Program Handbook Revision Log

Date:  June 2016
Type of Revision: Update professor credentials, program description and co-op information.

Date:  June 2017
Type of Revision: Annual review and revisions

Accommodation Disclaimer

Conestoga College is dedicated to promoting an equitable environment where students have the opportunity to participate in all aspects of College life. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Ontario Human Rights Code, Conestoga College recognizes its responsibility and legal obligation to provide education, information and services in an accessible manner.

The Program Handbook is intended to provide general information with respect to program expectations. There may be individual accommodations and/or medical circumstances that require exceptions. For example, students may need to be accommodated for a missed assignment or evaluation. Students who are registered with Accessibility Services are not required to provide an additional doctor's note for a missed or late evaluation. For more information about Accessibility Services please drop in or visit our website.

We recognize that other extenuating circumstances may apply. Consult with your Professor. All exceptions based on extenuating circumstances must be approved by the Chair.