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Interior Decorating - Residential (Part-time)

Credential:
Ontario College Certificate
Program Code:
1160
School:
Continuing Education

Notice:

The part-time Interior Decorating program has been updated to the part-time Interior Decorating - Residential program. For questions about you path to completion, please contact Julia Laugalys (519) 748-5220 ext. 3759 or jlaugalys@conestogac.on.ca.

About the Program

The graduate of this program will have demonstrated the ability to apply the basic design process in order to create residential interior environments that are aesthetically pleasing and functional. In this program students learn to apply the principles and elements of design and to use the design process to solve decorating challenges. Students work independently and in teams to solve problems and demonstrate their design ideas. This program is recognized by the Decorators and Designers Association of Canada (DDA Canada) and graduates have the skills to pursue employment in various areas of the residential decorating field. Courses in this program are offered through classroom and online delivery. Beginning in the Spring 2018, all courses will be available online.

This program is available for students to take fully online or in-class.

An Interior Decorating certificate opens the door to careers such as: decorator/entrepreneur, home builder consultant, model home merchandiser, kitchen and bath designer, industry representatives, home staging, decorating blogger, furniture and art sales and much more.

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

Program Information

All courses must be completed within 5 years of acceptance into the program.

Admission Requirements

Note re: Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

How to Apply

Students may obtain a Conestoga College Program Application Form from any Conestoga College campus, OR by writing directly to the Registrar's Office, OR by using the college website at www.conestogac.on.ca/admissions/forms

Send completed applications to:
Conestoga College
Admissions Office
299 Doon Valley Dr
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada N2G 4M4

How to Register for Courses

Go to How to Register for detailed registration information.

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.

Graduate Opportunities

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

Program Related Resources

Program Outcomes

Program Courses

Click on the course code or title below for a full description of the course. If available for registration, clicking on "Details" in the status column will open a new browser tab or window in the Student Portal.

Course Information
Course Code Course Title Status
BUS1035 Sales and Business Practices
Description: Students focus on the skills required to successfully operate an interior decorating business. Emphasis is placed upon client consultation, sourcing, selling, operational management and financial management. Students develop their own business plan, which provides exposure to market research, marketing strategies and financial planning. Communication and interpersonal skills as well as professionalism are emphasized.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
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DMED1530 Digital Presence for Today's Business
Description: In this digital marketplace, image capturing and a strong web presence are key to communicating effectively with current or prospective clients and to other successful professional practices. With professional image creation in mind, students have the opportunity to explore the practical groundwork of photo capture: focus, composition and exposure. Students will explore cost-effective website building platform options and learn about the questions to ask when retaining a professional website designer.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
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DRWG1255 Fundamentals of CAD
Description: Students explore the fundamentals of AutoCAD for Windows. They examine the industry standards of interior design to produce a partial set of drawings of floor plans and elevations. Students examine the differences between drawings for client presentations and contractor installations. Through online content, interactive follow-along videos, and practical exercises, students draw, manage, modify, annotate, and export drawings of floor plans and elevations.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: IDEC1075, IDEC1055
CoRequisites:
Details
IDEC1015 Advanced Interior Decorating
Description: There are many career opportunities as an interior decorator. In this course, you will integrate and apply the knowledge and skills you have learned from previous courses to create a final project that will enhance your portfolio. Discussed are tips to hone professional and business relationships that are critical to grow in the field of interior decorating. You will apply the professions code of ethics and learn how to analyze a variety of personality types to most effectively serve your clients. You will expand on previous knowledge in topical areas such as; creating accessible spaces, dealing with difficult clients and creating brand recognition.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: BUS1035 or OLRN1434, DMED1530 or OLRN1469, IDEC1025 or OLRN1468, IDEC1035 or OLRN1324
CoRequisites:
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IDEC1025 History of Furniture and Accessories
Description: The history of furniture includes an understanding of antiques, of the major periods of style and of trends and influences incorporating antiques. Contemporary and 20th-century furniture will also be discussed, allowing students to recognize particular designs, to accurately assess a piece of furniture's worth and to recognize the good-better-best categories of goods. Students will discuss all types of case goods, both wood and upholstered and the purchasing of these goods.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
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IDEC1035 Colour and Application
Description: Learn about the most influential elements of design, through the use of colour and its application. Study the principles of colour in relation to psychology and design communications and learn how this theory relates to physical space and the world around them. Cover an historical period of colour trends, interior space, pop culture and its political influences, colour is studied from a practical world perspective.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
IDEC1045 Fabrics and Window Treatments
Description: Every window is different and may require individual treatment. We compare natural and synthetic fabrics according to the pros and cons of their use, the methods of their manufacture, their durability and the terms used in their description. Students will discover current fabric trends and how certain treatments will match or clash with particular furniture and decorating styles. Other topics covered are using blinds, shutters, valances and draperies; understanding proper measuring techniques; and calculating the amount of fabric needed to complete a particular window treatment.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: IDEC1055
CoRequisites:
Details
IDEC1055 Floor Plans, Space Planning and Presentations
Description: In this course, students use methods, concepts and theories to understand and develop floor plans and read blueprints. Students use drawing room dimensions and wall elevations to scale and learn to identify blueprint symbols. Through hands-on assignments and practice, students experiment with furniture layouts, room settings and presentation boards, enhancing their knowledge of standard industry measurements and space planning techniques.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
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IDEC1065 Interior Materials and Surfaces
Description: Flooring, paint, wallpaper, moldings and other materials are the products used to create style and enhance the home. In this course you will be discussing all of the various products available on the market as well as the merits f them in different environments. What works well in one setting may be a disaster in another. You will learn how to calculate the amount of product needed for a space and how to properly install them. Other topics included are: ceiling styles, countertops, trim and moldings and the correct tools needed to complete each job.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: IDEC1055
CoRequisites:
Details
IDEC1075 Introduction to Interior Decorating
Description: This course covers the basic principles and elements of design, the importance of room décor and the major categories of style types. We review the types of career options in the field of design, the components of a professional portfolio and the assessment of client needs. Basic knowledge of floor plans, window treatments, lighting, colour schemes and styles will be examined and implemented in a colour board presentation at the culmination of the course. This will become the first addition to a student's portfolio.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
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IDEC1085 Fundamentals of Lighting
Description: In this course, students will be introduced to the many applications of lighting and to trends and styles for various decor in order to determine minimum lighting requirements in various rooms of the home. We will identify the diverse options available (such as florescent, track, halogen and incandescent) and their appropriate uses in relation to room requirements, style and client needs. Students examine and discuss a wide variety of accessories and their contributions to decor, including what works in specific situations and how much is ‘too much.' A variety of assignments will require students to design and demonstrate the complexities of lighting and accessories.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: IDEC1055, IDEC1075
CoRequisites:
Details
IDEC1095 Designing Kitchens and Bathrooms
Description: This course covers the detail required to design kitchens and bathrooms for today's homes. Students learn to measure for replacement cabinets and to lay out appliances and work stations for optimum function and safety. Practical applications of planning layouts, cabinet styles, counters, back-splashes and other materials will give students relevant skills for designing these important rooms.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: IDEC1035, IDEC1055, IDEC1075
CoRequisites:
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Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.

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Program Contact

Julia Laugalys, jlaugalys@conestogac.on.ca, (519) 748-5220 ext. 3759

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