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Courses - September 2021

Level 1

Course Details

Colour Theory
ARTS1185

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
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Fabrics and Textiles
ARTS1220

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
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Concept to Completion
ARTS1435

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
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College Reading & Writing Skills
COMM1085

Description:

This course introduces students to the reading, writing, and critical thinking skills needed for academic and workplace success. Students will analyse a variety of texts and apply the steps of planning, writing, and revising to produce writing that meets the expectations of selected audiences and purposes. The course prepares students for college-level writing tasks, research, and documentation by asking them to produce clear, informed, and purposeful documents relevant to both academic and professional contexts.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Creative Technologies I
COMP1136

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
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Conestoga 101
CON0101

Description:

This self-directed course focuses on introducing new students to the supports, services, and opportunities available at Conestoga College. By the end of this course, students will understand the academic expectations of the Conestoga learning environment, as well as the supports available to ensure their academic success. Students will also be able to identify on-campus services that support their health and wellness, and explore ways to get actively involved in the Conestoga community through co-curricular learning opportunities.

  • Hours: 1
  • Credits: 0
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Introduction to Design
DSGN1075

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
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History of Style
HIST1010

Description:

This course will focus on the history of style as it pertains to fashion, art, furniture, architecture, and display. We will review retail trends and the evolution of window displays with focuses on popular display artists and techniques throughout history within western civilizations.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Level 2

Course Details

Scale Modeling
ARTS1200

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
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Illustrative Techniques I
ARTS1210

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
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Interior Materials and Finishes
ARTS1230

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
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Furniture: History, Style and Design
HIST1000

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
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Digital Imaging
PHOT1145

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
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Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 84 Hours

Level 3

Course Details

Computer Aided Drafting and Design I
COMP2060

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
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Interior Decorating I
DSGN2140

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
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Introduction to Sustainable Design
DSGN2350

Description:

Starting with a general overview of sustainability and sustainable development, this course will explore the need to create environmentally responsible and healthy, yet also beautiful, residential interiors. Students will understand the importance of product life-cycle assessment, and develop a ‘cradle-to-cradle’ approach to product selection, recognizing the health impacts for both humans and our environment. Current green construction guidelines and organizations will be discussed, including an overview of LEED® and other green building green building rating systems, as well products and companies offering eco-labeling. Upon course completion students will be able to identify and implement practical environmentally responsible building construction, design and décor solutions and recommendations to projects and future clients.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Lighting-Methods and Fixtures
MECH2005

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
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Mechanical Systems
MECH2045

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
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Safety in the Workplace
OHS1320

Description:

This course focuses on developing awareness and skills for the student to safely manage and conduct him or herself within a variety of employment settings. Through the 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 employed. 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 employers.

  • Hours: 14
  • Credits: 1
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Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours

Level 4

Course Details

Computer Aided Drafting and Design II
COMP2090

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: COMP2060
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Interior Decorating II
DSGN2150

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: DSGN2140
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The Built Environment
DSGN2340

Description:

This course focuses on the concept of Universal Design and expands into an introduction to anthropometrics, ergonomics and proxemics associated with residential applications. The creation of client-centred environments will form the basis of discussions/lectures with students introduced to Aging-in-Place considerations, cultural influences on the use of space, as well as architectural styles and building materials. This client-centred approach to spacial designs, decorative styles and residential material selections will inform their culminating Capstone project in Interior Decorating II.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Business and Sales Strategies
ENTR2060

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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Field Placement (Interior Decorating)
FPLT2120

Description:

This course prepares students and facilitates a placement experience with a company/agency which has been approved by the program. Students will review employability skills in class and then practise these skills as they take an active role in securing a placement. Students will refine self-marketing techniques to establish cohesive branding of themselves at a professional level. Engaging in the work environment of a professionally relevant company/agency will allow students to apply their education and skills contributing to their mutual benefit. Appropriate workplace behaviour and etiquette is expected as students use this opportunity to expand their network of industry contacts and effectively market their personal brand. Through this experience, students can cultivate confidence, escalate awareness of industry practices, add to their resume & portfolio, and contribute to their own career success.

  • Hours: 80
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites: OHS1320 AND OHS8320
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Interior Decorating Client/Trade Relations and Project Management
MGMT2210

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

  1. Communicate effectively with a wide variety of people, taking a professional, customer service approach to sales, consulting and presentations.
  2. Manage the financial aspects of the interior decorating business, such as designing to budget, estimating, and handling basic business accounting procedures.
  3. Manage interior presentation and projects.
  4. Present design plans and ideas to clients/customers.
  5. Create floor plans and conduct space planning effectively.
  6. Apply a practical working knowledge of effective use of materials to interior decorating projects.
  7. Apply the principles and elements of design to interior decoration
  8. Design and execute detailed room plans.
  9. Identify the major elements of colour and how they relate to psychology, mood, trends and schemes.
  10. Produce successful floor to ceiling applications through appropriate selection of design elements and materials.
  11. Select lighting for practical and functional applications.
  12. Solve decorating challenges with appropriate designs, materials, and space planning.