Design and Visual Arts

Honours Bachelor of Interior Design

General information

Program code
8 Semesters (4 Years)
Honours Bachelor Degree

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2017 Barrie

Program description

This program specializes in creating interior environments in the context of professional interior design standards and practice. The curriculum emphasizes space planning and management, design process, research methodologies, socially responsible design, building systems, technological applications, contract documentation, and interior design presentation. Sustainable practices, entrepreneurship models, and regulatory codes are integrated throughout the curriculum. The curriculum is designed to meet current Council for Interior Design Accreditation’s (CIDA) standards of delivery and content. Our program offers a uniquely collaborative learning experience which facilitates a hands-on model incorporating creative development, problem-solving, strategic thinking, and teaming protocols, providing our graduates with exceptional interior design knowledge and skills.

Please note: Portfolio is due August 22, 2016 or two weeks after application (whichever is later) until the program is full.

Why study Honours Bachelor of Interior Design at Georgian?

Multi-disciplinary setting
We offer a close-knit collaborative community for students and faculty. Our degree is housed in a multi-disciplinary setting within the Design and Visual Arts area, providing opportunities to interface with other students in a cross-disciplinary venue.

Our faculty have a high level of professional experience in the field.

We offer a highly integrated curriculum and a focus on design studio which serves as the lead course each semester, with accompanying courses contributing project components that facilitate students’ projects of larger scope and depth. We have a special focus on the application of digital media to the production of construction drawings based on industry standards.

Work experience
Experiential learning gives students the skills, networks and competitive edge they need as they enter the industry. A 14-week co-op is a mandatory component of the program in the summer between third and fourth years. Our Co-operative Education and Career Success department assists students in obtaining co-op positions.

Transfer credits
Graduates of a three-year Interior Design Advanced diploma will be eligible to apply to the third year of the degree. The diploma must be completed prior to applying for advanced standing to third year of the degree. The third year of the degree will be offered at Georgian starting fall 2018.

Our location and community offer a reasonable cost of living and our close proximity to Toronto allows for integration with interior design professionals and consultants in a vibrant urban context, as well as many opportunities for guest speakers from, and field trips to, Canada’s largest city.

Admission information

Admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • minimum overall average of 65 per cent
  • six Grade 12 U or M level courses including:
  • Grade 12 U English with a minimum grade of 65 percent
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 U or M level Mathematics with a minimum grade of 60 percent

Selection process

Digitally Submitted Portfolio

There are a total of four creative pieces plus one written document that need to be submitted. The following five pieces must be submitted as they are described:

1. Perspective line drawing of a chair: black line with construction lines to show proper perspective methods are encouraged. You may use your choice of medium.

2. Perspective line drawing of an interior space or building façade. This should be from an actual space or building and not from your imagination or an abstract method. You may use your choice of medium.

3. Colour still life study demonstrating your use of colour and composition must include the following: teacup and saucer (the cup must not be placed in the saucer), a book, a transparent glass vessel and a silver candlestick. You may use your choice of medium.
Note: It is essential that these drawings be created from looking at actual objects and buildings, not from your imagination and not from a photograph. Submissions are reviewed specifically to assess your ability to draw with realistic and accurate depth, perspective, and proportions, as well as to assess your representation of texture, reflection, shade, and shadow.

4. A work of your choice which may include a three-dimensional object you have designed or created, a subject or type of work which is not included in the list above, or work related to interior design.

5. A written document of 350 words, which describes your interest in and knowledge of the interior design field.
We strongly recommend you research and refer to current issues in the interior design profession and include any influences affecting your decision to pursue a career in the interior design discipline.

- Provide a description of each image included in your portfolio
(i.e., Date, Medium, Image/Concept, etc.)

- Include the following on the Cover Sheet:
- Full Name
- OCAS and/or Georgian College Student number
- Address
- Telephone number
- E-mail address

- E-mail to Tannis Peacock, Academic Program Assistant
School of Design and Visual Art at

File name: The entire portfolio must be submitted as (one) multiple-page file in Adobe .PDF file format. The file name must include your name and your 9 digit Georgian College student number. For example, yourname_#########_interiordesign.pdf

Note: This electronic application copy will be kept on file in the department.

- If you require further information or have questions, please contact
Jo Anne Stewart, Bachelor of Interior Design Co-ordinator:


Mandatory Core Courses

INDE1000 Interior Design Studio 1
INDE1001 Design Communications 1
INDE1002 Design Theory 1
INDE1004 Interior Design Studio 2
INDE1005 Design Communications 2
INDE1006 Human Factors
INDE1007 Interior Detailing 1
INDE1008 Contemporary Design: Origins and Issues
INDE2000 Interior Design Studio 3
INDE2001 Design Communications 3
INDE2002 Interior Detailing 2
INDE2003 Design and Material Culture
INDE2004 Interior Design Studio 4
INDE2005 Design Communications 4
INDE2006 Case Studies in Design
INDE2007 Building Technology 1: Lighting and Electrical Systems
INDE3000 Interior Design Studio 5
INDE3001 Interior Detailing 3
INDE3002 Building Technology 2: Mechanical and Safety Systems and Acoustics
INDE3003 Design Theory 2
INDE3004 Ontario Building Regulations
INDE3005 Design Communications 5
INDE3006 Professional Practice 1
INDE3007 Interdisciplinary Practice
INDE3008 Interior Design Studio 6
INDE3009 Site Studies
INDE4000 Interior Design Advanced Studio 1
INDE4001 Design Communications 6
INDE4002 Interior Detailing 4
INDE4003 Senior Level Thesis Project 1
INDE4004 Senior Level Thesis Project 2
INDE4005 Professional Practice 2
INDE4006 Independent Study Project
INDE1003 Sustainable Practices

Mandatory Non-Core Courses

INTS1002 Introduction to Multidisciplinary Research
RSCH2000 Qualitative Research
STAS2000 Quantitative Methods and Stats

Elective Non-Core Courses

Co-op Work Term

COOP1035 Bachelor of Interior Design Degree Work Term

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