Mary Dobson
Faculty, decorator and TV personality

Interior Decorating

General information

Program code
4 Semesters (2 Years)
Ontario College Diploma
Academic area

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2016 Barrie
Fall 2017 Barrie

Program description

Interior decorating is the art of creating distinctive and integrated interior environments that respond to functional needs and address aesthetic perceptions. The process involves the planning of space, beautification and furnishing of interiors and the documentation of design concepts resulting in a composition that conveys a sense of place. Courses are delivered in a variety of formats including lecture, studio and lab. In addition, a variety of field trips as well as a field placement component connects students with the industry prior to graduation. Graduates will have the knowledge and essential skills to interpret client requirements, create innovative interiors and pursue employment in the decorating field.

Admission information

Admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Admission details

You must meet ONE of the following requirements to be eligible for admission to these programs:

Secondary school applicants:

  • OSS curriculum: OSSD or equivalent, with Grade 12 English (C) or (U) (ENG4C, ENG4U)

Non-Secondary school applicants (19 years or older):

  • Any credit Communication course taken at Georgian College
  • College preparatory programs including those taken at Georgian College: Art and Design Fundamentals and General Arts and Science*
  • Equivalent courses in English taken through secondary school or Independent Learning Centres (at the general, advanced, college or university level)
  • Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) program with communications
  • Mature student testing in English that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through most testing services)*
  • Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)
  • English, Literature or Communication credit courses from accredited colleges/universities

Home school applicants:

  • Applicants can write the mature student testing in English that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through testing services)*

* available from Georgian College. For a complete listing please contact the Office of the Registrar.


View the Interior Decorating articulations on the Credit Transfer Centre page.


Mandatory Courses

APDE1004 Applied Colour Theory
COMP1055 Computer Aided Drafting
COMP2091 Computer Aided Drafting Intermediate
COMP2092 Computer Aided Drafting Advanced
DRFT1010 Hand Drafting and Design Technology
DRFT1011 Hand Drafting and Design Intermediate
DRWG1009 Freehand Drawing
DRWG1010 Drawing and Rendering
DRWG2003 Drawing and Rendering Adv
HSTY2002 Early Design History
IDEC1000 Studio Basics
IDEC1001 Sustainable Mat/Finishes/Furn
IDEC1002 Interior Decorating Studio
IDEC1003 Applied Studio
IDEC1004 Global Issues/Mat'ls/Fin/Furn
IDEC2000 Professional Practice
IDEC2001 Media Presentation Methods
IDEC2002 Interior Decorating Studio Int
IDEC2003 Applied Studio Advanced
IDEC2004 Professional Practice Advanced
IDEC2005 Interior Decorating Studio Advanced
IDEC2006 Materials, Finishes, Furnishings, and Accessories Advanced Applications
INTD2009 Lighting Systems and Design
INTD3008 History of Furniture
MKTG2025 Selling and Merchandising
DRFT2002 Hand Drafting and Design Technology Advanced

Communications Courses

To be selected at time of registration from the College list, as determined by testing.

General Education Courses

To be selected from College list

Field Placement

IDEC2007 Field Placement

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