Honours Bachelor of Interior Design
Dream, inspire and create. This ARIDO and IDC-recognized, hands-on program will prepare you for your career as a professional interior designer.

General information

Program code
8 Semesters, plus 1 work term (4 Years)
Honours Bachelor Degree
Work integrated learning
1 Co-op Work Term

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2021 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.

Student award winners 2019

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Katelyn Vahi
ARIDO Art Appreciation Scholarship with Doner-Turrin Inc.

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Kaitlyn Cannell
Global Contract Award

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Amy Pothier
Associate-Health and Wellness Practice Area Leader

"Georgian College prepared me for the reality of the interior design profession - focusing on all aspects of the profession including design, project management and technical excellence."

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Why study Honours Bachelor of Interior Design at Georgian?

Your Success

In our collaborative learning community, you can achieve your goals, develop your skills and launch a successful career, as a graduate of the Interior Design program at Georgian College.

Integrated Curriculum
From day one, you will be engaged in projects that are substantial in scale, scope and depth. These projects combine creative design with a focus in CADD, digital media and communications, allowing you to showcase your work and produce industry standard design and documentation projects.

 Work Experience
Practical, hands-on learning gives you the skills, networks and competitive edge needed to succeed in the industry.  A 14-week co-op is included the program between your third and fourth years.

The Learning Environment

You’ll learn in an environment with exceptional faculty, interior design and multimedia studios, CADD labs equipped with industry standard design software, a commercial resource and residential design library containing product information, textiles, flooring, and surfacing materials.

While studying in the four-year program you can travel to Europe and participate in an organized itinerary supporting cultural and historic interface.  Each year you can attend professional events like the Toronto Interior Design Show and take excursions to connect with industry suppliers at major Design Centers.


Located on the Western shore of Lake Simcoe, Barrie offers you an unique life experience with a downtown waterfront, multiple sports and recreation venues, as well as many seasonal events and festivals.

The city's convenient public transit system and close proximity to Toronto also gives you the opportunity to participate in field trips to Canada's largest city to celebrate design innovation, meet with design professionals and connect with industry suppliers.

Career opportunities

There are numerous avenues to pursue for productive and creative interior design careers. These pathways include corporate/office design, residential and condominium design, hospitality design, retail design, exhibition design, health care design, civic design, and historic preservation. Many graduates enter directly into positions within established interior design and architectural firms. Career opportunities also include interior design positions in government, facilities space planning, and real estate development.

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

Mature applicants may also be considered for admission to this program providing their previous school performance and/or recent work record suggests a strong possibility of academic success. In order to qualify, applicants must be 19 years of age by December 31 of the year of admission and must have been away from formal education for at least one year immediately prior to beginning studies. Mature applicants must meet subject prerequisites prior to registration.

Applicants should be aware that first-year enrolment is limited; satisfying minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission.

Selection Process

Digital 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. (All in one drawing.) 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.
  6. Provide a description of each image included in your portfolio (i.e., Date, Medium, Image/Concept, etc.)
  7. Include the following on the Cover Sheet:
    • Full Name
    • OCAS and/or Georgian College Student number (both if available)
    • Address including City/Town
    • Telephone number
    • E-mail address

Submit portfolio to Marlene Mitchelmore, Honours Bachelor of Interior Design Co-ordinator, Design and Visual Arts at portfolios@georgiancollege.ca.

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_student#_interiordesign.pdf. It is suggested to create your portfolio in a PowerPoint file and save to a .PDF file for submission.

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

Portfolio Due Date: Portfolios are DUE within 2 WEEKS of application. Offers are extended on a ‘first come first served’ basis and therefore it is in an applicant’s best interest to submit all required documentation promptly.

If you require further information or have questions, please contact Marlene Mitchelmore, Co-ordinator, Honours Bachelor of Interior, Design and Visual Arts at Marlene.Mitchelmore@georgiancollege.ca 

Admission details

The college has been granted a consent by the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities to offer this applied degree for a seven-year term starting May 28, 2015. The College shall ensure that all students admitted to the above-named program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable timeframe.

Non-core courses are required in all degree programs to meet the Ministry of Colleges and Universities benchmark for depth and breadth in degree-level learning. These courses are designed to give students the tools to develop interdisciplinary perspectives that inform their approach to their own discipline, their continued education and their life outside work.

Students are required to take: at least one first year interdisciplinary course (INTS1xxx); two introductory courses in their choice of disciplines outside their main field of study, which may include psychology (PSYC 1000 or PSYC 1001), social science (SOCI 1000), humanities (HUMA 1012), or science (SCEN 1000); one advanced course in a discipline (ex. PSYC3xxx, SOSC3xxx, HUMA3xxx), and; one upper level interdisciplinary course (INTS4xxx). These courses and any remaining non-core course requirements to be selected from the program list.


Program-specific Courses

  • INDE 1000 - Interior Design Studio 1
    (Semester 1 / 56 hours)
  • INDE 1001 - Design Communications 1
    (Semester 1 / 84 hours)
  • INDE 1002 - Design Theory 1
    (Semester 1 / 56 hours)
  • INDE 1003 - Sustainable Practices
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • INTS 1002 - Introduction to Multidisciplinary Research
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • INDE 1004 - Interior Design Studio 2
    (Semester 2 / 84 hours)
  • INDE 1005 - Design Communications 2
    (Semester 2 / 56 hours)
  • INDE 1006 - Human Factors
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • INDE 1007 - Interior Detailing 1
    (Semester 2 / 56 hours)
  • INDE 1008 - Contemporary Design: Origins and Issues
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • Elective Non-Core Courses - Select 1 of the following courses: SOCI 1000, HUMA 1012, SCEN 1000 or PSYC 1000.
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • INDE 2000 - Interior Design Studio 3
    (Semester 3 / 84 hours)
  • INDE 2001 - Design Communications 3
    (Semester 3 / 56 hours)
  • INDE 2002 - Interior Detailing 2
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • INDE 2003 - Design and Material Culture
    (Semester 3 / 56 hours)
  • STAS 2000 - Quantitative Methods and Statistics
    (Semester 3 / 56 hours)
  • INDE 2004 - Interior Design Studio 4
    (Semester 4 / 84 hours)
  • INDE 2005 - Design Communications 4
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • INDE 2006 - Case Studies in Design
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • INDE 2007 - Building Technologies 1: Lighting and Electrical Systems
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • RSCH 2000 - Qualitative Research Methods
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • Elective Non-Core Courses - Select 1 of the following courses: SOCI 1000, HUMA 1012, SCEN 1000 or PSYC 1000.
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • INDE 3000 - Interior Design Studio 5
    (Semester 5 / 84 hours)
  • INDE 3001 - Interior Detailing 3 - CADD 3D
    (Semester 5 / 42 hours)
  • INDE 3002 - Building Technologies 2: Mechanical and Safety Systems and Acoustics
    (Semester 5 / 42 hours)
  • INDE 3003 - Design Theory 2
    (Semester 5 / 42 hours)
  • INDE 3004 - Ontario Building Regulations
    (Semester 5 / 42 hours)
  • Elective Non-Core Courses - Select 1 course at the 3000-level from the available list during registration.
    (Semester 5 / 42 hours)
  • INDE 3005 - Design Communications 5
    (Semester 6 / 42 hours)
  • INDE 3006 - Professional Practice 1
    (Semester 6 / 28 hours)
  • INDE 3007 - Interdisciplinary Practice
    (Semester 6 / 42 hours)
  • INDE 3008 - Interior Design Studio 6
    (Semester 6 / 84 hours)
  • INDE 3009 - Site Studies
    (Semester 6 / 42 hours)
  • Elective Non-Core Courses - Select 1 course from the available list during registration.
    (Semester 6 / 42 hours)
  • INDE 4000 - Interior Design Advanced Studio
    (Semester 7 / 84 hours)
  • INDE 4001 - Design Communications 6
    (Semester 7 / 56 hours)
  • INDE 4003 - Senior Level Thesis Project 1
    (Semester 7 / 42 hours)
  • INDE 4005 - Professional Practice 2
    (Semester 7 / 28 hours)
  • Elective Non-Core Courses - Select 1 course at the INTS 4000-level from the available list during registration.
    (Semester 7 / 42 hours)
  • INDE 4002 - Interior Detailing 4 - CADD Thesis
    (Semester 8 / 56 hours)
  • INDE 4004 - Senior Level Thesis Project 2
    (Semester 8 / 140 hours)
  • INDE 4006 - Independent Study Project
    (Semester 8 / 28 hours)
  • Select 2 courses from the available list during registration.
    (Semester 8 / 84 hours)
  • COOP 1035 - Bachelor of Interior Design Degree Work Term (occurs after semester 3)
    (560 hours)

Faculty Profiles

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Andrea Vorstermans-Zado

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Craig M. Lucas

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Jo Anne Stewart

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Marlene Mitchelmore

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Wendy Barner