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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 2019 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: 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.

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.

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 enrollment 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:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 (both if available)
    • Address including City/Town
    • Telephone number
    • E-mail address

Submit portfolio to Jo Anne Stewart, 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 Jo Anne Stewart, Honours Bachelor of Interior Design Co-ordinator: JoAnne.Stewart@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 Training, 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.


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