Interior Decorating Experience what it's like to work with real clients and top suppliers through studio classes, trade connections, field placement and more!

General information

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

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2018 Barrie

Program description

Interior decorating is the art of creating distinctive interior spaces that respond to functional needs and address aesthetic perceptions. Students focus on the use of space, beautification and furnishing of interiors and the documentation of design concepts resulting in an overall package that conveys a sense of place. Using a variety of formats including lecture, studio and lab, students complete projects to interpret client requirements and create innovative interiors. Students gain professional and entrepreneurial skills for industry and self-employment, as well as real life experience through participation in a field placement 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

  • COMP1055 Computer Aided Drafting
  • HSTY2002 Early Design History
  • IDEC1000 Studio Basics
  • IDEC1001 Sustainable Mat/Finishes/Furn
  • IDEC1002 Interior Decorating Studio
  • IDEC1004 Global Issues/Mat'ls/Fin/Furn
  • IDEC2001 Media Presentation Methods
  • IDEC2002 Interior Decorating Studio Intermediate
  • IDEC2004 Professional Practice Advanced
  • IDEC2005 Interior Decorating Studio Advanced
  • IDEC2006 Materials, Finishes, Furnishings, and Accessories Advanced
  • MKTG2025 Selling and Merchandising
  • COMP2127 Computer Aided Drafting Intermediate
  • COMP2128 Computer Aided Drafting Advanced
  • DRFT1017 Hand Drafting and Design Technology
  • DRWG1012 Drawing and Rendering
  • IDEC2009 Applied Studio
  • IDEC2008 Professional Practice
  • INTD1008 History of Furniture

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