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Duration: 4 semesters plus 8 week work term. Click here for specific start dates.
Faculty: Creative Studies
Certification: Diploma of Applied Arts
Entrance Requirements: Please click here

Program Description

The Interior Decorating program is designed specifically for individuals with a flair for creativity, imagination and design. It prepares graduates to work in a wide range of professional service and sales-oriented environments as well as for self-employment. Students will study the effective use of color, fabrics, lighting, furniture, window treatments, antiques and much more in order to functionally and attractively decorate residential, commercial and public spaces. Courses in drawing, computers, retailing, marketing and entrepreneurship round out this exciting program and prepare participants to become adaptable employees or business owners. When the academics are done, you’ll tie it all together with an 8 week work-term, mentored by an industry professional.

Program Courses

  • Antique Furniture
  • AutoCAD I
  • Bookkeeping
  • Business Development
  • Color and Lighting
  • Computer Drafting and Design
  • Decorating Styles
  • Furnishings and Fabrics
  • History of Furniture I
  • History of Furniture II
  • Human Relations and Ethical Issues
  • Introduction to Computers with Desktop Publishing
  • Introduction to Floral Design
  • Introduction to Freehand Drawing
  • Job Search Skills
  • Marketing
  • Photoshop I
  • Presentation and Illustration
  • Space Planning
  • Spreadsheets
  • Window Treatments
  • Work Term

Employment Opportunities

Upon successful completion of the Interior Decorating program, graduates will be prepared to supervise and coordinate the installation and arrangement of furniture and furnishings as well as provide advice to clients on the selection of colour schemes, layout, lighting, furniture, floor coverings, curtains, paint and wallpaper, and hardware products. Employment opportunities exist with Interior Decorators/Designers, retailers, builders, architects, and through self-employment.

The Canadian Decorator’s Association (CDECA) is a professional not-for-profit association representing both student and accredited decorators and designers, and affiliate business across Canada. Check out their website, https://ddacanada.com/, for more information on Interior Decorating.

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