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In the Bachelor of Interior Design program, students gain a solid foundation in interior design and benefit from the same support and mentorship from experienced faculty as they do in the diploma program. However, the program prepares graduates for advanced professional roles in interior design.

Bachelor of Interior Design Degree

 

ANNOUNCEMENT:

The Academy of Design's Bachelor of Interior Design is now offered at RCC Institute of Technology

Since 1983, the Academy of Design has built an industry-wide reputation for preparing students with creative, technical, and entrepreneurial skills and invaluable industry networks. As the design faculty at RCC Institute of Technology, the Academy of Design offers a leading in-class and online Bachelor of Interior Design.

The Bachelor of Interior Design at RCC Institute of Technology is recognized by the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) and Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) and qualifies graduates to write the National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) professional licensing examination. If you are creative with a passion for aesthetics and function, the Bachelor of Interior Design will give you the foundation and skills for a career in creating beautiful, practical, healthy and safe interior spaces.


Intake:January, April, July and October each year
Program Length:4 years or 3 years of continuous study through online or in-class delivery or through a combination of online and in-class courses

Degree Program

Program Description

In the Bachelor of Interior Design program, students gain a solid foundation in interior design and benefit from the same support and mentorship from experienced faculty as they do in the diploma program. However, the program also prepares graduates for advanced professional roles in interior design.

The Bachelor of Interior Design program is “recognized” by the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) for both its online as well as in-class delivery. Graduates who successfully complete the program will be accepted into ARIDO and Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) as Intern members simply by submitting two copies of their transcript. Becoming an Intern member of ARIDO is a critical step on the path to becoming an Interior Designer and allows students to gain the required work experience to write the NCIDQ examination.  For more information on this process please visit ARIDO

The program produces professionals with broad theoretical knowledge and technical skills, who can think critically, analytically and methodically through the design process at a high level. Graduates of this program develop expertise in the latest technical and digital media, understand safety and welfare issues and public health standards and acquire deep levels of cultural and ecological awareness. Specific courses at the Bachelor level include:

  • Canadian and global architecture and design
  • Advanced specifications
  • Philosophy of design
  • Codes and regulations
  • Applied lighting
  • CADD rendering
  • Materials and sustainability
  • Advanced estimating/budgeting and restoration

Students also gain a full understanding of the business side of their industry. Graduates are equipped with well-developed visual literacy abilities; collaborative team approaches and creative problem-solving skills that help them become industry leaders.

The Bachelor of Interior Design is equivalent to a four-year Honours degree; however, students may graduate after three years of consecutive study. The degree is designed to accommodate students’ schedules, and offers multiple pathways to completion.

In North America, this degree qualifies as the first component of a recommended sequence towards a licensed interior design career; this suggested career path includes formal education, work experience and the satisfactory completion of the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) examination for registered or licensed professional status.

Learning Outcomes

In addition to the Learning Outcomes described for the diploma program above, after completing the Interior Design degree program, graduates will be able to:

  • Design appropriate solutions for mobile, deployable and compact spaces
  • Apply principles of lighting design to specialized lighting situations, including creative lighting concepts, custom lighting solutions and lighting source design
  • Work with wire frame construction and solid modeling in CADD and set up photo-realistic rendered images of 3D models
  • Understand and apply LEED classifications, principles and concepts
  • Understand principles of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies
  • Use Building Information Modeling Revit software
  • Complete a thorough cost estimate package
  • Design residences, hotels, restaurants, offices and industrial spaces
  • Develop an understanding of the restorative process and appreciation of the importance of architectural restoration to society
  • Work at a high level in applying a systematic design process to creative problem solving and work productively with clients, other consultants and co-workers
  • Demonstrate competence in all areas of interior design work, from programming to contract documentation
  • Understand scheduling, administration and coordination for a major project
  • Analyze, research and develop a comprehensive interior design concept for presentation as part of a capstone senior thesis project
  • Present a portfolio and develop an understanding of the importance of marketing as a design professional

 

This program is offered under the written consent of the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities for the period from 11/03/2011 to 11/03/2016. Prospective students are responsible for satisfying themselves that the program and the degree will be appropriate to their needs (e.g., acceptable to potential employers, professional licensing bodies or other educational institutions.)

 

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