Program Overview

The places we live and work affect us deeply. They can influence our moods and create harmony. These days, the designs of the spaces we inhabit are reflections of ourselves. If you’re interested in leaving your personal and creative mark on the physical spaces of the world, the Interior Decorating program will help you design a career that matches your passions.

Program Details

Program Code
ITD1
Credential:
Ontario College Diploma
Delivery
Co-op
Day Time
Full-Time
Duration
60 weeks
Start Dates
Locations
Availability

Full Time Offerings

2023 September
London
Open
Start Dates
Locations
Availability

Full Time Offerings

2023 September
London
Open

Your Learning Experience

Fanshawe's Interior Decorating program combines in-class studies that will inspire your creativity with an array of practical experiences where you will apply your knowledge. Graduate career-ready with an innovative creativity and knowledge of decorating techniques and products valued by employers in many segments of the home decor industry.

 

Study space planning, colour theory, material selection, design fundamentals, presentation techniques and illustration and visual merchandising. You’ll also learn critical business skills like professional communication, personal marketing and sales. Courses are delivered in lecture, studio and lab formats, as well as in the hands-on studio environment where you’ll work on 2- and 3-dimensional projects with our industry-trained professional faculty. During two paid co-op work terms, you'll gain the hands-on industry experience employers are looking for, further developing your professional portfolio. 

 

Interior Decorating is a two-year Ontario College Diploma program designed to develop the skills and knowledge necessary for a career in one of the many segments of the residential interior decorating field. Students will study the fundamentals of interior decorating, including space planning, colour theory, material selection, kitchen and bath design and visual merchandising. Students will build interpersonal, communication, sales, business and marketing skills. Drawing, presentation and drafting techniques (both manual and computer-aided) will be developed. Courses are delivered in lecture, studio and lab formats; the hands-on studio environment allows the student to work on 2D and 3D projects in close contact with their professor. 

 

The Interior Decorating program is recognized by The Designers Association of Canada (CDECA), the national organization of professional interior decorators and designers.

 

Co-op Opportunities & Career Information

Co-op Opportunities 

The Interior Decorating program offers a cooperative education component, which provides students the opportunity to gain invaluable first-hand workplace experience in their chosen field. Here are some of the co-op jobs that have kick-started the careers of Interior Decorating students before even graduating! 

Staging and Design Assistant
Creating attractive and functional spaces designed to increase market value of residential or commercial properties.

Colour Specialist
Creating paint, window treatment and flooring colour solutions to meet a client’s goals.

Décor Consultant
Draw on product knowledge and decor theory to help clients select individual items such as furniture, accessories and lighting to meet their decorating goals.

For more information regarding co-op, please check out our co-op site or contact the Co-op Office at coop@fanshawec.ca to connect with a consultant.

 

Career Information

Graduates of Fanshawe’s Interior Decorating program may find employment in retail sales of furniture, drapery, lighting, flooring, paint and other related products or as a decor consultant in a retail or showroom setting. Other opportunities include kitchen and bath design and sales, home staging, visual merchandising, product representation and decorating specification for new home construction. Many graduates have plans to open their own retail or consulting business.

 

Did you know Fanshawe consistently ranks high in graduation employment rates among large colleges in Ontario? 

Here are some examples of career opportunities for graduates of Fanshawe’s Interior Decorating program:

Interior Decorator
Help customers choose the right furniture and accessories for their home or cottage.

Design Consultant
Create inviting showroom displays and assist residential and commercial clients by recommending functional and aesthetic home finishing selections that are suited to their tastes and needs.

Design Drafter
Create and revise floor plans, 3D drawings and elevation drawings for cabinet design.

Program Progression

Fall Intake

 

Fall

Winter

Summer

Year 1

Level 1

Level 2

Work Term

Year 2

Level 3

Level 4

Work Term 2

 

 

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Analyze client's needs and goals to create a decorating solution.
  2. Evaluate the effectiveness of the completed decorating project based on the specific requirements of the client.
  3. Communicate using a variety of formats (such as verbal, written, visual, and digital) to describe the decorating concept to the client and contractors.
  4. Assess and select materials and finishes to be used in the decorating project, to meet the needs of the client.
  5. Prepare technical documents as necessary for the implementation of the final decorating solution.
  6. Collaborate with a variety of design and decorating professionals and other industry specialists for the implementation of the decorating solution.
  7. Employ customer relationship management practices to maintain a positive reputation as an interior decorator that will encourage repeat business or referrals.
  8. Employ project management to manage the time, resources and costs required to implement the decorating solution to meet the needs of the client.
  9. Adhere to industry standard codes, regulations and by-laws when creating a decorating solution.
  10. Employ environmentally responsible and sustainable practices in the selection of materials and products used in the decorating solution.

 

Academic School

Program Coordinator:

Julie McIntyre

Admission Requirements

OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U), University/College (M), or Open (O) stream
WITH:
- Mathematics ONE OF:
    - Any Grade 11 Mathematics (C) or (U), or (M)
    - Any Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U)
OR
Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)
OR
Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)
AND:
- Mathematics ONE OF:
    - Any Grade 11 Mathematics (C) or (U), or (M)
    - Any Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U)
OR
Mature Applicant with appropriate preparation

English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements. 
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10
Recommended Academic Preparation

Recommended Academic Preparation

  • Grade 11 Visual Arts (M) or (O) OR Grade 12 Visual Arts (M)
  • Grade 12 Business and Technological Communication (O)
  • Grade 11 Housing and Home Design (O)
  • Grade 11 Entrepreneurship: The Enterprising Person (O)
  • Grade 11 Marketing: Goods, Services, Events (C)
  • Grade 12 Foundations for College Mathematics (C)
Applicant Selection Criteria

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements

Courses

Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
WRIT-1036Reason & Writing 1-Art & Design3
This course introduces students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking.
DESG-1054Decorating Studio 15
This one semester course is delivered on-campus in face to face classes. In a project-oriented format, the student is first introduced to residential interior space, furnishings, style and finishes. Emphasis is placed on basic design elements and principles as they relate to interior decorating. This course will draw upon skills learned in concurrent courses and apply them to real-life projects. Basic planning and presentation techniques will be introduced and reinforced.
DRAF-1054Working Drawings2.5
This one semester course is designed to develop the basic drafting and drawing interpretation skills needed by the Interior Decorator. It will introduce all drawing views and techniques required to present a decorating concept, with emphasis placed on precision and accuracy. Students will learn to read and extract information from working drawing packages produced by other professionals.
GRAF-1046Graphic Presentation Techniques 12
This one semester course is designed to develop the basic drawing communication skills needed by the Interior Decorator. A variety of projects will focus on basic sketch and drawing techniques with emphasis on promoting client understanding of the decorator's concept. Students' aesthetic appreciation will be fostered through exercises in observing and understanding composition, scale, line, form, proportion and texture.
DESG-1022Design Fundamentals1.5
This course covers basic design theory. Students are introduced to a variety of design fundamentals through lectures and 'hands-on' 2D and 3D assignments. Students will expand their visual perception by analyzing the fundamental principles and elements of design and their relationship to interior design and interior decorating.
MATS-1022Materials 13
This one semester course combines online delivery with on-campus evaluation (quizzes and tests). The course teaches the basic math & dimensioning principles required to measure, estimate and cost interior decorating materials. Accurate site dimensioning, measurement conversion and calculation methods for a wide variety of material applications are learned and practiced. Both Imperial and Metric systems will be used, including conversion between systems.
DESG-1082Professional Practice 12
Professional Practice 1 introduces students to the many aspects of the Interior Decorating industry. Wide variety of career employment directions and related professional organizations will be discussed. Students will also prepare for the employment process by identifying skills, researching and presenting their findings to the class. Microsoft Office will be demonstrated as an option for preparation of professional reports, presentations and communications.
COOP-1020Co-operative Education Employment Prep1
This workshop will provide an overview of the Co-operative Education consultants and students' roles and responsibilities as well as the Co-operative Education Policy. It will provide students with employment preparatory skills specifically related to co-operative education work assignments and will prepare students for their work term.
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Tuition Summary

London

Canadian Costs
$7,831.80
Total Cost of Program
International Costs
$31,903.44
Total Cost of Program

*Total program costs are approximate, subject to change and do not include the health and dental plan fee, bus pass fee or program general expenses.

 

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