2014/15 Program

Bachelor of Interior Design

Our Program

Humber’s Interior Design degree curriculum balances practical, creative problem solving with contemporary theories, emerging societal issues, research and technology.

Sustainable design is integrated throughout the program and is a key component of students’ studio work. Interior design classes are enhanced by a breadth of liberal arts and applied science courses.

Collaborative interior design studios enable you to master an evidence-based design process, develop effective presentation abilities and acquire vital professional practice skills.

A self-directed volunteer project with an approved organization helps connect students to the community and the design industry. For example, our students have worked with organizations such as the Furniture Bank, Toronto District School Board, youth and women’s shelters and Habitat for Humanity.

Observational field trips and a major off-site tutorial abroad, to a location determined by student itinerary development, permits opportunities to connect theoretical contexts such as the perception of space and human interaction with built environments. Recent field trips have included the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Italy and New York. In the fourth-year thesis courses, you will interact with industry mentors as you research, develop and document a large-scale project from initial concept to construction documentation.

We are Award Winners

Humber Interior Design degree students participate in national and international competitions. In recent years, students have won numerous awards including:

  • ARIDO Charrette Design Competition at IIDEX
  • IDEC Regional Design Competition
  • Ontario Tire Stewardship Brickworks Design Competition 2012
Your Career

The spaces people live, work and socialize in have a significant impact on quality of life and productivity. As a graduate of Humber’s Interior Design degree program, you’ll play a key role in the creation of interesting, functional and beautiful interiors, integrating diverse cultural needs, accessibility, and environmental responsibility.

A wide variety of excellent employment opportunities exist with interior design and interdisciplinary design firms specializing in corporate, health-care, retail, commercial, hospitality and residential design. Employment in the design and construction sector is expected to remain steady over the coming years.

Our Faculty

For information regarding faculty credentials for this program, visit humber.ca/faculty.

Our Facilities

The learning spaces in our new Design Centre provide a collaborative atmosphere of design studios, including team discussion and presentation areas.

A resource room, complete with industry references such as materials, digital imaging and computer stations, layout space, and collaboration areas, enhance the teaching and learning areas.

 

Work Placement

Polish your hands-on, job-ready capabilities with a 14-week paid work term between semesters six and seven. We encourage you to take career management workshops to develop effective job search skills, which will help you find your own work placement with the support of work placement consultants and faculty. The school works with business and industry contacts to help identify employment opportunities.

Professional Accreditation, Endorsement and Recognition

In 2000, the Humber Interior Design diploma program was the first in Canada to receive professional accreditation by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). Most recently, in 2011, with the degree program underway, CIDA reviewed and renewed Humber’s professional accreditation for a period of six years – the highest level of recognition.

The degree program is also recognized by the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO), Interior Designers of Canada (IDC). It has been approved by the Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board (PEQAB).

 

Your Future Study Options

Qualified graduates of this program may be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study at many postsecondary institutions. For detailed information, visit our website at humber.ca/transferguide. Graduates of the Humber Bachelor of Interior Design program have pursued graduate studies at Griffiths University, the University of Toronto and the University of Manitoba.

Admission Requirements

Current High School Applicant (under the age of 21 as of the first day of classes and has not attended any postsecondary education)

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
  • Grade 12U English (ENG4U) with a minimum grade of 65 per cent. If English is not your first language, refer to the English Language Proficiency Policy
  • Any Grade 11 or Grade 12U or M Mathematics with a minimum grade of 60 per cent
  • Four Grade 12U or M courses in addition to those listed above with a minimum 65 per cent overall average
  • Digital portfolio and writing sample. View portfolio requirements.

Note: Academic requirements must be received before a portfolio will be requested.

Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

Transfer Applicant (any applicant that has attended any postsecondary education)

  • Grade 12U English (ENG4U) or equivalent* with a minimum grade of 65 per cent.
  • If English is not your first language, refer to the English Language Proficiency Policy
  • Any Grade 11 or Grade 12 U or M Mathematics or equivalent* with a minimum grade of 60 per cent
  • Postsecondary academic record in good standing
  • Presentation of a portfolio. View portfolio requirements.

Note: Academic requirements must be received before a portfolio will be requested.

Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

*To determine course equivalence, full course outlines will be required for evaluation.

Mature Applicant (21 or older as of the first day of classes and has not attended any postsecondary education)

  • Grade 12 English (ENG4U or 4A or OAC) with a minimum grade of 65 per cent. If English is not your first language, refer to the English Language Proficiency Policy
  • Grade 12 Mathematics (any 4U or 4A or OAC) with a minimum grade of 60 per cent
  • Mature student statement letter
  • Presentation of a portfolio. View portfolio requirements.

Note: Academic requirements must be received before a statement letter or portfolio will be requested.

Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

Applicants who do not meet the above admission requirements should consider applying for Humber’s Architectural Technology diploma program 03371 or Interior Decorating diploma program 31511.

Graduates of Humber’s Architectural Technology program 03371 with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 75 per cent or more may be considered for admission to Humber’s Bachelor of Interior Design degree program. Graduates may then complete the degree with the equivalent of six semesters of full-time study plus a paid work term.

Graduates must also possess ENG4U or Humber’s COMM 200/WRIT 100 or COMM 300/WRIT 200 with a grade of 65 per cent or more, plus any Grade 12U-level Mathematics or Humber’s TMATH 111 or DMAT 100 with a grade of 60 per cent or more. To apply, please complete and submit the online application form.

Graduates of Humber’s Interior Decorating diploma program 31511 with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 75 per cent or more may be considered for admission to Humber’s Bachelor of Interior Design degree. Graduates may then complete the degree with the equivalent of six semesters of full-time study plus a paid work term.

Graduates must also possess ENG4U or Humber’s COMM 200/WRIT 100 or COMM 300/WRIT 200 with a grade of 65 per cent or more, plus any Grade 12U-level Mathematics or Humber’s TMATH 111 or DMAT 100 with a grade of 60 per cent or more. To apply, please complete and submit the online application form.

Additional Requirements

Advanced Standing

Three-year Interior Design advanced diploma program graduates are eligible for advanced standing in the Bachelor of Interior Design degree program. Graduates may complete the degree with the equivalent of four semesters of full-time study plus a paid work term. To apply, please complete and submit the online application form at registrar.humberc.on.ca/admissions/InteriorDesignAdvanceStanding.pdf.

To be considered for admission, college graduates must possess the following:

  • three-year Interior Design advanced diploma with a grade point average (GPA) of 75 per cent
  • Grade 12U English (ENG4U) with a minimum grade of 65 per cent; or Humber’s COMM 213 or COMM 313 with a grade of 70 per cent; or equivalent
  • Grade 11U or M-level Mathematics or equivalent
  • digital portfolio.
Fees/Scholarships

The 2014/2015 fee for two semesters is

  • domestic $6,963.80
  • international $14,400.

Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2014/2015 academic year.

Fees are subject to change.  For more information, refer to Fees and Financial Assistance.

Additional Costs

$2,000 per year for materials and books; field trip travel expenses; $2,500 for site tutorial abroad; safety boots and hard hat; access to a computer with Internet, word processing/presentation software; additional software (also available to students in computer labs on campus).

For information regarding fees for work terms, refer to Fees and Financial Assistance in this publication.

Alternative Course of Study

Humber also offers a two-year Interior Decorating diploma program 31511 and a one-year Design Foundation program 09151. These programs are not formal foundations for the Interior Design degree program.

Curriculum

Semester 1

Course Code Course Name
INTD 1000 Interior Design Studio 1
INTD 1001 Design Communications 1
INTD 1002 Design Theory 1
INTD 1003 Sustainable Practices
JRNLG004 Degree Breadth Electives

Semester 2

Course Code Course Name
INTD 1500 Interior Design Studio 2
INTD 1501 Design Communications 2
INTR 1502 Human Factors
INTD 1504 Interior Detailing 1
INTD 1505 Contemporary Design
JRNLG004 Degree Breadth Electives

Semester 3

Course Code Course Name
INTD 2000 Interior Design Studio 3
INTD 2001 Design Communications 3
INTD 2004 Interior Detailing 2
INTD 2005 Design and Material Culture
RSMT 1500 Quantitative Research Methods

Semester 4

Course Code Course Name
INTD 2500 Interior Design Studio 4
INTD 2501 Design Communications 4
INTD 2502 Case Studies in Design
INTD 2507 Building Technology 1: Lighting
JRNLG004 Degree Breadth Electives
RSMT 1500 Qualitative Research Methods

Semester 5

Course Code Course Name
INTD 3002 Design Theory 2
INTD 3000 Interior Design Studio 5
INTD 3004 Interior Detailing 3
INTD 3005 Ontario Building Regulations
INTD 3007 Building Technology 2: Mechanical and Safety Systems
JRNLG004 Degree Breadth Electives

Semester 6

Course Code Course Name
INTD 3500 Interior Design Studio 6
INTD 3501 Design Communications 5
INTD 3502 Site Studies
INTD 3506 Professional Practices 1
INTD 3508 Interdisciplinary Practice
INTD 5050 Interior Design Work Experience
JRNLG004 Degree Breadth Electives

Semester 7

Course Code Course Name
INTD 4000 Interior Design Studio 7
INTD 4001 Design Communications 6
INTD 4004 Interior Detailing 4
INTD 4009 Senior Level Thesis Project 1
JRNLG004 Degree Breadth Electives

Semester 8

Course Code Course Name
INTD 4050 Senior Level Thesis Project 2
INTD 4506 Professional Practices 2
INTD 4508 Independent Study Project
JRNLG004 Degree Breadth Electives
JRNLG004 Degree Breadth Electives

Humber has been granted a consent by the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities to offer this degree for a seven-year term starting April 30, 2012. In conformity with the Minister’s criteria and requirements, Humber will submit an application for the renewal of the consent for this program 12 months prior to the expiration of the consent. Humber will ensure that all students admitted to this program will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame.