Bachelor of Interior Design

Bachelor of Interior Design (2016-2017)

Program Code




September 2016: Open

Program Length

Eight semesters, beginning in September


Contact Information

Kelly Gluck, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4445


The 2015/2016 fee for two semesters was
– domestic $7,375.88
– international $14,800.
Amounts listed were the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2015/2016 academic year. Fees are subject to change.

$1,000 per year for materials and books; field trip travel expenses; $1,000 for site studies trip (based on New York destination); 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.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:
• Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses:
– Grade 12 English (ENG4U or equivalent) minimum 65 per cent
– Grade 11 or 12 Mathematics (MCR3U, MCF3M, MDM4U, MCB4U, MGA4U, MCV4U or MHF4U or equivalent) minimum 60 per cent
– Four Grade 12 U or M courses in addition to those listed above
– Overall minimum grade point average (GPA) 65 per cent
• Mature student status
• College or university transfer status

All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

Selection Includes Secondary Requirements: Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated and the result of the evaluation of additional secondary requirements. Secondary requirements may include a portfolio, audition, letter of intent, references, etc., and vary by program.

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 Advanced Standing Admission Application.

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 12 U 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 11 U- or M-level Mathematics or equivalent
– digital portfolio.

Our Program

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

Sustainable design practice is integrated throughout the program and is an important consideration in students’ studio work. Interior design classes are enhanced by a breadth of liberal arts and applied science courses.

Engaging interior design studios enable you to master an evidence-based design process, develop effective presentation abilities and acquire vital professional practice skills. Collaboration models industry team practices.

A self-directed volunteer project helps connect you 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 provide opportunities to connect theoretical contexts such as the perception of space and human interaction with built environments. Past field trips have included the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Italy, Holland 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.

List of Courses

Semester 1

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Your Career

The spaces where people live, work and socialize have a significant impact on quality of life and productivity. As a graduate of Humber’s Interior Design degree program, you will play a key role in shaping interesting, functional and esthetically pleasing 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.

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). In 2011, CIDA again 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) and Interior Designers of Canada (IDC). It has been approved by the Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board (PEQAB).

Our Faculty

For information regarding faculty credentials for this program, visit Faculty Credentials.


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
– PAVE student competition: first place and honorable mention 2013
– DX Connect student competition: first place Environmental Design 2014.

Our Facilities

The learning spaces in the Design Centre provide a collaborative atmosphere of design studios and resource areas complete with digital imaging and computer stations, layout space, and collaboration tables which enhance the teaching and learning areas.

Work Placement

You will apply hands-on, job-ready skills with a 440-hour 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.

Alternative Course of Study

Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Interior Design degree program 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. A portfolio assessment is also required. 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 12 U-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. A portfolio assessment is also required. Graduates may then complete the degree with the equivalent of six semesters of full-time study plus a paid work term.

Humber also offers a one-year Design Foundation program 09151. This program is not considered a formal foundation for the Interior Design degree program, however, students may apply for individual exemptions.

Your Future Study Options

Qualified graduates of this program may be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study at many postsecondary institutions. Visit Transfer Options for detailed information.

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.

End Notes

Humber was first granted Ministerial Consent to offer this program in 2005. All degrees offered by Ontario colleges are reviewed by a provincial quality assurance agency on a cyclical basis which results in consent renewals. As a result of the most recent review, Humber has been granted a consent renewal by the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities to continue 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 shall ensure that all students admitted to this program will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame.

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