2014/15 Program

Interior Decorating

Our Program

Humber’s Interior Decorating diploma program combines essential creative and practical elements with insights on current interior decorating trends.

Take your artistic flair and learn how to work with space that is both stylish and sensible. Learn how to create space for residences and workplaces as an interior decorator. Use your specialized knowledge, your tool kit of skills, your imagination and creative ability to design the spaces where people live, work and play.

Learn from industry experts with courses in design studio, residential finishes, computer drafting, sketching interiors and digital communications. Explore how material finishes, textiles, objects d’art and visual elements work as the essential elements that evolve into beautiful, yet workable spaces expertly designed for living.

Complement your creative and technical expertise with essential business training in how you might run your own enterprise and manage your own projects. Hone your understanding of products and material specifications. Learn how to present design ideas and how to communicate effectively with clients. Round out your interior decorating education with instruction in mechanical, electrical and plumbing services and building methods. If you choose you can put your learning into a professional context and build industry experience and contacts through a work placement.

“I was blown away by how intensive this program is. The instructors are thorough and knowledgeable. We hone and practice many skills so that we are prepared to enter the workforce.”

Maeve, student

Your Career

Unleash your creative streak and pursue your passion for great spaces that are stylish and sensible with Humber’s Interior Decorating diploma program.

Interior decorators work with clients and consult based on programming through to installation phases. Components selection encompasses style, colour schemes, space plan layouts, elevations perspective sketches, lighting, furniture, floor finishes, wall finishes, kitchen and bathroom design, accessories and many more details. Interior decorators can provide conceptual sketches, computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) generated working drawings and other design-related essentials to their clients including product specification, as well as cost estimates for client approval. Decorators also have other work-related avenues to explore, including window display, event planning, décor magazines, television work, home staging and much more.

Graduates work with:

  • developers; new model home décor centres and showrooms
  • window display firms
  • event planning firms
  • retail and wholesale showrooms and sales environments
  • kitchen and bath design centres
  • residential staging firms
  • media to include television/set design
  • media to include magazines, blogs, tweets and other social media
  • interior decorating firms.
Work Placement

Interior Decorating features an optional decorating field experience of a minimum of 240 hours, following semester two. Students who enrol in January can complete some of the field experience during the summer break and have the option of completing the 240 hours in tandem with classes. Regardless of when students choose to opt into their field experience, they must complete a career management workshop. Humber assists students as they arrange their field experience, including working with business, industry and government to identify work placement opportunities.

Your Future Study Options

Graduates 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 program 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.

Admission Requirements
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status
  • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U). If English is not your first language, refer to the English Language Proficiency Policy
  • Three Grade 11 or Grade 12C, U or M courses in addition to those listed above
  • Applicants who do not possess the required courses may complete admission testing to determine equivalencies. Invitation and booking of admission testing is done using the email address provided on the online application
  • Secondary school studies in drawing and drafting are recommended. The ability to draw is an essential skill. Students should have drawing and sketching training prior to entering the course
  • Proficiency with word processing, PowerPoint and spreadsheet applications is required. Students who lack the requisite computer skills will be required to take a computer course at their own expense. Students must have acquired these computer skills before the beginning of second semester

Note: For more information, refer to Selection Procedures.

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


The 2014/2015 fee for two semesters is
• domestic $3,854.56
• international $13,900.
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

$1,500 per semester for books and supplies. Note that specialty equipment including scale rule, drafting equipment, cutting and markers, etc., are required. Additional materials such as paper and board materials will be required on an ongoing basis based on project and student needs. Extra fees apply for optional field experience.

Alternative Course of Study

Semester 1

Course Code Course Name
WRIT 120 Technical Reading and Writing Skills
DEC 100 Interior Decorating Studio 1
DEC 101 Colour Theory and Application
DEC 102 Design Fundamentals
DEC 103 Sketching Interiors
DEC 104 Drafting Interiors

Semester 2

Course Code Course Name
WRIT 220 Technical Workplace Writing Skills
DEC 150 Interior Decorating Studio 2
DEC 151 History of Furniture
DEC 152 Residential Finishes
DEC 155 Computer Drafting 1
GNED 101 An Introduction to Arts and Sciences

Semester 3

Course Code Course Name
DEC 200 Interior Decorating Studio 3
DEC 201 Interior Styles
DEC 205 Computer Drafting 2
DEC 206 Digital Communications 1
GNEDG000 General Education Electives

Semester 4

Course Code Course Name
DEC 250 Interior Decorating Studio 4
DEC 251 Professional Business
DEC 252 Interior Systems
DEC 256 Digital Communications 2
GNEDG000 General Education Electives