Interior Decorating (2015/16 Program)

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Program Length: 

Four semesters, beginning in September and January, including an optional field experience after semester two

Contact Information: 

Susan Topping
Program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4785

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 (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent)
– Three Grade 11 or Grade 12 C, M or U courses in addition to those listed above


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: Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.

Additional Requirements

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.


The 2015/2016 fee for two semesters is
– domestic $3,950.82
– international $14,200.

Amounts listed are 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. Refer to our detailed fee information.

Additional Costs

$1,500 per semester for books and supplies.

Note:  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.

Our Program

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

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

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

Our program will complement your creative and technical expertise with essential business training in how you might run your own enterprise and manage your own projects. You will hone your understanding of products and material specifications and you will also learn how to present design ideas and how to communicate effectively with clients. Round out your interior decorating education with instruction in mechanical, electrical, 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.

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 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 can also choose from other career avenues 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 including television/set design
– media including magazines, blogs, tweets and other social media
– interior decorating firms.

Work Placement

Our Interior Decorating program 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.

Alternative Course of Study

Humber also offers the Bachelor of Interior Design degree program 22051.

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 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. Visit for detailed information.

List of Courses
Semester 3
Course Code Course Name
DEC 204 Interior Decorating Studio 3
DEC 212 Interior Styles
DEC 216 Computer Drafting 2
DEC 219 Digital Communications 1
Select 1 of the following courses
GNED General Elective
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
Select 1 of the following courses
GNED General Elective