Honours Bachelor of Interior Design

Program: BAID
Credential: Honours Bachelor Degree
Delivery: Full-time
Work Integrated Learning: 1 Co-op Work Term
Length: 8 Semesters, plus 1 work term
Duration: 4 Years
Effective: Fall 2017
Location: Barrie


This program specializes in creating interior environments in the context of professional interior design standards and practice. The curriculum emphasizes space planning and management, design process, research methodologies, socially responsible design, building systems, technological applications, contract documentation, and interior design presentation. Sustainable practices, entrepreneurship models, and regulatory codes are integrated throughout the curriculum. The curriculum is designed to meet current Council for Interior Design Accreditation’s (CIDA) standards of delivery and content. Our program offers a uniquely collaborative learning experience which facilitates a hands-on model incorporating creative development, problem-solving, strategic thinking, and teaming protocols, providing our graduates with exceptional interior design knowledge and skills.

Career Opportunities

There are numerous avenues to pursue for productive and creative interior design careers. These pathways include corporate/office design, residential and condominium design, hospitality design, retail design, exhibition design, health care design, civic design, and historic preservation. Many graduates enter directly into positions within established interior design and architectural firms. Career opportunities also include interior design positions in government, facilities space planning, and real estate development.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • solve design problems using analysis, synthesis, and creativity;
  • analyze the universality of design principles and elements;
  • produce sophisticated designs with character and quality of space;
  • integrate the principles of sustainability in creative design concepts;
  • assess the merits of a freethinking, random idea creative process in creating, and delivering an inventive solution;
  • apply the principles and elements of design, line, rhythm, shape, colour, texture, proportion, etc., in the development of their work;
  • articulate the characteristics of an aesthetically pleasing built environment;
  • apply the criteria for method and material selection in design projects;
  • select appropriate materials and processes to achieve the technical and visual functionality of their designs;
  • explain the relationship between aesthetic and utilitarian dimensions (form and function) of design solutions;
  • analyze the complexity of forces – economic, political, sociological, and technological – which influence the design of the physical environment;
  • explain the relationship between aesthetic and utilitarian dimensions (form and function) of design solutions;
  • analyze the complexity of forces – economic, political, sociological, and technological – which influence the design of the physical environment;
  • explain the relationship between human behaviour and the built environment and the implications in preparing design solutions;
  • assess the implications for interior design presented by key developments in current and emerging materials, media and technologies, and in interdisciplinary approaches to contemporary practice in design;
  • examine the technical issues, which challenge interior design practice;
  • analyze the role of technology in the built environment through research, analysis, and creative development;
  • employ appropriate conventions of measurement, scale, site measuring, drafting, and volumetric manipulation through modeling;
  • employ new methods, materials, processes, and technologies appropriate to interior design and explain their cultural, social, and environmental implications;
  • interpret, develop, and communicate ideas in the history, theory, and practice of design;
  • analyze contemporary and historical art, architecture, and design issues;
  • explain and foster the interrelationships between interior design and other art, design, and built environment fields;
  • analyze and confidently employ appropriate business ethics and professional practices of the design industry;
  • interpret the elements of a successful design practice, from business conception through to profit reporting;
  • evaluate the significance of “Right to Practice” legislation, and issues of debate such as ethics, potential conflicts, liability, and constraints;
  • articulate and synthesize their knowledge and understanding, attributes, and skills in effective ways in the contexts of creative practice, employment, further study, research, and self-fulfillment;
  • design, represent, and communicate high quality interior design propositions of varying size, scope, and complexity;
  • source, navigate, select, retrieve, evaluate, manipulate, and manage information from a variety of sources, both primary and secondary;
  • select and employ appropriate visual languages to investigate, analyze, interpret, develop, and articulate ideas for two and three-dimensional projects;
  • analyze information and experiences, formulate independent judgments and articulate reasoned arguments through reflection, review, and evaluation;
  • conduct an academically structured, sustained, and well-supported argument around a design issue;
  • employ effective and professional communication skills and techniques to interact, negotiate, and undertake collaborative efforts;
  • manage open and reflective discussion of one’s work in an open studio environment with audiences, clients, markets, end-users, and team members;
  • anticipate and accommodate change and work within the contexts of ambiguity, uncertainty, and unfamiliarity;
  • set personal goals and monitor and reflect on achievements, workloads and commitments. Develop and employ a professional standard of time management;
  • adhere to the laws, codes, regulations, standards, and practices that protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public;
  • employ observation and rationalization skills in the development of problem solving criteria;
  • employ both convergent and divergent thinking in the process of observation, investigation, speculative enquiry, ideation, and implementation of design solutions;
  • employ selectivity in the refinement and critique of potential design solutions;
  • reflect critically and evaluate whether a particular area falls within their scope of practice and whether or not they have sufficient depth of knowledge and practical experience to take on the project on their own or in collaboration with other consultants;
  • formulate a cogent theoretical rationale for design and asses the individual’s contribution to the process.

Practical Experience

Co-operative Education is a mandatory component of all Co-op programs at Georgian College; it has been designed as a process by which students integrate their academic education with work experience related to their programs of study. This integration affects much more than simply earning a salary, including the adjustment to the work environment and the development of professionalism. It also reinforces skills and theory learned during academic semesters, develops professional contacts, job knowledge and career path, improves human relations and communication skills, and promotes personal maturity and financial independence.

Students are requested to register, attend and participate in their scheduled co-operative education classes. These classes are scheduled for all first year students and are expected to be completed in order for students to proceed successfully to their first co-op work experiences. To ensure students are eligible to proceed onto any co-op work experience, students should refer to Promotional Status and Eligibility for Co-op as outlined in the College Calendar. Co-op policies and procedures can be located on our website:

Georgian College follows the Co-operative Education guidelines set out by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE) and Education at Work Ontario (EWO) by supporting the learning outcomes designed for the program specific graduate profile and curriculum as set out by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

The Program Progression

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2017
  • Sem 2: Winter 2018
  • Sem 3: Fall 2018
  • Sem 4: Winter 2019
  • Sem 5: Fall 2019
  • Sem 6: Winter 2020
  • Work Term: Summer 2020
  • Sem 7: Fall 2020
  • Sem 8: Winter 2021

Admission Requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • minimum overall average of 65 per cent
  • six Grade 12 U or M level courses including:
  • Grade 12 U English with a minimum grade of 65 percent
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 U or M level Mathematics with a minimum grade of 60 percent

Mature applicants may also be considered for admission to this program providing their previous school performance and/or recent work record suggests a strong possibility of academic success. In order to qualify, applicants must be 19 years of age by December 31 of the year of admission and must have been away from formal education for at least one year immediately prior to beginning studies. Mature applicants must meet subject prerequisites prior to registration.

Applicants should be aware that first-year enrollment is limited; satisfying minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission.

Selection Process

Digital Portfolio

There are a total of four creative pieces plus one written document that need to be electronically submitted as described below.

Creative Pieces

Provide a description of each image included in your portfolio (i.e., Date, Medium, Image/Concept, etc.)

  1. Perspective line drawing of a chair: black line with construction lines to show proper perspective methods are encouraged. You may use your choice of medium.
  2. Perspective line drawing of an interior space or building façade. This should be from an actual space or building and not from your imagination or an abstract method. You may use your choice of medium.
  3. Colour still life study demonstrating your use of colour and composition must include the following: teacup and saucer (the cup must not be placed in the saucer), a book, a transparent glass vessel and a silver candlestick. You may use your choice of medium. It is essential that these drawings be created from looking at actual objects and buildings, not from your imagination and not from a photograph. Submissions are reviewed specifically to assess your ability to draw with realistic and accurate depth, perspective, and proportions, as well as to assess your representation of texture, reflection, shade, and shadow.
  4. A work of your choice which may include a three-dimensional object you have designed or created, a subject or type of work which is not included in the list above, or work related to interior design.

Written Document

  1. A written document of 350 words, which describes your interest in and knowledge of the interior design field. We strongly recommend you research and refer to current issues in the interior design profession and include any influences affecting your decision to pursue a career in the interior design discipline.

Submission Details

  1. Include the following on a cover sheet
    • Full Name
    • OCAS and/or Georgian College Student number
    • Address
    • Telephone number
    • E-mail address
  2. The entire portfolio must be submitted as (one) multiple-page Adobe .pdf file. The file name must include your name and your 9 digit Georgian College student number, example: yourname_#########_interiordesign.pdf
  3. Submit to Tannis Peacock, Academic Program Assistant School of Design and Visual Art at Tannis.Peacock@GeorgianCollege.ca

Note: This electronic application copy will be kept on file in the department.

For further information, please contact Jo Anne Stewart, Bachelor of Interior Design Co-ordinator: JoAnne.Stewart@GeorgianCollege.ca

Additional Information

The college has been granted a consent by the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities to offer this applied degree for a seven-year term starting May 28, 2015. The College shall ensure that all students admitted to the above-named program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable timeframe.

Non-core courses are required in all degree programs to meet the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities benchmark for depth and breadth in degree-level learning. These courses are designed to give students the tools to develop interdisciplinary perspectives that inform their approach to their own discipline, their continued education and their life outside work.

Students are required to take: at least one first year interdisciplinary course (INTS1xxx); two introductory courses in their choice of disciplines outside their main field of study, which may include psychology (PSYC 1000 or PSYC 1001), social science (SOCI 1000), humanities (HUMA 1012), or science (SCEN 1000); one advanced course in a discipline (ex. PSYC3xxx, SOSC3xxx, HUMA3xxx), and; one upper level interdisciplinary course (INTS4xxx). These courses and any remaining non-core course requirements to be selected from the program list.

Graduation Requirements

34 Mandatory Core Courses
3  Mandatory Non-Core Courses
7  Elective Non-Core Courses
1  Work Term

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, a student must attain a minimum of 60 percent or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester, and have an overall average of 65 percent in core courses and 60% in non-core courses.


Mandatory Core Courses
INDE 1000Interior Design Studio 1
INDE 1001Design Communications 1
INDE 1002Design Theory 1
INDE 1003Sustainable Practices
INDE 1004Interior Design Studio 2
INDE 1005Design Communications 2
INDE 1006Human Factors
INDE 1007Interior Detailing 1
INDE 1008Contemporary Design: Origins and Issues
INDE 2000Interior Design Studio 3
INDE 2001Design Communications 3
INDE 2002Interior Detailing 2
INDE 2003Design and Material Culture
INDE 2004Interior Design Studio 4
INDE 2005Design Communications 4
INDE 2006Case Studies in Design
INDE 2007Building Technologies 1: Lighting and Electrical Systems
INDE 3000Interior Design Studio 5
INDE 3001Interior Detailing 3
INDE 3002Building Technology 2: Mechanical and Safety Systems and Acoustics
INDE 3003Design Theory 2
INDE 3004Ontario Building Regulations
INDE 3005Design Communications 5
INDE 3006Professional Practice 1
INDE 3007Interdisciplinary Practice
INDE 3008Interior Design Studio 6
INDE 3009Site Studies
INDE 4000Interior Design Advanced Studio 1
INDE 4001Design Communications 6
INDE 4002Interior Detailing 4
INDE 4003Senior Level Thesis Project 1
INDE 4004Senior Level Thesis Project 2
INDE 4005Professional Practice 2
INDE 4006Independent Study Project
Mandatory Non-Core Courses
INTS 1002Introduction to Multidisciplinary Research
RSCH 2000Qualitative Research
STAS 2000Quantitative Methods and Statistics
Elective Non-Core Courses
Select 7 courses from the elective list during registration.
Work Term
COOP 1035Bachelor of Interior Design Degree Work Term

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