Interior Design Degree Bridge

Program: IBRG
Credential: Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Delivery: Full-time
Work Integrated Learning: 1 Co-op Work Term
Length: 1 Semester, plus 1 work term
Duration: 1 Year
Effective: Fall 2017
Location: Barrie


The Interior Design Bridge program consists of one academic semester focusing on advanced Interior Design theory and research skills development, as well as a Co-op placement. The Bridge is designed for graduates of a qualifying 3-Year Interior Design Diploma program. Georgian College’s Interior Design program has an established reputation for excellence. The collaborative learning environment at Georgian provides innovative and professional hands-on learning opportunities that respond to increasing academic and industry standards. Successful completion of the bridge will make it possible for students to apply for entry to the 4th Year of the ARIDO (Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario) recognized Bachelor of Applied Arts - Interior Design Program at Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.

Career Opportunities

The Interior Design Bridge program offers a pathway for graduates to obtain a Bachelor of Applied Arts - Interior Design, which will provide currency in professional credentials and may facilitate further opportunities for advanced studies at the graduate level.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • evaluate and apply theories of aesthetics, strategic thinking, and decision-making paradigms as they relate to the Interior Design profession;
  • apply quantitative and qualitative research methods as well as analyze information gathered from research;
  • integrate relevant business, technical, cultural, economic, environmental sustainability, ethical, historical, and political concepts within the Interior Design profession;
  • apply statistical methods to Interior Design;
  • examine a broad range of professional issues as well as moral and ethical concerns within Interior Design;
  • work independently to produce creative interior designs based on analysis and synthesis of major Interior Design schools of thought as well as relevant historical precedents;
  • synthesize theories of ecological responsibility with Interior Design studies;
  • plan projects within the legal limits imposed by property law and laws related to intellectual property rights;
  • produce an advanced professional portfolio for Interior Design;
  • develop entrepreneurial strategies to identify and respond to industry opportunities.

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
  • Work Term: Winter 2018

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet ALL of the following requirements to be eligible for admission to the Bridge program at Georgian College:

  • Completion of a qualifying Interior Design 3 Year Advanced Diploma with a GPA of 75% in the final year of the Diploma
  • Submission of a successful portfolio indicating the potential for integrating into the 4th year of the Baccalaureate Program
  • One Grade 11 or 12 Mathematics (U or M) with a minimum 60%
  • One English, Grade 12 (ENG4U) with a minimum 65%

Additional Information

To gain admission into the Interior Design Degree students must maintain a passing weighted average of 65%. Furthermore, a student must attain a minimum of 65% in the following course: Context and Connections in Interior Design (see below).

Graduation Requirements

3 Mandatory Courses
1 Optional Course
1 Co-op Work Term

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, a student must attain a minimum of 60% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester. The passing weighted average for promotion through each semester and to graduate is 60%.


Mandatory Courses
INDS 1000Context and Connections in Interior Design
INDS 1001Research Methods
INDS 1002Statistics
Co-op Work Term
COOP 1034Interior Design (Bridge) Work Term
Optional Courses
Select 1 course from the available list during registration. Program options may include:
INDS 1003Making Choices in a Complex World
INDS 1004Theories of Beauty

Information contained in College documents respecting programs is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. The college reserves the right to add or delete programs, options, courses, timetables or campus locations subject to sufficient enrolment, and the availability of courses.