Interior Decorating

Program: INDC
Credential: Ontario College Diploma
Delivery: Full-time
Work Integrated Learning: 1 Field Placement
Length: 4 Semesters
Duration: 2 Years
Effective: Fall 2019
Location: Barrie


Interior decorating is the art of creating distinctive interior spaces that respond to functional needs and address aesthetic perceptions. Students focus on the use of space, beautification and furnishing of interiors and the documentation of design concepts resulting in an overall package that conveys a sense of place. Using a variety of formats including lecture, studio and lab, students complete projects to interpret client requirements and create innovative interiors. Students gain professional and entrepreneurial skills for industry and self-employment, as well as real life experience through participation in a field placement in the decorating field.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may find employment with large decorating firms offering a full range of consultancy services, building contractors, real estate agents, retailers, and specialty decorating centres. Students with entrepreneurial skills may become freelance interior decorators. Possible positions include interior decorating consultant, kitchen and bathroom designer, colour consultant, model home/condo finishes specifier, real estate staging consultant, lighting, flooring, furniture, window treatment and paint consultant/specialist/salesperson.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. analyze the client's needs and goals using research techniques and taking psychological, sociological and physiological needs into consideration;
  2. collaborate in the preparation of a design proposal/contract to define the scope of services for the decorating project;
  3. analyze existing space conditions and decorating components in order to determine what modifications are required to meet the client's needs;
  4. communicate the design concept to the client in verbal and written formats;
  5. use a variety of media and rendering techniques to communicate the character of the space;
  6. prepare technical documents (i.e. plans, elevations) needed for the implementation of the decorating solution;
  7. collaborate with a variety of design and decoration professionals for the implementation of the decoration solution;
  8. evaluate the effectiveness of the final decoration solution;
  9. develop strategies and plans to implement and maintain a decorating business;
  10. prepare a design concept which meets all the criteria (i.e.: historical context, accessibility) of a given decorating project using the creative process;
  11. apply basic entrepreneurial strategies to identify and respond to new opportunities;
  12. employ environmentally sustainable practices within the profession.

External Recognition

This two-year program is recognized by the Canadian Decorators Association (CDECA).

The Program Progression

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2019
  • Sem 2: Winter 2020
  • Sem 3: Fall 2020
  • Sem 4: Winter 2021


A number of articulation agreements have been negotiated with universities and other institutions across Canada, North America and internationally. These agreements are assessed, revised and updated on a regular basis. Please contact the program co-ordinator for specific details if you are interested in pursuing such an option. Additional information can be found on our website at

Admission Requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to:

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

Graduation Requirements

19 Program Courses
2 Communications Courses
3 General Education Courses
1 Field Placement

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.

Program Tracking

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
Program Courses  
DRFT 1017 Hand Drafting and Design Technology 42
DRWG 1012 Drawing and Rendering 42
HSTY 2002 Early Design History 42
IDEC 1000 Studio Basics 42
IDEC 1001 Sustainable Materials, Finishes and Furnishings 42
Communications Course  
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
Semester 2
Program Courses  
COMP 1055 Computer Aided Drafting 42
IDEC 1002 Interior Decorating Studio 42
IDEC 1004 Global Issues, Materials, Finishes and Furnishings 42
INTD 1008 History of Furniture 42
Communications Course  
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
Semester 3
Program Courses  
COMP 2127 Computer Aided Drafting Intermediate 42
IDEC 2001 Media Presentation Methods 42
IDEC 2002 Interior Decorating Studio Intermediate 42
IDEC 2006 Materials, Finishes, Furnishings, and Accessories Advanced 42
IDEC 2008 Professional Practice 42
IDEC 2009 Applied Studio 42
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
Semester 4
Program Courses  
COMP 2128 Computer Aided Drafting Advanced 42
IDEC 2004 Professional Practice Advanced 42
IDEC 2005 Interior Decorating Studio Advanced 42
MKTG 2025 Selling and Merchandising 42
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
Field Placement  
IDEC 2007 Field Placement 98
 Total Hours1106

Graduation Window 

Students unable to adhere to the program duration of two years (as stated above) may take a maximum of four years to complete their credential. After this time, students must be re-admitted into the program, and follow the curriculum in place at the time of re-admission.

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.  

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