Kitchen and Bath Design

Program: KBDE
Credential: Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Delivery: Full-time + Part-time
Work Integrated Learning: 1 Field Placement
Length: 2 Semesters
Duration: 1 Year
Effective: Fall 2019
Location: Barrie


Kitchen and bath design is a specialized service within the residential interior decorating and design professions. Graduates of this program will build on previous design education and experience to acquire industry standard skills and expertise applicable to the kitchen and bath industry.

Students assess client needs and focus on function-based design solutions and aesthetic, durability, and environmental considerations. This program covers technical documentation, specification conventions, fabrication methods, infrastructure issues, and relevant business practices.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may find employment with design firms offering kitchen and bath consultancy services, kitchen and bath specifiers and/or fabricators, building contractors and developers, and retailers. Students with entrepreneurial skills may become freelance kitchen and bath designers.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. design residential kitchens and bathrooms that are in harmony with their surroundings using historical and contemporary design trends, colour theories, and design elements and principles;
  2. produce and review specifications and working drawings that use a variety of techniques, including manual drafting, computer aided drafting, and perspective drawing and rendering to convey the design solution clearly;
  3. justify design solutions through oral, written, and visual presentations during all stages of the design process;
  4. specify construction materials and systems as they relate to the cost, structure, and design of residential kitchens and baths;
  5. recommend energy efficient and sustainable materials for fixtures, finishes and appliances that are suitable for the space and design;
  6. ensure kitchen and bath designs comply with applicable legislation and requirements for the public’s health, safety, and welfare;
  7. formulate accurate contract documents and project estimating using general business and marketing principles;
  8. coordinate installation procedures within a specified time frame and required budget;
  9. collaborate with multi-disciplinary project teams for the successful achievement of project goals;
  10. apply the work practices related to kitchen and bath design in environmentally responsible and sustainable ways that are beneficial to the community;
  11. apply basic entrepreneurial strategies to identify and respond to new opportunities.

The Program Progression

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2019
  • Sem 2: Winter 2020

Admission Requirements

  • Post-secondary diploma, degree, or equivalent, with a focus in interior design, interior decorating, or architecture.

Applicants who do not have the above requirements may be considered upon submission of a portfolio showing evidence of creative ability, manual drafting and computer aided drafting skills, and industry experience.

Graduation Requirements

11 Program Courses
1 Field Placement

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%.

Program Tracking

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
Program Courses  
KBDE 1000 Kitchen Design 42
KBDE 1001 Bath Design 42
KBDE 1002 Construction Methods 42
KBDE 1003 Estimating 42
KBDE 1004 Sustainable Materials and Finishes for Kitchen and Bath Design 42
KBDE 1005 Computer Aided Drafting for Kitchen and Bath Design 42
Semester 2
Program Courses  
KBDE 1006 Advanced Kitchen Design 42
KBDE 1007 Advanced Bath Design 42
KBDE 1008 Mechanical, Electrical and Hydraulics 42
KBDE 1009 Advanced Computer Aided Drafting for Kitchen and Bath Design 42
KBDE 1010 Professional Practice and Marketing 42
Field Placement  
KBDE 1011 Field Placement for Kitchen and Bath Design 160
 Total Hours622

Graduation Window 

Students unable to adhere to the program duration of one year (as stated above) may take a maximum of two 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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