This program is available in Vancouver and Calgary.
Space, lighting and design can influence how people feel, think, work, and relate to each other. Interior design is a rewarding and creative career that allows you to bring beauty and function into the lives of others.
VCAD's Interior Design program allows you to develop a skill set that compliments your creative vision so you can excel in interior design. The program introduces students to design principles, color theory, space planning, drafting and industry-standard software.
Students learn to create beautiful and effective residential, commercial, industrial and public space designs and layouts. Graduates of this program will have developed a portfolio to showcase their designs and will be prepared to enter a career as an interior designer, planner, project manager or design consultant.
Upon successful completion of this program, you will be able to:
- Develop an interior design project
- Integrate trends into interior design
- Produce interior design sketches
- Draw objects and spaces to scale
- Produce drawings using a computer-assisted drafting system
- Understand colour theory and use colour to influence mood
- Suggest finishes and materials for a project
- Specify the accessories, furniture and equipment for a project
- Use interior architectural and construction elements
- Create an interior design concept for a residence
- Create lighting concepts
- Produce working drawings and specifications
- Plan a layout for an industrial commercial or public building
- Create an interior design concept for a commercial, industrial or public building
- Promote your interior design services effectively
The program consists of six 12-week terms. Most courses are worth three credits. 90 credits are required to complete this diploma program.
- High school graduation or equivalent (from an English language teaching institution) OR
- Mature student status (19 years of age upon starting classes and pass the college's admission test).
This program has been approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.
ID104 - Colour & Design
The purpose of this course is to introduce the students to the fundamental principles of design and color theory. Students will be introduced to the principle concepts of design such as layout, composition, and balance as well as the theories of color and how to use color creatively. These concepts will be presented in theory as well as reinforced through specific practical exercises and activities that will serve to demonstrate how each of the concepts is integrated into good design. Topical coverage includes: terminology of design; composition; negative space; colour systems; colour and light; and tone, hue, saturation and value of colour.
CM10B - Drawing I
This course is an introductory level drawing course designed to have students apply the fundamental concepts of drawing. Students will experiment with the use of basic shapes and techniques in drawing simple objects comprised of lines, shapes, forms and shading patterns. This course will cover the notions of perspective, scale, and proportions and their role in the production of realistic looking drawings. Students will gain an understanding of light source placement and shadow casting and how these translate into a final drawing. Students will also receive instruction on the basics of composition. Students will be able to practice the various techniques learned throughout the course by developing drawings in a progressive manner.
ID10A - An introduction to Interior DesignThis course provides the student with an overview of the field of Interior design and how it is practiced. Students will learn about interior design as a career, the process of interior design, the basic principles of design and the areas of expertise required for a successful career in interior design.
CM10C - Photoshop I
This course introduces the students to the popular imageediting software Adobe Photoshop. The main objective of this course is to teach graphical image production. Through this ‘hands-on’ course, the student will learn the fundamentals of design, as well as advanced features and tips, to prepare images for print production and web delivery. By the end of this course, the student will be able to create and enhance sophisticated images using Photoshop’s tools and features. You will learn how to correct and modify print and web images using various techniques and tools, such as layers, selection tools, brushes and masks, as well as how to apply special effects, blending options, and filters to original and composite images.
CM20G - Illustrator I
This course presents Illustrator as an industry standard tool for the production of professional quality illustrations such as technical illustrations, mapping, illustrating from photographic reference, and colorizing bitmapped images. Students will not only learn how to create precise, organized and professional illustrations that will meet the demands and standards of art directors and advertising agencies, but they will also learn to express their creativity in design by using the advanced distortion, blends, fills masks and effects tools offered by the software. Students will understand how the production of graphics ties in within the overall design process Topical coverage includes: software interface, tools, functions and palettes; creating masks and transparencies; composition and grids; colour combinations; and positive and negative space.
ID20A - AutoCAD IThis course is an introductory level course that will explore the fundamental features of AutoCAD design software. Students will learn to use the tools, features and commands of this popular CAD software to create simple drawings. Students will learn the basic commands, set up and organize drawings, work with layers and text and print and plot diagrams.
ID208 - Drawing II
This course is an intermediate level course where the student will continue to explore the use of more complex shapes and drawing techniques in drawing more complex objects. This course build upon Drawing I. Topical coverage includes drawing styles, observation of reality, plans, elevations and projections, perspective views, shading, forms and structure, drawing architecture and working with colour and black and white drawings.
ID20C - Space PlanningThis course provides the student with an introduction to space planning. Students will learn to use various types of diagrams and matrices to visualize the layout of the space they are working with and then plan the space effectively. The course will also introduce the additional considerations such as building code and environmental factors that affect spatial composition. Students will learn to work with bubble diagrams, block plans, matrices and CAD templates.
ID20D - DraftingThis course explores the fundamental concepts of drafting. Students will learn the tools, symbols and conventions of drafting and how to use them to create simple orthographic and paraline drawings.
ID20E - Design HistoryThis course provides the student with an overview of the history of design from the days of early Egyptian civilization to present day movements and influences. Students will learn about the characteristics and features of design that marked each period and style. For each period or culture, students will learn about the design of residential dwellings and interiors, art, furniture, and architecture as well as the design influences that distinguish each period.
ID30A - AutoCAD IIThis course is an advanced level course that will explore the advanced features of AutoCAD design software. Students will learn advanced commands and features that will allow them to draw and modify more complex designs as well as explore the capabilities of AutoCAD in the design of models of 3D solids and surfaces. The course will begin by exploring the advanced draw and modify commands and techniques before moving onto the advanced drawing and modeling of 3D solids and surfaces.
ID30B - Lighting Techniques
This course explores lighting as one of the fundamental elements in the design of interiors. Students will learn the fundamental principles and techniques of working with lighting to create a desired impact on an interior space. The course will explore light sources, daylight, lighting, the layer approach to lighting and the different types of lighting applications for residential, office, and other specialty institutions.
ID30C - Materials and FabricsThis course introduces the various materials and fabrics that are commonly used in interior design projects. Students will explore the historical, cultural and architectural uses of a variety of materials including concrete, stone, glass ceramics, wood and products, plaster metals, synthetics and fabrics. Students will also learn about the common finishes that are typically used with the various types of materials.
ID30D - Furniture DesignThis course will explore the processes of furniture design. The course will offer an overview of the classifications of furniture and uses of furniture over historical periods and how furniture has evolved as a design element. Students will learn the design principles that apply to furniture design and the materials used as well as the fabrication processes and methods.
ID30E - Architectural Design and DetailThis course will explore the common construction techniques in use today. The course provides an overview of the building process from site fundamentals to the building and integrating of the various systems and components. Student will study the different building techniques and materials as well as the detailing of the interior components and finishes. Topical coverage includes the common building construction systems: wood frame, steel, concrete and masonry as well as the various systems that make up a building.
ID402 - Building Codes
This course will explore the basic residential, commercial and public building, fire and safety codes that must be respected within the scope of interior design. Student will learn how each of the codes and standards impact the design process and how they must be applied to ensure that the final design is compliant with all applicable municipal, provincial and federal regulations in effect.