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Bachelor of Interior Design (Online)

Canada’s Only CIDA-Accredited Online Bachelor of Interior Design

The Bachelor of Interior Design program at Yorkville University is a premier offering, being the only CIDA-accredited online degree in Canada without a residency requirement.

Fully Online, Flexible Program – Your busy schedule shouldn’t hinder you from the career you’ve always wanted. This practitioner-oriented program is designed for individuals passionate about creating sustainable designs no matter where they live. 

Comprehensive Curriculum – Our program spans everything from design theory, drafting, digital rendering, space planning to building systems, codes, and regulations and includes an NCIDQ exam prep course.

Showcase Thesis Project – We emphasize the importance of social and environmental factors in design, culminating in a thesis project that showcases your proficiency in crafting beautiful, practical, and environmentally conscious spaces.

 

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Canada's only fully online CIDA-Accredited BID Program

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Post-graduation employment rate*

$2.1B

Revenue from the interior design industry**

New Term Starts Soon

Starts:

January, April, July, October

Campus:

100% Online

Duration:

3 years or less***

*Based on 2022 survey

**Published by IBIS World as of Dec 2023

***With full course load, year-round study and/or approved transfer credits. Contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

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Program Benefits

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Bringing the Industry to Your Classroom

Prepare for your career as an interior designer with our industry-based projects. Through an exhaustive list of studio courses, we offer a holistic understanding of interior design faculties, including hospitality, healthcare, retail, residential, commercial, and more.

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Become Part of the Industry Before You Graduate

Experience what it’s like to be a professional designer with our portfolio thesis. You will also complete 180 hours of supervised internship that opens networking, collaboration, and mentorship opportunities at some of the biggest design firms in the country.

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Develop Essential Technical Skills

Technical proficiency is paramount to your success as an interior designer. With high emphasis on imparting these skills, we offer dedicated courses in industry-standard software such as AutoCAD, Revit, SketchUp, and Photoshop.

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Leader in Flexible Online Education

Being consistently featured as a top online Canadian university is a testament to our dedication towards online education. Over the years, we’ve built flexible programs that you can complete while working, accelerate or extend your program duration, and start the program as soon as you are ready with our multiple start dates.

Accreditation & Recognitions

Launch your career with an interior design degree that is well respected by the industry.

The rigorous program is recognized by the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) and Interior Designers of Canada (IDC), and is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

In fact, our students have won the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) Student Award several times and have been hired by established design houses.

Graduates also meet the necessary educational requirements to take the NCIDQ exam, which is a step towards professional certification in some jurisdictions in North America.

The interior design program leading to the Bachelor of Interior Design degree is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, www.accredit-id.org, 206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503.

The CIDA-accredited program prepares students for entry-level interior design practice, for advanced study, and to apply for membership in professional interior design organizations. The Bachelor of Interior Design degree granted by Yorkville University meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). For more information about NCIDQ Exam eligibility visit: https://www.cidq.org/eligibility-requirements.

Career Outcomes

Bachelor of Interior Design graduates create functional, inspirational and healthy environments for living, working and playing. Graduates are qualified to write the NCIDQ exam to professionally register as an interior designer, which is required to practice in some jurisdictions in Canada and the U.S.

A variety of rewarding careers include:

Hospitality Design (hotels and restaurants)

Healthcare Design

Corporate Design

Educational Design

Residential Design

Furniture Manufacturing and Supply

Lighting Design

Exhibit Design

Facilities Management

Student Showcase

Immerse yourself in the dynamic realm of our Bachelor of Interior Design program as you peruse our Student Showcase. Discover compelling projects curated by our talented students, revealing their innovation, skill, and distinctive perspectives in the world of interior design.

Faculty

Meet the Program Chair

Reem Habib

MA. Interior Architecture, NCIDQ, LEED®Green Associate™, WELL AP

Reem holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in interior architecture and decorative Arts. She graduated in June 2007 from the Lebanese University of Fine Arts.

While pursuing her studies in Interior Architecture, she majored in English literature as well and earned a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Humanities, from the Lebanese University of Literature and Humanities, in December 2007. She is currently pursuing her PhD. in Environmental Design at the University of Montreal. Reem has been practicing interior design in Dubai, Lebanon, and Canada since 2007. Her professional experience covered the fields of hospitality, residential, and commercial design. While in practice, she joined academia and taught at the American University in Dubai from 2009 to May 2019.

She is a LEED Green Associate, WELL AP, AutoCAD 2018, and Revit Architecture 2018 Certified Professional.

In 2019 Reem moved to Canada with her family and joined the Bachelor of Interior Design program at Yorkville as a full-time faculty in January 2020. Since July 2022, she started her journey the Program Chair of BID program.

During the past two years, Reem participated in IDEC conferences and was a co-author of a book chapter in “Teaching in the Post COVID-19 Era: World Education Dilemmas, Teaching Innovations and Solutions in the Age of Crisis” – Springer: Switzerland-2021.
In addition, she has a passion for arts and has participated in various art and design competitions and group exhibitions, mainly in the United Arab Emirates. Oil painting, watercolor, and ink are her favorite media. She loves making ceramics and pottery as well.
Reem lives in Markham, Ontario, with her husband and two children. She enjoys outdoor adventures, visiting museums and exhibitions, and trying new restaurants. During her free time, she enjoys reading, painting, and baking!

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Admission Requirements

Yorkville University welcomes applicants of all backgrounds to apply to the Bachelor of Interior Design online program, which is administered by our Concord (Steeles) Campus. Please note that admission requirements and tuition and fees are the same for domestic and international students.

Concord (Steeles) Campus, Ontario

High School

Students entering the Bachelor of Interior Design degree program from high school are required to have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with at least a 65% average in six courses including:

  • English, Grade 12
  • One Math, Grade 11 or Grade 12 at the U/M level or equivalent
  • Four or five other Grade 12 subjects at the U/M level or equivalent; with a minimum of six Grade 12 courses

 

Students entering from high school are also required to provide:

  • Official high school transcript*
  • Resume
  • Statement of Interest
  • Completed online application
  • Application fee of $150

*All official transcripts need to be sealed and stamped, and sent directly from the issuing institution to our Admissions Services Department for evaluation.

Have any questions? Please contact an Admissions Advisor.

College and University

Students entering from another university or college will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Graduates of a college or university program will be considered for transfer credits upon request. Students are required to provide:

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended*
  • Resume
  • Statement of Interest
  • Completed online application
  • Application fee of $150

*All official transcripts need to be sealed and stamped, and sent directly from the issuing institution to our Admissions Services Department for evaluation.

Have any questions? Please contact an Admissions Advisor.

Mature Students

A mature student is an applicant who has not achieved an OSSD or its equivalent, and who is at least 19 years old on or before the commencement of the program.

Yorkville University’s admissions policy for mature students creates a pathway to enrollment for those who can demonstrate academic competence equivalent to those of Ontario high school graduates.

Mature students will be evaluated on the successful completion of courses at the post-secondary level or through proficiency assessments, and are required to provide:

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended*
  • Resume
  • Statement of Interest
  • Completed online application
  • Application fee of $150

*All official transcripts need to be sealed and stamped, and sent directly from the issuing institution to our Admissions Services Department for evaluation.

Have any questions? Please contact an Admissions Advisor.

English Language Requirements

English is the primary language of instruction at Yorkville University.

Applicants whose native language is not English must prove proficiency in the following ways:

  • Completion of secondary education where English was the primary language of instruction.
  • Completion of at least 12 credit hours of previous post-secondary education where English was the language of instruction.
  • Completion with the equivalent of “B” standing of a post-secondary level English for Academic Purposes program accredited by Languages Canada.
  • Confirmation of an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 80 (Internet-based version).
  • Confirmation of an International English Language Test System (IELTS) band score of at least 6.5.
  • Confirmation of a Canadian Academic English Language Test (CAEL) score of 60 or higher.
  • Confirmation of a Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) score of Level B2 or higher.
  • Confirmation of a Canadian Language Benchmarks score of at least 8.
  • Confirmation of a score equivalent to these scores on another test of English language proficiency recognized by and acceptable to the University.
  • Confirmation of a Duolingo minimum score of 105.
  • Confirmation of Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic score of 58.

Note: Yorkville University reserves the right to require proof of language proficiency before permission is granted to register in academic courses.

Any questions? Please contact an Admissions Advisor.

Tuition and Fees

Total cost (including Application and Seat Fees) is $71,610*

*Note: Total program cost may be reduced when applying applicable transfer credits. Costs below assumes full program cost without applicable transfer credits applied. The cost does not include textbooks, expendable supplies, equipment, and resource fees. To understand your specific program cost, please speak with an advisor.

  • BID Tuition: $71,460
  • Cost per credit: $397
  • Program cost includes $300 seat fee and $150 application fee
    • $300 Seat Fee is deducted from Student’s first tuition payment

Assuming an average course load, tuition cost per term is $5,955

By selecting to take more or fewer courses per term, costs will be updated accordingly. 

A typical course is 3 credits. Students must complete 180 study credits.

Total program tuition may vary based on actual credit transfers and course equivalencies. Below are sample calculations depending on the number of courses taken per term.

Term

Credits

Cost Per Credit

Fees

4

12

$397

$4,764

5

15

$397

$5,955

*As of September 2023. Please note that tuition and fees are subject to change 

Tuition Payment and Rate Information

Changes to tuition rates will be announced at least three months before the start of the term to which they apply. 

Arrangements for payment of tuition must be made at least two weeks before the start of each term (please see the Academic Schedule for deadlines). Monthly payment arrangements can also be made. 

For further information about tuition, fees and payment methods, please contact Yorkville University’s Bursar’s Office at 1-888-886-1882.

Please contact an Admissions Advisor to learn more about financial aid options.

Total cost (including Application and Seat Fees) is $71,610*

*Note: Total program cost may be reduced when applying applicable transfer credits. Costs below assumes full program cost without applicable transfer credits applied. The cost does not include textbooks, expendable supplies, equipment, and resource fees. To understand your specific program cost, please speak with an advisor.

  • BID Tuition: $71,460
  • Cost per credit: $397
  • Program cost includes $300 seat fee and $150 application fee
    • $300 Seat Fee is deducted from Student’s first tuition payment

Assuming an average course load, tuition cost per term is $5,955

By selecting to take more or fewer courses per term, costs will be updated accordingly. 

A typical course is 3 credits. Students must complete 180 study credits.

Total program tuition may vary based on actual credit transfers and course equivalencies. Below are sample calculations depending on the number of courses taken per term.

Term

Credits

Cost Per Credit

Fees

4

12

$397

$4,764

5

15

$397

$5,955

*As of September 2023. Please note that tuition and fees are subject to change.

Tuition Payment and Rate Information

Changes to tuition rates will be announced at least three months before the start of the term to which they apply. 

Arrangements for payment of tuition must be made at least two weeks before the start of each term (please see the Academic Schedule for deadlines). Monthly payment arrangements can also be made. 

For further information about tuition, fees and payment methods, please contact Yorkville University’s Bursar’s Office at 1-888-886-1882.

Please contact an Admissions Advisor to learn more about financial aid options.

Total cost (including Application and Seat Fees) is $89,610*

*Note: Total program cost may be reduced when applying applicable transfer credits. Costs below assumes full program cost without applicable transfer credits applied. The cost does not include textbooks, expendable supplies, equipment, and resource fees. To understand your specific program cost, please speak with an advisor.

  • BID Tuition: $89,460
  • Cost per credit: $497
  • Program cost includes $300 seat fee and $150 application fee
    • $300 Seat Fee is deducted from Student’s first tuition payment

Assuming an average course load, tuition cost per term is $5,964

By selecting to take more or fewer courses per term, costs will be updated accordingly. 

A typical course is 3 credits. Students must complete 180 study credits.

Total program tuition may vary based on actual credit transfers and course equivalencies. Below are sample calculations depending on the number of courses taken per term.

Term

Credits

Cost Per Credit

Fees

4

12

$497

$5,964

5

15

$497

$7,455

*As of September 2023. Please note that tuition and fees are subject to change.

Tuition Payment and Rate Information

Changes to tuition rates will be announced at least three months before the start of the term to which they apply. 

Arrangements for payment of tuition must be made at least two weeks before the start of each term (please see the Academic Schedule for deadlines). Monthly payment arrangements can also be made. 

For further information about tuition, fees and payment methods, please contact Yorkville University’s Bursar’s Office at 1-888-886-1882.

Please contact an Admissions Advisor to learn more about financial aid options.

Course Descriptions

The Yorkville University Bachelor of Interior Design program comprehensively covers a variety of topics including design theory, drafting, digital rendering, products and materials, building systems, and social and environmental factors in design.

In addition, students are required to complete at least 180 hours of internship work and 20 hours of volunteering, as well as a showcase thesis project and portfolio.

A full listing of Bachelor of Interior Design program courses includes:

TERM 01

ENGL101 | Research and Composition

3 Credits

This course builds on the conventions and techniques of composition through critical writing. Students apply principles of logic, strategic thinking, and synthesis to prepare sound arguments supported by relevant, well documented research. Students are encouraged to write extensively, in persuasive and analytic styles, on contemporary issues of interest to them, where individual style and unique thinking are demonstrated.

  • Pre-requisite(s): None
  • Co-requisite(s): None

DIDS111 | Introduction to Interior Design Theory

3 Credits

This course introduces the fundamental concepts and terminology of design, and the analysis of space, form, and order, relating them to the study and practice of interior design. Emphasis is on analysis and criticism through the study of fundamental design principles, and acquainting students with the design process and critical interior design theories related to the interaction of people and interior architectural space.

  • Pre-requisite(s): None
  • Co-requisite(s): None

DIDT110 | Drafting

3 Credits

In this course, the student will develop basic skills in architectural drafting and use of equipment, as well as terminology. The student will also develop drawing and sketching skills required to illustrate ideas using architectural/design style graphic methods.

  • Pre-requisite(s): None
  • Co-requisite(s): None

DIDS116 | Fundamentals of Space Planning

3 Credits

This introductory course establishes design vocabulary and encourages critical exploration of interior environments within the forum of space planning. Students will learn the fundamental building blocks of space planning that apply to all design sectors: anthropometrics; ethnographic observations; site analysis; human factors; barrier‐free and universal design considerations; design codes and standards. Programming methodology is examined as part of the designer’s toolkit and a means of integrating user needs with desired spatial qualities.

  • Pre-requisite(s): None
  • Co-requisite(s): None

DIDV130 | Digital Drawing & Colour Theory

3 Credits

This course introduces basic computer applications for digital drawing and colour theory. Students will develop essential skills in the use of digital software applications while incorporating colour principles, theory, and systems as it applies to design composition, human perception and environmental psychology.

  • Pre-requisite(s): None
  • Co-requisite(s): None

TERM 02

DIDT142 | Manual & Digital Drawing Standards

3 Credits

In this course, the student will develop skills in preparing both manual and digital production drawings. Students will take their advanced manual technical skills into an introduction of CADD. The course will focus on introductory to intermediate level commands and techniques using the current industry‐standard version of AutoCAD. Emphasis is on the transfer of drafting knowledge from previous courses into CADD based skills through a series of in‐class problem solving exercises and through the production of architectural drawings.

  • Pre‐requisites: DIDT110, DIDS116
  • Co‐Requisites: None

DIDS107 | Design Studio: Residential

3 Credits

In this course, the student will develop an understanding of the concepts of space utilization and organization as well as the specific criteria of individual spatial problems. Students develop a conceptual approach to a small‐scale residential space. Emphasis is on the integration of human behavioral theory within 3 dimensional spatial contexts and space planning.

  • Pre‐requisites: DIDT110, DIDS116
  • Co‐Requisites: None

DIDV100 | Visual Communications: Perspective and Rendering

3 Credits

In this course, students are introduced to rendering techniques to reflect the visual qualities of the built environment. Using a variety of materials, emphasis is on the integration of colour rendering to two dimensional plans and elevations. Students will demonstrate the development of one and two-point perspectives, while integrating illustrative techniques to represent scale, proportion, materiality and advanced light modelling.

  • Pre‐requisites: DIDT110
  • Co‐Requisites: None

DIDE151 | Products & Materials – Foundation

3 Credits

This course examines materials and products in a global context by exposing students to sustainable characteristics through life-cycle analysis. Emphasis is on determining the criteria for evaluating material and product usage based upon their inherent qualities, construction and manufacturing from a variety of perspectives.

  • Pre‐requisites: ENGL101
  • Co‐Requisites: None

TERM 03

DIDV110 | Visual Communications – Technique

3 Credits

This course builds on the drawing and rendering techniques developed previously through an investigation of advanced techniques, mixed media, and graphics software. Emphasis is on the use of appropriate media to support project type and illustrative intent. Students will refine their presentation skills through the use of advanced mixed media approaches to effectively convey design concept integration throughout project design.

  • Pre‐requisites: DIDV100
  • Co‐Requisites: None

DIDS115 | Design Studio: Retail

3 Credits

In this course, the student will acquire knowledge of retail design considerations and apply these principles to a commercial project focusing on the display and merchandising of products in a global marketplace. Emphasis is on programming skills, space planning and circulation strategies, and the creation of an interior environment that successfully focuses on the display and merchandising of product within established codes and architectural limitations.

  • Pre‐requisites: DIDV100, DIDT142
  • Co‐Requisites: None

DIDT145 | CADD

3 Credits

In this course, students will continue to explore and utilize computer aided drawing technology. This course focuses on intermediate to advanced level commands, techniques, and protocols as well as productivity enhancing features with an emphasis on professional level utilization for two dimensional presentation and construction drawings.

  • Pre‐requisites: DIDT142
  • Co‐Requisites: None

DIDE155 | Building Systems ‐ Lighting

3 Credits

Students will learn the principles and applications of lighting design and apply them to specific, specialized environmental situations including residential and small-scale commercial spaces. Emphasis is placed on creative lighting concepts, light level calculations, and the incorporation of custom lighting solutions and design. Students will also refine their skills in the development of architectural drawings related to lighting design and specifications.

  • Pre‐requisites: DIDT142
  • Co‐Requisites: None

ENGL150 | Professional Communication

3 Credits

This course extends composition and research principles to writing in a career context. Students apply principles of economy and clarity to create business documents that are informative and persuasive. While the course focuses on business messaging, it also includes formal research report writing, as well as the planning and delivery of oral presentations.

  • For BID students – Pre‐requisite(s): ENGL101
  • For BBA students – Pre-requisite(s): None

TERM 04

DIDS203 | Design Studio: Restaurant

3 Credits

In this course, the student will acquire knowledge of restaurant design considerations and apply these principles to a commercial project focusing on branding and dining as the entertainment experience. Emphasis is on programming skills, space planning and circulation strategies, and the creation of an interior environment that successfully focuses on the users’ experience and brand identity within established codes and architectural limitations.

  • Pre‐requisites: DIDS115, DIDT145
  • Co‐Requisites: None

DIDT235 | Construction Drawings

3 Credits

In this course, the student will develop knowledge and skills in the areas of architectural construction drawings and details. Analytical skills and processes provide a foundation for the application of knowledge from previous courses to technical architectural drawings using industry standards and tools. Emphasis is placed on the illustration of appropriate materials, assemblies and components for a set of interior detailed construction drawings.

  • Pre‐requisites: DIDT145
  • Co‐Requisites: None

DIDV230 | Digital Rendering

3 Credits

In this course, the student will develop skills in preparing 3D digital production models and renderings. The student will learn to use a variety of professional level computer rendering software programs to enhance their ability to produce realistic illustrations of 3 dimensional models. Emphasis is on the production of detailed images that accurately represent materiality and spatial quality through realistic lighting and environmental influences. Students will also learn to use computer modelling and rendering as a tool to investigate and evaluate design solutions as part of the design process.

  • 3 Pre‐requisites: DIDV225
  • Co‐Requisites: None

DIDE261 | Products & Materials: Residential

3 Credits

In this course, students will critically examine material and product use in a residential context. Emphasis is on material and product features, application, and installation with a focus on sustainable practices. Working from the foundation to the final details, students will holistically explore how specific materials and products support their design intent.

  • Pre‐requisites: DIDE151
  • Co‐Requisites: None

ARTH120 | Western Art – Renaissance to Contemporary

3 Credits

The road to understanding modern and contemporary art begins with a study of the evolution of the modern mind. The course begins by analyzing the transition from a medieval worldview to the emergence of a scientific outlook in the late 1400s. The Renaissance and the resurgence of ancient Classical learning are also examined for their influences on artistic and architectural styles, and for their adoption of and challenge to the dominant theological doctrines of the early Modern era. Finally, the art of the 20th, 21st centuries is explored as both a culmination of Postmodernism and ‘end’ to the traditional narrative of art history, signalling a growing desire to be inclusive to new media and globally diverse artists.

  • For BID students – Pre‐requisite(s): ARTH110
  • For BBA Students – Pre-requisite(s): None

TERM 05

DIDS220 | Healthcare Studio

3 Credits

In this course, students will research and acquire knowledge of healthcare design and apply these principles to a small commercial project focusing on a healing environment. Emphasis is on applied research and theoretical advances within the healthcare environment, applied building code knowledge, space planning, privacy and circulation strategies, universal design and the creation of an interior environment that successfully focuses on the contribution of design to healing.

  • Pre-requisites: DIDS203, DIDT145, DIDV230
  • Co-Requisites: None

DIDT200 | Interior Detailing 1

3 Credits

Students explore aspects of the built environment from the perspective of construction, including the building envelope and structural systems, associated technologies, and finish materials. Students develop a set of field study as‐built drawings for a residential space, as well as interior elevations, a millwork drawing package and an architectural model. Students will generate a term‐long Detail Journal, where they will employ sketching, creative thinking, and technical knowledge. Through investigation, research and discussion, students employ an intermediate technical vocabulary, stressing the manipulation of materials and technologies.

  • Pre‐requisites: DIDT235, DIDS203
  • Co‐Requisites: None

DIDV240 | Digital Presentation

3 Credits

Students expand their presentation skills using digital software applications and apply those skills to the development of a variety of industry standard presentation methods and techniques. Emphasis is on advanced image manipulation and demonstrating when and where to apply the appropriate presentation technique. Students explore and develop their own personal presentation strengths by furthering their visual and graphic presentation skills, as well as adding to the development of their critical analysis and creative thinking skills.

  • Pre‐requisites: DIDV225
  • Co‐Requisites: None

DIDE255 | Building Systems ‐ Structures

3 Credits

This course covers basic structural theory and the major structural systems for buildings and an overview of building components with a focus on structural impact for interior design practice. Emphasis is on the application of knowledge through drawings and modeling as they relate to the design studio projects.

  • Pre‐requisites: DIDT145
  • Co‐Requisites: None

DIDE220 | Codes and Regulations 1*

3 Credits

In this course, students will study current building codes, regulations and standards as they relate to the practice of interior design. Emphasis is on understanding the intent and interpretation of code regulations and applying basic knowledge to interior projects.

  • Pre‐requisites: None
  • Co‐Requisites: None

* (also offered as DIDE4401) This course is only eligible for PC for NCIDQ or BCIN holders

TERM 06

DIDS210 | Design Studio: Workspace

3 Credits

In this course, students will work within the specific program requirement of a corporate office client to create an efficient, functional and comfortable workplace. Emphasis is on programming and planning methodology for commercial spaces, consideration of architectural limitations that apply to the design solution and developing an awareness of system furniture and office ergonomics.

  • Pre‐requisites: DIDT235
  • Co‐Requisites: None

DIDV200 | Building Information Modeling

3 Credits

In this course, students are introduced to the principles and uses of Building Information Modeling (BIM) software as utilized in the profession. Emphasis is on the use of modeling commands and protocols resulting in professional-level deliverables including presentation drawings and construction documents.

  • 3 Pre-requisites: DIDT235, DIDS115
  • Co-requisites: none

DIDE270 | Building Systems: Power / HVAC

3 Credits

This course emphasizes the function of environmental support systems as they relate to interior design practice and life safety support systems. Students learn to apply the underlying technical requirements for building systems (mechanical, electrical, and fire detection/suppression) and how they impact interior design decisions and construction drawings. Students also obtain an introduction to fundamental lighting criteria and considerations.

  • 3 Pre‐requisites: DIDT145
  • Co‐Requisites: None

TERM 07

DIDS310 | Design Studio: Moving Spaces

3 Credits

In this course, students will examine mobile, deployable and compact spaces with a focus on design solutions for highly specialized conditions. Emphasis is on the research, programmatic, and conceptual development of spaces that serve contemporary social issues for emergency shelter. Students apply integrated design-team strategies for innovative and sustainable design solutions.

  • Pre‐requisites: DIDS210
  • Co‐Requisites: None

DIDH312 | Global Architecture & Design (No PC)

3 Credits

In this course, students will investigate global architecture and design with a focus on understanding the interrelationships between the built environments and underlying social, cultural, economic, political, technical and environmental issues. Emphasis is on the investigation and understanding of architecture and design as a reflection of the values and events that form a society and the role that design has to influence change.

  • Pre‐requisites: ARTH120
  • Co‐Requisites: None

No PC – course not eligible for examination challenge

DIDP300 | Professional Practice 1 **

3 Credits

In this course, students are introduced to the scope and complexity of professional interior design profession. Emphasis is on researching the historical elements and current professional issues, creating a personal design philosophy, understanding professional ethics and debating professional practice positions though peer to peer interaction

  • Pre‐requisites: DIDV240
  • Co‐Requisites: None

** This course is only eligible for PC for applicants with work/industry experience or with a relevant design degree from another institution.

TERM 08

DIDS315 | Design Studio: Hospitality

3 Credits

In this course, students will apply advanced design methodology using collaborative approaches to a hospitality project. Emphasis is on the integration of evidence‐based design research and design criteria governing the planning, spatial articulation, and materials used in the renovation of an existing boutique hotel. Design development is informed by a comprehensive design concept and presentation media that illustrates advanced processes, and architectural definition.

  • Pre‐requisites: DIDS310
  • Co‐Requisites: None

DIDE344 | Applied Lighting

3 Credits

In this course, students will appropriately select and apply lighting products and custom design elements to solve specific uses and special lighting situations. Emphasis is on the integration of creative lighting solutions with technical criteria related to user needs, source specification and specify layout and building systems coordination. Students will develop advanced drawings, details, and specifications to illustrate lighting intent, application, installation and construction coordination with related disciplines.

  • Pre‐requisites: DIDE155
  • Co‐Requisites: None

DIDE351 | Products and Materials: Commercial

3 Credits

In this course, students will critically examine material and product use in a commercial context. Emphasis is on the integration of advanced critical thinking approaches to materials and products specifications, features, application, and installation with a focus on sustainable practices. Working from the foundation to the final details, students will holistically explore how specific products and materials support their design intent and consumer need.

  • Pre‐requisites: DIDE261
  • Co‐Requisites: None

DIDH330 | Canadian Architecture & Design (No PC)

3 Credits

In this course, students will explore examples of vernacular architecture and notable practices to inform their understanding of historic and contemporary precedents in Canada. Emphasis is on the contextual investigation of Indigenous and Post-Colonial architecture and interiors through research, observation and analysis. Focus is on the relevance of Canadian contributions to the North American and global study and practice of architecture and design.

  • Pre‐requisites: ART120
  • Co‐Requisites: None

No PC – course not eligible for examination challenge

TERM 09

DIDS320 | Design Studio: Collaborative

3 Credits

In this course, students participate in an interdisciplinary collaborative project as approved by the department chair. Emphasis is placed on the creative aspect of the chosen project, the ability of the team to provide a cohesive rationale for the project’s exploration and desired outcome, and a program for their research that culminates in the final project results.

  • Pre‐requisites: DIDS315
  • Co‐Requisites: None

DIDT300 | Interior Detailing 2

3 Credits

Through continuous exploration of the built environment from the perspective of construction, including the building envelope and structural systems, associated technologies, and finish materials, students will develop a set of field study as-built drawings for a commercial interior. Sketching, creative thinking, and modeling will assess student comprehension through application. Through investigation, research and discussion, students employ an intermediate technical vocabulary, stressing the manipulation of materials and technologies.

  • Pre-requisites: DIDT200
  • Co-Requisites: None

DIDH320 | Research Methods in Interior Design

3 Credits

This course addresses the role of research design methods in interior design identifying the relationship between research and practice in the profession. Emphasis is on the choice and attributes of tools for research methodologies with a focus on critical analysis of evidence-based research data.

  • Pre‐requisites: DIDS315, ENGL101
  • Co‐Requisites: None

DIDE360 | Restoration

3 Credits

In this course, students are exposed to the methods and strategies of historic restoration as they relate to interior and exterior architecture. Emphasis is on developing awareness and understanding of the impact that the preservation of historic structures has within social, economic, and sustainability contexts.

  • Pre‐requisites: ENGL101
  • Co‐Requisites: None

TERM 10

DIDS410 | Thesis 1: Research & Programming

3 Credits

Upon completion of all previous studios, students will begin the first of a three-course thesis sequence and begin the research and programming phase of their final thesis project. Using research methodologies, emphasis is on the analysis and critical review of supporting information from the social sciences. Design methodology is applied to a topic and project of personal and professional relevance, while addressing a social and/or environmental need. The resulting research and programming synthesis informs the conceptual and design development of the project in subsequent courses.

  • Pre‐requisites: All Studio courses, DIDH320 Co-requisites: DIDE400, DIDE4402
  • Co‐Requisites: DIDE4402

DIDE400 | Codes and Regulations 2 **

3 Credits

In this course, students will continue their study and application of current building codes, regulations and standards as they relate to the practice of interior design. Emphasis is on the advanced analysis, application and documentation of regulatory information to interior design projects.

  • Pre‐requisites: DIDE4401
  • Co‐Requisites: None

**(also offered as DIDE4402) This course is only eligible for PC for applicants with work/industry experience or with a relevant design degree from another institution

DIDP400 | Professional Practice 2 **

3 Credits

In this course, students continue to explore of the complexity of the interior design profession through the development of entry‐level industry skills. Emphasis is on professional representation and branding, fee structures and contract administration. Students will be introduced to a professional portfolio and will further develop their design philosophy through creative representation.

  • Pre‐requisites: DIDP300
  • Co‐Requisites: None

**This course is only eligible for PC for applicants with work/industry experience or with a relevant design degree from another institution.

DIDH420 | Philosophy of Design (No PC)

3 Credits

In this course, students will be exposed to a variety of theoretical and philosophical constructs related to the study of architecture and design. Emphasis is on building awareness and understanding of the relevance of design, and social theories within the context of the built environment.

  • Pre‐requisites: DIDS320
  • Co‐Requisites: None

No PC – course not eligible for examination challenge

TERM 11

DIDS420 | Thesis 2: Concept & Design Development

3 Credits

In the second of the thesis course series, students build on the foundation and successful completion of DIDS410 Thesis 1: Research & Programming. Students will develop advanced conceptual frameworks to inform the direction of the design and presentation of their thesis projects. Emphasis is on the generation of a comprehensive design concept that is integrated theoretically and spatially through the development of schematic diagrams and sketches, and refined using industry- standard architectural and design drawings.

  • Pre‐requisites: DIDS410, DIDE400
  • Co‐Requisites: DIDT430

DIDT430 | Advanced Specifications (No PC)

3 Credits

In this course, students will develop advanced knowledge and skill in the writing of specifications for an interior design project. Emphasis is on understanding the issues involved in specifying, identifying appropriate documentation formats, and practical application of that knowledge in their thesis project.

  • Pre‐requisites: DIDS410, DIDE400, DIDE4402
  • Co‐Requisites: DIDS420

No PC – course not eligible for examination challenge

DIDH400 | Social Justice for the Built Environment

3 Credits

In this advanced course, students are exposed to current topics and case studies that explore the complex relationships within the Built Environment, global systems of oppression, and activism. Emphasis is placed on the role and value of public service, through the investigation of ethics, laws, codes, standards and guidelines that impact and shape the human experience of interior space. Through independent and collaborative assignments, students gather human-centered evidence to critically assess how Architecture and Interior Design contributes to the justice or oppression of marginalized populations.

  • Pre-requisites: DIDS410, DIDE400
  • Co-Requisites: None

DIDP420 | Internship***

3 Credits

In this course, students prepare for and complete an internship within a professional environment. Students engage in experiential learning by completing 200 hours in a supervised internship (180 intern hours and 20 volunteer hours) to gain industry experience as a pre-professional. Emphasis is on diversified learning experiences and exposure to a variety of career options and individual pathways to careers available. The student will also gain alternate points of view and the value of lifelong learning and community experience.

  • Pre-requisites: DIDP400
  • Co-requisites: None

*** This course is only eligible for TC where supported by a current articulation agreement. This course is only eligible for PC to active NCIDQ certificate holders)

TERM 12

DIDS430 | Thesis 3: Presentation & Defense

3 Credits

In this final of the thesis course series, students develop the final presentation of their thesis project. Emphasis is on the documentation of the project as a whole, using a planned methodology to illustrate all phases of the design process. Students prepare a written thesis document that accompanies a professional visual and verbal presentation used to defend their thesis. The final project represents students’ highest achievement, demonstrating their knowledge and skills as a pre-professional designer.

  • Pre‐requisites: DIDS420, DIDT430
  • Co‐Requisites: DIDT431 & DIDT432

DIDT432 | Documentation

3 Credits

In this course, students will examine commercial building construction and detailing with a focus on integration of building systems with interior construction. Emphasis is on the completion of details, interior construction, and finish drawings for their thesis design project.

  • Pre‐requisites: DIDS420, DIDT430
  • Co‐Requisites: DIDS430 & DIDT431

DIDT431 | Advanced Estimating & Budgeting (No PC)

3 Credits

In this course, students investigate the issues and process involved in the preparation of a cost estimate budget for an interior design project. Emphasis is on development of a comprehensive cost estimate package relating to the focus of their thesis design project.

  • Pre‐requisites: DIDS420, DIDT432, DIDH400
  • Co‐Requisites: None

No PC – course not eligible for examination challenge

DIDP430 | Examination Preparation ****

3 Credits

In this advanced course, students consolidate their theoretical, technical, and applied knowledge, gained throughout their program of study, as they prepare for the three-part professional licensure examination as established by CIDQ (Council for Interior Design Qualification). Emphasis is placed on seven comprehensive content areas as found in Part One, specifically the IDFX (Interior Design Fundamentals Exam), which focuses on the learning within education versus practice. Students are assessed through discussions and/or activities, independent assignments, quizzes, and a final exam that simulates the national IDFX exam in subject-specific content and format.

  • Pre-requisites: DIDP400
  • Co-Requisites: None

****This course is only eligible for PC for NCIDQ holders.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of Yorkville University’s Bachelor of Interior Design program will be able to:

  • Create designs for a variety of market sectors that effectively interpret the relationship of the human response to the built environment.
  • Apply the principles and psychology of design theory, and colour methodology.
  • Articulate the challenges of the changing world of design, and its connection to culture, history and empathy for an interior environment.
  • Apply a systematic design process to creatively solve challenging design problems.
  • Employ effective and professional communication skills and techniques to interact and negotiate in collaborative environments, including client presentations.
  • Demonstrate entry to practice knowledge of building systems, material selection and interior detailing in relation to interior design and interior construction.
  • Use current industry tools, mechanical, digital and manual methods to express design ideas.
  • Employ both convergent and divergent thinking in the process of observation, investigation, speculative enquiry, ideation and implementation of design solutions.
  • Apply relevant building codes, laws, regulations, sustainability and universality to human welfare and safety when designing interior spaces.
  • Engage in quantitative and qualitative research methodologies to underpin design ideas.
  • Critically reflect and evaluate personal depth of knowledge and practical experience to collaborate effectively with others.
  • Model sound business practices related to project management and professional ethical conduct.
  • Develop a professional portfolio and branding as a design professional.

Testimonials

Tiffany Piotrowski

Bachelor of Interior Design Graduate, Principal Designer and Founder, Tiffany Leigh Design

“I graduated several years ago, worked for a designer for five years, and then launched my own firm. While I have learned a lot as a design professional, Yorkville helped lay a solid foundation for those lessons to be built upon.”

 

Tiffany Piotrowski

Bachelor of Interior Design Graduate, Principal Designer and Founder, Tiffany Leigh Design

Trushanti Shirodkar

Interior Design Program Advisor at Yorkville University

“My internship experience was very knowledgeable. I learned a lot about industry standards and best practices. What I was learning in class, I was applying it at work.”

 

Trushanti Shirodkar

Interior Design Program Advisor at Yorkville University

Anna Gurina 

Bachelor of Interior Design Co-Valedictorian, Designer, X-Design Inc.

“I was married and had two children, so the program had to fit in my busy schedule. That is when I found about Yorkville University and the option to study online or in class. I could now manage my studies and personal time, and finally pursue my dreams.”

 

Anna Gurina 

Bachelor of Interior Design Co-Valedictorian, Designer, X-Design Inc.

FAQ

Why should I choose the Bachelor of Interior Design program at Yorkville University?

The Bachelor of Interior Design program is an industry-accredited program that offers flexibility in studying while you meet the demands of your busy life.

Students can choose a mix of on-campus and online courses, and have the option of taking courses year-round. With an emphasis on practical experience, the rigorous program also requires the completion of 200 hours of internship and volunteering work in the design industry, as well as a showcase thesis project and portfolio.

If you are looking to become a professional interior designer, it is one of the most hands-on, industry-driven design programs in Canada.

What are the industry accreditations, recognitions and designations associated with the program?

The Bachelor of Interior Design program is professionally accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), and recognized by the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) and the Interior Designers of Canada (IDC). Graduates of the program are also eligible to take the U.S. National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) examination, which is a key certification step in professionally regulated jurisdictions in Canada and the United States.

Is it possible to substitute on-campus courses with online courses?

Yes. For students looking for more flexibility in their weekly schedule, many on-campus courses can be substituted with online courses. This can allow you to more easily meet work, home and study demands. However, for international students who would like to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) in Canada, more than 50 percent of total courses must continuously be taken on campus with full-time student status. Please contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

Can I work part time and still complete my on-campus degree?

Most on-campus students work part time—our degree programs offer the flexibility they need to study at home, at work or while travelling. Some on-campus courses may also be substituted with online courses for additional flexibility in class schedule.

For many of our online degree programs, our students are older and are experienced professionals with work and family responsibilities.

How is it possible to complete the program in three years or less?

Students can use an approved term break to study year-round instead of having an academic term off and complete the program in three years. Yorkville University operates year-round and has four academic terms and intake periods starting in January, April, July and October.

If you have previous post-secondary education or have served in the military, you can also apply to transfer credits from past courses towards completion of the program, which can further shorten your study time. Please contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

Is the Bachelor of Interior Design degree equivalent to a four-year degree?

Yes. Even if you study for only three years and graduate, the degree conferred is equivalent to a four-year degree. Some students use their Bachelor of Interior Design degree to apply for further graduate studies.

How much does the Bachelor of Interior Design program cost for on-campus students?

The BID program fees for on-campus students depend on whether you are a domestic or international student and whether you take any courses online as part of the program. Please see here for current tuition rates. Yorkville University is committed to helping you evaluate different financial aid options and payment schedules.

For more information, please contact an Admissions Advisor.

What is the application process for the Bachelor of Interior Design program?

The application process depends on whether you are a domestic or international student. For more information, please contact an Admissions Advisor.

Do I need a study permit to attend Yorkville University?

If you are an international student, a study permit must be obtained before classes start. The study permit can be applied for online, at a Canadian consular office abroad, or in Canada.

For more information, please contact an Admissions Advisor.

What are the student demographics of the classes?

Most on-campus students in the Bachelor of Interior Design program are domestic students aged 18 to 25 years old with an additional significant cohort of students aged 26 to 34 years old. A small average class size of 20 students fosters participation and teamwork. Yorkville University encourages applications from all countries.

What is the Concord (Steeles) campus like?

The Bachelor of Interior Design on-campus program is based at our Steeles location in north Toronto and is a short bus ride from the subway.

For more information, please contact an Admissions Advisor.

Is Yorkville approved to offer the Bachelor of Interior Design degree?

Yorkville University has been approved to offer the Bachelor of Interior Design program by the Government of Ontario.

What IELTS or TOEFL score do I need to be accepted?

For more information on the minimum English language requirements, please contact an Admissions Advisor.

What if I don’t have the minimum English language requirements?

Yorkville University offers several options for applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements for admission eligibility.

For more information, please contact an Admissions Advisor.

Does Yorkville University offer any scholarships?

Several scholarships are offered by Yorkville University, but only domestic students are eligible to apply.

Yorkville University is committed to helping you evaluate different financial aid options and payment schedules.

For more information, please contact an Admissions Advisor.

Can I apply for provincial student loans?

Only domestic students can apply to provincial student loan programs such as the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) or StudentAid BC. Yorkville University is committed to helping you evaluate different financial aid options and payment schedules.

For more information, please contact an Admissions Advisor.

What if I have more questions?

If you can’t find your questions addressed on this web page, please contact an Admissions Advisor.

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