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Interior Design Certificate

The Interior Design Certificate prepares students for a variety of roles within the Interior design profession and industry. Students are challenged to recognize, recall and describe the elements and principles of design and to apply this information to the selection, arrangement and assembly of materials, finishes, textiles, colours and furnishings within residential interior spaces. For course fees, please click on the individual course name found in the course schedule button below.

Program Status: Accepting applications.

Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
January, April, September 14-course (444 hours) part-time evening/day and weekend program Certificate Downtown Part-time

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International students must first contact International Education at study@vcc.ca or 604-443-8600 to determine eligibility for this program.

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Program Description

Program Description

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon successful completion of the Interior design Certificate students will be able to:

  1. Communicate orally, visually, and in written form with all stakeholders in a residential interior design project, at every stage from concept through completion.
  2. Apply innovative and critical thinking to conceptualize, illustrate, and present projects that incorporate all of the elements and principles of design.
  3. Select and specify suitable and sustainable lighting fixtures, colours, textiles, materials, and finishes for a variety of residential interior design projects.
  4. Describe historical trends in furniture design and interpret and appraise current and emerging design trends.
  5. Draft floor plans, elevations, mechanical plans, and reflected ceiling plans that adhere to BC Building Code and client requirements.
  6. Create a portfolio suitable for employment applications and identify and assess a range of industry-related employment opportunities.
  7. Exhibit positive, professional, and ethical behaviors that maximize employment opportunities.

INSTRUCTIONAL ACTIVITIES, DESIGN AND DELIVERY MODE

The Interior Design Certificate program is built on the belief that a practical, hands-on demonstration of skills, attitudes, and abilities is the most effective way for graduates to show that they have met program outcomes. The curriculum is designed to be motivational, engaging, and ensure that students develop the skills to contribute effectively to the design environment.

Students are required to demonstrate competence in the skills and concepts learned during the course. Throughout the program, instructors provide concise, transparent assessment criteria and ongoing, insightful feedback. Students will graduate with a portfolio that showcases their achievements, knowledge, strengths, and skills.

Both the classroom and field environments utilize interactive, learner-oriented teaching and assessment strategies that are modified as appropriate to accommodate students’ individual learning needs. Students’ training and professional development is enhanced through diverse learning activities, a small-class environment, and consistent feedback from the instructor.

To support the development of self-motivation and discipline, some of the theoretical and technical aspects of the program involve an independent learning component.

PROGRAM DURATION

This is a 14-course (444 hours) part-time evening/day and weekend program. There are five 24-hour courses and nine 36-hour courses. Most courses are offered every term. Most students take one to three courses per term (the average is two), which enables graduation within a two-year period. Students must to complete all 14 courses within a five-year period.


Evaluation of Student Learning

  • Presentations
  • Projects
  • Research projects
  • Documentation
  • Self-reflection
  • Case studies
  • Role plays
  • Drawings, plans, and drawing boards
  • Quizzes/test/exams
  • Interviews/surveys
  • Portfolio

Students must achieve a minimum 2.33 GPA (C+) in each course. Graduation from program requires a 2.33 Average (65 -69%).

CREDENTIAL

Graduates of the program will receive a Vancouver Community College Interior Design Certificate.


REQUIRED COURSE(S):

  • INTD 1305 Design Basics
  • INTD 1310 Basic Drafting Concepts
  • INTD 1315 Design Drawing
  • INTD 1320 Colour Theory and Application
  • INTD 1325 History of Furniture
  • INTD 1330 Materials and Finishes
  • INTD 1335 Textiles
  • INTD 1340 Design Today
  • INTD 1345 Lighting
  • INTD 1350 AutoCAD for Interior Designers
  • INTD 1355 Residential Design
  • INTD 1360 Design for Small Spaces
  • INTD 1365 Design Specifications
  • INTD 1370 Presentation

Some courses in this program require textbooks. Please call or visit the Downtown Bookstore for more information.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

General

VCC welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents.


International students

Please note that not all Continuing Studies programs are available to international students. To determine your eligibility, please contact VCC’s International Education Office at: study@vcc.ca or 604.443.8600.



As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 18 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.
This program is open to individuals who wish to take one or more courses. Intention to complete the certificate is not a requirement for entry. Individuals must have Grade 12 level English (C+) or the equivalent.

Recommended Characteristics:


  • Passionate about design
  • Enthusiastic, energetic team player
  • Hard-working, detail-oriented, thorough
  •   Positive attitude
  • Polite, personable
  • Basic computer literacy

Course Schedule

Courses Schedule

Fees and Other costs


Application Fee $35


Info Sessions

Info Sessions

Follow your dreams to give people the homes of their dreams.

VCC's part-time interior design certificate is an introductory-level program. Ideal candidates for the Interior Design programs should be passionate about design, enthusiastic, detail orientated, creative and computer literate.

Attend an info session to learn about courses offered, program activities and how to apply.

Date Day Time Room Location
July 19, 2016 Tuesday 4 - 5 p.m. 718 Downtown
August 9, 2016 Tuesday 4 - 5 p.m. 718 Downtown


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Program Coordinator: Brenda Wong, VCC interiordesign, 604.871.7000, ext. 8671
Program Assistant: Lou Solina, VCC interiordesign, 604.871.7000, ext. 8428

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Program Highlights

Program Highlights

Career Prospects

Career Prospects

Course Schedule

Courses Schedule

This program is application based. Before you register in any of the courses listed below, please ensure you have applied and been accepted to the program. Apply to the program now.


Currently Scheduled in Continuing Studies Apr-Aug2016 (201692)

Design for Small Spaces (INTD 1360) 3.0 credits    $441.88  course outline



Through lecture, discussion and demonstration this course prepares students for the practical reality of residential design of small urban spaces. Students will analyze small spaces to formulate ways in which to add value and extract every inch of usable space. Course content will focus upon millwork and custom furniture solutions as well as the effects of colour, light, materials and finishes, on volumes of space. Current trends in small space design will be examined, deconstructed and evaluated. Students will be challenged to maximize their space planning skills and creative thinking process.

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CRN Campus Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  20186 DTN
414
TM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1830 - 2130
12-Apr-2016 to 05-Jul-2016
Brynjolfson


Upcoming Schedules in Continuing Studies Sep-Dec2016 (201693)

Design Basics (INTD 1305) 3.0 credits    $451.00  course outline



Introduction to the practice of Interior design. Through lecture, research, in class discussion and assignments students will be exposed to: Design Theory, Process, Concept development, Principles and Elements of Design (and the practical application of these principles and elements). Students will predict and discover design challenges and develop design problem solving methods. Current space planning techniques will be addressed as well as consideration of sustainable practices.

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CRN Campus Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  30293 DTN
TBA
TM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1830 - 2130
20-Sep-2016 to 06-Dec-2016
Bokhari Latif


Basic Drafting Concepts (INTD 1310) 3.0 credits    $451.00  course outline



This course will address the basic principles of drafting especially as it applies to the field of Interior Design. Students will learn the correct use the drafting instruments, conventions, scales and lettering. Through careful observation and weekly assignments students will learn to read and draw drafted floor plans, sections and elevations. Architectural lettering styles, materials, millwork, 3D drawing (obliques), and reflected ceiling plans will be demonstrated and practiced. The importance of exacting line weights and architectural symbols will be emphasized.

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CRN Campus Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  30286 DTN
TBA
WM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1830 - 2130
21-Sep-2016 to 07-Dec-2016
Bokhari Latif


Design Drawing (INTD 1315) 3.0 credits    $451.00  course outline



Students will develop drawing abilities and skills through the practice of specific drawing exercises. These drawing exercises encourage discovery and analysis of the built environment, especially as it applies to Interior spaces. Drawing is both a tool of understanding and of communicating. Focus will be upon developing skills in manipulating line, form, space, volume, proportion and tonal value in order to both understand and explain design concepts. Introduction of one point, two point, and atmospheric perspective will help students to express, modify and adjust design concepts as well as summarize, evaluate and explain them. Drawing mediums (primarily black and white) include pencil, ink, felt pen, charcoal, pastels and conte crayon.

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CRN Campus Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  30290 DTN
TBA
RM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1830 - 2130
22-Sep-2016 to 08-Dec-2016
Dehghani Estarki


Colour Theory and Application (INTD 1320) 2.0 credits    $331.28  course outline



During this course, students will develop a greater awareness of the role of colour in our lives. Emphasis will be primarily on the built environment both interior and exterior, but also will include products, fixtures and furnishings. Students will learn to recognize colour undertones and predict & explain effects created by colour as well as the ability to compare, create and design colour schemes in response to specific concepts of character, mood and criteria.

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CRN Campus Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  30291 DTN
TBA
TM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1830 - 2130
20-Sep-2016 to 08-Nov-2016
Banfield


History of Furniture (INTD 1325) 3.0 credits    $451.00  course outline



Through slide presentations, discussion, research and lectures students will learn the essential information and background required to identify and distinguish a variety of furniture styles. Beginning with the Classics through to the 21st century the periods studied include: Egyptian, Classical, Romanesque,Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassical, Georgian, Empire Arts and Crafts, Glasgow Style, Art Nouveau, Viennese Secession, Art Deco, Bauhaus, International Style and Post Modernism.

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CRN Campus Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  30295 DTN
TBA
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1300
17-Sep-2016 to 26-Nov-2016
Thomson


Materials and Finishes (INTD 1330) 2.0 credits    $331.28  course outline



Students are introduced to a variety of interior finishes including: wood, furniture, flooring, carpet, tile, stone, glass metal and plastics. Through lecture, in class discussion, field visits and research, students will learn origin, characteristics, installation procedures, maintenance and typical usage of these interior design materials.

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CRN Campus Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  30294 DTN
TBA
MM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1830 - 2130
19-Sep-2016 to 14-Nov-2016
Brynjolfson


Textiles (INTD 1335) 2.0 credits    $331.28  course outline



Students will learn to recognize and distinguish various textiles used in Interior spaces. Draperies, fabric shades and upholstery fabrics will be analyzed, compared and assessed. Students will learn to read and evaluate various specifications of textiles and the impact these variables may have on an interior project. The class will examine the delicate balance between aesthetics, functionality and economics required for any textile project. Students will study in detail weaving methods and fabrication of textiles so that a link can be made between the specified and the finished product. Vocabulary associated with textiles will be thoroughly discussed and interpreted preparing the student to make informed choices when in professional practice.

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CRN Campus Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  30288 DTN
TBA
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1300 - 1750
17-Sep-2016 to 29-Oct-2016
TBA


Design Basics (INTD 1305)
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits  course outline
Basic Drafting Concepts (INTD 1310)
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits  course outline
Design Drawing (INTD 1315)
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits  course outline
Colour Theory and Application (INTD 1320)
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits  course outline
History of Furniture (INTD 1325)
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits  course outline
Materials and Finishes (INTD 1330)
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits  course outline
Textiles (INTD 1335)
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits  course outline
Design Today (INTD 1340)
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits  course outline
Lighting (INTD 1345)
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits  course outline
AutoCAD for Interior Designers (INTD 1350)
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits  course outline
Residential Design (INTD 1355)
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits  course outline
Design for Small Spaces (INTD 1360)
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits  course outline
Design Specifications (INTD 1365)
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits  course outline
Presentation (INTD 1370)
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits  course outline




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