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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.

Program Status: Accepting applications

Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
September, January, April 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):


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.





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Contact us:

Program Coordinator: Justin Ewart, VCC Interior Design, 604.871.7000, ext. 8417
Program Assistant: Lou Solina, VCC Interior Design, 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 Sep-Dec2016 (201693)

(INTD 1305) Design Basics 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
828
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


(INTD 1310) Basic Drafting Concepts 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
412
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


(INTD 1315) Design Drawing 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
412
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


Upcoming Schedules in Continuing Studies Jan-Mar2017 (201791)

(INTD 1305) Design Basics 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.

More Information

CRN Campus Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  10399 DTN
TBA
TM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1800 - 2100
17-Jan-2017 to 04-Apr-2017
Bokhari Latif


(INTD 1310) Basic Drafting Concepts 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.

More Information

CRN Campus Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  10401 DTN
TBA
WM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1800 - 2100
18-Jan-2017 to 05-Apr-2017
TBA


(INTD 1315) Design Drawing 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.

More Information

CRN Campus Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  10405 DTN
TBA
RM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1830 - 2130
19-Jan-2017 to 06-Apr-2017
Dehghani Estarki


(INTD 1340) Design Today 2.0 credits    $324.42  course outline



Through guided discussions, digital media, student led seminars and research assignments, students will explore current influences shaping the world of Interior design. Students will become familiar with the Interior design profession, designers ideologies and related employment opportunities within the industry. Presentation and communication skills will be practiced as well as the necessary and important collaboration crucial to success within this field.

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CRN Campus Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  10495 DTN
TBA
MM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1830 - 2130
16-Jan-2017 to 13-Mar-2017
Brynjolfson


(INTD 1345) Lighting 3.0 credits    $451.00  course outline



Lighting plays a significant role in determining the comfort and beauty of any space. Examine light sources and fixtures for their functional, aesthetic, psychological, environmental and economic qualities. Identify and apply principles of lighting design including:lighting criteria, calculations, planning and layout. Through lecture, field trip, guest speaker and lighting lab visit recognize conditions that affect seeing and learn to develop a lighting design.

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CRN Campus Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  10407 DTN
TBA
TM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1830 - 2130
17-Jan-2017 to 04-Apr-2017
Banfield


(INTD 1350) AutoCAD for Interior Designers 3.0 credits    $451.00  course outline



Through demonstrations, practical application and discussions and by using the current release of AutoCAD, students will become familiar with the basic commands necessary to complete a full set of plotted working drawings. Students will construct a residential floor plan using lines, curves, blocks and text. Students will be guided through all the necessary steps to create and print a professional working drawing set through the use of computer aided drafting (CAD).

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CRN Campus Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  10406 DTN
TBA
WM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1800 - 2100
18-Jan-2017 to 05-Apr-2017
Parsakish


(INTD 1355) Residential Design 3.0 credits    $451.00  course outline



Through guided discussion, research and drawing students will produce plans for a complete home (from kitchen through utility room to home office), This course will touch upon all aspects of Residential Interior Design. Students will apply learned skills from drafting, design theory and research to examine all areas of a complete residence. From identifying structural elements of wood frame and concrete construction to producing plans, elevations and perspectives of a complete residence, students will be challenged to: evaluate client requirements; create furniture plans, block, and bubble diagrams; complete specification binders and materials boards; and to explain programming documents.

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CRN Campus Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  10400 DTN
TBA
RM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1830 - 2130
19-Jan-2017 to 06-Apr-2017
Brynjolfson


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




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