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Interior Design Certificate


The Interior Design certificate program is currently under review. Acceptance of new program applications has been suspended pending completion of the review. Please check with the Program Coordinator to discuss your academic plan. Courses associated with Interior Design will still be offered.




Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
Sep, Jan, Apr 444 hours 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 16 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


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/Request Info

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Questions?

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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

Program Highlights

Program Highlights

Course Schedule

Courses Schedule

 


Currently Scheduled in Continuing Studies Sep-Dec2019 (201993)

(INTD 1335) Textiles 2.0 credits    $352.00  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. Prerequisite: INTD 1305

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  30106 DTN Rm. 424
MM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1830 - 2130
09-Sep-2019
to 04-Nov-2019
Becker, Zana


(INTD 1345) Lighting 3.0 credits    $479.14  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.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  30476 DTN Rm. 820
WM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1830 - 2130
02-Oct-2019
to 18-Dec-2019
Banfield, Jamie
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Upcoming Schedules in Continuing Studies Jan-Mar20 (202091)

(INTD 1181) Colour & Your World: History, Aesthetics and Psychology of Colours 0 credits    $350.08



This informative and highly interactive course provides education on how colours influence and enrich our everyday lives. Students will learn the role of color palettes in different civilizations throughout history with emphasis on Western art & culture. On a more personal level, students will deepen their understanding of the qualities and characteristics of color while learning how colours impact and shape common perception of the world around us.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  10822 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
WM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1830 - 2130
15-Jan-2020
to 03-Apr-2020
TBATo be assigned


(INTD 1315) Design Drawing 3.0 credits    $479.14  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. Please note that a textbook may be required for this course. Please check the bookstore website at https://downtown.store.vcc.ca/ for textbook information and hours of operation.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  10588 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
RM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1800 - 2100
16-Jan-2020
to 02-Apr-2020
Dehghani Estarki, Maziar


(INTD 1325) History of Furniture 3.0 credits    $479.14  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. Prerequisite: INTD 1305

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  10589 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
TM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1800 - 2100
14-Jan-2020
to 31-Mar-2020
Barber, Michael


(INTD 1350) AutoCAD for Interior Designers 3.0 credits    $504.14  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).

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  10586 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
WM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1800 - 2100
15-Jan-2020
to 01-Apr-2020
Chan, Melissa


(INTD 1355) Residential Design 3.0 credits    $479.14  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.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  10594 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
MM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1800 - 2100
13-Jan-2020
to 06-Apr-2020
TBATo be assigned


AutoCAD for Interior Designers (INTD 1350)
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits $504.14  course outline
Basic Drafting Concepts (INTD 1310)
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits N/A  course outline
Colour & Your World: History, Aesthetics and Psychology of Colours (INTD 1181)
course schedule schedule
0 credits $350.08
Colour Theory and Application (INTD 1320)
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits N/A  course outline
Design Basics (INTD 1305)
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits N/A  course outline
Design Drawing (INTD 1315)
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits $479.14  course outline
Design Specifications (INTD 1365)
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits N/A  course outline
Design Today (INTD 1340)
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits N/A  course outline
Design for Small Spaces (INTD 1360)
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits N/A  course outline
History of Furniture (INTD 1325)
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits $479.14  course outline
Lighting (INTD 1345)
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits $479.14  course outline
Materials and Finishes (INTD 1330)
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits N/A  course outline
Presentation (INTD 1370)
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits N/A  course outline
Residential Design (INTD 1355)
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits $479.14  course outline
Textiles (INTD 1335)
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits $352.00  course outline


Fees for Continuing Studies programs and courses are approximate and subject to change without notice. Fees include GST (if applicable) as well as College Initiative and Resource Fees, which vary depending on the individual course. Student Union Fees and UPass Fees will be assessed at time of registration where applicable, and are not included in the fees displayed online. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made.



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