Interior Design Technology Program (T170)

2020-20212021-2022
  • Program Name:
    Interior Design Technology
  • Code: T170
  • Credential:
    Ontario College Advanced Diploma
  • Method of Study:
    Full-time
  • Duration:
    3 years (6 semesters)
  • Centre:
  • School:
  • Location: Casa Loma Campus
  • Starting Months: January, September
  • Domestic Tuition:
    $4,202.00 *
  • Experiential Learning:

    Co-op is available in 3rd year through a divisional selection process.

  • Fall 2020 Delivery Method:
    Online (on-campus activities will resume as soon as it is safe to do so)

Compare up to 3 programs

Overview

Program Overview

Interior Design Technology is a three-year program that prepares you to be a valuable member of the design team for interior additions and renovations, leasehold improvements and new construction. There is an opportunity to be part of the competitive co-op program in third year. Students prepare for a career as an Interior Design Technologist, someone who contributes to the technical design of building interiors by developing 2D and 3D presentation and construction drawings incorporating a knowledge of building code, sustainability, accessibility, lighting, textiles, furniture, colour and ergonomics.

Full Description

The three-year Interior Design Technology advanced diploma program prepares you to be an Interior Design Technologist. You will be a valuable member of the design team for building retrofits, renovations and new construction, contributing to the technical design of building interiors by design development of plans, elevations, renderings and 3D models.

Learning in state-of-the-art interior design studios with the most up-to-date equipment and software, you will develop a thorough knowledge of interior design and technical design skills.

Through the application of interior design theory, you will learn how to effectively communicate the applied and technical principles of interior design. As a graduate, your area of specialization might include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Bathroom and kitchen design/build
  • Commercial, retail or manufacturing technical sales
  • Fitments, colour or texture finishes selection and consultations
  • 2D and 3D computer drawing, design, rendering and modeling
  • Sustainable interior design practices for commercial, retail and residential

Note: If you enrol in the program in January, you are required to complete semester 2 in the summer (May to August) of the same year in order to continue into semester 3 in the fall.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Analyze a client's needs and goals by using research methodology and techniques.
  2. Prepare a design proposal.
  3. Analyze design components by using the creative process.
  4. Prepare an appropriate design concept of three-dimensional form which meets the criteria of a given design project by using the creative process.
  5. Execute appropriate presentation techniques to communicate the design concept.
  6. Prepare a design which reflects the concept by using current and relevant information.
  7. Communicate to the client the proposed design solution for approval.
  8. Prepare documentation needed for the implementation of the design.
  9. Collaborate as part of the management team, as the client's agent, in the implementation of a design project to ensure that the project reflects the design solution.
  10. Evaluate completed design solutions.

Courses

Required Courses

Printable Curriculum Planner 2020-2021

SEMESTER 1

semester courses
Code Course name
ARCH1005 Architectural Technology & Studio 1
ARCH1048 Structural Systems 1
ARCH1050 Visual Communications 1
ARCH1060 Design Fundamentals
CADE1012 CAD Drawing 1
COMM1007 College English**
MATH1139 Mathematics for Arch/IDT 1

SEMESTER 2

semester courses
Code Course name
ARCH1006 Architectural Technology & Studio 2
ARCH1013 Building Code & Regulations 1
ARCH1070 Materials, Methods & Components 1
CADE1014 CAD Drawing 2
GHUM1103 History of Design
GSCI1022 Building Science and Environment
MATH1149 Mathematics for Arch/IDT 2

SEMESTER 3

semester courses
Code Course name
ARCH1109 Building Systems - Mechanical & Electrical
ARCH2006 Practice Management 1
ARCH2007 Building Code & Regulations 2
CADE2026 Digital Practices for Interior Design 1
DSGN2001 Interior Design Practices 1
DSGN2004 Interior Design Technology & Studio 1
DSGN2012 Lighting and Acoustics
GNED General Education Elective

SEMESTER 4

semester courses
Code Course name
ARCH2008 Practice Management 2
ARCH2033 Visual Communications 2
CADE2027 Digital Practices for Interior Design 2
COMM1113 Professional Communications for Building Technologies
DSGN2005 Interior Design Technology & Studio 2
DSGN2011 Interior Design Practices 2
DSGN2015 Working Drawings & Materials 1
GNED General Education Elective

SEMESTER 5

semester courses
Code Course name
ARCH2172 Technical Report Writing
CADE3013 Digital Practices for Interior Design 3
DSGN3001 Interior Design Practices 3
DSGN3007 Interior Design Technology & Studio 3
DSGN3009 New Technologies in Interior Design
DSGN3024 Sales and Marketing Techniques
DSGN3025

Working Drawings & Materials 2

OPTIONS: Students Choose One
ARCH3015 Concentrations in Digital Technologies 1
ARCH3022 Concentrations in Project Management - Planning
DSGN3011 Concentrations in Interior Design 1

SEMESTER 6

semester courses
Code Course name
ARCH3018 Specifications and Documentation
ARCH3026 Sustainable Rating Systems
CADE3014 Digital Practices for Interior Design 4
DSGN3008 Interior Design Technology & Studio 4
DSGN3030 Interior Design and Budgeting
OPTIONS: Students Choose One
ARCH3016 Concentrations in Digital Technologies 2
ARCH3042 Concentrations in Project Management - Procurement
DSGN3021 Concentrations in Interior Design 2

**Based on the results of your placement tests, you may be required to take COMM1003 (English Skills) or CESL1003 (English Skills – ESL) before progressing to COMM1007. COMM1003/CESL1003 does not count as a course required for graduation, and you will be charged for this extra course. Please visit http://assessment.georgebrown.ca for more information.

General Education Electives

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

Your Career

Graduates of this program will be Interior Design Technologists who, with experience and a government Building Code Identification Number, will be legally able to design interiors of buildings. You may work independently as a self-employed interior design technologist or interdependently as part of an interior design or multidisciplinary architectural or building development team.

With experience and ongoing professional development, graduates will be able to enhance their professional competence and expand their scope of work. There are employment opportunities in the interior design industry, government and public organizations, with careers in the design of building interiors and systems, fittings and furnishings, staging, preparation and interpretation of material specifications and drawings, sales and marketing, purchasing operations, field and customer service, and management of interior design projects.

Career Options

Opportunities for Interior Design Technologists vary within the AEC industry. Career options available to graduates of this program may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Project Coordinator
  • Technical Representative for building/equipment suppliers
  • Production of computer-aided technical drawings and modeling
  • Specification Writer
  • Technologist with builders, architectural and interior design firms
  • Design and Colour Consultant for builders and retail outlets
  • Staging for real estate and film industry

Future Study Options

This program shares the first two semesters with the three-year Architectural Technology program (T109) and graduates may qualify to transfer with advanced standing in the second year of the Architectural Technology program (T109). This would provide successful graduates with a dual advanced diploma.

Qualified graduates may be eligible for advanced standing in the George Brown College Honours Bachelor of Technology (Construction Management) degree program. For more information, see georgebrown.ca/T312_Diploma_to_Degree.

Tuition and Fees

Domestic Tuition

$4,202.00 *

Additional Costs

*Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in the Fall 2019. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall of 2020 and at later dates.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

International Students

Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information. 

Financial Assistance

This program is approved for OSAP funding, provided the applicant meets OSAP eligibility criteria.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College fee requirements.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 11 Math (M or U) or Grade 12 (C or U)

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and no OSSD)

Mature Students may take the Admissions Assessment for English and Math, OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English and Math.

Please note that George Brown is committed to ensuring that applicants will succeed in their program of choice and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants may be required to have grades higher than the minimum requirements stated.

Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit georgebrown.ca/transferguide for more information.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information regarding country specific admission requirements.  

How to Apply

Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges

International Students

Visit the How to Apply page for more information on how and when to apply. 

International students should apply through the George Brown College Online Application System.

Contact Us

School of Architectural Studies

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 4365

Email: architecturalstudies@georgebrown.ca

Our office hours are 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., room D303

For more information about George Brown College, you may also call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

International Students

Contact one of our international recruitment representatives specializing by country of origin by either booking a virtual meeting or submitting an inquiry. For more information visit the International Contact Us page

Visit Our Campus

Do you have questions about this program or your career options? Join us for an on-campus Information Session. You'll have the opportunity to meet our friendly instructors and staff, ask questions and experience what it's like to be in a George Brown College classroom.

Sign up for an Information Session.

Sign up and learn more about your options, our programs, and life at George Brown.

Interior Design Technology Program (T170)

2020-20212021-2022
  • Program Name:
    Interior Design Technology
  • Code: T170
  • Credential:
    Ontario College Advanced Diploma
  • Method of Study:
    Full-time
  • Duration:
    3 years (6 semesters)
  • Centre:
  • School:
  • Location: Casa Loma Campus
  • Starting Months: January, September
  • Domestic Tuition:
    $4,376.00 *
  • Experiential Learning:
    Co-op is available in 3rd year through a divisional selection process.

Compare up to 3 programs

Overview

Program Overview

Interior Design Technology is a three-year program that prepares you to be a valuable member of the design team for interior additions and renovations, leasehold improvements and new construction. There is an opportunity to be part of the competitive co-op program in third year. Students prepare for a career as an Interior Design Technologist, someone who contributes to the technical design of building interiors by developing 2D and 3D presentation and construction drawings incorporating a knowledge of building code, sustainability, accessibility, lighting, textiles, furniture, colour and ergonomics.

Full Description

The three-year Interior Design Technology advanced diploma program prepares you to be an Interior Design Technologist. You will be a valuable member of the design team for building retrofits, renovations and new construction, contributing to the technical design of building interiors by design development of plans, elevations, renderings and 3D models.

 

Learning in state-of-the-art interior design studios with the most up-to-date equipment and software, you will develop a thorough knowledge of interior design and technical design skills.

Through the application of interior design theory, you will learn how to effectively communicate the applied and technical principles of interior design. As a graduate, your area of specialization might include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Bathroom and kitchen design/build
  • Commercial, retail or manufacturing technical sales
  • Fitments, colour or texture finishes selection and consultations
  • 2D and 3D computer drawing, design, rendering and modeling
  • Sustainable interior design practices for commercial, retail and residential

Note: If you enrol in the program in January, you are required to complete semester 2 in the summer (May to August) of the same year in order to continue into semester 3 in the fall.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Analyze a client's needs and goals by using research methodology and techniques.
  2. Prepare a design proposal.
  3. Analyze design components by using the creative process.
  4. Prepare an appropriate design concept of three-dimensional form which meets the criteria of a given design project by using the creative process.
  5. Execute appropriate presentation techniques to communicate the design concept.
  6. Prepare a design which reflects the concept by using current and relevant information.
  7. Communicate to the client the proposed design solution for approval.
  8. Prepare documentation needed for the implementation of the design.
  9. Collaborate as part of the management team, as the client's agent, in the implementation of a design project to ensure that the project reflects the design solution.
  10. Evaluate completed design solutions.

Courses

Required Courses

Printable Curriculum Planner 2019-2020

SEMESTER 1

semester courses
Code Course name
ARCH1005 Architectural Technology & Studio 1
ARCH1048 Structural Systems 1
ARCH1050 Visual Communications 1
ARCH1060 Design Fundamentals
CADE1012 CAD Drawing 1
COMM1007 College English**
MATH1136 Mathematics for Building Technologies 1

SEMESTER 2

semester courses
Code Course name
ARCH1006 Architectural Technology & Studio 2
ARCH1013 Building Code & Regulations 1
ARCH1070 Materials, Methods & Components 1
CADE1014 CAD Drawing 2
GHUM1102 History of Design
GSCI1022 Building Science and Environment
MATH1146 Mathematics for Building Technologies 2

SEMESTER 3

semester courses
Code Course name
ARCH1109 Building Systems - Mechanical & Electrical 1
ARCH2006 Practice Management 1
ARCH2007 Building Code & Regulations 2
CADE2026 Digital Practices for Interior Design 1
DSGN2001 Interior Design Practices 1
DSGN2004 Interior Design Technology & Studio 1
DSGN2012 Lighting And Acoustics
GNED General Education Elective

SEMESTER 4

semester courses
Code Course name
ARCH2008 Practice Management 2
ARCH2033 Visual Communications 2
CADE2027 Digital Practices for Interior Design 2
COMM1113 Professional Communications for Building Technologies
DSGN2005 Interior Design Technology & Studio 2
DSGN2011 Interior Design Practices 2
DSGN3000 Interior Materials and Methods 1
GNED General Education Elective

SEMESTER 5

semester courses
Code Course name
ARCH2172 Technical Report Writing
ARCH3010 Principles of Building Information Modeling
CADE3013 Digital Practices for Interior Design 3
DSGN3001 Interior Design Practices 3
DSGN3007 Interior Design Technology & Studio 3
DSGN3010 Interior Materials and Methods 2
OPTIONS: Students Choose One  
ARCH3015 Concentrations in Digital Technologies 1
ARCH3022 Concentrations in Project Management 1
DSGN3011 Concentrations in Interior Design 1

SEMESTER 6

semester courses
Code Course name
ARCH3018 Specifications and Documentation
ARCH3026 Sustainable Rating Systems
ARCH3037 Project Cost Estimating
CADE3014 BIM - Digital Design Technologies for Interiors 2
DSGN3008 Interior Design Technology & Studio 4
OPTIONS: Students Choose One  
ARCH3016 Concentrations in Digital Technologies 2
ARCH3042 Project Management 2
DSGN3021 Concentrations in Interior Design 2

**Based on the results of your placement tests, you may be required to take COMM1003 (English Skills) or CESL1003 (English Skills – ESL) before progressing to COMM1007. COMM1003/CESL1003 does not count as a course required for graduation, and you will be charged for this extra course. Please visit http://assessment.georgebrown.ca for more information.

General Education Electives

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

Your Career

Graduates of this program will be Interior Design Technologists who, with experience and a government Building Code Identification Number, will be legally able to design interiors of buildings. You may work independently as a self-employed interior design technologist or interdependently as part of an interior design or multidisciplinary architectural or building development team.

With experience and ongoing professional development, graduates will be able to enhance their professional competence and expand their scope of work. There are employment opportunities in the interior design industry, government and public organizations, with careers in the design of building interiors and systems, fittings and furnishings, staging, preparation and interpretation of material specifications and drawings, sales and marketing, purchasing operations, field and customer service, and management of interior design projects.

Career Options

Opportunities for Interior Design Technologists vary within the AEC industry. Career options available to graduates of this program may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Project Coordinator
  • Technical Representative for building/equipment suppliers
  • Production of computer aided technical drawings and modeling
  • Specification Writer
  • Technologist with builders, architectural and interior design firms
  • Design and Colour Consultant for builders and retail outlets
  • Staging for real estate and film industry

Future Study Options

This program shares the first two semesters with the three-year Architectural Technology program (T109) and graduates may qualify to transfer with advanced standing into the second year of the Architectural Technology program (T109). This would provide successful graduates with a dual advanced diploma.

Qualified graduates may be eligible for advanced standing in the George Brown College Honours Bachelor of Technology (Construction Management) degree program. For more information, see georgebrown.ca/T312_Diploma_to_Degree.

Tuition and Fees

Domestic Tuition

$4,376.00 *

Additional Costs

*Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in the Fall 2018. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall of 2019 and at later dates.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

International Students

Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information. 

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College fee requirements.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 11 Math (M or U) or Grade 12 (C or U)

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and no OSSD)

Mature Students may take the Admissions Assessment for English and Math, OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English and Math.

Please note that George Brown is committed to ensuring that applicants will succeed in their program of choice and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants may be required to have grades higher than the minimum requirements stated.

Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit georgebrown.ca/transferguide for more information.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information regarding country specific admission requirements.  

How to Apply

Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges

International Students

Visit the How to Apply page for more information on how and when to apply. 

International students should apply through the George Brown College Online Application System.

Contact Us

School of Architectural Studies

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 4365

Email: architecturalstudies@georgebrown.ca

Our office hours are 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., room D303

For more information about George Brown College, you may also call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

International Students

Contact one of our international recruitment representatives specializing by country of origin by either booking a virtual meeting or submitting an inquiry. For more information visit the International Contact Us page

Visit Our Campus

Do you have questions about this program or your career options? Join us for an on-campus Information Session. You'll have the opportunity to meet our friendly instructors and staff, ask questions and experience what it's like to be in a George Brown College classroom.

Sign up for an Information Session.

Sign up and learn more about your options, our programs, and life at George Brown.