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.


Program name
Interior Design Technology
Experiential learning
Co-op is available in 3rd year through a divisional selection process.
3 years (6 semesters)
Starting month
September, January
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Method of study

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2020 Open
Jan. 2021 Open
May 2021 N/A
International students
Sept. 2020 Closed
Jan. 2021 Opens Apr 6, 2020
May 2021 N/A

Full Description

Interior design plans

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.

Part Time Study Options

Part-time study options are not available for this program; however, our Continuing Education department offers evening courses and part-time certificate programs in AutoCAD and Building/Construction Technologies. See

Experiential Learning

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

Program Standards and 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.

Required Courses

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semester courses
CodeCourse name
ARCH1005Architectural Technology & Studio 1
ARCH1048Structural Systems 1
ARCH1050Visual Communications 1
ARCH1060Design Fundamentals
CADE1012CAD Drawing 1
COMM1007College English**
MATH1136Mathematics for Building Technologies 1


semester courses
CodeCourse name
ARCH1006Architectural Technology & Studio 2
ARCH1013Building Code & Regulations 1
ARCH1070Materials, Methods & Components 1
CADE1014CAD Drawing 2
GHUM1103History of Design
GSCI1022Building Science and Environment
MATH1146Mathematics for Building Technologies 2


semester courses
CodeCourse name
ARCH1109Building Systems - Mechanical & Electrical
ARCH2006Practice Management 1
ARCH2007Building Code & Regulations 2
CADE2026Digital Practices for Interior Design 1
DSGN2001Interior Design Practices 1
DSGN2004Interior Design Technology & Studio 1
DSGN2012Lighting And Acoustics
GNEDGeneral Education Elective


semester courses
CodeCourse name
ARCH2008Practice Management 2
ARCH2033Visual Communications 2
CADE2027Digital Practices for Interior Design 2
COMM1113Professional Communications for Building Technologies
DSGN2005Interior Design Technology & Studio 2
DSGN2011Interior Design Practices 2
DSGN3000Interior Materials and Methods 1
GNEDGeneral Education Elective


semester courses
CodeCourse name
ARCH2172Technical Report Writing
CADE3013Digital Practices for Interior Design 3
DSGN3001Interior Design Practices 3
DSGN3007Interior Design Technology & Studio 3
DSGN3009New Technologies in Interior Design
DSGN3010Interior Materials and Methods 2
OPTIONS: Students Choose One
ARCH3015Concentrations in Digital Technologies 1
ARCH3022Concentrations in Project Management 1
DSGN3011Concentrations in Interior Design 1


semester courses
CodeCourse name
ARCH3018Specifications and Documentation
ARCH3026Sustainable Rating Systems
ARCH3037Project Cost Estimating
CADE3014Digital Practices for Interior Design 4
DSGN3008Interior Design Technology & Studio 4
OPTIONS: Students Choose One
ARCH3016Concentrations in Digital Technologies 2
ARCH3042Concentrations in Project Management 2
DSGN3021Concentrations 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 for more information.

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

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

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.

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


$4,202.00 *

Additional Cost

*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.

Financial Assistance

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

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 for more information.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

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