Interior Design Technology (T170)

Interior Design Technology
School of Architectural Studies
Casa Loma Campus
3 years (6 semesters)
September, January
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Interior Design Technology is a three-year program that prepares you to be a valuable member of the design team for interior alterations, additions and renovations, lease hold improvements and new construction. An interior design technologist is a key member of the team, contributing to the technical design of building interiors by developing plans, elevations, colour schemes and 3D models, which incorporate details such as wall assemblies, lighting, textiles, fixtures, furniture and ergonomic considerations.

Full Program 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. This would include details such as wall assemblies, lighting, textiles, fixtures, furniture and ergonomic considerations.

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, with principles and practices in architecture, you will learn how to effectively communicate the applied and technical principles of interior design. As a graduate, the areas of specialization include, but 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

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

Each George Brown College certificate, diploma, advanced diploma and graduate certificate program is expected to deliver specific program learning outcomes. Program learning outcomes are statements that describe the knowledge and skills that students are expected to demonstrate by the end of their program of study. Programs are designed to deliver both vocation or discipline-specific learning outcomes and more generic essential employability skills (including communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, information management, interpersonal and personal skills).

In addition to the aforementioned learning outcome requirements, College programs are required to provide students with exposure to a breadth of learning beyond their vocational field, to increase their awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed through additional mandatory General Education courses in the program curriculum.

To see the relevant program learning outcomes for your specific program of study, please visit

Course Outline

Required Courses 

Printable Curriculum Planner 2017-2018 PDF icon


semester courses
Code Course name
ARCH1005 Architectural Technology & Sustainable Design 1 – Fundamentals
BLDG1048 Structure in Architecture – Form, Space, Order
CADE1012 CAD Drawing 1
COMM1007 College English**
GHUM1106 History of Architecture
MATH1136 Mathematics for Building Technologies 1


semester courses
Code Course name
ARCH1006 Architectural Technology & Sustainable Design 2 – Residential
BLDG1013 Zoning and Building Regulations
BLDG1070 Sustainable Materials and Methods 1
BLDG3003 Construction Safety Practices
CADE1014 CAD Drawing 2
GSCI1022 Building Science and Environment
MATH1146 Mathematics for Building Technologies 2


semester courses
Code Course name
DSGN2004 Interior Design Technology & Design Studio 1 - Small Buildings
DSGN2001 Interior Design Practices 1
BLDG1109 Building Systems – Mechanical and Electrical 1
BLDG1164 Fundamentals of Building Science
BLDG2012 Building Code
CADE2026 BIM for Interior Design Technology 1
GNED General Education Elective


semester courses
Code Course name
DSGN2005 Interior Design Technology & Design Studio 2- Commercial
DSGN2011 Interior Design Practices 2
BLDG2022 Law and Construction Contracts
BLDG2064 Portfolio Development
DSGN3000 Interior Materials and Methods 1
CADE2027 BIM for Interior Design Technology 2
COMM1113 Professional Communications for Building Technologies
GNED General Education Elective


semester courses
Code Course name
DSGN3007 Interior Design Technology & Design Studio 3 - High Rise
DSGN3001 Interior Design Practices 3
BLDG3036 Small Business Management
BLDG3109 Building Systems – Mechanical and Electrical 2
DSGN3010 Interior Materials and Methods 2
CADE3013 BIM for Interior Design Technology 3
BLDG2172 Technical Report Writing


semester courses
Code Course name
DSGN3008 Interior Design Technology & Design Studio 4 - Restoration and Renovation
BLDG3008 Specifications and Documentation
BLDG3026 Sustainable Building Rating Systems
BLDG3037 Project Cost Estimating
CADE3014 BIM for Interior Design Technology 4

**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

Careers and Post-Graduate 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.

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

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

Tuition and Fees


$4,006.00 *

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 2016. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall of 2017 and at later dates.

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

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)

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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