Bachelor of Interior Design

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  • Learning Outcomes
  • Courses
  • Career Opportunities
  • Admission Requirements

Build a career in the growing interior design profession.

The Bachelor of Interior Design program was the third interior design college program in Canada to offer a bachelor’s degree. Our innovative program has always kept pace with rising professional standards in the interior design industry. We're recognized by the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO).

Sheridan’s Bachelor of Interior Design program will provide the practical, hands-on training and creative approach that we built our reputation on, while also introducing more theoretical and research components. You’ll learn:

  • 2D and 3D computer software, including AUTOCAD, SketchUp, and various other design software programs.
  • Project management.
  • Sustainability and socially responsible practices.
  • Architectural standards.
  • Lighting and HVAC systems.
  • Residential, corporate, commercial, hospitality, and other related sectors.
  • Fire, safety and local building codes.
  • Professional business practice.

A Professional Learning Environment

At Sheridan, we’ve applied interior design principles to our own learning environments. They’re designed to look and feel like professional spaces, rather than classrooms. Interior design is a mobile computing program, which means you’ll have unlimited access to software, class lecture notes, PowerPoint presentations, reading lists, assignment outlines, and all other course resources — whether you’re on campus or off. See the Mobile Computing page for details. 

We organize an annual field trip to New York, plus occasional trips to Chicago and other locations. You’ll even have an opportunity to take courses in Italy throughout the Spring/Summer session. 

Above all, you’ll learn by doing. You’ll work with practicing interior design professionals who have extensive industry experience. You’ll also get a hands-on interior design education, graduating with an applied degree and a set of skills that translate directly to the workplace.

Interior design courses are taught at the Trafalgar Road Campus in Oakville, Ontario.



The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) is an independent, non-profit accrediting organization for interior design education programs at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. For more than 35 years, this knowledge-driven organization has been passionately committed to the ongoing enrichment of the interior design profession through identifying, developing and promoting quality standards for the education of entry-level interior designers, and then encouraging, accrediting and supporting educational programs to aspire to those standards. Through a process of program self-evaluation and peer review, accreditation promotes achievement of high academic standards, while making education more responsive to student and societal needs. The Bachelor of Interior Design program curriculum was developed to meet CIDA standards and is currently preparing for an accreditation review.

Bachelor of Interior Design Student Achievement Data                                                                                                                                                                                            

Student Attrition and Retention

92% of the students enrolled in Winter 2014 returned in Fall 2014 to continue their studies in the
  Bachelor of Interior Design program.
96% of the students enrolled in Winter 2013 returned in Fall 2013 to continue their studies in the
  Bachelor of Interior Design program.

Graduation Rates
The class of 2014 graduation rate was 58%. This data will be updated in the summer of 2015.

Job Placement
Official KPI data will be available in the summer of 2015.

Acceptance into Graduate Programs
Official KPI data will be available in the summer of 2015. However, anecdotal evidence suggests 100% of graduates who applied to graduate programs across Canada were accepted since 2014. Our graduating class of 2014 had one student apply while our graduating class of 2015 had four apply; all were accepted.

The successful completion of this program will enable graduates to:

  • Solve design problems using analysis, synthesis and creativity.
  • Analyze the universality of design principles and elements.
  • Produce sophisticated designs with character and quality of space.
  • Integrate the principles of sustainability in creative design concepts.
  • Assess the merits of a freethinking, random idea creative process in creating and delivering an inventive solution.
  • Apply the principles and elements of design, line, rhythm, shape, colour, texture, proportion, etc., in the development of their work.
  • Articulate the characteristics of an aesthetically pleasing built environment.
  • Apply the criteria for method and material selection in design projects.
  • Select appropriate materials and processes to achieve the technical and visual functionality of their designs.
  • Explain the relationship between aesthetic and utilitarian dimensions (form and function) of design solutions.
  • Analyze the complexity of forces – economic, political, sociological and technological – which influence the design of the physical environment.
  • Explain the relationship between human behaviour and the built environment and the implications in preparing design solutions.
  • Assess the implications for interior design presented by key developments in current and emerging materials, media and technologies and in interdisciplinary approaches to contemporary practice in design.
  • Examine the technical issues, which challenge interior design practice.
  • Analyze the role of technology in the built environment through research, analysis and creative development.
  • Employ appropriate conventions of measurement, scale, site measuring, drafting and volumetric manipulation through modeling.
  • Employ new methods, materials, processes and technologies appropriate to interior design and explain their cultural, social and environmental implications.
  • Interpret, develop and communicate ideas in the history, theory and practice of design.
  • Analyze contemporary and historical art, architecture and design issues.
  • Explain and foster the interrelationships between interior design and other art, design and built environment fields.
  • Analyze and confidently employ appropriate business ethics and professional practices of the design industry.
  • Interpret the elements of a successful design practice, from business conception through to profit reporting.
  • Evaluate the significance of “Right to Practice” legislation, and issues of debate such as ethics, potential conflicts, liability and constraints.
  • Articulate and synthesize their knowledge and understanding, attributes and skills in effective ways in the contexts of creative practice, employment, further study, research and self-fulfillment.
  • Design, represent and communicate high quality interior design propositions of varying size, scope and complexity.
  • Source, navigate, select, retrieve, evaluate, manipulate and manage information from a variety of sources, both primary and secondary.
  • Select and employ appropriate visual languages to investigate, analyze, interpret, develop and articulate ideas for two and three-dimensional projects.
  • Analyze information and experiences, formulate independent judgments and articulate reasoned arguments through reflection, review and evaluation.
  • Conduct an academically structured, sustained and well-supported argument around a design issue.
  • Manage open and reflective discussion of one’s work in an open studio environment with audiences, clients, markets, end-users and team members.
  • Employ effective and professional communication skills and techniques to interact, negotiate and undertake collaborative efforts.
  • Anticipate and accommodate change and work within the contexts of ambiguity, uncertainty and unfamiliarity.
  • Set personal goals, monitor, and reflect on achievements, workloads and commitments. Develop and employ a professional standard of time management.
  • Adhere to the laws, codes, regulations, standards and practices that protect the health, safety and welfare of the public.
  • Employ observation and rationalization skills in the development of problem solving criteria.
  • Employ both convergent and divergent thinking in the process of observation, investigation, speculative enquiry, ideation and implementation of design solutions.
  • Employ selectivity in the refinement and critique of potential design solutions.
  • Reflect critically and evaluate whether a particular area falls within their scope of practice and whether they have sufficient depth of knowledge and practical experience to take on the project on their own resources or in collaboration with other consultants.
  • Formulate a cogent theoretical rationale for design and the contribution the individual can bring to it.


Title Credits
Term 1

DESN 14857

Interior Design Studio 1

DESN 17545

Design Theory 1

DESN 18448 

Sustainable Practices 1

DESN 11975    

Design Communications 1: Drafting    


DESN 17900    

Design Communications 1: Drawing 3
ENGL 17889GD

Composition and Rhetoric



Term 2

DESN 20036

Interior Design Studio 2

DESN 15288

Human Factors

DESN 17198

Interior Detailing : Materials and Components

DESN 27900 

Design Communications 2

DESN 18263

Design and Material Culture


Term 3

DESN 36529 

Interior Design Studio 3

DESN 22550  

Interior Detailing 2

DESN 31179

Design Communications 3: CAD

DESN 35288

Design Communications 3: Rendering

DESN 20587

Contemporary Design: Origins and Issues


Breadth Elective


Term 4

DESN 46367 

Interior Design Studio 4

DESN 14310

Building Technology 1: Lighting

DESN 28263

Interior Detailing 3

DESN 44998

Design Communications 4


Breadth Elective


Breadth Elective


Term 5

DESN 34049

Interior Design Studio 5

DESN 34579

Building Technology 2: Mechanical and Safety Systems

DESN 33796

Design Communications 5

DESN 26693

Design Theory 2


Breadth Elective

Breadth Elective 3

Term 6

DESN 30036

Interior Design Studio 6

DESN 30587

Professional Practices 1

DESN 30102 

Sustainable Practices 2

DESN 10408

Case Studies in Design


Breadth Elective


14-week Work Term (May-August)

Term 7

DESN 40082

Interior Design Advanced Studio 1

DESN 47900

Interior Design Thesis: Research and Programming

DESN 47028      

Site Studies

DESN 45288

Professional Practices 2


Breadth Elective


Term 8

DESN 46859

Interior Design Advanced Studio 2 (Thesis 2)

DESN 47370

Design Communications 6

DESN 44579

Interior Detailing 4


Breadth Elective


Note: Courses subject to change.

You will enter the job market with advanced knowledge of AUTOCAD, Revit, Photoshop, Illustrator and other relevant software.  As well, you'll be prepared to write construction specifications and to read and apply the Ontario Building Code (OBC), along with other relevant codes and legislation. You'll also have a 14-week work placement under your belt, completed at the end of your third year at Sheridan.

While many of our graduates will be able to go directly into established architectural or interior design firms, many other career paths beckon, including:

  • Facilities management
  • Real estate development
  • Manufacturing
  • Independent consulting
  • Product representation for suppliers, dealers or manufacturers
  • Government planning

Program Eligibility

Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, including these required courses:

  • One English, Grade 12 (ENG4U) with a minimum 65%


  • One Grade 11* or 12 Mathematics (U or M) with a minimum 60%
  • Four other Grade 12 subjects at the U or M level: *Applicants presenting with the math Grade 11 (U or M) must have 5 other (U) or (M) courses at the Grade 12 level.
  • Minimum 65% overall average


  • Two semesters of postsecondary education including required courses with minimum 65% overall average

Applicant Selection

Eligible applicants are selected on the assessment of their previous academic achievement (the average of their six highest senior-level credits, including required courses) and the results of a portfolio assessment. A portfolio fee is required with submission.

Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for this program will be assessed and advised individually and may be considered for other, related programs.

Graduates of a qualifying 3-year Interior Design advanced diploma program may apply to the 4th year of Sheridan's degree after successful completion of a Bridge program. As Sheridan College no longer offers the Bridge program, interested applicants are directed to Georgian College. For more information, visit

Sheridan has been granted a consent by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to offer this applied degree for a further seven-year term starting May 25, 2009. Sheridan will ensure that all students admitted to the Bachelor of Applied Arts (Interior Design) Program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame. Prospective students are responsible for satisfying themselves that the program and the degree will be appropriate to their needs (e.g. acceptable to potential employers, professional licensing bodies, or other educational institutions).

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