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Build a career in the growing interior design profession.
Practical hands-on training
- 2D and 3D computer software, including AUTOCAD, SketchUp, Revit and other design software.
- Project management skills.
- Sustainability and socially responsible practices.
- 4-month co-op semester.
- Building systems and construction knowledge.
A professional learning environment
At Sheridan, we've applied interior design principles to our own learning environments. Our studios are 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.
Annual field trips
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.
ARIDO-recognized and CIDA-accredited program
Sheridan's innovative Honours Bachelor of Interior Design program has always kept pace with rising professional standards in the interior design industry. Our program is recognized by the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO), and accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).
Outstanding career preparation
Sheridan's Honours 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.
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.
You'll 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.
Student achievement data
The interior design program leading to the Sheridan Honours Bachelor of Interior Design degree is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, 206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503.
The CIDA-accredited program prepares students for entry-level interior design practice, for advanced study, and to apply for membership in professional interior design organizations. The Honours Bachelor of Interior Design degree granted by Sheridan College meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). Learn more about NCIDQ Exam eligibility.
Sheridan provides the following student achievement data in accordance with our CIDA accreditation:
- It typically takes a full-time student taking approximately 18 credits per semester four years (8 semesters) to complete the degree program.
Student attrition and retention
- 97% of the students enrolled in Winter 2018 (Years 1, 2 and 3) returned in Fall 2018 to continue their studies in the Bachelor of Interior Design program, putting attrition at 3%.
- 95% of the students enrolled in Winter 2017 (Years 1, 2 and 3) returned in Fall 2017 to continue their studies in the Bachelor of Interior Design program, putting attrition at 5%.
- 97% of the students enrolled in Winter 2016 (Years 1, 2 and 3) returned in Fall 2016 to continue their studies in the Bachelor of Interior Design program, putting attrition at 3%.
- Of the students graduating in 2017, 70% graduated in 4 years.
- Of the students graduating in 2016, 64% graduated in 4 years.
Job placement rates
- 71% of the class of 2017 (those surveyed) were able to find employment after graduation in interior design or a related field, as reported in the 2018 KPI Graduate Employment survey.
- 88% of the class of 2016 (those surveyed) were able to find employment after graduation in interior design or a related field, as reported in the 2017 KPI Graduate Employment survey.
Acceptance into graduate programs
- 2 out of 33 students who graduated in 2017 (those surveyed) applied for graduate school, and both were accepted, as reported in the 2018 KPI survey.
- 3 out of 30 students who graduated in 2016 (those surveyed) applied for graduate school, and all were accepted, as reported in the 2017 KPI survey.
Data source: The above information was collected using institutional records and annual Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Key Performance Indicator (KPI) surveys.
Creative, innovative learning is at the core of all Sheridan’s courses. Here are the courses you’ll take in this program.
CODE TITLE CREDITS DESN 14857 Interiors 1 3 DESN 17545 Design Theory 1 3 DESN 18448 Sustainable Practices 1 3 DESN 11975 Manual Drafting 3 DESN 17900 Drawing 3 ENGL 17889GD Composition and Rhetoric 3 Total: 18
CODE TITLE CREDITS DESN 20036 Interiors 2: Residential 3 DESN 15288 Universal Design Practices 3 DESN 17198 Detailing 1 3 DESN 27900 Digital Communications 1 3 DESN 10102 Colour & Materials 3 DESN 18263 Design and Material Culture 3 Total: 18
CODE TITLE CREDITS DESN 36529 Interiors 3: Retail 3 DESN 23314 Codes & Specifications 3 DESN 22550 Detailing 2 3 DESN 31179 Digital Communications 3 DESN 20587 Contemporary History: Origins and Issues 3 Breadth Elective 3 Total: 18
CODE TITLE CREDITS DESN 46367 Interiors 4: Corporate 3 DESN 14310 Lighting 3 DESN 28263 Detailing 3 3 DESN 29599 Building Systems 3 DESN 24717 Interdisciplinary Program Elective 3 Breadth Elective 3 Total: 18
CODE TITLE CREDITS DESN 34049 Interiors 5: Hospitality 3 DESN 26693 Design Theory 2 3 DESN 30102 Sustainable Practices 2 3 DESN 30587 Professional Practices 1 3 Breadth Elective 3 Breadth Elective 3 Total: 18
CODE TITLE CREDITS DESN 30036 Interiors 6: Health Care 3 DESN 33431 Design Research 1 3 DESN 34857 Detailing 4 3 DESN 33796 Digital Communications 3 3 Breadth Elective 3 Breadth Elective 3 Total: 18 14-week Work Term (May-August)
CODE TITLE CREDITS DESN 40082 Advanced Studio 1 9 DESN 47900 Design Research 2 3 DESN 45288 Professional Practices 2 3
Breadth Elective 3 Breadth Elective 3 Total: 21
CODE TITLE CREDITS DESN 46859 Advanced Studio 2 9 DESN 44579 Interior Detailing 5 3 Breadth Elective 3 Total: 15
Courses subject to change.
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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
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.
Sheridan has been granted a consent by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to offer this degree for a further seven-year term starting July 28, 2017 and subject to renewal thereafter. Application to the Ministry for renewal of the consent is a prescribed and cyclical requirement for degree programs at all Ontario Colleges. Sheridan will ensure that all students admitted to the Honours Bachelor of Interior Design program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame. Credentials earned during the period of consent remain valid, even if Ministry consent to offer the program is withdrawn in the future. 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).
English Language ProficiencyAll applicants whose first language is not English must meet Sheridan’s English proficiency requirements.
While many of our graduates will be able to go directly into established architectural or interior design firms, many other career paths beckon.
Sample Employment Areas
- Facilities management
- Independent consulting
- LEED certified consulting
- Product manufacturing and sales
- Real estate development
- Incorporate a global perspective when making design decisions, based on sustainable, socio-economic and cultural contexts.
- Apply theories of human behaviour to human-centred design solutions.
- Apply the design process to generate creative solutions to complex problems optimizing the human experience within the interior environment.
- Collaborate in multi-disciplinary teams respecting a variety of points of view and perspectives that enrich the process and product of the team.
- Communicate complex ideas clearly to specialists and non-specialists through appropriate oral, written and representational media.
- Exemplify accepted standards of professionalism and business practice including a commitment to engage in lifelong learning.
- Analyze interiors, architecture, the decorative arts, and art within a historical and cultural context to inform contemporary design solutions.
- Synthesize theories and concepts of spatial definition and organization into multi-dimensional design solutions.
- Apply theory, psychology and methodology of colour to designs of the interior environment.
- Specify furniture, fixtures, equipment and finish materials to meet the design criteria for a variety of interior spaces.
- Apply principles of lighting, acoustics, thermal comfort, and indoor air quality as required to enhance the health, safety, welfare, and performance of building occupants.
- Produce construction drawings and documents using industry standards for a variety of interior spaces.
- Comply with laws, codes, and standards that impact fire safety and life safety.
- Employ environment-behaviour research methodologies to address open-ended problems in interior design.
This program contains a mandatory internship for all students during the summer (May–August) between the 3rd and 4th year.
Internships are a form of work-integrated learning that links classroom learning with work experience within a professional environment. Internship work terms are related to the academic studies of the student and may be paid or unpaid. The work terms provide an opportunity to learn by doing. You'll apply theory to practice, develop a meaningful view of the working world, and cultivate an awareness of yourself as a professional.
Students receive in-class and 1-on-1 career education support to help prepare for the Internship. The Internship component is delivered by Sheridan's Co-operative Education Office, which facilitates over 1,800 Co-op/Internship work terms per year Sheridan-wide.
Learn more about Co-operative Education and Internships at Sheridan.
Fees shown here are estimates only. Fees are in Canadian dollars and include tuition, health insurance and ancillary charges.
The fees shown here are for the 2020–2021 academic year, and are subject to change. The fees displayed are for the first two (2) academic terms of study at Sheridan unless otherwise noted; fees for subsequent terms are not reflected on this website.
Fees for this program are paid to the University of Toronto Mississauga.
Fees for this program are paid to Brock University.
Fees for Canadian students$9,480.02
Fees for International students$22,129.02
Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship
Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.
Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship
Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $1,500 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.
Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship
Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $2,500 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.
Honours Baccalaureate Degree
Full-time 4 years Program code: PBAID
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