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Imagine Your Career in Interior Design

Note: The September 2016 intake is now closed for new applications. Applications for re-admission may be submitted. Applications for the September 2017 intake will be accepted starting November 1, 2016.

The Program

The Diploma in Interior Design is designed for students seeking a career in residential and commercial interior design fields.

The Diploma focuses on commercial design including hospitality, offices and retail environments. Students will study advanced design theory, commercial space planning, sustainability practices, codes and barrier-free compliance, lighting, design history, advanced 2D & 3D visual communication, critical reading and writing, construction drawings, millwork and furniture design. Students will gain hands-on experience in the Joinery shop to expand their understanding of millwork details and assembly. Students will achieve both a strong academic and technical foundation on completion of this program. Students learn from industry-based faculty and develop extensive practical skills for rewarding careers.

All students intending to continue to the Bachelor of Interior Design must first complete the Diploma in Interior Design.

On completion of the Certificate in Interior Design plus 6.0 credits General Education electives, students who meet the entry requirements may advance to the Diploma program, which is offered in both a full-time and part-time format.

The Diploma program in the full-time format is delivered in a nine month period.

Upon completion of the Diploma program, students who are eligible may continue to the Bachelor of Interior Design program.

Program Entry

Application processing

Applications accepted November 1st* to April 29th*

*or next business day

Entrance requirements

Competitive Entry: Two-step process

Preference will be given to applicants with a combination of:

  • Academic grades above the minimum
  • Outstanding portfolio content
  • Highly developed skills in space analysis and problem solving

Step 1: Meet the following entrance requirements

Step 2: Department assessment

All applications will be reviewed by the program area. Applicants are required to submit the following:

  • Portfolio to include seven (7) pieces of work which demonstrates a variety of skills and current resume.
    • No more than three (3) pieces should be from BCIT interior design course work.. Other pieces may include, but are not limited to photography, fashion design, painting, drawing, sculpture, real- life design projects, graphic design, or any piece which demonstrates a well-developed design aesthetic.

    • Students who wish to use an assignment which includes many pieces, should show only the best pieces of that assignment, format them appropriately, and count the entire ensemble as one piece (e.g. three (3) pages of work from one studio project counts as one piece of work).

    • Portfolio size is 12" x 18". Work should be reduced to fit this format.

    • Do not submit originals. It is recommended that you take photographs or scans of your work. BCIT is not responsible for lost work.

    • Presentation should be clear, neat, and professional. Label each page and provide a brief description for each item of work presented. This description should also explain the significance of each submitted piece.

    • Portfolio to be submitted to the Program Assistant's office at the Burnaby Campus (NE1-308) between the hours of 8:30-12:00 or 13:00-15:30, Monday-Friday by April 15th. No later than 3:30pm.

  • A charrette, a small design project, will be given to all applicants the first Sunday in May from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Attendance is mandatory. Students are to meet at NE1-305 at 8:45am. Students are to bring a roll of 18" trace paper, drafting pencil, sharpener, tape, imperial scale, triangle (s), highlighters and black felt pens (different line thickness). Students should bring their own lunch as the cafeteria is not open.

Transfer Credit

If you completed General Education electives at another public post-secondary institution, you may be eligible for transfer credit. For more information, contact Program Advising at program_advising@bcit.ca or 604-434-1610.

To apply for Interior Design transfer credit, please contact the Program Assistant.

Apply to program

Note: The September 2016 intake is now closed for new applications. Applications for re-admission may be submitted. Applications for the September 2017 intake will be accepted starting November 1, 2016.

BCIT only accepts complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
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You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

September each year.

myCommunication

Within 2 business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal e-mail and your myBCIT e-mail address. All correspondence about your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an email when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these emails, or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within 4 weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

$2,500 (general estimated cost, subject to change)

A laptop computer, with sufficient memory to run programs such as AutoCAD, Sketch Up and Photoshop, is required, but is not included in the above cost estimate.

A non-compulsory 3-5 day field trip in the spring term, costing approximately $1000, is not included in the cost estimate. A passport or visa may be required for field trips.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

Class hours

8:30 am - 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

Program matrix

Level 3 (15 weeks) Credits
  COMM 2320 Communication 2 3.0
  INTD 3100 Design Theory 2 3.0
  INTD 3110 Graphic Presentation 2 3.0
  INTD 3230 Advanced Lighting for Interior Design 4.0
  INTD 3300 Commercial Design Studio A 6.0
  INTD 3310 Materials and Environmental Factors 5.0
  INTD 4320 Commercial Construction Drawings 3.0
Complete 3.0 credits of General Education electives*
 
Level 4 (20 weeks) Credits
  INTD 3360 Advanced Digital Illustration for Interior Design 3.0
  INTD 3370 Design History 2 3.0
  INTD 4300 Commercial Design Studio B 6.0
  INTD 4310 Interior Construction and Renovation 3.0
  INTD 4350 Millwork Drawing and Furniture Design 4.0
  INTD 4360 Building Codes and Barrier Free for Interior Design 3.0
  INTD 4550 Commercial Directed Studies Project 1.5
  JOIN 4350 Joinery Fundamentals for Interior Design 3.5
  LIBS 7001 Critical Reading and Writing 3.0
Note: course duration will vary from 5 to 15 weeks in the winter term.

Please refer to the Course Descriptions for information on specific course pre-requisites.
 
*General Education Electives (3.0 credits)
Complete 3.0 credits of of General Education electives [PDF] in addition to LIBS 7001 and the 6.0 credits of General Education required for the entrance requirements.

If you completed General Education electives at another public post-secondary institution, you may be eligible for transfer credit. For more information, contact Program Advising at program_advising@bcit.ca or 604-434-1610.

 
Total Credits: 60.0

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program length

Nine months, full-time, beginning in September, after completion of the Interior Design certificate and 6.0 credits of General Education electives.

Grading

65% passing grade is required for all Interior Design diploma courses.Please refer to the Course Descriptions for information on specific course pre-requisites.

All students continuing on to the Bachelor of Interior Design program must have 65% minimum in all INTD and COMM courses and 70% in JOIN 4350.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Graduating & Jobs

Job Opportunities

Graduates may work in the field of residential and commercial design with interior or architectural design firms. Students who would like to become a Registered Interior Designer are required to complete their studies culminating in a Bachelor of Interior Design program.

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2013-2015 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2012-2014 graduates and for Degree 2010-2012 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

To view these results, you may need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

Professional associations

Students may apply for a student membership with the Interior Designers Institute of BC (IDIBC).

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