The goal of the Bachelor of Interior Design program is to develop graduates who combine research and critical thinking to generate creative solutions that support human behaviour within the interior environment. Students will work on studio projects that include healthcare environments, aging in place, multi-use designs, and public spaces. Aspects of cultural histories, socio- economics, human behaviour, sustainability and global citizenship will be explored and incorporated into their design solutions. Students will expand their knowledge of related fields through discussions with building specialists in electrical, carpentry, plumbing and HVAC trades. The program includes a field study component where students will explore a location of interest for 8 - 10 days as part of the program. In addition, students will take business and communications courses to develop skills in leadership, marketing and professional written and oral communication. Students will also choose several general education electives to complete their Bachelor Degree.
Two additional options are available to students in this program: a co-op and an opportunity to study abroad for a term. These options have a limited number of openings, and interested students will need to go through an application process.
Students must complete the Diploma in Interior Design before starting the Bachelor of Interior Design.
The program can be completed in either of two ways:
Applications accepted November 1st* to May 15th*
*or next business day
Competitive Entry: Two-step process
Preference will be given to applicants with:
Step 1: Meet the following entrance requirements
Option 1: BCIT Interior Design diploma* with:
*Students currently enrolled in the full-time or part-time Interior Design diploma may be conditionally accepted. Applicants must submit proof of registration in all remaining diploma courses, LIBS 7001 and General Education electives to show they are on track to complete by the end of August.
Option 2: Non-BCIT Interior Design diploma or degree with:
Applicants who have completed post-secondary studies outside of Canada, United States, the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand will require a comprehensive evaluation of their credentials by the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES).
Step 2: Department assessment
Applications will be reviewed and assessed by the program area when the entrance requirements are complete. Applicants may be contacted for the following:Option 1: BCIT Interior Design diploma* with:
Number of pieces and content:
Presentation of work:
Interior Design Project
An on-site Interior Design project will be given to all applicants on one day only, this will take place on the second Friday, in May, from 5-9pm. Attendance is mandatory. Students are to meet in NE1-305 at 4:45 pm. Students will need to bring trace, pens, pencils, scale, markers, etc. Please do not bring any textbooks or reference material. Note: The cafeteria will be closed.
Note: Students who are continuing on from BCIT’s full-time diploma will be exempt from submitting a portfolio and Interior Design project. Please contact BCIT_Interior_Design_FTS@bcit.ca for forms required.
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 email@example.com or 604-434-1610.
To apply for Interior Design transfer credit, please contact the Program Assistant.
BCIT only accepts complete applications. In order to apply:
You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.
September each year.
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.
Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.
$3,000 per year (general estimated cost, subject to change)
In addition, all students prior to the 1st term of the Bachelor of Interior Design are required to purchase a laptop computer suitable to run software used in their courses. Costs for such a computer will vary depending on configuration chosen but will likely range from approximately $2000 to $3500. Software purchases will increase this cost. Contact the Program Assistant for specifications on software and hardware requirements.
A mandatory field trip in the spring term of level 6, costing approximately $2500 to $3000, is not included in the cost estimate. A passport or visa may be required for field trips.
Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.
8:30 am - 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
The program will be offered at BCIT’s Burnaby and Downtown Campuses, and will incorporate online and blended components as well as face-to-face delivery.
The face-to-face delivery will give students access to facilities such as design studios and collaborative work spaces for group work. The majority of Interior Design courses will have a face-to-face component to support the practical aspects of project development. As well, field trips will be integrated into the program to expose students to the field of interior design.
|Level 5 (Fall)||Credits|
Through this course students will explore research methods applicable to the field of interior design. Students will review and explore established and emerging research tools, techniques and methodologies relevant to the development of thesis statement(s), design programming and concept development. Students will investigate existing case studies, critically analyzing and interpreting data, and discussing possible applications. Students will explore systems of inquiry through presentations, journal entries, class discussions and written reports. This subject will address quantitative vs. qualitative research methods as well as explore the role of common paradigms and design philosophies. Students will apply ethical practices as it pertains to research. This course will explain the differences between research and information gathering. In developing the students' analytical skills, this course will motivate students to utilize scientific modes of research to develop evidence-based design. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Bachelor of Interior Design
Systems and Trade Liaison
This course will advance students' level of understanding of the various building systems, such as mechanical, electrical, structural and architectural. Concepts will be discussed within the context of the types of contractual agreements that interior designers will need to understand. Students will gain practical knowledge about what needs to be considered when executing construction drawings. Learning methodologies will involve guest lecturers and site review, as well as collaboration with professional consultants and BCIT Trades departments. The student can then apply the knowledge gained in this course to studio projects, construction drawings, as well as in interactions with other consultants and trades in the field. This course will interface with BCIT departments such as: Carpentry, HVAC & Steel Trades, Architectural, Construction Management, Electrical, and Piping. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Bachelor of Interior Design.
Degree Studio A: Healthcare Environments
The Interior Design Studio course is the core of each term of the degree. Students will apply knowledge of design theory and components from the diploma courses and other first term degree courses. The focus of this studio is Healthcare design as it relates to an aging population. Students will start by researching and designing spaces with the idea of “Aging in Place” in a residential environment. They will then explore assisted living and different levels of care in institutional settings. The concepts taught in INTD 5310 Interior Construction Detailing will be integrated into specific studio projects during the term. Students will research, critically analyse and produce creative, sustainable, and functional solutions for their projects. They will be expected to produce design solutions that meet specific criteria. In the course, activities such as collaboration, team work, research, on-line discussions and presentations will take place. Lectures on key components will be delivered by the instructor and/or by guests in their area of specialization. Prerequisite: INTD 5100* and INTD 5110* (*may be taken concurrently). Corequisite: INTD 5310** (**must be taken concerrently).
Interior Construction Detailing
This course will provide students with the skills required to progress from concept to detailed design. This stage is required prior to the preparation of construction drawings, which are used to communicate complex design solutions to consultants and trades. The detail sketching process develops the student's ability to turn design aspirations into practical results, while the student freely explores both idea and application. The focus is on the development of key design details taken from the students' own work, including sections, elevations and plans, in the preliminary presentation stage from INTD 5300 Degree Studio A: Healthcare. Then, through in-class lectures and labs, those preliminary designs will be taken to the next level of freehand-drawn details. This course advances and integrates the students' understanding of components and systems, such as materials, doors, windows, integrated ceiling design, acoustics, floor transitions and built-in millwork. Key concepts will be discussed, including detailing theory, articulation, expression, the relationship between the part and the whole, structural principles and material selection. Prerequisite: INTD 5100* and INTD 5110* (*may be taken concurrently). Corequisite: INTD 5300** (**must be taken concurrently).
|Level 6 (Winter)||Credits|
Degree Studio B: Cultural Exploration
This course will focus on the relationship between culture and the natural and built environment. A study of the local culture in British Columbia will be compared and contrasted with the attitudes and values of other cultures. Topics may include the impact of religion, socio-economic conditions, human behaviour, human psychology, life stages, climate, geography and values of different peoples. The theme of global sustainability, regenerative design and how it is approached within different cultures will be explored through the research and design of the project(s). Open discussions on prevalent attitudes and values of diverse cultures will be used as a means to explore broader ideas and solutions related to the built environment. Students will employ research, debate, analysis and creative innovation to generate solutions for their project(s). Through the study of select cultures, and specific geographic regions, a contextual base will be established in order to implement an appropriate and rational design solution. Previous teachings of theory and concepts of design will be assimilated within the process. Students will apply research methodology to guide design development. Prerequisites: INTD 5100 and INTD 5110 and INTD 5300 and INTD 5310
Field Study for Interior Design
Students will be provided with an opportunity to travel to and explore a location of interest through on-site lectures, seminars and guided visits to a variety of design studios, galleries, museums, and other significant centres. Seminars and discussions will be held with individuals prominent in their fields, such as designers, artists, historians and entrepreneurs. This form of study nurtures global citizenship and may offer opportunities for study, volunteering and possible work experience. Prior to the visit, students will work collaboratively to prepare for an intensive field experience. This will involve research, travel logistics and preparation for pre-reading and study. The on-site study of diverse locales is mandatory for a student's greater comprehension of different civilizations and cultural histories. Students will record their observations of cultural differences including topics such as sustainability, aesthetics, local materials and methods of construction using sketches and detailed notes. Through reflection after the field study has taken place, students will analyze and debate their observations based on first-hand knowledge of the location. This travel experience will influence students' design aesthetics and contribute to more global future design solutions. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Bachelor of Interior Design.
Electives (6.0 credits):
Complete 3.0 credits of program/General Education electives*
Complete 3.0 credits of Liberal Studies electives**
|Level 7 (Fall)||Credits|
Management Skills and Applications
The course provides an overview of the basic skills of a manager and applies these skills through a series of projects and case studies. It examines the evolution of management and the organizational culture and environment. It also teaches the decision-making skills and the skills involved in planning, organizing, leading and controlling, including planning and facilitating change, teamwork, applying motivational techniques and effective communication.
Proposal Writing for Interior Design
Combining online and in-class components, this course assists students in researching, writing, and presenting a formal proposal that forms a base for the Capstone Project (INTD 8500). Students will also focus on building a professional persona through effective business communication. They will learn interviewing skills and apply them in an interview with a chosen advisor(s). They will report on best practices in the proposal process during a seminar with peers. Students will seek approval for the project topic and outline their proposed program in professional communications with their Interior Design and Communication faculty . Students will use research methodologies and compile evidence to support the success of their design solutions. They will summarize their research findings and sources and will also incorporate reflections on their professional practice during the research process. Students will also choose appropriate graphics and visual media to illustrate their proposals in consultation with the Interior Design and Communication faculty. Students will deliver a formal presentation on their design program and concepts, to be developed further in COMM 8520 Professional Communication Skills for Interior Design and INTD 8500 Capstone Project. As a co-requisite with INTD 7350 Capstone Proposal, including shared assignments, this course provides instruction and critique specific to the structure, wording, and format of the various topics. Prerequisite: 65% or better in INTD 5100 and INTD 5110 and INTD 5300 and INTD 5310 and INTD 6300 and INTD 6370. Corequisite: INTD 7350** (**must be taken concurrently).
This course will familiarize students with the required process involved in implementing and managing an interior design project. Students will review the necessary steps from a project management perspective, taking a design project from a conceptual idea to a physical reality. This will include creating a time line for the project and preparing a budget. Students will learn how to use the necessary standard forms to facilitate the management of an interior design project. Students will recognize responsibilities and duties of the various consultants, contractors, sub-contractors, designer and clients. The significance of conducting site visits, generating deficiency reports and undertaking post-occupancy evaluations are some of the topics that will be covered. Prerequisites: INTD 6300
Combining online and in-class components, this course provides students with experience in implementation of findings to produce a comprehensive, well-documented research and design proposal that will become the basis for the capstone project. Students begin with research to develop an innovative thesis statement on a specific topic related to contextual issues of interior design that may include environmental, social, cultural and/or economic concerns. In consultation with faculty and/or a chosen advisor(s), students will consolidate a variety of research methodologies to evaluate the needs of a specific target market and demographic. In doing so, the student will develop parameters for an innovative and feasible design solution aligned with the thesis statement. The course will conclude with a final written, verbal and visual presentation that will be presented to peers, faculty and/or advisor(s) that demonstrates a thorough understanding of their individual research topics. As a co-requisite with COMM 7520 Proposal Writing for Interior Design, including shared assignments, this course provides instruction and critique specific to content, relevance and design development. Prerequisite: INTD 6300 and INTD 6370 and 6 credits General Education/Program Electives. Corequisite: COMM 7520** (**must be taken concurrently).
Fosters abilities and values required for ethical decision making at work. Develops skills in logical analysis, a working knowledge of moral principles and theories, and the ability to diagnose and resolve moral disagreements commonly found at work. Examines and applies moral principles to historically famous cases in manufacturing, human resources, management, engineering, health care, and computing. Prerequisite: BCIT ENGL 1177, or 6 credits BCIT Communication at 1100-level or above, or 3 credits of a university/college first-year social science or humanities course.
Electives (3.0 credits):
Complete 3.0 credits of Liberal Studies electives**
|Level 8 (Winter)||Credits|
Professional Communication Skills for Interior Design
In conjunction with INTD 8500 Capstone Project, and following on from the work produced in COMM 7520 Proposal Writing for Interior Design, in this course students prepare their formal Capstone Project presentation and polish their communication skills for their entry into the workforce as design professionals. The role of nonverbal communication in leadership, client presentations, and during collaboration is explored. Students learn best practices for meetings, including planning, conducting, and recording meeting results. Students also prepare a professional résumé, job application letter, and professional online profile, as well as consider ways of managing and marketing their online personas. They will also focus on effective workplace writing and communication strategies, including short project progress reports, informational interview skills, and formal business emails. Students experiment with current trends in formal presentation methods and software applicable to the design field and discover the best ways to organize and illustrate their Capstone Project presentation, including consulting with media experts. They deliver two presentations: one showcasing their design concept progress and the other showcasing their final Capstone Project to faculty and/or advisor(s) (both graded in conjunction with INTD 8500 instructors). Students will have the opportunity to practice handling questions and objections, and use recordings for feedback and improvement. Prerequisite: COMM 7520. Corequisite: INTD 8500**(**must be taken concurrently).
This course gives students hands-on industry experience with an interior design related firm. Students will observe and participate in regular activities at an industry sponsor's place of business. Students will conduct prior research of their assigned design firm. In preparation for their industry experience, the student will create a portfolio to present to the firm to view. Students will document their findings of the firm’s operations in a comprehensive written report that will be presented orally to a peer group. Prerequisite: INTD 7340 and INTD 7350 and COMM 7520 and BUSA 7250 and General Education Electives (9 credits).
The Capstone Project is the culmination of the degree program, where students independently research and select an existing space for an adaptive re-use and multi-purpose project of social merit. Students will implement their proposal from INTD 7350 Capstone Proposal to produce and communicate a comprehensive design solution. The Capstone Project will integrate students' understanding of design theories and principles, contextual issues, and human factors, including human behaviour and psychology. Students will also develop contract documents based on their preliminary design, necessary for the successful execution of their project. Students will present and defend their completed project to peers, faculty and/or advisor(s). This course is the self-directed design component that will build upon research gathered in the development of students' proposals. The purpose of this course is to integrate knowledge and skills from all previous courses and to assess students' overall ability to execute a design project at a professional level. The course is conducted both in-class and online. Prerequisite: 65% or better in all INTD level 5, 6, 7 courses and successful completion of all other level 5, 6, 7 courses. COMM 8520* (*to be taken concurrently).
Advanced Internet Marketing
This course will give students an in-depth understanding of how internet marketing can be used to build on the success of virtually every business, with special emphasis on the student's chosen profession. A key outcome of this course is to give students digital marketing skills that will help them excel in their careers. Students will research, critique, assess and develop online campaigns to build client relationships, grow revenues and attract new clients. The course will give students the knowledge and confidence to communicate and apply current trends and best practices in the evolving digital marketing landscape. The course covers internet-specific strategy development and campaign planning and tactical execution in many areas including: online professional branding, website design, content creation, search engine optimization, paid search, advertising, social media marketing, mobile marketing, e-mail marketing and online lead generation. A key outcome of the course requires students to apply all concepts learned to develop and manage their own online professional brand in their chosen profession. This final project will be an excellent portfolio piece for students to showcase their digital marketing capabilities, which will be invaluable in the job search process and in industry. Prerequisites: INTD 5100 and INTD 5110 and INTD 5300 and INTD 5310
|*Program/General Education Electives (3.0 credits)||Credits|
|Students are required to achieve an additional 3.0 credits of program/General Education electives. Prior approval from the program head is required for additional course options at BCIT or other post-secondary institutions.|
Acoustic Science and Ecology
This course introduces human aural perception and the notion of acoustic ecology to set a framework for architectural acoustics. The course focus is the fundamentals of building acoustics, acoustical criteria for buildings, evaluation methods and the use of form and materials to meet performance criteria. Topics include: environmental analysis, use of equipment to measure sound, sound propagation, room acoustics, mechanical system noise control, acoustical characteristics of materials, and sound transmission through interior walls and the building envelope. Labs include experiential lessons from the campus environment and empirical measurement of sound. The final studio project applies the course lectures and focuses on embedding acoustical design into a whole building system integrated design process. Prerequisite: BCIT Diploma.
Dimensions of Sustainability: An Introduction to Sustainable Urban Development
This course introduces students to the issues challenging global sustainability and the critical importance of human actions in deciding our paths for the 21stCentury. Students will be given context in sustainability at individual, community and global levels, and be introduced to the foundations of Sustainable Urban Development (SUD). The importance of the roles of the built environment and technology in context with natural ecological systems will be explored. The course will examine current leading frameworks, theories and applications in sustainable community development. Students will be introduced to the metabolisms of sustainable community development: renewable energy, land-use and the built environment, transportation and urban infrastructure, resource management, sustainable health, and industrial ecology. Students will be challenged to reflect on existing and future career paths as a "Sustainability Professional" within their discipline, while incorporating the values of sustainability and global citizenship. This course is open to students who have completed a two year diploma of technology or have approval of the program head.
|Co-op Work Term (Optional)||Credits|
Interior Design Co-operative Education Workterm
Cooperative Education (Co-op) involves enhancing the educational experience by integrating traditional academic studies with relevant work experience. The student is working at the employer's work site for the duration of the Co-op Work Term placement period. The Co-op Work Term is a paid position where the student completes productive tasks that relate directly to the core competencies of the Interior Design program. The Co-op position is approved by the Co-op Coordinator in consultation with the Interior Design Program Head. Students in the program attend workshops to enhance their employability prior to their Co-op placement and compete for job postings during the academic term prior to placement. During the work term, students are monitored by BCIT. Credits for the Co-operative Workplace education component are in addition to the required academic credits in the program. Students will receive a notation on their graduating diploma indicating completion of the Co-op component. Prerequisite: 65% or better in all courses of level 5 and Level 6.
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2 years full-time (after completion of the Diploma in Interior Design).
This program commences in September each year.
Students must complete the Bachelor Degree component of the program within 5 years.
Please note that this program cannot be completed through distance education. The majorities of courses are classroom-based and require attendance at BCIT’s main campus in Burnaby, BC.
Students will be required to achieve a passing grade of 65% in each of the Interior Design and COMM courses within the degree program.
The program will be taught at the main Burnaby campus and some courses may be offered at BCIT’s Downtown campus.
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Courses may incorporate online and blended components.
|Studio and Capstone Project
INTD 5300, 6300, 8500
INTD 5100, 7350
|Systems and Components
INTD 5110, 5310
|Business, Marketing & Communications
BUSA 7250, MKTG 6431, COMM 7520, COMM 8520, INTD 7340 and INTD 8370
|LIBS, Electives & General Education||12.0|
Optional 8 month work experience Co-op option:
BCIT’s Bachelor of Interior Design graduates will be able to apply for jobs in Interior Design and Architectural firms across Canada, the USA and abroad. They will also have a direct path to becoming a professional Registered Interior Designer in Canada and are eligible to write the NCIDQ exam upon completion of the required work experience.
The BCIT Bachelor of Interior Design program is set up for students to complete in four years: it is based on the completion of the two-year Diploma in Interior Design, with an additional two years of study to earn their Bachelor Degree.
December 2014 Graduates: 88% of students enrolled in this additional Bachelor Degree component graduated in two years.
As these graduates were the first graduating class, many of the students were returning BCIT alumni who started the program in part-time studies (and may have taken a break between credentials) and their course of study in the program was not necessarily continuous.
Accepted into Graduate Programs
Please note: results are from previous graduating year(s) and are subject to industry and occupational trends.
Date: August 18, 2015
Students may apply for a student membership with the Interior Designers Institute of BC (IDIBC).
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