Full-time/Cooperative Education Bachelor of Interior Design 8830bid

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 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.

The Program

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:

Full-time:

  • The schedule is fixed and students are block registered.
  • The full-time format delivers courses in a standard fall and winter term format commencing in September each year.

Part-time:

Program Entry

Application processing

Applications accepted November 1st* to May 15th*

*or next business day

Entrance requirements

Competitive Entry: Two-step process

Preference will be given to applicants with:

  • A BCIT Diploma in Interior Design that are continuing on through full-time studies

Step 1: Meet the following entrance requirements

  • English: two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:
  • Post-Secondary: one of the following options:
  • Option 1: BCIT Interior Design diploma* with:

    • 65% in all INTD and COMM courses
    • 50% in LIBS 7001
    • 9.0 credits of General Education electives [PDF]
    • *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:

    • Completion of a Diploma in Interior Design from another public or private post-secondary institution in Canada with a 65% minimum grade in all Interior Design courses. The credential must be no less than 60 credits in interior design or related coursework that culminates in a diploma or degree.

  • Complete the following form for submission with your online application:

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).

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

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:
  • Currency in computer skills (completed within three years of the program start date) including AutoCAD and Sketch Up. Applicants lacking these requirements will need to take applicable bridging courses:
    • INTD 4320 - Commercial Construction Drawings
    • INTD 3360 - Advanced Digital Illustration for Interior Design
    • INTD 1360 - Digital Illustration for Interior Design
Option 2: Non-BCIT Interior Design diploma or degree with:
  • A meeting with the Program Coordinator or assigned instructor for an assessment. Applicants will need to bring:
    • Official transcript, or ICES report, and course outlines
    • A list of related work experience (if applicable)
    • Portfolio of work
    • Demonstration of currency in computer skills (completed within three years of the program start) including AutoCAD and Sketch Up. Applicants lacking these requirements will need to take applicable bridging courses.

  • Completion of the following courses or equivalents:
    • 50% in LIBS 7001 or equivalent
    • 70% in COMM 1120 or equivalent
    • 65% in COMM 2320 or equivalent
    • 9.0 credits of General Education electives
Both Options 1 and 2:
  • Portfolio submission (see details below)
  • Interior Design project on-site (see details below)

Portfolio Requirements

Number of pieces and content:

  • Portfolio to include a resume and maximum of seven pieces of varied work. Portfolio pieces are to be student projects from former education or industry related work and should demonstrate a cross section of skills. A maximum of two pieces of design related work such as: photography, fashion, art work, sculpture, graphics, painting, etc. could be included in portfolio (any piece which demonstrates a highly-developed design aesthetic)

Presentation of work:

  • Portfolio may not be larger than 11”X17". Work should be reduced to fit this format.
  • Present portfolio in a clear, neat, professional manner. Label each page and include a note for each piece of work submitted explaining why you have included it.
  • Student projects or industry related work must include details of the work completed by the individual. Credit when necessary must be given to team members in a project.

Submission details:

  • Please drop off your portfolio to the Program Assistant’s office in NE1-308 between the hours of 8:30-12:00 or 13:00-15:30, Monday-Friday by May 15th. After you have received a letter of acceptance or non-offer from the Admissions Office, you may pick up your portfolio.

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.

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
Apply Now

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

$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

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 delivery

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.

Program matrix

Level 5 (Fall) Credits
  INTD 5100 Research Methods 3.0
  INTD 5110 Systems and Trade Liaison 3.0
  INTD 5300 Degree Studio A: Healthcare Environments 6.0
  INTD 5310 Interior Construction Detailing 3.0
 
Level 6 (Winter) Credits
  INTD 6300 Degree Studio B: Cultural Exploration 7.0
  INTD 6370 Field Study for Interior Design 3.0

Electives (6.0 credits):

Complete 3.0 credits from the program electives*

Complete 3.0 credits of General Education electives**

 
Level 7 (Fall 2015) Credits
  BUSA 7250 Management Skills and Applications 3.0
  COMM 7520 Proposal Writing for Interior Design 2.0
  INTD 7340 Professional Practice 2.5
  INTD 7350 Capstone Proposal 3.0
  LIBS 7002 Applied Ethics 3.0

Electives (3.0 credits):

Complete 3.0 credits of General Education electives**

 
Level 8 (Winter 2016) Credits
  COMM 8520 Professional Communication Skills for Interior Design 3.0
  INTD 8370 Industry Experience 2.0
  INTD 8500 Capstone Project 9.0
  MKTG 6431 Advanced Internet Marketing 3.0
 
*Program Electives (3.0 credits) Credits
Students are required to achieve an additional 3.0 credits of program electives. Prior approval from the Program Coordinator is required for additional course options at BCIT or other post-secondary institutions.

  BSCI 7200 Acoustic Science and Ecology 3.0
  SUST 7100 Dimensions of Sustainability: An Introduction to Sustainable Urban Development 3.0
 
**General Education Electives (6.0 credits)
Complete 6.0 credits of General Education electives [PDF] in addition to LIBS 7002 and the 9.0 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.

 
Co-op Work Term (Optional) Credits
  INTD 6990 Interior Design Co-operative Education Workterm 32.0
 
Total Credits: 64.5

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

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.

Grading

Students will be required to achieve a passing grade of 65% in each of the Interior Design and COMM courses within the degree program.

Program location

The program will be taught at the main Burnaby campus and some courses will be offered at BCIT’s Downtown campus.

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

Courses may incorporate online and blended components.

Program structure

Courses Credits
Studio and Capstone Project
INTD 5300, 6300, 7300, 8500
22.0
Research
INTD 5100, 7350
6.0
Systems and Components
INTD 5110, 5310
6.0
Field Study
INTD 6370
3.0
Business, Marketing & Communications
BUSA 7250, MKTG 6431, COMM 7520, COMM 8520, INTD 7340 and INTD 8370
15.5
LIBS, Electives & General Education 12.0
Total credits 64.5

Co-operative education

Optional 8 month work experience Co-op option:

  • 32 additional credits
  • Students will graduate with a Co-op option

Graduating & Jobs

Job Opportunities

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.

Student Achievements

Graduate Rates

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.

Retention Rates

  • 100% of students who enrolled in the fall 2013 term returned for the fall of 2014
  • 84% of the students enrolled in the fall of 2014 returned for the fall of 2015, putting attrition at 16%

Accepted into Graduate Programs

  • December 2014 Graduates: No one applied as of May 1, 2015

Job Placement

  • December 2014 Graduates: 86% were employed by May 1, 2015

Please note: results are from previous graduating year(s) and are subject to industry and occupational trends.
Date: August 18, 2015

Professional associations

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

Contact Us

Tiia Manson
Program Coordinator
T: 604-456-8147
E: tiia_manson@bcit.ca

Tatsiana Filipenka
FTS Program Assistant
T: 604-456-1125
E: BCIT_Interior_Design_FTS@bcit.ca

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