Note: The BCIT Bachelor of Interior Design is Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) Accredited!
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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.
Program delivery mode: in person
- This program will be delivered in person for the coming semester.
- We have put measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see the BCIT COVID-19 page for details on the procedures that have been implemented.
Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.
Students will work on studio projects that include healthcare environments, ageing in place, multi-use designs, and public spaces. Aspects of cultural histories, socioeconomics, 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 is delivered in a standard fall and winter term full-time format, commencing in September each year. The schedule is fixed and students are block registered.
The interior design program leading to the Bachelor of Interior Design is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, www.accredit-id.org, 206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503 USA.
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 Bachelor of Interior Design granted by the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). For more information about NCIDQ Exam eligibility visit: https://www.cidq.org/paths.
BCIT’s Bachelor of Interior Design graduates will be able to apply for jobs at 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 CIDA Accredited Bachelor of Interior Design at BCIT is a Four-year program: It is based on the completion of the Two-year BCIT Diploma in Interior Design, with an additional two years of study to earn the Bachelor Degree.
2020 Graduates (20 students)
95% (19) of the students enrolled in the Bachelor Degree component graduated within the scheduled time frame.
- 85% (17) of the Degree program graduates completed the Bachelor component in two years.
- 10% (2) of the Degree program graduates took part in the Cooperative Education work term where they worked in the industry for one year, extending their completion to three years.
5% (1) of the Degree program graduates completed the Bachelor component in three years.
25% (5) of these 20 graduates completed the Diploma component of the program in two years, and the remaining students took between 3 to 5 years to complete the Diploma program.
2019 Graduates (17 students)
100% (17) of the students enrolled in the Bachelor Degree component graduated within the scheduled time frame.
- 88% (15) of the Degree program graduates completed the Bachelor component in two years.
- 12% (2) of the Degree program graduates took part in the Cooperative Education work term where they worked in the industry for one year, extending their completion to three years.
30% (5) of these 17 graduates completed the Diploma component of the program in two years, and the remaining students took between 3 to 4 years to complete the Diploma program.
2018 Graduates (15 students)
100% (15) of the students enrolled in the Bachelor Degree component graduated within two years.
27% (4) of these 15 graduates completed the Diploma component of the program in two years, and the remaining students took between 3 to 5 years to complete the Diploma program.
Retention Rates (Third Year to Fourth Year)
2019 intake (16 students)
88% (14) of the students who enrolled in the fall of 2019 returned for September 2020 to complete their Fourth Year of study, putting attrition at 12%. Note: due to the COVID-19 Pandemic students did not go out on a Co-operative work term.
2018 Intake (21 students)
95% (20) of the students who enrolled in the fall of 2018 returned for September 2019 to complete their Fourth Year studies or their Co-op year, putting attrition at 5%. Note: Three of these students went on a one-year Cooperative Education work term and returned to complete their final year in September 2020.
2017 Intake (18 students)
100% (18) of the students who enrolled in the fall of 2017 returned in September 2018 to complete their Fourth Year studies or their Co-op year, putting attrition at 0%. Note: Two students went on a one-year Cooperative Education work term and returned in September 2019 to complete their final year.
Accepted into Graduate Programs
|April 2020 Graduates:||None accepted as of November 2, 2020|
|April 2019 Graduates:||One student was accepted for 2020|
|April 2018 Graduates:||One student was accepted for 2018|
|April 2020 Graduates:||53% employed by September 1, 2020|
|April 2019 Graduates:||71% employed by September 1, 2019|
[Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, employment numbers have been reduced as of September 2020]
|April 2018 Graduates:||80% employed by July 1, 2018
[100% employed as of July 1, 2019]
|April 2017 Graduates:||75% employed by July 1, 2017
[100% employed as of July 1, 2018]
Note: results are from the previous graduating years and are subject to industry and occupational trends. The data above includes only the Bachelor of Interior Design graduates.
Data as of November 2, 2020
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 2015-2017 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2014-2016 graduates and for Degree 2013-2015 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.
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