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Upon completion of the first two terms of the Diploma in Residential Interiors, students who choose to complete the practicum and exit with an Associate Certificate in Kitchen and Bath Design will have acquired the necessary competencies in kitchen and bath design, based on the NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association) curriculum requirements, and will have the necessary educational requirements to write the NKBA’s AKBD exam to become an Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer.
- Post-secondary education: Certificate in Interior Design Fundamentals with:
- 70% in COMM 1120
- 65% in all INTD courses
This program is available to international applicants. A valid study permit is required prior to starting the program.
Complete the following steps before declaring your program:
- Create your BCIT ID. If you already have a BCIT ID, ensure that your personal profile is complete and current.
- Submit your completed International Flexible Application [PDF] along with proof of your current level of English to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you are in Canada, submit a photo or scan of your current status in Canada document to email@example.com from your myBCIT email account.
BCIT International Student Centre will review your application and contact you with next steps.
Declaring your Flexible Learning (Part-time Studies) program ensures that BCIT is aware of your intent to complete a program as it is currently outlined and provides you the opportunity to apply for transfer credit.
To submit your declaration:
- Answer all questions completely.
- If required, convert transcripts and documents to PDF files.
- Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee.
Upon approval, a program plan letter will be sent to you confirming your program of study. Please allow approximately eight weeks for processing.
Ongoing Part-time Studies intakes: January, April and September
Fast Track option starts in January of each year
Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)
Students may request to have prior work experience or previously taken courses assessed for course exemption. Contact the Interior_Design@bcit.ca for further details on Prior Learning Assessment Recognition.
Costs & Supplies
Flexible Learning (Part-time Studies) tuition is charged on a course-by-course basis. Please see the Flexible Learning Tuition & Fees pages for more information:
Books & supplies
Students are required to bring their own laptops to class.
Evenings and Weekends
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|1. Required Courses:||Credits|
Residential Studio - Bath and Private Spaces
This studio course focuses on the advanced development of residential bathrooms and private spaces through lectures, research and field trips as well as individual and/or group assignments. Students will explore the historical evolution of bathrooms, dressing rooms, custom closets, exercise areas and home spas. Building on the design process established in previous residential studio courses, students will conceptualize, analyse and plan functional design solutions based on a detailed client needs survey, design and construction standards and sustainable design criteria. Students will implement the principles of universal and barrier-free design. Connections with local plumbing fixture suppliers will be established through guest lectures and/or field trips. Students will create working drawings and specifications, and will present their design solutions through formal presentations.
Residential Materials and Environmental Factors
The course will examine the physical and psychological needs of people as they interact with their environment. Study will include physical comfort as well as indoor environmental controls as they relate to residential design. A continuation of topics introduced at the Certificate level, this course will provide an advanced understanding of materials typically utilized in residential interior design, particularly those used in the kitchen and bath. Emphasis will be placed on appropriate and sustainable material choices, indoor air quality, and Life Cycle Analysis. Materials will be researched, explored and analysed in terms of their suitability for design, installation and construction, maintenance and creating a healthy living environment. Students will be introduced to components of Passive Home and net zero construction in collaboration with the BCIT Zero Energy Buildings Learning Centre.
Residential Construction and Building Systems
This course provides students with the fundamental understanding of wood frame and steel stud construction as it applies to residential projects, and how interior design components interface with the building structure in new and existing residential buildings. Topics include foundations, flooring, interior & exterior wall systems, roofing, plumbing, mechanical and electrical systems, hazardous materials, topics surrounding energy efficiency, windows and doors, base building materials, cabinetry and accessories. Students will further explore best practices in designing a sustainable dwelling. Students will explore the roles of members of the design and building team, and learn standard building terms and processes in order to communicate effectively as a team member.
Residential Building Codes & Accessibility
Students will study the current edition of the BC Building Access Handbook and BC Building Code Part 9 - Housing & Small Buildings, to apply a working knowledge of compliance, codes objectives, definitions and appendices as they relate to the residential built environment. Students will locate and interpret the applicable codes to make appropriate design decisions required for topics such as fire protection, occupant safety and accessibility for both new and existing residential applications. Students will explore code requirements and CSA standards relating to kitchens, baths, and adaptable housing, and identify code requirements for passive homes in BC.
Residential Studio - Kitchens
This studio course focuses on the design and planning of residential kitchens and adjacent spaces through lectures, research and field trips as well as individual and group assignments. Students will begin by exploring the historical evolution of the kitchen in order to better understand how and why design and technology has changed. Building on the design process established in prior studio courses, students will conceptualize, analyse and plan workable design solutions based both on a detailed client needs survey and design industry standards. Students will implement the principles of universal and barrier free design while adhering to BC Building Codes. The latest design and technological trends for residential kitchens will be explored in order to produce a set of comprehensive design and construction drawings that incorporate state-of-the-art appliance, cabinetry, lighting and finish specifications. Students will be introduced to local kitchen suppliers on field trips to gain an understanding of design and specification possibilities. Students will create a professional set of working drawings and specifications, and will present their design solutions through formal presentations.
Residential Millwork and Cabinetry
The focus of the course will be on designing and detailing freestanding and built-in furniture, cabinetry and trim, with an emphasis on residential spaces. Students will examine the various methods, techniques and materials involved in the construction; various types of cabinet and component systems will be discussed, with an emphasis on identifying the appropriate substrate and finish specifications to achieve desired results in terms of aesthetics, performance and budget. Students will analyze and specify various functional and decorative hardware options. This course will introduce students to kitchen and bathroom cabinet nomenclature as well as AWMAC certification standards and specification methods. Students will learn how to design and specify various ready-made and custom trim options, and produce drawings that can be read and interpreted effectively by both cabinet suppliers and finish carpenters. Course material is enhanced with hands-on experience in millworking through JOIN 4350.
Advanced Residential Lighting
This course encourages students to produce creative, detailed lighting design solutions for residential spaces. Emphasis will be on concepts for lighting, practical applications, specifications and methods to enhance the experience of interior environments. Students will create reflected ceiling plans that incorporates advanced lighting solutions and ceiling details. Photometry will be examined and applied to interior spaces for evaluation, discussion and implementation.
Revit for Residential Interiors
This course covers the basics of Autodesk Revit for Windows as used in the Interior Design industry, from design through construction documentation. Students will be introduced to the tools and concepts of working with a fully parametric building model and will complete a small residential project. Delivery of the course will concentrate on real world approaches and methodology rather than step by step procedures.
|General Education Electives (3.0 credits):
Complete 3.0 credits of General Education Electives**
|2. Summer Term Practicum:||Credits|
Students who have completed Terms 1 and 2 of the Associate Certificate will be placed for either one 160 hour or two 80 hour placements with a kitchen/bath cabinetry company or residential materials/fixture supplier. Students who have completed Term 3 of the Diploma in Residential interiors may be placed with the aforementioned and/or a residential design firm. Students will perform work-related tasks at the industry sponsor’s place of business during office hours. Students will prepare a portfolio and resume to present to the practicum placement sponsor – students may be interviewed by the sponsor prior to being placed. The first day of class students will be exposed to a variety of design portfolio layouts and formats intended to best market their design work. Students will be encouraged to prepare their own portfolio and marketing materials for the second day of the course, when they will receive a one-on-one personal critique of their work. Students will be required to submit weekly assignments and present their experience to peers during the final week of class.
|**General Education Electives (GEE)||Credits|
|Students who have completed GEEs at the post secondary level within the past seven (7) years may be able to transfer in credits. For more information, contact Program Advising. This GEE must be related to interior design practice – examples of suitable courses offered at BCIT are:|
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Students who take the Fast-track schedule can complete the program in 9 months (3 terms).
65% in all courses to continue
Blended: This program is delivered partly on campus and partly online.
The credential is offered through flexible learning (part-time studies), allowing students flexibility in the number of courses they take in any given term.
A fast-track schedule has been set up for those students who want to complete the Associate Certificate in 9 months or the Diploma in 15 months (this fast-track program is only offered for students starting the program in January).
Students are responsible for checking the prerequisites for each course before registering. To maximize the program’s flexibility, courses are offered during the day, evenings and on weekends, in the fall, winter and spring/summer terms.
If you do not wish to follow the "Fast-Track" layout below and need help with a modified schedule, please contact the Program Assistant.
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Upon successful completion of all program requirements, complete an Application for BCIT Credential [PDF] and submit to Student Information and Enrolment Services.
Allow approximately six to eight weeks for processing.
All financial obligations to the Institute must be met prior to issuance of any credential.
Students wanting to complete both the Associate Certificate and Diploma should declare both programs. Upon successful completion of the program requirements, an application for BCIT Credential must be submitted.
Note: The Associate Certificate credential will only be granted if the application for BCIT Credential is completed prior to or in conjunction with the Diploma application for BCIT Credential. BCIT will not grant the diploma level credential and then retroactively grant the Associate Certificate.
National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA)
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