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BCIT’s Diploma in Residential Interiors builds on the Certificate in Interior Design Fundamentals and provides the opportunity for students to further their education in the residential field.
Upon completion of the first two terms of the Diploma in Residential Interiors, students who choose to complete the practicum will exit with an Associate Certificate in Kitchen and Bath Design.
Students that complete the courses in the third and fourth terms of the program and graduate with a Diploma in Residential Interiors will have the skills and credential needed to work beyond the kitchen and bath industries in the broader residential interiors field.
Note: The entrance requirements for this program are under review. Students may continue to declare their program up until March 2023. Effective April 2023, students will be required to meet the new entrance requirements for admission into the program. For more information, contact Interior_Design@bcit.ca.
Students enrolled in this program must complete the mandatory work component to qualify for graduation. A co-op work permit is required prior to starting the work component.
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 Flexible Learning (Part-time Studies) intakes: January, April and September. Each INTR course is currently offered once per year in the evenings and Saturdays. Detailed information about which courses are offered in which term can be found in the program matrix.
Fast-track option: January each year. Reserved seats may be available for students wishing to commit to the four-term Diploma track. In order to be considered for reserved seats, students must have completed or be in their last term of the Interior Design Fundamentals Certificate program. Please contact the Program Head, Lori Burns to confirm availability. The remaining seats in each course will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students are encouraged to register as soon as registration opens, as seats can fill quickly.
Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)
Students may request to have prior work experience or previously taken courses assessed for course exemption. Students with current industry experience may also be eligible to register for courses on an individual basis. Contact the Program Assistant for further details on Prior Learning Assessment Recognition.
Flexible Learning (Part-time Studies) tuition is charged on a course-by-course basis. Please see the Flexible Learning (Part-time Studies) Tuition & Fees pages for more information:
Books & supplies
Students are required to have their own laptops for class. Many of the courses require National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) learning material. The NKBA offers student memberships that provide access to the online versions of required textbooks at a reasonable cost. Visit the NKBA website for more information.
Courses are offered in the evenings and on weekends.
Each INTR course is currently offered once per year in the evenings and Saturdays during the term as noted in the program matrix below. Reserved seats may be available for students wishing to commit to the four-term Diploma track. In order to be considered for reserved seats, students must have completed or be in their last term of the Interior Design Fundamentals Certificate program. Please contact the Program Head, Lori Burns to confirm availability. The remaining seats in each course will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students are encouraged to register as soon as registration opens, as seats can fill quickly.
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|Term 1 (Winter)||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.
|General Education Electives (3.0 credits):
Complete 3.0 credits of General Education Electives**
|Term 2 (Spring)||Credits|
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.
|Term 3 (Fall)||Credits|
Residential Studio - Social Spaces
This course builds on previous studio courses to provide students the opportunity to design residential interior spaces beyond the kitchen and bath. Students will explore social areas such as entries, staircases, dens/offices, living rooms, family rooms, bars, media, games rooms and outdoor living spaces. This course has an emphasis on volume development - students will explore, design and detail advanced ceiling configurations, staircase tread and handrail options as well as incorporate level changes into a residential space. Project considerations related to design and construction for various types of fireplaces will be explored. Students will develop a detailed client program to apply innovative and critical thinking to respond to human factors, functional and aesthetic considerations. Students will also gain practice and critique in furniture, window coverings and lighting fixture selection in addition to staging with art and accessories. Students will create working drawings and specifications aligning with industry documentation standards, and will present their design solutions through formal presentations.
COMM 2320 is an applied course building on the skills learned in COMM 1120. The course will enable you to develop the persuasive writing and the presentation skills you will need to succeed in your program and at work.
Residential Business and Project Management
This course will take the student through the business aspects of a typical residential project. Students will discuss how to establish a client’s program, create broad budgets,, communicate design intent, establish project schedules, prepare appropriate documentation,conduct site reviews and fulfill contract administration on behalf of the client. The course will examine topics pertaining to private practice ownership, basic record keeping, and communication strategies with employers, suppliers, contractors and other consultants.Students will be introduced to conflict resolution techniques, customer service principles and standards for ethical conduct. Students will explore situations in the workplace from an employee vs employer perspective, how to prepare for interviews, what constitutes a raise in salary and proper conduct in the studio and beyond. Students will be introduced to industry organizations such as the NKBA and IDC.
Joinery Fundamentals for Interior Design
This course will focus on the relationship between Cabinetmaking (Millwork) and Design. Students will have the opportunity to interact with professional cabinetmakers. Students will work in BCIT's millwork shop to gain hands-on experience.
Introduction to Western Visual Culture: European Renaissance to the Present
Students are introduced to key visual images, sculptures, and buildings in the Western cultural tradition: their features, materials, interrelationships, and social, religious, economic, and political contexts. After brief grounding in the visual culture of the ancient world and Middle Ages, the course focuses on painting, architecture / built environment, sculpture, photography and other products of visual culture in Europe and the Americas from the 1400s CE to the present. The Renaissance, Mannerism, the Baroque, Neoclassicism, Realism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Modernism and Post-Modernism are addressed. Influences on Western art from China, Japan, India, and Africa are also briefly considered. Through studying how visual culture has been defined, classified, ranked, and analyzed in Western culture – an approach established in Renaissance Europe – course participants will be equipped to contextualize the built environment, and past and curr
|Term 4 (Winter)||Credits|
Advanced Digital Illustration for Interior Design
Students will acquire advanced skills in digital illustration using SketchUp and rendering software through the application of advanced techniques in lighting, 3-D modeling and texturing to create photo-realistic images of interiors. Students will exhibit their proficiency of a professional presentation using an interior design project.
Residential Directed Studies 2
Students will apply the knowledge, concepts, skills and techniques learned in all previous courses to generate a creative and comprehensive solution to a multi-level new construction residential design project that supports human behaviour within the residential interior environment. Students will conduct research and gather information on a specific client profile that relates to needs that may include age, medical and/or physical limitations, social and/or cultural conditions. Final projects should demonstrate a clear concept and design process, a thorough understanding of design elements and principles, and the ability to provide innovative and practical design solutions that address client requirements. Students will be expected to articulate a project effectively both orally and visually, and integrate current and appropriate technologies into the design of a residential environment. Students will receive guidance from the instructor and/or guest critiques; however, it is a self-directed course where students are expected to arrive at their own design solution that addresses functionality, sustainability, design aesthetics, accessibility and environmental considerations while demonstrating code compliance throughout. Students will also be required to submit a working drawing and specification package.
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.
|*Note: Students completing this practicum with the Associate Certificate in Kitchen and Bath Design first will complete the practicum between terms 2 and 3. Students continuing on to the diploma will complete the practicum at the end of all course work in term 4.|
|**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. Contact Program Advising for more information. This GEE must be related to interior design practice – examples of suitable courses offered at BCIT are:|
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Technology, Invention and Power
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Philosophy of Science: Understanding Scientific Reasoning
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Sustainable Business Ethics
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Program lengthWith a fast-track schedule, students can complete the program in 15 months (four terms), with the summer term off.
65% in each course to proceed.
In person: This program is delivered on campus.
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).
Reserved seats may be available for students wishing to commit to the four-term Diploma track. Please contact the Program Head, Lori Burns to confirm availability. The remaining seats in each course will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students are responsible for checking the prerequisites for each course before registering. Please note that INTR courses are currently offered once per year in the terms outlined in the program matrix.
If you do not wish to follow the Fast-track option 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.
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Note: 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.
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