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INTD 5300 - Degree Studio A: Healthcare Environments

Interior Design Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

Course Details

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.


INTD 5100* and INTD 5110* (*may be taken concurrently). Corequisite: INTD 5310** (**must be taken concurrently).



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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Research specific components as they apply to an aging population, such as colour, texture, fabrics, way-finding and lighting.
  • Integrate their research findings into comprehensive design solutions.
  • Incorporate ergonomic and anthropometric principles into design solutions.
  • Design a residence for a specific client with the intention of facilitating aging in place.
  • Discuss the socio-economic differences in different levels of care.
  • Discuss the different design approaches currently in use in caring for the aging population worldwide.
  • Design both personal and common spaces of care facilities.
  • Justify material and product selections that improve indoor air quality, are durable and easy to maintain, and are from renewable resources.
  • Incorporate principles of health, welfare, and life safety, including issues such as accessibility, and universal and barrier-free design.
  • Critically analyse and substantiate their design solutions.
  • Create concept drawings for design solutions.
  • Use an interdisciplinary design approach.
  • Record the design process for the development of design solutions.
  • Create CAD construction drawings and specifications using current industry standard software.

Effective as of Fall 2015

Related Programs

INTD 5300 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Interior Design
    Full-time/Cooperative Education   Bachelor of Interior Design


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