Interior Design is a multifaceted profession. An accredited Interior Design education allows degreed professionals to create an environment that promotes well-being, is safe and functional, as well as aesthetically pleasing. In your role as an interior designer, you will analyze, plan, document, and manage design projects from conception to construction (beginning to end), while complying with codes and regulations. Research on human behavior, ergonomics, anthropometrics, acoustics, wayfinding (and more) are part of even a small interior design project. Designers create designs for various market sectors that effectively interpret the relationship of the human response to the built environment while applying the principles and psychology of design theory and colour methodology. Designers articulate the challenges of the changing design world and its connection to culture, history, and empathy for an interior environment.
In Yorkville’s CIDA-Accredited (see below) program, designers develop and apply a systematic design process to creatively solve challenging design problems by employing convergent and divergent thinking in observation, investigation, and speculative inquiry, ideation, and implementation of design solutions. Designers learn to engage in quantitative and qualitative research methodologies to underpin design ideas. Once the research is complete, then you will apply this information to begin space planning. During this phase, codes, furnishings, fixtures, and equipment are essential to ensure the end design’s functionality. Designers will apply relevant building codes, laws, regulations, sustainability, and universality to human welfare and safety when designing interior spaces.
Creativity and sustainability will be evident through interior finishes and fabrics, and coordination with electrical and mechanical trades is also required. Designers will demonstrate knowledge of building systems, material selection and interior detailing concerning interior design and interior construction, utilizing current industry tools, mechanical, digital, and manual methods to express design ideas.
Technical documentation of the project is critical to convey to the contractors the specific design details and intent. Project management and construction administration see the project through to occupancy and ensure a satisfied client.
Studying interior design will provide you with the necessary competencies and skills to work anywhere in the world. Top organizations globally demand the profession, and Yorkville University is your pathway to this dynamic career. Learn to employ practical and professional communication skills and techniques to interact and negotiate in collaborative environments, including client presentations. Learn to critically reflect and evaluate personal knowledge and practical experience to collaborate effectively with others. Model sound business practices related to project management and professional, ethical conduct. Throughout the degree, you will develop a professional portfolio and branding as a design professional.
The Interior Design program at Yorkville University offers unique course in Restoration, moving spaces, Social Justice in the Built Environment, and Exam Preparation. This latter course, prepares students to sit for the first NCIDQ exam (National Council of Interior Design Qualification) which is IDFX. This is the first step towards becoming a certified interior designer.
The rigorous Bachelor of Interior Design program at Yorkville University is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) and recognized by the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) and Interior Designers of Canada (IDC).
Bachelor of Interior Design at Yorkville University students have won some of the industry awards and competitions from different industry organization like the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) and Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO). Our graduates have been hired by established design firms; some owned their own business.
Our graduates also meet the necessary educational requirements to take the CIDQ (Council for Interior Design Qualification) exam to be a licensed and use title of (Interior Designer) in some jurisdictions in North America. This is a step towards being a registered interior in your provincial interior designers’ association (by province).
This degree will potentially allow you to get certifications and accreditations through doing the applicable exams to be LEED AP (Accredited professional), WELL AP, Certified Lighting Consultant (CLC), and BCIN (Building Code Identification Number), and Interior Design Code Specialist (IDCS).
*Some titles may require additional education and/or advanced degree