Enjoy a creative and in-demand career with your bachelor of interior design degree
The spaces we live in and work affect us deeply. They influence our moods and can create harmony if designed properly. With Fanshawe's Honours Bachelor of Interior Design program, you'll have the opportunity to leave an enduring mark on not only the spaces you create but the people who inhabit them.
What to expect from our interior design degree
Our bachelor of interior design program will prepare you for this creative and in-demand career, you'll learn about commercial and residential design. This interior design degree examines the main aspects of interior design such as problem analysis, concept development, design communication, lighting, drawings and specifications, and cutting-edge design technology. Students learn how to utilize innovative digital fabrication equipment to conceptualize their designs, such as 3D printing, CNC fabrication, laser cutting and more! They also experience their designs using virtual reality technologies. That's not all, because communicating and sharing your ideas with future clients is a crucial part of interior design, you'll study verbal and visual presentation methods. You'll test your ideas in a nurturing environment, work-shopping what creations work, and which don't. As well, you'll complete one term in a co-operative setting, experiencing first-hand the challenges and rewards of interior design.
At the heart of the Honours Bachelor of Interior Design program, is an emphasis on creating environmentally sustainable projects. As well, if you're excited to help create spaces that nurture the physical, social and psychological needs of a changing society, then the bachelor of interior design program is for you.
Fanshawe's Honours Bachelor of Interior Design Program is Recognized by ARIDO – The Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario.
The Honours Bachelor of Interior Design program at Fanshawe College is recognized by the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO).
Bachelor of Interior Design students are required to have a laptop for use in the classroom. The computer should meet or exceed the minimum system requirements to run the latest version of Autodesk AutoCAD and Revit. Please check Autodesk’s website for the minimum system requirements and specifications for the most recent software versions. Although a Mac will work in earlier years of the BID program, many students prefer a Windows-based PC, as Revit only operates on Windows. (Revit is introduced in the Winter term of 2nd year).
This four-year Honours Bachelor's degree program has one co-op work term.
The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:
Apply human-centered design principles when designing the built environment to meet client needs.
Prepare working drawings and specifications for non-load bearing interior construction, in compliance with universal accessibility guidelines, applicable building codes and industry standards.
Formulate preliminary space plans and design concepts that integrate the client's program requirements, the principles of interior design and theories of human behavior.
Create design concepts across a range of sectors that reflect knowledge of historical precedents, decorative arts, architecture, and related theories and best practices.
Synthesize principles of acoustics, thermal comfort, and lighting to achieve wellbeing, comfort, and performance within interior environments.
Source and recommend furniture, fixtures, equipment, and materials on the basis of their properties and performance against defined criteria.
Develop design recommendations that address functionality and aesthetics and meet global public health, safety, welfare, and environmental requirements and sustainability guidelines.
Specify colors, materials, finishes, furnishings, equipment, and lighting to appropriately convey the design concept and to meet socio-psychological, functional, maintenance, and lifecycle performance requirements.
Collaborate, communicate and apply interpersonal skills to fulfill a leadership role on an interdisciplinary, multi-cultural design team.
Communicate professionally through a variety of design communication mediums to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.
Follow standards of professional practice when managing a project, utilizing instruments of the design business such as contract documents, schedules, budgets, and specifications.
Choose opportunities for constant renewal of skills, knowledge, and attitudes to ensure life long learning and professional development.
Generate creative ideas based on calculated risk-taking that result in innovative design solutions to meet client requirements.
Interpret qualitative and quantitative data to correctly identify problems and offer comprehensive, evidence-based design (EBD) recommendations.
Integrate the principles of Universal Design in all design projects, including those that focus on historic preservation, repurposing of space and new construction.
Take all of the following Mandatory (Core) Courses:
The Minimum Cumulative GPA for Core Courses is 2.5
Level 1 In addition to the following mandatory courses, please refer to the Non-Core Level 1 requirement below
DESG-7035 Interior Design Studio 1
ENVR-7005 Sustainable Practices 1
DESG-7036 Design Theory 1
COMM-7023 Design Communications 1
INDS-7009 Human Factors
Level 2In addition to the following mandatory courses, please refer to the Non-Core Level 2 requirement below
DESG-7012 Interior Design Studio 2
ENVR-7006 Human Environmental Relations
DESG-7013 Interior Detailing 1
COMM-7013 Design Communications 2
DESG-7014 Interior Design Studio 3
DESG-7015 Design Theory 2
DESG-7016 Interior Detailing 2
COMM-7014 Design Communications 3
MATS-7002 Building Technology 1-Lighting
DESG-7017 Design Studio 4
COMM-7015 Design Communications 4
MATS-7003 Building Tech 2-Mech & Safety Systems
MATS-7001 Design & Material Culture
Level 5In addition to the following mandatory courses, please refer to the Non-Core Level 5 requirement below
DESG-7019 Interior Design Studio 5
DESG-7020 Interior Detailing 3
HIST-7012 Contemporary Design-Origins & Issues
ENVR-7007 Sustainable Practices 2
COOP-1021 Co-Op Educ. Employment Prep
DESG-7018 Case Studies in Design
Level 6In addition to the following mandatory courses, please refer to the Non-Core Level 6 requirement below
DESG-7021 Interior Design Studio 6
BUSI-7002 Professional Practices 1
COMM-7016 Design Communications 5
DESG-7022 Interdisciplinary Design Practices
DESG-7023 Interior Design Advanced Studio 1
EDUC-7005 Interior Design Thesis-Research & Prog
DESG-7024 Interior Detailing 4
COMM-7017 Design Communications 6
DESG-7037 Interior Design Studio 2
MATS-7005 Site Studies
BUSI-7003 Professional Practices 2
EDUC-7007 Independent Study Project
Students Must Complete 1 Co-op Work Term
COOP-BID1W BID1 Co-op Work Term
Take all of the following Mandatory (Non-Core) Courses:
The Minimum Cumulative GPA for Non-Core courses is 2.0
COMM-7018 Professional Comm. in a Diverse World
METH-7011 Research Methods 1
METH-7012 Research Methods 2-Statistics
General Education - Electives
Take 6 General Education Elective Credits at the Introductory Level from two of the following subjects - Humanities, Social Science, Math, Science, Global Culture. Normally taken in Levels 3 and 4
Take 9 General Education Elective Credits at the Upper Level (Non-Introductory) - Normally taken in Levels 5, 6, and 7
Take 3 General Education Elective Credits at either the Introductory or Upper Level - Normally taken in Level 8
Students must complete a minimum of 39 credits in this program at Fanshawe College to meet the program residency requirement and graduate from this program.
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OSSD with courses from the University (U) or University/College (M) stream WITH:
Grade 12 English (U) (Note: Minimum final grade required is 65)
Any Grade 11 Mathematics* (U) or (M) OR Grade 12 Mathematics (U)
Plus four additional Grade 12 University (U) or University/College (M) courses; *applicants applying with the Grade 11 Mathematics (U) or (M) must have five additional Grade 12 University (U) or University/College (M) courses
A final minimum average of 65.0% based on the highest six Grade 12 University (U) or University/College (M) courses
Mature Applicant with standing in the required courses and grades stated above
Post-Secondary Standing* (if applicable)
Completion of a Digital Portfolio and Writing Sample
English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:
A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 88 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.5 with no score less than 6.0 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 70, with test results within the last two years
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 59, with test results within the last two years
A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 176 with no language skill less than 169, with test results within the last two years
An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 75% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9 or 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10
Recommended Academic Preparation
Courses in the following areas: Art and Design, environmental/urban design, sustainability, architecture, and drafting.
Recommended Personal Preparation
Students should have an interest in exploring the use and design of physical spaces. They should enjoy artistic, creative activities. It would be beneficial to have an interest in environmental sustainability and social responsibility.
Applicant Selection Criteria
Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
Achievement in the Admission Requirements
Achievement in Post-Secondary Studies** (if applicable)
Assessment of Applicant's skill set relevant to the program based on a Digital Portfolio and Writing Sample
Note: **Applicants currently enrolled in a university or who have previously attended university or other post-secondary institutions and are applying to transfer into the Honours Bachelor of Interior Design program are considered on the basis of their post-secondary standing. Specifically, applicants currently enrolled in a university or who have previously attended university must maintain a minimum average of 65.0% in the last ten full credit or full credit equivalent courses in order to be considered for admission. Applicants with less than ten full credit courses must maintain a minimum average of 65.0% in all courses in order to be considered for admission. Applicants applying from a community college must have successfully completed a diploma program with an overall GPA of 2.5 in the completed program. In addition, all students applying from university or college must have completed the pre-requisite courses in English and Mathematics as stated in the Admission Requirements.
Graduates of the program could become designers with interior design firms, architectural firms, or corporate institutions. They may also work as freelance designers or as architecture and design representatives with resource alliance suppliers. They will be able to design offices, hospitality, retail and institutional facilities, health care facilities and residential settings, incorporating sustainable practices as emphasized throughout the program.