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. 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.
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) and
- 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 560 for the paper-based test (PBT), or 84 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.
**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.