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Bachelor of Interior Design

VIU International, Canada

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Next enrollment cycle

October 2023

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First Year Course Fee

USD 13,572

Course Accredited By

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  • 4 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree

Do you dream in style, colour and HGTV? VIU’s Bachelor of Interior Design Degree is for passionate creatives looking for an experiential program that covers both the theoretical and practical aspects of interior design. Taught in studios, labs and in the field through internships, students take their passion for style, interior decorating, texture and aesthetics and turn it into a fun career creating exceptional spaces, designed for everyday living.

The Bachelor of Interior Design combines theory with specialized knowledge and the development of proficiencies relative to the profession of interior design. It is intended for students who wish to pursue a professional career in this creative multi-faceted discipline. Interior designers work in all areas of the built environment including residential, office, retail, hospitality, and Institutional settings to create interior spaces that are "functional, enhance the quality of life and culture of the occupants, and are aesthetically attractive"*. The program provides a balanced range of theoretical, intellectual, communication, experiential, applied and other skills, needed to deal effectively with the responsibilities of interior design professional life. The interior design curriculum features lecture, studio, critique, and computer lab instruction; independent and collaborative projects; formal and informal presentations; field trips; an internship and a final major project spanning two semesters. The foundation courses and elective study provide an excellent foundation and structure for lifelong learning and ensures that students develop quantitative reasoning and critical thinking skills.

Enrollment Cycles

  • October 2023

General admission requirements apply.

  • English 12 with minimum “C” grade for students enrolling in English 115.
  • A minimum "C" grade in one of Principles of Mathematics 11, Applications of Mathematics 11, or Foundations of Mathematics 11.
  • All students seeking enrolment in the Bachelor of Interior Design program must have an interview with the Faculty Selection Committee prior to admission.
  • For interview dates, please contact the Admissions office at 1-888-920-2221, Ext. 6400.
     

Bachelor of Interior Design candidates must bring the following to the interview:

  • A 100-300 word written statement on reasons and goals for seeking enrolment in the program and indicating research about the profession;
  • A resume;

A portfolio demonstrating aptitude as described below:

A minimum of 10, maximum of 15, examples of artwork that should include:

  • 2 - 3 Original black and white drawings in a variety of media.
  • 2 - 3 Original paintings or illustrations in a variety of media demonstrating the use of colour.

And a variety of examples from the following to make up the balance:

  • Original collages or mixed-media pieces exploring specific themes.
  • Photographs, slides, and/or digital files of three-dimensional artwork such as installation, sculpture, and pottery.
  • Traditional and digital photography utilized as a means of personal expression and/or communication.
  • Graphic print work such as linocuts, woodcuts, silkscreens, etc.
  • Photographs of mural art.
  • Photographs or originals of various crafts such as quilting, stitchery, fashion design, or jewelry design.

Year 1

  • Credits
  • Applied Drafting I
  • CAD for Interior Designers
  • History of Art and Design I
  • Design Process
  • Interior Design: An Introduction
  • Interior Design Materials
  • Illustration and Communication I
  • Illustration and Communication II
  • University Writing and Research
  • Business and Technical Writing
  • Total Credits 30

Year 2

  • CAD for Interior Designers II
  • History of Art and Design II
  • Research Methodology
  • Three-Dimensional Design Issues I
  • Building Construction for Interior Designers
  • Building Codes and Specifications
  • Concept to Production II
  • Concept to Production I
  • Interior Design II
  • Interior Design I
  • Two general electives
  • Total Credits 33

Year 3

  • Interior Design Detailing I
  • CAD for Interior Designers III
  • Sustainability and the Climate Crisis
  • Interior Design Internship Preparation) Only required if taking ARTI 350: Summer Internship/Seminar
  • Design Theory: Contemporary Issues
  • Concept to Production III
  • Concept to Production IV
  • Three-Dimensional Design Issues II
  • Interior Design III)
  • Interior Design IV)
  • Two general electives
  • Total Credits 30 or 31

Year 3 - Intersession

  • (Summer Internship/Seminar) or,
  • An approved Field School program 

Year 4

  • Major Project Construction Documentation & Detailing
  • Building Systems: Related Professions
  • Professional Practice for Interior Designers
  • Major Project: Research Stage
  • Major Project Presentation
  • Professional Presentation Skills
  • Three general electives
     
  • Fees for One Year* Amount Tuition (30 credits x $156.80 per credit) 4,704.00 
  • Student Activity fee (4% of tuition) 188.16 
  • Student Services fee (30 credits x $6.93 per credit) 207.90 
  • VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $20.90 per month) 167.20 
  • Health and Dental Plan fee ($275.00 per year) 275.00 
  • Books and supplies per year (approximate costs) 2,700.00 
  • Cost for field trips per year (approximate costs) 500.00 
  • Total 8,742.26

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