Interior Design, Diploma, Part-time – BCIT (2022)

Level 3 and Level 4: Credits COMM 2320Communication 2

COMM 2320 is an applied course building on the skills learned in COMM 1120. The course will enable you to develop the persuasive writing and the presentation skills you will need to succeed in your program and at work.
Prerequisite(s):

  • 70% in COMM 1120

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3.0INTD 3100Design Theory 2

This course is comprised of the exploration and application of design theories and processes relating to the built environment. Projects will promote an awareness of sensory perception and concepts of sustainability. Students will participate in class discussions and present their ideas orally.
Prerequisite(s):

  • 70% in COMM 1120 and 65% in COMM 2320 and 50% in ENGL 1177 and 65% in INTD 2500 ( may be taken concurrently)
  • Entrance requirements for the Diploma, including TRPT 0011 and 3.0 credits of General Electives.

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3.0INTD 3240Commercial Lighting for Interior Design

This course encourages students to produce creative, detailed lighting design solutions for commercial spaces. Emphasis will be on concepts for lighting, practical applications, specifications and methods to enhance the experience of interior environments. Students will create reflected ceiling plans that incorporates advanced lighting solutions and ceiling details. Photometrics will be examined and applied to interior spaces for evaluation, discussion and implementation.
Prerequisite(s):

  • 65% in INTD 3100 and 65% in INTD 4320

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3.0INTD 3260Revit for Interior Design

​This course covers the basics of Autodesk Revit for Windows as used in the Interior Design industry, from design through construction documentation. Students will be introduced to the tools and concepts of working with a fully parametric building model. As part of this course, the student will complete a small commercial project. Delivery of the course will concentrate on real world approaches and methodology rather than step by step procedures.
Prerequisite(s):

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  • 65% in INTD 4320

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3.0INTD 3300Commercial Design Studio A

The emphasis of the course is on workplace and retail design. Students will create distinctive design concepts, branding and planning for retail spaces. Students will implement the design process for planning offices and apply their knowledge of systems furniture within a large workplace floor plate. A process journal will be developed during the course to document research, concept sketches, ideas, notes, and other inspirations.
Prerequisite(s):

  • 65% in COMM 2320 and 65% in INTD 3100 ( may be taken concurrently)
  • Entrance requirements for the Diploma, including TRPT 0011 and 3.0 credits of General Electives.

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6.0INTD 3320Materials and Specifications

This course builds and expands on knowledge gained in previous material courses as they apply to commercial interior projects. Students will prepare specifications for various materials with consideration of their physical properties and appropriate applications. Focus will be on sourcing responsible materials for the interior environment.
Prerequisite(s):

  • 70% in COMM 1120 and 65% in COMM 2320 and 50% in ENGL 1177 and 65% in INTD 2500 ( may be taken concurrently)
  • Entrance requirements for the Diploma, including TRPT 0011 and 3.0 credits of General Electives.

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3.0INTD 3360Advanced Digital Illustration for Interior Design

​Students will acquire advanced skills in digital illustration using SketchUp and rendering software through the application of advanced techniques in lighting, 3-D modeling and texturing to create photo-realistic images of interiors. Students will exhibit their proficiency of a professional presentation using an interior design project.
Prerequisite(s):

  • 50% in ENGL 1177 and 65% in INTD 2500

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3.0INTD 3370Design History 2

Students will study the history of 20th and 21st century design, including architecture, interior design, furniture, decorative and fine arts. The work of key designers and architects of this time period will be examined and discussed to understand the historical reasons for their development and the impact on design today.
Prerequisite(s):

  • 65% in COMM 2320 and 50% in ENGL 1177 and 65% in INTD 2500
  • Entrance requirements for the Diploma, including TRPT 0011 and 3.0 credits of General Electives.

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3.0INTD 4110Human and Environmental Factors

This course will examine the interior built environment as it relates to human physical and psychological needs. Sustainable principles embodied by WELL, LEED, Cradle to Cradle philosophy, Living Building Challenge (LBC), Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) and other environmental methodologies, as related to interior design.
Prerequisite(s):

  • 65% in INTD 3300 and 65% in INTD 3320
2.0INTD 4120Interior Construction and Renovation

This course provides students with a fundamental understanding of both residential wood frame construction and commercial steel stud construction. Students will produce a partial model for a variety of stages of wood frame construction. Field trips to commercial and residential construction sites will supplement lecture material.
Prerequisite(s):

  • 50% in ENGL 1177 and 65% in INTD 2500
  • Entrance requirements for the Diploma, including TRPT 0011 and 3.0 credits of General Electives.

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2.0INTD 4200Architectural Millwork Studio

This studio will introduce students to the design of millwork and freestanding custom furniture for residential and commercial spaces. Students will explore materials used for millwork and custom furniture, methods of joinery, hardware types, and different wood species and their characteristics. Detailed working drawings will be produced.
Prerequisite(s):

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  • 65% in INTD 3100 and 65% in INTD 3300 and 65% in INTD 3320 and 65% in INTD 4320 and 70% in JOIN 4350

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6.0INTD 4300Commercial Design Studio B

Students will work through a hospitality project, applying design theories and processes to create a comprehensive solution that supports human behaviour within the built environment. Students will translate and implement their concept and design development by producing a set of interior construction drawings. Students will research and explore design concepts derived from conceptual and spatial analysis to produce a creative solution that responds to factors such as health, life safety, and welfare, in addition to functional and aesthetic considerations. Students will demonstrate the ability to work through the design process to create innovative design solutions that support conceptual and spatial analysis.
Prerequisite(s):

  • 65% in INTD 3300 and 65% in INTD 3320 and 65% in INTD 3360 and 65% in INTD 4200 and 65% in INTD 4320 and 65% in INTD 4360 ( may be taken concurrently)

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6.0INTD 4320Commercial Construction Drawings

This course will build on student’s previous construction drawing knowledge to complete a set of commercial construction drawings based on their design solutions, using the current release of AutoCAD for Windows.
Prerequisite(s):

  • 65% in COMM 2320 and 50% in ENGL 1177 and 65% in INTD 2500 ( may be taken concurrently)

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3.0INTD 4360Building Codes and Barrier Free for Interior Design

This course will introduce students to the latest edition of the BC Building Code Part 3 as it applies to interior design. Students will apply a working knowledge of compliance, code objectives, definitions and appendices as they relate to the built environment. They will locate and interpret the applicable codes to make appropriate design decisions required for fire protection, occupant safety and accessibility. The course examines the importance of establishing life safety issues, occupancy classification, fire ratings and separations, and means of egress as they relate to the built environment. Students will study an existing building to explore, identify and address code-related situations.
Prerequisite(s):

  • 65% in COMM 2320 and 65% in INTD 3300 and 65% in INTD 3320 and 65% in INTD 4320

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3.0INTD 4550Commercial Directed Studies Project

Students will apply the knowledge, concepts, skills and techniques learned in all previous courses to generate a creative solution to a design project that supports human behavior within the interior environment. This self-directed course develops a project at a conceptual level. Through comprehensive research students will provide documentation, and critical analysis to formulate conceptual solutions that demonstrate a thorough understanding of the design process. The design solution will provide accessibility, functionality, sustainability, design aesthetics and code compliancy throughout. Individual research through various media, exploration of concepts and analysis will provide the base for their conceptual designs.
Prerequisite(s):

  • 65% in INTD 4300 and 65% in INTD 4360 and 70% in JOIN 4350

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1.5JOIN 4350Joinery Fundamentals for Interior Design

This course will focus on the relationship between Cabinetmaking (Millwork) and Design. Students will have the opportunity to interact with professional cabinetmakers. Students will work in BCIT's millwork shop to gain hands-on experience.
Prerequisite(s):

  • 70% in COMM 1120 and 65% in INTD 2500
  • TRPT 0011 English (Pre-entry Test)

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3.5LIBS 7001Critical Reading and Writing

This is a course in advanced composition and rhetoric, in which students will develop skills in complex critical analysis and interpretation by analyzing and evaluating materials from a variety of discourses or genres, including visual, online, and print; developing and writing essays, including critiques and research papers; applying and discussing principles of rhetoric and critical theory; examining and using methods of interpretation and analysis from the humanities and social sciences; evaluating the credibility of primary and secondary sources, including as it applies to media literacy, and for the purposes of academic research; situating discourses within their historical context and relevant to rhetorical theories of different periods (for example, Aristotle in the ancient world and Bakhtin in the twentieth century). The course format will include lecture, discussion, and both individual and group activities.
Prerequisite(s):

  • BCIT ENGL 1177 or (equivalent), OR 6 credits BCIT Communication at 1100-level or above.

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3.0 and INTD 0060Virtual Reality for Interior Design*

Students will be introduced to Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) as it applies to interior design.
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  • 65% in INTD 3360
*INTD 0060 is an optional elective. General Education Electives (3.0 credits) General Education electives [PDF]. If you completed General Education electives at another public post-secondary institution, you may be eligible for transfer credit. For more information, contact Program Advising at program_advising@bcit.ca or 604-434-1610. Total Credits: 60.0

FAQs

How long does it take to become a interior designer in BC? ›

Education, training & qualifications

A university degree or college diploma in interior design is usually required. The National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) examination may be required after six years of combined study and experience.

How many points are needed for interior design? ›

To be considered for this qualification, applicants must have an Admission Point Score (APS) of at least 27. b. Minimum duration: Three years.

How long does it take to learn interior design? ›

How Long Does It Take To Get Certified in Interior Design? Generally, certificate programs can be completed in under a year, whereas degree programs can take anywhere from 2 to 4 years of study in order for the student to earn their degree.

WHAT A levels should I take if I want to be an interior designer? ›

For an HND, entry requirements are usually a minimum of one A level in an art and design subject plus three to four GCSE's (A*-C) or a BTEC National Diploma/Certificate in a relevant subject, such as 3D design, or equivalent.

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