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IDD110 |   INTRODUCTION TO INTERIOR DECORATING 

Designing for interiors is a combination of artistic talent, product knowledge, subject knowledge and design theory that give the individual a solid foundation to create exceptional spaces.  In Introduction to Interior Decorating, students discover and explore the principles and elements of design and how they are applied to the world of interiors.

FAT1151 |   COMPUTER APPLICATIONS 

Computer Applications provides students with the foundational knowledge in the use of computers for the workplace. Topics include system access, Microsoft Excel, Word and Power Point.

IDD111 |   COLOUR THEORY 

How the eye perceives colour is a key component in designing for interiors.  The student’s colour perceptions are fine-tuned by studying the psychology and physics of colour, and how colour interacts with the principles and elements of design.  The theoretical and applicable study of colour are discussed.  Exploration and experimentation with colour mixing exercises reinforce the understanding of Colour Theory.

IDD113 |   FREEHAND DRAWING 

Freehand drawing teaches students to explore their drawing skills and improve to higher levels of drawing accuracy and definition. Line drawings, in various media and techniques, will be explored, demonstrating many possible visual presentation methods. Figure, still life and perspective exercises prepare students to perceive accurately relationships within an interior space.

IDD114 |  HISTORY OF DESIGN 

Students will explore architecture and interior design focusing on the major historic architectural movements in Western culture.  Emphasis is on critical analysis and historic influence to better understand the origins of design and building techniques.  Students will develop the ability to relate historic architecture and interior design to current design trends.

IDD115 |   DRAFTING 1 

Students are introduced to the terminology used by the design profession as well as the symbols, line types, shading and dimensions which are used to communicate the design intent.  Various projects guide the students to combine, connect and practise design theory and drafting, including drafting basic objects, shapes and conventions, culminating to simple interior spaces.

FAB1001 |   PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATIONS 

Professional Communication is essential to any successful business. Through lectures and in-class work, this course will help students develop competent writing skills. Working with the basics of grammar, sentence structure, word choice, strategic composition and tone, students will learn to write clear and concise business correspondence that will get results.

SS101 |   SKILLS FOR SUCCESS 

In this course students will develop and utilize strategies that will help them succeed in their post-secondary pursuits.  It is an interactive workshop that will build confidence while offering useful insights and skills that are essential to be able to excel in school and beyond.

IDT210 |   DIGITAL DESIGN 1 

Digital Design 1 introduces students to Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Through demonstrations, in-class exercises and assignments students will become familiar with the unique capabilities of the software as it relates to the creation and manipulation of renderings of interior spaces.

IDD211 |   DRAFTING 2 

Students will further develop skills in preparing manually drafted working drawings and design details. Emphasis is on the progression of skills learned in Drafting 1 as well as the understanding of the graphic standards required to complete a set of construction drawings.  Kitchen and bathroom design will be introduced.  The Ontario Building Code and the applicable restrictions to designing interior spaces will be discussed.

IDD212 |   HUMAN FACTORS AND SPACE PLANNING 

Human factors and space planning are essential to the design of any interior space. Students will research and discuss human factors which contribute to the functional design of the human domain.  Space planning and Universal design principles will be applied to a small scale design project.  Knowledge from this course empowers students to think critically and analytically when designing spaces functionally and aesthetically.

IDD213 |   HISTORY OF ART 1 

The Western perspective of art is approached in a retrospective beginning with the Ancient World to the Middle Ages.  Through visual presentation, discussion and site visits, students will develop an understanding of the historical significance of art in contemporary design.

IDD214 |   MATERIALS AND TEXTILES 

This course will review the selection of natural and synthetic materials and textiles for interiors.  Material characteristics will be discussed in relation to production and fabrication methods. Evaluation and selection of project appropriate materials and textiles will be explored, taking into consideration code compliance and sustainability guidelines.

IDD215 |   VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS 1 

Students explore basic rendering techniques using a variety of dry and wet media to communicate interior spaces.  Emphasis is placed on the construction of perspective drawings from drafted plans and sketches.  Fundamental presentation-board layout and composition is also reviewed.

IDDW201 |   STUDIO WORKSHOP 1 

Studio Workshop provides students the space to work individually or collaboratively on their design projects.  Students are given the time to explore the development and execution of their assignments.

IDT317 |   DIGITAL DESIGN 2 

Students are introduced to SketchUp, computer aided drafting and design in three dimensions.  The basic fundamentals of the program are explored through the production of digital three dimensional spaces.

IDD318 | CADD 1

Students are introduced to CADD – Computer Aided Drafting and Design using AutoCAD software. The basic fundamentals of the program are explored through digitally drawn simple shapes and floor plans.

IDD300 |   RESIDENTIAL DESIGN 

Students are introduced to the design process as it pertains to residential interior applications.  Methodology to obtain both functional and aesthetic solutions will be discussed – client interview and needs and wants analysis are reviewed.  The focus is on the design and decoration of a single occupancy residence, taking into consideration aging in place.  Students will source textiles, materials, furniture and fixtures for their project. The progressive assignments will culminate with a final presentation showcasing the student’s concept and design.

IDD313 |   HISTORY OF ART 2 

Commencing with the 16th century through the 21st century, art and sculpture are explored, tracing the development of Western society.  Through visual presentation, discussion and site visits, students will develop an understanding of the historical significance of art in contemporary design.

IDD314 |   HOME STAGING 

Creating a decorated residence that appeals to a larger demographics the focus of this course.  Students will select furnishings and accessories for various rooms and develop a basic cost estimate for home staging rental.

IDD315 |   VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS 2 

Students further develop rendering techniques used to communicate interior spaces, adding furnishings and architectural details to communicate spatial intent. Students will demonstrate their knowledge of perspective drawing and rendering techniques, using a variety of media, at an elevated level of realism.

IDDW320 |   STUDIO WORKSHOP 2 

Studio Workshop provides students the space to work individually or collaboratively on their design projects.  Students are given the time to explore the development and execution of their assignments.

IDD417 |   BUILDING SYSTEMS AN INTRODUCTION

Students will develop a basic understanding of the various building assembly systems and how they impact the design of interior spaces.  Environmental and safety considerations are discussed as they pertain to each building system.

IDD411 |   CADD 2

Students will continue to explore CADD – computer aided drafting and design, at a more advanced level. They will expand their knowledge of AutoCAD and further develop their drafting skills by creating complex plans, elevations and formal notations.

IDD400 |   DESIGN STUDIO 2-RETAIL

Students will further develop their design skills through the design and decoration of a retail space.  The space may be located in a mall or an urban street front.  Students will conduct a client interview, analyze the requirements and produce the transformed retail space.  Materials, finishes, furnishings, lighting and store fixtures will be sourced. The progressive assignments will culminate with a final presentation showcasing the student’s concept and design.

IDD413 |   LIGHTING

Students gain knowledge of the principles and applications of lighting design and apply them to specific, specialized interior situations. Emphasis is placed on creative lighting concepts, light level calculations, and the incorporation of custom lighting solutions. Students also refine their skills in the development of architectural drawings related to lighting design. Covered areas include: residential, retail, and commercial spaces.

IDD414 |   STYLING SPACES

Students will read and analyze a short stage play and will create a production set design, culminating with a complete scale model of their design.  Design principles and elements, already learned will, be applied and students will further develop their conceptual design skills.

IDD418 |   VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS 3

Students will develop their expertise and individual rendering style through perspective drawing and rendering techniques in a variety of dry and wet media.  They will use these skills in the development and design of a Trade Show Booth.  Design principles and elements, already learned will, be applied and students will further develop their conceptual design skills.

IDDW420 |   STUDIO WORKSHOP 3

Studio Workshop provides students the space to work individually or collaboratively on their design projects.  Students are given the time to explore the development and execution of their assignments.

IDT517 |  DIGITAL DESIGN IN 3D

Students are introduced to Revit, a building modeling software that produces three dimensional designs.  The basic fundamentals of the program are explored through the production of digital three dimensional spaces.

IDD518 |  STYLING SPACES 2

Students will explore transforming an interior space for a special event.  Design principles and elements, already learned will, be applied and the students will further develop their conceptual design skills.  Students will gain a foundation of event design fundamentals, including trend theory.

IDD500 |  DESIGN STUDIO 3-WORKSPACE

Students will continue to develop their design skills through the design and decoration of a workspace in a typical large scale office building.  Students will conduct a client interview, analyze the requirements and produce the transformed workspace.  Materials, finishes, systems furnishings, lighting will be sourced. The progressive assignments will culminate with a final presentation showcasing the student’s concept and design.

IDD513 |  HISTORY OF FURNITURE AND DECORATION

Significant historical design movements and decorative furniture styles, from antiquity to contemporary, are reviewed.  Emphasis is placed on the knowledge of historic precedents to better understand current decorative trends and furniture design.

IDD514 |  PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE 1

Students develop business planning strategies, and marketing approaches within the context of legal and ethical obligations to the public.  Resume writing and interviewing skills will be covered.  Unifying the portfolio and their written work produces a professional, cohesive presented image for future employers and clients to view.

IDD519 |  INTERIOR SPECIFICATIONS

Codes and permits are issues faced daily in the design of interior spaces.  In this course students will review the Ontario Building Code in conjunction with the Building Permit process.  They will also develop an understanding of the criteria required in specifications for interior materials and finishes.

IDDW520 |  STUDIO WORKSHOP 4

Studio Workshop provides students the space to work individually or collaboratively on their design projects.  Students are given the time to explore the development and execution of their assignments.

IDD610 |  CONSTRUCTION DRAWINGS 

Students will develop knowledge and skills in the areas of architectural construction drawings and details. Analytical skills and processes provide a foundation for the application of knowledge from previous courses to technical architectural drawings using industry standards and tools. Emphasis is placed on the selection, specification and illustration of appropriate materials, finishes and components for a set of construction drawings and details.

IDD611 | PORTFOLIO PRESENTATION

This course assembles all the projects that encompass the student’s individual body of work for their portfolio.  Focus is on the layout and organization of the final portfolio product.

IDD600 |  DESIGN THESIS

The student will design the interior of a space of their choice (residential, retail, hospitality, event, stage set, or film).  The student will conduct a client interview, analyze the requirements, wants, needs, and produce:  a written analysis of the project, finishes boards, and a digitally rendered three dimensional model of the space .The final thesis project is a larger project that combines all the facets and skill sets required to design interior spaces.

IDD613 | SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS AND FINISHES

This course creates an awareness of the implications of material use in a global context by exposing students to the characteristics, application and maintenance of interior materials and textiles through life‐cycle analysis.  Emphasis is on determining the criteria for evaluating material and textile usage based upon their inherent qualities, construction and manufacturing from a variety of perspectives.

IDD615 | PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE 2 

Students are introduced to the scope and complexity of the professional interior decoration business in the marketplace.  Emphasis is on the development of project administration and business documents.  Case study exercises and examples are used to familiarize students with the various aspects of an interior decorating business.

IDDW620 |  STUDIO WORKSHOP 5 

Studio Workshop provides students the space to work individually or collaboratively on their design projects.  Students are given the time to explore the development and execution of their assignments.