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Certificate in
Fundamentals of Interior Design

Interior designers work in a dynamic, imaginative, and complex industry combining technological knowledge with artistic vision. This certificate is intended for individuals interested in the fundamentals of interior design:

  • those who are considering interior design as a possible career and are prepared to enter a full-time interior design program upon completion of the certificate
  • those who have a general interest in interior design

Students should be aware that professional interior designers require membership in the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario ( Membership is extended only to graduates of degree and diploma programs in recognized schools of interior design who have several years’ experience and who successfully complete the Association’s qualifying examinations.

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Admission Criteria

It is recommended that applicants have the following:

OSSD with six Grade 12 U or M credits (including English and Mathematics), with a minimum average of 60 percent, or equivalent, or mature student status.

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible restrictions; please refer to Curriculum Advising for complete details.

Program Open House

Students who have questions about the admission criteria and/or would like to know more about this certificate are invited to attend a Program Open House. Please see Open House for dates, times, and location.

Certificate Requirements

The successful completion of seven courses (four required courses and three electives), with a cumulative grade point average of 1.67 or higher, is required for the certificate. In determining the order of courses within the program, students should note carefully the prerequisite requirements listed with each course.

Certificate Registration

Students may be registered in only one certificate program at any one time. To allow maximum flexibility in crediting external courses and/or courses previously taken at Ryerson, students should register in the certificate at the beginning of their first course (see also Courses and Programs FAQ). For complete details on the advantages of early registration, registration deadlines, and Transfer Credit restrictions, all students should read Registration in a Certificate Program.

Awards and Financial Aid

If you require financial assistance, you may apply for merit-based awards and/or need-based financial aid. As well, students officially registered in a Chang School certificate program may be eligible for funding through the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). For a complete list of certificate programs approved by OSAP, visit the Student Financial Assistance website.

Requirements for Graduation

To graduate, you must successfully complete, within your official timespan, the published certificate curricula from the year you registered in the certificate program. In some circumstances, certificate requirements may change, resulting in courses no longer being available. In such cases, Course Substitutions/Directives may be requested. Also, you must apply on RAMSS to graduate, prior to the appropriate application deadlines (see Important Dates). For complete details, all students should read Graduation.

Required Courses

CDID 150   Interior Design:  Design Theory
CDID 151   Interior Design:  Interior Design I: Drafting
CDID 152   Interior Design:  Interior Design I: Space Planning
CIRC 112   Interior Design:  Introduction to Digital Communication

Electives (select three)

CDID 153   Interior Design:  Interior Materials and Finishes
CDID 155   Interior Design:  Design Dynamics I: Portfolio 1
CDID 157   Interior Design:  Kitchen and Bathroom Design
CIRC 113   Interior Design:  Introduction to Visual Communication
CIRH 101   Interior Design:  History of Interior Design 1850 - Present

Intensive Spring/Summer Program

Students have the opportunity to obtain the Certificate in Fundamentals of Interior Design in an intensive format during the Spring/Summer term. This unique fast-track program covers all four required courses plus three electives.

CDID 999   Interior Design:  Interior Design Intensive