Bachelor of Interior Design (Honours)

Algonquin College
4 years
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Algonquin College

About this program

Bachelor of Interior Design

Combine strategic and design thinking for a career creating functional spaces.

The Bachelor of Interior Design (Honours) degree program prepares you to pursue a professional career related to the design of the built environment. The curriculum integrates professional and general studies with an emphasis on critical thinking and applied research.

Enriched with a focus on environmental and global perspectives in interior design, you learn to consider ecological, economic and social aspects to analyze and design healthy living environments.

The program contains a strong experiential component that includes design studio experiences and an active engagement with the professional design community. In the fourth year, you have the opportunity to specialize in an area of interest specific to the profession and are required to complete an applied research paper.

To complete your degree, you must complete one mandatory paid co-op work term where you gain valuable work experience and network within the industry.

You also earn a Building Biology Advocate (BBA) Certification upon successful completion of the seven required Construction courses.

The integration of theory, analysis and practice prepare you to assume a leadership role within the profession. As a graduate, you are able to apply strategic thinking and a research orientation to your responsibilities as a professional interior designer and can contribute to the development and evolution of the field of design.

Admission requirements

Program Eligibility

  • Six Grade 12 university (U) or university/college (M) courses with a minimum 65% average including:
    • One Grade 12 U English course
  • One Grade 11 or 12 C Mathematics course (MBF3C, MAP4C or equivalent).
  • Please note that mature students must meet the following subject-specific Program Eligibility requirements, either directly or through equivalencies:
    • One Grade 12 U English course.
  • One Grade 11 or 12 C Mathematics course (MBF3C, MAP4C or equivalent.
  • Subject to competition, applicants may be required to present grades/averages at 70%.

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Are curious about the space in which they live, work and play.
  • Want to combine aesthetics, technology and human need into a highly-marketable career choice. . Enjoy using creative, strategic and critical thinking to solve problems.
  • Are interested in examining sustainable and global design issues.
  • Enjoy a collaborative and innovative environment for learning.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Level: 01

  • Construction I
  • Visual Communication I
  • Foundations I
  • Design Studio I
  • Communications and Academic Writing

Level: 02

  • Construction II
  • Visual Communication II
  • Foundations II
  • Design Studio II
  • Community Connection I
  • Logic and Critical Thinking

Level: 03

  • Construction III
  • Visual Communication III
  • Foundations III
  • Design Studio III
  • Foundations of Social Science Research: Principles, Methods, and Actions

Level: 04

  • Construction IV
  • Foundation IV
  • Visual Communication IV
  • Materials and Products I
  • Design Studio IV
  • Community Connection II

Level: 05

  • Construction V
  • Visual Communication V
  • Materials and Products II
  • Design Studio V
  • Professional Practice and Ethics I
  • Cooperative Education Readiness

Level: 06

  • Construction VI
  • Visual Communication VI
  • Design Studio VI
  • Community Connection III
  • Academic and Technical Writing

Level: 07

  • Applied Research
  • Design Studio VII
  • Construction VII

Level: 08

  • Senior Project
  • Senior Seminar
  • Professional Practice and Ethics II
  • Community Connection IV

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


For more information about tuition fees, please visit the college website. 


Bachelor; Co-op; Honours

Career paths

This program graduates interior designers equipped to fulfill leadership roles within the profession on a national and international level. Graduates may find employment in interior design offices, architectural firms, government planning and facilities management offices, healthcare environments, educational environments or other design and built-environment related fields. Graduates have the skills to work on interdisciplinary, multi-cultural design teams in a variety of settings. Over time, and with suitable experience, some graduates may wish to develop their own firms.

With this degree, graduates may wish to continue their academic studies in interior design and related disciplines, such as environmental studies, environmental psychology and architecture

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Algonquin College

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Algonquin College

1385 Woodroffe Avenue
K2G 1V8 Ottawa Ontario

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