DH 1 Design History 1
IDS 1 Interior Design Studio 1
DH 2 Design History 2
IDS 2 Interior Design Studio 2
BUILD 1 Building Systems 1
IDS 3 Interior Design Studio 3
BUILD 2 Building Systems 2
IDS 4 Interior Design Studio 4
ID ES1 ID Employability Skills 1
IDS 5 Interior Design Studio 5
ID PRAC1 Interior Design Practicum 1
IDS 6 Interior Design Studio 6
ID PRAC2 Interior Design Practicum 2
Building Code and Sustainable Design (BCSD)
This course will provide students with the basic knowledge and key resource tools and techniques to research and acquire building code regulations as they apply to their final graduation project. This course will focus on building code and barrier-free regulations and requirements as they relate to the built environment. Students will evaluate and discuss specific areas of an interior space where barrier-free regulations can be applied. This course will also put an emphasis on sustainable design methods and materials. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) will also be a major focus of this course. Students will research the sustainable properties and methods of production and distribution.
Business and Professional Practice 1 (BPP 1)
This course will focus on project management practices, as well as small business development and management. Students will learn what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur in today’s market and will create their own business plan as well as a company identity.
Business and Professional Practice 2 (BPP 2)
Students will examine business and professional practice relevant to interior design, concentrating on contracts, bidding, designer responsibilities, and professional fees, as well as professional ethics and insurance.
Business Technology (BT)
In order to survive and prosper, businesses must take advantage of the most appropriate technology available. Students receive an introduction to various business technologies including word processing and spreadsheets. The medium to achieve this knowledge will be the Microsoft Office Suite. Building on a foundational understanding of Windows, as well as Internet browsers, students will learn the basic skills for Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Leveraging the interoperability of these applications will also be explored.
Building Systems 1 (BUILD 1)
This course will focus on construction techniques and systems such as: wood-frame, steel-frame, masonry, and concrete and will discuss systems such as: floor, wall, ceiling, penetrations, stair, power distribution, data and voice communication, heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and plumbing. It will explore in detail the construction methods and installation techniques of each system with regard to the building code and will provide students with a general understanding of sustainable methods and materials. The course will also look at specifications of lighting techniques and requirements.
Building Systems 2 (BUILD 2)
Understanding design parameters related to technical building systems is essential in the interior design industry. This course will examine building systems for typical commercial spaces. It will enable interior designers to communicate more effectively with architects, engineers, contractors, and building officials. The course will focus on construction systems, including sustainable construction strategies, power distribution systems, mechanical systems including HVAC and plumbing, energy management, data and voice communication systems, security, and acoustics.
Colour Theory (CT)
Students will gain insight to the pervasive influence of colour within the interior environment. Colour embellishes the ordinary and proves drama and beauty while transitioning the extraordinary into visual poetry. A foundation element in the built environment, colour is a powerful tool for the interior designer. Students will explore the role that colour plays within the interior design profession. This course will provide students with insight into how humans experience colour through the study of colour systems, historic use of colour in interior design, as well as the vocabulary used to describe colour. Topics will include the physics of colour, colour theory, and the psychological influence within an interior will be explored.
Design History 1 (DH 1)
Students will examine images, elements, and principles of design as they have evolved and developed through history. They will learn to recognize, develop, and combine these historical references as they relate to interior design. By studying and discussing history, students will come to understand the importance of design evolution and how these issues are interrelated in terms of physical, social, and cultural means. Appreciation of important elements of design will be obtained through reading, research, lectures, and discussion aimed at understanding and acquiring this information.
Design History 2 (DH 2)
This course will focus on the study of architecture, object, and interior design from a historical and cultural perspective. Students will assess the relevance of these cultural objects and design styles in relation to design movements of specific periods in history. Students will learn how these styles evolved over time and how they are still applied in contemporary interior design practices today.
Digital Communication Methods 1 (DCM 1)
Computer-aided drafting and design is an integral part of this program as it is of utmost importance for the interior design graduate to be capable of producing design projects with the use of architectural software. Students will learn the basic tools and commands of computer-aided software to create elevations, plans, and sections through in-class exercises and assignments.
Digital Communication Methods 2 (DCM 2)
In this continuation of DCM 1, students will advance their skills in AutoCAD by producing design projects with the use of this architectural software. Students will create a full set of working drawings in AutoCAD from elevations, sections, details, and floor plans, such as reflected ceiling plans, furniture plans, demolition plans and construction plans. Students will gain an understanding of drafting techniques, line weights, and drafting standards that go along with the completion of a set of working drawings.
Digital Communication Methods 3 (DCM 3)
Students will become comfortable and familiar with the basic commands in SketchUp and use it as a medium to create 3D models of projects for conceptual and presentation purposes. Students will also explore computer-generated rendering techniques for conceptual and presentation purposes.
Final Graduation Project 1 (FGP 1)
In this course, students will choose a final project that will suit their area of interest in the field of interior design. Students are encouraged to choose projects that have real and tangible needs within the community. The overall concept of the final graduation project is to demonstrate an ability to incorporate the knowledge acquired during the program and give back to the community by contributing a final design solution. During this part of the course, students will define their final project, develop a program document, gather information, analyze the information, and determine the overall needs to be solved in the project.
Final Graduation Project 2 (FGP 2)
In this course, students will choose a final project that suits their area of interest in the field of Interior Design. Students are encouraged to choose projects that will address real and tangible needs within the community. The overall idea of the final graduation project is to demonstrate an ability to incorporate the knowledge acquired during the program and give back to the community by contributing a final design solution. During this course students will complete their final project, developing a full set of working drawings, and present the final solution to faculty members and the “client”. Students will be required to include floor plans, elevations, sections, and details as part of the working drawings.
Foundation of Interior Design (FID)
Students will examine images; the elements and principles of design as they have evolved and developed through history. They will learn to manipulate these in order to create strong solutions to any given design situation. By understanding the basics of design theory, students will be able to set up design criteria to evaluate what is so often referred to as “good design”, and how these issues are related in order of physical, social, and cultural means. Appreciation of important elements of design will be obtained through reading, research, lectures, and discussion aimed at understanding and acquiring this information.
Graphic Communication Methods 1 (GCM 1)
This course will concentrate on exploring manual architectural drafting techniques as they pertain to interior design, beginning with equipment awareness, technical vocabulary, and lettering skills. Students will be able to produce drawings that are commonly used =in the profession to communicate design solutions such as orthographic drawings of objects and furniture using accurate scale, dimensions, notes, and layout information. Students will also be introduced to the production of presentation-style floor plans, elevations, sections, and reflective ceiling plans of the built environment.
Graphic Communication Methods 2 (GCM 2)
The purpose of this course is to further encourage students in developing and perfecting a variety of rendering and sketching techniques that will better serve them as interior designers. Through drawing assignments and exploration of different mediums, students will develop a more personal and visually accurate representation of everything from interior surfaces to single furnishings to large interior spaces.
Graphic Communication Methods 3 (GCM 3)
Students will examine and explore image, language, and visual principles of design presentations. They will learn to manipulate these aspects in order to create strong presentations to given design challenges. By understanding the fundamentals of well-planned presentations, students will be able to set up design criteria to evaluate what is defined as “effective presentation”. The students understanding of the material will be aided by the analysis of existing designs, discussions, and hands-on projects. Lectures will aid in applying this information to interior design presentation scenarios and designer promotional material.
History of Architecture (HA)
This course looks at various types of architecture throughout history, including cultural and design characteristics evident in the architecture of each period, and demonstrates their importance for the understanding of good visual design based on lasting styles. It also contributes as an essential foundation for successful interior design practice as a source of inspiration for visual and psychological impact.
Human Factors in Interior Design (HFID)
This course focuses on the aesthetic goals relative to the health, safety, and well-being of the end user. Students will look at, discuss, and debate how buildings and interior spaces are designed and whether or not they meet the functional requirements and human dimensions required for human behaviour. The emotional and physical aspects of interior design will be explored and examined. Students will learn to distinguish what represents “good design” as it relates to special and daily needs. Gaining an understanding of these various issues will be aided by the analysis of existing designs, discussions, and hands-on projects. Lectures will aid in applying this information to interior design scenarios.
Interior Construction and Detailing (ICD)
In this continuation of BUILD 1 and BUILD 2, students will concentrate on understanding how to accurately draw details of objects, furniture, and building systems. This course requires a basic knowledge of materials, finishes, and construction methods. It will also focus on building code and planning standards that are required in the field of interior design. Students will look at millwork in order to understand the complexity of cabinetwork, joinery, different types of wood, hardware, and other types of materials that are used to construct particular pieces of millwork. This course will also explore the construction methods and means of floor, wall, and ceiling systems.
Interior Design Employability Skills 1 (ID-ES 1)
In today’s marketplace, technical skills and talent are not sufficient to find and keep high quality jobs. Employers desire candidates with a high level of employability skills that include personal management, communication, problem solving, positive attitudes and behaviours, adaptability, and teamwork skills. Employability Skills provides a space to explore the realities of the work world through a variety of real world case studies, breadth and depth, training opportunities, and/or work/production projects where employability skills can be practiced. Each term the faculty will determine an appropriate focus for the course that best serves the needs of the students cohorts.
Interior Design Studio 1 (IDS 1)
Students will explore, practice, and apply the elements and principles involved in interior design. Students will learn to manipulate these essential elements in order to create strong resolutions and apply them to specific design challenges. By applying design basics, space development, and materials selection, students will be able to create effective interior design solutions. The students’ understanding of what “interior design” is will be developed through an analysis of existing designs, lectures, and hands-on projects. Various lectures and visuals will be presented to convey information relating to working as an interior designer.
Interior Design Studio 2 (IDS 2)
The objective of this course is to continue developing the overall design skills of the student by undertaking the design challenges of specific design projects. This course will cover some technical issues, such as plumbing and core services placement and design. As a part of this course, the student will be challenged by the design concepts of “universal/barrier-free” planning and space planning.
Interior Design Studio 3 (IDS 3)
In this course students will explore, practice, and apply the elements and principles involved in interior design. Students will learn to manipulate the elements in order to create strong solutions to specific design challenges. By applying design basics, space development, and material selection, students will be able to create effective interior design solutions. Students’ understanding of what “interior design” entails will be developed by an analysis of existing designs, discussions, and hands-on projects.
Interior Design Studio 4 (IDS 4)
In this course, students will be introduced to commercial space planning. The project assigned will have clear goals and objectives and students will identify the project’s problem and provide a definition of the problem in order to have a better understanding of the goals and objectives. The project will focus on the work environment and how the space planning affects productivity in the workplace. Students will also be introduced to a variety of commercial finishes and furnishings.
Interior Design Studio 5 (IDS 5)
Students will continue investigating residential and commercial projects. These projects will have clearly defined goals and objectives and students will identify the project’s problem and provide a definition and solution to the problem. One project will focus on the space planning and designing of a 4,200 square foot house. Another project will focus on the space planning of an undefined office space. Students will improve their development of conceptual skills, refining their schematic design concepts, preparing final drawings, and improving their visual presentation techniques.
Interior Design Studio 6 (IDS 6)
In this course, students, in coordination with their instructor, will find a project within the community and develop the best design solution working as a team. This studio course will put an emphasis on group work and community involvement. Students are expected to improve their development of conceptual skills, refining their schematic design concepts, and preparing final working drawings.
Interior Design Portfolio Production Workshop (IDPPW)
Portfolios show the world what you can do. Academic portfolios are the final demonstration of acquired learning and are a requirement for graduation at Centre colleges. Portfolios are also one of the most important tools you have for initially getting noticed and landing an interview for a job or contract. This course provides the knowledge and tools required to complete a high-quality academic and professional portfolio in multiple formats and media, e.g. print, Web, DVD, tape, etc.
Introduction to Computer Graphics (ICG)
This foundation course provides a solid background in vector and bitmap graphics creation, translation skills, graphic file management, scanning, and format conversion necessary for every field of computer graphics. These applied skills get you underway in a variety of our core computer graphic applications which are used in ever-increasing levels of integration throughout the program.
Introduction to Lighting (IL)
The purpose of this course is to develop the basic understanding of lighting principles and establish communication in lighting for interior design. This course will focus on types of lamps, luminaries, and their applications. Students will learn lighting vocabulary in order to specify appropriate lamp and luminaries for a particular design application.
Materials and Components of Interior Spaces 1(MCIS 1)
The focus of this course is to aid students in developing the basic skills in understanding and selecting finishing materials and components commonly found within the practice of design. The essence of each material will be demonstrated through hands-on experimentation, independent and group research, visits to suppliers, and representative guest lecturers. Students will explore and discover the environmental and sustainable factors that are evident in the materials and components they will be studying, as well as implementing the basic building codes that go along with the use of such materials. Students will also embark on researching methods for the built environment.
Materials and Components of Interior Spaces 2 (MCIS 2)
The focus of this course is to aid students in developing the basic skills in understanding and selecting finish materials and components commonly found within the practice of design. The essence of each material will be demonstrated through hands-on experimentation, independent and group research, visits to suppliers, and representative guest lecturers. Students will explore and discover the environmental and sustainable factors that are evident in the materials and components they will be studying, as well as implement the basic building codes that go along with the use of such materials. Students will also embark on researching methods for the built environment.
Practicum 1, 2 (PRAC 1, 2)
Under the mentorship of an instructor, students will find a suitable project or work placement in interior design-related industries that are relevant to their interests, level of ability and the objectives of the program.
Professional Development Program
PD is a specially developed course to help our students navigate college and prepare them for today’s highly competitive job market. It recognizes that employers today are looking for employees who not only have the technical skills but also an understanding of themselves and the ability to interact successfully with others. With CAT programs being accelerated we want to ensure each individual is prepared to enter the job market and to thrive in their place of employment. PD is meant to be practical to each student and what is learned can be directly applied to the real world. PD helps students to foster positive, healthy relationships – both personal and professional. PD encourages students to make connections – in their school, and in their industry. PD gives students the most up-to-date skills to find and secure a job and gives them the knowledge and tools to advance in their career.
Professional Development 1 (PD 1) – Success in College
Students will learn about: the college, time management, their personality type and personal strengths, goal setting techniques, values clarification, managing stress and job hunting tips.
Professional Development 2 (PD 2) – Success in Teams
Students will learn about: overcoming conflict, handling stress, assertive communication, group dynamics, negotiation and collaboration.
Professional Development 3 (PD 3) – Success in Networking
Students will learn about: information Interviews, social media such as LinkedIn, email and internet etiquette, mentorships, networking events, and fostering professional relationships.
Professional Development 4 (PD 4) – Success in Career
Students will learn about: cover letter and resume writing, interviewing skills, and advanced presentation skills (culminating in an extended presentation to industry panelists).
Theory of Interior Design 1 (TID 1)
In this course students will be exposed to the design processes commonly used by interior designers when faced with design problems. Students will generate, develop, and implement design solutions required during the space planning process to solve design problems. Students will develop information gathering techniques that will be directly related to design processes such as programming and design considerations focusing on space allocations. Students will develop and utilize techniques of conceptually representing information through bubble and matrix diagrams.
Theory of Interior Design 2 (TID 2)
In this course students will research and explore major influential designers and designs of the last century. This course will emphasize ‘case study’ examples and current trends in the design field from a global perspective. An emphasis will be placed on residential interiors and architecture focusing on the approaches used in featured projects. Students will work individually and in teams to utilize their research to discover how interiors have evolved over the years.
Theory of Interior Design 3 (TID 3)
Students will examine the processes and principles of commercial design. They will learn to outline these in order to create strong solutions to given design situations. By understanding the basics of design theory, students will be able to set up design criteria to evaluate what is referred to as ‘effective’ or ‘good design’. The students understanding of the material will be aided by the analysis of existing commercial designs and assigned hands-on projects. Lectures will aid in applying this information to commercial interior design scenarios.
Traditional Representation Techniques 101 (TRT101)
Students will explore the drawing techniques and imaging practices employed in the field of interior design. The student will learn to apply these techniques in order to create strong images that are a part of design presentations. By understanding the basics of drawing, students will be able to render sketches, create perspective views, and design presentations required in professional presentations. Students’ understanding will be aided by the analysis of existing presentation and drawing approaches. Lectures, demonstrations, and visual presentations will be employed in the delivery of this information.