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Centre for Arts and Technology has reached an articulation agreement with Yorkville University. Read our Press Release to find out how this could set you up for a Bachelor of Interior Design!
Receive interior design training from our industry experts at one of the leading interior design schools in Canada. The Centre offers 3 Interior Design Programs; a 15-month, a 18-month program and a 24-month program. Providing you the tools and training you need to start a career in interior design. You don’t just want to design a functional space…your goal is to create a masterpiece. You see beauty and potential in every room…waiting for just the right blend of know-how and imagination (yours!). You understand that every line, every curve, every colour come together as a symphony to form the desired look and mood. Interior design is in your future, and Centre for Arts and Technology, one of the leading interior design schools in Canada, will help take you there.
The Interior Design program will get you ready for a rewarding careers like these:
- Interior Designer
- Building Code Consultant
- Office Space Planner
- Space Management Consultant
- Kitchen Designer
- Retail and Residential Space Planner
- Real Estate Staging Consultant
INTERIOR DESIGN SCHOOLS | KELOWNA, CANADA
Interior designers create environments that bring beauty to everyday life, portray personality, and add sophistication and professionalism to reinforce the brand of a business or retailer. Offered at one of the leading interior design schools in Canada, our comprehensive Interior Design program will bring out your artistic side, familiarize you with the latest technology, and prepare you for a career as an independent designer, or employment with a respected design firm.
Here are just a few of the places you’ll find our graduates:
Yuge Design • MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architecture • Riddell Kurczaba Architecture • Apache Canada • Bergrand Fast Design • Jade Bay Constructors The Interior Design program offers professional training through instructors who have enjoyed successful interior design careers of their own. You’ll learn from the best about every aspect of the interior design industry, from traditional drafting and rendering, to 3D modeling software, to lighting and construction methods. You will also have the opportunity to make valuable connections and learn firsthand during several work placements. With your professional interior design diploma, you’ll be a master of: Technical Drafting Techniques—AutoCAD and SketchUp—Building Technologies—Detailing—Business of Interior Design—Theory and Principles of Interior Design—Lighting—History of Architecture and Design—Graphic Communications—Representation Methods—Building Codes and Sustainable Design.
“I chose the Centre for Arts and Technology because of their smaller class sizes and genuine interest in my success. The Interior Design program definitely prepared me for the career I always dreamed about.” – McKenzie Hedman
*The future path for Interior Design certification qualifications (NCIDQ) undergoes change often. Centre for Arts and Technology is following the professional Interior Design industry developments closely and will respond appropriately as the changes progress. All students should seek updated information as it is made available through the national association (IDC) and each individual provincial association. Find out more about the current status for NCIDQ Exam Eligibility Requirements. Currently the Centre for Arts and Technology graduates qualify to write the NCIDQ exam upon the required post graduate work experience. Please follow-up with a Program Advisor to help guide you through this process at firstname.lastname@example.org.
JENNIFER YEO | BID RID, IDC, NCIDQ # 07266 | DEPARTMENT HEAD
Jennifer brings over 30 years of experience as a practicing Interior Designer to her role as Interior Design Department Head. She has extensive commercial design experience and her portfolio includes projects across Canada in the corporate office, educational, institutional, health care, ecclesiastical, financial, manufacturing, hospitality and residential sectors. Her experience working in various types of design environments, from manufacturing, to government project management; large architectural to small design firm, brings a varied perspective to the instruction and practice of interior design. She is the Principal of YDA planning + interior design (previously Yeo Design Associates) in Vernon, is a Registered Interior Designer, member of IDIBC (Interior Designers Institute of British Columbia) and IDC (Interior Designers of Canada). A believer that each of us is a steward of the earth, she is also a member of the CaGBC (Canadian Green Building Council). She has been an Executive Board Member of the PIDIM (Professional Interior Designers Institute of Manitoba) responsible for the NCIDQ (National Council of Interior Design Qualification) portfolio and currently handles the Continuing Education portfolio for the Okanagan Community of IDBC/IDC. She has sat on several executive boards, chaired several non-profits and was President of the Morden Chamber of Commerce. Jennifer received a Bachelor degree (BID) in Interior Design from the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Architecture; holds NCIDQ certification and has an extensive background in teaching, leading workshops and speaking engagements on various aspects of design including a presentation to the USSR Winter Cities Architectural Delegation on “The Impact of the North on Interior Design” for the NWT Government in Yellowknife.
Jennifer has been recognized nationally for her award-winning designs, receiving a First Place Award for the Interface & Bentley National Design Competition at IIDEX, in Toronto and a Premier’s Award for Design Excellence.
Instructing at the CAT since 2012, Jennifer says, her love for design is eclipsed only by the enjoyment and passion she has for inspiring and mentoring future young designers. She and teaches various courses in Design Theory, Universal Design, Commercial Design, History of Architecture, Design History, Graphic Communication, Detailing courses and Advanced Design Studios.
To learn more about working in the Interior Design Industry, you can listen to our PODCAST with Jennifer on our Soundcloud Account.
MIKE BENTIEN | CLC, LS | INSTRUCTOR
Mike, an expert in both natural and artificial lighting effects, is a Certified Lighting Consultant and Lighting Specialist accredited by the American Lighting Association and recognized by the Illuminating Engineering Society. He has more than 30 years’ experience in lighting design and is the Principal at Designing with Light in Kelowna. An experienced instructor, he is one of a handful of professionals certified to teach Lighting Design across North America. Mike focuses on, function, sustainability and design through lighting in both our residential and commercial lighting design courses at CAT.
JASON BESSE | DIPL. TECH., A.T. AIBC | INSTRUCTOR
Jason teaches the introductory computer drafting classes in Autodesk AutoCAD and Revit. As an architectural technologist, at Patrick McCusker Architecture Inc, he is responsible for the production and assembly of construction drawings. He is a member of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia and continues to pursue ongoing education in the architecture industry.
KRISTA PAINE | RID, NCIDQ | INSTRUCTOR
Krista, is a Registered Interior Designer, a member of IDIBC, the Interior Designers Institute of BC, the Kelowna Women in Business, and she is an owner of Ian Paine Construction and Design. She specializes in Kitchen and Bathroom design, as well as high-end millwork. Her work has been featured in magazines and has received two Okanagan Tommie awards for excellence in Bathroom renovations. As well as being a judge for various building awards, she has recently participated in the control test group for CIDQ’s (Council for Interior Design Qualification) new computer-based NCIDQ exam. Krista’s energetic and playful personality makes her a much-loved instructor to aspiring Interior Design students teaching Residential Interior Design Studio and Building Systems courses.
ANDREA MULLER | DID, NCIDQ | INSTRUCTOR
Andrea’s passion is in unravelling design challenges. Her design background is varied with experience in medical, corporate, institutional, educational and protective service interior design sectors. She has worked for Dialog, an integrated architectural/design firm in Edmonton and is now, an Interior Designer with Hatch Interior Design Inc. in Kelowna. Andrea holds a Diploma in Interior Design Technology from Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. Andrea teaches varies courses at CAT with an emphasis on Detailing and Drafting, Technology and Millwork Detailing and Furniture Design.
KORYNN KROESKAMP |DID | INSTRUCTOR
Korynn is a practicing commercial Interior Designer at Begrand Fast Design Inc., a full service residential and commercial interior design firm in Kelowna. She is also a designer for DIRTT (Doing it Right This Time). In 2015, she graduated from the Interior Design Program at CAT. Her specialty is 3D rendering and she instructs students on how to create realistic 3D views and renderings. She loves technology, sustainability, intentional / functional design, the outdoors, and her dog, Milo.
JULES GALLOWAY | BSC | INSTRUCTOR
Jules has an extensive background in design beginning in the UK and continuing with her varied practice in Canada. Her specific expertise is in feasibility studies, ergonomics, spatial planning, project and construction management, office furniture and is currently studying a Masters in Industrial Organizational Psychology at University of London. She is the owner of Evolve Design Build Inc. and HUB Office Furniture. She has been a guest lecturer to the interior design program and instructor for the Human Factors in Interior Design Course for several years
DOUG PATAN | BOABC | INSTRUCTOR
Doug is the Building Inspection Services Manager for the City of Kelowna, a member of the Building Officials Association of BC and is an expert in the interpretation and application of Building Codes. His sense of humor and patience are great assets which enhance his instruction of CAT’s Building Code courses.
RACHEL CLARIDA | RID, BARCHSCI, IDC, NCIDQ | CRIT
As a Principal of Hatch Interior Design, a past instructor and valued guest lecturer at CAT, Rachel brings with her vast experience in Interior Design and her Architectural background drives her to search out intelligent and creative solutions for her clients. She is a Registered Interior Designer and a graduate from the Bachelor of Architectural Science program at Ryerson University, Toronto. Rachel is a critique for our advanced design workshop.
JESSICA MUDALIAR | RID, IDC, NCIDQ, EPT, LEED GREEN ASSOCIATE | CRIT
Jessica is the Principal of Enliven Design + Consulting. She is a Registered Interior Designer with an extensive background in interior design and a passion for sustainability and energy efficiency. She graduated from CAT in 2011 and has worked for firms in Vancouver, Kelowna and Vernon, BC prior to opening her own practice. Jessica is a critique for our advanced design workshop.
“I chose the Centre for Arts and Technology because of their smaller class sizes and genuine interest in my success. The Interior Design program definitely prepared me for the career I always dreamed about.” - McKenzie Hedman