First Year

IRC113 COMMUNICATIONS I

This course is a first in a series in design communication for interior designers that develops freehand drawing skills, including perspectives and rendering methods using various media. (Formerly IRC 103).

IRD100 DESIGN DYNAMICS STUDIO I

In lecture, studio and workshop, students are expected to develop basic skills and methods for creative problem solving in both 2D and 3D design exercises. Lectures introduce theories along with the principles of design, design process, creative thinking and research. Projects may include the elements and principles of design, explore surface and spatial manipulation and develop knowledge of materials, techniques and structure.

IRH110 INTRO TO ART HISTORY

Tracing the broad development in art, design, and architecture from the classical period through to the present, this course will offer an analytical survey of images, objects and buildings that seeks to explain the historical, cultural and social contexts of the production of art broadly defined and to offer a means of understanding stylistic change and its meaning.

IRN100 INTERIOR DESIGN I

The student is expected to build a foundation of Interior Design knowledge and the skills that support it. The lectures introduce basic design research methods, the design process, place-making, environmental behaviour theories, the sensory environment, space planning, design drafting techniques, an awareness of the profession and the ethical responsibilities of practice. Assignments apply skills and theory in design projects.

IRC112 COMMUNICATIONS II

This course develops skills in design communication and knowledge of basic computer applications used in the Interior Design program and profession.(Formerly IRC 102).

IRD200 DESIGN DYNAMICS II

In lecture and studio this course develops the skills and knowledge base acquired in IRD 100 - Design Dynamics Studio I. Emphasis is placed on understanding the manipulation of space using the basic elements of design. Model making and drawing skills are also emphasized.

IRH115 INTRO TO CONTEMPORARY DESIGN

This lecture course introduces interior design as an integrated industry as well as a highly creative discipline. Students will explore contemporary design in its socio-economic, environmental and cultural contexts. Residential, hospitality and corporate environments, as well as strategic retail applications will be studied in a global perspective.

IRN200 INTERIOR DESIGN II

Building on the foundation of Interior Design I, students apply skills and theory in a variety of design projects that will develop their knowledge of the fundamentals of interior design practice. The concept of placemaking will have an important place in the material covered. Special attention is given to the development of communication skills.

IRT101 DESIGN TECHNOLOGY I

"Residential Construction" examines the principles, regulations, systems, materials and details of standard wood frame construction according to Section 9 of the Ontario Building code. Performance criteria for residential heating, electrical and plumbing are introduced. The principles and practice of sustainable design are also introduced. Students prepare contract documentation that includes floor plans, elevations, sections and schedules.

Second Year

IRC312 COMMUNICATIONS III

Advanced techniques in computer applications. This course will emphasize the interrelationships between applications, focusing on the use of advanced computer applications in design and presentations. (Formerly IRC 201).

IRD300 DESIGN DYNAMICS III

Students are expected to further develop their creative design problem solving capabilities applying their understanding of 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional design theory to practical problems. The lectures further expand the study of the design process, structure and design theory.

IRN300 INTERIOR DESIGN III

This course is intended as a reinforcement of the central theoretical aspects of Interior Design, exploring definitions and characteristics of interiority. Lectures and assignments focus on place making, space planning and the volumetric relationships required to develop effective interiors. The course is conducted through lectures, presentations, discussions and in-class activities.

IRT201 DESIGN TECHNOLOGY II

Through lectures, field trips and workshop experimentation, students study interior surface finishes, architectural woodwork and detailing for residential and commercial design. Sustainability concerns as well as health and safety issues are discussed in the selection of finishes, installation methods and details. Students apply regulations, standards and performance criteria to their designs and prepare relevant contract documentation including fitment details, schedules and specifications.

IRD400 DESIGN DYNAMICS STUDIO IV

This course is a continuation of IRD 300 - Design Dynamics Studio III. The theory and concepts of human factors engineering (anthropometry, ergonomics) and environmental behaviour (proxemics) are explored through the design and construction of full-scale projects. Special attention is placed on the use of colour and graphics in determining the character of three-dimensional space.

IRH101 HISTORY OF DESIGN I

Antiquity to the Eighteenth Century: This course examines the history of design in pre-Modern culture. It investigates the relationship between the fine and applied arts in aesthetic, practical, theoretical, social and global contexts.

IRN400 INTERIOR DESIGN IV

Through projects that are ever more complex than those explored in Interior Design III, this course requires students to develop knowledge, abilities and attitudes essential to the practice of Interior Design.

Third Year

IRN500 INTERIOR DESIGN V

This course builds on previous Interior Design studios through projects in which students must generate creative and functional solutions for non-residential interior design problems. Studio assignments include programming, schematic concept development, design development and construction documentation for mid- to large-scale multi-functional interiors.

IRP601 PROFESSIONAL STUDY PREPARATION

This professional communication course introduces and prepares students for work-study experience. Workshops will emphasize writing and speaking clearly and concisely in a variety of situations typical of interior design practice. Students will learn design office practices, valuable interview skills, and portfolio preparation.

IRT301 DESIGN TECHNOLOGY III

Interior Commercial Construction examines the principles, regulations, systems, materials and details that comply with Ontario Building Code regulations for noncombustible construction. Study includes partitions, ceilings, doors, lighting and acoustics. Study of the principles and practice of green/sustainable design are continued. Students may be required to prepare contract documentation that includes reflected ceiling plans, partition sections, lighting system applications and calculations.

IRC412 COMMUNICATION IV - ADVANCED RENDERING

Building on IRC 113, students will demonstrate advanced competency in freehand drawing. This course includes further study and practice with wet and dry media, and will advance skills in the use of the elements and principles of design to produce visually effective renderings.(Formerly IRC 301).

IRH201 HISTORY OF DESIGN II

This course explores the meanings of Modernism. Emphasis is placed on the influence of industrialization and consequent changes in materials and technique, in the search for design paradigms appropriate to the social structure and ideals of the modern world.

IRN600 INTERIOR DESIGN VI

In this course, the student is expected to demonstrate capabilities and synthesize knowledge gained throughout the program. Solutions must have a strong research foundation and be comprehensive in their scope. Students are assigned complex projects and are required to show a high level of design development in their design interventions. Lectures may include more advanced topics such as place-making, the sensory environment, and environmental behaviour theories.

PSY217 PSYCHOLOGY AND DESIGN

Environmental Psychology and Design studies environmental psychology in the context of design practice. The course examines interaction between environments and human behaviours, as well as the individual differences related to age, gender, and cultural background. Through discussions of research and illustrations from design considerations, the course incorporates fundamental environmental psychology theories into design practice.

Fourth Year

IRH401 DESIGN SEMINAR 

This course will examine how objects, interiors, spaces and the built environment represent the transferal and embodiment of ideas about culture, society and identity. Interested in the historical and contemporary relationships of human society to objects and spaces - whether in their creation or use - this course will address ideas about style and substance as relating to the issues and concerns that define the design profession.

IRN700 INTERIOR DESIGN VII

In this studio course students will engage in research, analysis and synthesis to generate creative and experimental design resolutions in their projects. Projects may be undertaken at a variety of scales with concomitant levels of detail. Students may chose among a number of projects offered. Lectures will support each individual project.

IRT401 DESIGN TECHNOLOGY IV

"Building Services" in commercial occupancies, including such services as electrical, plumbing, sprinklers, HVAC, communications and security. Study of the principles and practice of sustainable design is continued. Students may be required to prepare contract documentation that includes floor and reflected ceiling plans.

IRP701 PROFESSIONAL STUDY PRACTICUM

Field placements in design offices, and/or other valid experiences approved by the Interior Design program, will introduce students to hands-on work experience. In addition to applying academic skills and theoretical perspectives acquired in the program, students will learn to work effectively within the interior design profession. A total of 400 hours of field placement work experience is required for full credit. This course is normally completed during the summer between third and fourth year.

IRN800 INTERIOR DESIGN VIII

This studio course will continue the work undertaken in IRN 700. Students will be expected to expand the design development and detailing of their projects choosing to focus on one or more of the following: materiality, sustainability, universal design, human factors or other areas to be approved by the faculty. Students will revise/update their project dossiers and research books and prepare their final project for publication, exhibition and public presentation.

IRP801 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

This course will build on knowledge gained in IRP 601, Professional Study Preparation. Students will be expected to demonstrate knowledge of interior design firm practices. Topics such as small business management, marketing, promotion, presentations, fee methods, scope of services, job descriptions, contracts, ethics and accounting are reviewed. Project management contract documentation, budgeting and scheduling will be further examined.

IRT501DESIGN TECHNOLOGY V

This course provides advanced study of interior building construction, materials, detailing and building services. Students examine current practices and standards. The development of competency in contract documentation is a goal.