Revised Curriculum begins 2018 -2019
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First Year

IRC 113 INTRODUCTION TO VISUAL COMMUNICATION
Introduction to Visual Communication introduces students to visual communication using the foundations of orthographic drawing with manual drafting skills in addition to various media. These techniques support abstract and technical concepts as a means to think rigorously about communicating through drawing.

IRC 112 INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL COMMUNICATION
Introduction to Digital Communication introduces basic computer applications used in the interior design profession and allied creative disciplines. Students will execute standard computer-aided design commands and operations while learning the procedural language that is required to analyze and critique the design.

IRD 101 DESIGN DYNAMICS INTRODUCTIONS
Design Dynamics Introductions is the first in a sequence of four that places emphasis on the foundations of making, design principles, and elements.

IRD 200 DESIGN DYNAMICS STUDIO II
Projects increase with complexity while introducing students to 2D and 3D relationships using model making and drawing principles. The sequence of projects introduces design terminology that is discipline-specific. Coursework utilizes the workshop for hands-on experience with tools and materials.

IRH 110 HISTORY OF ART, ARCHITECTURE AND MATERIAL CULTURE I
This is the first semester of a two-semester survey of art, architecture, and material culture from pre-history to the 17th century. Students are introduced to art, architecture, and objects from the earliest examples of human artistic expression through the Renaissance. In addition to exploring the formal, material, and technological characteristics of objects, buildings, and interiors, students will learn how these creations fit into the larger political, cultural, and scientific contexts in which they were made.

IRH 115 HISTORY OF ART, ARCHITECTURE AND MATERIAL CULTURE II
This is the second of two semesters of art, architecture, and material culture from the 17th century to the present day.

IRN 101 INTERIOR DESIGN STUDIO Interior Design I is an introduction to the visual language of interiority explored through the elements and principles of design. Ideas of human behaviour, inhabitation, and body in space are surveyed relative to the site, scale, and the built environment.

IRN 201 INTERIOR DESIGN STUDIO II
Building on the foundations of the first semester, students develop concepts for an interior environment exploring the interconnectedness of user, programme, and site. Students develop process and presentation models and drawings to communicate final design solutions.

IRT 101 TECHNOLOGY I
Technology I introduces how gravity, strength, rigidity, and stability of materials and structures inform our built environment. Technical understanding is developed through lectures and projects.

Second Year

IRC 312 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).

IRD 300 DESIGN DYNAMICS STUDIO 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.

IRD 400 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.

IRH 101 HISTORY OF INTERIOR DESIGN 1850 - PRESENT
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.

IRN 300 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 placemaking, space planning and the volumetric relationships required to develop effective interiors. The course is conducted through lectures, presentations, discussions and in-class activities.

IRN 400 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.

IRT 201 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.

Third Year

IRC 412 COMMUNICATION IV
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).

IRH 201 EVOLUTION OF CANADIAN INTERIORS
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.

IRN 500 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.

IRN 600 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.

IRP 601 PROFESSIONAL STUDY PREPARATION
This professional communication course introduces and prepares students for the 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.

IRT 301 DESIGN TECHNOLOGY III
Interior Commercial Construction examines the principles, regulations, systems, materials, and details that comply with Ontario Building Code regulations for noncombustible construction. The study includes partitions, ceilings, doors, lighting, and acoustics. Study of the principles and practice of green/sustainable design is continued. Students may be required to prepare contract documentation that includes reflected ceiling plans, partition sections, lighting system applications and calculations.

PSY 217 PSYCHOLOGY AND DESIGN
Environmental Psychology and Design studies environmental psychology in the context of design practice. The course examines the interaction between environments and human behaviour, 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

IRH 401 DESIGN SEMINAR
This course will examine how objects, interiors, spaces and the built environment represent the transferal an 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.

IRN 700 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 choose among a number of projects offered. Lectures will support each individual project.

IRN 800 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.

IRP 701 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.

IRP 801 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, the scope of services, job descriptions, contracts, ethics, and accounting are reviewed. Project management contract documentation, budgeting, and scheduling will be further examined.

IRT 401 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.

IRT 501 DESIGN 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.

 

 

First Year

IRC 113 INTRODUCTION TO VISUAL COMMUNICATION
Introduction to Visual Communication introduces students to visual communication using the foundations of orthographic drawing with manual drafting skills in addition to various media. These techniques support abstract and technical concepts as a means to think rigorously about communicating through drawing.

IRC 112 INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL COMMUNICATION
Introduction to Digital Communication introduces basic computer applications used in the interior design profession and allied creative disciplines. Students will execute standard computer-aided design commands and operations while learning the procedural language that is required to analyze and critique the design.

IRD 101 DESIGN DYNAMICS INTRODUCTIONS
Design Dynamics I is the first in a sequence of four that places emphasis on the foundations of making, design principles, and elements.

IRD 200 DESIGN DYNAMICS STUDIO II
Projects increase with complexity while introducing students to 2D and 3D relationships using model making and drawing principles. The sequence of projects introduces design terminology that is discipline-specific. Coursework utilizes the workshop for hands-on experience with tools and materials.

IRH 110 HISTORY OF ART, ARCHITECTURE AND MATERIAL CULTURE I
This is the first semester of a two-semester survey of art, architecture, and material culture from pre-history to the 17th century. Students are introduced to art, architecture, and objects from the earliest examples of human artistic expression through the Renaissance. In addition to exploring the formal, material, and technological characteristics of objects, buildings, and interiors, students will learn how these creations fit into the larger political, cultural, and scientific contexts in which they were made.

IRH 115 HISTORY OF ART, ARCHITECTURE AND MATERIAL CULTURE II
This is the second of two semesters of art, architecture, and material culture from the 17th century to the present day.

IRN 101 INTERIOR DESIGN STUDIO I 
Interior Design I is an introduction to the visual language of interiority explored through the elements and principles of design. Ideas of human behaviour, inhabitation, and body in space are surveyed relative to the site, scale, and the built environment.

IRN 201 INTERIOR DESIGN STUDIO II
Building on the foundations of the first semester, students develop concepts for an interior environment exploring the interconnectedness of user, programme, and site. Students develop process and presentation models and drawings to communicate final design solutions.

IRT 101 TECHNOLOGY I
Technology I introduces how gravity, strength, rigidity, and stability of materials and structures inform our built environment. Technical understanding is developed through lectures and projects.

Second Year

IRC 312 COMMUNICATIONS III
Communications III builds on previous knowledge and explores more advanced digital techniques. This course emphasizes a cross-platform workflow that moves seamlessly between 2D and 3D methods of representation. This method encourages students to practice their design vocabulary.

IRC 412 COMMUNICATIONS IV
Communications IV explores emerging technologies and contemporary digital paradigms. This theory-to-practicum course encourages applied creative thinking and exploration through physical and digital ideation.

IRD 300 DESIGN DYNAMICS STUDIO III
Students learn from significant case studies in Design Dynamics II as a base for understanding complex terminology through spatial and contextual analysis. Emphasis continues with model making and drawing as a means of synthesizing spatial configurations, terminology, and diagrams.

IRD 400 DESIGN DYNAMICS STUDIO IV
The parameters of design shift from analysis and diagramming in the previous course to the application of design strategies in Design Dynamics IV. Students apply these concepts and theories in projects and concurrent courses. Emphasis continues with making in the workshop environment. 

IRH 101 HISTORY OF INTERIOR DESIGN 1850-PRESENT
This course explores the history of domestic, commercial, and public interiors from the beginning of the Industrial Revolution to the present day. Students will explore interiors from the Victorian period, through early and mid-century modernist movements, with contemporary interiors around the world. This course emphasizes the many social, political, and technological influences that shape the interior.

IRH 201 EVOLUTION OF CANADIAN INTERIORS
Canadian history and identity are traced through the material culture of everyday life from pre-European contact to present day. Object inquiry and analysis form the primary methodology to reveal the meaning of things, the significance of the built environment and the relationship people create with them.

IRN 301 INTERIOR DESIGN III
Interior Design III further develops the haptic and tactile aspects of the environment through investigations of enclosure, intervention, material technologies, and design precedents. Students use drawings, models, and research methodologies to inform the design process and increased programme complexity. 

IRN 401 INTERIOR DESGIN STUDIO IV
Building on the concept of environments for the human body, students integrate foundations of structures, site, material awareness and human behaviour theory to comprehensive design problems. Students investigate concepts and develop design solutions with a focus on the public realm of interiors.

IRT 211 TECHNOLOGY II
Technology II investigates interior details, ornamentation, and connections through an in-depth analysis of materials. fabrication considerations, mechanization, specifications, and performance criteria. 

IRT 301 TECHNOLOGY III
This course introduces students to building systems such as lighting, acoustics, thermal control, vertical circulation, egress, and wall assemblies that are compliant with construction standards, regulations and codes for noncombustible construction through lectures and technical drawings.

Third Year

IRH 401 DESIGN SEMINAR
This theory-to-practicum style course encourages students to explore critical topics in interior design via a dynamic combination of research and making. Key elements of design history and theory will provide a supportive context for design strategies.

IRN 501 INTERIOR DESIGN STUDIO V
Interior Design Studio V project scope includes the health, safety, and welfare of users requiring students to demonstrate knowledge, abilities, and attitudes essential to the practice of Interior Design. Projects explore interior standards, regulations, and guidelines for the built environment. 

IRN 601 INTERIOR DESIGN STUDIO VI
Students are expected to synthesize knowledge gained throughout the program. Solutions must have a strong research foundation and demonstrate comprehensive and integrative design thinking.

IRP 801 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
Professional Practice will introduce students to business practices within an interior design firm. Project management, contract documentation, budgeting and scheduling relative to various office typologies, professional ethics, and licensure and examined.

IRT 401 DESIGN TECHNOLOGY IV
Students apply the knowledge previously gained in the technology sequence to develop interior construction drawing sets that document building and systems integration. These drawings include schedules for electrical, plumbing, sprinklers, HVAC, communications, and security. 

IRT 501 DESIGN TECHNOLOGY V
Advanced study of interior building construction resulting in a comprehensive contract documents set. 

PSY 217 PSYCHOLOGY AND DESIGN
Environmental Psychology and Design studies environmental psychology in the context of design practice. The course examines the 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

IRN 701 INTERIOR DESIGN STUDIO VII
In this fourth-year studio, students will engage and align with faculty research, analysis and synthesis to generate creative and experimental design solutions. Students choose among a number of projects offered to explore and research emerging and contemporary issues in design.

IRN 801 INTERIOR DESIGN STUDIO VIII
In this final studio, students will engage and align with faculty research, analysis and synthesis to generate creative and experimental design solutions. Students choose among a number of projects offered to explore and research emerging and contemporary issues in design.

IRP 701 PROFESSIONAL STUDY PRACTICUM
Internships in design offices, and/or experiences approved by the Interior Design program, will introduce students to hands-on work experiences. A total of 400 hours of experience is required. This course is normally completed during the summer between third and fourth year.