Interior Decorating - Residential

Ontario College Certificate | Code: 1160

Please note:

The part-time Interior Decorating program has been updated to the part-time Interior Decorating - Residential program. For questions about your path to completion, please contact Paige Linklater.

About the program

The graduate of this program will have demonstrated the ability to apply the basic design process in order to create residential interior environments that are aesthetically pleasing and functional. In this program students learn to apply the principles and elements of design and to use the design process to solve decorating challenges. Students work independently and in teams to solve problems and demonstrate their design ideas. This program is recognized by the Decorators and Designers Association of Canada (DDA Canada) and graduates have the skills to pursue employment in various areas of the residential decorating field. Courses in this program are offered through classroom and online delivery. Beginning in the Spring 2018, all courses will be available online.

This program is available for students to take fully online or in-class.

An Interior Decorating certificate opens the door to careers such as: decorator/entrepreneur, home builder consultant, model home merchandiser, kitchen and bath designer, industry representatives, home staging, decorating blogger, furniture and art sales and much more.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website:

Program information

All courses must be completed within 5 years of acceptance into the program.

Admission requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, OR 19 years of age or older.

Note re: admission requirements

  • Students must be able to receive instruction, respond and research in the English language.

Admission procedures

  • Submit a completed Conestoga College Program Application Form.
  • Attach proof of Admission Requirements.
  • Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.

Graduate opportunities

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website:

Program outcomes

  • Identify a client's interior decorating needs and goals in order to define the scope of services for residential decorating projects.
  • Collaborate with peers and design professional in the development of design proposals and plans for residential interior decorating solutions.
  • Conduct effective space planning based on existing space conditions and on modifying decor to meet the client's needs.
  • Prepare a residential decorating design concept to meet specific interior decorating project criteria, such as accessibility, historical context and others, using creative and systematic processes.
  • Use media and basic rendering techniques to express the character of a residential space.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of decoration solutions based on peer and professional feedback
  • Develop entrepreneurial strategies and plans to implement and maintain employment and business prospects.
  • Present residential interior decorating design plans, ideas and concepts using appropriate multimedia communication methods.
  • Use budgeting tools effectively to build the costs of a residential interior decorating project.

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Program contact

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Winter Registration: November 4, 2019
Spring Registration: February 3, 2020