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Official descriptions of courses are located in the Academic Calendar. While every effort is made to ensure that the list below is current, in the event of disagreement between descriptions below and those in the calendar, those in the calendar are authoritative.

TERM 1

  • ENGL101 Research & Composition

    This course builds on the conventions and techniques of composition through critical writing.  Students apply principles of logic, strategic thinking, and synthesis to prepare sound arguments supported by relevant, well documented research. Students are encouraged to write extensively, in persuasive and analytic styles, on contemporary issues of interest to them, where individual style and unique thinking are demonstrated.

    3.0 Quarter credits: Pre-requisite: none, Co-requisite: none

  • DIDS1003 Introduction to Interior Design Theory

    This course introduces the fundamental concepts and terminology of design, the analysis of space, form, and order, relating them to the study and practice of interior design. Emphasis is on analysis and criticism through the study of fundamental design principles, and acquainting students with the design process and critical interior design theories related to the interaction of people and interior architectural space.

    3.0 quarter credits: Pre-requisite: none, Co-requisite: none

  • DIDT1301 Introduction to Drafting

    In this course, the student will develop basic skills in architectural drafting and use of equipment, as well as terminology. The student will also develop drawing and sketching skills required to illustrate ideas using architectural/design style graphic methods.

    3.0 Quarter credits: Pre-requisite: none, Co-requisite: none

  • DIDS1005 Fundamentals of Space Planning

    This introductory course establishes design vocabulary and encourages critical exploration of interior environments within the forum of space planning. Students will learn the fundamental building blocks of space planning that apply to all design sectors: anthropometrics; ethnographic observations; site analysis; human factors; barrier‐free and universal design considerations; design codes and standards. Programming methodology is examined as part of the designer’s toolkit and a means of integrating user needs with desired spatial qualities.

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: none; Co‐Requisites: none

  • DIDV130 Digital Drawing & Colour Theory

    This course introduces basic computer applications for digital drawing and colour theory. Students will develop essential skills in the use of digital software applications while incorporating colour principles, theory, and systems as it applies to design composition, human perception and environmental psychology.

    3.0 quarter credits: Pre-requisite: none, Co-requisite: none


TERM 2

  • DIDS107 Design Studio: Residential

    In this course, the student will develop an understanding of the concepts of space utilization and organization as well as the specific criteria of individual spatial problems. Students develop a conceptual approach to a small‐scale residential space. Emphasis is on the integration of human behavioral theory within 3 dimensional spatial contexts and space planning.

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: DIDS1301, DIDS1005; Co‐Requisites: None

  • DIDT142 Manual & Digital Drawing Standard

    In this course, the student will develop skills in preparing both manual and digital production drawings. Students will take their advanced manual technical skills into an introduction of CADD. The course will focus on introductory to intermediate level commands and techniques using the current industry‐standard version of AutoCAD. Emphasis is on the transfer of drafting knowledge from previous courses into CADD based skills through a series of in‐class problem solving exercises and through the production of architectural drawings.

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: DIDT1301; Co‐Requisites: None

  • DIDV134 Visual Communications ‐ Rendering

    In this course, students are introduced to basic rendering techniques using a variety of media. Emphasis is on the integration of color rendering to two dimensional plans and elevations and basic perspectives to illustrate materiality and spatial character. Students will also demonstrate the construction of basic one and two‐point perspectives, developing the basic vocabulary of visual communication.

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: DIDT1301, DIDV130; Co‐Requisites: None

  • DIDE151 Products & Materials – Foundation

    This course examines materials and products in a global context by exposing students to sustainable characteristics through life-cycle analysis. Emphasis is on determining the criteria for evaluating material and product usage based upon their inherent qualities, construction and manufacturing from a variety of perspectives.

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: ENGL101; Co‐Requisites: None

  • ARTH110 Western Art – Prehistoric to Gothic

    This course introduces students to the art and architecture of ancient societies from around the world, spanning pre-history to the fall of the Roman Empire.  Using a broad, interdisciplinary approach, various art works are examined as emanations of a universal human condition and as unique expressions of culturally-specific worldviews. After exploring various definitions of ‘art’ and an overview of the earliest emergence of art and artistic traits in human history, focus then turns toward the complexities of ancient, classical and early medieval civilizations. Through the art and architecture of each historical period, students learn the symbolic ‘language’ through which ancient societies transmitted their most profound ideas.  Greater fluency in this ancient symbolic language allows students to understand the differences between sacred, traditional theological and profane art and the concepts that define their original purposes.

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: ENGL101; Co‐Requisites: None

     

TERM 3

  • DIDS115 Design Studio: Retail

    In this course, the student will acquire knowledge of retail design considerations and apply these principles to a commercial project focusing on the display and merchandising of products in a global marketplace. Emphasis is on programming skills, space planning and circulation strategies, and the creation of an interior environment that successfully focuses on the display and merchandising of product within established codes and architectural limitations.

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: DIDS107, DIDV134, DIDT142; Co‐Requisites: None

  • DIDT145 CAD

    In this course, the student will continue to explore and utilize computer aided drawing technology. This course focuses on intermediate to advanced level commands, techniques, and protocols as well as productivity enhancing features with an emphasis on professional level utilization for two dimensional presentation and construction drawings.

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: DIDT142; Co‐Requisites: None

  • DIDV135 Visual Communications ‐ Perspectives

    In this course, the student will expand and refine their skills in perspective drawing and rendering techniques. Emphasis is on the progression of sketching skills, architectural diagramming, and the detailed construction of perspective drawings with an emphasis on complex three dimensional spaces. Students will integrate illustrative techniques to represent scale, proportion, and advanced light modeling to portray the qualities of the built environment. The course builds upon previous knowledge in presentation composition to support design studio projects.

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: DIDV134; Co‐Requisites: None

  • DIDE155 Building Systems ‐ Lighting

    In this course, students expand their knowledge of the principles and applications of lighting design and apply them to specific, specialized environmental situations. Emphasis is placed on creative lighting concepts, light level calculations, and the incorporation of custom lighting solutions and source design. Students also refine their skills in the development of architectural drawings related to lighting design.

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: DIDT142; Co‐Requisites: None

  • ENGL150 Professional Communication

    This course extends composition and research principles to writing in a career context. Students apply principles of economy and clarity to create business documents that are informative and persuasive. While the course focuses on business messaging, it also includes formal research report writing, as well as the planning and delivery of oral presentations.

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: ENGL101; Co‐Requisites: None

     

TERM 4

  • DIDS203 Design Studio: Restaurant

    In this course, the student will acquire knowledge of restaurant design considerations and apply these principles to a commercial project focusing on branding and dining as the entertainment experience. Emphasis is on programming skills, space planning and circulation strategies, and the creation of an interior environment that successfully focuses on the users’ experience and brand identity within established codes and architectural limitations.

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: DIDS115, DIDV134; Co‐Requisites: None

  • DIDT235 Construction Drawings

    In this course, the student will develop knowledge and skills in the areas of architectural construction drawings and details. Analytical skills and processes provide a foundation for the application of knowledge from previous courses to technical architectural drawings using industry standards and tools. Emphasis is placed on the selection, specification and illustration of appropriate materials, assemblies and components for a set of construction drawings and within budgetary considerations.

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: DIDT145; Co‐Requisites: None

  • DIDV225 Visual Communications ‐ Techniques

    This course builds on the drawing and rendering techniques developed previously through an investigation of advanced techniques, mixed media, and graphics software. Emphasis is on the use of appropriate media to support project type and illustrative intent. Students will refine their presentation skills though the use of advanced mixed media approaches to effectively convey design concept integration throughout project design.

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: DIDV135; Co‐Requisites: None

  • DIDE261 Products & Materials – Residential

    In this course, students will critically examine material and product use in a residential context.  Emphasis is on material and product features, application, and installation with a focus on sustainable practices.  Working from the foundation to the final details, students will holistically explore how specific materials and products support their design intent.

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: DIDE151; Co‐Requisites: None

  • ARTH120 Western Art – Renaissance to Contemporary

    The road to understanding modern and contemporary art begins with a study of the evolution of the modern mind.  The course begins by analyzing the transition from a medieval worldview to the emergence of a scientific outlook in the late 1400s. The Renaissance and the resurgence of ancient Classical learning are also examined for their influences on artistic and architectural styles, and for their adoption of and challenge to the dominant theological doctrines of the early Modern era. Finally, the art of the 20th, 21st centuries is explored as both a culmination of Postmodernism and ‘end’ to the traditional narrative of art history, signalling a growing desire to be inclusive to new media and globally diverse artists.

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: ARTH110; Co‐Requisites: None

     

TERM 5

  • DIDS206 Design Studio Advanced Residential

    In this course, the student will continue to develop their conceptual abilities and apply this process to a large‐scale residential project. The student will analyze spatial needs in terms of behaviour, life style and function and develop a design that integrates those needs with a focus on personal and social issues and theoretical constructs related to diverse concepts of home and living spaces.

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: DIDS203, DIDT145, DIDV225; Co‐Requisites: None

  • DIDV240 Digital Presentation

    Students expand their presentation skills using digital software applications and apply those skills to the development of a variety of industry standard presentation methods and techniques.  Emphasis is on advanced image manipulation and demonstrating when and where to apply the appropriate presentation technique.  Students explore and develop their own personal presentation strengths by furthering their visual and graphic presentation skills, as well as adding to the development of their critical analysis and creative thinking skills.

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: DIDV225; Co‐Requisites: None

  • DIDE255 Building Systems ‐ Structures

    This course covers basic structural theory and the major structural systems for buildings and an overview of building components with a focus on structural impact for interior design practice. Emphasis is on the application of knowledge through drawings and modeling as they relate to the design studio projects.

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: DIDT145; Co‐Requisites: None

  • DIDE4401 Codes & Regulations 1

    In this course, the student will study current building codes, regulations and standards as they relate to the practice of interior design. Emphasis is on understanding the intent and interpretation of code regulations and applying basic knowledge to interior projects.

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: DIDS115; Co‐Requisites: None

  • GES200 General Studies

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: one Tier 1 course; Co‐Requisites: None

TERM 6

  • DIDS210 Design Studio: Workspace

    In this course, students will work within the specific program requirement of a corporate office client to create an efficient, functional and comfortable work place. Emphasis is on programming and planning methodology for commercial spaces, consideration of architectural limitations that apply to the design solution, and developing an awareness of system furniture and office ergonomics.

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: DIDS206, DIDT235; Co‐Requisites: None

  • DIDV3222 Revit

    In this course, the student is introduced to the principles and uses of Building Information Modeling (BIM) software as utilized in the profession. Emphasis is on the use of modeling commands and protocols resulting in professional level deliverables including presentation drawings and construction documents.

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: DIDV235; Co‐Requisites: None

  • DIDE270 Building Systems: Power / HVAC

    This course emphasizes the function of environmental support systems as they relate to interior design practice and life safety support systems. Students learn to apply the underlying technical requirements for building systems (mechanical, electrical, and fire detection/suppression) and how they impact interior design decisions and construction drawings. Students also obtain an introduction to fundamental lighting criteria and considerations.

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: DIDE145, Co‐Requisites: None

  • DIDP250 Professional Practice

    In this course, the student is introduced to the scope and complexity of professional interior design practice in a global marketplace. Emphasis is on the development of project administration documents; business planning strategies; and marketing approaches within the context of legal and ethical obligations to the public.

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: DIDV240; Co‐Requisites: None

  • GES220 General Studies

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: one Tier 1 course; Co‐Requisites: None

 TERM 7

  • DIDS310 Design Studio: Moving Spaces

    In this course, the student examines mobile, deployable and compact spaces with a focus on design solutions for highly specialized conditions. Emphasis is on the research, programmatic, and conceptual development of spaces that serve contemporary social issues for emergency shelter. Students apply integrated design team strategies for innovative and sustainable design solutions.

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: DIDS210; Co‐Requisites: None

  • DIDV230 Digital Rendering

    In this course, students will investigate wire‐frame and solid modeling operations and operations to construct three‐dimensional architectural drawings using industry preferred software. Emphasis is on creating three‐dimensional buildings and spaces using coordinate systems, commands and protocols to create realistic perspective drawings and model assemblies. Students will also investigate digital rendering capabilities and apply them to 3D-based models.

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: DIDV225; Co‐Requisites: None

  • DIDH312 Global Architecture & Design

    In this course, students investigate global architecture and design with a focus on understanding the interrelationships between the built environments and underlying social, cultural, economic, political, technical and environmental issues. Emphasis is on the investigation and understating of architecture and design as a reflection of the values and events that form a society and the role that design has to influence change.

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: ARTH120; Co‐Requisites: None

  • GES230 General Studies

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: one Tier 1 course; Co‐Requisites: None

  • GES235 General Studies

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: one Tier 1 course; Co‐Requisites: None

Term 8

  • DIDS315 Design Studio: Hospitality

    In this course, the student applies advanced design methodology using collaborative approaches to a hospitality project. Emphasis is on the integration of evidence‐based design research and design criteria governing the planning, spatial articulation, and materials use for the renovation of an existing boutique hotel. Design development is informed by a comprehensive design concept and presentation media that illustrates advanced processes, and architectural definition within the context of the Triple Bottom Line.

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: DIDS310; Co‐Requisites: None

  • DIDE351 Materials & Products – Commercial

    In this course, students will critically examine material and product use in a commercial context.  Emphasis is on the integration of advanced critical thinking approaches to materials and products specifications, features, application, and installation with a focus on sustainable practices.  Working from the foundation to the final details, students will holistically explore how specific products and materials support their design intent and consumer need.

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: DIDE261; Co‐Requisites: None

  • DIDE344 Applied Lighting

    In this course, the student will apply previously learned lighting design principles to a variety of specific and specialized lighting situations. Emphasis is on the integration of creative lighting solutions with technical criteria related to user needs, source specification and layout, and building systems coordination. Students develop advanced drawings, details, and specifications to illustrate lighting intent, installation and construction coordination with related disciplines.

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: DIDE244; Co‐Requisites: None

  • DIDH211 History of Furniture

    In this course, the student will focus on the study of furniture design and styles within the context of critical analysis and historic influence. Emphasis is on the knowledge of historic precedents to better understand furniture design, construction, production, and manufacturing.

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: ENGL101; Co‐Requisites: None

  • GES240 General Studies

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: one Tier 1 course; Co‐Requisites: None

TERM 9

  • DIDS320 Design Studio: Collaborative

    In this course, the student participates in an interdisciplinary collaborative project as approved by the department chair. Emphasis is placed on the creative aspect of the chosen project, the ability of the team to provide a cohesive rationale for the project’s exploration and desired outcome, and a program for their research that culminates in the final project results.

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: DIDS315, DIDV230; Co‐Requisites: None

  • DIDE360 Restoration

    In this course, the student is exposed to the methods and strategies of historic restoration as they relate to interior and exterior architecture. Emphasis is on developing awareness and understanding of the impact that the preservation of historic structures has within social, economic, and sustainability contexts.

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: ENGL101; Co‐Requisites: None

  • DIDH330 Canadian Architecture & Design

    In this course, students will explore examples of vernacular architecture and notable practices to inform their understanding of historic and contemporary precedents in Canada.  Emphasis is on the contextual investigation of Indigenous and Post-Colonial architecture and interiors through research, observation and analysis. Focus is on the relevance of Canadian contributions to the North American and global study and practice of architecture and design.

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: ARTH120; Co‐Requisites: None

  • DIDH320 Research Methods in Interior Design

    This course addresses the role of research design methods in interior design identifying the relationship between research and practice in the profession. Emphasis is on the choice and attributes of tools for research methodologies with a focus on critical analysis of evidence-based research data.

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: DIDS315, ENGL101; Co‐Requisites: None

  • GES245 General Studies

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: one Tier 1 course; Co‐Requisites: None

 TERM 10

  • DIDS410 Thesis 1: Research & Programming

    Upon completion of all previous studios, students will begin the first of a three-course thesis sequence and begin the research and programming phase of their final thesis project.  Using research methodologies, emphasis is on the analysis and critical review of supporting information from the social sciences.  Design methodology is applied to a topic and project of personal and professional relevance, while addressing a social and/or environmental need.  The resulting research and programming synthesis informs the conceptual and design development of the project in subsequent courses.

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: DIDH320, all studios; Co‐Requisites: DIDE4402

  • DIDE4402 Codes & Regulations 2

    In this course, the student will continue the study and application of current building codes, regulations and standards as they relate to the practice of interior design. Emphasis is on the advanced analysis, application and documentation of regulatory information to interior design projects.

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: DIDE4401; Co‐Requisites: DIDS410

  • DIDH420 Philosophy of Design

    In this course, the student will be exposed to a variety of theoretical and philosophical constructs related to the study of architecture and design. Emphasis is on building awareness and understanding of the relevance of design, and social theories within the context of the built environment.

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: DIDS310, ENGL101; Co‐Requisites: None

  • DIDP453 Marketing Professional Services

    In this course, the student investigates the marketing process as a means to understanding how to best present themselves as a design professional. Emphasis is on the refinement of a comprehensive pre‐professional portfolio that illustrates their knowledge, skill, and individual vision as a precursor to degree completion.

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: DIDP250; Co‐Requisites: None

TERM 11

  • DIDS401 Senior Thesis 2: Concept & Design

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: DIDS400; Co‐Requisites: DIDT430

  • DIDS420 Thesis 2: Concept & Design Development

    In the second of the thesis course series, students build on the foundation and successful completion of DIDS410 Thesis 1: Research & Programming. Students will develop advanced conceptual frameworks to inform the direction of the design and presentation of their thesis projects. Emphasis is on the generation of a comprehensive design concept that is integrated theoretically and spatially through the development of schematic diagrams and sketches, and refined using industry- standard architectural and design drawings.

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: DIDS410; Co‐Requisites: DIDT430.

  • DIDT430 Advanced Specifications

    In this course, the student develops advanced knowledge and skill in the writing of specifications for an interior design project. Emphasis is on understanding the issues involved in specifying, identifying appropriate documentation formats, and practical application of that knowledge in their thesis project.

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: DIDS410, DIDS4402; Co‐Requisites: DIDS420.

  • DIDP451 Project Coordination

    In this course, students continue to advance their project administration and coordination knowledge. Emphasis is on the understanding of processes related to project administration within the context of the interior design profession. Students will investigate project scheduling, administration and coordination through analysis of purpose, applications, benefits and the role played by the interior designer.

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: DIDP453; Co‐Requisites: None

  • DIDP450 Internship 1

    In this course, the student performs a self-assessment of their skills and career goals, in preparation for an internship experience in a professional environment.  Emphasis is on developing a personal marketing strategy that will result in a meaningful internship placement.   Students will research their local professional community and identify potential learning environments that will expose the student to different career options.

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: DIDH320, DIDP453; Co‐Requisites: None

  • GES410 General Studies

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: two Tier 2 courses; Co‐Requisites: None

TERM 12

  • DIDS430 Thesis 3: Presentation & Defense

    In this final of the thesis course series, students develop the final presentation of their thesis project. Emphasis is on the documentation of the project as a whole, using a planned methodology to illustrate all phases of the design process. Students prepare a written thesis document that accompanies a professional visual and verbal presentation used to defend their thesis.  The final project represents students’ highest achievement, demonstrating their knowledge and skills as a pre-professional designer.

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: DIDS420 and DIDT430; Co‐Requisites: DIDT431 & DIDT432

  • DIDT431 Advanced Estimating & Budgeting

    In this course, the student investigates the issues and process involved in the preparation of a cost estimate budget for an interior design project. Emphasis is on development of a comprehensive cost estimate package relating to the focus of their thesis design project.

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: DIDS420, DIDT430; Co‐Requisites: DIDS430, DIDT432

  • DIDT432 Documentation

    In this course, the student examines commercial building construction and detailing with a focus on integration of building systems with interior construction. Emphasis is on the completion of details, interior construction, and finish drawings for their thesis design project.

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: DIDS420, DIDT235, DIDT430; Co‐Requisites: DIDS430 & DIDT431.

  • DIDP452 Internship 2

    Building on the students experience gained within DIDP450 Internship 1, DIDP452 Internship 2 advances the students experience within their placement opportunities. The will student engage in experiential learning opportunities in a professional environment spending 180 hours in a monitored professional environment to further gain the necessary experience to transition from student to pre-professional.  Emphasis is on diversified learning experiences and exposure to a variety of career options and individual pathways to careers available.  The student will also gain alternate points of view and the value of lifelong learning and community experience.

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: DIDP450; Co‐Requisites: None

  • GES450 Design & Society

    3.0 Quarter Credits. Pre‐requisites: two Tier 2 courses; Co‐Requisites: None

     

The institution has been granted a consent by the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities to offer this program for a 5-year term starting 04/06/2017. Prospective students are responsible for satisfying themselves that the program and the degree will be appropriate to their needs (e.g., acceptable to potential employers, professional licensing bodies or other educational institutions.

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