Are you able to look at a space and visualize its potential? Do you enjoy designing and seeing a project through from start to finish? If so, the Interior Design Technology program might be right for you.
Interior design is about energizing an environment to maximize its potential, using the creative and practical space to create healthy, productive and exciting living and working environments. And we’ll show you just how to do that in our Interior Design Technology program, which is structured around the professional standards of the Council for Interior Design Accreditation.
In the classroom, our experienced instructors will stimulate your imagination while showing you how to develop creative yet practical solutions to the challenges you’ll face in your career. With our hands-on, practical approach to training, you’ll use laptops loaded with the latest industry-standard software, put classroom theory into practice during group projects and gain valuable experience working on real-world design projects throughout the region in a 120-hour community-based practicum.
If you visualize a career in interior design, start in our Interior Design Technology program. Apply today!
You’ll graduate with a comprehensive grounding in design theory and application, ready to let your imagination loose with design teams in a wide variety of fields:
- Architectural Illustrator
- Home Stager and Decorator
- Interior Design Technologist
- Kitchen and Bath Designer
- Product Sales Representative
- Residential and Commercial Space Planner
Alumni Profile - Rebekah Van Hell
After completing the Interior Design Technology program at Lethbridge College in 2011, Rebekah Van Hell started working in her field and now is an award-winning design team lead at Galko Homes Master Builder. Thanks to Galko Homes Master Builder and Design Lighting & Home Décor for making this video possible.
For current application status, terms being processed and application deadlines visit the Program Application Status page.
Royal Roads University
Graduates with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and who complete an additional 3 credit university level accounting or business math course are eligible to be admitted into year three of the Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management.
Graduates of Interior Design Technology diploma are eligible to receive up to 72 credits towards the Bachelor of Interior Design (BID).
Note: Students will take ENG-1150 (Composition) or ENG-1156 (Business Writing).
New students are accepted into the Interior Design Technology program for the Fall (September) term.
General admission requirements
All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Lethbridge College programs as indicated in the Admissions section of this calendar.
In addition to meeting the general admission requirements indicated in the Admission section of this calendar, applicants to this program must also satisfy the following specific course requirements (or equivalencies):
- Grade 12 Math (equivalent to Alberta’s Math 30-2 or a higher level math)
Practicum experience requirements
There is a required practicum component to this program. The college dictates the legal terms and conditions governing the practicum experience.
A drafting kit deposit is required and is refundable upon return of the kit.
Mobile learning program
This is a mobile learning program that requires students to purchase a mobile device from Lethbridge College complete with program specific software. Find out more.
Prior learning assessment (PLA)
If you have experience working in this field of study, you may be eligible for prior learning assessment.
Applicants who lack the required academic admission requirements can apply to the Academic Upgrading program to upgrade their academic skills.
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, students are awarded a diploma in Interior Design Technology.
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- Costs for supplies may vary considerably depending on what students already have or where they purchased their supplies; cost provided is on the moderately high end.
- Students in this program are required to purchase a mobile learning device from the college. Students are charged a $50 access fee, however an optional computer may be purchased by the student independently for approx. $3,000. In the second year of this program only the access fee is charged. These costs are subject to change. Check your admissions letter for more details or contact your program and check the Mobile Learning page.
- Interior Design Drafting Kit deposit is $100.
- Students will be charged a medical/dental benefit fee unless they opt out by demonstrating alternative coverage prior to the end of the first week of class.
- Tuition for international students is $12,135 for Year 1 and $13,035 for Year 2. The cost of additional fees, books and supplies is the same for all students.
The Ashcroft Design Challenge
“This partnership and competition are nothing short of life changing.”
– Cherie Reitzel-McKinley, instructor, Interior Design Technology
It doesn’t get more hands on than this. Through The Ashcroft Design Challenge, you’ll merge your education with real-world experience, competing with your classmates for the chance to have your design come to life and the opportunity to intern with Ashcroft Master Builder as they turn your design into a real home.
You’ll learn to balance your design creativity with real-world limitations such as cost, architectural controls and consumer demand. You’ll receive constructive feedback from industry members. And if you’re part of the winning team, you’ll watch your work go from concept to completed home.
Winners of the 2019 Ashcroft Design Challenge announced
Designer Jessica Banman and animator/virtual reality creator Teunieke Anker were announced as winners during this year's surRENDER event.
Banman and Anker’s winning design, The Daphne, was selected for its retro-modern look that met with Ashcroft standards as a unique use of space that will meet market demand. The proceeds from the sale of the home will be donated back to the college.
Our inaugural virtual reality (VR) conference was a huge success.
We had a hands-on look at the new VR technology being used by Interior Design students and immerse yourself in the world of design.
Our students are using the latest technology, not only in the design process, but also to showcase their designs to potential customers.
Drop in and enjoy appetizers, meet with students, instructors and industry professionals, and learn more about the limitless opportunities of VR.
View the details of our first surRENDER event.
Hands-on, immersive learning
Showcase your creativity
It’s striking. It’s engaging. It’s your work.
Showcase your creativity
When you hit the real world of employment, your work is going to be on display for the world – well, at the very least, it’ll be on display for a client. So why shouldn’t it be displayed when you’re in school?
All four programs in the School of Media and Design hold year-end events to provide that very opportunity. Events can vary between programs, but one thing is certain: our students’ portfolios are shared with their peers, their instructors, the industry and the community.
Whether it’s showing off unique and award-winning fashion pieces, a captivating magazine article, a redesigned interior space (with the help of virtual reality) or an innovative Android app, our students’ creativity is showcased to the campus community and the industry.
Virtually limitless possibilities
Bring your ideas to life with cutting-edge technology
Virtually limitless possibilities
These days, training the next generation of interior designers calls for a little outside-the-box thinking. To keep up with the always-evolving standards of the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, our program relies heavily on technology.
The latest technological trend, virtual reality is bringing spaces to life for both students and clients. It engulfs them in a world they’ve envisioned, whether it’s a home, restaurant, retail space or other space. For interior designers, virtual technology provides both a paintbrush and a canvas to express ideas. And if it isn’t quite right the first time, it’s a lot easier to change.
An open house event, surRENDER is a great way for us to show off how our Interior Design Technology program is a leading force in the interior design and architectural illustration industry. It allows anyone interested in technology, interior design or our program to learn more in a fun and interactive way.
View the details of our first surRENDER event here.
Reshaping the college landscape, redefining your education
Train for your career in the largest construction project in college history.
Reshaping the college landscape, redefining your education
Our new Trades, Technologies and Innovation Facility positions Lethbridge College as the institution for trades training in southern Alberta by bringing together students, faculty and industry to create a vibrant, responsive learning environment.
The facility is the single most important capital investment for trades and technologies in southern Alberta in over 50 years. It’s also the largest construction project in the college’s history. It has increased our capacity to train the next generation of skilled tradespeople, engineers and interior designers. And it’s revolutionized our curriculum, bringing together students, faculty and industry partners in a modern, environmentally-sensitive space that features:
- modern labs, apprentice shops, tool rooms, classrooms, meeting rooms and offices
- more than 200 solar tubes to provide natural light to the workshops and classrooms and to reduce emergency costs (cool fact: the electric lights in the building are programmed to dim or increase based on how much light is coming in naturally)
- 60 welding booths set up for students to learn five different welding processes
- rooms housing wind turbine components to train on
- a design studio and extensive materials library
- a multi-purpose lab that provides students with learning opportunities for fluid mechanics and surveying applications
- a dedicated 3D printing room
- collaborative spaces to incubate the great ideas of tomorrow
This state-of-the-art facility wouldn’t have been possible without the ongoing support of our industry partners, donors, alumni and friends. And they delivered, investing in the workforce of tomorrow, investing in you.
All the software
Our curriculum incorporates a large variety of software programs – more than most Interior Design diplomas out there.
There are no surprises when our grads move from students to interior designers. Structured around the professional standards of the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), our curriculum incorporates a large variety of software programs – more than most Interior Design diplomas out there. You don’t even have to worry about downloading all the software yourself – we’ll supply laptops already loaded with software.
A word from the wise
From here to there: alumni updates
Lethbridge College isn’t just a place to go to school – we’re a community that is here to support you from your initial interest in our program through to the moment you cross the stage at Convocation and beyond. Just take a look at where an LC education has taken some of our grads.
Nicole, an interior designer at Homes by Avi in Calgary, was selected as a 2017 National Kitchens and Baths 30 under 30 recipient. Nicole was selected from hundreds of nominations throughout North America through a rigorous selection process recognizing her as an outstanding professional in the industry under the age of 30. “It’s an honour to have one of our designers recognized on an international level for their work,” says Doug Beach, general manager of Homes by Avi. “Nicole is an incredible asset to our team. Her innovative design process allows her to create spaces that are unique to each individual client and her attention to detail is unparalleled.
– From Winter 2017 Wider Horizons
Tansley, a senior design consultant at Superior Cabinets in Saskatoon, was selected as a 2016 National Kitchens and Baths 30 under 30 recipient. Tansley was selected from hundreds of nominations throughout North America through a rigorous selection process recognizing her as an outstanding professional in the industry under the age of 30. She has been designing custom kitchens since 2010, and quickly become a sales leader at Superior Cabinets, steadily increasing her sales and close ratio every year, while decreasing her warranty numbers to below corporate targets.
– From Spring 2016 Wider Horizons
Karli has started working at Matters of Design Inc. in Lethbridge as a member of the design team. Matters of Design sent out a warm Facebook message with the news in April, noting that Karli brings a wealth of experience and an eye for interior design to the job. She had previously worked as a decorator at Home Depot in Lethbridge.
– From Fall 2014 Wider Horizons