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.

 

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Everything you need to know to be successful.

Overview

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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!

Career opportunities

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:

  • interior design technologist
  • kitchen and bath design
  • architectural illustrator
  • residential and commercial space planner
  • home stager and decorator
  • product sales representative
Starts In: September
Status: Now accepting applications.
Next Intake: Fall (September) 2018
Application Deadlines:

  • Domestic for Fall 2018: September 4, 2018
  • International for Fall 2018: June 1, 2018

For a full list of dates and deadlines, click here.

Duration: 2 years
Credential: Diploma
Transfers:

  • University of Calgary
  • Royal Roads University

Delivery Format
Blended (classroom + online)
Year 1 Term I
Course Code Course Name Credits
IDM-1158
3.00
IDM-1163
3.00
IDM-1170
3.00
IDM-1179
3.00
IDM-2255
3.00
Year 1 Term II
Course Code Course Name Credits
IDM-1159
3.00
IDM-1167
3.00
IDM-1173
3.00
IDM-1181
3.00
IDM-1190
3.00
Year 2 Term I
Course Code Course Name Credits
ENG-1156
3.00
ENG-1150
3.00
IDM-1155
3.00
IDM-2267
3.00
IDM-2278
3.00
IDM-2290
3.00

Note: Students will take ENG-1156 (Business Writing) or ENG-1150 (Composition).


The following courses are also available through online learning:

  • ENG-1156 Business Writing
  • ENG-1150 Composition
Year 2 Term II
Course Code Course Name Credits
IDM-2275
3.00
IDM-2276
3.00
IDM-2277
3.00
IDM-2279
3.00
IDM-2287
6.00

Admissions

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.

Academic requirements

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.

Your investment

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.

Academic Year Tuition Fees Books & Supplies
Year 1 $2,595.00 $996.00 $3,503.00
Year 2 $2,855.00 $1,013.00 $1,222.00

Our Budget Wizard is a free self-service tool that can help you make sense of your finances and the cost of your education. Give it a try!

Budget Wizard

  • Students in this program are required to purchase a mobile learning device from the college. Check your admissions letter for more details or contact your program and check the Mobile Learning page.
  • Interior Design Drafting Kit deposit is $100.
  • Tuition for international students is assessed at three times that of domestic students. The cost of additional fees, books and supplies is the same for all students.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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.

Find out more about The Ashcroft Design Challenge.

 

Join us for a virtual reality (VR) experience like no other.

Get 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.

Sign up for our surRENDER event.

Hands-on, immersive learning

Showcase your creativity
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
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.

surRENDER

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
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

Get the skills that equip you for your career

“It was exactly the program I was looking for.”

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 Kemp

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 Struthers

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 Bell

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

Success stories from Wider Horizons