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Interior Design

Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Interior Design (BID)
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Administered by: School of Interior Design
Program Format: Full-time, four-year program.

The Interior Design BID program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

This program prepares graduates for a career as a professional Interior Designer.  The program is grounded in a commitment to experiential and hands-on learning. An internship requirement, completed before graduation, is an integral part of the preparation for entering the profession. Field trips and opportunities for international exchange enrich the educational experiences possible at the school.

O.S.S.D. with six Grade 12 U/M courses including Grade 12 U English, Grade 11 U or M or Grade 12 U Mathematics (one of MCF3M, MCR3U, MHF4U, MCV4U, MDM4U), and one additional Grade 12 U or M course from: Visual Arts (AVI4M), Economics: Analyzing Current Economic Issues (CIA4U), Canadian & World Issues: A Geographical Analysis (CGW4U), Canada: History, Identity and Culture (CHI4U), Physics (SPH4U), Communications Technology (TGJ4M) or Technological Design (TDJ4M). Other Grade 12 U or M courses in Canadian & World Issues may be considered on an individual basis.


  1. ENG4U/EAE4U is the preferred English.
  2. The grade(s) required in the subject prerequisites (normally in the 65-70 percent range) will be determined subject to competition.
  3. Students are advised to select Physics (Grade 11 or higher) and the Art option in Grades 11 and 12 if available.
  4. Preference may be given to students who have included History or Visual Arts/Art History in their Grade 12 U/M studies.
  5. A portfolio submission will be required and will be used with the applicant’s academic performance in the admission process. As part of the admission selection process, applicants must visit the Program page for details about the non-academic requirements
  6. A non-academic assessment fee of $50 CDN (non-refundable and subject to change) is required and will be requested by Ryerson as applicable.
  7. Subject to competition, candidates may be required to present averages/grades above the minimum.

This program prepares graduates for a career as a professional Interior Designer. While most graduates become registered members of A.R.I.D.O. (Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario) or of the Interior Design Associations in other provinces, some pursue graduate studies in Interior Design or related disciplines, and others enjoy successful careers in allied fields.

Our teaching is grounded in a commitment to experiential and hands-on learning using critical thinking complemented by making. An internship requirement is an integral part of the preparation for entering the profession and is completed before graduation.

The first year concentrates on giving all students a common base of theory, knowledge and skills. In the second year, Interior Design is a key professional course conducted in conjunction with other supportive and developmental courses. From the beginning students are encouraged to become self-sufficient with the guidance and assistance of the faculty.

Through the third and fourth years the development of the necessary common capabilities continues, adding professional practice courses and giving students progressive opportunities to explore a few areas in depth and to develop a high level of competency in an area of design of their own choosing.

Courses in Liberal Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and the History of Design provide intellectual depth and breadth and prepare the graduate for the legal, social and ethical responsibilities of professional practice. Communication skills, emphasized throughout the program, focus on freehand drawing in varied colour media and include manual drafting, CAD, writing and oral presentation. Technology studies cover principles and practice, regulations and standards of interior construction, fitment detailing, material finishes, building services, incorporating 'sustainable design', barrier-free access and environmental health. The Design Dynamics courses in the first and second years develop the theoretical and practical understanding of the design process, creativity, design theory and human factors engineering, with an emphasis on their application in the studio and workshop.

The Interior Design courses through all four years involve the application and synthesis of all accumulated understanding and capabilities to develop competency as the creative problem-solving interior designer.

They culminate in the fourth year advanced projects, utilizing and exercising each student’s area of greatest strength and inclination. These projects are publicly presented to a panel of professional designers and faculty.

Field trips of varying lengths form part of the formal curriculum and may occur in each of the years in connection with one or more courses.

Internship: Students are required to complete 400 hours of a monitored and documented internship. Typically, this internship is undertaken by students in the summer between third and fourth years.

Liberal Studies

Students must take three lower level liberal studies courses and three upper level liberal studies courses to graduate. Students must not choose courses that are restricted for their program or major.

Please refer to the liberal studies chapter of this calendar for more information on the Liberal Studies Policy. Further information on liberal studies can also be found at the Faculty of Arts' Liberal Studies website, opens in new window.

Table A - Lower Level Restrictions

For students admitted Fall 2019 and prior:

IRL 100 and IRL 200 are not available for credit.  

Table B - Upper Level Restrictions

IRL 500 is not available for credit.  Students may take only two Psychology courses for credit.


Students may pursue any Minor offered by Ryerson (with some exceptions). Please refer to the Minors chapter of this calendar for further information on individual Minor requirements and exclusions.

The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education Certificates

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible program exclusions. Please refer to the Certificate Registration section of the Curriculum Advising website, opens in new window for complete details.

1st & 2nd Semester


IRC 113 Introduction to Visual Communication
IRC 112 Introduction to Digital Communication
IRD 101 Design Dynamics Introduction
IRD 200 Design Dynamics Studio II
IRH 110 Hist. of Art Arch. and Material Culture I
IRH 115 History of Art, Arch. Material Culture II
IRN 101 Interior Design Studio I
IRN 201 Interior Design Studio II
IRT 101 Technology I

Two courses from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies.


3rd & 4th Semester


IRC 312 Communications III
IRC 412 Communications IV
IRD 300 Design Dynamics Studio III
IRD 400 Design Dynamics Studio IV
IRH 101 History of Interior Design 1850-Present
IRH 201 Evolution of Canadian Interiors
IRN 301 Interior Design Studio III
IRN 401 Interior Design Studio IV
IRT 211 Technology II
IRT 301 Technology III

One course from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies.



5th & 6th Semester


IRH 401 Design Seminar
IRN 501* Interior Design Studio V
IRN 601* Interior Design Studio VI
IRP 801 Professional Practice
IRT 401 Technology IV
IRT 501 Technology V
PSY 217 Psychology and Design

One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

PROFESSIONAL: Two courses from Table I.

* IRN 501 and IRN 601 have a GPA Weight of 2.00.


* IRN 700 and IRN 800 have a GPA Weight of 2.00.


7th & 8th Semester

Revised 2021-2022 for students admitted Fall 2018 and after.


IRN 701* Interior Design Studio VII
IRN 801* Interior Design Studio VIII
IRP 701 Professional Study Practicum

Two courses from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

PROFESSIONAL: One course from Table I.

PROFESSIONALLY-RELATED: Two courses from Table II.

* IRN 701 and IRN 801 have a GPA Weight of 2.00.

A Program Advisory Council (PAC) is a group of volunteers that provides expert advice to a school or department on program related matters such as curriculum, program review, technology and trends in the industry, discipline or profession. For more information, see PDF fileSenate Policy #158 (Program Advisory Councils).

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