Interior Design (BID)
Is It for You?
Get immersed in the interior design studio experience at one of AZURE magazine’s top-ranked interior design schools in the world. The program reflects a balance of theory and practice to equip you for professional practice where you can create imaginative spaces that serve functional needs and aesthetic goals. The experiential curriculum emphasizes design studios and courses where you will get your hands dirty in a workshop and digital fabrication lab to build models, work through design problems and test your ideas. An internship, field trips, competitions, exhibitions and international opportunities will enhance your creativity and experimentation skills.
What You Need to Know
Full Time: Four Year
Bachelor of Interior Design
Portfolio, personal essay
Accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).
*Actual minimum grade ranges required for fall 2021 admission/wait list consideration will be determined based on grades and qualifications presented by the applicant pool as they become available. Required grade ranges may fluctuate from year to year (up or down) as a result of competition. Applicants not educated in Ontario may present the equivalent of the Ontario requirements. Ryerson reserves the right to determine equivalency at its sole discretion.
Tuition and Fees 2020/2021
Domestic Fees Range: $7,046 - $7,814
International Fees Range: $28,638 - $29,611
For detailed fees information visit Fees by Program.
Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with a minimum of six Grade 12 U or M courses including the following program specific requirements.
Typically, a minimum overall average of 70% establishes eligibility for admission consideration; subject to competition individual programs may require higher prerequisite grades and/or higher overall averages:
- English/anglais (ENG4U/EAE4U preferred)
- Grade 11 U or M or Grade 12 U mathematics (one of MCF3M, MCR3U, MHF4U, MCV4U, MDM4U)
- One additional Grade 12 U or M course from: visual arts (AVI4M, AWA4M, AWB4M, AWC4M, AWD4M, AWE4M, AWF4U, AWG4U, AWH4M, AWI4M, AWJ4M, AWK4M, AWL4M, AWM4M, AWN4U, AWO4M, AWP4M, AWQ4M, AWR4M, AWS4M, AWT4M, AWU4M), Canadian and world studies (CGU4M/CGU4U, CGW4U, CHI4U, CHY4U, CIA4U, CPW4U), social science and humanities (HHS4U/HHS4M), science (SPH4U) or technological design (TDJ4M, TGJ4M)
- Students should take physics (Grade 11 or higher) and the art option in Grades 11/12 if available. Preference may be given to applicants with Grade 12 U courses in history or visual arts/art history
- Note: the minimum grade(s) required in the subject prerequisites (normally in the 65-70% range) will be determined subject to competition
Students requesting advanced standing must submit academic transcripts of their secondary school as well as all post-secondary school studies (excluding Ryerson), to Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment. Current students attending another institution must remember to include a list of courses currently in progress, and to submit another academic transcript (including all final grades) as soon as possible following course completion. Detailed course outlines may be required by the School of Interior Design. Contact the Academic Coordinator for further information.
Academic admission requirements for all other applicants are available at:
In addition to meeting competitive academic requirements, you are required to submit the following non-academic requirements.
Your non-academic requirements are due by February 1, 2021 or 10 business days from your application submission date, whichever comes later.
Your portfolio should include:
- Eight to 10 examples of your original work. Each piece must include: date executed, media used, dimensions of work, and state whether the item was self generated or a school assignment.
- Three black and white, freehand drawings, placed into a physical context to show perspective. Drawings should not be from a photograph or picture from the internet but from an existing condition (real life). The three items should include:
- A freehand drawing of a staircase
- A freehand drawing of a collection of organic material (e.g. leaves, pods)
- A freehand drawing of a chair
- Demonstrate your spatial thinking and ability by using a variety of media (2D, 3D, computer and hybrid work, e.g. jewelry making sculpture)
- Include quality work as opposed to quantity (be selective)
- Furniture prototypes, scale models and installations are encouraged
- Sketches of incomplete projects may be used to demonstrate process and sketching ability
- DO NOT use AutoCAD or Sketch-Up drawings
Save your work as a .pdf file and upload as per the submission instructions below.
In 500 words or less, please respond to the Pallasmaa excerpt below, describing your experience with interiors and materials (from your past or present) that has left an impression on you for reasons such as the statement from the article: "...material expresses its age and history as well as the tale of its birth and human use."
When describing its essential qualities, explain how your experience of this space has influenced your decision to pursue interior design. Please do not write about your own home, room, etc.
Please use 12 point font, single line spacing.
"Natural materials - stone, brick and wood - allow the gaze to penetrate their surfaces and they enable us to become convinced of the veracity of matter. Natural material expresses its age and history as well as the tale of its birth and human use. The patina of wear adds the enriching experience of time; matter exists in the continuum of time. But the material of today - sheets of glass, enamelled metal and synthetic materials - present their unyielding surfaces to the eye without conveying anything of their material essence or age." Juhani Pallasmaa, "An Architecture of the Seven Senses," in Questions of Perception, ed. Steven Holl, Alberto Pérez-Gómez, Juhani Pallasmaa, (Tokyo: a+u Publishing Co., Ltd., 1994) p. 29.
Please tell us about yourself and the experiences that inspired your passion for spatial design or visual arts (maximum 300 words). Consider activities you were involved with either at school, in your community, or in a broader context that influenced your interest in design and speak to your relationship with these activities. Examples could include sports teams, clubs, committees, math, science or art competitions, and/or hobbies. You can also speak to your past employment, community service work, internships or experience in leadership roles.
Please use 12 point font, single line spacing.
The non-academic requirements assessment fee is $50 CDN and must be paid in order for your submission to be reviewed.
Pay using a Canadian bank account - by internet or telephone banking:
- Sign up with your bank for online or telephone banking
- Add Ryerson as a payee - Ryerson University - Tuition & Res Fees
- Your nine-digit Ryerson Student Number is your account number
- Follow the prompts to ‘pay bills’ and choose ‘Ryerson University - Tuition & Res Fees’ as the Payee
Pay using Western Union Business Solutions:
International students who do not have a Canadian bank account can pay through Western Union Business Solutions GlobalPay for Students, external link. This option allows you to pay the Canadian dollar student fees in the currency of your choice. Visit the International Payments section on our Fees Payment web page for instructions.
Applicants are required to submit all components of their non-academic requirements via the Choose>Ryerson Applicant Portal. Applicants unable to use the Choose>Ryerson portal are required to contact the School of Interior Design at 416-979-5188 to discuss an alternate method of submission. Due to the volume of applications received and our system performance, we strongly encourage you to submit your documents well in advance of the noted deadlines.
Here’s how to access your Choose>Ryerson Applicant Portal account:
- Get your Ryerson Student Number in the email acknowledgement of your application
- Activate your Ryerson Online Identity. Fill in the Activation Form at www.ryerson.ca/accounts/. When asked for your Student/Applicant ID, enter your nine-digit Ryerson Student Number. Keep a record of your user name and password
- 24 hours after activating your Ryerson Online Identity, visit the Choose>Ryerson Applicant Portal
If you are applying for readmission or reinstatement, you are not required to submit non-academic requirements.
You must inform the program department of your intentions by February 1, 2021, or 10 business days from your application submission date (whichever comes later).
Pursue professional membership with the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) if desired, and contribute to the world of design through exhibition design, set design, contemporary interior design offices, independent consulting firms, organizations, furniture manufacturers, marketing and promotion and facility management. You may work as an interior designer, film production designer, exhibition designer, product designer or visual merchandiser. Or, pursue graduate studies in interior design, architecture, product design, curatorial studies or a related field.
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