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Course Descriptions


IRC 113 Communications I

Communications I introduces students to visual communication using the foundations of orthographic drawing with manual drafting skills in addition to various media. These techniques support abstract and technical concepts as a means to think rigorously about communicating through drawing.

IRD 101 Design Dynamics I

Design Dynamics I is the first in a sequence of four that places emphasis on the foundations of making, design principles, and elements.

IRH 110 History of Art, Architecture and Material Culture I

This is the first semester of a two-semester survey of art, architecture, and material culture from pre-history to the 17th century. Students are introduced to art, architecture, and objects from the earliest examples of human artistic expression through the Renaissance. In addition to exploring the formal, material, and technological characteristics of objects, buildings, and interiors, students will learn how these creations fit into the larger political, cultural, and scientific contexts in which they were made.

IRN 101 Interior Design I

Interior Design I is an introduction to the visual language of interiority explored through the elements and principles of design. Ideas of human behaviour, inhabitation, and body in space are surveyed relative to site, scale, and the built environment.

IRC 112 Communications II

Communications II introduces basic computer applications used in the interior design profession and allied creative disciplines. Students will execute standard computer aided design commands and operations while learning the procedural language that is required to analyze and critique design.

IRD 200 Design Dynamics II

Projects increase with complexity while introducing students to 2D and 3D relationships using model making and drawing principles. The sequence of projects introduces design terminology that is discipline-specific. Course work utilizes the workshop for hands-on experience with tools and materials.

IRH 115 History of Art, Architecture and Material Culture II

This is the second of two semesters of art, architecture, and material culture from the 17th century to the present day.

IRN 200 Interior Design II

Building on the foundations of the first semester, students develop concepts for an interior environment exploring the interconnectedness of user, programme, and site. Students develop process and presentation models and drawings to communicate final design solutions.

IRT 101 Design Technology I

Technology I introduces how gravity, strength, rigidity and stability of materials and structures inform our built environment. Technical understanding is developed through lectures and projects.


IRC 312 Communications III

Advanced techniques in computer applications. This course will emphasize the interrelationships between applications, focusing on the use of advanced computer applications in design and presentations. (Formerly IRC 201).

IRD 300 Design Dynamics III

Students are expected to further develop their creative design problem solving capabilities applying their understanding of 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional design theory to practical problems. The lectures further expand the study of the design process, structure and design theory.

IRN 300 Interior Design III

This course is intended as a reinforcement of the central theoretical aspects of Interior Design, exploring definitions and characteristics of interiority. Lectures and assignments focus on place making, space planning and the volumetric relationships required to develop effective interiors. The course is conducted through lectures, presentations, discussions and in-class activities.

IRT 201 Design Technology II

Through lectures, field trips and workshop experimentation, students study interior surface finishes, architectural woodwork and detailing for residential and commercial design. Sustainability concerns as well as health and safety issues are discussed in the selection of finishes, installation methods and details. Students apply regulations, standards and performance criteria to their designs and prepare relevant contract documentation including fitment details, schedules and specifications.

IRD 400 Design Dynamics IV

This course is a continuation of IRD 300 - Design Dynamics Studio III. The theory and concepts of human factors engineering (anthropometry, ergonomics) and environmental behaviour (proxemics) are explored through the design and construction of full-scale projects. Special attention is placed on the use of colour and graphics in determining the character of three-dimensional space.

IRH 101 History of Design I

Antiquity to the Eighteenth Century: This course examines the history of design in pre-Modern culture. It investigates the relationship between the fine and applied arts in aesthetic, practical, theoretical, social and global contexts.

IRN 400 Interior Design IV

Through projects that are ever more complex than those explored in Interior Design III, this course requires students to develop knowledge, abilities and attitudes essential to the practice of Interior Design.


IRN 500 Interior Design V

This course builds on previous Interior Design studios through projects in which students must generate creative and functional solutions for non-residential interior design problems. Studio assignments include programming, schematic concept development, design development and construction documentation for mid- to large-scale multi-functional interiors.

IRP 601 Professional Study Preparation

This professional communication course introduces and prepares students for work-study experience. Workshops will emphasize writing and speaking clearly and concisely in a variety of situations typical of interior design practice. Students will learn design office practices, valuable interview skills, and portfolio preparation.

IRT 301 Design Technology III

Interior Commercial Construction examines the principles, regulations, systems, materials and details that comply with Ontario Building Code regulations for noncombustible construction. Study includes partitions, ceilings, doors, lighting and acoustics. Study of the principles and practice of green/sustainable design are continued. Students may be required to prepare contract documentation that includes reflected ceiling plans, partition sections, lighting system applications and calculations.

IRC 412 Communication IV - Advanced Rendering

Building on IRC 113, students will demonstrate advanced competency in freehand drawing. This course includes further study and practice with wet and dry media, and will advance skills in the use of the elements and principles of design to produce visually effective renderings.(Formerly IRC 301).

IRH 201 History of Design II

This course explores the meanings of Modernism. Emphasis is placed on the influence of industrialization and consequent changes in materials and technique, in the search for design paradigms appropriate to the social structure and ideals of the modern world.

IRN 600 Interior Design VI

In this course, the student is expected to demonstrate capabilities and synthesize knowledge gained throughout the program. Solutions must have a strong research foundation and be comprehensive in their scope. Students are assigned complex projects and are required to show a high level of design development in their design interventions. Lectures may include more advanced topics such as place-making, the sensory environment, and environmental behaviour theories.

PSY 217 Psychology and Design

Environmental Psychology and Design studies environmental psychology in the context of design practice. The course examines interaction between environments and human behaviours, as well as the individual differences related to age, gender, and cultural background. Through discussions of research and illustrations from design considerations, the course incorporates fundamental environmental psychology theories into design practice.


IRH 401 Design Seminar

This course will examine how objects, interiors, spaces and the built environment represent the transferal and embodiment of ideas about culture, society and identity. Interested in the historical and contemporary relationships of human society to objects and spaces - whether in their creation or use - this course will address ideas about style and substance as relating to the issues and concerns that define the design profession.

IRN 700 Interior Design VII

In this studio course students will engage in research, analysis and synthesis to generate creative and experimental design resolutions in their projects. Projects may be undertaken at a variety of scales with concomitant levels of detail. Students may chose among a number of projects offered. Lectures will support each individual project.

IRT 401 Design Technology IV

"Building Services" in commercial occupancies, including such services as electrical, plumbing, sprinklers, HVAC, communications and security. Study of the principles and practice of sustainable design is continued. Students may be required to prepare contract documentation that includes floor and reflected ceiling plans.

IRP 701 Professional Study Practicum

Field placements in design offices, and/or other valid experiences approved by the Interior Design program, will introduce students to hands-on work experience. In addition to applying academic skills and theoretical perspectives acquired in the program, students will learn to work effectively within the interior design profession. A total of 400 hours of field placement work experience is required for full credit. This course is normally completed during the summer between third and fourth year.

IRN 800 Interior Design VIII

This studio course will continue the work undertaken in IRN 700. Students will be expected to expand the design development and detailing of their projects choosing to focus on one or more of the following: materiality, sustainability, universal design, human factors or other areas to be approved by the faculty. Students will revise/update their project dossiers and research books and prepare their final project for publication, exhibition and public presentation.

IRP 801 Professional Practice

This course will build on knowledge gained in IRP 601, Professional Study Preparation. Students will be expected to demonstrate knowledge of interior design firm practices. Topics such as small business management, marketing, promotion, presentations, fee methods, scope of services, job descriptions, contracts, ethics and accounting are reviewed. Project management contract documentation, budgeting and scheduling will be further examined.

IRT 501 Design Technology V

This course provides advanced study of interior building construction, materials, detailing and building services. Students examine current practices and standards. The development of competency in contract documentation is a goal.