Interior Decorating - 178

Mohawk College Certificate
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Gain the skills you need for a career in interior decorating or learn how to decorate your own home with a professional flair!

Interior decorating is all around us, from lighting to colour, furniture to fabrics. This program will help you develop or enhance your skills in residential decorating. Learning from industry professionals, you will develop visual creative skills and practical knowledge through courses like Colour Principles, Creative Design Presentations, Residential Lighting, Accessorizing the Home and more. These courses will help prepare you for employment in related retail businesses (furniture, paint, drapery sales, etc.), established decorating/designing businesses, or to offer your own design consulting services.

You do not need to apply to begin this program, simply ensure you meet the admission requirements (listed on the Admissions & Registration tab).

Interested in taking a single course?  No problem. Provided you have the appropriate prerequisites, these courses can be taken individually or as part of the full program.

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  • Successful completion of Secondary School English or equivalent.

You do not need to apply to begin this program. Start by ensuring you meet the admission requirements listed above and then register for the courses listed in the Program of Studies when they are offered.  Some courses have prerequisites, so please check the Program of Studies for details. Find out how to register for a course.

Financial Assistance Information

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The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the current academic year. Students who began in other academic years may require different courses to be eligible to graduate. If you have questions regarding a strategy for completion contact Continuing Education -  Interdisciplinary, Creative, Media and Business

Click on the Course number or Course title for more information on each course.

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A selection of courses are available each term. Courses that are currently not available (N/A) for registration may be offered in the future – check back frequently.

Courses in this program are currently offered via OntarioLearn equivalency:

  • CREA 10200 Advanced Interior Decorating is equivalent to CREA HR240 Interio Design Studio
  • CREA 10191 Fabrics and Window Treatments is equivalent to CREA 10030 Soft Furnishings and Window Treatments
  • CREA 10196 Fundamentals of Lighting is equivalent to CREA 10029 Residential Lighting
  • PLAN 10019 Floor Plans, Space Planning, and Presentations is equivalent to CREA 10034 Understanding Floors & Furniture
  • CREA 10188 Introduction to Interior Decorating is equivalent to CREA HF205 Design Principles
  • CREA 10195 Designing Kitchens and Bathrooms is equivalent to CREA 10035 Kitchen and Bathroom Concepts
  • BUSN 10256 Sales & Business Practices is equivalent to CREA 10033 Creative Design Presentations
  • HIST 10025 Colour & Application is equivalent to CREA HF215  Colour Principles


Mandatory Courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: Learn the utility and aesthetics of residential lighting while discovering the different decorative effects of incandescent, fluorescent, and halogen bulbs. Attention is directed toward proper placement of recessed pot lights, decorative handing fixtures, and accent lights.
Equivalents: CREA10196
Course description: An introduction to window treatments and soft furnishing for the home or office where students will be given the guidelines, principles and elements to good design and how to implement these through practical application with assignments.
Equivalents: CREA10191
Course description: This highly visual course covers a wide variety of styles and methods of decoratively enhancing indoor as well as outdoor living spaces. Through projects and hands-on exercises, students learn the skills of balanced object placement and creating focal points using natural and architectural elements. Topics also include special occasion decorating, personal spaces, curb appeal, and imaginatively giving old objects new purposes.
Prerequisites: CREAHF205 and CREAHF215
Course description: Participants will study techniques for creating sample boards, displays, and written presentations.
Prerequisites: CREAHF205 and CREAHF215
Equivalents: BUSN10256
Course description: Students will learn how to construct, upholster and buy furniture. As well they will learn types and properties of flooring materials. Field trips are provided to enhance the learning experience.
Equivalents: PLAN10019
Course description: Plan and design a room by applying the elements and principles of design. Create accurate to the scale drawings and use the correct tools. Create living/family rooms and bedrooms using styles, accessories and lighting that create aesthetic and functional rooms. Develop a final project that will be the beginning of a professional portfolio.
Equivalents: CREA10188
Course description: Develop skill in colour coordination and application in room settings through various projects in this course.
Equivalents: HIST10025
Course description: This project provides students with a practical opportunity to implement creative skills and theories acquired in the program. The course concludes with presentation boards, design concepts, and interior design concepts, and space plans prepared by the students. PREREQUISITE: HF205, HF215, HF230 plus 8 optional courses.
Prerequisites: CREA10029 and CREA10030 and CREA10031 and CREA10034
Equivalents: CREA10200

Select 2 from the next 3 courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: Examine efficient design of both kitchen and bath through the use of space planning, finishes, and decorative style.
Equivalents: CREA10195
Course description: Prepare and create residential rooms using hand rendering skills including wall elevations, texture application, creating furniture, accessories and architectural detail. Create accurate, to scale floor plans and elevations on vellum, adding electrical overlays and colour to create more detail reflecting the visual impact of a room. Contribute to a professional portfolio.
Prerequisites: CREAHF215 and CREAHF205
Course description: Discover how to apply accessible strategies when working with banking professionals, suppliers, trades and clients in operating your decorating business. Completion near the end of your program recommended.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: CREA10034 and CREAHF205
Getting Started

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Learning Outcomes

Students are exposed to a variety of subject areas pertinent to the decorating field such that they have a good understanding of the scope of that field. The experiences had in each course provide a firm foundation from which to grow.

Career Opportunities

Prepare for employment in related retail businesses (furniture, paint, drapery sales, etc.), established decorating/designing businesses, or to offer your own design consulting services.