Interior Decorating - 178

Mohawk College Certificate
Classroom
two people making decorating house plans
Overview

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.

Program Contact
Continuing Education Media and Creative Arts
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) OR 19 years of age or older.
  • 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.

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

The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the 2018/19 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 - Creative, Media and Interdisciplinary Studies.

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.

 

 

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.
Credits: 2
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.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: METRHF230
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.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: CREAHF205 and CREAHF215 and TDRWHF203
Course description: Participants will study techniques for creating sample boards, displays, and written presentations.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: CREAHF205 and CREAHF215
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.
Credits: 2
Course description: Participants will study the basic elements of interior design. Space planning, design composition, use of interior accessories, and lighting will be covered in detail.
Credits: 2
Course description: This course provides an introduction to colour and its application to interiors. Through various projects, students work at developing skill in colour co-ordination and application in room settings.
Credits: 2
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.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: METRHF230 and TEXT10029 and CREA10029 and CREA10030 and CREA10031 and CREA10033 and CREA10034
Course description: This course is designed to develop the student's skills in the method of measuring and estimating materials used for interiors.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: CREAHF215 and CREAHF205
Course description: Master basic drafting techniques to create floor plans, working drawings and elevations. Students will be required to purchase necessary supplies.
Credits: 2
Course description: Participants will study decorative textiles with emphasis on weaves, fibre content, and appropriate use of fabrics.
Credits: 2

Select 2 from the next 7 courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: Learn and demonstrate the ability to prepare documentation to reflect the following: 2D Drawings to appropriate scale; Prepare and Position Floor Plans Elevations (interior) Sections; 3D presentation perspectives and Estimating to assess basic budgets.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: TDRWHF203
Course description: Examine efficient design of both kitchen and bath rhough the use of space planning, finishes, and decorative style.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: TDRWHF203
Course description: Starting with some basic principles and 'hands-on assignments, students will gain knowledge in such areas as painting and faux finishing techniques, estimating, tooling and trade secrets. Students will experiment with the quality finishing that designer's request in the field. These finishes include suede, leather, fresco, frottage, stone block, lime plaster and lime paint, Venetian plaster and many more.
Credits: 2
Course description: Develop the ability to become skilled in the techniques of hand rendering as another way to convey your ideas. It will demonstrate the importance of using visuals to communciate design solutions. This provides an opportunity to present ideas and concepts in a creative manner and will enhance your sample board presentation assisting the client to better visualize and understand the design concept being presented.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: CREAHF215 and CREAHF205
Course description: Student will focus on a wide range of knowledge and skills related to the interior decorating industry.
Credits: 2
Course description: Student will focus on a wide range of knowledge and skills related to the interior decorating industry.
Credits: 2
Course description: Discover how to work 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 METRHF230 and CREAHF205

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.