Residential Decor

College-Approved Certificate (12 courses) Part-time On Campus
Program Code: 6101X02PWO Academic Year: 2016/2017


This program is listed under the following fields of study:

Our Program

Whether you want to express your flair for style at home or you seek employment or self-employment in the field of residential decor, this program helps you to integrate theoretical knowledge and practical skills for success. Our teachers are design professionals who bring real-world experience and current trends alive through relevant assignments and projects that help you to creatively apply colour, lighting, layout, drafting, drawing, materials, finishes, furniture and window treatments in a variety of home decor styles and settings.

This College Certificate program is recognized by the Canadian Decorators Association (CDECA.com).

To qualify for this certificate, you must complete the program within five years.

Success Factors

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Are creative thinkers with a flair for transforming residential spaces in visually satisfying ways.
  • Are able to work independently, as well as in teams.
  • Resourceful problem-solvers who enjoy planning, research and putting their ideas into action.
  • Are interested in communicating design concepts to others.

Your Career

Graduates may find work as client liaison specialists for home decor firms, paint and colour consultants, supplier representatives and retail decor consultants. Some graduates may also pursue self-employment opportunities.

Fees & Expenses

Fees for part-time programs are charged on a course-by-course basis and are published on each individual course page. For questions related to fees, please call the Registrar's Office at 613-727-0002.

Graduation Fee

Once you have completed all the courses in the program, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the Registrar's Office to obtain a certificate/diploma application. A graduation fee of $40 will be charged when the application is submitted. When your certificate/diploma application has been approved, you will be invited to Spring or Fall Convocation.

Admission Requirements

College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD).
College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD).

Notes

To help schedule your studies, please check our proposed plan for the upcoming year.

CCOL Academic Planner

The Academic Planner provides registered part-time students in the Centre for Continuing and Online Learning (CCOL) the ability to declare into a program of study. The Academic Planner outlines successfully completed courses to date, as well as courses that need to be completed in order to meet graduation requirements. It is therefore, essential that all part-time students in CCOL declare to their program of study, allowing administrators to plan course offerings. The tool is available on ACSIS, located under 'Continuing Education' on the left-hand toolbar.

Students interested in pursuing additional career training opportunities may wish to apply to Algonquin College's Interior Decorating Ontario College Diploma program. Upon program acceptance and review of students' transcripts, Residential Decor graduates may qualify for Advanced Standing within the Interior Decorating diploma program, Levels 01-03 (select courses). Note: A portfolio is required to meet the Interior Decorating diploma admission requirements. For more information regarding the Interior Decorating program, please contact Michele Zanetti, Program Coordinator, at 613-727-4723 ext. 5749 or zanettm@algonquincollege.com.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact Angela Peterson, Program Coordinator, at 613-727-4723 ext. 6329 or petersa2@algonquincollege.com.

Courses

On campus: On Campus
Course
Number
HoursCourse NameWinterSummer
DSN531445.0Colour in Decor

DSN5314 Colour in Decor

An overview of colour properties and the effects created by colour interactions is provided. Areas of study include the physiological, psychological and cultural responses to colour. Students use paint samples to better understand the composition of colours. Students also use colour to create mood by preparing a colour scheme for a client.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

DSN531545.0Basic Drafting SkillsOn Campus
DSN531645.0Design Elements and Principles of Our Environment

DSN5316 Design Elements and Principles of Our Environment

Students focus on the elements and principles used in design and how they relate to the global environment. Students expand their awareness of visual environments based on cultural context, appropriateness, aesthetics and function. Students explore the creative process that contributes to multicultural spaces and have the opportunity to evaluate the historical and modern development of these concepts and their impact on society.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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DSN531745.0Hard Materials and Finishes

DSN5317 Hard Materials and Finishes

Interior and exterior hard materials and finishes information and application are taught through a series of discovery-based exercises using actual products and specifications. Students research specific products and report on sustainability components of production and installation, durability, cost, life-cycle cost, to develop a better understanding of the various important factors which should be considered when specifying products.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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DSN531945.0History of Furniture and Decoration I

DSN5319 History of Furniture and Decoration I

Being well-versed in period styles and acquiring the skills to choose furniture, accessories, and finishes from these specific period styles are important assets to have as an interior decorator. Through the understanding of how the different social climates influenced these periods, students explore how to take elements from the past and make them relevant for present-day clients. Periods from ancient civilizations to the height of the Georgian period are also explored.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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DSN532245.0History of Furniture and Decoration II

DSN5322 History of Furniture and Decoration II

Students continue their exploration of different periods from the end of the Georgian period through to furniture designers of the 21st century. Construction methods and materials are covered in more depth and specific colour and fabric influences are explored. Exercises assist students in identifying specific styles and how they can be used in residential interiors. Sustainable materials are introduced and students develop new furniture prototype models exploring the use of these materials.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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DSN532445.0Furniture and Layout

DSN5324 Furniture and Layout

Focus is placed on selecting and arranging creative furniture layouts based on anthropometrics, specific client-based information and assessment of needs. Students prepare proposals for residential settings using sustainable practices, creative writing and presentation drawings.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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DSN532545.0Window Treatments and AccessoriesOn Campus
DSN532645.0Drawing Skills for Decor

DSN5326 Drawing Skills for Decor

Students develop their drawing skills to execute visually correct and balanced renderings of furniture and interior finishes. Using graphite and marker rendering techniques, students learn shading, balance, cropping and perspective sketching. Selecting views and focal point analysis are also covered.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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DSN533345.0LightingOn Campus
DSN528445.0Applied Decor StudioOn CampusBlank Icon
Elective: choose 1
DSN000624.0Home StagingOn CampusBlank Icon
DSN532045.0Soft Materials and Finishes

DSN5320 Soft Materials and Finishes

Discover the current trends in soft finishes and surfaces, how they are manufactured and where they can be used in interior spaces. Topics include natural and manmade materials focusing on sustainable products and cradle to cradle ideology, material calculation of various covering/recovering techniques as well as basic furniture construction and quality.

Pre-requisites: DSN5317

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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CAD800145.0Introduction to AutoCADOn CampusBlank Icon

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

DSN5314 Colour in Decor

An overview of colour properties and the effects created by colour interactions is provided. Areas of study include the physiological, psychological and cultural responses to colour. Students use paint samples to better understand the composition of colours. Students also use colour to create mood by preparing a colour scheme for a client.

DSN5315 Basic Drafting Skills

Manual drafting is taught using traditional techniques and equipment allowing students to learn the basic skills and industry standards needed to create accurate plans and elevations to scale. Emphasis is placed on professional presentation, either as rendered presentation drawings for clients, or measured and dimensioned working drawings for contractors.

DSN5316 Design Elements and Principles of Our Environment

Students focus on the elements and principles used in design and how they relate to the global environment. Students expand their awareness of visual environments based on cultural context, appropriateness, aesthetics and function. Students explore the creative process that contributes to multicultural spaces and have the opportunity to evaluate the historical and modern development of these concepts and their impact on society.

DSN5317 Hard Materials and Finishes

Interior and exterior hard materials and finishes information and application are taught through a series of discovery-based exercises using actual products and specifications. Students research specific products and report on sustainability components of production and installation, durability, cost, life-cycle cost, to develop a better understanding of the various important factors which should be considered when specifying products.

DSN5319 History of Furniture and Decoration I

Being well-versed in period styles and acquiring the skills to choose furniture, accessories, and finishes from these specific period styles are important assets to have as an interior decorator. Through the understanding of how the different social climates influenced these periods, students explore how to take elements from the past and make them relevant for present-day clients. Periods from ancient civilizations to the height of the Georgian period are also explored.

DSN5322 History of Furniture and Decoration II

Students continue their exploration of different periods from the end of the Georgian period through to furniture designers of the 21st century. Construction methods and materials are covered in more depth and specific colour and fabric influences are explored. Exercises assist students in identifying specific styles and how they can be used in residential interiors. Sustainable materials are introduced and students develop new furniture prototype models exploring the use of these materials.

DSN5324 Furniture and Layout

Focus is placed on selecting and arranging creative furniture layouts based on anthropometrics, specific client-based information and assessment of needs. Students prepare proposals for residential settings using sustainable practices, creative writing and presentation drawings.

DSN5325 Window Treatments and Accessories

Focus is placed on sourcing and specifying window treatments and accessories. Students learn how to consult with clients to determine practical requirements and aesthetic preferences; how to research and gather information of product manufacturers and suppliers; how to calculate and price required materials and products; how to accessorize using the elements and principles of design; how to write work orders; and how to use various presentation methods using industry terminology and standards.

DSN5326 Drawing Skills for Decor

Students develop their drawing skills to execute visually correct and balanced renderings of furniture and interior finishes. Using graphite and marker rendering techniques, students learn shading, balance, cropping and perspective sketching. Selecting views and focal point analysis are also covered.

DSN5333 Lighting

Students analyze practical uses of lighting, and lighting techniques for creating atmosphere. Discussions of the sources, characteristics, types, locations, and quantities of light, styles of fixtures, and the effects of light on people and colours are included. Students create a lighting plan for a residential project that embraces both practical and aesthetic considerations.

Pre-requisites: DSN5315

DSN5284 Applied Decor Studio

Decorating specialists integrate multiple elements to address their client's wants and needs including lighting, materials, finishes, colour and space planning. Through practical case studies and projects, students develop their approaches to interior decorating using creative planning processes acquired throughout the program, as well as research, costing, estimating and presentation skills. Students practise doing professional oral, visual and written presentations of their proposed decorating solutions for customers and clients.

Pre-requisites: DSN5314 and DSN5315 and DSN5324 and DSN5326

DSN0006 Home Staging

Whether you are a realtor, home owner or want to start your own staging business, students are introduced to the fundamentals of home staging. Students learn the on-the-job requirements of staging by applying techniques and exploring new ideas for showing a home at its best potential.

DSN5320 Soft Materials and Finishes

Discover the current trends in soft finishes and surfaces, how they are manufactured and where they can be used in interior spaces. Topics include natural and manmade materials focusing on sustainable products and cradle to cradle ideology, material calculation of various covering/recovering techniques as well as basic furniture construction and quality.

Pre-requisites: DSN5317

CAD8001 Introduction to AutoCAD

Students learn the features and elements of computer-aided drafting using AutoCAD software. The focus is on practising the basic drawing and editing commands required to produce simple two-dimensional drawings.