Residential Interiors Certificate

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This unique program, the first in Western Canada, offers you a university-level certificate in the art of interior decorating. Recognized as an excellent career-entry program by the Decorators & Designers Association of Canada (DDA) and industry professionals, the Residential Interiors Certificate program is a comprehensive study of residential interior fundamentals and applications.

Using principles of the related fields of visual arts, architecture, and business, our instructors effectively combine design theory and practice to ensure that students gain the experience and skills needed in the ever-changing field of residential decorating.

Program at a Glance

Program structure

9 courses needed to graduate.

Location & Format

Classes held in downtown Edmonton.


2-3 years of part-time study.


If you have a flair for making a house a home and like living environments that reflect a homeowner’s story and style, you may want to consider pursuing studies in residential interiors. Our student body is diverse, from recent high-school graduates to individuals seeking a career change. Some characteristics common to our students are a keen interest in fashion and home décor, good spatial perception, and the ability to work well with all types of people.

Program Plan

This part-time program is comprised of six core courses and three electives. Each course is 39 hours in length, for a total of 351 instructional hours. 

Typical course load is one course each term, three terms a year. When following this structure, students can fulfill the certificate requirements within three years. The program can be accelerated by taking up to three courses at a time once the introductory course is completed. At this rate, the program takes less than two years.

A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 is required to obtain the certificate (3.5 or higher earns a certificate with distinction).


If you entered the program prior to July 2017, please refer to the requirements that apply to your certificate.

  • ‎Required first course

    ・ Introduction to Residential Interiors – a prerequisite for all core courses.

  • Core courses

    Basic Drawing, Drafting and Presentation

    Colour Theory and Application
    Space Planning (prerequisite: Basic Drawing, Drafting and Presentation)
    Products and Finishes (prerequisite: Colour Theory and Application)
    Design Studio - must be taken as the last core course

  • Elective courses

    Choose three electives from these available courses.


As a Residential Interiors student, you may apply for admission to the University of Alberta’s B.Sc. in Human Ecology (major in clothing, textiles, and material culture) and, if accepted into that program, have core Residential Interiors credits apply toward a minor in interiors.

Qualifications & Admission

Enrolling in the program is a requirement if you want to earn the certificate. Your application may be submitted before, during, or after completing the course Introduction to Residential Interiors, but you must apply before commencing your second course. 

To enrol, you must have a high school diploma (minimum 100 credits) or equivalent, including English 30. If you attended a high school in Alberta, transcripts may be ordered from Alberta Education at 780-427-5732; if you attended high school outside of Alberta, contact the provincial department of education. 

You are still invited to apply if you do not meet the admission requirements. Your qualifications will be reviewed, and conditional entrance may be granted. For details, please contact the program office at 780-492-3034.

This program is currently open for enrolment—apply now!


  1. Click on the ‘Apply now’ button below to download the Application for Program Admission form. 
  2. Obtain an official transcript of your previous studies (high school OR post-secondary education).
  3. Submit your completed application, along with the transcript and a $100 admission fee.

Tuition & Fees

  • A one-time application fee of $100 is required for admission into the program.
  • Tuition is paid on a course-by-course basis as you register for your classes; courses are GST-exempt.
  • Materials and textbooks are not included in course fees. For most courses, expect to spend an average of $100 per course; materials for Basic Drawing, Drafting, and Presentation cost around $450.
  • This program is eligible for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant.

Courses Offered

You can register for the first course, Introduction to Residential Interiors without enrolling into the program. However, before taking the second course, you must apply and be accepted into the Residential Interiors Certificate Program.

Register online or by phone at 780-492-3116 (toll-free 1-800-808-4784). You may also register by mail, fax, or in person.

Classes are held at Enterprise Square, downtown Edmonton, Alberta.

Course schedules are also available in printer-friendly PDF format.

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      Elective courses

        Enhancement opportunities (not for credit)


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