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Learn the communication skills that inform the interior design industry. Explore the fundamentals of design thinking and gain a better understanding of how to communicate with space-enhancing and trades professionals.

Whether you choose take just a few courses or pursue the full seven-course certificate, you will hone your design thinking skills to better communicate design intent within the interior design industry and the field of spatial design. The program will also introduce you to the traditional and contemporary skill sets used in the development of interior decor and space planning.

Courses increase in scope as you move through the certificate, building upon what you learn. Many courses are taught in studio-like settings, with instructors offering a supportive environment for you to test out your design ideas and strategies.

This program offers the following benefits:

  • Enrol right away – open admissions with no application required
  • Take Ryerson degree-credit courses
  • Finish your certificate faster through our intensive schedule option
  • Apply for merit-based awards

What Will You Learn?

You will be introduced to contemporary ideas of design. Through a combination of lectures and hands-on demonstrations, you will build a foundation in space planning and the design process.

The seven carefully structured courses reinforce many sought-after skills, including:

  • effective presentations
  • working with colleagues in a studio setting
  • developing a proposal for a design problem

Your instructors will help you improve your abilities in research and communication, including:

  • rapid sketching ability
  • integrating analog and digital processes
  • concept development
  • design skills that are transferable across many disciplines

Who Should Take This Certificate?

You may be interested if you:

  • want to enhance your communication skills to work with designers and those in the allied construction fields
  • work in real estate, renovations, and new build projects
  • hope to pursue a career in: 
    • decor
    • set design
    • the interior industry (including furniture, building materials, lighting, floor and wall covering suppliers, and the related sales and manufacturing of the products used and selected by designers)
    • facilities planning
    • space planning

Who Teaches the Courses?

Many of our instructors are professionals in the interior industry and are graduates of art and design programs.


Industry and Careers

Many of our students have gone on to find work in the interior industry, including in:

  • film and set design
  • sales
  • real estate
  • staging
  • furniture
  • product design manufacturing

Many also choose to continue in their existing careers with an enhanced communications skill set that is useful when discussing spatial and design-related work.

Note: Certified interior designers must pass the NCIDQ exam, which is administered by the Council for Interior Design Qualification (CIDQ). Completing this certificate will not enable you to write the NCIDQ exam or represent yourself as a certified interior designer. This certificate is separate from Ryerson University's Bachelor of Interior Design (BID) program.

Certificate Requirements

  • 4 required courses
  • 3 electives
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 1.67+

Recommended Course Sequence

We recommend you begin by taking CDID 150, as this design theory course is a prerequisite for many of the other CDID courses. You can then complete the remaining courses in the order of your choosing (provided you meet prerequisites).

Admission Criteria


  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
    • With 6 Grade 12 U or M credits (including English and Mathematics)
    • With a minimum average of 60 percent


  • Mature student status

Awards and Financial Aid


Intensive Option

The Interior Design Intensive lets you earn the seven credits needed to complete the Certificate in Fundamentals of Interior Design over 14 intensive weeks. This unique fast-track program covers all required theory, drafting, space planning, and communications courses, as well as pre-selected electives.

CDID 999 - Interior Design Intensive

Contact Us

Questions? Contact Andrew Furman, Academic Coordinator.

Phone:  416-979-5000, ext. 6929

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