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Interior Design: Bachelor Degree


  • Location

    The program will be taught at the main Burnaby campus and some courses may be offered at BCITâ??s Downtown campus.

    Burnaby Campus
    3700 Willingdon Avenue
    Burnaby, BC

    Downtown Campus
    555 Seymour Street
    Vancouver, BC

    Courses may incorporate online and blended components.

  • Length

    2 years full-time (after completion of the Diploma in Interior Design).

    This program commences in September each year.

    Students must complete the Bachelor Degree component of the program within 5 years.

    Please note that this program cannot be completed through distance education. The majorities of courses are classroom-based and require attendance at BCITâ??s main campus in Burnaby, BC.

  • Tuition Estimate

    Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates

    $3,000 per year (general estimated cost, subject to change)

    In addition, all students prior to the 1st term of the Bachelor of Interior Design are required to purchase a laptop computer suitable to run software used in their courses. Costs for such a computer will vary depending on configuration chosen but will likely range from approximately $2000 to $3500. Software purchases will increase this cost. Contact the Program Assistant for specifications on software and hardware requirements.

    A mandatory field trip in the spring term of level 6, costing approximately $2500 to $3000, is not included in the cost estimate. A passport or visa may be required for field trips.

  • Credential Granted
    Bachelor of Interior Design

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Application Deadline Advice

Applications accepted November 1st* to April 15th.*

*or next business day

Contact Info

Program Assistant Part-time Studies (1st and 2nd Year)
E: Interior_Design@bcit.ca
T: 604-456-8150

Program Assistant Full-time Studies (2nd, 3rd and 4th year)
E: BCIT_Interior_Design_FTS@bcit.ca
T: 604-456-1125

1) Program Admission Requirements

Note: The September 2017 intake is now closed for new applications to Level 5. Applications for re-admission may be submitted. Applications for the September 2018 intake will be accepted starting November 1, 2017.

Entrance requirements

Competitive Entry: Two-step process

Preference will be given to applicants with:

  • A BCIT Diploma in Interior Design that are continuing on through full-time studies

Step 1: Meet the following entrance requirements

  • English: two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:
  • Post-Secondary: one of the following options:
  • Option 1: BCIT Interior Design diploma* with:

    • 65% in all INTD and COMM courses
    • 50% in LIBS 7001
    • 9.0 credits of General Education electives [PDF]
    • *Students currently enrolled in the full-time or part-time Interior Design diploma may be conditionally accepted. Applicants must submit proof of registration in all remaining diploma courses, LIBS 7001, and General Education electives to show they are on track to complete by the end of August.

    Option 2: Non-BCIT Interior Design diploma or degree with:

    • Completion of a Diploma in Interior Design from another public or private post-secondary institution in Canada with a 65% minimum grade in all interior design courses. The credential must be no less than 60 credits in interior design or related coursework that culminates in a diploma or degree.

  • Complete the following form for submission with your online application:

Applicants who have completed post-secondary studies outside of Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand will require a comprehensive evaluation of their credentials by the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES). Credential evaluation reports from other Canadian services may be considered. These reports must include course-by-course evaluations and GPA calculations.

Read more about how to meet BCITâ??s entrance requirements

Step 2: Department assessment

Applications will be reviewed and assessed by the program area when the entrance requirements are complete. Applicants may be contacted for the following:

Option 1: BCIT Diploma in Interior Design* with:
  • Currency in computer skills (completed within three years of the program start date), including AutoCAD and Sketch Up. Applicants lacking these requirements will need to take applicable bridging courses:
    • INTD 4320 - Commercial Construction Drawings
    • INTD 3360 - Advanced Digital Illustration for Interior Design
    • INTD 1360 - Digital Illustration for Interior Design
Option 2: Non-BCIT Interior Design diploma or degree with:
  • A meeting with the program coordinator or assigned instructor for an assessment. Applicants will need to bring:
    • Official transcript, or ICES report, and course outlines
    • A list of related work experience (if applicable)
    • Portfolio of work
    • Demonstration of currency in computer skills (completed within three years of the program start) including AutoCAD and Sketch Up. Applicants lacking these requirements will need to take applicable bridging courses.

  • Completion of the following courses or equivalents:
    • 50% in LIBS 7001 or equivalent
    • 70% in COMM 1120 or equivalent
    • 65% in COMM 2320 or equivalent
    • 9.0 credits of General Education electives
Both Options 1 and 2:
  • Portfolio submission (see details below)
  • Interior Design project on-site (see details below)

Portfolio Requirements

Number of pieces and content:

  • Portfolio to include a resume and maximum of seven pieces of varied work. Portfolio pieces are to be student projects from former education or industry related work and should demonstrate a cross section of skills. A maximum of two pieces of design related work such as: photography, fashion, art work, sculpture, graphics, painting, etc. could be included in portfolio (any piece which demonstrates a highly-developed design aesthetic)

Presentation of work:

  • Portfolio may not be larger than 11â??X17". Work should be reduced to fit this format.
  • Present portfolio in a clear, neat, professional manner. Label each page and include a note for each piece of work submitted explaining why you have included it.
  • Student projects or industry related work must include details of the work completed by the individual. Credit when necessary must be given to team members in a project.

Submission details:

  • Please drop off your portfolio to the program assistantâ??s office in NE1-308 between the hours of 8:30-12:00 or 13:00-15:30, Monday-Friday by April 15th. After you have received a letter of acceptance or non-offer from the BCIT Admissions Office, you may pick up your portfolio.

Interior Design project

An on-site Interior Design project will be given to all applicants on one day only. This will take place on Friday, April 20th, 2018, from 1-5 pm. Attendance is mandatory. Students are to meet in NE1-353 at 12:45 pm. Students will need to bring trace, pens, pencils, scale, markers, etc. Please do not bring any textbooks or reference material.

Note: Students who are continuing on from BCITâ??s full-time diploma will be exempt from submitting a portfolio and Interior Design project. Please contact BCIT_Interior_Design_FTS@bcit.ca for forms required.

Apply to program
Note: The September 2017 intake is now closed for new applications to Level 5. Applications for re-admission may be submitted. Applications for the September 2018 intake will be accepted starting November 1, 2017.

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission.
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files.
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee.
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You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

September each year.

myCommunication

Within two business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.


 

2) Institution Admission Requirements

Applicants also have to satisfy BCIT's institution admission requirements as listed below.

General Admission Requirements (All Students)

The English-Language Proficiency required for study at BCIT is detailed here.

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

You will need to meet the specific admission requirements of your intended program. Most programs require Grade 12 graduation with specific Grade 11 and 12 courses. Some programs also have non-academic requirements such as submitting a resume or participating in an interview.

For more details on BCIT's Admission and Registration requirements check here.

Application priority is given to BC residents who are Canadian citizens and landed immigrants who have lived in BC for the 12 months immediately before enrolment. Second priority is given to out-of-province citizens and landed immigrants. Third priority is given to applicants who are neither Canadian citizens nor landed immigrants.

Out-of-Province

You will need to meet the specific admission requirements of your intended program. Most programs require Grade 12 graduation with specific Grade 11 and 12 courses. Some programs also have non-academic requirements such as submitting a resume or participating in an interview.

For more details on BCIT's Admission and Registration requirements check here.

Application priority is given to BC residents who are Canadian citizens and landed immigrants who have lived in BC for the 12 months immediately before enrolment. Second priority is given to out-of-province citizens and landed immigrants. Third priority is given to applicants who are neither Canadian citizens nor landed immigrants.

BC Transfer Student

For details on transfer credit at BCIT check here.

 

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

For details on transfer credit at BCIT check here.

 

Mature Student

If you have not graduated from secondary school you can still be admitted to BCIT based on your relevant experience.

To gain Mature student status, you must also meet BCIT's English-language requirements as well as any prerequisites for your desired program.

There is helpful information for Mature students in the Frequently Asked Questions section of BCIT's Admission & Registration webpage.

International Student

For details on applying to BCIT as an International Student check here.

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

The Technology Entry Program is for students who want to improve their skills in core areas such as communications, Math, Chemistry or Physics to meet the prerequisites of their intended BCIT Technology Program.

 

How to Apply

For information on applying to BCIT's programs check here.

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