Interior Decorating and Visual Display

Creative types need apply! Our graduates are ready to work in two creative fields – interior decorating and visual display.

Find work in home and office decorating, colour theory and consulting, kitchen design, home staging, visual merchandising, event planning …the list goes on and on!  

Use cutting-edge design software to learn the ins and outs of interior decorating including colour theory, textiles, preparation of client presentations in residential and commercial decoration, event planning, exhibit booth design, and mannequin and commercial displays. You will finish this program with a great portfolio, ready to hit the job market!

Offered at


Cost (subject to change)



Program Duration

16 months


  • A high school diploma, or
  • Be at least 16 years old and have Secondary 4  English, Math, and French, or
  • Be at least 16 years old and have Secondary 3 English, Math, and French. You will have to take classes at the same time as you study your trade to obtain Secondary 4 credits in English, Math, and French. Don’t worry – we can help with that path., or
  • Be at least 18 years old and pass the General Development Test

Don’t meet the prerequisites? Don’t worry!  Contact Nova today for help finding your path to the trade program you want.

Are you applying from outside of Canada? Visit our International page for more info on how to register.

Skills you will learn

  • drafting skills, plan reading, sketching and perspective drawings
  • colour theory, lighting concepts, furnishings and textiles
  • computer aided design (AutoCAD and 20/20)
  • window display and presentation techniques

Did you know

  • Nova offers a professional studio environment, industry-standard software, full access to finishes, paints and samples in our decorating and design resource room.
  • Our real-world approach means students take field trips to showrooms, decorating studios, and decorating and design exhibitions.


Do I need a portfolio to apply?

No. Students will build their own portfolios throughout the course of the program.

How easy is it to get a job after graduating?

The majority of our graduates have success in finding employment.
Graduates are in high demand for employment in retail sales, fabric distribution, and customer service, or become self-employed interior decorators.

Program Specifics

Code Statement of competency Hours Credits
979-101 Determine their suitability for the occupation and the training process 15 1
979-116 Apply the potential uses of colour 90 6
979-124 Use sources of work-related information 60 4
979-136 Propose materials for a project 90 6
979-148 Produce rough sketches, freehand drawings and perspective drawings 120 8
979-158 Produce technical drawings 120 8
979-166 Propose combinations of furniture and décor or display elements 90 6
979-174 Propose window and bed treatments and light upholstering 60 4
979-184 Light a space 60 4
979-193 Establish interpersonal relationships at work 45 3
979-206 Sell products and services 90 6
979-214 Perform related administrative tasks 60 4
979-228 Propose a residential interior decorating project 120 8
979-238 Propose an interior decorating project based on modular, built-in elements 120 8
979-248 Propose an interior decorating project for a public space 120 8
979-256 Build décor elements 90 6
979-266 Design a space for promotional purposes 90 6
979-278 Design a window display 120 8
979-288 Design a space for a special event 120 8
979-298 Integrate into the workplace 120 8
  1800 120


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