Interior Decorating and Visual Display

Creative types need apply! This program gets you 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!

(International students MUST register through the International Students application process.)

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Interior Decorating and Visual Display NOVA TBD 16 months $282.93

Program content
Admission conditions
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


To be eligible for admission to this program, candidates must meet one of the following requirements:

Persons holding a Secondary School Diploma or its recognized equivalent, for example, an Attestation of Equivalence of Secondary V studies, or a postsecondary diploma such as the Diploma of College Studies or a Bachelor’s degree
Persons who are at least 16 years of age on September 30 of the school year in which their training is to begin and have earned the Secondary IV credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in the programs of study established by the Minister, or have been granted recognition for equivalent learning
Persons who are at least 18 years of age upon entry into the program and have the following functional prerequisites: the successful completion of the General Development Test (see the following table), or recognition of equivalent learning
Persons who have obtained Secondary III credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in programs established by the Minister are required to pursue general education courses, concurrently with their vocational training, in order to obtain the Secondary IV credits they lack in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in programs established by the Minister.

Functional prerequisites

This section identifies the modules or course codes for the actual programs of study in adult general education that are specific prerequisites in language of instruction and mathematics. Functional prerequisites includes the successful completion of specific prerequisites as well as the general development test (TDG). When a DVS doesn’t require specific prerequisites in language of instruction or in mathematics, a dash ( – ) is displayed in the appropriate cell. For programs that lead to an AVS, specific prerequisites and the TDG do not apply (N/A).

Specific prerequisites
Language of instruction Second language Mathematics
Adults Youth Adults Youth Adults Youth
ENG-3101-1 et ENG-3102-2 ou (ENG-3070-3) 632-306 ou (630-316) MTH-3053-2 ou (MTH-3016-2) 563-306 ou (568-314)

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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

  • Graduates from this program find themselves in high demand for employment in retail sales, fabric distribution, and customer service, or may become self-employed interior decorators.
  • 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.


What are the pre-requisites for this program?

You need the basic pre-requisites, a strong interest in the design/display field, and a strong desire to learn. Those who enjoy working with others in a creative, idea-driven and collaborative environment will benefit most from the program.

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.
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