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Create gorgeous spaces with a Fundamentals of Interior Design certificate

A space can always be more beautiful, more functional. Do you have the brave, bold ideas to create these better spaces? The Certificate in Fundamentals of Interior Design from The Chang School will give you the traditional and contemporary skill sets and tools you need to succeed in interior design, interior decoration, and space planning.

Our interior design courses are taught in a setting that encourages learner interaction and discussion, with instructors offering a supportive environment for you to test out your design ideas and strategies. Want to build your professional interior decorating network? You can get a head start at The Chang School. Many of our instructors are graduates of the degree interior design program and have lots of professional interior decoration experience that can enrich your learning and help you grow your network.

This interior decorating program introduces you to contemporary ideas of design. The combination of lectures, activities, assignments, and hands-on demonstrations will build a foundation in space planning and the design process that will prepare you for heading out to get your first interior design job…or get that promotion you’ve been angling for.

An Interior Design certificate can set you up for success in a wide variety of fields, including film and set design, furniture design, product design manufacturing, real estate, sales, and staging. These interior decorating courses can also boost your communication skill set, helping you to enhance any career where you need to discuss spatial and design-related work on a regular basis.

Come start your Interior Design certificate today and start creating the spaces of your dreams.


Who should take this Fundamentals of Interior Design certificate?

  • You’re a professional who wants to enhance your communication skills to work with designers and those in the allied construction fields
  • You’re a professional who works in real estate, renovations, or new build projects who wants to hone your design thinking skills to move up in their careers
  • You’re looking to kickstart your career in interior decorating, set design, the interior industry, facilities planning, or space planning

What will you learn while taking the Fundamentals of Interior Design certificate?

You’ll learn how to:

  • Improve your research and communication abilities, including rapid sketching ability, integrating analog and digital processes, concept development, and design skills that are transferable across many disciplines
  • Create effective presentations
  • Work with colleagues in a studio setting

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 Toronto Metropolitan University's Bachelor of Interior Design (BID) program.

Certificate Requirements

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

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

If you’re an undergraduate student, you should be aware of possible certificate restrictions. For complete details, check Curriculum Advising.


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