view of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

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 a setting encouraging student interaction and discussion, with instructors offering a supportive environment for you to test out your design ideas and strategies.

Industry and Careers
Many of our learners have gone on to find work in the interior industry, including in:

  • Film and set design
  • Furniture design
  • Product design manufacturing
  • Real estate
  • Sales
  • Staging

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

Who Should Take This Certificate?

You may be interested in taking this certificate if you:

  • Professionals who want to enhance your communication skills to work with designers and those in the allied construction fields
  • Professionals who work in real estate, renovations, and new build projects who want to hone their design thinking skills to move up in their careers
  • Individuals who are looking to kickstart their careers 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

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 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

Certificate Requirements

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

Awards and Financial Aid


Contact Us


Additional Details