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  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
  • Distance - Traditional correspondence format. These courses work best if you can't get to a campus or if your schedule can't accommodate fixed class times

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Open Studies

Open Studies allows you to explore credit courses without applying to a program.
It is an opportunity to get a feel for school and what program you want to be in.

International Students

Program availability may be limited for international applicants. Contact your student advisor for more information.

Advanced Credit

You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced Credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit

In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Transfer and Credit Options section and on the Transfer Credit Request Form (PDF), your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:

  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 7 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of C in the course(s) or program

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

Students in the program can challenge courses in the program. If you have successful work experience in the Applied Financial Services field, and you can provide evidence of your skills and knowledge to meet learning outcomes for courses within the program, you may be able to challenge courses through PLAR.

For all course challenges, you must first apply to the program, be accepted and have paid your non-refundable tuition deposit. You can only receive credit for up to 50% of any NAIT credit program.

To learn more and to begin the process, read through the following

  1. PLAR Interior Design Technology - ENGL1150
  2. PLAR Interior Design Technology - MATH1150
  3. Applicaton Form (pdf)
  4. Payment Form (pdf)

Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.

Interior Design Technologists translate designs concepts into technical drawings that ultimately result in the creation of the built environment.  

In this program, you will learn the relationships between functional, technical and aesthetic elements in interior environments.  You will be trained in products and materials, construction methods, building services and more.  Most drawings will be completed on the computer but you will also learn free-hand sketching techniques to create construction drawings, floor plans and more. 

If you have an interest in drawing, an aptitude for three dimensional thinking or a strong desire to learn how things are constructed this is the program for you.


Technology

Please review the following pdf for the computer specifications needed for the first day of school.

Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.

Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.

Enter the workforce with confidence

Upon graduating you can work as an assistant to interior designers, architects, engineers or other related design professionals.  You can also work with building contractors, home design companies, building component manufacturers and suppliers.

Typical employers include interior design firms, architectural firms, construction companies, millwork companies and product and material suppliers.

Become a trusted professional

Graduates of the Interior Design Technology program can earn a second diploma in Architectural Technology with just one more year, earning you two diplomas in three years.

Learn more about Architectural Technology

Graduates can also enter into NAIT’s Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management or in Construction Management program to earn their BTech degree in just two additional years.

Learn more about the BTech - Technology Management program

Graduates can also further their education and earn a Bachelor in Interior Design by continuing at Mount Royal University in Calgary or York University online.

BTech - Technology Management

Completion of this diploma qualifies as the first 2 years of NAIT's unique 4-year Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management degree.   Find out more

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General program information

If you've been accepted into the program, you can apply for advanced credit. Contact us for more informaiton. 



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Term 1

ENDS1100Introduction to Construction Documents and Detailing
  • Requisites: Co-requisite: ENDS1130. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: EDT1100
  • Open Studies: Available

This course covers the basics of technical drawing while introducing the fundamentals of light frame wood construction. Construction materials and methods will be explored and applied into a set of residential drawings.

ENDS1121Design Studio I: Fundamentals of Design
  • Requisites: Co-Requisite: ENDS1140.
  • Course Equivalencies: EDT1120, ENDS1120
  • Open Studies: Available

Students will explore the design process through the elements and principles of visual and spatial design. The studio will focus on the design process and the communication of ideas.

ENDS1130Computer Applications I - CAD
  • Requisites: This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Available

This course is an introduction AutoCAD beginning with initial setup and basic commands through to the production and printing of a set of 2D construction drawings.

ENDS1140Introduction to Presentation Techniques
  • Requisites: This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Available

This course introduces 2D and 3D presentation techniques used in the design industry. Students will explore the basics of sketching and 3D visualization software. Emphasis will be placed on hand rendering skills.

ENGL1150Technical Communications I
  • Requisites: This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Available

This course introduces the student to the complexities of written and oral communication and provides a basis for strong business and technical communication. It provides students with practice preparing documents relevant to the business environment. Students are required to apply effective online and database research techniques and APA documentation to compile, design, and deliver an oral presentation of borrowed ideas and images.

MATH1150Technical Mathematics
  • Requisites: This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Available

This is an introductory course in mathematics intended to provide a foundation for concepts encountered throughout the program. Students will develop proficiency in basic technical mathematics pertaining to measurements, algebra, trigonometry, geometry, spreadsheets and charts with an emphasis on spatial acuity and graphical solutions.

Term 2

ENDS1230Introduction to BIM Applications
  • Requisites: Pre-Requisites: ENDS1130, ENDS1100.
  • Open Studies: Available

This course is an introduction to Revit Building Information Modeling software, beginning with utilizing modeling tools to create models through to the production and printing of a set of construction drawings.

ENDS12503D Modelling Applications
  • Requisites: This course is available to Open Studies Students.
  • Open Studies: Available

This course introduces the use of computer applications for three dimensional modeling. Emphasis will be placed on creating models and rendered images for presentation.

ENGL1250Technical Communications II
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: ENGL1150. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Available

This course continues exploring the complexities of written and oral communication and provides students with practice preparing documents relevant to the business environment. Students are required to develop and use teamwork and communication skills to use in practical applications such as planning for, participating in, and documenting of team meetings.

INDT1200Residential Construction Documents
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: ENDS1100, ENDS1130, MATH1150 or ENDS1150. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Available

This course will define the responsibilities of the Interior Design Technologist as they relate to the production of computer aided working drawings and details. Lab exercises and assignments will include small residential construction drawing packages and a residential renovation package. Emphasis will be placed on understanding appropriate use and identification of materials, as well as the organization and presentation of the construction drawing package. Detailing for interiors will be introduced with an emphasis on residential construction practices. Relevant codes and bylaws will be discussed.

INDT1220Design Studio II: Individual Inhabitation
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: ENDS1120, or both ENDS1121 and ENDS1140. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Available

The processes of planning and programming will be explored through residential projects. Application of relevant codes and bylaws will be covered and special consideration will be given to universal design. Students will explain and defend their design solutions.

INDT1260History of Interior Design
  • Requisites: This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Available

This course is an introduction to the evolution of the built environment from ancient civilizations to the contemporary era. A variety of historical periods are reviewed and include highlights of significant achievements in architecture. A brief history of the development of interior design will be presented, with emphasis on Western European periods and contemporary furniture classics, which provides the background to understanding current trends.

Term 3

ENDS1240Presentation Applications
  • Open Studies: Available

This course covers the following software: Adobe Acrobat, Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Their application in image manipulation and graphic design as it relates to the design industry will be explored.

ENDS2330Intermediate BIM Applications
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Architectural Technology or Interior Design Technology programs. Prerequisite: ENDS1230.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

In this course the student will create massing models and a Building Information Model (BIM) using Revit software. From these models rendered views and drawings will be produced.

INDT2301Commercial Construction Documents
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: INDT1200, ENDS1230. CO-Requisite: ENDS2330.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will extend the student's ability to develop a set of construction documents for a commercial project. Students will become familiar with the development of design details, specification and adherence to the Alberta Building Code.

INDT2311Interior Products and Materials I
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course explores the nature of interior products and materials. A foundation for appropriate selection for a given function and aesthetic will be developed with a focus on sustainable practices and the most up to date products and materials in the industry.

INDT2320Design Studio III: Collaborative Spaces
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: ENGL1250, INDT1220, ENDS1130, ENDS1250. Co-Requisite: INDT2311.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

The processes of planning and programming will be explored for human collaboration in the interior environment. Emphasis will be placed on how people interact with each other and their environment. The effect of colour and pattern on interior spaces will be explored as well as furniture systems. Students will defend their design solutions

INDT2350Interior Building Systems
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will cover the design implications of building systems required for the interior environment. These systems include structural, electrical, lighting, mechanical, water, fire safety, and acoustics.

Term 4

INDT2401Design Applications within Construction Documents
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: INDT2320, INDT2301, INDT2350.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will extend the student's ability to translate a design solution to a set of architectural construction drawings. The emphasis of this course will be custom detailing, Alberta Building Code compliance and documentation as it relates to individual projects.

INDT2410Interior Products and Materials II - Applications
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: INDT2311.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course explores the appropriate application of interior products and materials. Emphasis will be placed on analysis and evaluation of interior products and materials.

INDT2420Design Studio IV: Designing for the Collective
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: INDT2311, INDT2320, ENDS1240.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

The processes of planning and programming will be explored for public spaces. Emphasis will be placed on spatial connectivity in these environments. Students will present and critique design solutions.

INDT2430Computer Applications IV: Presentation
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: INDT2330. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: IDT2430
  • Open Studies: Available

Emphasis will be placed on using advanced application of image manipulation and graphic design software in the creation of a professional portfolio. Advanced use of BIM software with emphasis on interior applications will also be explored.

INDT2470Professional Practice - Interior Design Technologist
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Interior Design Technology program. Prerequisite: ENDS1240.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will familiarize students with the professional practice of interior design. Emphasis will be placed on the role of the interior design technologist in the design industry.

Term 4 Electives - Choose 1

ENDS2500Residential Construction and Design
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: ENDS1100, ENDS1121, ENDS1130.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will explore the responsibilities of the Architectural Technologist as they relate to the residential construction and design industry. Lab assignments will include an industry standard residential drawing package, design documents, and code analysis.

ENDS2530Computer Aided Manufacturing and Design
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: ENDS1130, ENDS1250 or LANT1231.
  • Course Equivalencies: EDT2530
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will provide the student practical, hands-on experience with the computer aided manufacturing process from design to assembly. The student will use this knowledge to construct a number of projects using CAD software, computer controlled equipment and hand tools.

ENDS2540Facilities Planning and Product Representation
  • Requisites: This course is not available to Open Studies students. Prerequisite: INDT2320 or LANT2320 or ARCT2320 and Math1150.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will introduce the students to two related career options in Facilities Planning and Product Representation. The emphasis of this course will be to understand strategic planning for space management and the skills necessary to become a product or industry representative.

ENDS2561Urban Sketching
  • Requisites: This course is available to Open Studies students. Pre-Requisite: ENDS1140.
  • Open Studies: Available

This course introduces the techniques and principles of urban sketching. Emphasis will be on hand drawing a variety of subjects, the use of different drawing media, the application of various drawing styles and techniques, and rapid observational sketching in the production of a sketchbook.

ENDS2571Winter City Design
  • Requisites: This course is available to Open Studies students. Pre-Requisites: ENDS1250 or LANT1231, INDT2320 or ARCT2320 or LANT2320.
  • Open Studies: Available

This course introduces winter city design guidelines. Emphasis will be on the analysis of winter city initiatives and the application of principles and strategies to produce winter design solutions. Students will participate in and analyze several different winter city activities.

LEED2580LEED Fundamentals
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: ARCT2310 or INDT2300.
  • Open Studies: Available

This course is an introduction to the role the built environment plays in damaging natural systems, and what can be done to mitigate that harm, and possibly reverse it. This high-level introduction to the LEED rating system, and core concepts and strategies will prepare you to take your LEED exam. The practical application of this rating system will be practiced.

Tuition

Cost Per Credit: $150
Tuition Cap: $1,883

Tuition for International Students

Cost Per Credit: $473
Tuition Cap: $5,931

Mandatory Fees

NAITSA: $129
U-Pass: $175
Health & Dental: $128
Rec. & Athletics: $70

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How much will first year cost?

Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)

Level 1 Term 1: $550
Level 1 Term 2: $550
Level 2 Term 1: $700
Level 2 Term 2: $700

Dates & Deadlines

We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.

Application Deadline: Sep 03, 2019

Term Start Date: Sep 03, 2019

Program Availability Status:  

Domestic Applicants: WL
International Applicants: WL

Entrance Requirements

NOTE: Applicants who, prior to May 2019, either completed one of the following courses with a grade of C or higher or successfully completed both of the following courses courses with a minimum combined GPA of at least 2.0, may use it/them toward satisfying the current admission requirements:

  • ENGL1150 or INDT1240 can be used to meet the English requirement
  • ENDS1150 or MATH1150 can be used to meet the Math requireme

Competitive Entrance Requirements:

60% overall average Note: Competitive entrance requirements are determined by the program area and are subject to change without notice.

Additional Requirements and Considerations

Students are required to have a PC laptop computer for this program. Laptop specifications will be provided to the students upon enrollment. Approximate cost $2000.

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Open Studies

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International Students

This program is open to international applicants. For more detailed information about applying, visit our admissions page. Learn more

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Open Program still has seats available.
Waitlisting Program is full and qualified applicants are being placed on a waitlist. For information about waitlists, please visit the Waitlist FAQs.

If you’re on a non-competitive waitlist, you should consider NAIT’s Academic Upgrading program or NAIT Equivalency Tests to become a more competitive applicant.

There is no guarantee that waitlisted applicants will be offered a seat, however it is common for seats to become available until the start of class. As seats become available, they are filled from the waitlist.
Closed Program is no longer accepting applications.
N/A Not available for this term.


*Program availabilty is subject to change without notice.

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