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The following is a list of institutions recognized by CDECA in the decorating or design field of study. Contact them directly to obtain relevant course or program information. CDECA does not recommend any one particular school. We encourage potential students to research the individual programs to ensure you choose the program that best suits your career goals within the interior decorating and design industries.


  1. A provincial government recognizes or accredits the program.
  2. The federal government accepts a tax receipt for tuition paid in the program.
  3. The program must be offered at a Canadian-based institution.
  4. The program has:
    (a) minimum 300 hours of in-class & field trip instruction (not including studio, practicum, project work); or
    (b) requires a minimum 6 months for completion of a program.
  5. The program is offered on-line and/or through correspondence courses and meets the criteria of #4 (b). For the purpose of this section it is understood that the program may not meet criteria #1 or #2.


  1. Graduates of old programs no longer in existence based on comparison to comparable current programs. The applicant would need to submit the list of courses and number of instruction hours of the program for approval.
  2. Graduates of Interior Design 3yr diploma or 4yr degree programs.
  3. Graduates of Specialty Programs provided that the foundation of the pre-requisite program is met.


 Institution    Program
 Art Institute of Vancouver   Interior Design and Foundations for Design Diploma
Interior Design Diploma
 Vancouver Community College   Interior Design Certificate
 Kwantlen University College, VCR   Interior Design Degree
  Choices (full-time) Interior Decorator Career Training Diploma Program (school districts offer part-time evening diploma courses)
British Columbia Institute of Technology BCIT   Interior Design Management Certificate
Diploma of Technology in Interior Design
Centre For Arts and Technology   Interior Design Diploma


 Institution    Program
Bow Valley College, CLGY Interior Decorating Diploma
University of Calgary Visual Design Certificate / Int. Design Specialization
Mount Royal University, CLGY


Applied Interior Design Degree, Interior Decorating Extension Certificate Program

NAIT N. Alberta Inst. of Tech., EDM Diploma in Interior Design Technology
University of Alberta, EDM Residential Interiors Certificate
Lethbridge College Interior Design Diploma
Lakeland College, Vermillion

Interior Design Technology Diploma




 Institution    Program

Academy of Learning College

Formerly Universal Career College

   Interior Decorating Diploma Program
 36 weeks

 MANITOBA, Winnipeg

 Institution   Program
 Red River College   Residential Decorating Certificate
 Interior Decorating Certificate
 University of Manitoba   Interior Design Degree, Interior Design  Masters Degree


 Institution    Program
Georgian College   Interior Design Diploma - 2 & 3 yrs.
Interior Decorating Diploma - 2 yrs
 Mohawk College   Interior Decorating Certificate
 Conestoga College   Interior Decorating Certificate
Interior Decorating Diploma Program
 Fanshawe College   Interior Decorating Diploma, Interior Design Diploma

 Westervelt College

*Program Current "Oh-hold" - Not being offered.

  6-mo. Interior Decorating Diploma
Sheridan College  

Interior Decorating Diploma

Bachelor of Interior Design

Visual Design Interior Decorating Program

Durham College   Interior Decorating Certificate
 Algonquin College  

Interior Decorating Diploma,Residential Décor Certificate, Interior Design Degree


 La Cite Collegiale  


Interior Decorating Diploma -2 yrs


 Lambton College   The Foundations of Interior Decorating Program

Toronto Film School at RCC Institute of Technology

(Formerly International Academy of Design & Technology)


Interior Decorating Diploma - 18 months

Bachelor of Interior Design

 Art Institute of Toronto   Residential Design Diploma, Interior Design  Adv Diploma (this program is discontinued.  CDECA recognizes existing students & graduates)
George Brown College   Interior Decorating Certificate
Humber College   Interior Decorating Certificate & Diploma,  Interior Design Degree
Ryerson University   Interior Design Degree
Seneca College   Interior Decorating Certificate
 St. Clair College  

Interior Design Diploma



 Institution    Program
Inter-Dec College, MTL   Interior Design Diploma, 2 & 3 yrs.

Sources Adult and Career Centre, Pierrefonds

(Formerly West Island Career Centre)

  Professional Education Diploma - Interior Decorating and Visual Display
Herzing College Montreal   Interior Design Attestation of Collegial Studies or/ou Design d'interieur Attestation d'Etudes Collegiale
Champlain Regional College   Residential Decoration Advisor


 Institution    Program
Eastern College - Moncton, Fredericton,
Saint John
  Interior Decorating Diploma
New Brunswick Community College -
Saint John
  Interior Decorating Certificate


 Institution    Program
Eastern College    Interior Decorating Diploma
Success College    Interior Decorating Diploma


 Institution    Program
 No programs at this time.    


 Institution    Program
Academy Canada   Diploma of Applied Arts - Interior Decorating


 Institution    Program
The Design ECademy

*As this program is an international one, it may not meet all of the territorial/tax rebate requirements of other programs. The course content has been reviewed by CDECA and deemed to meet our educational standards.

 HND in Interior Design

 HNC in Interior Design

ICS Canada

Grant program for CDECA membership available to ICS Graduates – refer to: www.icslearn.ca/interiordec/index.html for eligibility and program details.
   Interior Decorating Accreditation

The Interior Design Institute - Canada

*This program may not meet all of the territorial/tax rebate requirements of other programs. The course content has been reviewed by CDECA and deemed to meet our educational standards.

  Interior Design Diploma
LaSalle College Toronto School of Design  

Interior Design Residential E-Learning Program

QC Design School  

Interior Design and Decorating Certificate

Toronto Film School at RCC Institute of Technology  

 Bachelor of Interior Design


Sheffield (now known as New York Institute of Art + Design)  

Based on recent changes  the Sheffield school will no longer be recognized by CDECA. All those who enrolled or graduated prior to September 2018 will be eligible for student and accredited membership. Anyone applying for membership after September 2018 will not be eligible for membership through a diploma-only application, but may be accepted under portfolio-based applications.




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