Residential Design

The 9 month Residential Design diploma program provides a hands-on approach to education that develops students’ strengths in the design of three-dimensional space. Students will learn the basics of residential design and space planning as well as the use of fixtures and furnishings. In addition to these design elements, students will also focus on the communications skills and professionalism that are necessary to succeed in this field.

The Residential Design diploma program was born out of feedback from industry professionals who indicated a need for graduates with skills they will acquire in this course. Residential design businesses are growing concurrent with national prosperity. There are many types of specialty stores that employ residential designers in positions that typically require some skills in interior design. This diploma provides the hands-on instruction needed to prepare students for the growing entry-level opportunities available.

This diploma program is a prerequisite for the Advanced Diploma program in Interior Design.

A graduate of the Residential Design Diploma Program will be prepared for entry-level postions such as: Facilities Planner; Visual Merchandiser; Residential Planner; Draftsperson, Manufacturer’s Representative; Design Consultant; and Showroom Coordinator.

Interior Design

Ninety percent of our lives are spent in built environments – the spaces in which we eat, sleep, work, and play. Interior designers address the human issues of these places: space planning, traffic patterns, as well as the colors, surfaces, and furnishings. Every design decision is made to evoke an emotional response that will enhance the space and its intended use.

The 9 month Interior Design diploma program provides a hands-on approach to education that develops students’ strengths in the design of three-dimensional space, utilizing light and a sensitive selection of materials with thoughtful details to enrich the human spirit. Students employ principles of aesthetics as well as planning and problem solving. The Interior Design diploma program is based on the premise that interior design is both an art and a science, whose purpose is to enhance the quality of life and facilitate human activity. The Art Institute of Toronto will prepare students to become capable professionals and to contribute creatively and productively as problem-solvers in a variety of environments and aesthetic contexts.

The study of this discipline is best served as an approach that combines the critical-thinking skills and broad cultural knowledge resulting from study of the liberal arts with the creative and technical skills necessary for interior design practice. The program combines exploration of theory with practical experiences to reinforce the relationship that exists between knowledge and its application.

The mission of this program is to prepare students to function as ethical, well-trained professionals who are able to conceive and develop viable creative solutions within market realities.

The diploma in Residential Design is a prerequisite for this program. Contact Admissions for additional details.

Graduates in the Interior Design program are prepared for entry-level employment such as: Facilities Planner; Visual Merchandiser; Residential Planner; Non-Residential Planner; Manufacturer’s Representative; Renderer, Draftsperson – Manual and CADD; Product Specific Purchaser; Showroom Coordinator; Resource Librarian; and Design Consultant.

Graphic Design

Images, typography, and design. The coffee logo known around the world. Posters for movies you can’t wait to see. Packaging and ads for international corporate giants. Television and film titles. Web sites. They are all the work of graphic designers creating concepts that cut through the clutter to educate and persuade.

Our 9 month graphic design program develops a broad foundation in advertising design, graphic design, and illustration and teaches the production skills that are needed to pursue careers in design. Our goal is to guide and enhance a student’s creative and professional development by providing the skills and basis for lifelong learning.

As they progress in their studies, students are guided in the development of a portfolio, which features professional-level work to show prospective employers. The Graphic Design diploma program provides a foundation of knowledge and skills together with training in industry practices. Students engage in both conceptual and applied coursework as well as in hands-on technological applications. Students will also learn skills that will help provide them with the professional and business savvy to work in team-based environments for small to large businesses.

Upon completion of this program, students will have gained the knowledge necessary to perform tasks such as drawing and design fundamentals, lettering and typography, design layout, and package design.

A graduate is prepared to enter the field in entry-level positions such as Design Assistant, Production Artist, Layout Artist, Assistant Art Director, Designer, Broadcast Graphic Artist, Mock-Up Artist, Salesperson, Spot Illustrator, Digital Artist, Web Page Designer, Desk Top Designer, Presentation Artist,and Graphic Designer.

Event Management

Learn what it takes to manage and publicize events. Gain knowledge of how to work with vendors including caterers, florists and rental companies. Learn the correct methods on how to promote events through advertising and community relations.