Fine Arts Media and Design:

Visual Design Interior Decorating

Sheridan Certificate

Thanks to HGTV, interest in decorating has exploded. Whether you want to become an Interior Decorator or improve the interior spaces in your home – Sheridan's renewed Visual Design Interior Decorating Certificate can help.

You will learn aesthetic principles of design and develop your own decorating instincts. Program graduates earn a Sheridan Certificate and are recognized by the Decorators & Designers Association of Canada (DDA)

Visualize a career path in design. Enrol today. 

Recommended Program Pathway

For those just entering the program, the recommended program pathway is: 

These courses are part of the Visual Design Interior Decorating Program.

Course Name / Code Expected Availability Select

Compulsory Course(s)

Successfully Complete Nine (9) Courses

Business of Interior Decorating
Course Code:
DESN70010
Fall
Yes
Winter
Yes
Spring
Yes
Colour and Application
Course Code:
DESN70026
Fall
Yes
Winter
Yes
Spring
Yes
Design Basics for Interior Decorating
Course Code:
DESN70025
Fall
Yes
Winter
Yes
Spring
Yes
Fundamentals of Drawing
Course Code:
DESN70021
Fall
Yes
Winter
Yes
Spring
Yes
Illustration and Media - Digital Applications
Course Code:
DESN70020
Fall
Yes
Winter
Yes
Spring
Yes
Interior Finishes
Course Code:
DESN70028
Fall
Yes
Winter
Yes
Spring
Yes
Introduction to Drafting
Course Code:
DESN70022
Fall
Yes
Winter
Yes
Spring
Yes
Residential Space Planning
Course Code:
DESN70024
Fall
Yes
Winter
Yes
Spring
Yes
Textile and Window Treatment
Course Code:
DESN70030
Fall
Yes
Winter
Yes
Spring
Yes

Related Course(s)

You may be interested in other courses in this field

Introduction to Sketchup
Course Code:
ATDN78002
Fall
Yes
Winter
Yes
Spring
Yes
Learn to Upholster
Course Code:
ATDN78014
Fall
Yes
Winter
Yes
Spring
Yes
The Fundamentals of Home Staging
Course Code:
ATDN78004
Fall
Yes
Winter
Yes
Spring
Yes

Association Logo

Program Delivery

This is a part-time program and is delivered via online (asynchronous) and virtual (synchronous) classroom. 

Program Description

Do you redecorate every room you walk into? Do you have a knack for colour, textures, pattern, and shine? Can you see the possibility of unique spaces in both residential and industrial planning? You can start taking those ideas from your imagination into the real world. This program prepares you to launch a successful new career or start your own business as an Interior Decorator – the possibilities are limitless.

Sheridan's streamlined Visual Design Interior Decorating Certificate program will help you develop your own style and improve your career prospects in residential decorating. You'll learn from experienced industry professionals and build the artistic and business skills needed to succeed with your own style. Our introductory courses cover everything required to get your own business off the ground, including courses residential drafting, interior finish selections, colour theory and application, and more.

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Understand concepts of design and apply them to residential or commercial interior settings
  • Utilize colour theory, the colour wheel, and colour schemes to create eye-catching spaces 
  • Explore drawing and composition in relation to interior spaces and design 
  • Implement manual drafting techniques to draft spaces 
  • Distinguish between appropriate interior finishes selections to add the finishing touch to spaces 
  • Review the fundamental basics of starting your own business
  • and more!

Visualize a career path in design. Enrol today. 

Decorators and Designers Association of Canada

This program is in association with the Decorators and Designers Association of Canada (DDA). This association has been within the industry for 25 years, and is the most influential association for design professionals across Canada. Sheridan is a recognized institution, which means our courses meet their standard requirements of study. 

Recommended Program Pathway

For those just entering the program, the recommended program pathway is: 

Material Note

Some courses may require the purchase of additional materials. Please see course outline and instructor for details. 

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact our Opportunity Centre at caps@sheridancollege.ca or 905-874-4440.
  • Interior Design
  • Interior Decorator 
  • Decorating Assistant 
  • Design Sales Associate / Showroom Sales Associate  
  • Design Project Assistant  
  • Showroom Designer  
  • Building & Space Decorator  
  • Design Consultant  
  • ...and more!