Program Advising

Bachelor of Interior Design

Welcome to the Faculty of Arts at Mount Royal University!

Congratulations on your admission to the Bachelor of Interior Design! The Bachelor of Interior Design will enable you to create effective spaces that profoundly influence the quality of people's lives. With an undergraduate degree, you can also pursue graduate studies in interior design, architecture, landscape architecture or environmental design, to name only a few.

To assist with your course registration, below are the recommended first-year courses for your program. All the information on this page is important, so please continue to read, and click on each bullet for more information about that topic.

All Interior Design (INDS) and Design Studies (DEST) courses must be taken in the sequence shown. You are advised to complete the Gen Ed courses as outlined below; however, there is flexibility as to when and what clusters you choose to complete.


For course descriptions, please follow this link to the Academic Calendar.

Year One, Semester 1 [Fall], Sept. - Dec.
» INDS 1141 - Studio 1: Space + Experience
» INDS 1142 - Design + Precedent 1
» INDS 1144 - Design Tools 1
» DEST 1101 - Design History
» One General Education Requirement: Foundation , Cluster 4

Year One, Semester 2 [Winter], Jan. - Apr.
» INDS 1241 - Studio 2: Inhabitation
» INDS 1242 - Design + Precedent 2
» INDS 1243 - Systems 2
» INDS 1244 - Design Tools 2
» One General Education Requirement: Foundation, Cluster 2

Year One, Semester 3 [Spring], May - June
Not required to take courses. To ease fall and winter workload, Interior Design students could complete General Education and/or the elective requirement in this term subject to course availability.

NOTE: For a detailed four-year pattern for degree planning, please see the Academic Calendar for Bachelor of Interior Design

27 courses
Each baccalaureate degree has a major (core program requirements). The number of courses required for each major varies.
General Education
10 courses
You choose your Gen Ed courses from each of the four clusters:
- numeracy and scientific literacy,
- values, beliefs and identity,
- community and society, and
- communication.
One course
An elective is any course that does not fulfill a requirement for either your Major or General Education. There are hundreds of courses to choose from depending on your program.
A great education doesn't just make you an expert in one area - it gives you a well-rounded knowledge base in a variety of areas. That is why all of Mount Royal's baccalaureate degree and diploma programs will include General Education, a collection of courses in a range of subjects that will complement studies in your chosen field.Foundation

As you start your studies, you take a total of four Gen Ed foundation courses. Choose one from each cluster.

Cluster 1: Numeracy and Scientific Literacy
» Take one of: GNED 1101, GNED 1102 or GNED 1103 within your first 10 courses.

Cluster 2: Values, Beliefs and Identity
» Take one of: GNED 1201, GNED 1202 or GNED 1203 within your first 20 courses.

Cluster 3: Community and Society
» Take one of: GNED 1301, GNED 1303 or GNED 1304 within your first 20 courses.

Cluster 4: Communication
» Take one of: GNED 1401, GNED 1403 or GNED 1404 within your first 10 courses.

Tier 2

As you progress through your degree, choose three Gen Ed courses from a wider variety of courses

You will take:
» one Tier 2 Art History course from Cluster 2 and
» two Tier 2 courses from Cluster 1, 3 or 4 (no duplication of clusters)

Tier 3

As you progress through your degree, choose three Gen Ed courses from a wider variety of courses

You will take:
» one Tier 3 Art History course from Cluster 2 and
» two Tier 3 courses from Clusters 1,3 or 4 (no duplication of clusters)

It is your responsibility to register in your courses and ensure that the courses you select meet the program and graduation requirements as outlined in the information above.

Use the online Academic Calendar to explore possible courses of interest and to check that you meet prerequisites. You will register for courses using the registration system found in, Register & Pay tab.

Resource site for registration help you solve your registration issues:


mruGradU8 is a program audit system and advising tool designed to assist you in reviewing your academic history, identifying requirements you completed and those that are still needed for graduation. As you move through your degree, mruGradU8 will become a great planning tool for you to measure your progress.

You will login to mruGradU8 through your account, under the 'My Program' tab. When you click on the icon or follow the link, your audit will open.

In order to ensure that your curriculum is current, please click the 'Process New' tab at the top of the audit every time that you login to mruGradU8.

The information in your audit is separated into three sections:

  • Core and/or Major Requirements
  • General Education (GNED) Requirements
  • Electives
  • If you declare a minor, which is optional, this will be added to the bottom of your audit.
Each semester, information about your course registration will be added to your audit so you can see which courses you register in and which ones you complete. This will be a great tool for you and your advisor to use to ensure that the courses you are taking will meet graduation requirements for your program.

Please visit this page for more information about mruGradU8, including frequently asked questions.

The Arts Academic Advising office is here to support you with your start in the Bachelor of Interior Design. This guide has been carefully prepared with the information you need to successfully register for your first year at MRU. Please review this guide thoroughly before contacting the office with your questions. Students with transfer credit can contact the office for assistance with course selection. You can reach the academic advisor, Rachel Doe, at 403.440.8585 or

For information on computer and software requirements for the program, please visit the Department of Interior Design website.

As a student with transfer credit previously completed, you may have different needs when it comes to registration.

You have worked hard in your previous studies and it would be nice to have as much credit applied to your new Interior Design degree as possible. Please be sure to review your assigned transfer equivalencies in your myMRU My Program tab in the Admission box (Check transfer equivalencies) and your new mruGradU8 program audit (check out the bullet on Track your degree process with mruGradU8). Keep in mind that if you have recently completed winter semester courses, transfer equivalencies will be established once your official transcripts have been received by Mount Royal (after June 30, 2019). More information about transfer equivalencies can be found online here.

If you notice many unspecified (1XXX, 2XXX, etc.) credit assignments in the evaluation of your transfer equivalencies, you could submit official course outlines to have more specific credit assigned, which would assist with application to the General Education requirements of the degree. Check out the necessary steps to take here. You can also consult with Arts Academic Advising about the application of your transfer credit (see contact details below).

If you have potential Interior Design (INDS) transfer equivalencies, (you have attended another interior design, environmental design, or architectural design program) you will need to submit PDF documents of detailed course outlines and examples of completed course assignments for evaluation to the Department of Interior Design directly at

Please direct any questions you have to Arts Academic Advising at If you want to book an appointment, please call 403.440.8585.