Interior Decorating

Interior Decorating Extension Certificate

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Mount Royal University's Interior Decorating Extension Certificate is accredited by the Decorators & Designers Association of Canada (DDA).

Create the desired ambiance in an interior by applying the essentials of decorating. Explore the fundamentals of design and decorate any room with style and confidence. Develop practical hands-on decorating skills.

  • Indulge your love of home decorating
  • Develop your creativity and eye for design
  • Prepare to enter the interior decorating industry - in an established firm, your own consulting business, home builder or retail setting
  • Learn to decorate show homes and homes for sale
  • Complete the 9 required courses (145 hours)
  • Can be completed within 2 years and up to a maximum of 4 years
  • Take courses in the recommended order (see schedule) to receive the most benefit from each course
Interior Decorating Schedule 9 Courses145 Hours  
Required Courses -
Recommended Order
(Jan. - April)
(May - Aug.)
(Sept. - Dec.)
Courses marked with * can be taken at any time.
Introduction to Interior Decorating, Part 1 CL + OLCL + OL CL + OL
Introduction to Interior Decorating, Part 2 CL + OLCL + OL CL + OL
Interiors Past and Present * CL + OLOL CL + OL
Colour and Light in Interior Decorating OL  CL
Perspective Drawing * OLOL CL
Materials for Window Treatments and
Soft Furnishings
Materials for Surface Finishes CL  OL
Role of the Interior Decorator CLCL OL
Interior Decorating: Advanced Topics (Must be taken in last semester after other 8 courses completed.)
CL = Classroom Course; OL = Online Course  The above schedule is subject to change. Courses start on various dates within each semester.
Spring/Summer 2019 registration opens Monday, March 11, 2019

Note: If you have successfully completed the 20-hour Introduction to Interior Decorating course prior to Fall 2014 you do not have to take Intro Part 1 (XIDA 10001) and Intro Part 2 (XIDA 10030) 15-hour courses.

Introduction to Interior Decorating, Part 1
Learn how to create the mood you want in a home or office by learning the basics of design and how these relate to decorating. This first of two introductory courses guides you through the process of designing an interior. Work from an existing space and complete several assignments leading to the presentation of a transformed room.

Subject code: XIDA 10001 15 Hours. Fee: $239 Choose 1 of the CRNs below
CRN 30212
6 classes Jan. 29 - March 5 7 - 9:30 p.m.Tues.
CRN 30213
Online Feb. 4 - March 11    

Introduction to Interior Decorating, Part 2
In the second of two introductory courses learn more in-depth rendering techniques and move farther in visually depicting the redesigned space first envisioned in Introduction to Interior Decorating Part 1.
Prerequisite: Introduction to Interior Decorating, Part 1

Subject code: XIDA 10030 15 Hours. Fee: $239 Choose 1 of the CRNs below
CRN 30247 6 classes March 19 - April 23 7 - 9:30 p.m. Tues.
CRN 30249
Online March 25 - April 29    

Interiors Past and Present
Discover some of the most influential interior decorating styles throughout Western history. Various time periods are explored with a focus on key furniture pieces, art and architecture.

Subject code: XIDA 10009 15 Hours. Fee: $239 Choose 1 of the CRNs below
CRN 30498 Online Jan. 21 - Feb. 25

Colour and Light in Interior Decorating
Colour can be one of the most important and expressive elements in creating a successful interior design. Explore colour theory, composition and lighting through practical application.
Prerequisites: Introduction to Interior Decorating, Part 1 & 2

Subject code: XIDA 10011 15 Hours. Fee: $239
CRN 30180OnlineMarch 11 - April 15

Perspective Drawing
Expand your interior decorating skills by improving your ability to visually represent objects and furnishings realistically within an interior space. Draw one-point and two-point perspectives.

Subject code: XIDA 10002 20 Hours. Fee: $269  
CRN 30381OnlineFeb. 11 - April 8

Materials for Window Treatments and Soft Furnishings
Review popular styles of window treatments and soft furnishings, properties of fabrics and estimating techniques. Take function, aesthetics and budget into consideration when selecting materials. Gain experience while determining selection, installation and cost of various treatments. Learn about window types as well as the advantages and disadvantages of different window treatments.
Prerequisites: Introduction to Interior Decorating, Part 1 & 2

Subject code: XIDA 10012 15 Hours. Fee: $239  
CRN 300546 classesJan. 24 - Feb. 287 - 9:30 p.m.Thurs.

Materials for Surface Finishes
Considerations of function, aesthetics and budget affect your selection of materials for surface finishes. Gain practical experience while learning about the choice, installation and cost of surface treatments.
Prerequisites: Introduction to Interior Decorating, Part 1 & 2 

Subject code: XIDA 10013 15 Hours. Fee: $239
CRN 300566 classesMarch 12 - April 167 - 9:30 p.m.Tues.

Role of the Interior Decorator
Find out about the career opportunities within the interior decorating field. Review contract styles and agreements, sales and presentation skills, and practical business tips.
Prerequisites: Introduction to Interior Decorating, Part 1 & 2
Recommended: Previous 7 Interior Decorating courses

Subject code: XIDA 10014 15 Hours. Fee: $239  
CRN 30248 6 classesJan. 16 - Feb. 207 - 9:30 p.m.Wed.

Interior Decorating: Advanced Topics
Further your understanding of paper drawings, documentation and developing an overall concept. You are required to apply the concepts and practical skills attained in previous courses to accurately develop and present your final project.
Prerequisite: Completed all 8 previous Interior Decorating courses.

Subject code: XIDA 10015 20 Hours. Fee: $269  
CRN 30250 Online March 4 - April 29


Not part of the Interior Decorating Extension Certificate (see above)

Everyone welcome. You do not have to be a student or graduate of the Interior Decorating program to take these courses.

Professional Design Presentations
Enhance your residential and interior design skills by learning how to present your design ideas with powerful visual impact. Discover how to lay out your drawings and explore professional presentation methods. Gain practical how-to information on creating a presentation board to market yourself professionally.

Subject code: XIDA 100234 Hours. Fee: $85+GST 
CRN 304991 classMarch 29 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.Sat.

Accessorizing the Home
Express individual style through accessories. In this hands-on class, approach home accessorizing with confidence through exploring the basics. Learn to assess needs and select items of appropriate design and scale, as well as successful placement of accessories.

Subject code: XIDA 1002512.5 Hours. Fee: $198+GST 
CRN 306125 classesMarch 6 - April 37 - 9:30 p.m.Wed.

Basic Sketch-Up for Interior Decorators
This course is offered to Interior Decorating students, professionals and anyone interested in learning the various techniques to create 3D representations of different spaces and furnishings using a computer. Having some previous computer graphics or drafting software experience is strongly advised. You will have time to practice each topic covered in the hands-on lab using Google SketchUp. Individual questions will be answered using examples so as to be viewable by the class on the main projection screen.

Subject code: XIDA 100296 Hours. Fee: $149+GSTChoose 1 of the CRNs below
CRN 302512 classesMarch 19 - 216:30 - 9:30 p.m.Tues., Thurs.

Kitchen and Bathrooms
Explore the fundamentals of kitchen and bathroom designs. Become familiar with cabinets, appliances, plumbing fixtures and layouts. Learn to create effective work areas and choose appropriate surface materials.
Strongly Recommended: Intro to Interior Decorating, Part 1

Subject code: XIDA 10034 12.5 Hours. Fee: $199+GST Not offered this semester


With a background in Interior Decorating, Real Estate, and Project Management, Clarissa channels her passions into teaching. While living in Europe Clarissa set up and ran a retail store, Window Shopping, specializing in soft furnishings and wall coverings. On returning to Canada Clarissa taught Interior Decorating students business skills at George Brown College in Toronto. Now living in Calgary she shares her love of history and design. Clarissa teaches the Introduction courses, Materials for Hard Surfaces, Materials for Soft Furnishings, and Interiors Past and Present. Clarissa is a Certified Interior Decorator, Professional Project Manager (PMP), and has a Masters Degree in Marketing.

Alana Humphreysssadata_ce_alana_humphreys
A graduate of MRU’s Interior Design Applied Degree program, Alana has worked on a host of design projects – from private homes and businesses to sales centres and show homes.

Residential interiors are her specialty; she believes that great designers combine their technical skills with their own personal talents to bring designs to life for clients.

Alana is passionate about life long learning and travel, and is also an active squash player that you will frequently see playing on the courts at MRU.

“I wanted to be certified. Most employers in the decorating industry recognize the Mount Royal program, which gives me a better chance at employment in the decorating industry.” - Kelly Gaboury

Student Champion: Jocelyn Haroldson

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403.440.6867 or 1.888.392.3655
Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary AB T3E 6K6

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