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The following is a list of institutions recognized by DDA in the decorating or design field of study. Contact them directly to obtain relevant course or program information. DDA 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.

Important Note: DDA Canada does not regulate the profession of Interior Design nor provide any ability for members to represent themselves as Interior Designers. The profession of Interior Design is regulated at the provincial level in Canada. More information can be found here.


 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 - *Currently under review
 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.  DDA 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 DDA and deemed to meet our educational standards.

 HND in Interior Design

 HNC in Interior Design

ICS Canada

Grant program for DDA 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 DDA 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 DDA. 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.