Art and Design
Continuing & Professional Education

in Residential Interiors

Start exploring connected careers. People in these types of occupational fields may benefit from this program:

Interior Designer and Interior Decorator
53 positions open annually
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All 20 courses are part-time and also open to current practitioners
Program enrolment is optional – register without applying

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  • artists
  • designers
  • career changers

Rec­og­nized as an excel­lent career-entry pro­gram by the

Dec­o­ra­tors & Design­ers Asso­ci­a­tion of Cana­da (DDA)

This unique pro­gram, the first in West­ern Cana­da, offers you a uni­ver­si­ty-lev­el cer­tifi­cate in the art of inte­ri­or decorating.

Rec­og­nized as an excel­lent career-entry pro­gram by the Dec­o­ra­tors & Design­ers Asso­ci­a­tion of Cana­da (DDA) and indus­try pro­fes­sion­als, the Res­i­den­tial Inte­ri­ors Cer­tifi­cate pro­gram is a com­pre­hen­sive study of res­i­den­tial inte­ri­or fun­da­men­tals and applications.

Using prin­ci­ples of the relat­ed fields of visu­al arts, archi­tec­ture, and busi­ness, our instruc­tors effec­tive­ly com­bine design the­o­ry and prac­tice to ensure that stu­dents gain the expe­ri­ence and skills need­ed in the ever-chang­ing field of res­i­den­tial decorating.

Our stu­dent body is diverse, from recent high-school grad­u­ates to indi­vid­u­als seek­ing a career change. Some char­ac­ter­is­tics com­mon to our stu­dents are a keen inter­est in fash­ion and home décor, good spa­tial per­cep­tion, and the abil­i­ty to work well with all types of people.

This pro­gram will take your pas­sion for inte­ri­or dec­o­rat­ing to a new lev­el, as you work with expert pro­fes­sion­als to:


The office was flex­i­ble and help­ful when I need­ed an accom­mo­da­tion to fast-track the pro­gram. I also liked that we always had plen­ty of time to com­plete assign­ments. The teach­ers were very nice.

Res­i­den­tial Inte­ri­ors Certificate student

Develop an awareness of the art, pragmatics, and aesthetics of housing and furnishings.

Practice interview strategies to quickly identify and interpret clients’ needs; understand basic business principles and issues.

Improve your drawing, drafting, and presentation skills; learn the fundamentals of wood frame construction.

Many of our graduates have established their own businesses; others have been employed in roles such as interior decorating consultant, manufacturer’s representative, and retail consultant.

A note about COVID-19 measures

If you see a program on our website announced as an in-person or downtown Edmonton offering, please disregard the format—but not the program. Winter, Spring, and Summer 2021 courses have been converted to remote delivery platforms. Register for a course online or apply to a program via email, and keep learning!

  • University of Alberta parchment in as little as 2 years
  • Pay as you go
  • This program is currently open for enrolment—apply now

Enrolling in the pro­gram is a require­ment if you want to earn the cer­tifi­cate. Your appli­ca­tion may be sub­mit­ted before, dur­ing, or after com­plet­ing the course Intro­duc­tion to Res­i­den­tial Inte­ri­ors, but you must apply before com­menc­ing your sec­ond course. 

To enrol, you must have a high school diplo­ma (min­i­mum 100 cred­its) or equiv­a­lent, includ­ing Eng­lish 30. If you attend­ed a high school in Alber­ta, tran­scripts may be ordered from Alber­ta Edu­ca­tion at 7804275732; if you attend­ed high school out­side of Alber­ta, con­tact the provin­cial depart­ment of education. 

You are still invit­ed to apply if you do not meet the admis­sion require­ments. Your qual­i­fi­ca­tions will be reviewed, and con­di­tion­al entrance may be grant­ed. For details, please con­tact the pro­gram office at 7804923034.

As a Res­i­den­tial Inte­ri­ors stu­dent, you may apply for admis­sion to the Uni­ver­si­ty of Alberta’s B.Sc. in Human Ecol­o­gy (major in cloth­ing, tex­tiles, and mate­r­i­al cul­ture) and, if accept­ed into that pro­gram, have core Res­i­den­tial Inte­ri­ors cred­its apply toward a minor in interiors.

This part-time program is comprised of six core courses and three electives. Each course is 39 hours in length, for a total of 351 instructional hours.

Typical course load is one course each term, three terms a year. When following this structure, students can fulfill the certificate requirements within three years. The program can be accelerated by taking up to three courses at a time once the introductory course is completed. At this rate, the program takes less than two years.

A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 is required to obtain the certificate (3.5 or higher earns a certificate with distinction).

Once you are admitted, you can verify your program requirements by logging into the University of Alberta’s student portal, Bear Tracks, to view your Academic Advisement.

  • An appli­ca­tion fee of $100 is required for admis­sion into the program.
  • Tuition is paid on a course-by-course basis as you reg­is­ter for your classes.
  • Cours­es are GST-exempt.
  • Some cours­es require a text­book at an addi­tion­al cost.
  • Cor­po­rate mul­ti-reg­is­tra­tion pack­ages are avail­able for most Exten­sion cours­es. Con­tact us at excorp@​ualberta.​ca for pre­ferred pricing.
Bursaries and funding opportunities
Funding source
Apply by
Canada-Alberta Job Grant 

Available for businesses in all sectors across Alberta

Two-thirds of the training costs (up to 100% if hiring an unemployed Albertan)
any time
Canada Training Benefit 

Residents of Canada, 25-65 years old, who have $10,000-150,000 in earnings for work.

income tax return
Alumni Professional Development Grant 

Any alumnus of the University of Alberta

75% of course fee
monthly deadline

Employed by the University of Alberta as Non-Academic Staff (NASA)

$750 annually
Dec / Mar / Jun / Sep
Ella May Walker Memorial Award 

Students in the Visual Arts (Certificate or Citation), Residential Interiors Certificate programs

$500 annually

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