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School of Interior Design

Housed under The Creative School, The School of Interior Design is located in a renovated post and beam warehouse in downtown Toronto. It is one of Ontario's oldest university degree granting interior design programs. Started in 1948, the School has earned widespread industry respect due to the accomplishments of faculty and alumni.

Our teaching is grounded in a commitment to experiential and hands-on learning. An internship requirement, completed before graduation, is an integral part of the preparation for entering the profession. Field trips and opportunities for international exchange enrich the educational experiences possible at the school.

Design School Named Top in the World

Internationally renowned Azure magazine named The School of Interior Design one of the top eight interior design schools on the planet alongside Parsons The New School for Design in New York City and the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, among others. One hundred international architects, interior designers, industrial designers and other practitioners weighed in: "Ryerson dominates the discussion about the best interior design school in Canada, and graduates are equipped with the necessary technical skills to hit the ground running when they leave school."



Our Mission

Our mission at the School of Interior Design is to educate students on the dynamic, complex and demanding practice of Interior Design.

To provide a learning environment that balances the theoretical and the practical, the experiential and the conceptual world of design. Embracing our vibrant city and pulling from Ryerson's roots of applied knowledge, our school provides graduates to be leaders in the interior design profession.

Our Pedagogy

Our philosophy reflects an integration of theory and practice designed to graduate practitioners with a well-rounded breadth of education. We want our graduates to be leaders in the field of design. An immersive environment allows our interior design students to absorb the terminology, marketplace and professional issues of practice, while an experiential curriculum emphasizes both studio and workshop to stimulate creativity, experimentation, problem solving and innovation. Important values for our students are creativity, passion, diversity, commitment, collaboration, excellence and vision.

Our School takes a humanistic view on interior design. Utilizing the user experience and basing our design and placemaking on the subject, we create meaningful space that support human activity. Sustainability, global relevance, economic exigencies and emerging technologies all work to shape our approach to interior design. Careful understanding of human context, cultural practices and research, our projects engage students to investigate human values and needs at all levels of this program.


The Creative School

The Creative School, opens in new window (formerly Faculty of Communication and Design) is comprised of the nine schools: RTA School of Media, Creative Industries, Fashion, Graphics Communications Management, Image Arts, Interior Design, Journalism, Professional Communication, and Performance.

Additional graduate programs of study are available in Communication & Culture, Documentary Media, Fashion, Journalism, Media Production, Photographic Preservation and Collections Management, and Professional Communication. The Creative School also houses the Rogers Communications Centre which provides an innovative and technical environment to study and research different aspects of media and society.

Ryerson University

Ryerson is Canada's leader in innovative, career-focused education and a university clearly on the move. It is a distinctly urban university with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. Ryerson has a mission to serve societal need and a long-standing commitment to engaging its community.