The Field and Our Program
The professional interior designer is qualified by education, experience and examination to enhance the function and quality of interior spaces.
Professional interior designers are dedicated to designing appropriate solutions for people where they live, work and play. Interior architectural spatial development, colour and finishes analysis and application, furnishings, fixtures and equipment specifications, illumination, patterns, and textures, create beauty and functionality are just some of the factors included in the development of space. Services are provided for every imaginable interior setting - from corporate offices and shopping centres to restaurants, hotels, hospitals, and residences. Holistic solutions enhance and enliven space while responsibly adhering to societal demands by meeting code restrictions, environmental needs and social/cultural conditions.
The school educates individuals to become leaders in the profession of interior design. As alumni of one of "the best of the best" schools, our graduates have an outstanding reputation in the industry, with credits such as the Four Season Hotels, Tiffany's, Neiman Marcus, Hudson's Bay, W Hotels, Nike, Holt Renfrew, TIFF, Pink Tartan and Edition Hotels, among many others. Students and alumni alike are award winners. The program is rigorous and demanding, yet design is nurtured within the community of learners. Exceptional educators, talented staff and practitioners with a passion for design enhance student learning by sharing their wisdom and expertise. As a result of our excellent track record, industry professionals look to us when hiring new graduates.
Student Achievement Data: Bachelor of Interior Design*
Student Attrition and Retention
- 92.6% of students admitted in the fall of 2020 returned in the fall of 2021, putting attrition at 7.4%.
- 88.7% of students admitted in the fall of 2019 returned in the fall of 2021, putting two-year attrition at 11.3%.
- 84.1% of students admitted in the fall of 2018 returned in the fall of 2021, putting three-year attrition at 15.9%.
Graduation Rates (MCU Methodology):
- 2014 cohort, graduated by 2021: 89.2%.
- 2013 cohort, graduated by 2020: 89.7%.
- 2012 cohort, graduated by 2019: 86.7%.
Acceptance into Graduate Programs:
- 21% of graduates in 2020 applied for grad school, and 60% were accepted.
Job Placement Rates:
Approximately 85.7% of students who graduated in 2018 were employed in interior design or a related profession after two years.
Students are required to complete an internship of 400 hours before graduation. During this time, job placement is 100%.
*Statistics are from https://www.torontomu.ca/content/dam/university-planning/Data-Statistics/Progress_Indicators.pdf. These numbers were published in 2023 and are the most current available.