Art and Design
Continuing & Professional Education

in Residential Interiors

Part-time, in-class or online study tailored for:

  • 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
Earn a Certificate
in Residential Interiors

This program is currently open for enrolment—apply now

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9 courses needed to graduate with this UAlberta Certificate and become a UAlberta Associate Alumni.

You can register for a course without applying angd enrolling in the program. If later you decide to apply for the full program, the course you’ve taken will be applied toward your Certificate as long as it is still part of the program plan at the time of your application. Please note, program requirements are subject to change over time.

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.
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