ITD902 - Design Theory and Presentation Techniques

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Subject Title
Design Theory and Presentation Techniques

Subject Description
This subject introduces students to the elements and principles of design and basic presentation skills. Students learn how to apply the principles of structural and decorative design to organize creative and functional interior space. Presentation skills and rendering techniques are explored.

Credit Status
One credit toward the Interior Decorating Certificate.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Recognize and apply the criteria for good design.

2. Apply the design elements and principles to organize a functional and stimulating space of their own design.

3. Appreciate the design of an existing interior.

4. Conduct a client interview to determine needs and requirements.

5. Develop a concept statement.

6. Evaluate and apply a client's criteria to produce a client-centered visual presentation of their own design of a given space, which will include a furnished plan, elevation drawings, appropriate samples of furniture and upholstery fabrics, and written keys to identify the information shown on the drawings.

7. Give an oral presentation on the design.

8. Present preliminary drawings to a client.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

ITD901 Basic Drafting

It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the prerequisites are met.

Topic Outline

  •     Influences on Design
  •     Space
  •     Line, Shape, Form
  •     Visual presentation skills
  •     Texture
  •     Inking/Rendering techniques
  •     Dry Mounting/Edges
  •     Balance
  •     Scale and Proportion
  •     Presentation skills
  •     Emphasis/Rhythm/Harmony
  •     Client Interview
  •     Key/cross-referencing furniture and finishes

Mode of Instruction
Lectures, practical work, visuals, in class workshop, assignments and a final project.

Prescribed Texts
Interior Design Visual Presentations, Maureen Mitton, Publisher: Wiley and Sons, ISBN: 0-471-74156-6


Required Supplies
 Water-proof fine tip black felt pens - i.e. Sanford "Sharpie" ultra fine point permanent, or equal
- Metal straight edge - 15" - 18" (should have "rests")
- Utility knife - craft knife, or "Exacto" or "Olfa" - with 3/4" blades and replacement blades
- Suitable cutting board or cutting surface
- Rubber cement
- Transparent tracing tissue
- Rendering media - artist's oil, pastel pencils, water-coloured pencils, pencil crayons, etc (Please do not purchase these items until you have decided exactly what you need)
- Bottle of clear nail enamel
- Artist carbon or transfer paper
- Light-weight cardboard surface for drafting - "Krash" board, or equal, in white
- Presentation boards (Instructor will advise on size required) - Bainbridge #s-172 or approved equal -

The instructor will identify the above materials and supplies at the first class.  There are several stores that carry these supplies.  It is your responsibility to come prepared to class.  Please do not purchase these materials in advance of the first class, as you may choose incorrectly, or incur unnecessary expense.  The following stores may be contacted for supplies.

Drafting Supply Stores:

- Curry's (3 locations, Yonge N. of College, N of Steeles off Kennedy, Markham, Mississauga)
- The Architect's Supply Store (Church, just South of Dundas)
- Staples - Business Depot

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Term Work and Final Examination Requirements:

If you are unable to complete the Final Exam/Assignment in this subject, you must provide documentation to support the absence to the instructor within one week.  If necessary, this information will be presented at the promotio meeting for consideration in determining and recommending the final grade. 

Grading is based in the following marking scheme:

Assignment #1 - Design Booklet 15%
Assignment #2 - Architect Scale Model 10%
Assignment #3 - Textiles 10%
Assignment #4- Sample Boards 10%
Mid-Term Theory Test 15%
Assignment #5 Major Design Project 40%

Approved by: Lisa Somers