ITD930 - Comprehensive Decorating Project

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Subject Title
Comprehensive Decorating Project

Subject Description
This is the final subject in the Interior Decorating Program. Students apply the skills and knowledge acquired in all previous subjects to a decorating project, starting with promoting themselves to a client using a portfolio. Students must determine client needs, conduct a site analysis, measure and record site space and contents, evaluate project feasibility, formulate and present a decorating plan, create a project schedule and calculate project costs. The decorating plan includes recommendations related to furniture, floor and wall coverings, colours, fabrics and lighting to achieve a specific decorating concept.

Credit Status
This subject is a required credit in the Interior Decorating Certificate Program.

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

1. Use a portfolio to promote skills, knowledge and services to a client.

2. Conduct a client interview to determine project requirements.

3. Analyze the client's site.

4. Articulate a design concept.

5. Evaluate project feasibility and suitability.

6. Formulate and present a decoration plan.

7. Negotiate and obtain client approvals.

8. Create and demonstrate an understanding of how to manage a project schedule.

9. Calculate and demonstrate an understanding of how to manage project costs.

10. Communicate knowledgeably and professionally with clients, manufacturers and suppliers.

11. Recommend furniture, window treatments, floor and wall coverings, lighting, colours, fabrics to achieve a given design concept.

12. Establish a network of supplier and trade contacts in order to source materials and furnishings.

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.

All previous subjects in the Interior Decorating Certificate Program.

Students should consult the Program Information Page each semester to ensure they have current information regarding program requirements.

Topic Outline

  •     Introduction to final project
  •     Review of design principles and presentation techniques; Client interviews; Site measurement assignments
  •     First meeting with faculty advisor
  •     Presentation of preliminary design to faculty advisor
  •     Preliminary design evaluation with advisor
  •     Lab time/critique
  •     Field trip
  •     Field trip report due
  •     Meeting with trades
  •     Field trip
  •     Working with trades and  scheduling
  •     Lab time/critique
  •     Lab time/critique
  •     Presentation of final project to Advisor Panel

Mode of Instruction
Classroom lectures and presentations.  In class critique and student tutorials.

Prescribed Texts

Reference Material

Required Supplies
Supplies will be discussed in the first class.

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:

To pass this subject, students must achieve the learning outcomes specified in this subject outline.  This achievement is determined through the completion of all subject components.  Students must pass both term work and final exam or final assignment (if the final assignment is in lieu of the final exam) in order to pass the subject (minimum passing grade 50%). 

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 promotion meeting for consideration in determining and recommending the final grade.

All term work assignments must be completed prior to the time of the final examination. Unless students have been granted an extension in advance, late assignments will be penalized accordingly. There is no provision for rewriting late assignments, regardless of the grade awarded.  Students must contact faculty in advance of due date to discuss extensions.

If an assignment is missed due to class absence, any official documentation that might be grounds for arranging a make-up opportunity must be submitted to the faculty member on or before the next scheduled class.  Make-up opportunities do not apply to all graded assignments.

Test and Exam dates have been pre-arranged and are non-negotiable.  If a test/exam is missed, the student must provide official documentation to support the reason for the absence within one week to the instructor.  Make-up tests or exams will be granted for extenuating circumstances only and at the discretion of the faculty.  For further information on evaluation and academic standing, please refer to the Seneca College Academic Policy

Interior Decorating Review Assignment 15%
In Site measuring assignment 10%
Field Trip Report #1 15%
Field trip Report #2 15%
Final Project  45%
Total 100%

Approved by: Lisa Somers