Our extensive product library enables our students to access a variety of materials making it easy for them to complete their projects. Our computer labs are equipped with the latest software ensuring our students graduate with the computer skills needed to create detailed plans and three dimensional modeling for the design industry.
Our integrated curriculum combines practical skills of drafting (hand and computer), space planning, and construction theory with colour, and materials use. The techniques of construction learned throughout the course are implemented into drawings and are reinforced by the use of accurate computer simulations. Studies in perspective and graphical rendering help students to present their work in a competent manner.
Tuition and Lab Fees:
Fees for all the programs are listed on page 3 of our Application Form.
I have learned a great deal in such a short time. PDA is very fortunate to have such a strong ID Faculty. The teachers go above and beyond every day for us.
The knowledge that I gained through the 2 year program has allowed me to find a job in Victoria as an Interior Designer. Now I wake up every morning excited and thankful that I love my job!
Colour & Design Fundamentals, Colour Boards
Students will learn about colour systems, value relationships, colour psychology and the use of colour in interiors. They will understand the principles and elements of design and how they relate to interior spaces. They will learn how to assemble colour and material boards for client review and presentations.
History of Design
Students will review design movements from ancient to contemporary and understand the way history and context affect today’s buildings. Historic room settings, furniture design, cabinetry, and finishing will be studied.
Space Planning & Design Projects
Projects contained in this course are designed to stretch the student’s skill level and imagination and foster conceptual integration of varied skills. Projects will be residential in the 1st year and commercial in the 2nd year.
Students are introduced to the principles of building construction, wood frame systems, products and terminology. They will learn about structural forces, building loads, skeletal systems, foundations and the building envelope. Differences between residential and commercial construction systems will be examined and building codes will be addressed. Building codes set standards within a given jurisdiction for all building designs to adhere to. Students learn to understand and apply code requirements and familiarize themselves with accessibility, fire protection and occupant safety in housing and small buildings.
This survey course gives the student an understanding of the materials used in interior design. Textile knowledge, wall coverings, carpeting, tile, natural stone, laminate, and flooring are essential when selecting proper finishes for residential and commercial interiors.
The techniques of drafting and graphic representation are the established language of construction. Students learn to use hand-drafting tools, and develop skills with line weight and lettering. They will understand construction cross-referencing. Students will further develop their drafting skills preparing site plans, floor plans, elevations, and sections.
Kitchen and Bath Design
The kitchen & bath industry is growing and becoming more complex with the use of new materials and products. We seek to address this growing emphasis on the kitchen & bath industry in the current residential market place with the use of the N.K.B.A. (National Kitchen & Bath Association) model of standards. Students will understand the use of standardized measurements, ducting, plumbing & electrical.
Computer Aided Design Projects
All CAD work is done using the industry standard cross platform drafting program VectorWorks. Students will learn to use the Vectorworks design software. They will complete a number of projects learning how to generate floor plans and elevations using industry standard guidelines. Students develop 3D models while learning the basics of object creation, lighting, textures and rendering modes. These techniques are incorporated into presentation renderings of residential homes and commercial projects. Additional areas of study include development of construction documents, incorporating construction details, building sections, and schedules and legends for residential and commercial buildings.
3D CAD Modeling
Students develop 3D models while learning the basics of object creation, lighting, textures and rendering modes. These techniques are incorporated into presentation renderings of residential homes and commercial projects. All CAD work is done using the cross platform drafting program Vectorworks.
Students will examine their ability to plan, monitor and control all aspects of a project to achieve objectives on time and to the specified budget, quality and performance.
Students will learn abut the business procedures of interior design, including protocols that any business must apply in order to be successful.
Students will be introduced to the many facets of lighting design by learning about natural and artificial light sources, the principles of light and color, layering and energy use as well as lighting systems and their various controls. Students will learn how to utilize this information to design quality residential and commercial lighting installations.
The ability to successfully market yourself will greatly enhance your job prospects. A good portfolio is an essential tool in today’s marketplace. Using 11” x 17” format, students will organize and re-touch their work for inclusion in their portfolio. Resume writing will also be covered.
Rendering & Presentation Techniques
The ability to present ideas clearly to a client is extremely important. Students are introduced to the methods and techniques of composing presentation drawings for interior and exterior spaces. Using one and two point perspective, drawings will be rendered using colour, highlight and shadow techniques and then animated by the addition of people and foliage.
James brings over a decade of practice in developing unified design compositions - from the early stages of design vision to completed construction. He earned his Masters of Landscape Architecture degree from Virginia Polytechnic State University and has consulted, designed and constructed a wide variety of architectural and landscape projects.
As a Certified Chef producing amazing food in tiny, non functional kitchens I began to connect to my true passions – food, entertainment, space planning and creating function in chaos. Clearly I needed a career in the Kitchen & Bath Design Industry. As a PDA alumni I have watched the Kitchen & Bath department grow exponentially. This industry requires precision measurements, sales aptitude, altruistic design talents and the ability to think. I received my D.I.D and with school help was working full-time before graduation. With 8 years’ experience in Kitchen & Bath Design, I have achieved my goal of becoming a self-employed consultant in the industry.
Brian discovered his passion for construction in 1991, while attending a Civil Engineering Technologist Program at Dawson College, Quebec. He then studied Parks & Forest Recreation at Sir Sanford Fleming College, Ontario. This lead to studies at the NSCC (Nova Scotia Community College) graduating with honours from the Architectural Engineering Technicians program in 2003. After receiving a Master Certificate in Project Management (PMP) & acquiring his designation he worked for over 15 years as an Owners Representative and Construction Manager, guiding multi-million-dollar projects to completion across the country.
A Graduate with Honours in Architectural Technology from Algonquin College, Wendy relocated in 1986 to Australia. There she made the transition from technical architectural drawing to architectural illustration, uniting her knowledge of architecture with her love of art. She five years at R.L. McIlhargey and Associates in Vancouver as part of a team collaborating on the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Bid, the Portside Trade and Convention Centre & Cruise Ship Terminal Expansion Project, and the Vancouver International Airport Expansion Project. During these years she worked with acclaimed Architect Arthur Erickson who has long been of significant inspiration to Wendy.
Paul hails from the great state of Oregon USA. After the US Navy, he attended the Portland Art Museum art school (Now the Northwest College of Art.) During and after art school, he began working in light commercial and residential construction and became a journeyman carpenter and cabinetmaker. He eventually took on the role of Project Manager for a variety of companies and projects. As a Subject Matter Expert and consultant to the construction industry, he helps companies implement effective cost estimating and Project Management practices and methodologies. Paul is also an accomplished artist. His abstract work has been shown in Seattle, Bainbridge Island, and Quebec.