Part-Time Evening Classes at PDA

Intro to Interior Design

Indulge your passion for design as you blend artistic inspiration with new technical skills. Transform your design ideas from basic concepts into a finished professional presentation for a client.

This course provides a broad overview of residential interior design for individuals considering a career in the industry, or simply wishing to work on their own design projects at a more skilled level.

The approach is practical and hands-on, with a combination of lecture, demonstration, studio exercises, field trips, small research assignments, and fun group ‘design challenges’.

Learn how to:

  • evaluate interiors based on the elements and principles of  design 
  • use colour theory to create  colour schemes
  • use the design process to specify  requirements, establish priorities, and create ideal solutions
  • identify major design styles, select furniture, coordinate  with existing finishes, and plan furniture layouts
  • conduct client interviews and build relationships
  • describe types of light and use basic lighting techniques to  create desired effects
  • communicate  design concepts through drawings, floor plans, and simple sketches
  • optimize kitchen & bathroom layouts; assess finishes and make the best choices for functionality & style
  • incorporate art and accessories to create environments that are  unique and that truly reflect the client
  • use a variety of visual presentation materials and techniques to create compelling sample boards

Course Length: 6 weeks, 36 hours

Materials Needed: Drawing Supplies, simple hand drafting tools, measuring tape.
Materials will be reviewed during the first class.

Program Start: 
April 9, 2019

Course Hours: 5:30pm-8:30pm. Tuesdays & Thursdays

Fees: $495.00 taxes included.

Course Outline:

Class 1:
What is Interior Design?
Elements of Interior Design
Overview of course and final project

Class 2:
Studio: Using drafting tools, and translating room measurements into hand-drafted floor plans to scale
Principles of Interior Design

Class 3:
Evaluating design
Introduction to the Design Process
Working with Clients (Client Interview, Idea files)

Class 4:
Colour theory
Studio: Developing colour schemes; coordinating colours, fabrics, and finishes
Design Challenge: the Ugly Sofa

Class 5:
Field trip: The Design District
Design Styles Simplified
Furniture selection

Class 6:
Space planning
Sourcing samples
Working with Suppliers

Class 7:
Visual Presentation Skills (one and two point perspective drawing)
Rendering floor plans and drawings

Class 8:
Field Trip: Kitchen and Bath Showroom
Kitchen and Bath Design (finishes and layouts)
Designs and techniques for Presentation Boards

Class 9:

Class 10:
Art and Accessories
Design Challenge:  Make It Work

Class 11:
Studio Design time: Assembly of Presentation Boards

Class 12:
Overview of Interior Design program
Final Project Presentations


Student 1:
The instructor made us all feel comfortable no matter what our skill set was. 

Student 2:
Great course to get a feel of if interior design is the right career choice for me! 

Student 3:
Definitely a worthwhile class. If you have an interest in interior design and would like to learn more about the field this is an excellent way to get started and get a taste of what it means to be an interior designer. I'm glad I went! Jessica P. 

Student 4:
An excellent choice for anyone interested in learning Interior Design!

Student 5:
This class is very beneficial towards interior design. I enjoyed the class, assignments and the instructor! I have learned so much and I am excited to see what's next for me in the future with interior design.

Student 6:
Great Introductory class

Student 7:
PDA is for everyone. Whether you want to learn something new as a hobby or possible career path, this is the place to be. Intimate class sizes and educated, caring instructors make your learning experience unforgettable.

Student 8:
Donna is patient, professional and has a lot of information to share.


Donna’s interests in interior design and learning collided when she first taught Interior Decorating at Algonquin College in Ottawa. With a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Masters in Education, and working as an instructional designer for the federal government and high tech companies, she transitioned to design by studying art and architecture at Carleton University. Passionate about people-centered design, she started her own residential interior decorating firm and online consulting service, enabling her to help clients in Munich, San Diego, and Ottawa, all on the same day.

Classes with insufficient registration will be cancelled. Should this occur, a full refund will be issued. So don't delay, register today!

Please call 250-383-3631 for more information.