Admission Requirements

  • A Diploma of Secondary Studies (DES) or academic background judged equivalent to the DES
  • Portfolio
  • Letter of intent

Additional Information


Assemble a portfolio consisting of 10 examples of creative work on 8.5” x11” paper format. Use photocopies or printed scans of your work as the portfolio will not be returned. Send your portfolio to the Dawson College Admissions Office. Digital Portfolios will not be accepted; only paper is acceptable.

Submit freehand sketching from observation and drawing in pencil and/or ink as well as coloured works that demonstrate your unique strengths.  You may also include photography (artistic or of any 3D work, for example, sculpture, fashion, furniture, jewellery), collage and graphics.

Focus on creativity, quality, personal expression, and variety in a well-organized format. This will help us evaluate your potential for success in the program.

There are no interviews in Interior Design. For more information about these additional requirements, please send an email to

Portfolios may be sent by mail or courier, or hand-delivered to:

Dawson College

3040 Sherbrooke St.West

Westmount, Quebec, H3Z 1A4

Attn: Interior Design Department, c/o Admissions

You may also deliver them to Helen Wawrzetz in office 2G. 7 (close to the de Maisonneuve entrance)

Deadline: March 1

Portfolio FAQ

My drawing skills are weak. Do I have a chance as an applicant?

Everyone has an opportunity to showcase their creativity and individuality. A carefully assembled portfolio showing variety in skills and creative work, shows the effort it takes to succeed. Grades and a good letter of intent count also for a lot in our admissions process.

I have decorated my house/ bedroom. Should I include photos or drawings?

Our aim is to teach you how to plan spaces and select colours, fabrics etc. therefore we recommend that you avoid showing us interior design projects.

I have good grades, but I haven’t practiced drawing or taken an art class. Do I have a chance to be admitted?

Yes. We acknowledge that not everyone has the same skills or creativity at this stage. We are ready to teach you these skills. This is why applicants are assessed on three categories: academics, letter of intent, and portfolio.

Letter of Intent

(Upload your letter to the Admissions Portal and insert a printed copy in your portfolio by March 1st).

Provide the following information:

Tell us a little more about yourself and your reasons for choosing our program. You may choose to respond to the questions outlined below.

  • What made you choose to study interior design?
  • Identify programs of study or individual courses you may have taken which indicate your relevant creative and/or technical skills.
  • What aptitudes and abilities do you have that make you a good candidate for this program?
  • What do you see yourself doing after completing the program?
  • What are your professional goals after completing the program

Letter of intent FAQ

What is a 'letter of intent'?

A letter of intent is written by you, the applicant, to tell us why you are suited to the program and specifically to Interior Design as a future career.

What do I include in my letter of intent?

The letter of intent tells us more about you than grades. We would like to know about your unique abilities, preferences or experiences related to the program.

General Admissions FAQ

Can I start in January?

Career programs will only admit candidates for the fall term. You can still apply to the college for general education studies for the winter term.

Do I need to go to University to work as a designer?

CEGEP graduates are trained to work in the field as interior designers. They may also choose to continue on to university. The program provides a strong foundation for post-collegial studies.

Application Deadline

March 1

Last Modified: October 13, 2020