Admission Requirements

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

Additional Information

Letter of Intent

The letter of intent tells us more about you than just your grades. We would like to know about why you think you are suited to the program and to Interior Design as a future career.

Your letter may address:

  • What made you choose to study Interior Design.
  • Previous courses taken or programs completed in related fields.
  • Any relevant creative or technical skills.
  • Aptitudes and abilities that make you a good candidate for this program.
  • Your career goals are after completing the program.

The letter of intent will be submitted via the Dawson College Applications Portal.

Accepted file types: .PDF

Maximum file size: 10MB

Deadline: March 1



Assemble a portfolio consisting of ten (10) unique examples of creative work to be submitted via the college’s Application Portal.

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 of any artistic or 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

  • Each of the 10 images will be submitted as a separate file in .jpeg format.
  • Make sure the image quality is high. When scanning original work use colour mode even if the images are black and white. If photographing original work, make sure that photos are in focus and cropped to the edges of the image.
  • Identify your files in this format “Lastname_Portfolio1” …etc. (ex: SMITH_Portfolio1.jpeg, SMITH_Portfolio2.jpeg, SMITH_Portfolio3.jpeg, etc.).
  • Identify the media and provide a brief description for each image, as well the date the work was produced.
  • You will be asked to acknowledge that the work you submit is original and your own.

Portfolios and Letters will be submitted via the Dawson College Applications Portal. Please contact the admissions department if you encounter technical difficulties. Portfolios sent by email will not be considered for admission.

Deadline: March 1

Portfolio FAQ

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

We will teach you how to design interior spaces, therefore we recommend that you avoid showing us interior design projects.

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.

General Admissions FAQ

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.

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.

Should you be accepted in the program, you will need to fill out Equivalency application forms and pay a fee to the Registrar. The Interior Design department will evaluate the possible Equivalencies once your request is sent to us by the Registrar. A course name, number, and description are required for each course considered.

You will need to complete specific math and sciences before applying to a university architecture program.

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Application Deadline

March 1

Last Modified: October 13, 2020