Application Process Steps for 1st-Year Interior Design

Application to the Bachelor of Interior Design program is a competitive entry two-step process.

Step 1 – Apply to VIU

Start the application process by applying to VIU.

Your application to the Interior Design program will only be considered if you meet the following entrance requirements:

  • General admission requirements apply
  • English 12 with a minimum “C” grade.
  • A minimum “C” grade in one of Principles of Mathematics 11, Applications of Mathematics 11, or Foundations of Mathematics 11

Step 2 – Portfolio and Supporting Document Submission

Once you have satisfied the above entrance requirements you will be asked to submit the following items electronically online via Slideroom:

  1. Upload a 300 word written statement on reasons and goals for seeking enrollment in the program at VIU. This statement should indicate research about the profession.
  2. Upload a current Resume/CV.
  3. Answer an Interview Questionnaire online. View the questions and prepare your answers ahead of time.
  4. Upload a portfolio featuring between 10 – 15 examples of your own personal creative work. (Refer to portfolio ideas and tips handout for more information).


How to use Slideroom for submitting your portfolio, written statement, resume and questionnaire:

  • Go to Slideroom
  • Click sign-up to get started or login
  • Click on Interior Design and pay the required fee
  • Fill out the consent forms relating for the Interior Design program

Please be aware that using the Slideroom service to upload your documents for review means that the work will be hosted temporarily on a server in the United States. If you prefer not to do so, please contact the program chair to arrange for an alternative portfolio submission method.

How do I submit my Portfolio?

Watch professor Patrick Foster from Graphic Design answering some common questions about portfolios.

Have Questions?

Submission Review and Notification

The Interior Design Department will conduct a review of your application to ensure the program is a good fit. We will review your portfolio, but we don’t expect you to be a master artist. As Interior Designers we are both technical and creative, so try to highlight work that reflects both categories. The important aspect is to show us what you love to create and share it with us.

The faculty committee will review all completed applications and documentation. If we require additional information from you, we will set up an appointment for a phone conversation, skype interview or request that you attend in person for an interview.

You will be notified by Admissions & Registration of your application decision. If you are not accepted into the program, we highly encourage you to continue developing your technical and creative skills and reapply.