Student Achievement Data

Student Achievement Data

Vancouver Island University, Bachelor of Interior Design
(Information from 2022 Graduating Class) 

The Bachelor of Interior Design program at Vancouver Island University is full-time degree program.  Students complete a total of 130 credits over 4 years with an internship between the 3rd and 4th years of studies. 

The following data was collected using institutional records and an alumni survey that was administered approx. 12 months after the class of 2022 graduated with 14 out of 17 alumni responding to the query.

Job Placement:

  • 14/17 (82%) of our contacted students who were in the 2022 - 4th year cohort are employed in interior design or design related professions.
    (8 in design consulting, 2 in design/build/development, 2 in kitchen & millwork design, 1 1 in related product sales). Six (6) are planning to pursue a Masters Degree.
  • 2/17 (10%) of our contacted students are employed in an unrelated area.

Places of Employment:

Below is a sampling of the various firms where the 2022 cohort currently work:

  • Karley Parker Interior Design (Nanaimo, BC)
  • Meade Design Group (Victoria, BC)
  • Harbour City Kitchens  (Victoria, BC)
  • Homes by Sorense (Alberta)
  • Polygon Developments (Vancouver, BC)
  • Jenny Martin Design (Victoria)
  • Kasian Architecture (Vancouver)
  • ACI Architecture (Edmonton)
  • DHK Architecture (Victoria)
  • Hager Design International Inc. (Vancouver)
  • Pheasant Hill Homes (Nanaimo)

Student Retention:

The cohort that graduated in 2022 was admitted with 22 students in 2018.  Fifteen (15) of the original 21 admitted students graduated in 2022. Two (2) transfer students joined the cohort in 2019.  Three (3) students took a year off, four (4) students withdrew from the program.

Retention: 68%


  • The following students were not included in the above retention rate:
    • Three (3) students that extended their studies to 5 years
    • Two (2) students that transferred from other institutions into 2nd year

Graduation Rates:

Of the students in the 2022 4th-year cohort, 14 of 17 graduated in 4 years, and 3 of the 17 graduated after extending the program to 5 years. 

Acceptance into Graduate Programs:

Six (6) Students from the 2022 graduating class have plans to apply to a Graduate Program.


Our students participate in paid Internships during the summer between 3rd and 4th year. Below is a sampling of firms that employed our students - summer 2021.

  • Karley Parker Interior Design (Nanaimo, BC)
  • Studio AE Interior Design Inc. (Lantzville, BC)
  • Spaciz Design Company (Victoria BC)
  • Anderson Greenplan (Nanaimo, BC)
  • Sugar Custom Builders and Patti Ransom Design (Nanaimo)
  • Axis Design (Victoria, BC)
  • Jenny Martin Design (Victoria, BC)
  • Lightform (Calgary)
  • J&A Design (Shenzhen China)
  • DHK Architecture (Victoria)
  • ACI Architecture (Edmonton)