Student Achievement Data

Student Achievement Data

Vancouver Island University, Bachelor of Interior Design
(Information from 2023 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. 6 months after the class of 2023 graduated with 14 out of 16 alumni responding to the query.

Job Placement:

  • 13/14 (93%) of our contacted students who were in the 2023 - 4th year cohort are employed in interior design or design related professions.
    (10 in design consulting, 2 in kitchen & millwork design, 1 in related product sales). 3 are planning to pursue a master’s degree.
  • 0 (0%) of our contacted students are employed in an unrelated area.

Places of Employment:

Below is a sampling of the various firms where the 2023 cohort currently work:

  • Karley Parker Interior Design (Nanaimo, BC)
  • Isabey Interiors (Kelowna, BC)
  • iN Studio  (Calgary, ALTA)
  • Glass World (Abbottsford BC)
  • Aplin Martin Architecture & Engineering (Vancouver, BC)
  • WA Architects (Victoria, BC)
  • Kasian Architecture (Vancouver, BC)
  • Interior Design Group (Nanaimo, BC)
  • Damici Design (Victoria, BC)
  • Kitchenworks. (Florida, USA)
  • Evolve Interior Design (Nanaimo, BC)
  • Kitchen Sculpture, (Toronto, ON)

Student Retention:

The cohort that graduated in 2023 was admitted with 20 students in 2019.  8 of the original 20 admitted students graduated in 2023. 5 students joined the cohort from 2018.  2 students took a year off, 7 students withdrew from the program.
Retention: 65%


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

Graduation Rates:

Of the students in the 2023 4th year graduating cohort, 8 graduated in 4 years, 1 transferred into 2nd year and graduated in 3 years, 5 students graduated from 2018, 5 students of the extending the program to 5 years and are on track to graduate in 2024. 

Acceptance into Graduate Programs:

2 Students from the 2023 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 2022.

  • Elevation Design (Vancouver, BC)
  • Interior Design Group (Nanaimo, BC)
  • Heronwood Custom Cabinetry (Duncan, BC)
  • Anderson Greenplan (Nanaimo, BC)
  • DHK Architects (Nanaimo, BC)
  • David Coulson Design (Duncan, BC)
  • Evolve Interior Design (Nanaimo, BC)
  • Number 10 Architectural (Vancouver, BC)
  • WA Architects (Victoria, BC)
  • Urban Theory Interior Design (Kelowna, BC)
  • Isabey Interiors (Kelowna, BC)
  • Classic Kitchens & Design, (Nanaimo, BC)