Student Achievement Data

Student Achievement Data

Vancouver Island University, Bachelor of Interior Design
(Information from 2020 Graduating Class)

The Bachelor of Interior Design program at Vancouver Island University is full-time degree program.  Students complete a total of 129 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. 10 months after the class of 2020 graduated with 8 out of 13 alumni responding to the query.

Job Placement:

  • 8/13 (62%) of our contacted students who were in the 2020 - 4th year cohort are employed in interior design or design related professions.
    (6 in design consulting, 1 in Design Build, , 1 in contract product sales,).
  • 0% of our contacted students are employed in an unrelated area.

Places of Employment:

Below is a sampling of the various firms where the 2020 cohort currently work:

  • Deveraux Developments (Victoria, BC)
  • Momentum Design Build (Nanaimo, BC)
  • Karly Parker Interior Design (Victoria, BC)
  • Inhabit Design (Victoria, BC)
  • City Tile (Nanaimo, BC)
  • Rothchild West Design (Victoria, BC)
  • Su Casa Design (Abbottsford, BC)
  • Patty Ransom Interior Design (Nanaimo, BC)

Student Retention:

The cohort that graduated in 2020 was admitted with 20 students in 2016.  9 of the original 20 admitted students graduated in 2020. 3 students in 1st year and 3 students in 2nd year withdrew from the program.

Retention: 55%


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

Graduation Rates:

Of the students in the 2020 4th year cohort 9 or the 13 graduated in 4 years, 2 of the 14 graduated after extending the program to 5 years. 

Acceptance into Graduate Programs:

No students from the 2020 graduating class have applied 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 2019.

  • Axis Design (Axis, BC)
  • Oasis Renovations (Qualicum Beach, BC)
  • MAC Renovations (Victoria, BC)
  • Lone Wolf Interiors (Nanaimo, BC)
  • Kimberly Williams Interior (Brentwood Bay, BC)
  • Interior Design Group (Nanaimo, BC)
  • Kitchen and Bath Classics (Victoria/Nanaimo, BC)