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Black by Design

Black by Design is a 2 year youth Interior Design Program

The field of interior design can often seem elusive and inaccessible for young Black people. We’re changing that narrative. Black by Design is a 2-year program rooted in skills building and mentorship for aspiring interior designers. With unique streams for both high school students and post-secondary students, this program will help put young people on the path to a career in interior design. ⁠

As a growing industry, this occupational group will face labour shortage conditions over the period of 2019-2028. According to Job Bank Canada, between 2019 and 2028, Canada is expecting a total of 11,900 job openings.

This program will help prepare young Black creatives to enter this high opportunity job market. With a culturally relevant curriculum, guidance from Black industry professionals and access to important software and equipment: this program is the first step to a long and fruitful career in interior spaces.

Black by Design offers the following streams;

Stream A: For High School students between the ages of 14 – 18 Applications closed

Stream B: For Post Secondary students who are enrolled in an Interior Design/Architect program( Applications now open)

Apply for Stream B

Want to be a mentor in the program?

We are looking for professional Interior Designers and/or Architects to join our mentor roster to help support the next generation of interior designers.

Apply to be a mentor
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