Every year, the School of Interior Design (previously the Ryerson School of Interior Design) hosts a design festival that spotlights the talented works from students in its degree program. For the first time ever, the annual event will take a hybrid format – folks within the interior design community can participate from the comfort of their home.
The event’s committee is comprised of 30 third- and fourth-year interior design students who’ve been tirelessly working to create a compelling Year End Show (YES) for audiences. The hybrid show celebrates the accomplishments of students while helping them foster connections and establish themselves within an evolving industry. It’s also a platform for individuals to learn and speak on topics that are relevant to the current sector.
Online attendees can expect an exciting lineup of design workshops, installations and keynote speakers. The YES committee will be inviting several industry professionals from reputable design firms across Canada and internationally to speak at the event. Table talks and tutorials will further enhance students’ skill sets and provide them with opportunities for community building.
For those eager to get out of the house, YES will also feature an unmissable in-person student work exhibition, which will take place at Arta Gallery in May.
The concept for the 2022 installation of YES is “Un/ Filtered.” It’s geared towards embracing the messiness and imperfection of the design process and focusing on the transparency that allows students to value a diverse range of perspectives.
“Process is such an important word in the design industry because it’s the backbone of our work but if you ask any designer to show you their process work, we’ll usually respond with ‘it’s too messy,’” shares Joey Chu, YES 2022 chair. “We want to use our platform to encourage designers to embrace this messiness because that is what makes each of our design styles so unique.”
The School of Interior Design offers one of Canada’s most reputable interior design programs and it has been preparing students for a successful career within the industry since 1948.
But when it comes to the job itself, interior design extends far beyond choosing paint colours – it’s about creating functional, safe and inspiring residential and commercial spaces.
Within the Bachelor of Interior Design program, students learn how to conceptualize design plans, create timelines, source materials suitable for each project and more. Courses also cover the history of design, sustainability, communications, technology, psychology related to design and advanced rendering.
People who are considering an education in interior design can gain valuable insight on the immersive, hands-on program by attending the events that YES 2022 has to offer. All students, professionals and the general public are welcome to attend this annual design festival.