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Design Foundations

Credential:
Ontario College Certificate
College Code:
CONS
School:
Media & Design
Program Code:
1186
Accelerated Delivery:
No
Campus:
BR, DO
Academic Year:
2016 / 2017

About the Program

Design Foundations is a one-year certificate program that provides an excellent stepping stone into the fields of applied design and communications, with a year of goal-setting, guidance, and portfolio-building. Students will plan, implement, and present visual communications in a wide range of media.

The program provides an opportunity to create a competitive design portfolio that is unique, and features courses in the principles and history of design, idea development, research, presentation skills, portfolio development, drawing, colour theory, printing technology, and writing skills. It will effectively prepare students for acceptance into a variety of programs leading to careers in the design and communication fields.

Program Information

Length: One-year Ontario College Certificate program
Delivery Sequence:
         Brantford - September/2016 (Suspended) - Fall | Winter
         Doon (Kitchener) - September/2016 (Open) - Fall | Winter
Location: Doon (Kitchener) and Brantford
Start: September and January
First-Year Capacity: 90 - Doon (Kitchener)
35 - Brantford-Laurier

Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

Tuition & Fees

Tuition fee details for the 2015-2016 year are listed below. Books and supplies are additional.

Domestic Fees

Estimated fees based upon the previous academic year (2015 / 2016) for Design Foundations - Program # 1186

Brantford - Fall 2016 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2016-09-06)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
Full-time Program Tuition $1420.00 $1420.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Association Fee $30.00 $30.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
CSI Health Plan Fee $286.00 $0.00
Session Total $2045.26 $1759.26
Year Total   $3804.52
Doon - Fall 2016 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2016-09-06)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
Full-time Program Tuition $1420.00 $1420.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
CSI Health Plan Fee $286.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $2206.25 $1920.25
Year Total   $4126.50
Doon - Spring 2016 Level 2 (Program Start: 2016-01-06)
Description Spring 2016
Full-time Program Tuition $1379.00
Student Priority Fee $49.00
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.15
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.55
Administration Fee $25.05
Technology Enhancement Fee $126.40
CSI Capital Development Fee $66.50
CSI Association Fee $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56
CSI Health Plan Fee $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50
Session Total $1868.71
Year Total $3976.82

International Fees

Estimated International fees based upon the previous academic year (2015 / 2016) for
Design Foundations - Program # 1186


Brantford - Fall 2016 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2016-09-06)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
International Program Tuition $5850.00 $5850.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Association Fee $30.00 $30.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Fee $550.00 $0.00
Session Total $7114.26 $6564.26
Year Total   $13678.52

Doon - Fall 2016 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2016-09-06)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
International Program Tuition $5850.00 $5850.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Insurance $0.00 $0.00
International Health Fee $550.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $7275.25 $6725.25
Year Total   $14000.50

Doon - Spring 2016 Level 2 (Program Start: 2016-01-06)
Description Spring 2016
International Program Tuition $5750.00
Student Priority Fee $49.00
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.15
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.55
Administration Fee $25.05
Technology Enhancement Fee $126.40
CSI Capital Development Fee $66.50
CSI Association Fee $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56
ISR $375.00
International Health Insurance $0.00
International Health Fee $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50
Session Total $6614.71
Year Total $13630.92

Financial Assistance

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.

For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.

Graduate Opportunities

This program is designed to assist graduates in further academic pursuits by providing an opportunity for students to hone their skills in visual and verbal communications. A key component of this program is the production of a student portfolio of work that demonstrates a student's skills and knowledge levels and which is required during the admission process of programs within the School of Media and Design.

71% of 2013-2014 graduates found employment within 6 months of graduation.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

Program Courses

Course Details
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
ARTS1100 Basic Design

Description: Using a variety of tools and visual exercises this course will introduce the student to organizing elements and principles of two-dimensional design. Elements such as line, space, texture, value, colour, and spatial illusion will be related to the principles of design (balance, proportion, repetition, contrast, harmony, unity, point of emphasis, and visual movement) to enable the student to employ visual awareness and dynamics in the field of two dimensional design. Critical evaluation skills will play a key part of individual class discussion and group critiques.
Hours: 84
Credits: 6
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

ARTS1110 Idea Development I

Description: This course will explore the theories associated with the development of ideas, taking an initial concept through to a finished form. Brainstorming, idea mapping and lateral thinking will assist students in producing materials that will contribute to their personal portfolios.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

ARTS1125 Drawing 1-Life Drawing

Description: This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental approaches to successfully draw the human figure. By studying the structure of the human body and anatomy (musculature), students will work with gesture, line, shape, value, volume and atmospheric perspective to develop both short and sustained drawings. Charcoal, Conte, pencil and various other traditional drawing media and techniques will be explored as methods of description.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

COMM1825 Basic Writing-Communication

Description: This course will review and develop the student's writing skills as they relate to the workplace. Students will learn how to convey a message and create audience interest. Sentence structure, grammar, punctuation and the rules of composition will be covered. An introduction to research techniques and resources through project-based learning will form the basis for applications in other courses in the program of study.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

COMM1835 Presentation Skills-Visual and Verbal

Description: This course will provide students an opportunity to develop and hone their presentation skills through a variety of practical scenarios. Students will begin to produce materials that will contribute to their personal portfolios. Both individual and group work will be utilized in the development of visual and verbal presentations
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

LIBS1610 General History of Design I

Description: This course is an introduction to the history and the practice of art and design. With a focus on graphic design as an example, all forms of design are investigated and will be appreciated within their historical context. Starting with the evolution of writing, students will study major historical shifts in design such as medieval manuscripts, the invention of moveable type, the Renaissance, etc., concluding with the beginning of the twentieth century.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Level 2
ARTS1130 2D and 3D Design

Description: This course is a continuation of ARTS1100 - Basic Design and involves discussion and practical application around both two-dimensional and three-dimensional design. Projects will explore terminology commonly used in two-dimensional and three-dimensional art. Conceptual ideas of form will be developed through a series of lectures, slides, written and studio projects. Exercises will explore and utilize a variety of tools, materials (wire, paper, clay) and techniques.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

ARTS1145 Idea Development II

Description: This course is a continuation of ARTS1110 - Idea Development I and explores the theories associated with the development of creative ideas. Discussion from regular lectures and visiting professionals about the graphic and advertising industry will allow students to gain the tools necessary to take their initial concepts to the finished presentation stage. Brainstorming, idea mapping and lateral thinking exercises will assist students in producing materials that will contribute to their personal portfolios.
Hours: 140
Credits: 9
Pre-Requisites: ARTS1110
CoRequisites:

ARTS1150 Drawing II-Drafting/Perspectives/Rendering

Description: This course is a continuation of ARTS1120 - Drawing I; students will learn to render forms and objects in space. In class and take home projects provide insight into perspective while employing shade and shadow. Students will learn both freehand and drafting techniques to further their drawing skills and better allow them to express creative ideas.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

ARTS1160 Prepress/Print/Web and Multimedia

Description: Students will work on a number of projects in a variety of mediums. Students will develop an understanding of the production processes and procedures related to print, web and multimedia. The course will also provide the opportunity for students to gain a working knowledge of the numeracy requirements associated with the design and production process.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

COMM1730 Marketing/Communications Writing

Description: This course builds off the skills and knowledge acquired in Level One – Basic Writing, with focus on writing for careers in the design and communication field. Applications will include print advertising, direct response, the web and broadcast media.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

LIBS1620 General History of Design II

Description: Building on the knowledge acquired in LIBS1610 - General History of Design I, this course will focus on the historical overview of art and design from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present day. Students will explore movements through in art and design such as Art Nouveau, Art Deco, the rise of the advertising industry, and ending with post-modernism. Issues of architecture, design, and visual art during these periods will be highlighted to gain a better understanding of change, where we are today and where we may be headed.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: LIBS1610
CoRequisites:

Program Outcomes

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International students should apply online using a Conestoga College International Application Form. Please note: not all programs are open to international students. Interested students should check the listing of open programs on our international students web page before applying.
For program information, call the Information Centre at 519-748-5220 ext 3656.

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Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.

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Program Status
Start DateCampusStatus**
SEP, 2016 Brantford Suspended
SEP, 2016 Doon Open
** Status applicable to domestic students

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