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Design Foundations

Credential:
Ontario College Certificate
College Code:
CONS
School:
Media & Design
Program Code:
1186
Accelerated Delivery:
No
Campus:
DO
Academic Year:
2017 / 2018

About the Program

Design Foundations is an intensive one-year certificate program that is intended for students who are interested in exploring a career in applied design and communications. This foundation year provides an opportunity to create a competitive and individual design portfolio, demonstrating skills in 2D and 3D design, drawing, life drawing, colour theory, idea development, presentation skills, portfolio development, digital production, design history, and written communication.

Students experience a year of goal-setting, guidance, skill development and refinement through a variety of hands-on projects. Students will plan, implement, and present visual communications in a wide range of media. Completion of this studio-based program 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: Doon (Kitchener) - September/2017 (Open) - Fall | Winter
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
Start: September
First-Year Capacity: 90 - Doon (Kitchener)
35 - Brantford-Laurier

Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

Tuition & Fees

Tuition fee details for the 2016-2017 year are listed below. Fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time. Books and supplies are additional.

Domestic Fees

Estimated fees based upon the previous academic year (2016 / 2017) 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

International Fees

Estimated International fees based upon the previous academic year (2016 / 2017) 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

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.

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 Introduction to Design

Description: Using a variety of tools and visual exercises this course will introduce students to organizing elements and principles of two-dimensional design. Students will build technical skill as well as design knowledge. 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, contrast, emphasis, and 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 Creative Process I

Description: This course will explore the theories behind creativity and ideation, and will draw inspiration from a variety of sources including psychology and historical influence. Research, brainstorming, lateral and divergent thinking, inspiration, writing, mind mapping, and drawing will be explored and utilized to generate ideas and solve design problems. Students will learn how to utilize the creative process to take an initial concept though to a finished form, which will contribute to the development of their personal portfolios.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

ARTS1800 Introduction to Digital Design

Description: This course is an introduction to digital design software and builds on the skills developed in Intro to Design. The emphasis of this course is on applying the elements and principles of design to solve visual problems using digital tools. Through demonstrations and in class exercises, students will strengthen their knowledge of design theory within a digital environment.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

COMM1825 Foundations in Writing

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 Foundations in Presentation Skills

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:

Electives: Program Option
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
ARTS1125 Drawing 1-Life Drawing

Description: This drawing course is designed as an intermediate level drawing course for students who already possess some basic drawing experience. Students will learn traditional observational drawing techniques with live nude models in both short and sustained poses. Students will employ concepts such as armature, gesture, contour, shading and cubic form with an understanding of proportion and basic human anatomy. Students will use traditional drawing media to complete both in-class and self-directed take home projects to develop their skillset and build their portfolio. Students who plan on applying to programs with a life drawing portfolio requirement (animation, illustration) should take this course.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

ARTS1810 Introduction to Drawing

Description: This course is designed for the novice with little or no prior formal training in drawing. The course will cover basic drawing concepts to better allow students to express creative ideas. Students will learn how to draw everyday objects and the environment by practicing traditional observation and measurement techniques such as proportion, and perspective. Students will build skill in drawing by exploring line, texture, volume, cubic form, and shading. The creative process of thumbnails, linears, and refinement will be applied to both short and sustained drawings. These skills and processes will be utilized in developing portfolio pieces in a range of traditional drawing media.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Level 2
ARTS1130 2D and 3D Design

Description: This course builds upon design skill 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 and design including the elements and principles of design. Conceptual ideas of form will be developed through a series of lectures, images, and studio projects. Exercises will explore and utilize a variety of tools, materials, and techniques. Students will also demonstrate applied skills and critical thinking through in class design challenges.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

ARTS1160 Digital Production

Description: In this course students will learn to create digital designs from concept to completion, and will create press and web ready files using industry software. Through a series of exercises and projects, students will further develop their visual literacy by applying the creative process and design theory to the digital environment. Students will develop an understanding of the production processes and procedures related to print and web applications and gain a working knowledge of technical requirements and efficiencies associated with the design and production process.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

ARTS1820 Creative Process II

Description: This course is a continuation of ARTS1110 – Creative Process I and further explores the theories associated with the development of creative ideas. This course will allow students to strategize and engage with the creative processes of the industry. Research, brainstorming, inspiration, and idea generation strategies will be utilized to solve increasingly complex visual communication problems. By applying these strategies to industry inspired projects, students will gain the necessary tools to take their initial concepts to the finished presentation stage as they develop work for their personal portfolios.
Hours: 112
Credits: 8
Pre-Requisites: ARTS1110
CoRequisites:

ARTS1830 Illustration

Description: In this course students will further develop drawing skill and continue to create more professional portfolio pieces with an emphasis on a variety of illustrative techniques. Traditional freehand drawing and painting media such as acrylic, watercolour, ink, pencil crayon, and conte are studied with more emphasis on self-exploration and inspiration from other artists. Students will also learn to use drafting tools to produce precision technical illustrations as well as proper perspective drawings. Students will understand the role of illustration as an effective visual communication tool in industry scenarios.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

COMM1730 Strategic Writing

Description: This course builds off basic writing skills with a focus on persuasive writing for the design and communication field. Applications will include content creation, advertising, and promotion. Through lectures, discussion, research, in-class exercises and take home assignments students will implement written communication strategies into a variety of industry inspired or self-promotion projects.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

HIST1040 A Concise History of Design

Description: This course will give students an overview of predominant periods and key individuals that have impacted design in a variety of fields. It will highlight examples in design, art, fashion, interior design & architecture from across time and cultures. Students will explore the impact of design contributions within key periods and discuss the impact on today's visual aesthetics. This course will allow students to apply knowledge through studio-based projects and activities, and experience historical examples through field trips, videos and online resources. Students will acquire the tools to recognize and apply visual aesthetics and techniques of the past, and will be encouraged to incorporate these aspects into original works. Students will gain a strong understanding of design from a variety of fields and cultures, which will help inform work in other courses and future programs of study.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
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 Closed
SEP, 2017 Doon Open
** Status applicable to domestic students

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