Admissions - September 2024
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, OR 19 years of age or older
- A minimum of six (6) Grade 12 courses at the U or M level with a minimum cumulative average of 65%, one of which must be Grade 12 compulsory English (ENG4U) with a minimum grade of 70% (Higher averages are often required for admission due to competition for available spaces in the program.)
- Applicants who meet the academic strength requirements must attend a program information session and present a portfolio of their creative work.
Note re: admission requirements
- It is recommended that one of the six courses be any U level mathematics.
- Applicants not meeting the admission requirements may pursue a variety of different pathways into the Bachelor of Design degree including Design Foundations and Media Foundations.
- Graduates of three-year advanced graphic design diploma programs may be eligible for admission into third year after completing a bridge. Assessment will be done on a case-by-case basis. Contact Conestoga's Credit Transfer Office for information.
- Applicants with transcripts from institutions where the language of instruction is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency with a minimum test score on one of the following language proficiency tests or equivalent scores from another internationally recognized English language test:
- IELTS overall band of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0
- TOEFL iBT 88 with no individual skill less than 22
- CAEL 70, no sub-test band score less than 60
- PTE Academic 58
- Conestoga English Language Test (CELT) Band 6
- Cambridge Exams 180 with no score less than 170
- We offer a language program for students whose English language skills are below the standard required for admission but who have met all other admission criteria. You will be eligible for admission to the degree program after completion of level 4 of the General Arts and Science – English Language Studies (ELS) program with an overall grade average of 80% and no grade less than 75%. Your placement in the ELS program is determined by scores on an in-house English language test or TOEFL or IELTS.
- Academic strength is calculated by averaging all submitted Grade 12 marks (or equivalent) of the required subjects. If more than one grade is received for required subjects, the highest grades will be used in the calculation.
- Applicants meeting minimum academic requirements are invited to begin the selection process which requires them to attend a virtual program information meeting where they will present a portfolio of their design-related work through InterviewStream/Zoom portfolio presentations.
- Portfolio Review Dates will be held every Wednesday from 3-5 pm. Only 2 weeks will be released at a time. Qualified applicants will be send the Zoom Link for the portfolio reviews.
- More portfolio review dates will be added in the upcoming months.
- The portfolio presentation provides the applicant with an opportunity to show and explain their work. Through the presentation, the program faculty assess the applicant's communication skills and aptitude for the program.
- A portfolio consists of samples of the applicant's work. A maximum of 15 pieces of art and design-related work may be presented. Examples of portfolio work include: logos, symbols, lettering, paintings, sculptures, drawings and sketches, finished illustrations, graphic design, web design, and/or other applied graphics.
- Applicants are encouraged to include a sketchbook that elaborates on their research, concept development, and refinement skills.
- Final selection is made using a formula that combines academic strength with the portfolio’s design survey, creative, technical, and presentation scores.
- A sound English background is important for success in this program and is considered during the admission selection process. Minimum cutoffs apply.
- Graduates of an Ontario Graphic Design advanced diploma may be eligible for admission into third year with a modified timetable of courses. Applicants will be ranked based on an assessment of academic performance (grades), as well as a portfolio review and writing assessment. Please apply to level 5 of program 1336C.
The portfolio submission is a mandatory component of the admission process for the Bachelor of Design program.
- The academic requirements to be eligible for a co-op work term in a degree program are as follows:
- Minimum 65% session weighted average in the eligibility term two academic semesters prior to any co-op work term
- Maximum two failures or withdrawals during the academic semester that occurs in the eligibility term two academic semesters prior to any co-op work term
- Must have successfully completed all but two core courses, according to the program design, by the eligibility term prior to any given work term (regardless of the level the student was placed in advanced standing)
- Students (even those on special timetables) will not be permitted to complete a co-op work term until conditions above are met and all but two core course deficiencies, according to the program design, are cleared
- Co-op work terms may need to be re-sequenced to allow academic deficiencies to be cleared or in the event a student changes cohorts (i.e. graduation is delayed by one year or more). Students may not repeat a passed work term
- Should a student’s academic performance decline considerably during the term just prior to any work term, the college reserves the right to withdraw the student from the upcoming work term
- In the case of back-to-back work terms eligibility to participate in consecutive work terms will be granted upon approval to participate in the initial work term
- Where two or more work terms occur back-to-back, should a student fail to achieve academic eligibility for the first work term, their eligibility for the second work term will be based on the term that occurs two terms prior to the second work term
- Students in degree programs may only fail/defer each work term in their program design once
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Ministry consentConestoga College has been granted a consent by the Minister of Colleges and Universities to offer this applied degree for a seven-year term commencing May 13, 2020. Conestoga shall ensure that all students admitted to the above-named program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame. Application to the Ministry for renewal of the consent to deliver is a prescribed and cyclical requirement for all degree programs at all Ontario colleges.
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