Bachelor of Design (Honours)

2021/22 | Conestoga College

Program Code: 1336C
Creative Industries

Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

This is a companion document to the current Conestoga College Student Guide

COVID-19 and 2021-22 Program Delivery

​In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Conestoga academic plans and decisions will continue to evolve to reflect the advice of public health authorities. ​Please consult the COVID-19 Information page for the most up-to-date information on college protocols.

Expectations regarding course delivery, participation, and assessments will be communicated by your faculty member at the start of the semester and included in the instructional plan.

Program technology requirements are posted on the program web page. Students in remote and hybrid delivery courses will require a device, webcam functionality, and reliable Internet access. 

Program Handbook Guidelines

​The purpose of this handbook is to provide students with program-specific details and other important information. The material in this handbook is accurate at the date of posting, and is applicable for the current academic year. Students will be informed of handbook changes that occur, if any, through college email. Program handbooks are updated yearly and students must check their program handbook for the current edition.


​​​​Welcome to the School of Creative Industries! You are embarking upon a journey into one of the world's most dynamic emerging sectors.

Conestoga offers a wide range of programs to set you on the right path toward building an exciting career in the creative economy. Our certificates, diplomas, advanced diplomas, degrees, and graduate certificates will prepare you for your future by providing you with hands-on applied learning and work-integrated educational opportunities.

Our high-quality faculty, technologists, and support staff will help you gain a competitive edge with their extensive industry experience and our first-class facilities, labs, studios and learning spaces will enhance your education and provide you with authentic environments for learning.

What you do here…counts out there; and what you do in our School will prepare you for an exciting future in the dynamic world of creative industries.


Pejman Salehi, PhD

Dean, School of Creative Industries

Program Staff Contact Information

Heather Ryall 
Phone: ext. 2320

Program Coordinator
Josh Peressotti 
Phone: ext. 3408

Program Faculty
Ryanne Spies 
Phone: ext. 2407

In addition, other faculty will work with students for the duration of this program. (i.e faculty from other schools for breadth and/or general education courses, as well as faculty with particular expertise in specific areas of program focus).

Contact information for faculty will typically be provided by the individual Professor on the first day of the related course.

Program Support Team
Mary Henricksen
Program Manager
Phone: ext. 2386

Anne Fraser
Administrative Assistant 
Phone: ext. 2307

Brenda Slomka
Student Advisor 
Phone: ext. 3320

Laura Harding
Placement and Community Liaison Officer 
Phone: ext. 2527

Brian Clemens
Manager, Educational and Broadcast Technology 
Phone: ext. 3311

Quinn Battersby
Phone: ext. 2476

Chris Martin
Phone: ext. 3313

Wesley Rodricks
Technologist ​
Phone: ext. 2352

D'Arci Phillips
Phone: ext. 3123

Thom Smith 
Phone: ext. 2413

Michael Toll
Phone: ext. 2540

Program Overview

​Program Description

The Bachelor of Design is a four-year degree in graphic design with a complement of courses in business, marketing, and management. The program will ensure you, as the graduate, have both the creative and visual acuity, and the knowledge of business strategy, that are necessary to create design solutions for current market needs.

Conestoga's Bachelor of Design is unique in Ontario for offering a truly inter-professional perspective that blends graphic design, business, and liberal studies courses with co-op opportunities. You have the opportunity to use the enhanced studio space and printing facilities which are provided in this program. Limited enrolment and small class sizes ensure your access to faculty with professional experience in the fields of graphic design and business development. As well, the program supports student memberships in the Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD) and provides access to the Design Thinkers Conference.

As a comprehensive design program, you will take courses in typography, visual design, colour theory, design studio, drawing and illustration, graphic design history, photography, interactive design, as well as branding, marketing, business management, writing and presentation skills, and breadth electives.

The program employs a project-based learning approach that integrates design, research methodologies, project management, and business strategy skills, as well as a variety of issues including accessibility, sustainability, and corporate and social responsibility. You will engage in dynamic studio projects for both in-class and live clients. As well, the program offers numerous opportunities for research and networking through field trips, guest speakers and lectures, and collaborations with outside organizations.

Between years three and four you will have the opportunity to take two, back-to-back, four-month co-op terms. Working with faculty and the Co-operative Education office, you will arrange supervised co-op positions in agencies, design firms, in-house departments, and other organizations, in both Canada and internationally.

Program Design

Students can find their program design on the Student Portal by following the steps below:

  1. Log in to Student Portal
  2. Click on 'My Courses' tab
  3. Select 'View Progress Report' button

Courses are listed by level/semester. Students can also view courses for the most current program design for this academic year on the Conestoga College website. To find these courses, please visit ​Bachelor of Design courses.​

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Prepare effective and persuasive communications through written, oral, and visual media in the development of research reports, rationales, final design projects and presentations, and thesis work.​
  • Apply professional, ethical, and legal codes of practice and comply with labour and environmental legislation.​
  • Integrate marketing, advertising, consumer research, universal design principles, environmental sensitivity, and sustainability into the development of visual design solutions.​
  • Communicate and collaborate effectively as a team member or leader, with other team members, clients, employers, and other graphic design service practitioners through the application of principles of human relations and organizational behavior.​​
  • Assess cultural diversity in the development and execution of design solutions.
  • Create plans for lifelong learning, professional development, and the maintenance of technological currency.
  • Utilize critical thinking skills in the development of research, design elements, strategies, and techniques for design problems and projects.
  • Evaluate information and content through the use of advanced research techniques in all aspects of design exploration, development, and execution
  • Develop and present effective and professional graphic design solutions based upon clients' needs and parameters.
  • Discuss the theoretical, historical, and cultural context within which contemporary graphic design has developed.
  • Apply financial, entrepreneurial, and business management principles and practices in the development and operation of graphic design services and projects.
  • Select appropriate media, both traditional and emergent, and interaction methods for design projects.​​
  • Plan and implement design solutions that meet industry production and workflow practices within budget and time-frame goals.
  • Design a portfolio of creative visual, written, and interactive elements.​

Co-operative Education Information

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 (including cumulative missed courses) 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. 

To participate in a co-op work term, students must (starting with the 1701 cohort and subsequent cohorts unless otherwise noted):

  • Successfully complete the Co-op and Career Preparation modules (CEPR/CDEV71050).  Students who fail Co-op and Career Preparation will not be permitted to search for co-op employment nor will they be able to participate in a co-op work term.  Students who fail Co-op and Career Preparation more than twice will not be permitted to continue in their co-op program (exceptions may be granted for degrees).
  • Be enrolled full-time (full-time = 70% of the hours, or 66 2/3 % of the courses in the current session/level of the Program Design.)  Exceptions will apply to those students who have been granted special timetabling based on formal identification of barriers or challenges for which accommodation is required. Academic eligibility requirements must still be met prior to being granted access to seek a 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 (including cumulative missed courses) during the term just prior to any work term, the college reserves the right to withdraw the student from the upcoming work term.
  • Meet program specific co-op work term eligibility requirements.

For additional information please refer to the Co-operative Education Regulations & Guidelines: Student Regulations, Procedures and Supports found by:

  • Login to MyCareer
  • Select Co-op
  • Select Co-op Resources
  • Select Co-op Policies
  • Select Co-operative Education Regulations, Procedures and Supports for Students

Please Note:

  • Co-op programs add value to your education. Earn money while you apply what you've learned in a real workplace environment.  Visit Co-operative Education for more details. 
  • The College cannot guarantee co-op employment.  All co-op students are required to conduct an independent co-op job search in addition to the supports and services provided by the Department of Co-op Education.
  • Students are responsible for their own transportation and associated costs in order to complete work term requirements. Work locations may not always be readily accessible by public transportation.
  • Students who are not eligible for co-op or do not secure the first work term by the start of the work term semester will be offered the option to enroll in the 14 credit Career Management in Canada GCM70000 co-op alternative.  This co-op alternative involves one 3 hour on campus session per week and 12 hours per week of online and out-of-class activity.
  • If GCM70000 is selected, the student must attend sessions from the first session of the term and cannot complete a co-op term for their first work term.
  • GCM70000 may be delivered at the Doon, Waterloo, or Cambridge campus.
  • GCM70000 is only an alternative for the first co-op work term of the program, students will still complete at least one mandatory co-op work term if they choose GCM70000.

​​Managing Stress

Attending post-secondary and completing studies can be exciting, but at the same demanding. Juggling school and life will no doubt be stressful at times. Stress is a normal aspect of life. H​ow you handle stress can make a difference. If you're feeling overwhelmed at any time, talking to someone helps! A conversation with your Faculty or Program Coordinator can help identify and alleviate stress associated with assignments or course content. For more serious stress-related issues, Conestoga also offers free counseling services​ to students. At Doon Campus, Counselors are located on the lower level, between the atrium and the cafeteria – across the hall from the Doctors' office.

If your stress is caused by health issues that are getting in the way of your academics, notify Faculty, and seek help, as soon as possible.

​​Communication and Emailing Requirements

Conestoga College student email accounts are used for all official communication with students. Students are expected to regularly check their student email accounts. Faculty are not expected to respond to emails from non-Conestoga email addresses.

Faculty and staff are only expected to communicate through your educational/professional profile as it relates to a specific course project and or assignment.  All official course information is to be communicated through the use of Conestoga College e-mail.  All students and Faculty are assigned a Conestoga e-mail account. Students are expected to regularly check their student email accounts. Students cannot count on Faculty responding to emails from non-Conestoga email addresses.

Social Media Use and Considerations 

As part of the School of Creative Industries you will have courses that require you to use Social Media as a professional tool. As such students are expected to separate their personal Social Media use from their educational and professional use. One of the easiest ways to do this is to create a separate profile for school and career.

​If you are working with School of Creative Industries or your program's social media or web-related platforms, all posts and up-dates must be done in a professional manner adhering to the guidelines below.

Ensure that your posts reflect you as the professional you are and wish to become – if a potential employer were to see your posts!

  1. When using any Conestoga College or School of Creative Industries Social media accounts, including ones used for specific programs (such as Spoke Online), all posts must be professional, respectful and non-defamatory.

  2. Assume that information you post or send can be accessed or altered by anyone. 

  3. Consider whether any posting may reflect poorly on you, your school, or your profession. 

  4. Avoid online criticism about other students, colleagues, professors or field placements. 

  5. Avoid impulsive, inappropriate or heated comments. 

  6. Pictures should not be taken, posted to social media sites, or shared without the express permission of all individuals involved. 

  7. Pictures and posts related to field placement and lab activities should only be made with permission of the supervisor involved.

  8. Remember that online sites you visit are not anonymous. 

  9. Make sure your on-line name and e-mail reflect professionalism. 

  10. Ensure that your postings will not be considered harassment or defamation of a peer, colleague, Faculty or others.        

  11. Many types of social media encourage instantaneous, casual dialogue. It is important to remember that even an innocent comment may be easily misunderstood.


"Electronic messages are not anonymous. They can be tracked, misdirected, manipulated and live forever on the internet. Social media sites create and archive copies of every piece of content posted, even when deleted from on-line profiles. Once information is digitalized, the author relinquishes all control."

"Online identities and actions are visible to the public and can result in serious repercussions or embarrassment. As the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Ontario notes, users may intend to share their online existence solely within their own network, but in theory anyone can access the user's musings, photos and information. Further, the words can be altered, forwarded and misquoted.*

*Professional Advisory. 2017. Maintaining Professionalism- Use of Electronic Communication and Social Media. The Council of the Ontario College of Teachers.  

Failure to comply with the social media policies will result in disciplinary action, and may jeopardize your progression in the program. Students may be asked to meet with the Academic Chair and/or Vice President of Student Affairs. In addition, students who breach the social media policy will not be allowed on the College's public-facing platforms for a period of time.

Please respect the fact that your Faculty and staff will not invite you to their personal web pages when you are a current student (Keep Faculty and staff as resources to connect with after you have graduated or after you have left the college)

Use of Electronic Devices in Classrooms and Labs

Electronic devices may be used for learning or instructional purposes. Professors or Technologists may request devices be put away when a safety issue or distraction occurs. Devices used for accommodations are always welcome. Use of an unauthorized device in a testing situation will result in an academic offence and a mark of zero. 


One of the overriding goals of the Bachelor of Design program at Conestoga is to create and foster a culture of professionalism that will prepare students to function effectively in the workplace.

Though professionalism is a complex and nuanced concept, some useful definitions have been proposed that can guide both students and faculty as we undertake the program of study. The Chief Justice of Ontario Advisory Committee on Professionalism struck a Working Group on the Definition of Professionalism in 2001 and arrived at this simple but provocative definition:
"Professionalism as a personal characteristic is revealed in an attitude and approach to an occupation that is commonly characterized by intelligence, integrity, maturity, and thoughtfulness" (Chief Justice of Ontario Advisory Committee on Professionalism, 2002, p. 1).
The lectures, activities and assessments that comprise the program curriculum are designed to foster in students an intelligent and informed approach to design. The high standards for academic integrity described elsewhere in this handbook will help to foster continual integrity and ethical standards in the choices you make throughout your career.

All students in BDes are automatically enrolled as student members in the Registered Graphic Designers (RGD), an association established by Ontario provincial legislation in 1996. Committed to the betterment of the design profession, the RGD provides rules, materials, case studies, and individual assistance to members. These principles, characterized by adherence to legal and ethical frameworks, respect for the intellectual property rights of others, fulfillment of one's contractual obligations, and acting in the best interests of clients/employers, and society in general, act as a guide for students as they develop in the business and practice of graphic design. In the classroom, students are held to high standards regarding academic integrity, respect for one's colleagues and workspace, punctuality and deadlines, and quality of work. Applied consistently and thoughtfully throughout the BDes program, these standards will help you to develop into a mature, intelligent, and ethical practitioner of design.​

Standards of Conduct

​​Academic Assistan​​​​ce​

Academic assistance is available to students through a variety of avenues. The Program Coordinator, Student Advisor and/or Faculty can advise on specific program and course information such as adding/dropping courses, special timetabling, etc. Conestoga's St​​udent Success Services Department can provide assistance with Counselling, Accessible Learning, and Career Services. Access the Student Success Services website for further information.


Intellectual Property under copyright is an extremely important tool within Creative Industries and the proper use of intellectual property is essential and reflects industry standards.  Whether your work appears in print, over the air, online, or in another form, copyright laws apply. These laws also protect the work you produce. Submitted work through assessments must conform to copyright requirements unless otherwise stated by Faculty.  Elements under copyright can include, music, text, images, and designs. If in doubt do not use elements under copyright. 

For further guidance, please see Conestoga's Academic Offences Policy.​


Lectures, labs and the interaction that happens in the classroom, whether on campus or online, are the most important source of the knowledge that will allow you to succeed in the program and, eventually, in your career. The course texts and lecture slides that may be shared with students constitute only a fraction of the learning that is made available in this program​.  Your attendance in class will allow the professor to observe your maturity and thoughtfulness and assess your professionalism as you interact with others. ​

Attendance at scheduled tests and exams is mandatory. Failure to attend will result in an automatic F grade on the test or exam, unless the absence is:

  • Due to a medical illness, with completion of reporting the absence on the Student Portal
  • Due to an accident, with submission of a police report 
  • Due to a death in the immediate family, with a copy of the death certificate required.

The Faculty member must be immediately notified and the proper documentation must be presented prior to the start of the next meeting of the class where possible. Please see the Attendance at Evaluations section for further instruction.

Lack of attendance due to work obligations does not constitute an acceptable explanation for your absence. The program is demanding and requires a considerable commitment of time and energy. Students need to schedule their work around the program and not vice versa. In general, successful students limit their work obligations to fewer than 10 hours per week.​

Evaluations (deadlines, tests, examinations)

Professors will vary in the evaluation methods they select for each course. Most courses will feature a blend of projects, written assignments, in-class exercises, presentations, tests and exams. In addition, many courses will include an assessment of the student's overall professionalism as demonstrated in the course.

The exact blend of evaluation methods and the weight accorded to each will be determined by the professor and indicated in the instructional plan that will be distributed to students at the start of the course. Any changes to the blend and weight will be clearly indicated to students in advance of any affected assignment or test and a revised version of the instructional plan made available to students. Students who would like additional feedback on an assignment are encouraged to request a meeting with the professor.             ​​

​​Late Submissions of Assignments/Projects

The School of Creative Industries has programs directly associated with industries that require commitment to deadline.  As such, it is expected that students adhere to the school's late submission of assignment policy.

In the Bachelor of Design program, all students are expected to submit their assignments on the due date and time specified by their Faculty.  If a student fails to do so, the following late assignment policy applies:

​First Semester ONLY:

All students are expected to submit their assignments on the due date and time specified by their Faculty.  If a student fails to do so, the following late assignment policy applies:

  • Assignments received on or before the due date and time will be marked out of 100%.
  • Assignments received within 24 hours of the due date and time will receive a 20% reduction and be marked out of 80%.
  • Assignments received after 24 hours from the initial due date and time will receive a mark of zero (0).

​All Subsequent Semesters:

  • ​Assignments received on or before the due date and time will be marked out of 100%.
  • In cases whereby there is an unsubstantiated late submission of an assignment, the student will be awarded a zero (0) grade for the assignment. 

​Assignments, projects, presentations, quizzes, tests and or exams requiring in-class attendance, scheduling of facilities and participation, and/or participation with a group or an external or industry-based participant must be performed on the assigned date and time.  Failure to do so without a substantiated reason will result in a mark of zero (0).

Students are advised to meet with the respective Faculty member to discuss how a zero (0) grade will impact their overall academic standing. Assignments are posted with reasonable advance notice for students. It is the responsibility of the students to plan ahead to ensure the work is completed on time. It is recommended that students balance commitments and time to account for unforeseen delays.

Substantiated late submissions are as follows:

  • Due to a pre-arranged accommodation, as arranged through Accessibility or Counselling Services with the Faculty member, well in advance of the submission deadline.
  • Due to a medical illness, with completion of reporting the absence on the Student Portal.
  • Due to an accident, with submission of a police report.
  • Due to a death in the immediate family, with a copy of the death certificate required.

Students must provide the supporting formal documentation with the late submission and submit the items to the appropriate Faculty member, Program Coordinator and/or Student Advisor.

This process ensures that all students within the Bachelor of Design program are following academic and industry protocol and are treated fairly and equally in their evaluations. 

If you require further information and/or clarification on the process for late submission(s) please contact your Student Advisor or Program Coordinator.

​Student Concerns/Issues

We appreciate that concerns or issues may arise during the learning experience. Our goal is to promote collaboration between students, faculty and staff to resolve situations of concerns quickly, and to learn and improve from these situations.

To achieve this goal, we need an effective problem-solving environment. This means that when a situation of concern arises, it is raised immediately, and discussed by all of the individuals involved. This is the most important step in the goal of effective problem solving.

Problem-solving with the individual most closely associated with the learning is the place to start.

Please see the Student Rights and Responsibilities Policy & Procedure for further details on the informal and formal procedures for the resolution of concerns and issues.

​Student Concerns/Issues

We appreciate that concerns/issues may arise during the learning experience. Our goal is to promote collaboration between students, faculty and staff to resolve situations of concern quickly and to learn and improve from these situations.

To achieve this goal, we need an effective problem-solving environment. This means:

  1. When a situation of concern arises, it needs to be raised immediately, and discussed by the individuals involved. This is the most important area for effective problem solving. 
    **Problem-solving closest to the individual associated with the learning is the place to start. 
  2. Please see the Student Rights and Responsibilities Policy & Procedure for further details on the steps to be followed. Here you will find both the informal and formal procedures for the resolution of concerns and issues.

​Academic Offences Policy & Procedure

Academic offences include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Copying from another student in any evaluation situation.
  • Copying and submitting, in whole or in part, the work of another person in an assignment, report, project, etc as one's own.
  • Copying and submitting, in whole or in part, electronic files or data created by another person without permission.
  • Using unauthorized material or aids in the preparation of an assignment or other method of evaluation.
  • Possessing unauthorized material or aids in a test or examination situation.
  • Claiming to have completed assigned tasks that were, in fact, completed by another person.
  • Plagiarizing materials or works, in whole or in part.
  • Allowing another person to take a test or examination in one's place.
  • Altering or falsifying academic records in any way.
  • Submitting false medical, academic or other documentation.
  • Improperly obtaining through theft, bribery, collusion or otherwise, any test or examination questions on paper prior to the date and time for writing such test or examination.
  • Aiding or abetting anyone in an act of academic dishonesty.
  • Submitting the same work in one course which has also been submitted or presented in another course without the prior written agreement of all involved Faculty members.
  • Fabricating information or other types of material to meet course or program requirements.
  • Misrepresenting the reasons for deferring an exam or assignment.
  • Unauthorized collaboration, for example, working together without permission.
  • ​Submitting work prepared collaboratively with (an)other person(s) without explicit permission from the Faculty member.

 For additional information see Academic Offences Policy & Procedure.


While plagiarism is covered in detail in the college's student guide, it bears special mention here, because you are entering a field in which protection of intellectual property is of paramount concern. Plagiarism involves knowingly presenting someone else's work as your own, be it text, an illustration, photograph, part of a video, audio track or design. If within your assignment non-original work is permitted to be used, you must still credit the source of that work. You can provide this credit through a recognized citation format, like APA or as directed by your Faculty.

Within the School of Creative Industries we have many assignments centering on your original creative ideas and work. In these cases purely citing someone else's work will not be enough. You must ensure original work is your own.

Penalties for plagiarism can be very severe and include receiving an F for the entire course. Do not plagiarize. There are many resources that can be used to help you with proper citation. If you have any doubts, see your Instructor during office hours for assistance.  ​

Maintaining Student Files & Sharing Permissions

As a condition of program review and accreditation, the School of Creative Industries is required to retain examples of student coursework in each of the courses of the curriculum. Each student is required to complete the "Permission to Retain Material" form. In doing so, students grant Conestoga permission to retain coursework completed over the duration of the student's enrolment in the Program.

Technology and Social Media in the Classroom

A respectful classroom ensures both students and Instructors are able to focus on the lesson. Recording of audio or video, unless a student has a documented disability for which assistive technology is required and defined as an accommodation, is not permitted, without direct consent from Faculty.

If you are working with the School of Creative Industries or your program's social media or web-related platforms, all posts and updates must be done in a professional manner.

During class time a student will refrain from:
  • Text messaging or phone calls on mobile devices
  • Emailing
  • Using Facebook or any other on-line social media or video sites
  • Listening to recordings without headphones
  • Using the computer for anything other than what the instructor is asking for in class time. (Including projects due in other classes)

Students who use these (and other) media tools during class time other than for taking notes may be asked to turn them off, and may even be asked to leave the classroom. Repeated occurrences will result in a meeting with the Faculty and/or Program Coordinator for a possible Student Rights and Responsibilities Policy and Procedure violation.


All School of Creative Industries Faculty members utilize a learning management system (LMS) called eConestoga for communication, project submission and grade calculation.

To sign into eConestoga, use your student number and the password that was set up for the student portal. Each course will have a shell listed on your Home Page. Click on the course you wish to check and it will take you to the Course Home Page. On the Home Page, you will see News (announcements) for that specific course. The tabs across the top of the page will guide you to the content section where the instructional plan, lecture notes, handouts and assignments are posted. Under the Help & Guides tab, there are videos and other Student Resources to help you use this LMS effectively.

It is the student's responsibility to ensure ongoing access to the system through their off-campus devices and to contact IT services to work out any technical issues.

As noted under the section Attendance, accessing class materials via eConestoga is not a substitute for attending class. Materials offered on eConestoga may not be comprehensive and may not make sense to students who have not attended class, whether that class takes place on Campus or is delivered synchronously online. Assignments and tests are based on all class material covered, not just what is posted to eConestoga.

You can find eConestoga by going to the main home page and clicking on the drop down menu that says Login: Conestoga Homepage​.

Academic Progress

​Credit Transfer/Exemptions

Please review the Conestoga Student Guide​ for information regarding credit transfers/ exemptions.

Course Add/Drop

It is strongly recommended that students consult their Program Coordinator and or Student Advisor prior to dropping a course. Some courses have co-requisites and pre-requisites which may be affected by dropping individual courses.

​Program Progression

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.

​Special Timetables/Adding Dropped or Failed Courses

Please note that when students are not taking the program in the prescribed sequence, they will be on "special timetables". Prior to the beginning of the semester, students should add missed courses from a previous semester by meeting with the Student Advisor.

Students who require longer than the designed program duration to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses or requirements 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.

​Academic Standing and Promotion

All of the bachelor's programs at Conestoga College adhere to the same Baccalaureate Degree Promotion and Graduation Policy. ​The policy governs the requirements for graduation, academic probation and how decisions on academic standing are made. The key condition of this policy is that students are only automatically eligible to advance to the next level of courses if their program grade point average is 2.5 or higher and if they have failed or dropped two or fewer courses. Students who do not meet this requirement at the end of any semester will automatically be placed on academic probation and may be discontinued from the program or required to retake all the courses they have failed or dropped before moving to the next level.​

It is the student's responsibility to ensure that all program course requirements for credential completion are fulfilled. Faculty and administrative staff are happy to assist by answering student questions and concerns about progress through the program. If you are having difficulty in a course, be proactive!

A student must pass every course in the program design in order to receive their credential, including field placements, co-ops, and electives, where applicable. Please refer to course outlines for confirmation of the passing grade requirements for each course.

Pre-requisite courses must be successfully completed before taking the subsequent course. Successful completion of all previous level core courses must be achieved before a student may take on their capstone or thesis course.

Should a student fail a course, the student may end up on a special timetable out of sequence with their cohort.

Please contact the Student Advisor or the Program Coordinator if there are questions regarding program progress.

​​​​Academic Probation/Discontinuance

The following information is in addition to the College Baccalaureate Degree Promotion and Graduation Policy available on the College website. Please review the College Policies & Procedures​.

As per the college Baccalaureate Degree Promotion and Graduation policy, the School of Creative Industries recognizes the standards associated with degree programs, with the following stipulations as determined by the School of Creative Industries:

Academic decisions will be made at the end of each academic semester.

A student with a program or sessional GPA greater than or equal to 2.50 with two or less failed and/or dropped courses will be promoted to the next level.

The student must clear the failed courses at the earliest/first opportunity. In some cases, this may result in the student having to drop a course in order to pick up a failed course.

A student with a program or sessional GPA greater than 2.50 with more than two failed and/or dropped courses will be placed on probation.

Academic Probation consists of a set of terms and conditions that must be met by a student in order to remain in the program. In such cases, the program coordinator will clearly outline, on the Academic Probation form, the conditions under which the student will be permitted to remain in the program. Once those conditions are met, the student will be permitted to complete the program under normal academic conditions. A student who does not fulfill the terms of their academic probation will be discontinued.

A student with a program or sessional GPA less than 2.50 will be placed on probation.

Unless there are extenuating circumstances, the student has one academic year to clear the probation by raising their cumulative average to a minimum GPA of 2.50 and having no more than 2 un-cleared failures. A student who does not fulfill the terms of their academic probation will be discontinued.

A student with three or more failed and/or dropped courses:

The student will be discontinued.

On Probation

A student who does not fulfill the terms of their academic probation will be discontinued.

While on Academic Probation, a student will be discontinued:

  1. If the student fails two core courses
  2. If they violate the Academic Offences policy
  3. If they violate the Student Rights and Responsibilities policy

​Program Withdrawals

The School of Creative Industries expects students to commit to their studies and practice. We also understand that the program may not be a good fit for everyone.

Voluntary withdrawals from the Program are supported from an academic perspective. Students may assess their own capabilities in meeting the academic requirements of a program and decide to withdraw. E.g. an extended personal leave of absence could result in a student's withdrawal from the program due to the loss of study time. Financial constraints may be a necessary reason for program withdrawal.

For these and other reasons, voluntary withdrawals are approved and supported with the option of applying for re-admission at a later date. It is recommended that a student considering withdrawal speak to the Student Advisor or Program Coordinator before doing so.

Students need to carefully consider the impacts of withdrawing from the program or individual course. Program designs and graduating requirements are established on a per-year basis. As the program is integrated and continually evolving to meet industry needs, withdrawing from the program and returning at a future date may mean that students require additional credits, or need to retake courses that have updated curriculum. Some courses have co-requisites and/or pre-requisites which may be affected by dropping individual courses. Please review with your Student Advisor or Program Coordinator before dropping a course.


Please see the Program Withdrawal and Refund Procedure regarding refunds of fees.
A student must complete a Withdrawal Form to formally activate their withdrawal. The form must be signed by the Student Advisor or Program Coordinator and the Chair of the School of Creative Industries before the student submits the form to the Registrar's Office.
A student who formally withdraws (i.e. submits the Withdrawal Form) from the program/course, by the date for "drop without academic penalty", will receive a W on their transcript. A student who withdraws after this date will receive an F on their transcript.

Re-admission Requirements

A student who has withdrawn or been discontinued from the program may apply to be readmitted to their program after an absence of at least one semester. Prior to applying for program re-admittance, the student must meet with the Student Advisor and Program Coordinator and/or Chair to provide an update on their situation. If the student has completed courses online or via another postsecondary institution, official transcripts are required.

Re-admittance is not guaranteed and is dependent on:

  • Meeting all program standards (or new standards/ new program design requirements put into place during the student's absence)
  • Recommendation of the program team
  • Previous program performance
  • Competition with other candidates
  • Availability of seats in the class
  • And completion of all requirements or recommendations for re-admission

A student who has withdrawn or been discontinued from one School of Creative Industries program may wish to apply to another School of Creative Industries program or another Conestoga program. See Program Transfer.

Grade Appeal

A student who wishes to appeal grades or discontinuance should refer to the Student Guide.

Supplemental Evaluations (Clearance of Academic Deficiency)

As per college policy, the School of Creative Industries recognizes the requirement for supplemental assessments. The following establishes the standards associated with the clearance of an academic deficiency.

A student may be eligible for a Supplemental opportunity if:
  1. The student's final grade in a course that has a minimum passing grade of 55% is no less than 50%. If the course has a minimum passing grade of 60% or higher, the failing grade may be no more than 10% below that grade.
  2. The student has failed only ONE course in the semester.
  3. The student has passed at least one evaluation in the course.
All the terms and conditions published by the college apply, see Clearance of Academic Deficiency Policy with the following stipulations as determined by the School of Creative Industries:
  1. Only one supplemental opportunity is given for a course in an academic semester.
  2. A student will undertake individual work as a Supplemental in a course where group work evaluations occur unless the academic deficiency is related to course learning outcomes requiring participation of a production team and/or demonstrations of teamwork skills which cannot be evaluated through individual work. In such cases, a Supplemental will not be granted; a student must meet the course learning outcomes.
  3. Supplemental evaluations will not be granted in instances where an academic offence has occurred. An academic incident resulting in a warning is not considered an academic offence.
  4. The final grade as a result of the supplemental will be automatic and is ineligible for appeal.
It is the student's responsibility to monitor their own academic standing and to submit a supplemental request should they meet the conditions above. Supplemental opportunities occur at the end of an academic semester once a final grade has been posted for a course. The student should confirm that they have failed only one course with the Program Coordinator or the Student Advisor before completing the Supplemental Authorization and Terms form and submitting the form to the Faculty member teaching the course within 5 working days after the final grade is posted for the course. In the event that the faculty member is not available, the student will submit the form to the Student Advisor or the Program Coordinator. The Faculty member will determine the student's eligibility to clear an academic deficiency.

Upon approval, the Faculty member, in consultation with the program team, determines the terms and type of the supplemental evaluation, whether it is a supplemental test or exam (comprehensive or modified version of the final examination) or supplemental work (submission of a final paper, project, or assignment). All terms will be clearly documented on the Supplemental Authorization and Terms form. The student, Faculty member and Program Coordinator must sign the form and it is the student's responsibility to take the form to the Registrar's Office in order to register and pay for the Supplemental fee. Note: A copy of the completed Supplemental Authorization and Terms form must be submitted to the main office of the School of Creative Industries.

Upon completion of the Supplemental, the Faculty member will mark the Supplemental and submit a Grade Change form. If the student is successful, the original mark will be changed to the minimum passing grade for the course. If the student is not successful, the failed grade stands.


Students are eligible to graduate upon successful completion of all academic requirements in their program of study, including field placement or co-op term, where applicable. See Academic Responsibility.

Students are expected to respond to their invitation to graduate through their Student Portal. Convocation ceremonies are held in the spring and fall of each academic year.

Students, who take longer than the advertised program length, are responsible for completing any new or additional courses due to a program design change.

Students who complete their program after the scheduled completion date e.g. due to a Supplemental or accommodation, are required to fill out an Application to Graduate form and submit it with payment to the Registrar's Office.

Students who were discontinued or withdrew from a program and have subsequently been readmitted to a program, must complete the current program design in order to graduate.

​Program Transfer

Prior to transferring to another Conestoga program, it is recommended that the student meet with the Student Advisor or Program Coordinator of the other program to confirm admission eligibility. Admission to the newly chosen program by students who withdrew or were discontinued from a program will be dependent upon:
  • meeting all newly chosen program admission standards
  • competition with other candidates
  • availability of seats in the class
Students who decide to change programs and wish to transfer into level one of another program must apply through OCAS.

Students who decide to change programs and wish to transfer to a level beyond level one of another program (i.e. advanced standing) may do so by completing a program application form and submitting it to the Registrar's Office.

If considering transferring to a program outside the school in which they are currently enrolled in, students may want to discuss options with a Career Advisor.

When a student moves from one Conestoga program to another and where courses numbers/codes are identical or equivalent, automatic credit is given if passing grades are met.

Student Engagement

Student Representation

Conestoga Students Inc. (CSI) and Conestoga agree that a student has the right to invite a member of CSI to a student/ Faculty meeting, provided that 24 hours advance notice is given to Faculty. This advance notice will ensure that all parties will have an opportunity to adequately prepare for the meeting.

Program Advisory Committee (PAC)

Each program or cluster of programs at Conestoga has a Program Advisory Committee (PAC), which is made up of industry and academic representatives, as well as current students. They meet twice a year to discuss the direction in which that industry is heading and any improvements that can be made to keep the program current. This helps to ensure that students are learning material that is relevant to their industry.

At the beginning of each year, the Program Coordinator of the program will ask for student volunteers to represent each year of the program. The Coordinator will determine the final representatives. The student representatives are expected to attend the PAC meetings, prepare and submit a report based on guidelines provided by the Program Chair/Coordinator, and present the report at the meeting. Students are expected to be professional, dress in business attire and engage in discussions.

Student Feedback

Student feedback is an essential component of our continuous improvement process. Our opportunities for student feedback include:

Key Performance Indicators

All college programs in the province are evaluated using Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) through the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU). This survey is conducted each academic year in select classes. Strategic goals to improve the programs are developed from these results. This data and other data specific to the campus and the program/school are collected so that Conestoga College can continually improve quality.

Student Appraisal of Teaching (SAT)

The Student Appraisal of Teaching (SAT) allows direct feedback from students on teaching for a particular course. Completion of the SAT form gives Faculty and Academic Managers valuable information to use for the improvement of teaching at Conestoga.

The SAT process occurs in the last one-third of the semester. Typically about one-quarter of the Faculty is appraised per term, and each has two courses selected by their Academic Managers for appraisal. All Faculty have a SAT review at least once every two years. The SAT process is managed by the Office of Institutional Research and Planning using an online survey system specifically designed for course/teacher evaluations.  After all marks for the semester have been submitted, a summary of results goes to the Academic Manager to be shared with the Faculty member. Continuing Education students may have an opportunity to complete a SAT form at the conclusion of each Continuing Education course.


Conestoga has more than 400 awards, bursaries, scholarships and academic grants available to Conestoga students. These funds are made available to our students through the partnerships we have established with local business and industry leaders. To be considered for an award, complete the General Application available through your Student Portal. Notifications and instructions to complete the application are sent to all full-time students' email accounts in the fall semester (Deadline: first Friday in October) and winter semester (Deadline: first Friday in February). Visit the Financial Aid and Student Awards Office on Conestoga's website.

Equipment and Facility Information

​Equipment, Supplies, ​and Texts

Please see course outlines and instructional plans for details on course supplies and texts. Please also ensure that you have a computer that meets the appropriate Bring  Your Own Device requirements for the Bachelor of Design program​, available at BYOD Requirements.​

Conestoga College's School of Creative Industries has a wide range of equipment and facilities available for sign-out by students and faculty. Some equipment is in use during class time. Classroom use of equipment takes priority over all other bookings. Specific guidelines about equipment use and safety will be discussed with you during your classes, studios,  and labs. You should also be aware that, from time to time, equipment and facilities become unavailable. Please refer to the Equipment and Facilities Sign-Out and Use Policy contained in this Handbook for more information. 

​​​​​​​Equipment and Facilities Sign-Out and Use ​Policy

All currently registered School of Creative Industries students may borrow equipment and access facilities free of charge. Prior to borrowing any equipment, students must have completed the Health and Safety Training module, which is administered in the first two weeks of classes. 

Equipment and Facilities Sign-Out is: 

- on a first-come, first-served basis;
- to be used for curriculum-based projects only;
- dependent on the program and/or course needs; and
- based on confirmation of adequate training in the use of the equipment. 

Access to Equipment
Prior to sign-out, students must have received adequate training on the equipment by Faculty or a Technologist.

School of Creative Industries reserves the right to adjust the order of equipment sign-out requests as required. The Equipment Room Technician, School of Creative Industries Technologists, Faculty and staff reserve the right to query the student on correct and safe use of equipment and reserve the right to deny student access to equipment at their discretion.

The priority for access to equipment and facilities is as follows:
  1. In-class instruction
  2. Other program delivery requirements 
Recording Media
The School of Creative Industries does not provide or sell recording media (such as flash drives, portable hard drives or media cards) to students. Students must provide their own recording media. Please double check your program's requirements.

Reserving Equipment for Sign-Out
All sign-out of equipment is for overnight use only and must be returned before 9:30 a.m. the next business day. If the equipment is signed out on a Friday it must be returned on Monday morning before 9:30 a.m. (or the next business day if Monday is a holiday). Under special circumstances equipment may be loaned for longer periods of time. This must be approved by Faculty and the Equipment Room Technician. 

It is the responsibility of the student to never leave the equipment unattended, either on campus or at off-campus locations, as it could be stolen.

If the equipment is found unattended, a fee of $50 will be charged to the student and the sign-out will be immediately revoked.

Equipment signed out overnight must be always secured. Leaving equipment in a vehicle is not secure. Equipment must be brought indoors and secured in a residence or locked office.

It is the responsibility of the student to check the operation of all gear at the time of sign-out and to make sure that the correct gear and accessories (lights, batteries etc.) are included in the sign-out before leaving the Equipment Room.

Many projects that are assigned will be group projects. If the group wants to share responsibility for the equipment, everyone in the group should sign out the equipment.

Equipment Room Hours of Operation
The Equipment Room is open to School of Creative Industries students from Monday to Friday. Specific hours will be posted at the beginning of each semester. Hours may change based upon School of Creative Industries program needs. 

Late Returns
Late returns of equipment will cause delays for others who wish to sign-out that equipment and will adversely affect planned in-class instructions or other program delivery requirements. Extenuating circumstances must be communicated with your Program Coordinator.

Students who return equipment late will be charged a late fee of $25 per business day.  

If the equipment is not returned within:

  • 5 business days - OneCard/Fob access will be de-activated and the Chair notified.
  • 10 business days - it will be considered a violation of the Student Rights and Responsibilities Policy, and Campus Security will be informed to take further action to retrieve the equipment and related costs.
  • End of the semester - grades will be withheld and forward progress in the program will be suspended. Those who are not in good financial standing with the College are not eligible to graduate.
Loss or Damage
The Manager, Broadcast and Educational Technology will arrange for the equipment to be assessed and, in the case where repairs or replacement of parts or in whole is necessary, will request an invoice with a breakdown of charges. The School of Creative Industries Chair, Manager, Broadcast and Educational Technology, and Program Coordinator will review the incident as reported on the Equipment Report Form and will determine the amount owed by the student based on a fair assessment.

Should there be any resulting dispute, the School of Creative Industries will ask that an external Conestoga reviewer be brought in to review and determine the outcome.​

If a student is assessed to have been fully responsible for the damage or loss of School of Creative Industries equipment, or if their maliciousness is deemed to have resulted in damage or loss of School equipment, or if leaving the equipment improperly secured resulted in damage or loss, then the student will be required to pay 100% of the replacement cost of the equipment.

If a student is assessed to have been partially responsible for the damage or loss of School of Creative Industries equipment, such as an unforeseen accident, or demonstrably inadequate in-class training on the proper use of equipment, then the student will be required to pay 50% of the replacement cost of the equipment.

Equipment Faults, Damage or Loss
Damage (even if minor) to the facility or equipment, including operating faults or loss, must be immediately reported by the student. Send an email to attaching a description of the issue or damage and photo of the issue, if possible.

A Student Responsibilities violation may result if the damage or loss is determined to be a result of malicious or negligent behaviour.

Technical equipment faults will not necessarily result in extensions to project deadlines. Please discuss with appropriate Faculty.

Access to Facilities
Currently registered School of Creative Industries students using the facilities must comply with all health and safety regulations and procedures. Non-compliance will result in loss of after-hour and weekend access to facilities and may result in a Student Rights and Responsibilities violation.

Only School of Creative Industries students and their pre-approved talent may use the facilities. Security Officers have the right to ask others, and students who are violating the rules, to leave.

School of Creative Industries Technologists, Faculty and staff reserve the right to question the student on correct and safe use of the facility and equipment and reserve the right to deny student access to the facility and equipment at their discretion.

Access Hours to Facilities
Access to all School of Creative Industries classrooms and facilities is valid during the semester(s) of study for currently registered students only.

In-class instruction and other program delivery requirements have priority access to facilities.

After hour access and weekend access requires that all School of Creative Industries students sign-in with Security.

Access to the School of Creative Industries Facilities

Access to the School of Creative Industries facilities is gained through OneCard or Fob access.  Fobs can be obtained from the Equipment Room with specific Faculty permission.

The student who signs out the Fob is fully responsible for the Fob during the length of time it is signed out and the student is fully responsible for the activities that take place in the School of Creative Industries facilities. 

Lost Fobs must be reported to the Equipment Room technician ASAP so the Fob can be deactivated. The lost Fob replacement fee is $20.

All Fobs must be returned to the equipment room at the end of the academic year, or a $20 replacement fee per Fob will be levied, and grades will not be released.

Reserving/Booking of Facilities
Students may access the Broadcast Studios, Photo Studios, and Audio Booths for rehearsals or assigned productions on evenings and weekends. Students will be provided the link to book online by Faculty and will be notified when access is permitted. 

Facility bookings are limited to two-hour increments.

Student Responsibility – Facility Booking
The student who booked the facility takes responsibility for ensuring:
  • the time frame of the booking is respected;
  • the facility and the equipment are used in a safe, respectful, and professional manner; and
  • the facility is returned to its original clean and organized state for the next scheduled booking.

On entering the facility, students are expected to check the following:

  • the facility is in a clean and organized state;
  • equipment appears to have been properly put away and undamaged by the previous user; and
  • all equipment normally kept in the facility is accounted for.

Any issues should be documented (including photos, as appropriate) and reported to  If a safety hazard or issue is encountered, the student should report the issue to Conestoga College Security immediately.

Photo, Audio and Filming Guidelines
It is the student's responsibility to ensure that they have permission to record video or audio, or take photos of any and all businesses and/or individuals appearing in their productions. 

Consent forms for such recording will be available on eConestoga.

It is imperative that every student review the School of Creative Industries Standard Filming Protocol in this Handbook. It provides clear guidelines as to the student's responsibilities when filming, and provides useful guidance regarding appropriate activity for photography and audio recording. 

​​​​School of Creative Industries Standard Filming Protocol​​​

As part of exercises and assignments within the School of Creative Industries, students may be asked to produce creative works on video.  

Students are advised that they must avoid creating and filming any scenes which may cause a level of misunderstanding or distress to the public, the production team, or members of the school community.  These include mock scenarios, unusual behaviour, or other disturbances to regular day-to-day activities that may cause members of the public to contact emergency or police services.  

Therefore, the following scenarios are not permitted: 

  • the use of a real weapon
  • the use of a prop weapon
  • pyrotechnics
  • filming of nude scenes

In addition, where filming includes the following:

  • ​cranes
  • car mounts
  • drones
  • filming on streets - action, people or cars in the streets
  • people in water
  • ​fistfights or other violent activity
  • foot chases
  • police cars and/or actors in police uniforms
  • ​​working with minors / children
  • night shooting
  • loud scenes in public, including mock protests
  • blocking sidewalks
  • use of special parking permits
  • use of generators
  • potentially illegal activity, such as drug deals or kidnapping​

Students must review the scene and filming plan with their professor, and adhere to all industry protocols, which may involve obtaining appropriate permits for such activity.  Please note that the above is not an exhaustive list, and reviewing your script and filming plan with your professor is highly recommended. 

If permits are required, a written request must be sent in advance to the applicable municipal services.  Applying for such permits may require approval from the School of Creative Industries, and/or proof of insurance. Students are therefore advised to request any such approvals from their professor and the Program Manager for the School of Creative Industries well in advance of the planned filming activity (a minimum of 5 business days).​​ 

It is also highly recommended, and in some municipalities required, ​ that students go door-to-door in the affected filming area, and provide residences and businesses written notice of the date and time ​of filming​.  Please note that, in some instances, non-compliance with filming guidelines could result in the issuance of tickets to the students under municipal nuisance or other bylaws. ​ Such fines will be the sole responsibility of the students. ​

Student Health & Safety 

All students within the School of Creative Industries are required to complete the Health and Safety Training module provided by their program.

As members of the School of Creative Industries, students have a responsibility to keep the learning and workspaces safe. The Ontario Health and Safety (OHS) Act applies to all persons, including students who are on co-op work terms, unpaid field placements, and work study.

You have the right to refuse to do unsafe work and you have a duty to report unsafe conditions.

Health and Safety Regulations and Procedures

Signage is posted that identifies the health and safety requirements in each facility, such as protective clothing e.g. closed-toe shoes and safe practices such as No Food and Drink which must be strictly adhered to. Non-compliance will result in loss of access to equipment. The process for alerting Security and Emergency Contacts and Crisis Intervention charts are also posted.

Incident Reporting

In the case of injury or accident, contact Security IMMEDIATELY at ext. 3357 and request medical attention, indicating that a 911 call is required.

For all minor first aid treatment, please go directly to the Security Services (Room 2B10-6 on the Doon Campus). They are trained to assist in minor first aid.

Report all security concerns and threats IMMEDIATELY to the Security Office by calling ext.  3357.


In the case of lockdown, students and Faculty must follow the lockdown procedure available on the Conestoga Security Services webpage.

Academic Delivery Plan and College Hours

​​​Academic Delivery Plan Fall 2021

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Conestoga has developed an academic delivery plan for the Fall 2021 semester. The safety and well-being of our college community remains our highest priority. Our academic plans and decisions continue to be based on the advice of public health authorities. 

Some programs will be delivered in a hybrid format (a combination of remote and on-campus learning). Other programs will be delivered in a remote format only. Courses in which remote delivery is not possible will be offered entirely through on-campus delivery.

For the Fall, only students who have classes scheduled on campus will be pre-approved to be on-campus. Students need to complete a mandatory pre-approval process before they can attend their class.  Students who do not have scheduled activity are not permitted on-campus. Support services for students will continue to be available remotely.

College Hours

For the Fall 2021 semester, to support physical distancing on campus, full-time courses at Conestoga are delivered Monday to Sunday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Effective January 2022: Full-time courses at Conestoga are typically delivered Monday to Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. *

*In some instances, classes will be scheduled outside of this time frame and may include Sunday, to accommodate course, program and college requirements.*​​

Student Services

​​Student Services information can be found in the Student Guide and or on Conestoga's website.

Accessibility Services for Accommodations and Support

If you have an existing Individualized Education Plan (IEP) from high school or if you need access to accommodations and services to help you succeed, please connect with Accessibility Services as early in the school year as possible.

The team of Accessibility Advisors there can assess your needs and issue an accommodation form if appropriate. You will need an Accommodation Form in order to receive accommodation. It is your responsibility to photocopy this form and give it directly to the Faculty member of each course for which you and your Accessibility Advisor feel you need accommodation.

​Learning Commons for Learning Skills, Peer Services and Writing Assistance

The Learning Commons is a collaborative space where students can develop and apply academic, work, and life skills. They offer free academic services and resources as well as leadership and professional development opportunities to support student success at Conestoga. You can find more information here: MyLearning. 

College-wide Polices and Procedures

​​Student Protection Acknowledgement

A Student Protection Acknowledgement confirmation pop-up will appear when a student logs into the Student Portal on a yearly basis. This will direct students to policies and procedures relevant to their academic responsibilities. All Conestoga College wide academic policies and procedures are listed on the college website under "About Conestoga", "Policies and Procedures". 

Students are advised to review and comply with all policies and procedures, including the following:         
  • Academic Dispute and Resolution Policy & Procedure
  • Academic Offences Policy & Procedure ​
  • Clearance of Academic Deficiency Policy & Procedure
  • Convocation Procedure
  • Co-operative Education Policy
  • Discontinuance Procedure
  • Evaluation of Student Learning Policy & Procedure
  • Grading Procedure
  • Program and Course Withdrawal and Refund Procedure/International Student Withdrawal and Refund Procedure
  • Readmission Procedure
  • Religious Holiday Policy & Procedure
  • Student Rights and Responsibilities Policy & Procedure
  • Student Feedback Policy
  • Student Fees Policy & Student Fee Invoicing and Payment Procedure

Students must follow all of the policies and procedures for Conestoga College and it is expected that faculty will accept, fulfil and enforce these standards.​​ 

​General Education / Interdisciplinary Electives

School of Interdisciplinary Studies

The purpose of diploma General Education electives and Interdisciplinary electives is to provide graduates with the skills and knowledge to succeed not just in their chosen career fields, but in all life paths. Working collaboratively with your program,  diploma General Education and degree Interdisciplinary​ elective courses cultivate critical and creative thinking skills, civic engagement and knowledge of the broader world of arts, culture and science that helps make you more reflective, creative, and effective in your own life.

All Ontario College Diploma, Ontario College Advanced Diploma, and Degree programs at Conestoga require students to complete general education electives / interdisciplinary breadth.

More information on these courses can be found at

Web-based Tools

​Program courses may use web-based services with data centres outside of Canada. Students may be expected to complete assessments where information is transmitted outside of Canada. Students who do not wish to submit their information to other countries have the right to opt-out. It is the responsibility of the student to notify the instructor if they, in the first week of term or at the time assignment details are provided, wish to submit an alternate assignment.

Course examinations may be administered through a remote proctoring service to assure academic integrity. Ensure that you meet the system requirements that will allow the recording of your computer screen, webcam, and microphone.

Attendance at Evaluations

Working Together to Plan Your Success

Your success matters! As an emerging professional, it is important that you demonstrate the same professional attitude to your program that you will be required to demonstrate to your future workplace. Regular, punctual attendance, and active participation in scheduled classes, field and clinical placements, labs and any on-campus and off-campus activities scheduled by your program will help you to understand and master the learning complexities of your program.
If extenuating, unplanned circumstances require you to miss a class, please note that it is your responsibility to follow up with individual faculty members and to acquire any missed information.

Attendance for Evaluations

Evaluations are critical components of each course and your overall success in your program. An evaluation is defined as a test, exam, presentation or any other formal assessment that contributes to your course mark that requires your presence, in class or on-line. Please note that in many programs across the College, every field placement, clinical day, and lab/shop day is considered crucial to your overall learning and success and the expectation is that you attend.  If you are in a program that includes field or clinical placements, labs/shops, or any other on or off campus activities, it is essential that you discuss attendance requirements with your program faculty in order to understand expectations and consequences.

Your attendance for all evaluations is a requirement. If there is a concerning pattern of absence from evaluations across your program, you may be asked to meet with the Program Coordinator and/or Student Advisor to discuss strategies for success.

While circumstances such as religious holidays and academic accommodations may necessitate rescheduling of evaluations and will be accommodated, please note that there will be no special arrangements made for rescheduling evaluations due to personal conflicts such as work or vacation plans.  

In order to facilitate a smooth implementation for all scheduled evaluations, both you and your program faculty have responsibilities which are listed below:

Faculty Responsibilities

  • To communicate all course obligations to you at the beginning of each semester through the Instructional Plan, including evaluation and presentation dates.
  • To communicate, in writing, any unplanned extenuating circumstances involving the college, the program or the faculty members that may require changes to the course schedule.
  • To provide alternative evaluation arrangements for missed evaluations/work due to recognized religious holidays as defined by the College Employer Council and documented accommodations through the Accessibility Office.
  • To accept alternative evaluation requests in good faith and examine based on the unique circumstances and students' individual needs.
  • To facilitate alternative evaluation arrangements as described below.

Student Responsibilities

  • To be informed about all course obligations and due dates.
  • To inform your faculty member in writing of the need to reschedule evaluations due to a religious holiday as defined by the College Employer Council.
  • If you have to be absent from any scheduled evaluation, report your absence on the Student Portal using the procedure below. You must do this prior to the start of the evaluation or risk receiving a mark of zero.

How to Report Absences on the Student Portal

  1. Log into the Student Portal and click on the 'Absence tab'.
  2. Indicate whether or not there is an assessment scheduled on that day by clicking 'Yes or No', as well as the reason for the absence (illness or other).
  3. Click 'Continue' to report the absence.
  4. Click 'I agree' to confirm the absence.
  5. You will receive a confirmation email that your absence has been recorded.

Important! Please note the following:

  • The earliest you can record an absence for a particular day, is after 8:00 p.m. the day before. You must report each day you are absent.
  • The Absence Recording System will show you as being absent for the day, starting from the time that you recorded the absence. For example, if you record your absence on a specific day at 11:00 a.m., the system will show you as being absent for all classes starting after 11:00 a.m. that day.
  • If you are going to be present for any other classes on the day for which you recorded an absence, please let the faculty member know by attending or following up by eConestoga or college email.
  • When you return to campus, make eConestoga or email contact immediately with the faculty member associated with the evaluation you missed in order to arrange appropriate follow up.

Valid Absence from Scheduled Evaluations Less than 20%

Conestoga recognizes that unexpected circumstances such as brief illness do arise during the semester and that a visit to a health practitioner may not be necessary. A valid absence from a scheduled evaluation worth less than 20% of the final grade which is not documented through the Accessibility Office or previously arranged due to religious holidays, will be accommodated once per course during the semester, subject to proper communication as described in the Student Responsibilities section above. If the evaluation cannot be rescheduled, (for example an experiential activity, lab or participation in a group presentation) reallocation of marks to another evaluation item will be determined by faculty and communicated to student via email to their eConestoga or college email address, or documented on an interview record and signed off by both faculty member and student.

Absence from additional scheduled evaluations worth less than 20% in the same course may require documentation for verification.

Valid Absence from Scheduled Evaluations 20% or More

Absence from scheduled evaluations worth 20% or more of the final grade that are not documented through the Accessibility Office or arranged due to religious holidays, will require appropriate documentation for verification, subject to proper communication as described in the Student Responsibilities section above.

Alternative Evaluation Arrangements

  • Faculty members will determine alternative evaluation arrangements as appropriate. During the pandemic, on-campus Test Centres will be closed.
  • Students will complete any necessary forms. 
  • Students are required to complete the alternative evaluation as scheduled. If an evaluation cannot be rescheduled (for example an experiential activity or participation in a group presentation) reallocation of marks will be determined by faculty and communicated to student via eConestoga or college email or documented on an interview record and signed off by both faculty member and student.

Program Handbook Revision Log

​July 2015 - All sections updated

May 2016 - All sections updated​

June 2017 - Select sections updated

June 2018 - Select sections updated

June 2019 - Select sections updated

June 2020 - Select sections updated

July 2021 - Select sections updated

Accommodation Disclaimer

​Conestoga College provides an equitable environment where all students have the opportunity to participate in College life. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Ontario Human Rights Code, Conestoga recognizes its responsibility and legal obligation to provide education, information and services in an accessible manner.

Conestoga's Accessible Learning services provide support for students with permanent and temporary disabilities who feel they are encountering barriers to learning. They work with students to understand the impact of a disability in the college environment and will help develop a success plan that considers student goals and required academic accommodations. Accessible Learning will also communicate necessary accommodations to professors on behalf of the student. 

To consult with an Accessibility Advisor about accommodations please make an appointment by emailing or calling 519-748-5220 ext. 3232.

Exceptions for non-accessibility focused issues need to be consulted on with your professor. Final approval for exceptions unrelated to academic accommodations rests with the program chair.

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