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Design Foundation

Credential: Ontario College Certificate Program Code: 09151 Length: 2 semesters

Programs Starting Between:

To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses:
    • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent)
    • Three Grade 11 or Grade 12 C, M or U courses in addition to those listed above

or

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All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a WES or ICAS evaluation.

For further information, see Admission Requirements.

Mature Applicants

Diplomas and Certificates

An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility.

Degrees

An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

College Transfer Applicants

Diplomas and Certificates

An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

Degrees

An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

University Transfer Applicants

Diplomas and Certificates

An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

Degrees

An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

Selection: Admission Selection is based on the academic criteria indicated. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.

 


Post-Admission Requirements:

Students must have a digital camera during the program; a smart phone camera works well.

Date Location Availability International Student Availability
January 2018NorthOpenWaitlisted
September 2018NorthOpenOpen
September 2018OrangevilleOpenNot Available
January 2019NorthOpenOpen

The 2017-2018 fee for 2 semesters was:

  • domestic: $3,945.69
  • international: $14,671.00

Fees are subject to change.

Additional Costs

$650 for various course materials and equipment

Fees by Semester 

Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

Learn more >

Future Study Options

Humber has a number of transfer agreements with other postsecondary institutions (within Canada and around the world) that enables students and graduates to use their Humber credential to gain advanced standing in another program.

Your generalized training in the many aspects of design will be an effective launching pad to more specialized diploma and degree programs the following year.  These include Industrial Design, Interior Design, Interior DecoratingCreative Advertising , Graphic Design and Architectural Technology.

Design Foundation graduates with excellent portfolios and the required GPA are desirable candidates for all major design programs. These include degrees and diplomas, and Design Foundation students achieve success both at Humber and other institutions that require a portfolio as well as academics.

 

Transferring from Another College or University

Details on transferring credits or credentials from another college or university or how to apply for credit based on prior work or life experience.

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Program Contact(s)

David Vazquez-Abrams
Program Co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4115
david.vazquez-abrams@humber.ca

Admissions

416-675-5000
enquiry@humber.ca

International Students

Phone 1-416-675-5067
international@humber.ca

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Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or ontariocolleges.ca.

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International Students

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

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Fees by Semester

Semester 1Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$2,037.40$7,125.50
Tuition$1,457.84$6,545.94
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45
Lab/Materials$129.11$129.11
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

 

Semester 2Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$1,908.29$7,125.50
Tuition$1,457.84$6,675.05
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $420 Winter start - $280 Summer start - $140

Our Program

Humber’s one-year Design Foundation certificate program provides you with the skills to focus your creativity as you begin a career in design. 

 If you have a clear interest in visual art and design, but want to upgrade or build your portfolio of work, or explore various design disciplines while considering your future career, this is the program for you. With a deep scope of experience in a variety of design facets, our faculty provides you with an industry-current perspective of your work while offering you a broad based preparatory design education. You will develop design skills, techniques and processes, learn about various professional career choices while developing and refining your comprehensive portfolio.

Your training is led by professional designers from a variety of disciplines in a curriculum that features courses in:

- 1, 2 and 3-Point perspective drawing;

- 2D and 3D principles;

- Colour theory;

- Interior Design;

- Industrial Design;

- Graphic Design;

- Design software such as Photoshop, Illustrator and AutoCAD.

Courses Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  • Recognize the importance of all visual design processes in a consumer society.

  • Demonstrate, via in-studio projects, the broad disciplines of two-dimensional and three-dimensional design.

  • Apply an understanding of design principles, via in-studio projects, to the major disciplines of applied design.

  • Pursue further design study at an advanced level.

  • Decide which visual discipline to pursue after their Foundation studies are complete.

  • Investigate design education opportunities at Canadian colleges and universities.

  • Evaluate the relative personal attractiveness of various design disciplines and individual suitability of one in particular.

  • Recognize the importance of portfolio work as a personal representation of design abilities.

  • Use the portfolio work as a pivotal tool in applying or securing a position in a program of subsequent and specific design education.

  • Apply for positions in advanced design education at Humber or alternative colleges and universities in Canada.


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The Humber Experience

design foundations video

Hear first-hand from graduates of the Design Foundation program about their experience at Humber.

Your Career

Designers influence the development of products, the packages they come in and the marketing materials used to promote them. We also rely on designers to plan all types of buildings and to create inviting spaces within them.

In Toronto’s vibrant creative sector, the demand for talented and skilled designers is strong. Your generalized training in the many aspects of design may be an effective launching pad to more specialized design study in various fields, including industrial design, interior design, interior decorating, graphic design, architecture, civil engineering or building technology. Graduates may work with advertising agencies, architectural firms, manufacturers, interior design and industrial design companies.

Humber Also Offers

Advertising & Graphic Design, Architectural Technology, Bachelor of Industrial Design, Bachelor of Interior Design, Graphic Design and Interior Decorating. Design Foundation graduates still need to apply for the programs listed above.


Alec

"My Design Foundation certificate was great preparation for Humber's Interior Design degree." - Alec, Interior Design degree student

Student Work

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