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Design Foundation

Credential: Ontario College CertificateProgram Code: 09151Length: 2 semestersProgram Starting Between:  

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following 3 requirements:

  • Academic

    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

    or

    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.

  • English Language Proficiency

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

  • International Credit Evaluation

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

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC EQUIVALENCY

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

Digital Camera

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

Fees

The 2019-2020 fee for two semesters was:

  • domestic: $3,883.61
  • international: $15,412.00

Fees are subject to change.

Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

Learn more

Fees by Semester 

Fees by Semester

Semester 1 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $2,006.36 $7,496.00
Tuition $1,351.41 $6,841.05
Compulsory Ancillary Fee $469.89 $469.89
Enhanced Student Experience Fee (Optional) $55.95 $55.95
Program Ancillary Fee $129.11 $129.11
Co-op/Placement $0.00 $0.00

 

Semester 2 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $1,877.25 $7,496.00
Tuition $1,351.41 $6,970.16
Compulsory Ancillary Fee $469.89 $469.89
Enhanced Student Experience Fee (Optional) $55.95 $55.95
Program Ancillary Fee $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

Additional Costs

$650 for various course materials and equipment

Pathways

Pathways are academic routes that students can take to move from one credential to another.

Contact Us

Program Specific Questions

David Vazquez-Abrams, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4115
david.vazquez-abrams@humber.ca

Current students please send inquiries to: SATadvising@humber.ca.

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

Phone: 416-675-5000
Email: enquiry@humber.ca

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

How to Apply

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.

Admissions Road Map

Apply through Ontario Colleges

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

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

Apply through the International Centre

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Humber’s Design Foundation certificate program provides you with the skills to focus your creativity as you begin your education 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, then 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; and learn about various professional career choices while developing and refining a 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
  • web design
  • design software such as Photoshop, Illustrator and AutoCAD
Courses Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  • Create projects that employ the use of proper visual, spoken and written research to meet the needs of the audience.

  • Create two and three-dimensional designs using a variety of material, processes and techniques that demonstrate knowledge of design elements and principles.

  • Apply idea generation theories to develop concepts that form the basis of a design work.

  • Use the creative thinking process and design theory to solve design problems.

  • Compose a statement of intent for further design related studies that examines and differentiates between various design professions.

  • Develop a portfolio of work that represents a variety of media and techniques suitable for presentation to an audience.


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The Humber Experience

Alec, Interior Design Program

"My Design Foundation certificate was great preparation for Humber's Interior Design degree." 

– Alec, Interior Design degree student


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.


Student Work

Your Career

Design is everywhere. From the spaces we inhabit to the products and technologies we interact with, designers play an important role in the development of the places and things we experience and use in our everyday lives. Good design can make the ordinary extraordinary.

Your generalized training in the many aspects of design may be an effective launching pad to more specialized areas of design study. Potential areas in various fields include industrial design, interior design, interior decorating, graphic design, web design and architecture.

Program Availability

START DATE LOCATION STATUS INTERNATIONAL STATUS
January 2020 North Open Waitlisted
September 2020 North Open Open
January 2021 North Open Open

Design Foundation Program

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Watch the video to hear first-hand from graduates of the Design Foundation program about their experience at Humber.


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Bahar Honarpisheh and Sophie Bisnaire have won the Festival of Lights competition for their incredible work on the Radisson Hotel.

"The top student-designed venue was the Radisson Hotel and Suites Fallsview. Students Sophie Bisnaire and Bahar Honarpisheh created an arctic woodland theme featuring a giant polar bear as the focal point. The duo scored a $1,500 bursary in support of their education for their efforts." - Richard Hutton

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Last month they stowed their laptops away for a day, heading to Brampton wearing hard hats and safety shoes. The students - Rami Dawood, Alexeis Nicole, Meliza Macapinlac, Victoria MacQuarrie, Amal Shaikh-Deeb, Claire Formosa, Nour Kassab, Alaa Elsawi, Elena Panzica, Natascha Del Prete Silva, Jhutty Rajvir, Lilit Ayrapetyan, Talia Missaghi, Samanta Sébastien, Sharon Murad, Hanan Hmeed and Yi Wu Lin - participated in a Habitat for Humanity build day.

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