Graduate Certificate On Campus

Design Foundations

12 months
13350 CAD/year
2696 CAD/year
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Design Foundations from Conestoga College is an intensive one-year certificate program which provides an opportunity to create a competitive and individual design portfolio, demonstrating skills in 2D and 3D design, drawing, life drawing, colour theory, idea development, presentation skills, portfolio development, digital production, design history, and written communication. 


At Design Foundations from Conestoga College you will experience a year of goal-setting, guidance, skill development and refinement through a variety of hands-on projects. You will plan, implement, and present visual communications in a wide range of media. Completion of this studio-based program will effectively prepare you for further education in a variety of programs leading to careers in the design and communications fields.


This program is designed to assist graduates in further academic pursuits by providing an opportunity for students to hone their skills in visual and verbal communications. A key component of this program is the production of a student portfolio of work that demonstrates a student's skills and knowledge levels and which is required during the admission process of certain programs within the School of Creative Industries. Graduates may pursue admission to Conestoga's Bachelor of Design (Honours) and Bachelor of Interior Design programs plus Conestoga's Advertising and Marketing Communications, Animation, Game - Design, Graphic Design, Interior Decorating, and Visual Merchandising Arts diploma programs.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Creative Process
  • Life Drawing
  • Digital Design
  • Writing
  • 2D and 3D Design
  • Digital Production
  • Illustration

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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  • You can still apply after fall deadline.
  • Please contact the individual colleges for more information about application processing for January start.


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or 19 years of age or older with mature student status 
  • Grade 12 compulsory English, C or U, or equivalent, OR Conestoga College Preparatory Communications (COMM1250), or equivalent
  • English Proficiency

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    13350 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13350 CAD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    2696 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2696 CAD per year during 12 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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