Algonquin College

Design Foundations


Explore the array of design fields to define your creative career path.
This one-year Design Foundations Ontario College Certificate allows you to develop fundamental design skills and to explore a range of design-related disciplines in order to discover where your strengths and interests lie.
Throughout the program you develop foundational knowledge and skills used in a variety of design elements such as:

principles of design and layout
drawing and sketching
colour theory
3D structure
time management
web design
industry-standard software
You explore your own aptitudes and interests through research and a speaker series of professionals to help determine which area of design best suits you. Your work accumulates into a portfolio that represents your best design and artwork, which can be used to apply for future programs of study. An annual showcase provides an opportunity to exhibit your portfolio and interact with industry professionals, peers and the community.
You have the opportunity to explore design-related areas such as:

interior decorating
interior design
graphic design
structural design
web design
multimedia design
Throughout the program, you create and strengthen a diverse portfolio that represents your design skills that can be used to apply for further programs of study. An annual showcase provides an opportunity to exhibit your best works and interact with industry professionals, peers, family and friends. This foundational training provides you with an introduction to more advanced design-related programs including, but not limited to:

Graphic Design Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Interior Decorating Ontario College Diploma.
As a graduate, you will qualify to receive transfer credits in related programs for some courses taken in this program. Contact the Program Coordinator to explore specific transfer credit opportunities.
This program is well-suited for students who:

Think visually, creatively and conceptually.
Can work under pressure to meet deadlines.
Have good hand-eye coordination.
Have an eye for detail.
Enjoy exploring and solving design problems.

Program Duration:
1 Year
Work Integrated Learning:
PGWP Eligibility:
English Requirement:
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