Design Foundation

Design Foundation (2016-2017)

How to Apply

Program Code



Program Length

Two semesters, beginning in September and January



Contact Information

Rosemary Dunning, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4115


The 2016/2017 fee for two semesters is
– domestic $3,966.89
– international $14,200.
Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2016/2017 academic year. Fees are subject to change.

$650 for various course materials and equipment.


Start DatesAvailability
2016 JanuaryClosed
2016 SeptemberOpen
2017 JanuaryOpen

Admission Requirements

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
• Mature student status
• College or university transfer status

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

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

Additional Requirements

Students must have the use of a 35mm camera/digital camera during the program.

Our Program

Humber’s one-year Design Foundation certificate program gives you the skills to put your creative flair and interest in visual arts into focus as you begin a career in design. Train in professional design with a diverse curriculum that features courses in interior, graphic, packaging and industrial design.

If you have a passion for design but are uncertain what field you want to work in, or if you want to learn general design skills, the Humber Design Foundation certificate program is for you. You will learn the basics, develop a portfolio and determine what field is best for you.

Small classes are taught by industry experts, with teaching in:
– essential concepts and techniques of design through instruction in structural drawing
– 2D and 3D design principles
– colour theory
– design drafting and design calculations
– technical communications
– relevant design software such as Illustrator, Photoshop and AutoCAD.

You will also work in professional-quality labs developing skills that will give you the hands-on experience employers want.

List of Courses

Semester 1

Semester 2

Design Foundation Electives
Select 4 from the following courses

How to Apply

Your Career

Take the first step into a creative career with Humber’s Design Foundation certificate.

As the economy rebounds, the design industry is expected to grow, according to a report by IBISWorld, which researches various industries. In Toronto’s vibrant creative sector, the demand for talented and skilled designers is strong – and Humber’s Design Foundation certificate will help you find your fit and choose a specialty.

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 buildings of all kinds, and to create inviting spaces within them.

Your generalized training in the many aspects of design will 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 work with advertising agencies, architectural firms, manufacturers, and interior design and industrial design companies.


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