Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning has received approval from Ontario's Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to offer a 4-year Bachelor of Design program to be launched in the Fall Semester of 2014.
The new Bachelor of Design degree is the first in Ontario to offer an inter-professional program with graphic design, entrepreneurship and liberal studies courses as well as co-op placements, creating a unique learning opportunity for design students.
Combining theory- and project-based projects, the program will include courses on typography, visual design, colour theory, design studio, drawing and illustration, photography, and interactive design. Students will also enhance their business and liberal studies backgrounds by studying entrepreneurship, branding, marketing, management, writing and presentation skills, and group dynamics. Two co-op work terms will allow students to actively apply skills and theory in their practice.
"To benefit and thrive in an increasingly competitive economy, Ontario needs more people who combine communication and design skills with entrepreneurial and business skills," says RGD President Lionel Gadoury. "Conestoga's visionary new program is ahead of the curve."
The new program will also foster creativity by providing access to dedicated studio space and guidance from full-time faculty and experienced industry professionals.
"I think our collective aim as educators in any industry should be to drive innovation rather than play ‘catch-up’ to job-related demands. At Conestoga our environment fosters this," says Molly Hill, RGD Education Committee Member and Part-Time Faculty at Conestoga. "There is a kind of magical balance between the physical space, the small size of the program and the people that participate. It's a wonderful little ecosystem that produces graduates with strong, adaptable skills as well as an appreciation for humility, endless curiosity and hard work. Our aim is to continue what has been successful about the Diploma program in recent years and apply it to the Graphic Design Degree experience."
Graduates of existing three-year advanced diplomas in Graphic Design may be eligible to take a bridging module. Successful completion of required bridging courses will provide direct entry into the third year of the Bachelor of Design program.
"The Design Degree provides graduates with an enhanced toolkit of technology and design skills resources that ensure they are job ready," says Mark Derro, Dean of Conestoga's School of Media and Design. "Whether they decide to work for an agency, or create their own business, they will be ideally positioned to take the creative lead in the ever-changing media and design landscape."
For more information on Conestoga's Graphic Design program, contact:
Dean, School of Media and Design
519-748-5220 ext. 3647
Coordinator, Bachelor of Design
519-748-5220 ext. 3431
You can also visit http://www.conestogac.on.ca/fulltime/0049.jsp for information on Conestoga's current Advanced Diploma in Graphic Design. Check back for updates on the new Bachelor of Design degree program in the coming months.