Algonquin College

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General Arts and Science - Design Studies

Algonquin College

Faculty:General Arts and Science (Ottawa)
Field of Study:Design and Visual Communications, General
Course Based:Yes
Length:1 Year(s)


Explore design careers and create a competitive portfolio.

This one-year Ontario College General Arts and Science - Design Studies Certificate helps you develop your creativity, learn design principles, and enhance your drawing skills. You will learn about layout, typography, mixed media, photography, drawing, 3D modelling, and industry standard design software. These skills will assist you in creating a competitive portfolio, which you may use to pursue further studies in the design field.

Completion of this certificate confirms to potential employers that you have the ability to learn at a post-secondary level. With this certificate, you may also choose to continue your education in Year II of the General Arts and Science Ontario College Diploma program.

After completion of Year II with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher, you can apply for advanced standing at Carleton University or the University of Ottawa.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
  •  Grade12 English 
Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or Mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; OR
Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate; OR
General Educational Development (GED) certificate; OR
Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program). Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing for which a fee of $50 (subject to change) will be charged.
Test Scores:
  • International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.0] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 80]
Application Notes : Applicants with international transcripts must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above and may be required to provide proof of language proficiency.
Additional Admission Requirements:
    Should the number of qualified applicants exceed the number of available places, applicants will be selected on the basis of their proficiency in English.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

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