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Certificate in Foundations in Design

Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Program overview
1 year
Diploma / certificate
Start dates
21,808.45 CAD
September 2021

21,808.45 CAD
September 2022

21,808.45 CAD
September 2023

Program description

Certificate in Foundations in Design

Foundations in Design is a one-year (2-semester) certificate program that will develop your skills and your understanding of design as a career. Explore the diverse options open to the design professional, and grow your skills with hands on projects. This program gives you the opportunity to focus your studies in a creative environment lead by design professionals. Study fundamental design skills such as drawing, 2D and 3D design plus develop methods in the creative process essential to your success. Complete your year with a dynamic portfolio of work that will open the door to future studies in any number of design disciplines.

Admission requirements

In addition to the Faculty's Admission Requirements, which consist of KPU's undergraduate English Proficiency Requirement, the following program admission requirements apply:

  • Portfolio review
  • Reflective written statement

During the portfolio and interview process, faculty members evaluate each applicant for suitability for admission.

For more information, please visit the university website.

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Program content

  • Design Processes, Methods and Materials
  • Drawing for Design
  • Design Explorations
  • Colour Theories
  • Designing for Humanity
  • Communication through Visual Language
  • Two-Dimensional Design
  • Three-Dimensional Design
  • Design History: 19th Century Onward

Select one of the following:

  • Design Connections: Then and Now
  • Drafting For Design
  • Introduction to Digital Studio

Scholarships & funding

Kwantlen Polytechnic University offers scholarship opportunities to new students, in amounts up to $20,000 CAD. For details and application requirements, please contact the university.

Career opportunities

A career in design is a lifelong journey and yours can start with FIND. Designers are found in many industries creating everything from furniture to fashion, gadgets and sports equipment, branding, websites, publishing and the built environment. With the completion of the FIND certificate, graduates often seek further design education to find a design-related career.

The possibilities are many:

  • Fashion design
  • Graphic design
  • Interior design
  • Product design
  • Digital technology
  • Interface design
  • Window Display
  • Environmental Design
  • Design Management
  • Museum Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Event Design
  • Publication Design

...and many more.

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About this institute

Kwantlen Polytechnic University  

Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) is Canada’s leading polytechnic university. KPU’s five campuses are all located in Metro Vancouver, a modern and multicultural region that has incredible natural beauty, the most temperate weather in Canada, and many career opportunities. With guaranteed...

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Why study at Kwantlen Polytechnic University

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Contact info

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

12666 72 Avenue
BC V3W 2M8 Surrey

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