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Graduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Design Strategy

George Brown College - Waterfront Campus George Brown College - Waterfront Campus, Canada

Intake Sep 2023

Jan 2023, Sep 2022

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CAD 28681

Tuition Fee (CAD)

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CAD 110

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9 months


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Program Overview

Each September, a small group of students begin a nine-month graduate certificate program in Interdisciplinary Design Strategy at the Institute without Boundaries (IwB), where they work as a team to research, design and realize a real-world project. Initiated in 2003, this program delves into the methods and practices of design research, strategy and social innovation. It is a unique educational experience offered by George Brown College in partnership with leading designers and industry.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:
    • Apply universal and sustainable design principles to complex global problems in order to create intelligent solutions that address environmental, social and economic challenges.
    • Manage an Integrated Design Process to deliver human-centred design strategy projects for government, corporations and non-profit organizations.
    • Design collaboratively in an interdisciplinary studio environment to complete environmental, communication, product, service and system design projects.
    • Apply primary and secondary research methodologies to the design process using a think/make practice model to achieve project outcomes that meet user needs.
    • Adhere to the professional practices of a design studio in order to facilitate the success of design teams in achieving project results.
    • Participate in a multi-phase design process in order to create a holistic, integrated, and realistic design project.
    • Liaise and manage the design process to provide solutions for clients including design, documentation, tendering, fabrication and delivery.
    • Present research results and design solutions to a diverse audience utilizing effective communication strategies.

Additional Information

Program Level Postgraduate Certificate / Diploma

College/University Processing Time 30

Program Intensity Full-Time

Work Permit work permit PGWP

General Admission Requirement

    • Minimum Overall Score - 6.5 - With No Band Less Than - 6
    • Minimum Overall Score - 88.0  Minimum Listening - 22.0  Minimum Reading - 22.0  Minimum Writing - 22.0  Minimum Speaking - 22.0  
  • PTE
    • Minimum Overall Score - 60.0  Minimum Listening - 55.0  Minimum Reading - 55.0  Minimum Writing - 55.0  Minimum Speaking - 55.0  
    • Minimum Overall Score - 125.0  

Academic Requirement

6.5 IELTS Score With no band less than 5.5
88 TOEFL Score Minimum Overall Score
60 PTE Score Minimum Overall Score
125 Duolingo Minimum Overall Score
70% CGPA Minimum Overall Score

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Tuition Fee

CAD 110

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12000 Per year

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