Ontario College Diploma in Integrated Design
In this program you will earn an Ontario College diploma and a certificate while discovering what kind of designer you are meant to be. Our accelerated program is equivalent to two years of study at other colleges.
This is the only program of its kind in Canada that introduces students to the world of dreams and teaches design principles, theory, research and methodologies, in combination with intensive studio time spent experimenting with different materials and sustainable processes.
In this innovative and intensive three-semester program you will be introduced to the breadth of design, and design thinking through a series of inspirational lectures, collaborative exercises, problem-solving assignments and hands-on material research. The program is structured around five actions, to: Dream, Communicate, Collaborate, Experimentand Apply- five design principles that form the foundation for a career in any design discipline.
Semester one will build the foundation for semester two, where you will use the extensive studio time to experiment with different kinds of materials and methodologies to find new ways of working, while developing your own design processes, methodologies, and final design thesis project.
In semester two you will use the extensive studio time to experiment with different kinds of materials and methodologies to find new ways of working, while developing your own design processes and methodologies.
In the final semester you'll have time to fully explore one medium, choosing one of our art certificates:
Throughout the program you will be exposed to a broad range of material practices and design categories including communication/graphic; fashion and textile; exhibition and environmental graphic; interiors; architecture; and landscape architecture and public art.
While further education will be needed to advance in a chosen design discipline, graduates will have developed hands-on material experience, their own design voice and a unique skill set that they can parlay into a small independent practice/ business.
Why Choose Fleming
Futurists predict that within the next ten years, over five million jobs will be lost to automation (and robots). Skills you will acquire including creative thinking, problem solving and empathy for humanity, other species and the well-being of the planet will be your key to success.
Incorporating our art certificate specialties means we are able to provide a one-of-a kind program that weaves together design and material culture, where design principals and design thinking are used as the foundation when creating a material-specific object. You'll understand the balance of thinking/making skills, along with sustainability practices, which is not generally offered at an undergraduate level program.
This program is delivered at Fleming College's Haliburton Campus, located in central Ontario's spectacular Haliburton Highlands region. Haliburton is a welcoming, vibrant community known for amazing scenery, and is home to an eclectic population of resident artists and designers. You will have the opportunity to get outside your everyday experience, escape the urban world and immerse yourself in your art in a truly unique creative culture.
Our campus is designed for creative people and focuses on providing the best possible studio experience. Class sizes are small and all our programs are delivered in dedicated, fully-equipped and spacious studios.
You will learn from a large roster of faculty members and visiting artists who are experts in design, material and sustainable practices, including: Chris Bahry (Tendril); Joseph Clement (Designland); and JP King (Paper Pusher), among many others. See JP King interviewed at Paper Pusher, his Toronto-based experimental publication laboratory.
Design Your Future:
We envisioned this program with you in mind:
- You want to be a designer but you're not sure what design discipline is the one for you
- You are attracted to art, design and craft and think you would thrive in a creative career
- You are an art student or graduate and want to add a second credential
Design has an unrivalled influence on and responsibility for the future of our planet and our species. Designers, like you, will shape and define the world around us.
Diploma Completion Options
For your second year (third semester) of the program, you can choose to specialize by selecting one of our accelerated certificates or apply for direct entry into year two of Graphic Design - Visual Communication at our Peterborough campus.
Students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher who complete year one (two semesters) of the Integrated Design program are eligible to apply for direct entry into year two of the Graphic Design - Visual Communication program. Approximately fifteen percent of the Graphic Design - Visual Communication program enrolment is reserved for this pathway.*
*available seats are dependent upon overall l enrolment and projected attrition rates
- MacBook Pro, 13 inch (minimum)
- Adobe Creative Suites, Creative Cloud Student and Teacher Edition
- External HD, 1TB (minimum)
- USB Flash Drive, 32GB (minimum)
- iPhone 6 or smart phone equivalent, 32GB (minimum)
- Apple Mouse or Apple Magic Mouse 2, or Wacom/Intuos Draw Creative Pen Tablet or the equivalent
Minimum Admission Requirements
Students applying to Integrated Design must meet the following requirements:
- OSSD including Gr 12 C English
OSSD with majority of courses at College (C ) or Open (O) unless otherwise stated.
Grade 12 C courses will be accepted where Gr 11 C course requirements are listed.
Where College level courses are listed, U and M courses will be accepted.
If you are 19 years of age or older before classes start, and you do not possess an OSSD, you can write the Canadian Adult Achievement Test to assess your eligibility for admission. Additional testing or academic upgrading may be necessary to meet specific course requirements for this program.
You may be able to use credits obtained at Fleming College to continue your postsecondary education in pursuit of a degree. The articulation and credit transfer agreements with our partner institutions are summarized below.
Ontario Tech University
- Minimum mid-70% cumulative program average.
- Successful completion of the Ontario Tech Commerce Bridge program.
- 45 out of a 120 credit degree.
- Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.
- Minimum mid-70% cumulative program average.
- 18 credit diploma.
- Note: No transfer credits awarded.