Design Management Program (Postgraduate) (G401)

PROGRAM
Design Management
CODE
G401
SCHOOL
School of Design
LOCATION
St. James Campus
DURATION
1 year (2 semesters)
STARTING MONTH
September
CERTIFICATION
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
YEAR OF STUDY
METHOD OF STUDY
FT
The postgraduate Design Management program prepares you for a career managing design strategically. This program builds the skills needed to lead a multidisciplinary design team to develop products and services based on strategic business objectives. The program also teaches the business skills necessary to manage a consultancy or corporate design division.

Full Program Descriptions

Description  

The Design Management graduate certificate program prepares you for a career managing design strategically. This program builds the skills needed to lead a multidisciplinary design team to develop products and services based on strategic business objectives. The program also teaches the business skills necessary to manage a consultancy or corporate design division.

Who should take this program:

  • Design professionals who want to become active partners in helping firms develop and grow through expanded participation in strategic management
  • Designers looking to enhance their career opportunities in supervisory or management positions
  • Corporate marketing and communications managers and team members
  • Designers and business people seeking to integrate strategic design into the workplace
  • Designers with an entrepreneurial spirit looking to start their own company

Courses in design process and strategy, project management, finance, team management, design research, contracts, business planning, communications and intellectual property protection complement a major studio course featuring real-world design projects. The courses cover the essential elements of a business strategy and how design contributes to the definition and realization of the strategy.

G401 Design Management students in class

Part Time Study Options  

We also offer an evening course in Studio Management. See the Continuing Education Course Guide at coned.georgebrown.ca

You can select, register and pay for Continuing Education courses online.

Your Field Study Options 

A mandatory Design Management Internship (DESN1031) course is taken in Semester 2. An external field placement role is not guaranteed in this course; students who are not placed externally will be given a design management role within the School of Design or as part of George Brown College.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

Each George Brown College certificate, diploma, advanced diploma and graduate certificate program is expected to deliver specific program learning outcomes. Program learning outcomes are statements that describe the knowledge and skills that students are expected to demonstrate by the end of their program of study. Programs are designed to deliver both vocation or discipline-specific learning outcomes and more generic essential employability skills (including communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, information management, interpersonal and personal skills).

In addition to the aforementioned learning outcome requirements, College programs are required to provide students with exposure to a breadth of learning beyond their vocational field, to increase their awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed through additional mandatory General Education courses in the program curriculum.

To see the relevant program learning outcomes for your specific program of study, please visit georgebrown.ca/programs/learning-standards-and-outcomes

Course Outline

Required Courses 

SEMESTER 1

semester courses
Code Course Name
DESN1022 Design Strategy
DESN1024 Managing Design Projects
DESN1025 Case Studies and Applications
DESN1027 Financial Issues and Business Planning
DESN1028 Design Research and Development Issues
COMM1152 Design Business Communications

SEMESTER 2

semester courses
Code Course Name
DESN1021 Design Team Leadership
DESN1023 Managing Innovation and Creativity
DESN 1029 Major Design Project
DESN1031 Design Management Internship

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Educational / Degree Pathway 


G401 Design Management program Educational Path Diagram

Your Career 

Graduates will go on to careers managing design in the corporate sector, in a design consultancy or in their own business.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition 

$13,335.00 *

Additional Cost 

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in fall 2015. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2016 and at later dates.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

  • College Diploma or Bachelor's Degree, or demonstrated competence through related work experience (resume required)
  • Interview
  • Portfolio

English Proficiency

Applicants with international transcripts who do not provide English proficiency test results must test at the College level in the George Brown College English assessment to be considered for admission.   In addition, applicants who are considered for admission to the program based solely on their work experience will be required to provide proof of English proficiency at the college level, and may be required to write the George Brown College English admission assessment.

Please visit georgebrown.ca/englishproficiency for more details

Course Exemptions:

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit georgebrown.ca/transferguide/ for more information.

International students: Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

Apply To  

Ontario Colleges

Contact Us

Contact Us  

School of Design

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 2137

Email: design@georgebrown.ca

For more information about George Brown College, you may also call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

Visit Our Campus  

The School of Design is located at both 230 Richmond Street East and 341 King Street East, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5A 1L1. This program is taught predominantly from the 230 Richmond Street East location. Book a campus tour or explore our virtual tour.
George Brown College is continually striving to improve its programs and their delivery. The information contained in this calendar is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College admission, graduation, and fee requirements as well as any requirements of outside institutions, industry associations, or other bodies that may award additional designations concurrently with, or after completion of, a George Brown College program.