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Program Model

Sketchup being used to design an outdoor patio layout.

The Foundations in Design (FIND) program is focused on you: your potential, your career, and your voice as a designer. We only accept 20 students per year, which allows us to create a supportive community where students and faculty work closely together to achieve amazing results. Our courses are carefully chosen to build a broad range of design skills and help you develop a strong portfolio.

The FIND certificate program consists of these core courses:

  • Design Processes, Methods & Materials
  • Design Explorations
  • Design History: 19th Century Onward
  • 2D Design
  • 3D Design
  • Designing for Humanity
  •  Drawing for Design
  •  Colour Theories
  •  Communication Through Visual Language

You will also be able to choose from these electives:

  • Design Connections: Then and Now
  • Drafting for Design
  • Introduction to Digital Studio using Mac

We accept full-time students and the program can be completed in eight months (from September to April).

Ready to start your creative journey? Learn about your career options, get your questions answered or apply now.

"Poised and ready to dive blindly into a career I knew nothing about, FIND forced me to slow down and do some real research. None of it felt real until I learned about contextual thinking, conceptual development and, of course, the design process. I discovered that if you love something and you try at it a little bit every day, the results will come faster than you could have ever hoped.”

Safia Boutaleb,
2013 Foundations in Design Graduate
Current student at the University of Victoria