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Certificate in
Design Management

Note: Many of the courses in this program are available by distance education; refer to the Distance Education section below. Visit the distance education website for further information.

The design industry generates billions of dollars in many sectors of the Canadian economy including manufacturing, construction, materials supply, transportation, retail, marketing, and consulting services. Graduates will be equipped to enter or progress within the growing numbers of organizations where design is considered to have strategic importance.

This multidisciplinary certificate program will provide graduates with the knowledge and skills required to be employed in those organizations engaged in the design field. It is aimed at those who may already be working in the design or business fields and/or those who have some design or business post-secondary education. It serves many different disciplines dedicated to design, including fashion, interior, industrial, graphic, landscape, architectural, engineering, and business interests.

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Admission Criteria

It is recommended that applicants have the following:

OSSD with six Grade 12 U or M credits, or equivalent. Work experience and/or post-secondary education related to design or business is desirable.

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible restrictions; please refer to Curriculum Advising for complete details.

Program Open House

Students who have questions about the admission criteria and/or would like to know more about this certificate are invited to attend a Program Open House. Please see Open House for dates, times, and location.

Certificate Requirements

The successful completion of eight courses (three required courses and five electives), with a cumulative grade point average of 1.67 or higher, is required for the certificate.

Certificate Registration

Students may be registered in only one certificate program at any one time. To allow maximum flexibility in crediting external courses and/or courses previously taken at Ryerson, students should register in the certificate at the beginning of their first course (see also Courses and Programs FAQ). For complete details on the advantages of early registration, registration deadlines, and Transfer Credit restrictions, all students should read Registration in a Certificate Program.

Awards and Financial Aid

If you require financial assistance, you may apply for merit-based awards and/or need-based financial aid. As well, students officially registered in a Chang School certificate program may be eligible for funding through the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). For a complete list of certificate programs approved by OSAP, visit the Student Financial Assistance website.

Requirements for Graduation

To graduate, you must successfully complete, within your official timespan, the published certificate curricula from the year you registered in the certificate program. In some circumstances, certificate requirements may change, resulting in courses no longer being available. In such cases, Course Substitutions/Directives may be requested. Also, you must apply on RAMSS to graduate, prior to the appropriate application deadlines (see Important Dates). For complete details, all students should read Graduation.

Recommended Sequence

Students are advised to take the courses in the following sequence:
CDDM 101
CDDM 102
Electives (five selections)
CDDM 103

Required Courses

CDDM 101   Design Management:  Introduction to Design Management
CDDM 102   Design Management:  Design Management II
CDDM 103   Design Management:  Design Management Project

Electives (select five)

CCMN 314   Communication:  Professional Presentations
CDDM 104   Design Management:  Design Awareness I
CDDM 106   Design Management:  Design Research
CDID 150   Interior Design:  Design Theory
CENT 500   Entrepreneurship and Strategy:  New Venture Startup
CGCM 110   Graphic Communication:  Introduction to Graphic Communications
CITM 100   Information Technology Management:  Foundations of Information Systems
CMHR 405   Human Resources:  Organizational Behaviour
CMKT 100   Marketing:  Principles of Marketing
CTEC 210   Technology Studies:  Fundamentals of Project Management

Distance Education

The following courses are available in a distance education format this academic year.

CENT 500   Entrepreneurship and Strategy:  New Venture Startup
CMHR 405   Human Resources:  Organizational Behaviour
CMKT 100   Marketing:  Principles of Marketing
CTEC 210   Technology Studies:  Fundamentals of Project Management

Intensive Spring/Summer Program

Students can complete six of the eight courses in the Certificate in Design Management over 16 intensive weeks in the Spring/Summer term. This unique fast-track program covers all three required courses and three preselected elective courses.

CDDM 999   Design Management:  Design Management Intensive