A BFA in Design exposes you to the power of visual communication and the built environment. As a Design student, you will acquire the tools to make positive, informed changes in the world. Throughout your studies, you will be challenged to think critically about every creative choice you make — and consider its cultural, economic and environmental impact on everyday life.
Our studios provide you with well-equipped spaces where you can unleash your creativity and abilities as a designer. Build 3D prototypes in the metal or wood shops, or enjoy access to professional equipment for specialty printing and finishing or video editing. You may even have a chance to participate in research for the Hexagram Centre. Through workshops, projects and lectures you’ll also:
Study the cultural and political implications of design in society
Explore the designer’s role as mediator and author
Develop leadership skills
Contribute to the planning, execution and promotion of the Department’s annual exhibition
After graduation, you’ll leave with the knowledge, skill and passion to succeed in various branches of the cultural sector, pursue graduate studies, or form your own studio.
Minimum Cut-off Averages should be used as indicators. Data may change depending on the quality of the application pool. Admission to the Faculty of Fine Arts is very competitive. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.
Quebec Cegep (CRC): DEC
Canadian High Schools: 65% or C+
U.S. High Schools: 2.5
University Transfers: C
Admission to most programs is based on portfolio/audition evaluations as well as academic grades. Applicants selected for admission have normally achieved grades that exceed minimum requirements.
International Bacc. (IB): A minimum total of 27 points. Admission to competitive programs is based on strong portfolio/auditions and, normally, above-average grades.
Bacc. Français: A minimum grade of 11/20 for students who have completed their Bacc. Français outside of Quebec. Admission is competitive and based on strong portfolio/auditions and, normally, above-average grades.
Concordia University offers students the opportunity to take part in an International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) that will count for credit towards their Concordia degree, while paying the same tuition fees they do at home and possibly receiving funding. International study opportunities bring cultural diversity and enrichment through immersion in the programs of study at Concordia’s partner institutions.
Internships provide students with the opportunity to pursue work in design-related industries and cultural institutions. Students have found placements in both large companies, as well as independent studios in a wide range of disciplinary areas. Consult the undergraduate calendar for details about program specific requirements and prerequisites. See internship guidelines.
Students may explore specific areas of design through intensive research in an independent study. This opportunity allows students to work directly with a member of the faculty to develop a semester-long project. Consult the undergraduate calendar for details about program specific requirements and prerequisites. See independent study guidelines.
Student work drives the creative energy in the Faculty of Fine Arts, and you’ll have many opportunities to exhibit your work in art festivals and exhibitions at on-campus venues such as the FOFA and VAV galleries.
Design alumni have established careers in a range of sectors such as graphic, industrial or multi-media design. Many become creative or art directors, start their own design firms or pursue graduate studies. Some have been hired by: