Course Description

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Express interest

The strategic use of design is widely recognized as critical to economic and social success for organizations and regions all over the world. However, many people working in design and other creative industries are not trained to manage the process.

The Design Management Intensive gives you the opportunity to explore and apply the principles and best practices of design management within in a condensed program structure. Through an intensive 16-week, on-campus program, you will complete the three core courses and three of the five electives required to earn the eight-course Certificate in Design Management.

Who Should Enrol?

The Design Management Intensive is well-suited to career professionals seeking to transition to a management position in a creative industry. Work experience or post-secondary education in design, marketing, communications, business, engineering, or a related field is an asset.

What’s Included

  • Three required core courses
  • Three of the five required electives
  • Access to Ryerson University services and support
  • Ongoing instructor and academic coordinator support and counselling

Program Design

Two core courses (CDDM 101 and CDDM 102) and the Design Research elective (CDDM 106) are offered as a unique combination of Thursday evening lectures and full-day Saturday workshops. Students have the opportunity to complete each course in one month. This format is convenient for working professionals and provides opportunities for guest presentations from industry experts, collaborative group work, off-campus research exercises, and field trips. The other two electives (CDID 150 and CGCM 110) also provide accelerated, twice-per-week schedules.

Core Course Content and Methodology

CDDM 101 presents an overview of design management and discusses the basic principles, best practices, and methodologies required for working in this dynamic discipline. Focused readings, case studies, and exercises provide the foundation for further exploration of design management in other Design Management certificate courses.

CDDM 102 discusses the design management from a strategic business perspective and also explores the role of the design manager. Guest speakers, readings, and group work allow students to explore aspects of design management within architecture, landscape architecture, and industrial, interior, fashion, and graphic design.

CDDM 103 is an independent study course which gives students the opportunity to apply the knowledge and insights they have learned to the research of a specific design-related topic of interest. Students will practise using the research methodologies and tools learned in Design Research (CDDM 106).

Program Advisor

Our Program Advisor is here to help! Brigid Elmy can assist both Canadian and international students with information, advice, and next steps, and can connect you with other on-campus services and supports. Let us help you plan your Design Management Intensive learning experience.

Phone: 416-979-5000, ext. 6674 (Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. EST)

Online chats are also available during these times. Contact Brigid to request an appointment time.

Email: belmy@ryerson.ca

International Students

The Design Management Intensive welcomes international learners. You do not need a study permit to enrol in this program. Contact Brigid Elmy at belmy@ryerson.ca for more information about the enrolment process.

If you intend to continue your education beyond this program and study in Canada for more than six months, you must apply for a study permit from outside of Canada. Need information about permits and visa requirements? Contact International Student Support at issask@ryerson.ca.

Note: All Chang School programs are considered to be part-time. International students enrolled in Chang School programs are not eligible to work during their studies and cannot apply for a postgraduate work permit when their program is complete.

Contact Us

For more information about the Design Management Intensive, contact Arlene Gould, Academic Coordinator.
Email: agould@ryerson.ca


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