3D Design Certificate

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The 3D Design Certificate offers two streams: Industrial/Product Design and 3D Space. With an emphasis on multi-dimensional problem solving, hands-on model-making and technical skill-building, the Certificate in 3D Design provides the opportunity to explore principles of technical drafting, scale-modeling, product rendering and architectural design.


Program Goal

These flexible, evening and weekend programs are ideal for aspiring designers wishing to work with professional faculty in a hands-on studio environment. Areas of study include Rapid Visualization and Product Rendering, Creative Drawing and Architecture, Basics of Architectural Design, and a number of industry-standard software courses. Students exit the program with portfolio-ready projects, as well as an understanding of business and professional practices in the industry.

The program is presented in a variety of formats including lectures, hands on practice, studio and lab-based courses, and project presentations. Projects will vary in terms of complexity, time frame, tools and materials used, methods, and level of independence. Studio-based classes may be supplemented with presentations, lectures, exercises and discussions, independent work time, critiques, etc. Lecture- or seminar-based courses will focus on theory, critical investigations or the history of design. Working independently or in groups, students may be required to write, research or present responses to the critical concepts introduced.

Learning Outcomes

The 3D Design Certificate program has been designed for those who wish to:

  • Acquire knowledge, skills, understanding, and experience in Industrial, Product and Space Design, media processes and practices, industry standards, animation, and visualization and 3D rendering for design;
  • Refine and further develop your visual literacy, creative thinking, and modes of expression and communication;
  • Appreciate the ideas and intentions of contemporary, sustainable design, and their relationships to contemporary society;
  • Develop critical thinking skills in the concepts and processes involved in creating three- dimensional works;
  • Build a portfolio of work;
  • Receive a credential attesting to the successful completion of a program of study

Program Duration

Students complete the 3D Design Certificate at their own pace, registering in their required courses according to their own schedule and availability. Courses are offered over evenings and weekends allowing for part-time study.
Students must complete 162 hours of class-time. Courses range in length from 18 to 24 hours.

Assignments + Assessment

An assessment of the learning outcomes of each student is prepared by the instructor. Student must achieve a Pass (P) grade in every required course to be eligible for a 3D Design Certificate.

To receive a passing grade in each of their courses, students must:

  • complete assignments, exercises, and activities to the instructor’s stated requirements;
  • satisfy all course learning outcomes. Students can expect to spend approximately 1 hour completing homework for every one hour spent in class. All assignments must be completed to the evaluative standard set by the instructor to satisfy the learning outcomes of the course and program.

Career + Further Education

3D Design Certificate recipients can apply their education to a variety of careers and enterprises. Depending on the level of work they achieve and previous education and experience, they can pursue a range of opportunities, including:

  • Architectural Design
  • Drafting
  • Industrial Design
  • Product Design
  • Interior Design

Students can use work from their certificate program in an admissions portfolio to apply for the following programs:

  • Bachelor of Design

Courses + Costs

Course Format

All Summer 2021 courses are offered online. Fall 2021 courses are offered on campus or online.

Course No.Core Required Courses
(both streams)
TuitionTerm AvailableNotes
CEID 120Basics of Industrial Design $322.50

CESE 103New Topics in Contemporary Design$432.50Spring


CEPD 201
Professional Practices for Designers

CEID 4203D Design Studio$347Summer

Additional Required Core:
(Industrial/Product Design Stream only)

Course No.Course NameTuition Term AvailableNotes
CEID 121Exploration of 3D Design$322.50Fall
CEID 160
Rapid Visualization and Product Rendering
CEID 224
Introduction to Model Making$468.50Spring

Additional Required Core:
(3D Space Stream only)

Course No.Course NameTuitionTerm AvailableNotes
CEID 122
Basics of Architectural Design$344Spring

CEDR 163
Creative Drawing + Architecture

CEID 223
Architectural Modeling + Maquettes$354Fall

Elective Courses
(choose a minimum of 48 hours of electives from the following):

Course No.Course NameTuitionTerm AvailableNotes
CEID 231
Introduction to SolidWorks
CEID 235
Introduction to Rhino$219.50Spring

CEID 260
3D Design Sketching
CEID 262
Marker Rendering$327.50Fall
CEID 363
3D Rendering for Design$359TBD

Approximate Tuition Total (est)$3,303
Approximate Supply Total (est)


To register in individual courses, students must be over the age of 18 at the start of their course, have proficiency in spoken and written English and should have completed Grade 12 or equivalent education. No previous experience in 3D design is required to start, but basic computer skills are recommended.

See each course listing for specific prerequisites.

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