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​​​​​​​​​​Graphic and Design Management Program​

The Graphic and Design Management (GDM) Program focuses on the many pathways related to design such as graphic, fashion, architecture, video game design and animation, interior design, urban design, industrial design and engineering, and packaging design.


T.L. Kennedy will be offering this challenging technology-based program to students in the Peel District School Board. Our students will acquire specific qualifications required to pursue various fields of study beyond high school.


Students who complete their certification, in Graphic and Design Management, can apply to programs at OCADU, Sheridan College, Ryerson University, York University, George Brown College, Seneca College, Western University, Laurier University, Waterloo University and the University of Toronto.


Students will also participate in exciting design challenges through the Canadian Design Exchange Museum, National Yearbook Review, Robotics, and the Phoenix Challenge.


Students will gain valuable experience in all aspects of the graphic and design industry with guest speakers and field trips relevant to their specific needs and interests.


Students in Peel, and the surrounding area, may apply in grade 9, 10, or 11.


Please click on the link below to review the required GDM course pathway

GDM Pathways.pdf 



We are offering an enriched program experience that support our students through their knowledge, skills, and experience.


Program vision and goals:







Creative Process


Design Process





Enriched Programming Opportunities






Create a Cumulative Portfolio

& Critique



Empathetic Critical Thinking


Voice & Choice

(student driven pathway)





Be able to Create Through the Lens of Diversity & Equity



Inspire, Passionate Life Long Learners


Global Citizens who Engage in the Community

The Graphic and Design Management (GDM) program focuses on many pathways related to design including graphic design, fashion, architecture, video game and animation, interior design, packaging design, industrial design and engineering. GDM students will gain valuable experience in all aspects of the design industry with guest speakers and field trips relevant to their specific needs and interests. They will acquire specific qualifications required to pursue various fields of study beyond secondary school and they will participate in exciting design challenges through co-curricular opportunities.


In grades 9 and 10, GDM students take Art and Technological Design courses that will give them the foundations to focus on specific disciplines in grades 11 and 12 with Communication Technology, Technological Design, and Art. In grade 11, students will also have the opportunity to acquire the Specialist High Skills Major in Business or Information and Communication Technology.




Students will be required to present a portfolio to our panel of GDM teachers. Students who are successful in the first round will receive an email outlining the portfolio, interview requirements, and success criteria. Teachers are looking for students who are passionate about the arts and are creative and critical thinkers.




1.    On the spot reflection


Upon arriving to the portfolio interview, students will be ask to write a reflection on our school motto which is Lead, Achieve, and Inspire. This should be about 3-5 sentences and a personal reflection. We want to accommodate all learners and give students the opportunity to explore themselves verbally and thoughtfully through written communication. We are looking for critical thinking, reflective skills, and creative skills. No spelling or grammar will be evaluated.


2.    Interview and presentation of a creative and complete portfolio


The GDM teachers will be the panel of interviewers. Students are required to share their artwork and engage in a dialogue reflecting on their own work. We are looking for students who are passionate and creative. The goal of each student is to create a portfolio that represents them as an artist and a learner. Students can present their hardcopies or they can bring their own device to present their images.

Portfolio items (please feel free to use the examples)

A Photograph

This can be taken with a camera or personal device. Students are ask to print and present a picture that they are proud of.

Graphic Design

Students are to create any graphic design image. For example, a student may choose to graphically illustrate their name.


Student are asked to present a painting of their choice using any paint material such as tempera, watercolour and/or acrylics.


Students are asked to share a drawing that they are proud of. They may use any material or subject matter. This can include an image in a sketchbook.


Students are asked to present any 3-D creation which can be created out of clay, found items, and/or a craft item. If you are unable to bring in the item a picture will be acceptable.

Technology Reflection

Computer and technology are incorporated into our graphic design program. We recognize that not everyone has the resources necessary to create a tech base artwork. Students will be given a prompt to reflect on how they might incorporate tech into their artwork in the future.

Your Choice

Students are asked to present an additional item of their choice. It can be a duplicate medium listed in the portfolio requirements such as another drawing or can be a different medium not listed above. ​

The application deadline for the 2020-21 school year is November 25th, 2019 at 3 pm.

Application forms will be available online starting November 11th, 2019.

To find out more, please attend the upcoming regional program information session:

Date: Tuesday November 5, 2019

Doors Open: 6:15 p.m.

Presentation Start Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: 3100 Hurontario Street

TL Kennedy Secondary School

Phone: 905-279-6540

Regional Program ​​Applications are only accessible on the PDSB Regional Programs website​. The applications will go live at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, November 11, 2019 and close at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, November 25, 2019.

Successful candidates will receive an email inviting them to our portfolio interview with an assigned interview time. The portfolio interview will be scheduled for Saturday, January 19. Students who are applying to both leadership and GDM will have other accommodations and will be given an interview after they have completed the leadership performance task. Students who are entitled to extra time, as outlined on the Individual Education Plan, will also be accommodated.

January 31, 2020 - 1st round offers open after 3 pm

February 5, 2020 - 1st round acceptances close at 3 pm

February 6, 2020 - 2nd round offers open after 3 pm

February 11, 2020 - 2nd round acceptances close at 3 pm​

To contact us about the GDM program, you may leave an email at [email protected]

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