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
We are offering an enriched program experience that support our students through their knowledge, skills, and experience.
Program vision and goals:
Enriched Programming Opportunities
Create a Cumulative Portfolio
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.
This year, we are still requiring students to submit a portfolio but are not requiring a personal interview to potential GDM students. Please refer to the Graphic Design Management.pdf for further information.
Portfolio items (please feel free to use the examples)
This can be taken with a camera or personal device. Students are ask to print and present a picture that they are proud of.
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.
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.
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 2021-22 school year is November 23rd, 2020 at 3 pm.
Application forms will be available online starting November 9th, 2020.
To find out more, please attend the upcoming VIRTUAL regional program information session:
Date: Tuesday November 4, 2020
Virtual Session Starts: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Virtual Session
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 9, 2020 and close at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, November 23, 2020.
February 1, 2021 - 1st round offers open after 3 pm
February 8, 2021 - 1st round acceptances close at 3 pm
February 9, 2021 - 2nd round offers open after 3 pm
February 16, 2021 - 2nd round acceptances close at 3 pm
To contact us about the GDM program, you may leave an email at [email protected]