Admission Requirements

Diploma of Secondary Studies (DES), including:

  • Secondary V Language of Instruction
  • Secondary V Second Language
  • Secondary IV Science
  • Secondary IV Mathematics
  • Secondary IV History

or academic background judged equivalent to the DES.

(Students with a DES missing any of the above subjects may be admitted, space permitting, but may be required to complete remedial courses.)

Specific ministerial admission requirements*

  • Sec IV Mathematics – Cultural, Social & Technical option 563-404/414
  • Sec IV Science & Technology or Applied Science & Technology 555-404/444 or 557-406/416

*For students graduating before June 2010 or from an Adult Education Centre, the pre-requisite is Mathematics 436 and Physics 534.

Additional admission requirements



Industrial Design applicants are to bring their portfolio and letter of intent with them to the drawing session. Do not mail these to the college.

  • Invitation to the in-person portfolio evaluation & drawing session will be sent by e-mail in mid-March.
  • Photocopy 10 of your ORIGINAL artworks (which must be your creations and done by you only) on 8.5” x 11” (letter size) paper. If some artworks are in colour, provide colour photocopies. Clearly print your name on the back of each photocopy.
  • Seal the 10 photocopies in an envelope. On the front of the envelope, clearly print your NAME and “INDUSTRIAL DESIGN APPLICATION”. Your photocopied portfolio will NOT be returned.
  • Your photocopied portfolio may include works from school projects and/or personal projects:
    • From any of the visual arts: drawing, drafting, painting, photography, typography, collage, layout design, printing, sculpture, prints of computer work, etc.
    • In any medium: watercolour, pencil, marker rendering, oil or acrylic painting, computer-generated, etc.
    • On a variety of subjects: consumer and industrial products, transportation, figure, portraiture, still-life, fantasy, architecture, fashion, landscape, abstract design, sports, etc.
    • If you wish (not obligatory), you could include an inspiration page (a collage of images that describes what you are passionate about, for example: sports, art, photography, cars, fashion, architecture, environmental issues, etc.) and a photo collage (a montage of personal photos showing your personal projects such as: poster making, wood working, jewelry making, home renovations, gardening…).


Tell us a little more about yourself and your reasons for choosing our program. You may choose to respond to the questions outlined below. Include your letter of intent with your portfolio.

  • What made you choose to study industrial design?
  • Identify programs of study or individual courses you may have taken which indicate your relevant creative and/or technical skills.
  • What aptitudes and abilities do you have that make you a good candidate for this program?
  • What do you see yourself doing after completing the program?
  • What are your professional goals after completing the program?


  • Applicants will be given 30 minutes to draw (in pencil) an actual product in 3D perspective. Bring a pencil that you are comfortable drawing with, and an eraser, for this exercise.

Do you live more than 300 kilometres from Dawson College?

Foreign, US, out-of-province applicants and Quebec province applicants living more than 300 kilometres from Dawson College may send their photocopied portfolio and questionnaire by mail or
courier . . . see details below.

  • Mail or courier your photocopied portfolio and letter of intent.
  • Photocopied portfolios will NOT be returned (as per the portfolio requirements handout on our
  • These two items must be received by us no later than March 25.
  • Address your package to:
       Chairperson, Industrial Design Department
       Dawson College 4001 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West, Office 2G.7
       Westmount, QC H3Z 3G4

For more information, please contact the department Chair, David Weeks, at 514-931-8731 ext. 4957 or by e-mail at


For general, non-program specific requirements, please consult the Admission Requirements page.

Application Deadline

  • March 1 (for Fall semester)

The program begins in the Fall semester; new students are not admitted into the program in the Winter term.

Last Modified: February 28, 2020