Design Studio

Assistant Curriculum Leader

Matthew.Fountain@tdsb.on.ca

We Challenge Creativity

What is Design Studio?

The Design Studio is a unique CyberARTS program with a focus on Creative Thought, Functional Design and Transferable Skills. We have integrated Design with academic subjects to create a passionate program of high-level knowledge and expertise. The program focuses on Design, but will develop a skill set of transferable skills that will enhance any profession.

Using Design Thinking we have created a program that fosters creativity into problem solving.

Design Thinking in the Classroom

The Design Studio curriculum focuses the student's development as an independent learner using creative and critical thinking skills. Activities are student-centered and project-driven.

Transferable Skills

  • Become a Critical Thinker

  • Recognize problems as opportunities rather than an obstacles

  • Feel creatively satisfied by solving other’s problems

  • Practice Design Thinking and The Creative Process

  • Learn to create prioritizing Functional Design

  • Instructors set students up for success in the Design Studio and beyond

The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) @ Western

The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) is an Ontario designation that allows students to focus on a career path that matches their individual skills and interests. The Design Studio is a bundle of 8 courses that falls under the Arts & Culture Sector. Students Learn with industry standard equipment and instructors who have worked directly in the Design field. They also experience on the job training with employers in professional environments and have the opportunity to enroll in up to four postsecondary level courses with no tuition costs.

Students who complete the SHSM requirements will graduate with a red seal on their diploma. This will indicate a universal provincial designation of a higher level of achievement to all postsecondary schools no matter what program the student may choose to pursue.

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