Frequently Asked Questions
How many students are accepted?
Up to 40 students are accepted each September semester.
How many students apply?
Approximately 150 students apply each year.
What is the English language requirement for Design Formation?
Students will be required to provide proof of English language proficiency in one of the following ways:
- English 12 with a "C" or better
- English Literature 12 with a "C" or better
- English 12 First People's with a "C" or better
- IB English A1 or A2 (HL or SL)
- LPI (Language Proficiency Index) level 4 with essay of 24
- LET (Langara English Test) level 2 or better
- Successful completion of LEAP level 8
- TOEFL - internet-based (IBT) score of 80, CBT 212 (taken within the last 2 years)
- TOEFL - paper-based 550 with TWE 4.0 (taken within the last 2 years)
- IELTS - International Language Testing System - minimum level 6.5
- CAEL - Canadian Academic Language assessment test - minimum level 60 overall
Once you are admitted into the Design Formation Program, you will be required to take a Langara English placement test (or equivalent) and be placed into an appropriate English course based on your score. Six credits of English are required to complete the Design Formation Diploma.
How do I find out about the LET or LPI?
Information and test dates for the LET are available here. It is written on campus, often on weekends. Hover on the "Langara English Test" link to display the drop-down menu with all the details. The LPI is offered at a number of locations in BC, with some options outside the province. Details on the LPI are available on their website.
Here are some links for the Langara English Test (LET)
How to register for LET
How to prepare for LET
How to get the results LET
To get the LET guidebook
You can purchase a copy of "A Guide to the LET" by Mary Beth Knechtel from the Langara Bookstore for $12.95. Or borrow it from the Vancouver Public library or other local public libraries. If your local library doesn't have a copy you can check with your local library and ask them to do an Interlibrary loan.
Do I need a portfolio?
Yes. An entry portfolio is required to apply for Design Formation. For this portfolio we ask you to bring 8 to 12 samples of your work, and a sketchbook if you have one. The samples can include graphic and digital work, paintings, photographs, 3D work, drafting, or any type of creative work. You must include at least a couple of examples of work that shows your drawing skills.
We are interested in the VARIETY and QUALITY of the work, as well as the quality of how you present your work and there is not any specific format.
How do I apply?
Click on the Admission Requirements link in the right hand column. Underneath is an Apply Now link to start your application!
What if I already have a post-secondary degree in design?
The Design Formation program is intended for students who have little to no formal experience as a designer. Design Formation is considered a foundational two-year program that is based on the fundamentals of different types of design methodologies. Students who have previous degrees or professional experience in design are often considered overqualified for admission.
Can I complete Design Formation on a part-time basis?
No. The Design Formation program is a full-time, cohort-based program. We recommend a full-time commitment to the program along with your graduating class, as much of the coursework relies on teamwork and collaboration.
Can I work part-time?
Yes, though we recommend only on evenings and weekends. Keep in mind that Design Formation classes run from Monday to Friday, 8:30 to 3:30, and the second year is considerably more intensive.
Will I be the only “mature” student?
Incoming students to the Design Formation program range from high school graduates to those with experience in the field looking to upgrade their credentials and refresh their skills. The comprehensive and adaptable program is appealing to students of all ages and backgrounds. Students who have had the most success in the program are creatively minded, have excellent time management skills, and work well with others in a collaborative environment.
What is the approximate cost?
Please reference our Cost of Study tool to determine tuition and college fees.
Tuition fees for International students click on this link:
Do I need to do any preparation for September courses?
On the first day of classes you will be given your tool list. No preparation is necessary.
What certification will I earn?
A student successfully completing Design Formation will earn a diploma. A diploma is 60 or more credits and is typically offered in four semesters.
What can I do post graduation?
Design Formation graduates have gone on to follow a variety of paths within the design field, making the program a versatile investment. Many have been accepted to universities across Canada to continue with design studies, others have continued with further studies at Langara. Our program contains a career preparation portion that aims to prepare students for exit; so many also seek entry level jobs in various fields such as home staging, merchandizing, and graphic and interior design.
Are there any Scholarships available?
Design Formation has several scholarships and awards to recognize and support the outstanding achievement of our students but only available for second year students since most of them are based on GPA.
Langara College administers a Bursary program, please check this link to see the specifics:
Is it possible to skip some of the courses if I already have a degree?
All the Design Formation core courses are mandatory. We only transfer courses as unassigned electives if they are related to Design and English or Communication University transfer courses that match our requirements.
Do you have a co-op program for students in the program to get job experience?
We have a 2 week practicum at the end of the program and some of our students have gotten jobs from that experience.
Would I have a portfolio by the end of the program?
Yes that's the main focus of the program to produce a portfolio so students can apply to other institutions for a specialized degree in design at any national or international university or to an entry level job in the industry.