Design Studio
Applications for the 2019-2020 School Year are due Friday, January 11, 2019.

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Application Requirements:

Part 1 - Portfolio

You are required to upload a portfolio of five files of individually created artworks as part of your online application to

Your portfolio may include anything you have created: ie. digital or hand crafted drawings, paintings, mixed media, photographs, sculpture, digital images, animations, video or audio files, etc. Please submit all digital work in the following universal file formats (maximum 20 MB per file):

.pdf .jpeg .swf .html .wmv .avi .mpeg

Please submit photographs of any hand crafted artwork. Students are encouraged to submit work that they consider to be their strongest technically as well as conceptually.

There is no preference for digital or hand crafted works of art. We will gladly evaluate anything you can deliver. Please adhere to the request of five artworks as only the first five will be evaluated.

Part 2 - Creative Writing

You are required to submit with your portfolio one creative writing piece. This may be something you have already written as an assignment for school, or something new written especially for your Design Studio application. The topic is up to you. Approximate length: 100 - 500 words. Please submit all creative writing pieces as Word files (.doc)

Portfolio rubric can be found here.

Western is primarily looking for students with a desire to learn and develop their technical and conceptual artistic skills. Each student will bring a different skill set to the program. Expertise could be demonstrated in anything from PhotoShop to abstract painting. Western's Design Studio instructors will teach each individual to channel their creative energy into productive, transferable skills to last a lifetime.

TDSB is committed to creating an equitable school system where the achievement and well-being of every student is fostered through rich, culturally authentic learning experiences in diverse, accepting environments where all are included, every voice is heard, and every experience is honoured.

TDSB strives to meet the accommodation needs of persons with disabilities. Applicants are encouraged to make their needs for accommodation known in advance during the application process.
Student Information
Last Name:
Given Name:
Date of Birth (dd/mm/year):
Home Address:
Home Phone Number:
Current School:
Current Grade:
Parent Information
Name of Parent/Guardian:
Parent's Email
Daytime Contact
Is an Optional Attendance Form needed to attend Western?
Interests (check as many as apply)
Visual Arts
Language Arts
Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Illustrator
Motion Graphics
Others, specify
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After submitting your application, you will be taken to a page where you can upload documents to support your application and finalize your application.