“There’s no denying that this is a very busy program. It’s a big commitment, but it’s amazing what can be achieved by a small group of people working together in a focused way.”

– Stine Laurberg Hansen, IwB Alumnus 2007/08

Would you like to learn more about the  George Brown College Interdisciplinary Design Strategy program (G414) within the Institute without Boundaries at GBC?

Please attend an information session on Thursday April 5th at 230 Richmond Street East, room 201 from 6:00 – 7:00 pm.

How to Apply to the IDS Program

Once the college application cycle starts with Ontario Colleges, we begin accepting students on a rolling basis, with emphasis on how each applicant complements the yearly cohort and project. We strive to structure an interdisciplinary team with diverse skill sets, as a result each cohort is unique. This means that we can sometimes accept late applicants, so don’t hesitate to apply!

There are two separate processes to complete your application; see steps 1 and 2.

For full program information, including program requirements and curriculum see our
FAQ section and the George Brown College IDS Program page.
Contact Lori Endes (lendes@georgebrown.ca) if you have any questions.
The Interdisciplinary Design Strategy (IDS) is a 9 month post-graduate certificate program that combines design thinking with design action. Each year students from different disciplines take on a real-world wicked problem and seek to achieve social, ecological and economic innovation through design intervention.

The Institute without Boundaries is located in Toronto’s downtown east core between the historic St. Lawrence Market and Distillery District. The IwB studio is a creative, open-concept space, designed by award winning architects Daoust Lestage. To learn more about the IwB click here.


Step 1: Domestic or International Applicants

Domestic students:

You must apply through Ontario Colleges.

Click here to apply to the program online and follow the instructions including submitting transcripts and test scores if applicable.


International students:

You must contact the George Brown College International Centre, click here.

Step 2: Application & Supporting Documents

All potential students need to complete the following documents and submit them by post or email to the IwB (We prefer email submissions to: lendes@georgebrown.ca)

1. Completed application form
Click here

2. Statement of intent (1000 – 1500 words)

3. CV or resume

4. Two reference letters (academic or professional)

5. Portfolio in PDF format
The portfolio can be academic and or professional, highlighting projects you’ve worked on and your skills (The work you have done that you would like to show us, from any field/ discipline you’ve worked in).

How much does tuition cost?

Tuition is updated yearly. The 2016-17 domestic student tuition rate for the G414 Interdisciplinary Design Strategy (IDS) program is $13,789 CAD, the international student tuition is $23,978 CAD. Please click here for information about future tuition rates.

We prefer digital applications!

Send yours to lendes@georgebrown.ca or send your application to us via post at:

Institute without Boundaries, Admissions
230 Richmond St. East, P.O. Box 1015, Station B
Toronto, ON M5R 2T9


Have questions? Check out the FAQ page or contact us.

ANNOUNCING: Masters of Arts in Interdisciplinary Design Strategies! 

The Institute without Boundaries is pleased to announce a partnership with the Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Dún Laoghaire (IADT) in Ireland to offer a Masters of Arts in Interdisciplinary Design Strategies–the first cohort to begin in Fall 2017!

IwB alumni and students who have successfully completed the Interdisciplinary Design Strategy Post-Graduate Certificate through the School of Design at George Brown College, may now apply for advanced entry into this unique master’s program at IADT.

Click here for more information.