“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

Become a part of the IwB.

The Interdisciplinary Design Strategy (IDS) is a unique 10 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.


How Do I Apply?

We are currently accepting applications. 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.

Step 1: Ontario Colleges or International

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:

Step 2: Application & Supporting Documents

All potential students need to complete the following documents and submit them by email or post to the IwB (we prefer email):

1. Completed application form
Click here

2. Statement of intent (max 3 pages)

3. CV or resume

4. Three (3) reference letters (academic or professional)

5. Portfolio

How much does tuition cost?

Tuition is updated yearly. The 2015-2016 domestic student tuition rate for the G414 Interdisciplinary Design Strategy (IDS) program is $13,407 CDN, the international student tuition is $23,978 CDN. Please see the following link for information about future tuition rates:

We prefer digital applications!

Send yours to 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.