As Artificial Intelligence (AI) continues to rapidly transform the way organizations and their people work, a shortage of skilled professionals remains the single most significant challenge facing AI adoption by industry. With a focus on enterprise AI, including both off-the-shelf solutions and proprietary AI, this program – the first and only graduate certificate of its kind in Canada – will prepare you to meet this demand for AI-literate practitioners.
As a graduate, you will know how to leverage AI to extract data and use data-driven intelligence to guide decision-making, solving complex enterprise problems with state-of-the-art solutions, all while creating efficiency and quality gains for small and medium-sized enterprises up to the largest of corporations. Additional emphasis will be put on data governance, including data management to ensure its integrity.
Students will also benefit from multiple opportunities for experiential learning, including access to the college’s AI Hub, completion of two diverse capstone projects and an optional work term. Graduates will be prepared to enter this high-growth field, which currently sees the Greater Toronto Area as home to the highest per-capita concentration of AI companies in the world.
The weekend delivery format is designed and intended for students looking for more flexible opportunities to study full-time and benefit from on-campus learning experiences, without having to attend traditional weekday in-person classes. With weekend delivery, at least half of the classes will be offered in-person on Saturdays and Sundays and students will have the option to switch between in-person and real-time remote learning at any time, without explanation. Friday evening instruction will be delivered remotely through a combination of real-time (synchronous) and self-directed (asynchronous) learning.
The weekend delivery format will cover the same material as the traditional weekday program. To learn more about the traditional weekday program, visit www.durhamcollege.ca/AIDI.
Applicants whose first language is not English or who are internationally educated in a non‐English speaking country must meet Durham College’s English Language Proficiency Policy.
Note: This is a graduate-level program and requires a strong aptitude for mathematics, statistics, computer programming, computer software and enterprise systems. Applicants should possess a high level of comfort in these essential areas to apply.
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Graduates of the Artificial Intelligence Analysis, Design and Implementation program will enter the workforce with a specialized skill set that includes the ability to:
The AI Hub
Students will also benefit from and contribute to the Durham College Hub for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence for Business Solutions (the AI Hub), which offers industry partners access to technical expertise, state-of-the-art facilities and platforms, and student talent, to help uncover business insights while providing intelligent and autonomous solutions that increase their companies’ productivity and growth.
The courses listed below are for incoming students. If you are a current student, please refer to your program of study for the year you began your program. Your program of study can be found on MyDC.
Courses and course descriptions are subject to change. Please note that as a result of COVID-19 the 2022-23 program of study may be modified to accommodate program delivery changes.
Applied Research: Students will be able to engage in applied research opportunities with the Durham College Hub for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence for Business Solutions, better known as the AI Hub.
Capstone projects: All students will complete two diverse capstone projects – one per semester – to apply their classroom learning to tangible, real-world challenges. In the first, they will use strategy games as a foundation to teach an AI system (an agent in AI terms) to operate in a complex environment and achieve strategic goals. In the second, students will work with bleeding edge Deep Learning algorithms and frameworks to build upon concepts exercised in their first capstone. This will allow them to tackle highly complex problems with more advanced solutions.
Optional work term: Students who meet all academic requirements will be eligible to pursue an optional work term in a formal work environment or entrepreneurial endeavour. Entrance to the work term option is limited, and the processes for securing a work term position are competitive. The work term will be similar in length to an academic semester and typically involves full-time work hours that may be paid or unpaid. Click here for more information.
Participating in the optional work term semester is an excellent way to build your professional network, explore career paths and apply in-class teachings to real work situations.
Students in the Artificial Intelligence Analysis, Design and Implementation graduate certificate program will be invited to apply to the optional work term semester during their first academic semester. Entrance to the optional work term semester is limited and the processes for securing a work term are competitive. Students who qualify for the optional work term semester will be eligible to complete a four-month, paid or unpaid work term after academic semester 2.
Supports are available through the Experiential Learning office to assist students with securing their work terms. In addition, the Experiential Learning office is in contact with work term students and their employers during the work terms to help with any questions.
Courses and course descriptions are subject to change.
Once transferred to the work term option of this program, students will have an administrative fee of $475 assessed to their accounts during the academic semester(s) prior to scheduled work term(s). The administrative fee goes to support the broad array of support services provided to work term students. These services are dedicated to support student success.
If you are an international student enrolled in the work term option, you are required to have a valid co-op work permit before starting your work term. You must apply for and receive a Social Insurance Number in order to work in Canada. Documentation and instructions on how to apply for a co-op work permit will be provided only to students who are successful with their application into the work term option once semester 1 grades have been finalized.