Graphic Design

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Program at a glance

Program code: 
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Length of study: 
3 years
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Campus location: 
College Drive

Prepare for a creative and dynamic career. You can’t launch a new business, product or service without a visual element. As a graphic designer you could be creating logos, advertisements, animations, branding, ad images, digital content and websites. In the program you will learn and develop specific skills and techniques, compile an extensive portfolio, and gain invaluable work-related experience working with real clients.

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Your Future Career

  • Advertising and marketing firms
  • Multimedia outlets
  • Web design
  • Television and film production
  • Printing houses
  • Design agencies and studios
  • Packaging firms

What You Learn

  • Corporate identity and branding
  • Digital photography
  • Illustration traditional and digital
  • ePublishing and print production
  • Typography/page layout
  • Design and advertising
  • Online content, motion graphics and animation

Note: A three-year Canadore College Graphic Design diploma fulfills the educational component criteria necessary to become a Registered Graphic Designer (R.G.D.), a provincially-legislated designation.

Admission Requirements: 

Program Prerequisites

OSSD or equivalent, ENG4C or ENG4U.

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Semester One - Fall:

CMM 125 College Communication I

GRD 110 Graphic Design I - Visual Elements

GRD 111 Typography I - Introduction

GRD 112 Illustration - Communicating Ideas

GRD 113 ePublishing

GRD 114 Computer Imagery

GRD 118Appreciation of Media Design


Semester Two - Winter:

GRD 120 Graphic Design - Entertainment Design

GRD 121 Typography - Creative

GRD 122 Illustration - Techniques

GRD 123Media Prep - Production Procedures

GRD 124 Photography - Fundamentals

GRD 126 Computer Illustration

GENEDGeneral Education Elective - Online


Semester Three - Fall:

GRD 230 Graphic Design - Corporate

GRD 232 Illustration - Digital

GRD 233 Media Prep - Project Control

GRD 234 Photography - Techniques

GRD 238Online Content

GRD 357 Colour Theory - Applied

ENG 200  Creative Writing


Semester Four - Winter:

GRD 240 Graphic Design - Information Graphics

GRD 242

Illustration - Mixed Media

GRD 359Motion Graphics


GRD 244 Photography - Commercial

GRD 245 Online Content II

GRD 248Social Media Management

GENEDGeneral Education Elective - Online


Semester Five - Fall:

GRD 350 Graphic Design - Advertising

GRD 352 Illustration - Advanced

GRD 353 Media Prep - Multi-Page Publications

GRD 354 Photography - Advanced

GRD 356Digital Signage

GRD 368 Field Work Training


Semester Six - Winter:

GRD 360 Graphic Design - 3 Dimensional Design

GRD 365 Animation

GRD 366 Portfolio Preparation

GRD 367 Business of Graphics Design

GRD 369 Writing for Advertising

GRD 370Videography

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Learning Outcomes: 

Learning outcomes represent culminating demonstrations of learning and achievement. In addition, learning outcomes are interrelated and cannot be viewed in isolation of one another. As such, they should be viewed as a comprehensive whole. They describe performances that demonstrate that significant integrated learning by graduates of the program has been achieved.

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Additional Credentials: 


A three-year Canadore College Graphic Design diploma fulfills the educational component criteria necessary to become a Registered Graphic Designer (R.G.D.), a provincially-legislated designation.

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