School of Media, Design and Dramatic Arts

Graphic Design

3 years Ontario College Advanced Diploma

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.

Your Future Career

  • Advertising and marketing firms
  • Multimedia and web design companies
  • 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

OSSD or equivalent, ENG4C or ENG4U

If English is not your first language you must either provide proof of English competency or take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). You must have a minimum overall band score of 5.5 on IELTS, or a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper based) or 213 (computer scored) or 80 IBT (internet based) to be admitted to a postsecondary program at the college. SPP in India requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0

Academic Upgrading

Semester 1

CMM 125 College Communications I
GRD 110 Graphic Design - Visual Elements
GRD 111 Typography - Introduction
GRD 112 Illustration - Communicating Ideas
GRD 113 ePublishing
GRD 114 Computer Imagery
GRD 118 Appreciation of Media Design

Semester 2

GRD 120 Graphic Design - Entertainment Design
GRD 121 Typography - Creative
GRD 122 Illustration - Techniques
GRD 123 Media Prep - Production Procedures
GRD 124 Photography - Fundamentals
GRD 126 Computer Illustration
GENED General Education Elective - Online

Semester 3

GRD 230 Graphic Design - Corporate
GRD 232 Illustration - Digital
GRD 233 Media Prep - Project Control
GRD 234 Photography - Techniques
GRD 238 Online Content
GRD 357 Applied Colour Theory
ENG 200 Creative Writing

Semester 4

GRD 240 Graphic Design - Information Graphics
GRD 242 Illustration - Mixed Media
GRD 244 Photography - Commercial
GRD 245 Online Content II
GRD 248 Social Media Management
GRD 359 Motion Graphics
GENED General Education Elective - Online

Semester 5

GRD 350 Graphic Design - Advertising
GRD 352 Illustration - Advanced
GRD 353 Media Prep - Multi Page Publications
GRD 354 Photography - Advanced
GRD 356 Digital Signage
GRD 368 Field Work Training

Semester 6

GRD 360 Graphic Design - 3 Dimensional Design
GRD 365 Animation
GRD 366 Portfolio Preparation
GRD 367 Business of Graphic Design
GRD 369 Writing for Advertising
GRD 370 Videography

2018-2019 3 years Ontario College Advanced Diploma

College Drive Campus – Domestic
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $3022.5 $1154 $63.25 - $4239.75
2 $3022.5 $1029 $63.25 $550 $4664.75
3 $3022.5 $1029 $63.25 $550 $4664.75

2018-2019 3 years Ontario College Advanced Diploma

College Drive Campus – International
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $12061.14 $1742 $63.25 - $13866.39
2 $12061.14 $1617 $63.25 $550 $14291.39
3 $12061.14 $1617 $63.25 $550 $14291.39

Check out the Campus Bookstore to not only purchase your supplies, textbooks but also view your book list before the semester starts. 

Online Campus Shop

  • A current ( Mac or PC) Laptop Computer with Adobe Creative Cloud - required for the first day of class. 
  • Digital Camera
  • Drawing Tablet.
  • Adobe Creative Cloud Software for personal computers @ $299.00 + tax for 1 year student subscription. A list of portfolio supplies can be made available, please email.

The Graphic Design program supports Apple Computers but a PC can be considered.



iPad or comparable tablet. 

Ontario College Advanced Diploma.

Students are registered as RGD student members until graduation at which point they are eligible to be Provisional RGD for a year until qualifying for an Affilicate Member or Certified RGD.

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.

View Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

View course outlines

Pathway to Canadore College Programs

  • Recreation and Leisure Services – 1 year to complete
  • Recreation Therapy – 1 year to complete
  • Strength and Sport Conditioning – 1 year to complete

Looking to continue your studies with another post-secondary institution in Ontario?

Looking to continue your studies with another post-secondary institution in Canada?

Looking to continue your studies with another post-secondary institution Internationally?

Please contact the Pathways Officer if you have additional questions regarding the credit transfer process:

Micheline Demers – Pathways Officer
705.474.7600 ext 5139