Graphic Design

3 years Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Work with real clients, build your portfolio and participate in the media showcase


Upcoming Intake: Fall 2021, College Drive – North Bay

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.

Note:  Laptop Computer (Current  Mac or PC with Adobe Creative Cloud - required for the first day of class). See "What you need" section for more details!

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 and 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.

OSSD or equivalent, ENG4C or ENG4U

If English is not your first language you must provide proof of English competency.

View current English Language Proficiency Requirements.

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 (GFX Sem 2)

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
GENED General Education Elective - Online (GFX Sem 3)

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 (GFX Sem 4)

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 367 Business of Graphics Design

Semester 6

GRD 360 Graphic Design - 3 Dimensional Design
GRD 365 Animation
GRD 366 Portfolio Preparation
GRD 368 Field Work Training
GRD 369 Writing for Advertising
GRD 370 Videography

Ancillary fees have been reviewed as a result of COVID-19 and alternative service and program delivery plans. For current ancillary fees details please see

2021-2022 3 years Ontario College Advanced Diploma

College Drive Campus – Domestic
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $2720.24 $908 $100 - $3728.24
2 $2720.24 $758 $100 $625 $4203.24
3 $2720.24 $758 $100 $625 $4203.24

2021-2022 3 years Ontario College Advanced Diploma

College Drive Campus – International
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $13179.52 $1488 $100 - $14767.52
2 $13179.52 $1338 $100 $625 $15242.52
3 $13179.52 $1338 $100 $625 $15242.52

Recommended (but not required):

  • Digital DSLR Camera  
  • Drawing Tablet or iPad Pro

*The Graphic Design program recommends MacBook Pro Computers but a PC can be considered.


Canadore College will implement Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in Fall 2020 to enhance students’ learning experience in and out of the classroom and to ensure student flexibility in learning. To learn more about BYOD and to find out what is required for your program, please visit

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

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