Graphic Design

3 years Ontario College Advanced Diploma

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


Upcoming Intake: Fall 2024: 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, online content and websites. In the program you will learn and develop design specific skills and techniques, learn commercial photography trends including product styling, 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
  • Freelance

What You Learn

  • Corporate identity and branding
  • Photography for advertising and design
  • 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.

Semester 1

CMM125 College Communications I
GRD110 Graphic Design - Visual Elements
GRD111 Typography - Introduction
GRD112 Illustration - Communicating Ideas
GRD113 ePublishing
GRD114 Computer Imagery
GRD118 Appreciation of Media Design

Semester 2

GENED General Education Elective - Online (GRD Sem2)
GRD120  Graphic Design - Entertainment Design
GRD121 Typography - Creative
GRD122 Illustration - Techniques
GRD123 Media Prep - Production Procedures
GRD124 Photography - Fundamentals
GRD126 Computer Illustration

Semester 3

GENED General Education Elective - Online (GRD Sem3)
GRD230 Graphic Design - Corporate
GRD232 Illustration - Digital
GRD233 Media Prep - Project Control
GRD234 Photography - Techniques
GRD238 Online Content
GRD257 Interactive Design

Semester 4

GENED General Education Elective - Online (GRD Sem4)
GRD240 Graphic Design - Information Graphics
GRD242 Illustration - Mixed Media
GRD244 Photography - Commercial
GRD245 Online Content II
GRD248 Social Media Management
GRD359 Motion Graphics

Semester 5

GRD350 Graphic Design - Advertising
GRD352 Illustration - Advanced
GRD353 Media Prep - Multi Page Publications
GRD354 Photography - Advanced
GRD356 Digital Signage
GRD367 Business to Graphic Design

Semester 6

GRD360 Graphic Design - 3 Dimensional Design
GRD365 Animation
GRD366 Portfolio Preparation
GRD368 Field Work Training
GRD369 Writing for Advertising
GRD370 Videography

2024-25 3 years Ontario College Advanced Diploma

College Drive Campus – Domestic
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $2720.24 $1362.5 $100 - $4182.74
2 $2720.24 $1200.5 $100 $650 $4670.74
3 $2720.24 $1200.5 $100 $650 $4670.74

2024-25 3 years Ontario College Advanced Diploma

College Drive Campus – International
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $15547.54 $1942.5 $100 - $17590.04
2 $15547.54 $1780.5 $100 $650 $18078.04
3 $15547.54 $1780.5 $100 $650 $18078.04

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


Canadore College has implemented Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to enhance your learning experience in and out of the classroom while ensuring flexibility in learning.

To learn more about BYOD and to find out what is required for your program, please visit

You will also need:

Recommended (but not required):

  • Digital DSLR Camera  
  • Drawing Tablet or iPad Pro

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

There are many options available to students who already have some postsecondary education.

Whether you are looking to study at Canadore from another school,  continue your education at Canadore, or looking to pursue further education elsewhere, we can help find the right path for you!

Whether you want to Transfer TO Canadore, Transfer WITHIN Canadore, or prepare to Transfer FROM Canadore, we've got you covered!

Learn more about Credit Transfer and Pathway opportunities here.