School of Media, Design and Dramatic Arts

Graphic Design

3 years Ontario College Advanced Diploma

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


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. You must have a minimum overall band score of 5.5 on the Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or equivalent accepted English language proficiency test to be admitted to a postsecondary program at the college. Notwithstanding the above, the English proficiency standards required to obtain Study Permits and Temporary Resident Visas from Canadian Embassies vary around the world. The higher English language proficiency standard will apply.

Academic Upgrading

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

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

Semester 3

GRD230 Graphic Design - Corporate
GRD232 Illustration - Digital
GRD233 Media Prep - Project Control
GRD234 Photography - Techniques
GRD238 Online Content
GRD357 Applied Colour Theory

Semester 4

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
GRD368 Field Work Training

Semester 6

GRD360 Graphic Design - 3 Dimensional Design
GRD365 Animation
GRD366 Portfolio Preparation
GRD367 Business of Graphics Design
GRD369 Writing for Advertising
GRD370 Videography

2019-2020 3 years Ontario College Advanced Diploma

College Drive Campus – Domestic
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $2720.24 $1046.72 - 1186.72 $63.25 - $3970.21
2 $2720.24 $911.72 - 1051.72 $63.25 - $3835.21
3 $2720.24 $911.72 - 1051.72 $63.25 - $3835.21

2019-2020 3 years Ontario College Advanced Diploma

College Drive Campus – International
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $12422.97 $1696.72 - 1773.72 $63.25 - $14259.94
2 $12422.97 $1561.72 - 1638.72 $63.25 - $14124.94
3 $12422.97 $1561.72 - 1638.72 $63.25 - $14124.94

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

  • Laptop Computer (Current  Mac or PC 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

Business Management – 8 months to complete
Human Resources Management – 8 months to complete
Project Management – Information Technology – 8 months to complete
Recreation and Leisure Services (Fast Track) – 8 months to complete
Recreation Therapy (Fast Track) – 8 months to complete
Strength and Sport Conditioning (Fast Track) – 8 months to complete

Explore these opportunities and more through Canadore’s Transfer and Pathway

For more information, please contact the Pathways Officer:

Micheline McWhirter – Pathways Officer
705.474.7600 ext 5139