Design and Visual Arts

Graphic Design

General information

Program code
GRDE
Duration
6 Semesters (3 Years)
Credential
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Academic area
Campuses

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2016 Barrie
Fall 2017 Barrie

Program description

The Graphic Design program involves interdisciplinary, problem-solving activities which combine visual sensitivity with skill and knowledge in the areas of communications, technology and business. These professions specialize in the structuring of visual information to aid communication and orientation in both print and web based format. The depth and breadth of instruction in design and technology is reflected in the portfolio developed in the 3-year program, enabling graduates to play more creative and independent roles in the workplace.

Admission information

Admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Admission details

You must meet ONE of the following requirements to be eligible for admission to these programs:

Secondary school applicants:

  • OSS curriculum: OSSD or equivalent, with Grade 12 English (C) or (U) (ENG4C, ENG4U)

Non-Secondary school applicants (19 years or older):

  • Any credit Communications course taken at Georgian College
  • College preparatory programs including those taken at Georgian College: Art and Design Fundamentals and General Arts and Science*
  • Equivalent courses in English taken through secondary school or Independent Learning Centres (at the general, advanced, college or university level)
  • Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) program with communications
  • Mature student testing in English that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through most testing services)*
  • Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)
  • English, Literature or Communication credit courses from accredited colleges/universities

Home school applicants:

  • Applicants can write the mature student testing in English that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through testing services)*

* available from Georgian College. For a complete listing please contact the Office of the Registrar.

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GRAPHIC DESIGN PROGRAM SELECTION PROCESS:

All applicants must submit 3 to 5 samples of creative work that represents their interest in the field of Graphic Design. Samples may be created using digital or traditional media.

Work may be submitted by e-mail, regular mail, or delivered in person.

Please note, applicants may be exempted from the portfolio assessement if they are successful graduates of an Art and Design Fundamentals/Foundations one-year Certificate program from any of the 24 Ontario Colleges (College of Applied Art and Technology).

SAMPLES OF CREATIVE WORK:

  • Drawings - Photographs - Sculptures
  • Paintings - Illustrations - Collages - Websites
  • Graphic Design layouts, including advertisements, magazine articles, yearbook pages, brochure, logos, business cards, letterheads, posters, etc.

Samples may be created by hand or using software programs such as Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Dreamweaver, CorelDRAW, etc. Samples created by hand must be scanned, photocopied or photographed prior to submission.

Please DO NOT submit originals as work will not be returned.

Submission of Work:
1. EMAIL
Please email your samples as attachments to: tannis.peacock@georgiancollege.ca
Files should be submitted in JPG or PDF format and each file should not exceed 2MB in size. Please include your full name in each of your file names. Addresses to website samples should be included in the body of your email. The subject line of your email should be “Graphic Design Program creative work submission”. Please include all of the following in the body of your email:

  • Full name
  • OCAS number and/or your Georgian College student number
  • Address
  • Phone #
  • Email
  • Program applied to: “Graphic Design GRDE 3-Year program” or “Graphic Design Production GRDP 2-Year program”

2. REGULAR MAIL
Please send colour photocopies, printouts and/or photographs* in an 8.5”x11” or 9”x12” envelope to:
Janice Kaufmann
Program Coordinator, Graphic Design
One Georgian Drive, D127
Barrie, Ontario L4M 3X9
* DO NOT send any original work by mail, as it will not be returned. Please include a sheet with the following information:

  • Full name
  • OCAS number and/or your Georgian College student number
  • Address
  • Phone #
  • Email
  • Program applied to: “Graphic Design GRDE 3-Year program” or “Graphic Design Production GRDP 2-Year program”

3. IN PERSON
To arrange an in-person review of your creative work submission, or for further information, please contact:
Tannis Peacock
Academic Program Assistant
tannis.peacock@georgiancollege.ca
705.728.1968, ext. 1255

If you don’t have any samples to submit
Please contact to discuss further options:
Janice Kaufmann
Program Coordinator, Graphic Design
janice.kaufmann@georgiancollege.ca
705.728.1968, ext. 5492

Selection process

All applicants must submit 3 to 5 samples of creative work that represents their interest in
the field of Graphic Design. Samples may be created using digital or traditional media. Work can be submitted by e-mail, regular mail, or delivered in person.

Please note, successful graduates of the Art and Design Fundamentals one-year Certificate program (Program Major: AADF) at Georgian College are exempt from this requirement.

Contact the program coordinator to obtain additional information or to arrange a personal interview.

Pathways

View the Graphic Design articulations on the Credit Transfer Centre page.

Courses

Mandatory Courses

GRPH1000 Typography
GRPH1002 Graphic Design 2
PRNT1002 Print Production
GRPH2000 Graphic Design 3
GRPH2003 Graphic Design 4
GRPH3000 Graphic Design 5
GRPH3001 Portfolio Development
GRPH1001 Graphic Design 1
BUSI2004 Professional Practices for Designers 1
COMP1020 Digital Page Layout 1
COMP1021 Adobe Photoshop
COMP2035 Adobe Illustrator
GRPH2001 Production Studio 1
GRPH2002 Production Studio 2
PHOT1005 Photographic Communication
HSTY2001 A History of Illustrative and Graphic Art
GRPH3004 Professional Practices for Designers 2
GRPH3005 Trends and Issues in Graphic Design
COMP2039 Digital Page Layout 2
COMP1076 Web Production
COMP2110 Web: Interactive Techniques
COMP2111 Web: Content Management
GRPH2010 Drawing and Illustration for Graphic Designers
GRPH3008 Advanced Graphic Applications
GRPH3009 Production Studio 3
GRPH3010 Three-Dimensional Environmental Design

Communications Courses

To be selected at time of registration from the College list, as determined by testing.

General Education Courses

To be selected from College list

Field Training

GRPH3011 Field Training

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