Graphic Design Hands-on, project-based learning. Includes a work placement and client experience. Consistently scores above 90% in graduate employment.

General information

Program code
GRDE
Duration
6 Semesters (3 Years)
Credential
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Work integrated learning
1 Field Placement
Academic area
Campuses
Delivery
Full-time

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2019 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.

Please note: Most of this program is delivered in the downtown Barrie location (5 Ross St.) with Student Services offered at the main campus.

Career opportunities

At an entry-level of responsibility, graduates create and produce effective visual communications, in print and digital media, within constraints set by employers, clients, and the market. Graduates find employment with design studios, advertising agencies, newspapers, magazines, web/interactive studios, corporations with in-house design departments, government agencies, or educational institutions. Graduates may also choose to work independently as a freelance graphic designer.

Admission information

Admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to: www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/policies-procedures/

Pathways

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:
www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/credit-transfer/

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.

Courses

Mandatory courses

  • COMP 1020 - Digital Page Layout 1 (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • GRPH 1000 - Typography (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • GRPH 1001 - Graphic Design 1 (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • PRNT 1002 - Print Production (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • COMP 1021 - Adobe Photoshop (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • COMP 1076 - Web Production (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • COMP 2035 - Adobe Illustrator (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • GRPH 1002 - Graphic Design 2 (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • COMP 2110 - Web: Interactive Techniques (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • GRPH 2000 - Graphic Design 3 (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • GRPH 2001 - Production Studio 1 (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • GRPH 2010 - Drawing and Illustration for Graphic Designers (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • HSTY 2001 - A History of Illustrative and Graphic Art (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • PHOT 1005 - Photographic Communication (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • BUSI 2004 - Professional Practices for Designers 1 (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • COMP 2039 - Digital Page Layout 2 (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • COMP 2111 - Web: Content Management (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • COMP 2129 - Motion Graphics (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • GRPH 2002 - Production Studio 2 (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • GRPH 2003 - Graphic Design 4 (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • GRPH 3000 - Graphic Design 5 (Semester 5 / 42 hours)
  • GRPH 3001 - Portfolio Development (Semester 5 / 42 hours)
  • GRPH 3004 - Professional Practices for Designers 2 (Semester 5 / 42 hours)
  • GRPH 3009 - Production Studio 3 (Semester 5 / 42 hours)
  • GRPH 3010 - Three-Dimensional Environmental Design (Semester 5 / 42 hours)
  • GRPH 3012 - Package Design (Semester 5 / 42 hours)
  • GRPH 3005 - Trends and Issues in Graphic Design (Semester 6 / 42 hours)
  • GRPH 3008 - Advanced Graphic Applications (Semester 6 / 42 hours)

Communications courses

  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. (Semester 1)
  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. (Semester 2)

General education courses

  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. (Semester 1)
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. (Semester 2)
  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. (Semester 4)
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. (Semester 6)

  • GRPH 3011 - Field Training (Semester 6)