This program is designed provide students with an education in the principles and practices of visual communication design. Students learn the skills and knowledge necessary to create effective designs for a wide range of both traditional and digital applications, including branding, editorial, advertising, information design, user interfaces, web and social media, and motion graphics. Throughout the program, students explore a variety of design topics, including layout, typography, composition, colour theory, and production. They develop skills in industry-standard software and tools while working in a hands-on, project-based learning environment. The depth and breadth of instruction in design and technology is reflected in the portfolio developed in this three-year program, preparing students to take on more creative and independent roles once they enter 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 Barrie Campus. The Arch and Helen Brown Design and Digital Arts Centre is located just minutes away from the waterfront. You’ll learn in our fully equipped studios using industry standard tools, and you’ll have the opportunity to network with leaders in your field and real-world clients.
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Tuition and fees
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- This program includes a field placement component where you’ll gain hands-on experience in a setting relevant to your program.
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What are the admission requirements for the Graphic Design program?
Graphic Design admission requirements
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or mature student status
- 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/academic-regulations/
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 for Prior Learning website for details:
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 (ie; sketches, paintings, photography, graphic design work – print or digital, etc.). Work can be submitted in pdf or jpeg format, or you may provide a link to an online portfolio. We accept submissions by e-mail only. For email submissions, send to the Academic Program Assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, student number and OCAS number.
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.
What career paths can I take as a graphic designer?
Your Graphic Design diploma gives you many 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 may find employment with design studios, advertising agencies, newspapers and magazines (online and print), web/interactive studios, corporations with in-house design departments, government agencies, or educational institutions. Graduates may also choose to work independently as freelance graphic designers.
What courses are included in the Graphic Design diploma program?
28 Program Courses
2 Communications Courses
4 General Education Courses
1 Field Training
Semester 1 courses are listed below. For a full list of courses in the program including course descriptions, view the Graphic Design program outline.
- COMP 1020 – Digital Page Layout 1
- GRPH 1000 – Typography
- GRPH 1001 – Graphic Design 1
- PRNT 1002 – Production Fundamentals
- Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
- Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.
Your course delivery method(s)
This program is delivered fully in person and requires you to attend campus.
Please note, delivery methods are based on planning for the upcoming semester and are subject to change.
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