3 years
Full time
Diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
On campus
Fall 2024
Georgian College Applied Arts and Technology

About this program

Graphic Design

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.

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 schoolapplicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicantswho have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing.

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondaryinstitution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered foradmission.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the college website.

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Program content

Semester 1

  • Digital Page Layout 1
  • Typography
  • Graphic Design 1
  • Production Fundamentals

Semester 2

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Web Production
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Graphic Design 2

Semester 3

  • Digital Ad Design
  • Graphic Design 3
  • Production Studio 1
  • Drawing and Illustration for Graphic Designers
  • A History of Illustrative and Graphic Art
  • Photographic Communication

Semester 4

  • Professional Practices for Designers 1
  • User Interface Design
  • Web: Content Management
  • Motion Graphics
  • Production Studio 2
  • Graphic Design 4

Semester 5

  • Graphic Design 5
  • Portfolio Development
  • Professional Practices for Designers 2
  • Production Studio 3
  • Three-Dimensional Environmental Design
  • Package Design

Semester 6

  • Trends and Issues in Graphic Design
  • Advanced Graphic Applications

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the college website for more information.

Program delivery

Length: 6 Semesters


For more information about tuition fees, please contact the University.


Credential: Ontario College Certificate

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. conceptualize and develop design solutions using principles of design to create visual communications that meet the needs of the project;
  2. employ the design process to create design solutions that meet the project objectives and the needs of the client and/or user;
  3. plan, create and use photography, illustration and typography in design layouts to meet the requirements of the creative brief;
  4. design, develop and create a variety of media products using relevant, current and/or emerging technologies;
  5. communicate ideas, design concepts and opinions clearly and persuasively to others;
  6. use recognized industry practices throughout the design process and related business tasks;
  7. plan, implement, and evaluate graphic design projects using project management skills to deliver quality work to clients according to schedule and within budget;
  8. complete all work in a professional and ethical manner, and in accordance with all applicable legislation and regulations;
  9. keep current with visual media design trends, technologies and industry practices using strategies that enhance work performance and guide professional development;
  10. apply basic entrepreneurial strategies to identify and respond to new opportunities within graphic design;
  11. employ environmentally sustainable design principles and practices.

Career paths

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, magazines, 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.

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Georgian College

Established in 1967, Georgian College (Canada) is a public college with 125+ market-driven programs offered to over 13,000 full time students including about 4,500 international students from 60 countries. Its 100-acre flagship campus, located in Barrie, is just an hour...

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Contact info

Georgian College Applied Arts and Technology

1 Georgian Drive
L4M 3X9 Barrie Ontario

Phone no: +1705 728 1968

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