Centennial College

Graphic Design

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School:Centennial College
Faculty:School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design
Degree:Diploma; Online; Advanced
Field of Study:Graphic Design
Description:Centennial College's Graphic Design program prepares you for a multidisciplinary design career, and has a graduate employment rate that exceeds 80 per cent. Facilitated at the Story Arts Centre, the courses in this advanced diploma program take a hands-on approach in an intimate studio environment, rather than having you sit passively in large lecture halls. With small class sizes, you have lots of opportunities to work one-on-one with your professors.

In the Graphic Design program, you:

  • Master industry-standard Adobe software including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
  • Learn creative problem solving and design thinking
  • Design for print, including advertisements, magazines, books and packaging
  • Design responsive websites, mobile apps and create exciting motion graphics
  • Explore drawing, photography, illustration and type design
  • Learn professional practice skills to land a great job or start your own design business
  • Contribute something unique and innovative to the design community in a thesis course
  • Learn on the job and get course credits through an industry field placement in your final semester
  • Interact with industry professionals
  • Become a student member of the Association of Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario (RDG Ontario)
  • Learn from professors who are current and professionally active in the design industry

This course will be synchronous online, meaning classes are delivered during a specific timeslot in the week. You're expected to come together online at the same time each week to engage in your studies. The course will also be asynchronous online, meaning you can access and engage with the course material anytime, anywhere, each week. In Fall 2020, this program includes teaching at a distance and possibly some in lab/studio depending on the health and safety guidance at that time. We expect to be face-to-face hopefully in January. If an international student enrols in this program, they should be planning to come to Canada to complete the next semesters.
URL:Graphic Design at Centennial College
Length:3 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
International: $16,401

This cost estimate is based on two semesters, and includes incidental fees.
Careers:Graphic Designers and Illustrating ArtistsVideo Game Level DesignerVideo Game Designers

Admission Requirements

Prerequisites:*

These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English 

Applicants are required to have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older); and English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission (score of 170 or 171 required).

Test Scores:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 570] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery [min. 78] or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 60]
Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Portfolio
Applicants are required to attend a mandatory Graphic Design - Media Program Admission Session, where they will submit a portfolio of work. You should: select up to 15 pieces of your original work in art and design (your sketchbook should demonstrate your problem-solving and creative process as well as present work in variety of media, materials and techniques); show work that demonstrates your ability and interest in graphic design; include colour integrated designs created in digital illustration and digital imaging applications; and include a short letter of interest about your design philosophy and aspirations. Notes: If work is too large to transport, you may present photographs. To arrange a digital submission of your portfolio, please contact program coordinator Lisa Rebnord at lrebnord@centennialcollege.ca. After applying, you will receive a letter with instructions on how to book the mandatory Graphic Design program admission session.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on August 06, 2020

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