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Graphic Design

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.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 3 year
Starting in: September
Tuition Fee: $15,385
Location: Pickering, Canada / Online

In this college 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

Program Highlights

  • The Centennial College Graphic Design program is formally recognized by RGD Ontario, which represents more than 3,000 graphic designers, managers, educators and students across Ontario.
  • A combination of multidisciplinary design skills and practical experience sets you apart from the competition.
  • You will be more flexible in your design solutions and more desirable in the marketplace.

The Graphic Design program will develop your abilities to:

  • Think creatively and design effectively for print, motion, and interactive media.
  • Execute your ideas professionally in any medium.
  • Communicate effectively with employers and clients.
  • Start your career in any facet of the design industry.
  • Market yourself as a freelancer or start your own business.
  • Affect social change through your design problem-solving skills.
  • Understand all aspects of industry standard workflow, from initial creative, through to print production or interactive prototyping.

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Career Prospects

Career Outlook

  • Graphic/web designer
  • Interactive designer
  • Motion graphics designer
  • Art director
  • Editorial designer
  • Illustrator
  • Type designer
  • Print production artist
  • Digital imaging professional

Further Education

Qualified graduates may be eligible to participate in an articulated program with select universities, institutes and professional associations. These partnerships allow you to apply academic credit towards further study.

The Graphic Design program has educational partnerships with Australia’s Griffith University (BDes and Bachelor of Digital Media) and Lakehead University (Honours Bachelor of Arts and Science – Media Studies).

Areas of Employment

  • Web design and interactive design studios
  • Graphic design studios
  • Advertising agencies
  • Magazine design firms
  • Package design studios
  • Marketing and communications agencies
  • Publishing companies
  • Motion design facilities
  • Brand design firms

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