Graphic Designer - Ontario

Program Info:

Program Highlights

In the Graphic Designer diploma program, students learn the software programs that every professional designer needs to know: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Students learn techniques for creating digital images, illustrations, and layouts, and they develop a strong theoretical foundation in color, typography, and composition.

Students gain hands-on experience with a wide range of graphic design projects, ranging from photo editing and logo design, to poster design, magazine layouts, and more. Students learn the essentials of print production and how to prepare themselves for entry into the job market.

This program provides students with:

  • A foundation in the principles of color theory, typography, and page composition.
  • Professional skills in the essential tools of the graphic designer: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.
  • Proficiency in key Microsoft Office applications.

Admission Requirements

Grade 12 or equivalent or Mature Student Status. Courses are open to any applicant who possesses a good command of the English language and is able to follow instructions. All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency.

An admissions interview and entrance essay will be administered to determine if the applicant has the required interest, motivation, and entry-level skills to take this program.

Full-time students must attend the required hours per week as per the course schedule and may do so at times convenient to them.

 

* Not all programs are offered at each location.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the program may pursue positions such as:

  • Graphic Designer
  • Graphic Artist
  • Layout Artist
  • Layout Designer

CORE COURSES

Upon completion of the program the participant must demonstrate the following core competencies:

  • Keyboarding
    Minimum 25 words per minute (WPM)
  • Operating Systems
    Basic level of proficiency with Windows OS
  • Graphic Design Skills
    Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Color Theory, Fundamentals of Typography, Design and Composition, Graphic Design, Fundamentals of Logo Design, Print Production
  • Presentations
    Intermediate level of proficiency in Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Word Processing and Spreadsheets
    Basic level of proficiency in Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel
  • Office Skills
    Personal Computer Fundamentals, basic level of proficiency in Microsoft Outlook and Internet Fundamentals
  • Business Skills
    Customer Service, Marketing and Sales, Project Management Fundamentals, Design Business

Program Type:

Diploma

Program Duration

50 weeks

Program Category:

Program Syllabus:

Anticipated salary:

$31,200 – $79,000
(Information from PayScale Canada)

Program Notes:

Tuition fees include all materials and student manuals. Financial assistance may be available to qualified students.

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