Graphic Design

Program: GRDE
Credential: Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Delivery: Full-time
Work Integrated Learning: 1 Field Placement
Length: 6 Semesters
Duration: 3 Years
Effective: Fall 2017
Location: Barrie


The Graphic Design program involves interdisciplinary, problem-solving activities which combine visual sensitivity with skill and knowledge in the areas of communications, technology and business. These professions specialize in the structuring of visual information to aid communication and orientation in both print and web based format. The depth and breadth of instruction in design and technology is reflected in the portfolio developed in the 3-year program, enabling graduates to play more creative and independent roles in the workplace.

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 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 a freelance graphic designer.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

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

External Recognition

Upon enrolment, students are registered as members of the Association of Registered Graphic Designers, providing them with opportunities and resources for professional development. Visit for more information.

The Program Progression

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2017
  • Sem 2: Winter 2018
  • Sem 3: Fall 2018
  • Sem 4: Winter 2019
  • Sem 5: Fall 2019
  • Sem 6: Winter 2020


A number of articulation agreements have been negotiated with universities and other institutions across Canada, North America and internationally. These agreements are assessed, revised and updated on a regular basis. Please contact the program co-ordinator for specific details if you are interested in pursuing such an option. Additional information can be found on our website at

Admission Requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • 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:

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 Transfer Centre website for details:

Selection Process

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. Work can be submitted by e-mail, regular mail, or delivered in person.

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 or to arrange a personal interview.

Graduation Requirements

26 Mandatory Courses
2 Communications Courses
5 General Education Courses
1 Field Training

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.


Mandatory Courses
BUSI 2004Professional Practices for Designers 1
COMP 1020Digital Page Layout 1
COMP 1021Adobe Photoshop
COMP 1076Web Production
COMP 2035Adobe Illustrator
COMP 2039Digital Page Layout 2
COMP 2110Web: Interactive Techniques
COMP 2111Web: Content Management
GRPH 1000Typography
GRPH 1001Graphic Design 1
GRPH 1002Graphic Design 2
GRPH 2000Graphic Design 3
GRPH 2001Production Studio 1
GRPH 2002Production Studio 2
GRPH 2003Graphic Design 4
GRPH 2010Drawing and Illustration for Graphic Designers
GRPH 3000Graphic Design 5
GRPH 3001Portfolio Development
GRPH 3004Professional Practices for Designers 2
GRPH 3005Trends and Issues in Graphic Design
GRPH 3008Advanced Graphic Applications
GRPH 3009Production Studio 3
GRPH 3010Three-Dimensional Environmental Design
HSTY 2001A History of Illustrative and Graphic Art
PHOT 1005Photographic Communication
PRNT 1002Print Production
Communications Courses
Select 2 courses from the communications list during registration.
General Education Courses
Select 5 courses from the general education list during registration.
Field Training
GRPH 3011Field Training

Information contained in College documents respecting programs is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. The college reserves the right to add or delete programs, options, courses, timetables or campus locations subject to sufficient enrolment, and the availability of courses.