Graphic Design Production

Program: GRDP
Credential: Ontario College Diploma
Delivery: Full-time
Length: 4 Semesters
Duration: 2 Years
Effective: Fall 2017
Location: Barrie


The 2-year Graphic Design Production program involves interdisciplinary, problem solving activities which combine visual sensitivity with skill and knowledge in the area 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.

Students are student members of the Association of Registered Graphic Designers (

Career Opportunities

At an entry level of responsibility graduates assist senior designers in the development and production of design work within constraints set by employers and the market while working under supervision and as team members. They apply a working knowledge of design fundamentals, typography and technology including standard software, digital and photographic techniques.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • develop and implement solutions to routine problems encountered in the development and production phases of the graphic design process;
  • develop effective visual communications through the application of design theories and principles according to specifications;
  • apply typographic skills and knowledge to develop effective visual communications;
  • use a variety of routine technologies to capture and manipulate design elements in producing a final product;
  • work in a professional manner, maintaining professional relationships and communicating effectively with co-workers, supervisors and others;
  • employ environmentally sustainable design principles and practices.

The Program Progression

Fall Intake

Sem 1: Fall 2017

Sem 2: Winter 2018

Sem 3: Fall 2018

Sem 4: Winter 2019


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

19 Mandatory Courses
2 Communications Courses
3 General Education Courses

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
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 3 courses from the general education list during registration.

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.