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Graphic Design Programs at Ontario Colleges

What to expect from a career as a Graphic Designer

Graphic design programs at Ontario colleges give you the opportunity to combine creativity with advancing technology. But being a graphic designer means more than having a sense for what looks good – whether you’re interested in traditional or web graphic design, you need excellent business, communication and interpersonal skills to stay on top of projects and work effectively with clients.

If you’re interested in channeling your artistic skills into a practical, in-demand career as a graphic designer, here’s what you need to know. More

Graphic Design Courses

Graphic design programs at Ontario colleges give students overall training, from traditional print to online and interactive design and multimedia training. Core courses such as page layout, typography, sketching and photography will be built on with classes teaching digital applications to give students fundamental skills of practice and experience with leading technologies and graphic design software.

Courses in brand identity, professional practices and material management will help students manage their projects and learn to interact with clients in a professional and productive manner. Project-based assignments and work placements offered by many institutions will help students develop a feel for working in the field.

General Graphic Design Program Requirements

Requirements for a graphic design program include an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, which includes a grade 12 English credit. A senior mathematics course may also be required.

Students may be asked to submit a portfolio of their work in the Visual Arts field for revision. Recommended (but not mandatory) courses and experience include:

  • Media or Visual Arts
  • Communications
  • Computer competency
  • Yearbook committee or photography club

Graphic Designer Jobs and Salaries

Graphic design employment is applicable to any number of businesses – marketing and graphic design go hand-in-hand for any business with a message to promote. Opportunities exist within organizations, or you can operate independently as a consultant or freelance graphic designer.

The average graphic design wage is around $21 an hour, but may be a little lower when you first enter the industry. Many positions in companies or firms have hourly wages of roughly $30 an hour, while working as a freelancer can be even more lucrative with hourly rates from $35 to $50 or more.

Ontario Colleges Offering Graphic Design Programs

Use the left-column navigation to refine your search by College, Program Availability, Program Start Date and more, or see the table below for a complete list of graphic design programs at Ontario colleges. Less

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Program Title College Campus Availability Program Length Start Date Website
Show details ADVERTISING AND GRAPHIC DESIGN HUMBER LAKESHORE OPEN 4 SEMESTERS 2015 - Sep Visit

ADVERTISING AND GRAPHIC DESIGN


  • Program Code: 04701
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Animation 2D/3D BORÉAL SUDBURY OPEN 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS) 2015 - Sep Visit

Animation 2D/3D


  • Program Code: ANIM
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: French
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details ART AND DESIGN FOUNDATION NIAGARA WELLAND CAMPUS OPEN 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS) 2015 - Sep Visit

ART AND DESIGN FOUNDATION


  • Program Code: 0188
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details ART AND DESIGN FOUNDATIONS MOHAWK FENNELL (HAMILTON) OPEN 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS) 2015 - Sep Visit

ART AND DESIGN FOUNDATIONS


  • Program Code: 270
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details BACHELOR OF DESIGN (CO-OPERATIVE EDUCATION) CONESTOGA DOON OPEN 4 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS) 2015 - Sep Visit

BACHELOR OF DESIGN (CO-OPERATIVE EDUCATION)


  • Program Code: 1336C
  • Credential: DEGREE
  • Program Level: DEGREE
  • Program Type: CO-OP
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details BACHELOR OF DESIGN (HONOURS) SHERIDAN TRAFALGAR (OAKVILLE) CLOSED 4 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS) 2015 - Sep Visit

BACHELOR OF DESIGN (HONOURS)


  • Program Code: PBDES
  • Credential: DEGREE
  • Program Level: COLLABORATIVE
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
Notes:

Collaborative Program With York University.

Show details BACHELOR OF INTERACTION DESIGN SHERIDAN TRAFALGAR (OAKVILLE) OPEN 4 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS) 2015 - Sep Visit

BACHELOR OF INTERACTION DESIGN


  • Program Code: PBIDS
  • Credential: DEGREE
  • Program Level: DEGREE
  • Program Type: CO-OP
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details DESIGN FOUNDATIONS CONESTOGA BRANTFORD (LAURIER CAMPUS) OPEN 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS) 2015 - Sep Visit

DESIGN FOUNDATIONS


  • Program Code: 1186
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details DESIGN FOUNDATIONS CONESTOGA DOON OPEN 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS) 2015 - Sep Visit

DESIGN FOUNDATIONS


  • Program Code: 1186
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details DESIGN GRAPHIQUE LA CITÉ OTTAWA OPEN 6 SEMESTERS 2015 - Sep Visit

DESIGN GRAPHIQUE


  • Program Code: 61508
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: French
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details DESIGN MANAGEMENT GEORGE BROWN ST JAMES CAMPUS OPEN 2 SEMESTERS 2015 - Sep Visit

DESIGN MANAGEMENT


  • Program Code: G401
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details DIGITAL IMAGE DESIGN FLEMING HALIBURTON CLOSED 2 SEMESTERS 2015 - Jan Visit

DIGITAL IMAGE DESIGN


  • Program Code: DID
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details DIGITAL IMAGE DESIGN FLEMING HALIBURTON OPEN 2 SEMESTERS 2016 - Jan Visit

DIGITAL IMAGE DESIGN


  • Program Code: DID
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details GRAPHIC DESIGN ALGONQUIN WOODROFFE OPEN 3 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS) 2015 - Sep Visit

GRAPHIC DESIGN


  • Program Code: 1400X01F
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details GRAPHIC DESIGN CAMBRIAN BARRYDOWNE (SUDBURY) OPEN 6 SEMESTERS 2015 - Sep Visit

GRAPHIC DESIGN


  • Program Code: PAGD
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details GRAPHIC DESIGN CANADORE COLLEGE DRIVE OPEN 3 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS) 2015 - Sep Visit

GRAPHIC DESIGN


  • Program Code: 010110
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details GRAPHIC DESIGN CENTENNIAL STORY ARTS CENTRE OPEN 6 SEMESTERS 2015 - Sep Visit

GRAPHIC DESIGN


  • Program Code: 6420
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details GRAPHIC DESIGN CONESTOGA DOON OPEN 3 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS) 2015 - Sep Visit

GRAPHIC DESIGN


  • Program Code: 0049
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details GRAPHIC DESIGN DURHAM OSHAWA OPEN 3 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS) 2015 - Sep Visit

GRAPHIC DESIGN


  • Program Code: GDES
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details GRAPHIC DESIGN FANSHAWE LONDON CLOSED 3 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS) 2015 - Jan Visit

GRAPHIC DESIGN


  • Program Code: GRD1
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
Notes:

This Program Is Highly Competitive; A Program For Which The Number Of Qualified Applicants Exceeds The Number Of Seats Available.

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