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Graphic Design Diploma

This program prepares students for a career in the field of graphic design. Students explore the graphic design industry, the role of the designer, design theory, industry standard tools and practical hands-on design techniques and challenges.

Print and web media are explored as students learn to develop concepts and solutions to graphic design problems through traditional design processes. Students produce a multitude of graphic design applications and work together to plan and deploy a public showing of their work completed.

Please note that completing the first-year of courses of the diploma will earn a certificate in Graphic Design.

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Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
January & September 2 years Diploma Downtown Full-time

Program Description

Program Description

The goal of this program is to prepare students for a career in the graphic design industry. Students will study the graphic design industry via seven key foundational pillars: conceptual thinking, workforce, studio practices, client interaction, client-centered project, curriculum, and flexible pathways.

The Conceptual Thinking pillar combines brainstorming, research and problem solving with creative and critical thinking. This allows students to work both collaboratively and individually to produce applicable and unique solutions for design problems via a group critique process.

The Workforce pillar ensures students graduate with the skills necessary to gain employment in the three common areas of graphic design practice:

  • working freelance
  • working in in-house corporate environments
  • working in advertising, marketing and interactive agencies

The Studio Practices pillar provides students an opportunity to train in a program built around a true studio experience.

The Client Interaction pillar requires students the opportunity to work directly with clients to experience a diverse range of expectations. Working directly with clients reinforces students’ understanding of their audience and provides opportunities to enrich communication skills necessary to meet client expectations.

The Client-Centered Project pillar allows students to work on projects that emphasize both conceptual understanding of modern design as well as production skills. The student projects also serve as exemplars that will be integrated into a professional portfolio.

The Curriculum pillar provides students with built-in complimentary courses to help enhance understanding of graphic material; each block complements the other concurrently and consequently.

The Flexible Pathways pillar affords students the option to gain a solid foundation in graphic design and exit with a certificate after nine months. Students who wish to cultivate their skills and ascend to a higher level of achievement can continue to second year, where they will be provided with an enriched client experience paired with advanced courses for a diploma.

Program Duration

The Graphic Design Diploma is two years (four semesters) in length and a total of 33 courses totalling 111 credits.

1) Certificate Program Exit: This is a full-time, daytime offering. After successfully completing 18 courses for 56 credits in Year One, students will have the option of exiting the program with a Certificate in Graphic Design. The maximum allowable completion time is four years for the certificate.

2) Diploma Program: Students continuing into Year Two and those who have been accepted with Advanced Standing into Year Two will apply skills to both advanced design courses and have the opportunity through a mentored lab to take on clients. Students will successfully complete 18 courses for 56 credits in Year 1 and 15 courses for 55 credits in Year 2 for a total of 111 credits. At the end of the program, students will be required to complete a 120-hour practicum, and graduate with a Graphic Design Diploma. The maximum allowable completion time is four years for the diploma.


Instructional Activities, Design and Delivery Mode

Both the Graphic Design Certificate and Diploma curricula are designed to provide context and mimic the real-world graphic design industry. Courses in this face-to-face program are delivered through a combination of instructional activities including but not limited to lectures, practical labs, seminars, demonstrations, guest lectures, videos, team activities, production simulations, computer labs, and field trips. To support the development of motivation and selfdiscipline, some of the theoretical and technical aspects of the program involve independent learning components.

The Digital Graphic Design lab, located at the downtown campus, is equipped with Apple iMac workstations with the latest software and OS. Students will use modern drawing tablets, digital cameras, and colour printers. The ratio of students to workstations is one-to-one and all classes have a capacity of 18 students per class. All courses take place in a modern computer lab.

Evaluation of Student Learning

Students are evaluated through the completion of assignments and projects, critiques, and quizzes (both written and performance-based). Most assignments and projects include the process of initial concept stage, work in progress, and final submissions, which can include reflections and client feedback. Professional conduct (which includes collaboration and teamwork, time management, organization, communication, participation and attendance) will also affect the final grade in each section. A minimum grade of C (60-64%)is required to achieve a passing grade in each course and to receive a certificate and/or diploma.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

General

Please note that you must submit official transcripts and educational documents to support your application; unfortunately, we cannot accept photocopies or fax versions.

Applicants should be 18 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

Proof of English Proficiency

VCC welcomes international students from around the world to the college's academic or career programs.

Applicants for whom English is a second language should submit proof of English proficiency.


Program Specific

VCC welcomes international students from around the world to the college's academic or career programs.

Applicants for whom English is a second language should submit proof of English proficiency.

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year, and students are admitted on a competitive selection basis. Applicants can apply to meet either the Standard Admission Requirements or the Advanced Admission Requirements for the program.

A) Standard Admission Requirements (Year 1):

  1. English 12 with a C grade or equivalent.
  2. Interview with Selection Committee.
    • Prior to interview students are required to provide:
      • Personal portfolio*
      • Resumé and letter of intent clearly listing reasons for pursuing the diploma*

B) Advanced Admission Requirements (Year 2):

  1. Completion of VCC Graphic Design Certificate.
  2. or

  3. Completion of Graphic Design Certificate equivalent from another recognized institution as determined by the program Department Head.

and

Interview with Selection Committee.

Prior to interview students are required to provide:

  • Professional portfolio*
  • Resumé and letter of intent, clearly listing reasons for pursuing the diploma*
  • Three references from people who have worked with the applicant in a relevant professional environment*

*For further information on the above, please view the Graphic Design Selection Guidelines available on the VCC website.

Courses Schedule

Courses Schedule

 

Term 1

Adobe Creative Cloud (VCDP 1111)
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3.0 credits
Client Designer Management (VCDP 1141)
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3.0 credits
Composition (VCDP 1140)
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3.0 credits
Design Foundation (VCDP 1110)
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3.0 credits
Image Foundation (VCDP 1120)
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3.0 credits
Photography Foundation (VCDP 1121)
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3.0 credits
Typography Foundation (VCDP 1130)
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3.0 credits
Writing for Graphic Designers (VCDP 1132)
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3.0 credits


Term 2

Brand Design Intermediate (VCDP 1260)
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3.0 credits
Brand Identity Foundation (VCDP 1250)
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3.0 credits
Certificate Portfolio (VCDP 1290)
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4.0 credits
Composition Intermediate (VCDP 1242)
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3.0 credits
Image and Video (VCDP 1252)
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3.0 credits
Interaction Design Foundation (VCDP 1280)
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3.0 credits
Print Production Foundation (VCDP 1251)
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3.0 credits
Web Design Foundation (VCDP 1270)
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3.0 credits
Web Development Foundation (VCDP 1271)
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3.0 credits
Wordpress Foundation (VCDP 1282)
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4.0 credits


Term 3

Advanced Image & Photography (VCDP 2310)
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3.0 credits
Advertising and Art Direction (VCDP 2320)
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3.0 credits
Expressive Writing (VCDP 2341)
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3.0 credits
Studio 1 with Advanced Type (VCDP 2321)
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3.0 credits
Studio Business Practices (VCDP 2311)
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3.0 credits
UX/UI and Web Design (VCDP 2350)
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3.0 credits


Term 4

Advanced Web Development (VCDP 2460)
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3.0 credits
Diploma Portfolio (VCDP 2490)
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3.0 credits
Editorial Design (VCDP 2430)
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3.0 credits
Packaging Design (VCDP 2470)
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3.0 credits
Practicum (VCDP 2500)
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4.5 credits
Studio 2 with Web Production (VCDP 2451)
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5.0 credits
Studio 3 with Web Content (VCDP 2461)
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5.0 credits
Web Marketing (VCDP 2480)
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3.0 credits
Wordpress & E-Commerce (VCDP 2440)
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3.0 credits


Fees and Other costs

Fees and Other Costs:


International Application Fee $145
Tuition Fee $36,733
Student Union Fee $29.77 per term
College Initiative Fee $80 per term
Student Union Health Plan Fee $73 - per term
Student Union Dental Plan Fee $73 - per term
U-Pass Fee $41.00 per month
Other Costs Graduation Fee - $40

Campus Resource Fee - $367

$900 Textbooks, supplies and printing

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