Graphic Design Software
Program Code: GRDS (Part-Time) Length of Program: One-Year Awarded Upon Completion: Board of Governors Certificate

The Graphic Design Software, Board of Governors Certificate, utilizes industry recognized software for graphic design to apply to aspects of a project. Students learn key elements of print-based design for photographic images, selection of picture areas, and use of special tools for colorizing, blurring, distorting, adding text, fonts and layouts. 

Students build upon their foundational graphic design software skills through the exploration and utilization of advanced digital imaging processes for the web through Adobe’s Photoshop software. Applying Adobe Illustrator, students develop the skills and knowledge to create digital files for graphic design projects. Fundamental concepts in project layout and then in prepress issues including font, trapping and colour management for printing preparation are examined.

Design philosophy and publication of a Graphic Design Portfolio, in both print and electronic forms are constructed for program graduates to share with prospective employers for the purpose of finding employment.

Admission Requirements

O.S.S.D. or equivalent

Mature applicants must be at least 19 years of age by the start of classes and be out of secondary school for at least one year. Mature applicant testing is available in the Counselling Department. The test(s) will demonstrate equivalency in required admission subjects. For more information please contact the Counselling Department at x 3412.

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Employment Opportunities

Graduates may be employed in, or may aspire for employment in the following career positions which include, but are not limited to:


Tuition Fees

Fees for this program are charged on a course-by-course basis. For individual course fees, please visit the course list and select a course.

Online course choices will have added software fees and book costs are not included in course fees unless otherwise stated.

Online Education

Program Information