Digital Graphic Design

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 throughout this nine-month program.

Program Status: Accepting applications. Next intake is September 2016. Application deadline is June 27, 2016 4pm.
Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
September 2016 9 months Certificate Downtown Full-time

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Digital Graphic Design will close accepting applications for the September 2016 intake on June 27, 2016 4pm. If you have any questions about the program you may contact the Department Head, Lorena Espinoza at lespinoza@vcc.ca.

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Program Description

Program Description

Hands-on, computer-based graphic design projects, both real world and simulated account for approximately 75% of the program curriculum. Teamwork, research, critique and presentation are additional areas of focus intended to develop effective skills in concept design, communication and professionalism.

High standards of design and professional conduct will be emphasized throughout the program. Activities consist of lectures, interactive demonstrations, self and peer critique discussions, independent study through the use of textbooks and reading materials, group assignments and projects, guest workshops, and exploratory hands-on assignments and projects that reflect industry production.

The digital graphic design lab, located at the Downtown campus, is equipped with Apple Mac workstations with the latest software and operating systems. Students have access to drawing tablets, digital cameras, scanners and colour printers. The ratio of students to workstations is 1:1.

The digital graphic design program is full-time. There are two classes that run each day at different times:
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Monday to Friday, 2 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Successful applicants will be offered a seat in either the morning class or the afternoon class.

Find out more, email at dgd@vcc.ca or call 604.871.7000, ext. 8535.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements


VCC welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 18 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

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

Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.

Admission is by competitive selection based on:

  • Grade 12 graduation, or equivalent
  • Applicants whose first language is other than English, who have not completed English 098/099 and are presenting foreign documents equivalent to Grade 12, must successfully complete an English Language Assessment, http://www.vcc.ca/assessments which includes a Canadian Language Benchmark of Listening 8, Speaking 8, Reading 7, and Writing 7 or better.

    Once the academic requirements have been verified by the Admissions Office your application will be sent to the Digital Graphic Design Department. When the department receives your application you will be sent an email with a portfolio review invitation, the invitation also includes a request for your resumé. Please send your resumé no longer than two weeks after you have received your invitation (exact email instructions are included with the invitation letter). The department does not accept portfolios before the interview, please bring the portfolio with you for the interview.

    It is strongly advised that you attend an Info Session (http://www.vcc.ca/programscourses/program-areas/design/digital-graphic-design/#infoSessions)before your Portfolio and Resume Review and Interview.

  • Portfolio review and Resume Review and Interview - The primary goal of the portfolio and resume review, and interview is to assess the likelihood of your success in the Digital Graphic Design Certificate. As a result of the interview you may be offered a seat in the DGD program, placed on a stand-by list until a seat becomes available or asked to re-apply next year

The DGD department recognizes that some applicants may not possess a detailed artistic history and portfolio. The opportunity for a career change and lifelong learning are acknowledged and seriously considered by the DGD department. All applicants are required to participate in the interview process.

Please review the digital graphic design portfolio submission guidelines.

Recommended Characteristics:

  • Ability to work well in a structured environment
  • Ability to work in a team and independently with confidence
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Accountable, responsible
  • Enthusiastic, positive attitude
  • High performance standards
  • Demonstrates initiative, self-starter
  • Flexible, adaptable
  • Diligent, dedicated
  • Customer service oriented
  • Performs well under pressure
  • Basic understanding of computers is strongly recommended

Course Schedule

Courses Schedule

Fees and Other costs

Application Fee $35
Tuition Fee $3,092
Student Union Fee $29.36
College Initiative Fee $88.86
Student Union Health Plan Fee $146
Student Union Dental Plan Fee $146
U-Pass Fee $356.00
Other Costs $21 - Graduation Fee
$124 - Campus Resource Fee
$950 - Books, Supplies and Printing

Fees are approximate and subject to change without notice. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made. The application fee is non-refundable. For more information, see withdrawals and refunds specific to this program.

Info Sessions

Info Sessions

VCC's digital graphic design program is nine-months, full-time with intakes each September.

Our graduates have gained employment in design firms, advertising agencies, print houses, service bureaus, architectural firms, communications industries, public and private companies as well as freelance contracting. Students can also build a solid portfolio for the purpose of future competition and admission into degree-granting art and design institutes.

Each year, students organize a professional design exhibition that's open to the public.

Join us for an information session co-hosted by representatives from both the digital graphic design and web and graphic design programs and explore the various learning opportunites at VCC.

Date Day Time Room Location
June 9, 2016 Thursday 5 - 6 p.m. 821 Downtown
June 23, 2016 Thursday 5 - 6 p.m. 821 Downtown

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Program Highlights

Program Highlights

Career Prospects

Career Prospects

Course Schedule

Courses Schedule

Term 1

Intro to Design (DGRD 1010) 4.0 credits  course outline
Designing with Type (DGRD 1020) 2.0 credits  course outline
Type and Image (DGRD 1030) 3.0 credits  course outline
Composition (DGRD 1040) 3.0 credits  course outline
Design for Print (DGRD 1115) 9.0 credits  course outline
Design for Web (DGRD 1116) 9.0 credits  course outline
Guided Independent Studies (DGRD 1215) 4.0 credits  course outline
Portfolio Completion (DGRD 1216) 2.0 credits  course outline

Digital graphic design instructor teaching a student
Students' works displayed
Students' works displayed
Digital graphic design instructor teaching a student
Students' work displayed.