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Graphic Design Diploma - Advanced Entrance

The goal of this program is to prepare students for a career in the graphic design industry. This program will prepare students in three key areas necessary for working in the design industry: design principles, technical expertise, critical thinking and client relations.

Graduates will be proficient in the entire design process, from conceptual development to final delivery on various media, from print to pixels. Research, critical thinking, visual language, typography and layout, branding and corporate identity and technical expertise including the Adobe Creative Cloud applications.

This program is unique as it offers students the opportunity to develop working relationships with actual clients within a mentored studio setting in the second year. Students will then prepare a professional portfolio and conclude with a four week practicum.

We are currently accepting applications for the advanced entrance for the Diploma program. Acceptance into the program can be met by:

  1. Completion of VCC Graphic Design Certificate
  2. or
  3. Completion of a Graphic Design Certificate, Diploma, or Degree equivalent from another recognized institution (national or international) as determined by the program Department Head (please see our Admissions Requirement for the complete process).

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Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
Jan, Sep 10 months 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

Students entering 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 15 courses for 55 credits in Year 2. 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.

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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 16 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.

Advanced Admission Requirements (Year 2):

Completion of VCC Graphic Design Certificate

OR

Completion of Graphic Design Certificate equivalent (can be a Certificate, Diploma or Degree in graphic design) from another recognized institution (either national or international) as determined by the program Department Head. AND Interview with Selection Committee.

Selection Committee Interview Process:

  1. Prior to interview students are required to provide to the Department Head, Lorena Espinoza.
    • Resumé
    • 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
  2. Once the above has been received by VCC, then the Graphic Design Department will receive an email with your time and date for your portfolio interview (Please be sure to follow the directions in the email invitation). Preparing for the portfolio interview:
    • The portfolio should include a minimum of 10 and no more than 15 pieces of work.
    • The portfolio is a selected collection of drawings, sketches, photographs, or any other representation illustrating your artistic abilities, sensitivities, visual awareness, and interests through choice and presentation.
    • Your portfolio can be digital and/or include physical artifacts.
    • We do not require the portfolio in advance, but you are required to bring it with you for your interview.
    • It is strongly suggested you attend an Info Session prior to your interview so if you have any questions or concerned can be addressed then.

Courses Schedule

Courses Schedule

 

Term 3

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


Term 4

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


Fees and Other costs

Fees and Other Costs:


International Application Fee $145
Tuition Fee $18,532
Student Union Fee $59.54
College Initiative Fee $138.48
Student Union Health Plan Fee $146
Student Union Dental Plan Fee $146
U-Pass Fee $369
Other Costs Graduation Fee - $40

Campus Resource Fee - $185

Textbooks and supplies - $900

Contact Us/Request Info

Contact Us/Request Info

email: study@vcc.ca

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Program: Graphic Design Diploma - Advanced Entrance