Graphic Design


Learn advanced design tools, theory, and processes used in graphic design for print and web while working directly with public clients in a mentored studio setting.

Tuition: 18106*
Credential: Diploma
Length: 2 0 years
Hours: Full-time
Delivery: Class-based
Program Flyer: Download
Campus: Downtown Downtown
Start Dates: Jan, May, Sep
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What you will learn

  • Traditional design principles and processes
  • Adobe Creative Cloud software, including Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Colour theory and typographic principles
  • Branding and visual identity design
  • Packaging design
  • Editorial design and print layout principles
  • Web and UI/UX design
  • Web development (HTML/CSS)
  • Content management systems (CMS)
  • Digital photography
  • Writing, editing, and proofreading
  • Client relationships and expectations
  • Business and marketing principles

What to expect

  • Mac-based computer labs with the latest software
  • Access to drawing tablets, iPads, digital cameras, scanners, and colour printers
  • Creative group exercises and discussions
  • Field trips and guest lectures
  • Critiques and discussions to develop an eye for design
  • Enthusiastic and experienced faculty members
  • 120-hour practicum with an industry partner
  • Experience working on real client projects in our design studio, Studio Nuvo

Admission requirements


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)

  • English 12 with a minimum 'C' grade or English Language Proficiency at the English 12 'C' level or equivalent

  • Interview with Selection Committee

    • Prior to the interview students are required to provide:

      • Personal portfolio*

      • Resumé and letter of intent (250-500 words) clearly listing reasons for pursuing the diploma*

B) Advanced Admission Requirements (Year 2)

  • Completion of a graphic design certificate program equivalent to the first year of the program, from a recognized institution as determined by the department. If necessary, additional first-year courses as determined by the department.

  • Interview with Selection Committee

    • Prior to the interview students are required to provide:

      • Professional portfolio*

      • Resumé and letter of intent (250-500 words), clearly listing reasons for pursuing the diploma*

      • Three references from people who have worked with the applicant in a relevant professional or academic environment

*For more information on application submissions, please see the Submission Guidelines


  • This program is available to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. See program options for international students at VCC International.
  • Applicants who self-identify as Indigenous are strongly encouraged to connect with VCC’s Indigenous Education and Community Engagement team to learn more about VCC’s Indigenous Enrolment policy, application preparation/completion, program advising, and a range of other individualized services.
  • Applicants must be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school. (Some exceptions may apply.)
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts and other documents as required by their course or program. Seats are offered to eligible applicants with completed applications, in order of application completion date (except for programs with competitive admissions). A complete application includes an application form, evidence of educational pre-requisites (e.g. transcripts), any required supporting documents (e.g. language proficiency, audition video), and the required deposit or fee payment. If you do not meet the requirements for the term applied, your application may be cancelled.

Missing prerequisites? Learn more about VCC's tuition-free academic upgrading or English as a Second Language (ESL) courses, or discover which university transfer options are right for you.

Recommended Characteristics

  • Ability to work well in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Ability to work effectively in a team and independently with confidence
  • Customer service-oriented outlook and ability to work well with a wide variety of people
  • Ability to give and receive feedback
  • Motivation, curiosity, and research-orientation
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to spend full days doing computer-based work
  • Basic understanding of Mac computers (strongly recommended)

Courses *

Program general hours

This program runs Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Prior learning assessment and recognition

Students may request formal recognition of prior learning attained through informal education, work, or other life experience, including Indigenous ways of knowing. Credits may be granted to students who are able to sufficiently demonstrate the learning outcomes of specific courses.

PLAR is available for all required courses in the program, except:

  • VCDP 2455 Studio: Special Topics
  • VCDP 2465 Studio: Specialization
  • VCDP 2490 Portfolio
  • VCDP 2500 Graphic Design Work Experience

Students may complete up to 12 program credits through PLAR. Tuition and fees may still apply to PLAR candidates.

Methods for assessing prior learning may include interviews, portfolios, projects, assignments, or other evaluations. Please see the course outlines for details.

If PLAR is successful, transcripts will reflect an ‘S’ grade (satisfactorily completed), which is not included in grade point average (GPA) calculations.

See Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition policy for more information.

Fees and other costs *

Tuition Deposit

0 (0 non-refundable)

Tution deposits are payable usually within two (2) weeks after a Letter of Offer is issued.

Fee descriptionFee AmountNotes
Application fee36
Tuition Tuition 18106
Student union256
College initiative317
Materials0 not including textbooks
Campus resource363
Tools (deposit)0
Coverall (deposit)0
Uniform (deposit)0
Medical and Dental 550
Temporary Medical Insurance 0
U-PASS 796
Program-specific extra fees0
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