Graphic Design

Explore design history, typography, digital imaging, editorial design, branding, illustration, web design and professional graphic design practice.

Start Date:
September
Duration:
2 Years
Credential:
Diploma
Delivery:
Full-time (In-class)
Locations:
+Locations & Availability
September 2017 Waterfront Campus • Dartmouth • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.

Program Overview

Graphic Design solves communication problems visually. Logos, posters, package designs, websites, billboards, brochures, letterheads, advertisements, interpretive exhibitions and publications are examples of the types of communication needs Graphic Designers fulfill.

The skills required for successful visual communication design include the ability to develop strong original concepts and select the appropriate communication medium and style for the target audience within a context of local and global cultural and environmental awareness. In this program, you learn the essential skills required to be a successful Graphic Designer by covering subjects, such as design process and management, design history, typography, digital imaging, editorial design, branding and professional graphic design practice, while developing and producing professional, visual communication pieces, working in a studio environment.

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Admission Requirements

Choose NSCC

  • Experience a real-world environment. When you graduate, you have an in-depth understanding of what employers are expecting. Deadlines, responsibilities, teamwork and technical abilities are stressed, along with the ability to develop fresh and effective concepts in graphic design. In addition, you complete a work term assignment that puts you in a real business environment, for hands-on learning that goes beyond any classroom.
  • Learn from experienced, enthusiastic instructors who support your success.
  • Develop solutions that incorporate environmental sustainability and cultural awareness.
  • You graduate with an entrepreneurial skill set which you use, whether you work as an employee, freelancer or decide to open your own shop.
  • Continue your studies at university. This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more.

Employment Opportunities

  • Design and advertising agencies, newspapers, magazines, publishing companies, web design and multimedia design firms and printing companies. Many Graphic Designers also find success as freelancers.

Our Grads

  • Our graduates work for communication firms and media outlets in the region and throughout Canada. The range of roles is varied and includes designing consumer packaging, exhibition material for museums and communication tools for hospitals or medical organizations.

Other Info

  • Alternate Locations – The location for this program alternates and is not always offered at the same locations each year. Check program locations for upcoming start dates.
  • Co-operative Education (Co-op) – This program is eligible for an optional co-op credit course. Co-op provides an opportunity for paid employment (of at least 12-weeks) in a field related to your program between your first and second year.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
BART 3015   Business & Entrepreneurship for Graphic Designers
BART 4015   Design Matters: The Business of Sustainable Design
GDES 1000   Studio Practice I
GDES 1010   Typography I
GDES 1015   Visual Communications I: Fundamentals
GDES 1020   Digital Illustration Techniques
GDES 1025   Intro to Web-Based Media
GDES 1030   Design History
GDES 1040   Graphic Design of the 20th Century
GDES 2000   Studio Practice II
GDES 2010   Web Design Basics
GDES 2020   Conceptual Illustration
GDES 2030   Photography for Graphic Design
GDES 2040   Professional Strategies for Graphic Design
GDES 2045   Visual Continuity
GDES 2050   Pre-press
GDES 3010   Typography II
GDES 3015   Visual Communications II: Strategies & Solutions
GDES 3030   Art Direction
GDES 3040   Design Culture
GDES 3050   Studio: Print
GDES 4010   Studio: Web
GDES 4015   Visual Communications III: Analysis
GDES 4020   Self Promotion
GDES 4050   Production
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
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