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Graphic and Print Production

Graphic and Print Production

Learn the process and technical knowledge of the printing industry through numerous work experience opportunities and real print shop teaching environments.

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Start Date:
2 Years
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September 2019
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Ivany Campus • Dartmouth Full time • In-class Waitlist

Program Overview

Imagine walking into your local grocery or department store and not seeing any printed signs. Every day, millions of people around the globe read menus, posters, vehicle graphics, billboards, flyers and packaging. We are surrounded by print that conveys numerous messages and information.

The transformation into the digital age has created advances in digital press technology which is allowing for shorter press runs, expanded output abilities and a focus on individual marketing versus mass marketing campaigns. Large format signage, packaging technology and the vinyl signage industries also continue to advance, providing a number of output abilities on a variety of materials.

Regardless of how the material is being printed (e.g., traditional press, digital press, large format printer, vinyl inkjet and cutters or other output devices), all printed material goes through a number of different production steps. From the logistics of the job to its shipment to the client, the expertise and ability of the Graphic and Print Production specialist is critical to the success of a project.

In this program, you learn current software applications used in advertising, design, publishing and the printing industries to develop a comprehensive knowledge of the interaction of printing devices as they relate to pre-press, paper, toner, ink, vinyl signage and finishing technologies. In addition, the skills gained enable you to troubleshoot problems to ensure finished products meet industry standards. This is an exciting and evolving industry that challenges you – creatively and technically. It's also a fast-moving industry that demands lightning-quick problem-solving skills and innovative thinking.

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Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

Choose NSCC

  • This program is not offered at any other post-secondary institution in the province. It provides the fundamental skills you need for employment in printing, publishing and other media-related industries.
  • Industry-ready skills – You learn in an environment that has been built to simulate the printing industry, using industry standard equipment and processes and gain the skills employers are looking for in their future employees.
  • Learn from faculty, who have strong industry connections and experience. Our instructors regularly upgrade their skills through industry work.
  • Collaborative Experience – Students collaborate with peers and professionals in other related programs, including Graphic Design and Photography.
  • Continue your studies at university. This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more.

Employment Opportunities

  • Printing and related industries are a large component of the manufacturing segment in the Canadian economy. Industry demand exceeds the current supply of qualified print specialists and many graduates have jobs waiting when they complete the program.

Other Info

  • 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.
  • Scholarships – Students enrolled in this program are eligible to apply for an industry scholarship awarded by the Canadian Printing Industries Association.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
COMM 1227   Communications I
COMM 1228   Communications II
DIGI 4003   Introduction to Graphic Design
GAPP 1002   Pre-Press I
GAPP 1010   Digital & Offset Production I
GAPP 1027   File Creation and Assembly I
GAPP 1028   Bindery, Finishing and Installations I
GAPP 1032   Customer Service and Production Planning
GAPP 1052   Marketing and Promotion
GAPP 1057   File Creation and Assembly II
GAPP 1058   Bindery, Finishing and Installations II
GAPP 1090   History of Print
GAPP 2002   Pre-Press II
GAPP 2010   Digital & Offset Production II
GAPP 2500   Work Experience
GAPP 3002   Pre-Press III
GAPP 3010   Digital & Offset Production III
GAPP 4002   Pre-Press IV
GAPP 4010   Digital & Offset Production IV
GAPP 4500   Work Experience
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act

Additional Graduation Requirements

Portfolio Development

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