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Graphic and Print Production

Graphic and Print Production

Learn the process and technical knowledge of the printing industry through experiences in real print shop environments.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
2 Years
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
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 Seats available


This is an exciting and evolving industry that challenges you – creatively and technically. All printed material goes through a number of 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. You 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.

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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

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end, or throughout the duration, of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • This program is eligible for an optional cooperative education (co-op) credit course.
  • Co-op provides an opportunity for paid, full-time work placements that last 12 to 16 weeks.
  • Our co-op program follows Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) guidelines.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Career options

  • 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.

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.
  • You learn in an environment that's been built to simulate the printing industry, using industry-standard equipment and processes; you get the skills employers are looking for.
  • You learn from faculty who have strong industry connections and experience. Our instructors regularly upgrade their skills through industry work.
  • You collaborate with peers and professionals in 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

Other info

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 2027   File Creation and Assembly III
GAPP 2028   Bindery, Finishing and Installations III
GAPP 2032   Print Operations and Innovation
GAPP 2500   Work Experience
GAPP 3002   Pre-Press III
GAPP 3010   Digital & Offset Production III
GAPP 3032   Print Operations Management
GAPP 3037   File Creation and Assembly IV
GAPP 3038   Bindery, Finishing and Installation IV
GAPP 4002   Pre-Press IV
GAPP 4010   Digital & Offset Production IV
GAPP 4500   Work Experience
GDES 2201   Graphic Design
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act

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