|Duration:||6 Semesters (3 Years)|
|Start Dates:||Summer, Fall, Winter, |
Start dates are subject to change
|Credential Awarded:||Ontario College Advanced Diploma|
Throughout the program, your studies will focus on the creative aspects of designing and producing print, web–based and interactive graphic materials for use by corporate, publishing and advertising clients.
You’ll learn the principles, materials, and skills necessary to bring a design problem to a logical solution. In your first year, you’ll concentrate on developing your understanding of design fundamentals. Your second and third years will provide you with the opportunity to apply these principles to a variety of design problems. In your third year you'll design materials for print and the web, and you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a field placement.
Your studies will include visual design concepts, colour theory, drawing, typography, print production, advertising, corporate design, publications design, packaging design, website design, interactive design, information design and photography. Computer design skills are integrated into various subjects throughout the program. Upon graduation, you’ll be proficient in computer design applications in both the Mac and PC environments.
Note: This program is recommended for students interested in working as a designer within the communications industry.
Program Learning Outcomes:
This Seneca College program meets the system-wide standards as set by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:
- Develop and implement solutions to problems encountered in all phases of the graphic design process.
- Create visual communications through the application of design theories and principles to develop effective design solutions.
- Apply typographic skills and knowledge to create effective visual communications.
- Use a variety of technologies to create, capture, and manipulate design elements in producing a final product.
- Communicate effectively, credibly, and accurately with clients, supervisors, coworkers, and target audiences by using a variety of media.
- Apply effective business practices and project management skills appropriate to his/her position in the graphic design field.
- Develop personal and professional strategies and plans to improve job performance and professional relationships with clients, coworkers, and supervisors.
Essential Employability Skills:
Graduates of this program are also expected to demonstrate the essential employability skills learning outcomes as outlined on the Ministry of Training, College and Universities website.
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma with a majority of senior credits at the College Preparation (C), University Preparation (U) or University/College Preparation (M) level or Mature Student Status (age 19 or older)
- Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
In the event of oversubscription, applicant selection may be a two–step process. In Step 1, academic achievement (i.e. grades in pre–requisite subjects and/or scores in English and Reading Achievement Tests) and demonstration of written communication skills via academic achievement or written test may be used to select applicants who are eligible for Step 2. The second step will require attendance at an orientation session and the completion of program–related assignments. This includes satisfactory completion of a creative test and a drawing test. Three 8.5" x 11" design/art samples will be required. These samples will not be returned. Applicants who are unsuccessful in Step 1 will be notified by mail, and will not be included in Step 2 of the selection process. Note: Although not required for admission, any art and/or computer graphics credit and keyboarding skills are suggested.
The Importance of Learning Skills:
Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well–organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.
The world of art and design is calling. With the Graphic Design advanced diploma program, you’ll turn your passion for design into a career in the visual communications industry. In three years you could enjoy a creative and challenging career as a graphic designer, web designer, in– house designer for a corporation, advertising art director, interactive designer or print production.
Affiliations and Associations
- Design Exchange
- Graphic Design Education Association
- The Association of Registered Graphic Designers of Canada
One of the general education subjects must be a literature subject for which EAC150 is the pre-requisite.
For more information, please visit our website at els.senecac.on.ca: http://els.senecac.on.ca.
Diploma to Degree... and Beyond
Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):
|York University||• Any relevant major|
|Algoma University||• Bachelor of Arts|
|Laurier Brantford||• Honours Bachelor of Arts|
|Athabasca University||• Bachelor of Professional Arts in Communication Studies |
|Concordia University||• Bachelor of Fine Arts|
|Royal Roads University||• Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communication|
|University at Buffalo||• Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art or Bachelor of Fine Arts|
|Griffith University||• Bachelor of Design ** this arrangement is under review due to changes to the Griffith degree from 2013.|
• Master of Arts in Visual Arts
|Semester 1||Subject Name||Hrs/Wk|
|GRA120||Software Training I||3|
|ICA001||Introduction to Computers and Applications||2|
|Semester 2||Subject Name||Hrs/Wk|
|GRA210||Graphic Design I||3|
|GRA220||Software Training II||3|
|GRA241||History of Graphic Design I||2|
|XXXXXX||General Education Option||3|
|Semester 3||Subject Name||Hrs/Wk|
|EAC394||Effective Business Writing||3|
|GRA310||Graphic Design II||3|
|GRA320||Software Training III||3|
|GRA341||History of Graphic Design II||2|
|GRA350||Design Production I||3|
|GRA361||Web Software I||3|
|XXXXXX||General Education Option||3|
|Semester 4||Subject Name||Hrs/Wk|
|GRA410||Graphic Design III||3|
|GRA450||Design Production II||3|
|GRA461||Web Software II||3|
|GRA462||Interactive Design I||3|
|XXXXXX||General Education Option||3|
|Semester 5||Subject Name||Hrs/Wk|
|GRA510||Graphic Design IV||3|
|GRA562||Interactive Design II||3|
|Semester 6||Subject Name||Hrs/Wk|
|GRA610 *||Graphic Design V||3|
|GRA630 *||Type in Motion||3|
|GRA690 *||It's Your Business||3|
|GRA691 *||Professional Practices||3|
Each subject will run double time for half the semester; the other half will be field placement or in–studio practicum.
|For more information, please visit: http://sca.senecac.on.ca.|
|Program Coordinator:||Lauretta Wood
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33404
|Student Advisor:||Kinmond Smith
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33172
|Program Interim Chair:||Phillip Woolf
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33422
|Domestic Admissions Advisor:||Bridget De Vries
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22807
|International Admissions Advisor:||Gina Lombardi
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22405
|Registration & Records Advisor:||Sharina Khan
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33008