Graphic designers work as an integral part of a creative team to develop a wide range of products, from advertising campaigns in newspapers and magazines, electronic media and outdoor advertising to print communications (brochures, flyers, annual reports, corporate image packages,) and more. Graduates of St. Clair College's Graphic Design program will also have proficiency in web design, motion graphics and illustration capabilities.
This program will appeal to students who are emerging from visual/media arts backgrounds at the high school or post-secondary level, for mature students, and those who have a love of design and visual expression. Applicants display a passion for print and web design and typography, motion graphics, photography and illustration. They will develop the ability to visualize and express concepts based on the clients' needs. This requires creativity and imagination while meeting tight deadlines.
Six week internship in an industry environment
Traditional media and enhanced digital media training
All faculty are professional graphic designers, illustrators or multimedia artists
Graduation from this program provides the first step in professional accreditation as a Registered Graphic Designer (Association of Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario)
Student-run Graphic Design Club
Graduate design exhibition in the community in year three
Program emphasizes creativity, originality and critical thinking
Graphic Design is a global discipline with worldwide employment opportunities. Graduates of the graphic design program will find entry level positions include junior designer, prepress production artist and web designer. Opportunities exist in advertising agencies, graphic design studios, with printers or publishers, with newspapers and doing in-house design. There is also the potential for freelancing and contract work. With experience the designer can become an art director, creative director or production manager.
WHY CHOOSE ST. CLAIR COLLEGE'S GRAPHIC DESIGN PROGRAM?
Design, Letterforms, Web pages, Motion Visuals and Illustrated Imagery pre-occupy you. Your computer is stuffed with multimedia applications and you have multiple Pinterest boards loaded with art inspiration. You are vetting graphic design schools in Ontario, seeking a solid introduction into the professional world of media. St. Clair's graphic design program offers a stimulating learning environment where you train with industry professionals.
Unlike other graphic design colleges, St. Clair College offers a blend of traditional and digital media in a solid and comprehensive training program. Beginning with the History of Design Art and its fundamentals, you will hone your talent for Illustration, Design & Layout, Digital Photography, Photoshop, and Design for Multi-Media. Learn Typography, Copywriting and Prepress Production.
Our internship component allows you to gain real-world experience in your chosen area. At completion of the graphic design program, you have mastered one of the first steps on your way to professional accreditation with the Association of Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario.
Emerging from our graphic design program, you will see that opportunities are abound: designing for the web, freelancing as a graphic designer, thriving in the world of advertising, immersed in the publishing industry or working towards becoming an art director or production manager.
The standard tuition and compulsory fees for the current academic year for YEAR ONE students are:
For programs with Experiential Learning (Work Placement/Internship): Costs for accommodation, if needed, travel and related expenses is at the student's own expense. It is recommended for most programs, that students have access to a laptop or desktop computer while away from home during experiential learning periods.