Graphic Design
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Campus:

St. Clair College Centre for the Arts - Windsor (T809)

Program Length:
Three Year - Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Starts:
September

Contact:


Michael Lovell
519-972-2727 ext. 4394
mlovell@stclaircollege.ca


ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
OSSD with the majority of courses at the College (C), University (U), University/College (M) or Open (O) level qualify for admission to this program.

Recommended: 1 Arts or Media Class.

Mature students - See Admission Procedures for details.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Students will be required to submit an art portfolio. For portfolio guidelines and requirements, click here (38kb PDF file).

PROGRAM OVERVIEW
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 competent in drawing and have demonstrated a strong interest in the areas of design, web design, photography and illustration. They need the ability to visualize and express concepts based on the clients' needs. This requires creativity and imagination while meeting often tight deadlines.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
  • 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
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
WHY CHOOSE ST. CLAIR COLLEGE'S GRAPHIC DESIGN PROGRAM?
Design and illustration pre-occupy you. Your computer is stuffed with multimedia applications. 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.

YOUR INVESTMENT
Fees are subject to adjustment each year. The fees for the current academic year are as follows:

Total 1st Year Tuition and Compulsory Fees:
$4,131.62
Art Kit and Digital Camera approximately:
$1,300.00

For textbook prices see the Bookstore website .

For a breakdown of tuition and other compulsory fees for Canadian, U.S. and International students, see Tuition & Fees.

DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS


Code
Credit
Course Name
Semester 1
GRD101
6
Studio Foundations
GRD125
4
Illustration I
GRD130
4
Design & Layout I
GRD155
3
Typography I
GRD107
2
Copywriting for Design I
GRD260
2
Digital Photography

Semester 2
GRD203
3
Studio Production I
GRD212
4
Design & layout II
GRD215
4
Illustration II
GRD222
3
History of Design Art
GRD225
3
Typography II
GRD331
3
Photoshop
GRD207
2
Copywriting for Design II

Semester 3
GRD300
4
Design & Layout III
GRD315
4
Illustration III
GRD303
3
Studio Production II
GRD304
4
Web & Multimedia I
GRD355
3
Typography III
GRD431
3
Photoshop II

Code
Credit
Course Name
Semester 4
LSW100G
3
Literature: Short Exposition
GRD400
4
Design & Layout IV
GRD415
3
Illustration IV
GRD403
3
Studio Production III
GRD404
4
Web & Multimedia II
GRD401
3
Introduction to Motion Graphics

Semester 5
GRD504
4
Web & Multimedia III
GRD508
2
Digital Photography II
GRD513
3
Illustration for the Web I
GRD518
6
Design Agency I
GRD515
3
Business of Graphic Design
ELEC1030
3
General Education Elective


Semester 6
GRD613
2
Illustration for the Web II
GRD610
2
Project Management
ELEC1030
3
Online General Education Elective
GRD618
4
Design Agency II
GRD604
2
Web & Multimedia IV
GRD601
14
Internship