The Certificate in Graphic Design combines art principles and industry standard design software techniques in Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator to provide essential knowledge and skills required to begin designing and building professional graphics.
This program will provide you with a solid foundation in core design areas such as two-dimensional design, typography, colour and drawing, as well as digital drawing and design. You will learn to create print or web-based effective designs to get the audience's attention and get the intended message across.
Through applied projects and assignments, this program will challenge you to develop creative solutions to hands-on design problems aimed at preparing them for a variety of industry-related design experiences, and helping build a portfolio.
This certificate will be of value to those interested in the graphic design industry and wish to work in advertising, branding and corporate identity, signage, web design, and other related areas.
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Courses are taught in classroom or computer lab format. ICT courses are also offered online: synchronously in real-time.
In general, most students who have other significant time commitments complete the program in two years.
Students are encouraged to contact a student advisor to discuss their specific situation.
You can take courses first and enrol in the certificate later; however, as programs are subject to change, we recommend you apply for admission to the certificate program as early as possible. Once you are admitted, you can be confident that you have locked in the requirements leading to your graduation.
You must be a minimum of 18 years of age to be admitted to the program. Successful completion of a Grade 12 diploma and relevant work experience are recommended. If English is not your first language, please review the English language proficiency requirements.
A degree or diploma is not required to enroll in this certificate.Apply for Certificate Admission
Prior learning from other post-secondary institutions
Advanced standing may be granted for equivalent, graded courses completed at other post-secondary institutions. Credit may be granted up to a maximum of 60 hours towards this certificate.
To apply for advanced standing, click here.
Transferring credit from other Continuing Education certificates
If you have completed requirements for another University of Calgary Continuing Education certificate, you may be able to transfer some credits between programs. For details, please review the Transferability section in the certificate programs that you have completed. To transfer credits, please contact a student advisor.
The combined total of Transferability and Advanced Standing credits cannot exceed 120 hours for this certificate.
On completion of one certificate, you may wish to pursue studies in another.
On completion of this certificate, up to 120 hours of equivalent courses may be transferred towards certificates in Integrated Digital Media, and Visual Design. The number of hours will vary based on certificate requirements and courses.
If you wish to pursue another certificate program please complete the Application for Admission for your next certificate, and email email@example.com requesting transfer of the equivalent course credits, or contact a student advisor for assistance at 403-220-2866. You must request the transfer of the equivalent courses credits to apply to your next certificate — this will not happen without your request.
Receive a discount of 5% per course by registering at the same time for three or more courses. Register online or by calling 403-220-2952. Some restrictions apply (i.e. all courses must take place within the current academic year).
Note: ICT courses within the Certificates in Visual Design and Graphic Design are not eligible for the discount.
It is the student's responsibility to ensure all requirements for graduation are fulfilled, and to apply to graduate.
View our Graduation page for details.