Visual and Graphic Design

Master the hands-on skills needed for a career in visual and graphic design with training in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Premiere

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This diploma program focuses on preparing you to work in a wide variety of graphic and visual art and design industries. You will be introduced to industry-standard software and learn fundamental art and design ideas and concepts. In subsequent terms, you will be provided with many opportunities to apply this knowledge to further your expertise and learn innovative technical and practical skills in a project-based learning environment. You will graduate with a portfolio that showcases your talents, your passion for design, and your professional identity.

Learning Objectives

  • A solid foundation in visual and graphic art and design theory and practice
  • Proficiency with industry-standard software tools and skills
  • Design thinking, visual and conceptual problem-solving skills
  • The ability to apply your design and technical knowledge to a wide variety of visual and graphic design challenges

Diploma Program

Total Program Hours:
1020 Hours
Full-Time Program Length:
50 Weeks
(Includes holidays and professional days)
Program content is subject to change.

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Career Opportunities

Advertising Designer
Artist
Graphic Artist
Illustrator
Layout Designer
Page Designer
Admission Requirements:
  • Grade 12 / GED or mature student status (all transcripts must be “true certified copies” or originals).
  • Applicants must successfully complete the admissions interview and English entrance assessments with a minimum score of 20/40.
  • Domestic Students: Domestic students that can provide a Canadian transcript showing completion of English 11 or 12 (or equivalent) with a passing grade of ‘C’, will be exempt from having to write the English Entrance Assessment.
  • International Students: International students can meet the English requirement by completing or demonstrating one of the following three options:
    • Sprott Shaw’s English Language Assessment, OR
    • Minimum IELTS Score 5.5 overall or iBT TOFEL Score of 70, OR
    • Completion of an ESL program from one of SSC’s partnered ESL schools.

Note: English level assessment will be required for international students (with a minimum score of 20/40 in language).

Diploma Requirements:
  • 65% average upon successful completion of all courses, including courses given a complete
  • Successful portfolio submission

Students can expect to complete 1 to 3 hours of homework per day

* Visual and Graphic Design was reviewed and approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.

Students can expect to complete one to three hours of homework per day.

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Courses List

This 50 week Diploma program requires the student to complete the following courses.

This course introduces students to the industry-standard desktop publishing application. Students will learn and become familiar with the fundamental software tool set.

This course introduces students to fundamental terminology, concepts, and techniques of digital photography using a wide variety of digital devices. Course content will focus on the principles of using colour, composition, and lighting to capture real-world subjects.

This course introduces students to the industry-standard vector imaging application. Students will learn and become familiar with the fundamental software toolset.

This course introduces students to the industry-standard digital manipulation application. Students will learn and become familiar with the fundamental software toolset.

This course introduces students to the industry standard time-based non-linear video editing application. Students will learn and become familiar with the fundamental software toolset.

This course introduces students to the fundamentals and application of colour theory. Through a wide variety of art and design hands-on exercises, students will explore how colour theory is used in creatively finding solutions to design challenges.

This course introduces students to drawing from a 2D perspective. Students will learn to apply fundamental concepts of 2D drawing by exploring the use of basic shapes and techniques in drawing simple objects comprised of lines, shapes and will learn to apply simple shading patterns.

This course introduces students to the history, fundamentals, principles, and application of graphic design. Through case studies and hands-on exercises, students will explore how theory is applied creatively in finding solutions to design challenges.

This course focuses on the basic principles of typography and its importance in visual and graphic design. Students will learn how typography evolved from the earliest days in the form of basic symbols and forms to present-day digital fonts. Students will discover the building blocks of type, typographic measurement units and typefaces, both classical and modern fonts.

Students will be introduced to the theory, principles, and practice of visual design by exploring the use of imagery, colour, shapes, typography, and form to enhance the visual and user experience.

These courses build on the tools and techniques introduced in InDesign I. This course will explore the techniques, technologies, and methods used in contemporary page design and layout. Students will learn how to apply the InDesign tool set in the creation of simple page layout designs.

These courses build on Drawing I by introducing students to drawing from a 3-dimensional perspective. This course explores the use of 2D shapes and drawing techniques in the creation of 3D objects. Students will learn how to draw using perspective, scale, and proportions and their role in the production of realistic 3D drawings.

These courses build on the tools and techniques introduced in Illustrator I. Students will gain an Intermediate understanding of the toolset. Skills will be applied to a variety of design problems for which students will create original solutions.

This course builds upon tools and techniques introduced in Photoshop I. Students will learn functions and features and how to use and apply layers, slices, roll-overs, image maps, blends, and painting and compositing tools in the creation of original work by using a variety of design processes and output formats. The ‘design brief’ will be introduced.

This course builds upon tools and techniques introduced in Typography I. Students will learn how to use digital type as a creative impactful design and communication element across a variety of media types. Topics will include type classifications, style sheets, tabs, tracking, orphan/widow control, and white space for structure and identity in the solution to design challenges.

This course builds upon tools and techniques introduced in InDesign II. This course will explore intermediate techniques and methods used in contemporary page design and layout. Students will learn how to apply the InDesign tool set in the creation of multifaceted page designs.

This course builds upon Drawing II by introducing students to drawing complex in a three-dimensional perspective. This course explores the use of more complex shapes and drawing techniques in the creation of more complex objects. Students will also gain an understanding of light source placement and shadow casting in the production of realistic 3D drawings and how these can be used to enhance the final drawing.

This course builds upon tools and techniques introduced in Illustrator II. Students will gain an advanced understanding of the toolset. These skills will be applied to a variety of industry design problems for which students will create original solutions. Application specific output formats will be introduced.

This course builds upon tools and techniques introduced in Photoshop II. Students will learn advanced functions and how to use and apply layers, slices, image maps, blends, and painting and compositing tools in the advanced manipulation of images and in the creation of original work. Students will be introduced to problem-solving methodologies that will assist them in thinking about the design process and solving sophisticated design problems.

This course builds upon tools and techniques introduced in Typography II. Students will learn how to use digital type as a creative impactful design and communication element across a variety of media types. Topics will include contrast, alignment, spacing, repetition, unity, sequence, balance, and the importance of grid for structure and identity in the solution to design challenges.

Students will be introduced to traditional media marketing, promotion, and advertising theory and practice as it has evolved and continues to change. Using this framework students will begin to examine the purpose of design in the context of advertising and will explore design principles applied in the promotion of an idea or product.

Design challenges can have a variety of solutions. This course will introduce students to ‘design thinking’ and idea generation, problem-solving and critical thinking in a creative context. Case studies and simulation exercises will be employed in teaching students to apply conceptual and practical tools in solving design challenges.

This course builds upon tools and techniques introduced in InDesign III and explores techniques in print production, electronic prepress, colour calibration and management, and publishing to a variety of devices and output formats. Students will create dynamic documents.

This course explores the basic design and production principles of packaging, with emphasis on sustainability, material choice, form and function, and global manufacturing and shipping trends. Students will be required to propose design solutions that will take into account the choice of materials, environmental considerations, destination countries, and the aesthetics that will make packaging visually appealing and marketable.

In this course, students will be introduced to current web page design theory and practice, the fundamentals of web development, HTML and CSS application. This course will explore a variety of techniques, tools, and technologies used in the design and creation of web pages.

This course builds upon tools and techniques introduced in Advertising Design I. Students will be introduced to mobile and social media marketing, promotion, and advertising theory and practice as it has evolved and continues to change. Using this framework students will begin to explore the purpose of design in the context of advertising and will explore design principles that apply to mobile media as applied in the promotion of an idea or product.

This course builds upon tools and techniques introduced in Concept Development I. This course will expand your ability to apply ‘design thinking’ principles and creative critical thinking in the solution to a design challenge.

This course builds upon tools and techniques introduced in InDesign IV and explores advanced techniques in print production, electronic prepress, colour calibration and management, and publishing to a variety of devices and output formats. Students will create complex long-form dynamic documents.

Building on Package Design I, this course explores the design and production principles of more complex packaging, with emphasis on sustainability, material choice, form and function. Students will be required to develop packaging design solutions that will take into account the choice of materials, environmental considerations, and the regulations of destination countries.

Building on Web Design I students will apply current web site design theory and practice to the development of web sites using HTML and CSS applications. This course will explore a variety of accepted techniques, tools, and technologies in the design and development of a web site. Students will develop a simple XHTML based website using standard authoring tools

This course builds upon tools and techniques introduced in Advertising Design II. Students will learn the principles, practices, and interrelationships between marketing, the constraints applied by budgets, corporate marketing strategies, consumerism and culture, and the design of advertising material in both a local and global context across a variety of delivery vehicles. Students will choose an advertising scenario with a given constraint and will propose and defend three possible advertising design solutions.

Corporate branding identity influences the public’s perception of a company’s people, product, and purpose. This course will introduce students to the methodologies involved in conceptualizing identity systems, brands, branding considerations and the roll of the visual designer in these processes.

This course introduces the student to design and usability best practices in the creation of mobile user experience. Students will explore basic mobile, touch screen and user interface design principles. Students will apply these principles in the creation of a cross-platform mobile concept proposal.

This course will introduce students to the principles of digital animated graphics. Students will bring their knowledge of design and illustration to the creation of a storyboard and the development of visual assets. Students will learn how to create motion graphics for a variety of applications.

This course allows students to further the knowledge and skills they have gained in InDesign V by introducing them to the basic principles, techniques, and processes involved in creating digital and print-based publications. Students will learn how to design simple publications being delivered in print and web-based applications.

This course builds upon tools and techniques introduced in Advertising Design III. Students will apply the principles and practices in the solution to a design challenge across a variety of delivery vehicles. Students will three possible advertising design solutions.

Building on Corporate Design I, this course will introduce students to the methodologies involved in creating identity systems, brands, branding considerations, and all associated collateral across a variety of media and delivery technologies.

Building on Mobile Media Design I, this course introduces the student to design and usability best practices in the creation and development of mobile user experience. Students will apply basic mobile, touch screen and user interface design principles. Students will apply these principles in the creation of a cross-platform mobile prototype.

Building on Motion Graphics I this course will introduce students to the methodology of developing digital animated graphics. Students will bring their knowledge of design and illustration to the production of an animated short piece.

This course allows students to further the knowledge and skills they have gained in Publication Design I, by introducing them to advanced principles, techniques, and processes involved in creating digital and print-based publications. Students will learn how to design complex publications being delivered in a variety social media and mobile distribution channels.

(20 hours per week, 5 weeks) (Comp/Inc)

This practicum work experience allows students to demonstrate and apply acquired knowledge, technical, and practical skills in a real-world work environment while providing them with opportunities to experience personal and professional growth.

(20 hours per week, 5 weeks)

Building on the choices made with respect to selected portfolio pieces and supporting collateral material, students will focus on refining their portfolio work so that it clearly reflects a personal design philosophy, a focused area of interest and expertise, and clearly demonstrates competency mastery.

This course prepares students for their transition to the professional world of work. Students will learn how to present themselves using a variety of social media vehicles, how to conduct a successful job interview, how to effectively distribute and manage their marketing collateral, manage their social media presence, and understand work place etiquette and office politics.

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