|Study location||Canada, Ontario, Kitchener|
|Type||Advanced Diploma, College|
|Nominal duration||3 years|
|Tuition fee||CA$16,570 per year
The fee is for the 2022–2023 academic year and includes tuition (CA$13,750), health insurance and ancillary charges.
The fees displayed are estimates for and are subject to change.
|Registration fee||CA$400 one-time
The registration fee includes the non-refundable application fee (CA$100) and the refundable deposit fee (CA$300).
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High School / Secondary Education (or higher)
To be eligible for admission, you must possess a high school diploma including these required courses (or equivalents):
Note: All applicants who meet the academic strength requirements must attend a program information session and present a portfolio of their creative work.
The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English.
For direct admission, you must be from an English-speaking country or, you must provide one of the English language proficiency tests below:
A relevant portfolio is required.
- Applicants meeting minimum academic requirements are invited to begin the selection process which requires them to attend a program information meeting where they will present a portfolio of their design-related work.
- Final selection is made using a formula that combines academic strength with the portfolio creative, technical, survey and presentation scores.
- A sound English background is important for success in this program and is considered during the admission selection process. Minimum cutoffs apply.
The Graphic Design advanced diploma program has an exceptional reputation for graduating talented designers and is recognized as one of the top design programs in the province. Many students win regional, national, and international awards for their design work including RGD (Association of Registered Graphic Designers), ADCC (Advertising and Design Club of Canada), Applied Arts, Print, HOW, and many others.
In this program you will have access to up-to-date technologies, including software, hardware, photography studio, and printing facilities. The program has limited enrolment and small class sizes to ensure students’ access to award-winning faculty with professional experience in the field of graphic design, packaging, photography and illustration. You will engage in a collaborative environment with dynamic studio projects for both in-class and live clients. As well, the program offers educational and socially engaging field trips, guest speakers, and multiple collaborations with other students and outside organizations. The program supports student membership in the Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD) and provides access to the Design Thinkers Conference. RGD members have access to a variety of resources on the RGD website.
The program employs a project-based learning approach that addresses design, digital content creation, communication, inter-personal, mechanical, technical and enhanced employability skills. In the third year, you will participate in field placements to reinforce professional industry standards.
Conestoga’s graphic design students are prepared to assume junior-level design positions and related responsibilities in the graphic design studios, advertising agencies, in-house communication departments, and technology-based companies. As a graduate you will use knowledge of design thinking, research, process, and practical design skills to plan and create purposeful visual communications, in collaboration with colleagues, supervisors, art or creative directors, project managers, and clients.
Graduates have advanced standing opportunities toward degree completion in Conestoga’s Honours Bachelor of Design.
Conestoga’s graphic design graduates are prepared to assume junior-level design positions and related responsibilities in graphic design studios, advertising agencies, in-house communication departments, and technology-based companies.