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Graphic Design (GRAD)

Closed – Loyalist is no longer accepting applications for the 2015/2016 cycle

Our innovative graphic design program will help you develop your design thinking, cutting edge industry skills and entrepreneurial potential. Use your creativity to land that amazing job in print, packaging, web design, motion graphics, environmental graphics, branding and more.
  • Program Code

    GRAD

  • Credential
    • Three-year Ontario College Advanced Diploma

  • Start Date

    September entry

Find your career

Graduates are prepared for exciting and varied careers in branding and graphic design. You could work with:

  • Motion graphics, including broadcast design, music videos, TV show and film titles
  • Print material such as advertising, editorial (magazines, books and newspapers), brochures, newsletters and posters
  • Websites and interactive media
  • Packaging design for food, beverages, cosmetics, CDs and other media
  • Branding in a variety of mediums
  • Environmental graphics such as wayfinding systems, exhibits, point-of-purchase displays, billboards and transit signage

There are many career opportunities in advertising agencies, design studios and in-house creative departments. Professional graphic designers have strong earning potential:

  • Entry-level salaries average $35,000
  • Senior designers can expect to earn over $57,500
  • Art directors make an average of $67,000
  • Creative directors earn an average salary of $84,000 with many positions offering $100,000 or more

Is it for you?

People who thrive in graphic design are those who:

  • Feel compelled to make things
  • Are curious, perceptive and thoughtful
  • Enjoy exploring the capabilities of software
  • Want a career that uses their creativity

Experiential learning

Develop your graphic design potential in a fun, stimulating and challenging environment. At Loyalist you will:

  • Create comprehensive campaigns using design theory and software skills
  • Bring your concepts to life in comfortable labs and classrooms
  • Create high-calibre designs for real-life clients in the second year
  • Develop your ‘design thinking’ – learn to problem solve using your analytical and creative skills
  • Receive an iPad with your art supplies and learning support from lynda.com

Learning at Loyalist goes beyond the classroom:

  • Visit design studios and agencies to see graphic designers at work
  • Learn from guest speakers who are experts in their field
  • Enjoy student membership with the Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario

You’ll finish the program with essential business skills for the creative economy:

  • Learn how to manage projects, meet deadlines and succeed as an entrepreneur
  • Gain on-the-job experience before you graduate during a third-year field placement
  • Develop a strong work ethic and learn to use your integrity in the workplace
  • Learn how to communicate effectively and sell your designs
  • Your studies at Loyalist are recognized towards professional designation as an R.G.D. by the Association of Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario – a demonstration of quality education and professional competence (see rgd.ca)

Outstanding faculty make the difference

  • Faculty members get to know each student and teach the whole person, not just the skill
  • Experienced faculty offer one-on-one feedback on creative projects
  • Professors are highly skilled in their areas of expertise and stay ahead of the curve with the newest advances in design and software
  • Many professors continue to freelance in the industry, bringing client experience and emerging trends to the classroom
  • The program is continually refined and kept up-to-date with the input of an advisory committee of local industry leaders

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