If you work in a visually creative field, the Certificate in Visual Design could be an ideal addition to your resume. By pursuing this certificate, you will gain a basic understanding of design principles and valuable practical knowledge. This flexible 250-hour certificate allows you to tailor the program to your own specific needs.
Whereas the general program spans many aspects of design, including interior design and decorating, photography, graphic design, fine art, and landscape design, the specializations are more focused.
General program (without specialization)
In this specialization, students complete the four core courses that are common to all programs for 120 hours. To fulfill the 250-hour requirement, you will choose a minimum of 130 hours of options.
Like all Continuing Education certificates, this program is a great way for you to build on your education and work experience. You will learn with like-minded mature students who pursue their professional development with determination while, at the same time, tending to their family, work and community commitments.
At a professional level, this program is an excellent opportunity for individuals who already have some design knowledge and experience, but would like to expand that foundation, and formalize it within a certificate framework. At a personal level, this program will appeal to those interested in gaining knowledge and skills that can be applied to their creative interests, such as fine arts, home decorating and design, landscaping, or photography.
Courses are taught in the classroom weekday evenings and Saturdays at the University of Calgary main or downtown campus. Off campus field trips may be included.
All Continuing Education certificate programs have been developed with part-time learners in mind. To complete the Certificate in Visual Design, a minimum of 250 hours of credit is required (120 hours of core credit and 130 hours of optional course credit). If you take at least one course per session, it is possible to complete the certificate in approximately three years.
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 enrol in this program.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 for up to a maximum of 50 hours towards this certificate. Advanced Standing may be granted for a maximum of one core course and three optional courses.
To apply for advanced standing:
- Submit an Application for Advanced Standing, specifying the course for which you are requesting exemption, and the equivalent course credits you have obtained.
- Include a non-refundable administration fee of $100 for the course credit you request (payable online by credit card).
- Include a course outline and description of the equivalent course that you are submitting for advanced standing.
- Include a proof of attendance and final grade of the equivalent course from the educational institution you attended.
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.
*Note: The combined total of Transferability and Advanced Standing credits cannot exceed 120 hours for this certificate.
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.
Awards are given to deserving students not only for their academic achievement, but also for community involvement. Award sponsors include both corporate and private donors.
To apply, you must meet eligibility criteria and submission deadlines. Students in this program may be eligible for:
- Continuing Education Endowment Award (Visual Design, Adult Learning, and Writing Certificates)
To graduate, a student must satisfy all certificate requirements including:
- Successful completion of the core, optional and elective program requirements.
- Attain a minimum of a C in all courses used to meet program requirements.
- Attain minimum instruction hours to meet program requirements.
Note: If a student attains a grade of C-, D+ or D in one course only, a program director has the discretionary authority to approve a student for graduation. It will be the student's responsibility to contact the program director to request approval. Approval is usually granted for exceptional circumstances and it is the student's responsibility to contact the program director to request approval.
It is the student's responsibility to ensure all requirements for graduation are fulfilled, and to apply to graduate. Student advisors are available to meet with students to review status and determine outstanding certificate requirements.Apply for Certificate Graduation