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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.

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.

Plan your certificate...

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 for up to a maximum of 60 hours towards this certificate.

To apply for advanced standing:

  1. Submit an Application for Advanced Standing, specifying the course for which you are requesting exemption, and the equivalent course credits you have obtained.
  2. Include a non-refundable administration fee of $100 for the course credit you request (payable online by credit card).
  3. Include a course outline and description of the equivalent course that you are submitting for advanced standing.
  4. 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.

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.

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.

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

Questions can be directed to advisors in person, by phone or email.

Continuing Education Administrative Offices
Phone: 403-220-2952 or 1-866-220-4992
Email: adedlife@ucalgary.ca

Additional Details

Federal Financial Aid Available:
No

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