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Graphic designers review a design concept on a computer



8 required courses (171 hours)


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Complete in 1 year, or up to 2 years

Digital graphic design is the application of the artistic, technical and business aspects of graphic design in a virtual environment.

Develop your creative talents, learn leading software programs and explore the principles of visual design to create an outstanding portfolio. Expand your graphic design skills for personal and professional growth. All courses in this certificate are offered by experienced instructors in our PC computer labs on campus.

Learn tools, techniques and concepts in introductory and advanced courses in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign, the leading software programs in graphic design. Build your digital drawing skills, learn how to lay out documents to maximum effect and manipulate photos to create the images you want.

Create a portfolio of your art and design work that you can share with potential clients. Learn valuable skills and knowledge that you can use in your business, including copyright issues, client relations, contracts and project management.


Highlights and benefits

Earn a recognized credential | Enhance your career prospects

Become career-ready | Prepare for a career as a graphic designer

Real-world knowledge | Learn from experienced industry professionals

Gain hands-on experience | Demonstrate workplace competencies to potential employers


Course schedule by semester

(Sept. - Dec.)
(Jan. - April)
(May - Aug.)
Introduction to Digital Graphic Design CL CL
Illustrator 1 CL CL
Illustrator 2 CL CL
Photoshop 1 CL CL
Photoshop 2 CL CL
InDesign 1 CL CL
InDesign 2 CL CL
Business Skills and Portfolio Creation for Graphic Design CL CL



BL: Blended (Online & Classroom)
CL: Classroom
FT: Fast Track
ON: Online
IDS: Independent Study
P: Practicum

This schedule is subject to change. Courses start on various dates within each semester. Fall schedule and registration is available in June; Winter schedule and registration is available in November; and Spring/Summer schedule and registration is available in March.



Additional Details

Funding opportunities

This program qualifies for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant and other funding opportunities. Learn more.

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