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Graphic designers review a design concept on a computer



8 required courses (108 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

 Important Announcement

Effective January 1, 2025, all Digital Graphic Design courses will be suspended. Current students will have the opportunity to complete the required courses from September 1 to December 15, 2024. After January 1, 2025, these courses will no longer be scheduled. If you have any questions, please contact us at or 403-440-6861.

 Important Announcement

Effective May 1, 2024, the Photoshop 2, Illustrator 2 and InDesign 2 courses will no longer be offered and the Digital Graphic Design Extension Certificate program will be streamlined to 5 required courses (99 hours).

Learners wishing to take the courses mentioned above must do so between January-April, 2024. If you have any questions, please contact us at or 403.440.6861.

Course schedule by semester

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


Minimum required

5 Course(s)

Complete eight required courses to earn your extension certificate.

Courses in this certificate can be taken in any order.

Funding opportunities

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

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Have a question about our programs or need help with course registration? Call or email us:

403.440.6875 or 1.866.775.2673



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