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Graphic Design

The Graphic Design program offers you all the excitement and challenges a job in design brings. Through exposure to a wide variety of ideas, projects, and media, you will leave the program with a solid portfolio and a skill set that will benefit you throughout your career. You will be introduced to the history of graphic design, creative problem solving, illustration, expressive typography, prepress, print production, web design, and project management.

We emphasize the establishment of strong visual communication and design skills. You will build a strong technical foundation and be able to explore areas that personally interest you. This coupled with exposure to the most current hardware and software available will prepare you to meet industry needs.

This is a US Federal Aid Approved program.


Program Facts

Start: September
Length: 2 years
Location: Prince of Wales Campus
Credential: Diploma, Graphic Design
Minimum passing grade per course:

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Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
  • Grade 12 English, minimum 60%
  • Submission of a portfolio.  click here for portfolio requirements — The portfolio will be a significant factor in determining admission to the program
  • Résumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program.

Note: The portfolio will only be kept by the Admssions Department for one year.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates from this program may find employment with:

  • Design studios
  • Freelancing
  • Web design firms
  • Corporate in-house design
  • Advertising agencies
  • Pre-press production such as offset, screen print, signage, and flexography

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is the nationally accepted reference on occupations in Canada. It organizes over 40,000 job titles into 500 occupational group descriptions. It is used daily by thousands of people to compile, analyze and communicate information about occupations, and to understand the jobs found throughout Canada’s labour market. This program provides skills training that falls within the duties described in the following: NOC 5241.

Fundamental Arts program

Are you creative but not certain if this program is the right fit for you?  Consider the Fundamental Arts program, which helps students build the knowledge and skills necessary for post-secondary studies in the Graphic Design, Photography and Digital Imaging or Video Game Art and Animation programs. Build your portfolio and your confidence in this one-year certificate program. Find out more here.

Open Academic Studies program

Feeling like you’re not quite ready for college? Check out the Open Academic Studies program.

Credit Courses

Interested in taking a credit course but don’t want to register for an entire program? Credit courses provide credit toward a diploma or certificate program. Holland College has a variety of options for studying part time during the day, or, in some instances, in the evening or on the weekend.

Tuition & Fees

View a full breakdown of costs for this program.

If you have any questions concerning the Graphic Design program, contact:

  • April Condon
  • School of Visual Arts & Journalism office: (902) 629-4206

Degree Pathways

Many Holland College programs have degree pathways. For more information, see our Degree Pathways section.

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