Graphic Design, Short Course | Algonquin College | Ottawa, Canada
36 months
5524 CAD/year
5524 CAD/year
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This dynamic and challenging three-year Ontario College Graphic Design Diploma program at Algonquin College is designed for individuals who are interested in applying their creativity to communicating ideas and concepts in both print and interactive media. 


Graphic Design Students at Algonquin College are prepared for graphic design careers, through strong, practical and theoretical training in typography, the basic fundamentals of creativity, design, image, form, and colour both in the classroom and online. The program includes extensive hands-on training in industry-standard software tools, which allow students to present their design solutions in a variety of formats.

Learning outcomes

Graphic designers are problem-solvers who research and manage visual design projects. They establish a project`s goals and objectives, analyze needs/problems, develop visual solutions, and prepare conceptual presentations for client approval, which range from sketches to prototypes to storyboards to interactive mock-ups.

Designers develop concepts in consultation with clients and work with photographers, illustrators, programmers, developers and other creative professionals to produce print and interactive work. Graphic designers focus on print media including brochures, logos and brand materials, promotional posters, signage, packaging, publication design, as well as web design, motion graphics and design for interactive media.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Typography
  • Graphic Design
  • Computer Graphics
  • Web Development

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


90 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent).
  • Submit a portfolio of 10-15 samples of your best work. Details can be found on the graphic design website in .pdf format. Interested applicants are welcome to address any portfolio-related inquiries to the coordinator of the program.
  • Applicants with International transcripts must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above along with proof of either: IELTS-International English Language Testing Service-Overall band of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band; OR TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 80, with the minimum of 20 in each component: Reading: 20; Listening: 20; Speaking: 20; Writing: 20.

Tuition Fee

To always see correct tuition fees
  • International

    5524 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2762 CAD per semester during 36 months.
  • National

    5524 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2762 CAD per semester during 36 months.

Living costs for Ottawa

1168 - 1925 CAD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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