Graphic Design - 508

Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Three years
Make concepts come to life by learning to design and produce projects with a critical eye

The most unique Graphic Design program in Canada, offering optional studies in illustration or digital print and finishing.

Program Highlights

  • Develop solid practical and theoretical design skills
  • Develop a strong sense of colour and colour management theories and techniques
  • Develop solid technical techniques and skills for design, print and web production
  • Study professional techniques in digital design composition using the most current industry software applications
  • Compose digital photographic images for design, print and web production
  • Develop a professional web and print portfolio and gain professional experience through our unique living lab experience
  • Develop a professional portfolio critiqued by our industry professionals
  • Work with real clients and learn how to build your own successful creative business
  • Develop your skills in the most advanced digital print learning centre in Canada

Program Coordinator

Admission Requirements

  • OSSD or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) including:

    • Grade 12 English, C or U or equivalent
  • Students will be required to pay a Digital Print Fee
  • Students are required to purchase a specified Mac laptop computer with software for use in the program. Accepted applicants will be notified of details regarding hardware and software purchases to include a digital drawing tablet and semester material fees.
  • For laptop and software requirements for this program visit Equipment Requirements.

Option are available for mature applicants.

Note: this is a Competitive Program

Apply by February 1st.

Read more about Competitive Programs.

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Graphic Design (508) Laptop Program & Software Requirements

As indicated in our admission requirements a mandatory Apple® laptop program has been implemented. This initiative enhances the student-learning environment and increases student satisfaction, providing each graduate with industry leading hardware and software that will support you in pursuit of your career goals. If you currently own an Apple® laptop that meets our minimum standard and is capable of running the required software, a new purchase will not be required.

Below is listed the minimum requirements for laptop hardware and software:

Minimum and Recommended configurations

Recommended Configuration:

  • 13-inch MacBook Pro
  • Min. 2.5 GHz Dual-core Intel Core i7 Processor
  • Min. 8GB RAM
  • Min. 500GB Storage Space*
  • AppleCare Protection Plan

Standard storage is now a Solid-State Device (SSD) at 128, 256 or 512GB. With a 128 or 256 SSD, to meet the Min. 500GB storage requirement, an option would be to purchase a 500+GB external Hard-Disk Drive (HDD). You also have the option of upgrading to a faster MacBook Pro, also listed on this page. All the configurations include a 3-year Apple warranty, which is highly recommended for "worry free" use of your new computer. It is important to note that as Apple® upgrades their product offerings and releases new hardware these configurations will change. Any changes will be reflected on our Mohawk College store webpage.

It is strongly recommended that students purchase the AppleCare Protection Plan, which is included in the various recommend bundles by default. You will require the use of your MacBook Pro for day-to-day productivity and any potential downtime could have a significant impact on your academic success. AppleCare will ensure that you will have the best possible experience with your new MacBook Pro, especially if something out of the ordinary should happen. However, if you do not wish to purchase AppleCare, you can remove AppleCare from the bundle using the Remove button in the cart.

Mohawk College currently has a partnership agreement with Apple® Canada. We recommend that you shop on Mohawk's Custom Online Apple® store, to receive educational discounts when purchasing your new MacBook Pro. We also recommend that you wait until late spring/early summer to take advantage of the "back to school" specials offered by Apple®.

To Access Mohawk's Custom Online Store:

Log into your MOCOmotion account; at: MOCOmotion. Click on the Resources tab and navigate down the left hand side to the Computer Store Channel. Once you arrive to our Mohawk College Discount store webpage, select the link at the top right corner to view a list of the MacBook Pro's we recommend for this program.

If you have any additional questions, feel free to call the friendly Apple experts over the telephone at 1-800-MY-APPLE to get the answers you are looking for.

Software Requirements

You will need to purchase the following:

  • A copy of Parallels Software (approx. $50)
  • Current Adobe Creative Suite
  • Every student must have their own current licensed copy of Adobe Creative Suite. Earlier versions of the software are not supported in your courses. Please ensure that your online purchase is for the Mac (Apple®) operating system.
  • Please note that you may purchase your software license through the Adobe Cloud. This involves a monthly subscription with Adobe. For full details please visit Adobe Creative Cloud (opens new window)

Mohawk College assumes no responsibility for products offered through Adobe. All purchasing options from Adobe software will be at the discretion of the student.

Additional Required Courseware

  • Semester 1 - a Material Art Kit Package (approx. $70)
  • Semester 3 - only students registered into the Illustration option of courses - Material Art Kit (approx. $290)
  • Semester 4 - Wacom Intuos 5 medium-sized drawing tablet. Details on costs will be available prior to the start of the 4th semester.
  • Semester 5 - there may be an additional 5th semester Illustration Art Kit. Details on this kit and costs will be available closer to the start of the 5th semester.
  • The College is now offering students the option to purchase additional personal colour printing around the campus by using their new "ONE Card" Student I.D. card. This will be available at the beginning of the 1st semester. Complete details will be provided during our Career & Program start up sessions.

Prices shown are from the 2015 intake. Updated costs will be provided during start-up week.

Career Opportunities

The Graphic Design Advanced Diploma program trains students for a wide array of career opportunities. Graphic Design careers may involve the following:

Industries of Employment:

  • Design, Publishing and Printing Industries
  • Pre-press and Web Services
  • Advertising and Marketing
  • Digital Media Industries
  • Packaging Design
  • Sign, Screen and Display Companies

Occupational Categories:

  • Design and Production Specialists, Pre-press and Web Services
  • Freelance Opportunities
  • New Business Venture Opportunities

Graduate Opportunities

For degree transfer/completion opportunities, visit Pathways and Credit Transfer.

Course Overview & Descriptions

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.

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"The Graphic Design program at Mohawk College has provided me with the skills and confidence to be successful in a very competitive design industry."

Kai, International Student