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.

Program Highlights

  • Become TechCreative by immersing yourself in the skills for the design, print and web production fields.
  • Develop your skills in one of the most advanced digital print learning centre in Canada.
  • Gain professional experience through our unique living lab experience.
  • Learners have educational options with three streams of learning to choose from:
    • Digital Print stream
      Students in the Digital Print stream will have the opportunity to work in the Hugh Cameron Digital Print Learning Centre (DPLC), where they will learn and practice skills involved in digital printing, finishing, and packaging. Students will be engaged in hands-on experiences to develop a strong understanding of how design transforms from a digital concept to a finished product. The project-based learning will develop an understanding of how to effectively design to meet production compliance and industry standards.

    • Illustration stream
      Students in our Illustration stream will develop an individual style through the application of traditional skills and mediums (e.g. graphite, coloured pencils, Copic markers, gouache, acrylic and watercolour painting), as well as digital illustration skills and tools (e.g. Wacom digital drawing tablet), based on strong design theory and aesthetic judgment. Advanced techniques include integrating traditional mediums with digital media.

    • User Experience/User Interface
      Students in our UX/UI stream will create and design web based products entirely from the user’s perspective through experiential and project based learning. In UX (User Experience), they will engage in design thinking, usability testing, site architecture, user flows, etc. In UI (User Interface) students will use industry standard tools to style wireframes, high fidelity mockups and prototypes of web products and apps based on interaction design and aesthetics. Students will gain practical skills and experience in all areas of the UX/UI development process.​

  • Enrolment is limited per stream. 

What you'll learn

  • Practical and theoretical design skills.
  • Professional techniques in digital design composition.
  • Technical skills for design, print and web production.
  • Package design and production. 
  • Compose digital photographic images for design, print and web production.
  • Develop a strong sense of colour and colour management theories and techniques.
  • Study professional techniques in digital design using the most current industry software applications.
  • Physically operate industry-standard digital and finishing technologies.
  • Perform illustrations and artistic techniques to render images in both traditional and digital media. 

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

Program Length

3 academic years (periods of 8 months)

Note: Students who start Semester 1 in January will enter Semester 2 in May followed by Semester 3 in September.

Explore our many videos, online resources and program options within the Open House Plus website.

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Program delivery

Learn more about virtual and remote learning and how programs will be delivered.


The Collective

the collective

The Collective, powered by SURGE, offers students a platform to showcase their talents and gain experience freelancing, while developing their portfolios before they enter the workforce. This platform showcases students from an assortment of program areas sparking an entrepreneurial mindset, preparing creative students for the future.

Hire a Mohawk student to create stunning visuals, creative graphics and smart media by visiting The Collective.

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Our students win provincial and national awards!

The Ad and Design Club of Canada (ADDC) hosts an annual student contest, considered by many to be the most prominent Canadian student competitions for Advertising and Design students. All finalists make it into an annual that is seen by most people in the Advertising and Design industry. Winning work is featured on the ADCC Archive, alongside work belonging to the industry’s top professionals – cementing your place in Canadian creative history, which stretches back over 70 years.
Mohawk’s Graphic Design student Ana-Marija Vlahovic wins bronze in the Ad and Design Club of Canada 2020 student competition


a knight illustration by Ana-Marija

Chocolate for Knights by Ana-Marija Vlahovic (3rd year student)


a marco polo illustration on a box by Ana-Marija Vlahovic

Marco Polo by Ana-Marija Vlahovic (3rd year student)


Mohawk’s Graphic Design student Sara Veronica Alas Alvarez wins SLD Award 2020 for Packaging Design (Series) for El Poder Beer Packaging.

an illustration on a beer label by Sara Veronica Alas Alvarez

El Poder Beer Packaging by Sara Veronica Alas Alvarez (3rd year student)


Video Resources

Student videos

Video by Shannon Rollo

Video by Sarah Bullard


Domestic and International student 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, see Equipment Requirements under Additional Information

Note: As of 2019-2020 academic year the following admission addition:

  • In cases of a competitive intake, a bonus will be applied for applicants who have completed Grade 12 visual or media arts courses.

Options are available for mature applicants.

Language Requirements for International Students:

  • See below for accepted equivalents for Grade 12 English:

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English. Options are available for mature applicants.

Don't have the necessary requirements?

Tuition and Fees

2021 - 2022 Domestic Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Compulsory Ancillary Fees $831.02 $712.05
Co-op Fees N/A N/A
Compulsory Program Fees $15.51 $20.15
Domestic Tuition $1,519.65 $1,519.65
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester $2,366.18 $2,251.85
Total 1st Year Fees $4,618.03

Above fees based on full-time September program start date. Contact Student Services to confirm fees for other start dates or semesters.

2021 - 2022 International Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee $8,600.00 $8,600.00
Co-op Fees N/A N/A
Program Compulsory Fees $15.51 $20.15
International Tax Recovery $450.00 $375.00
Total International Per Semester $9,065.51 $8,995.15
Total 1st Year Fees $18,060.66

Full Cost Breakdown

If you pay by wire transfer, please note your bank might charge you a fee to transfer money. Make sure your transfer includes the Mohawk payment and the wire transfer fee. This applies to each wire transfer payment you make.

Additional Information

Course Overview & Descriptions

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Experiential Learning

How you'll gain skills

  • Use the most current industry software in our state of the art labs.
  • Field placement in final semester.
  • Work with real-world clients in The Agency, Mohawk’s student-run advertising agency.
  • Through hands-on experience use a wide array of industry standard equipment in the Hugh Cameron Digital Print Learning Centre.
  • Develop a design portfolio and have it critiqued by industry professionals through performance based learning.

Field Placement

Students participate in an unpaid field placement. For more information regarding the Graphic Design field placement, please contact: wesley.beckett [at]

The Agency

the agency

The Agency is an experiential learning facility operating within the McKeil School of Business at Mohawk College. Students from a variety of programs including Advertising, Public Relations, Marketing, Graphics and Broadcast Media collaborate in developing real world marketing and communications solutions for selected non-profit organizations and start-up companies in the greater Hamilton area.

All projects with our client/partners are integrated into the curriculum and students are marked on what they do. They work under close faculty supervision as they develop effective marketing communications solutions relevant to meeting clear client objectives.

Learn more about The Agency

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 Colleges and Universities (MCU) 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.

Career Opportunities


Your future career options

  • Graphic Designer
  • Design and Production Specialists
  • Prepress and Web Services Specialist
  • Freelance Designer

Where you could work includes:

  • Design, Publishing and Printing Industries
  • Prepress and Web Services
  • Advertising and Marketing
  • Digital Media Industries
  • Packaging Design
  • New business venture opportunities
  • Sign, screen and display companies

Opportunities for grads

  • The Association of Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario (RGD Ontario)
  • PAC Packaging Consortium


Educational Pathways


Pathways to Mohawk 

If you've successfully taken a course at another post-secondary institution, you may be able to earn course exemptions toward your credential here at Mohawk.

Pathways within Mohawk

If you have successfully completed one of the following programs at Mohawk, you may be eligible to receive transfer credit in this program. *

We offer a diverse range of programs to further your studies within Mohawk following completion of this program. * 

This Pathways map shows how the identified program can lead to future program choices within Mohawk.

Pathways beyond Mohawk

  • Earn a degree:
    • Davenport University - Bachelor of Business Administration, General Business
    • Griffith University - Bachelor of Design, Bachelor of Digital Media
    • Limerick Institute of Technology - Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Graphic Design Communication

See for additional opportunities at other colleges or universities in Ontario.

Search the Mohawk Transfer Database for opportunities outside of Ontario.

    Additional Information

    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:

    Apple M1 Chip with 8-Core CPU and 8-Core GPU 512GB Storage

    • Apple M1 chip with 8 core CPU, 8 core GPU, and 16 core Neural Engine
    • 8GB unified memory
    • 512GB SSD storage¹
    • Retina display with True Tone
    • Magic Keyboard
    • Touch ID
    • Force Touch trackpad
    • Two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports


    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 MyMohawk account with your MohawkID and password at MyMohawk. Click on the Technology Solutions tab and navigate to the Computer Store. 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-APPLEImage removed. to get the answers you are looking for.

    Software Requirements

    You will need to purchase the following:

    • 1TB External Hard drive: $99.00*
    • 8GB SD Card: $20.00*
    • Current subscription of Adobe Creative Cloud for Mac/Apple operating system. Specifically Adobe Photoshop CC and Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

    Software must be purchased through Adobe Creative Cloud, student educational pricing is available, this involves a monthly subscription with Adobe of approx. $22 USD* 12 month commitment required.

    *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

    Students will be required to purchase additional courseware listed below once the program begins.

    Purchasing instructions will be provided during Day One Program Launch Orientation.

    • Semester 1 – Material Art Kit package (approx. $75*)
    • Semester 3 - Material Art Kit (approx. $525*). Only students registered in Illustration option courses.
    • Semester 4 - Wacom Intuos Pro medium-sized drawing tablet. Details on costs will be available prior to the start of the 4th semester. Only students enrolled in the Illustration option courses.
    • Please note there is a digital print fee that is payable in semesters 3, 4 and 5 to cover material and output costs for projects that will become property of students. Costs will be available at the start of each semester and will vary depending on option courses chosen. (i.e. your chosen stream: digital print, illustration or UX/UI).
    • 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 Launch Event at the start of the semester.

    *Prices subject to change, Mohawk College makes every effort to keep all our educational costs to a minimum, these costs are subject to change. Additional costs may apply.

    Contact us

    Domestic Canadian Students

    Contact Student Recruitment
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    Contact Admissions
    Phone: 1-844-767-6871

    International Students

    Contact International Student Recruitment
    Contact our International Student Recruitment team for information on programs, how to apply, and student life.
    Contact International
    Phone: 1-905-575-2254
    Toll free phone numbers:
    For general questions: 1-888-Mohawk9 (1-888-664-2959)
    North China: 10-800-714-2521
    South China: 10-800-140-2541
    Brazil: 0800-022-7408
    Philippines: 180011102544

    Contact International Admissions
    Contact our Admissions advisors for help with your application.
    Contact International Admissions
    Phone: 1-905-575-2254

    *Not all programs are international eligible. Please see our programs available for international students.

    Accessible Learning Services

    Are you a student with a confirmed or suspected disability? Visit our Accessible Learning Services website to discover how we can help you.

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    • Student Success Advisors assist current students to transition to college life, co-creating an academic success plan, advice on course selection, changing programs, or referrals to specialized support services. If you need help applying to Mohawk, contact Admissions (for International Students, please contact International Admissions).

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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

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    Mohawk College's Graphic Design program incorporates state-of-the-art technology with hands-on practical learning. Its faculty consists of top industry professionals who have a desire to facilitate a positive and supportive learning experience.

    During their studies, students are exposed to a number of different disciplines, such as web design, photography, illustration, print production and more! Whether you're pursuing a career as an illustrator or web designer, there is something for everyone in this program.

    It is these qualities that make this program a top competitor, and preferred institution, compared to other schools. The end result being ambitious and career-ready graduates.

    Within a couple of weeks of graduating, I was able to secure my dream job as a Graphic Designer. I believe that my training and experience at Mohawk College gave me an edge over other candidates from other schools."​

    Melissa Foy

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    The graphic design at Mohawk College is one of a kind. From great teachers to amazing resources you will not miss anything. It really did prepare me for the real world and I would recommend it to anyone looking to grow in such a great industry.

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    Mohawk prepared me for the real world with the wide array of classes and the DPLC. They also helped me get my full time job right out of school! The people are great and the Fork makes a really good Pulled Pork poutine and buffalo chicken wrap.​

    Darriann Gilchrist

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    The Graphic Design program at Mohawk College was a wonderful experience. When I stepped in those doors on the very first day, I have just started a new chapter. I met a lot of great people and the professors made the classes enjoyable.

    Jessica Brown

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    The Advanced Graphic Design program at Mohawk College provided me with all the tools I needed to succeed as a graphic designer. Working hands-on with industry standard equipment gave me the confidence and skills to integrate into the workforce seamlessly. This program goes above and beyond academic training, it was as though I was walking into each job interview with 3 years of actual work experience.

    Ahmed, Ummara

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    Mohawk’s Graphic Design program taught me a set of hard skills that I use on a daily basis while working on websites. I found the small class sizes and the applied approach offered at the College to be particularly invaluable to my career growth. To me this was much favourable than sitting in a large university lecture hall with little to no interaction with the professor. I can’t stress enough how necessary refined design skills are in what seems like a growing sea of theoretical thinkers. Mohawk College offers you just that – the opportunity to develop and expand those skills.

    Lina Tirilis

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    My 3 years at Mohawk were some of the best times I’ve ever had. Instantly the instructors and support staff were accepting and eager to share their knowledge which ultimately created an amazing creative and social environment. The variety of skills I learned at Mohawk (production to design, photography to web) has help me grow professionally and has definitely given me a competitive edge which is extremely important in the marketing industry. Thanks Mohawk!

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