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- 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.
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.
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.
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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.
Chocolate for Knights by Ana-Marija Vlahovic (3rd year student)
Marco Polo by Ana-Marija Vlahovic (3rd year student)
El Poder Beer Packaging by Sara Veronica Alas Alvarez (3rd year student)
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Tuition and Fees
Tuition and Fees
2020 - 2021 Domestic Tuition and Fees
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Compulsory Ancillary Fees||$753.47||$698.20|
|Compulsory Program Fees||$15.51||$20.68|
|Total Domestic Charges Per Semester||$2,288.63||$2,238.53|
|Total 1st Year Fees||$4,527.16|
Above fees based on full-time September program start date. Contact Student Services to confirm fees for other start dates or semesters.
- Awards: Scholarships and Bursaries
- OSAP Eligible. Learn about Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).
- Full Cost Breakdown
2020 - 2021 International Tuition and Fees
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee||$8,376.00||$8,432.00|
|Program Compulsory Fees||$15.51||$20.68|
|International Tax Recovery||$450.00||$375.00|
|Total International Per Semester||$8,841.51||$8,827.68|
|Total 1st Year Fees||$17,669.19|
- International Scholarships and Bursaries
- OSAP not eligible for International Students
- Full Cost Breakdown
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- Financial Assistance
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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.
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.
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.
Students participate in an unpaid field placement. For more information regarding the Graphic Design field placement, please contact: wesley.beckett [at] mohawkcollege.ca
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.
Mohawk offers a diverse range of programs to further your studies**: Students that graduate from any of the following Ontario College Certificate, Ontario College Diploma and Ontario College Advanced Diploma programs are eligible to enroll into the Graphic Design program:
- Art and Design Foundations
- Pre-Media and Entertainment
- Photography - Still and Motion
- General Arts and Science (University Transfer)
- Advertising and Marketing Communications Management
- Broadcasting - Television and Communications Media
Graduates from the Graphic Design program are eligible to enroll into the following Ontario College Graduate Certificate programs:
- 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
- Visit Pathways and Credit Transfer for degree completion opportunities outside of Ontario.
- See ontransfer.ca for additional opportunities at other colleges or universities in Ontario.
View our internal pathways map PDF. This Pathways map shows how the identified program can lead to future program choices within Mohawk.
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
Program of Studies
Course Overview & Descriptions
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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.
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:
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