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

  • Develop your skills in one of the most advanced digital print learning centre in Canada.
  • Gain professional experience through our unique living lab experience.
  • Create motion graphics for web and mobile devices.

What you'll learn

  • Practical and theoretical design skills.
  • Professional techniques in digital design composition.
  • Technical skills for design, print and web production.
  • Compose digital photographic images for design, print and web production.
  • Develop a professional web and print portfolio.
  • How to build your own successful creative business.

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.

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  • Get help completing your application
  • Learn more about what Mohawk has to offer

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The Collective

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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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Tuition and Fees

2019 - 2020 Domestic Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Compulsory Ancillary Fees $704.63 $635.86
Optional Ancillary Fees $104.43 $44.43
Co-op Fees N/A N/A
Compulsory Program Fees $20.67 $24.82
Domestic Tuition $1,519.65 $1,519.65
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester $2,349.38 $2,224.76
Total 1st Year Fees $4,574.14

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

2019 - 2020 International Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee $7,965.56 $8,025.57
Optional Ancillary Fees $104.43 $44.43
Co-op Fees N/A N/A
Program Compulsory Fees $20.67 $24.82
International Tax Recovery $450.00 $375.00
Total International Per Semester $8,540.66 $8,469.82
Total 1st Year Fees $17,010.48

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


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: For the 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.

Option are available for mature applicants.

Language Requirements for International Students:

  • See below for accepted equivalents for Grade 12 English:

Don't have the necessary requirements?

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

Experiential Learning

How you'll gain skills

  • Use the most current industry software.
  • Field or Work 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.

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



Where you can go next

Your future career options

  • Graphic Designer
  • Design and Production Specialists, Prepress and Web Services
  • 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

Course Overview & Descriptions

Click on the course title for a course description.

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.

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

Recommended Configuration

Laptop Requirements: 

  • 13-inch MacBook with Retina display 
  • 2.9GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz 
  • 8GB 1866MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM 
  • 512GB PCIe-based Flash Storage

Approx. $2,199*

Standard storage is now a Solid-State Device (SSD) at 128, 256 or 512GB. The 128 or 256 SSD will NOT meet the minimum requirements, please make sure you purchase a MacBook with a minimum internal hardrive of 512GB. You will also be required to purchase an external harddrive of a minimum size of 512GB for backing up your system. 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 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-APPLE to get the answers you are looking for.

Software Requirements

You will need to purchase the following:

  • Apple Care: $279.00*
  • External Hard drive: $99.00*
  • 8GB SD Card: $20.00*
  • Parallel Desktop 12 Educational Price: $39.99* USD

Adobe Creative Cloud: 
Eligible students and teachers can purchase an Adobe Creative Cloud Complete subscription for the reduced price of $239.83 USD/year ($19.99 USD/month) plus applicable taxes/VAT/GST. Limit 1 per customer. 12 month commitment required. At the end of your offer term, your subscription will be automatically billed at the standard subscription rate, currently $359.99 USD/year ($29.99 USD/month) unless you elect to change or cancel your subscription. 
*Prices are subject to change.*

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: Material Art Kit* ($80) 

Semester 3: Material Art Kit* ($440) (Only students registered in Illustration option courses will be required to purchase the material art kit). 

*NEW ordering process for Fall 2019: Material art kits are to be purchased directly from DeSerres. The kits will not be stocked by Mohawk College.

Kits can be ordered over the phone by calling DeSerres at 416-703-4748, or by visiting Deserres at 130 Spadina Ave in Toronto. When ordering your kit, notify the store that you are a student in the Graphic Design (508) program at Mohawk College, and indicate which kit you require (Semester 1 - $80 kit or Semester 3 - $440 kit). Payment can be made at the store, or over the phone via credit card. Kits will be shipped directly to you from DeSerres; shipping time is estimated at 2 to 3 business days. There is no additional cost for shipping.

Semester 4: Wacom Intuos Pro medium-sized drawing tablet. Details on costs will be available prior to the start of the 4th semester.

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 the property of students. Costs will be available at the start of each semester and will vary depending on option courses chosen (digital print vs. illustration). 

The College is now offering students the option to purchase additional personal colour printing around the campus by using their new ONE Card Student ID 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 2017 intake. Updated costs will be provided during start-up week.

Contact us

Domestic Canadian Students

Contact Student Recruitment
Contact our Student Recruitment team for information on our programs, student life, and more.

Contact Admissions
Contact our Admissions advisors for help with your application.
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

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Student Success Advisors

  • 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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International Students

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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.

Eliane Frechette

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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!

Michael Carson