Graphic Design - 508

Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Three years
OSAP Checkmark OSAP Eligible
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.

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Program delivery

Learn about program delivery terms.


Please note: in-person, virtual, and hybrid classes vary according to the program and some programs may be in-person only. Refer to the Program Overview for more information.


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

Options are available for mature applicants.

Language Requirements for Applicants with English as a Second Language

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Don't have the necessary requirements?

Tuition and Fees

2023 - 2024 Domestic Tuition and Fees

DescriptionSemester 1Semester 2
Compulsory Ancillary Fees$864.60$758.46
Co-op FeesN/AN/A
Compulsory Program Fees$15.00$19.50
Domestic Tuition$1,519.65$1,519.65
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester$2,399.25$2,297.61
Total 1st Year Fees$4,696.86

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

2023 - 2024 International Tuition and Fees

DescriptionSemester 1Semester 2
Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee$8,875.00$8,875.00
Co-op FeesN/AN/A
Program Compulsory Fees$15.00$19.50
International Tax Recovery$450.00$375.00
Total International Per Semester$9,340.00$9,269.50
Total 1st Year Fees$18,609.50

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

Financial Assistance

When it comes to paying for your education, investing in your future can be more affordable than you think. A Mohawk education is one of the most cost-effective means of acquiring the skills and knowledge you need to have a prosperous and rewarding career. 

As you start on your chosen career path, it's important to have a realistic set of expectations regarding the expenses associated with attending college. In addition to your tuition fees, you will also need to budget for books, supplies, housing, and other related living expenses. You may be able to supplement your income and savings with scholarships, bursaries, or loans. It pays to do some research into what types of financial assistance you may qualify for.

Available Financial Assistance Resources:

Apply for Awards:

By submitting a Scholarships and Bursaries Application every semester, students have access to over $3 million in Mohawk College scholarships, bursaries and Ministry-partnered funding to help meet their financial needs.

Financial Literacy and Money Coaching:

Whether saving for school, sticking to a budget, or planning for a major purchase, financial literacy affects us all. That's why Mo' Money is committed to helping our students improve their money skills and become more confident with their money.

Course Overview & Descriptions

Click on the course title for a course description.

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] (wesley[dot]beckett[at]mohawkcollege[dot]ca)

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.

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

Transfer from

You can transfer to the Graphic Design - 508 from the following programs:


Fennell Campus (FF)
Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Receiving Program

Graphic Design

Fennell Campus (FF)
Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Credit transfer agreements have been arranged to make it easier for students to move from Mohawk to another institution.

Transfer From Graphic Design To

Davenport University

Program Name
See below for Business Administration pathways
Opportunity Details

Bachelor of Business Administration

  • Human Resource Management

Bachelor of Business Administration

  • International Business

Bachelor of Business Administration

  • Management

Bachelor of Business Administration

  • Marketing

Bachelor of Business Administration

  • Sport Management

Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration

  • Strategic Management

6191 Kraft Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
United States

Griffith University

Program Name
See below for Graphic Design pathways
Opportunity Details

Bachelor of Design, Visual Communication Design major


170 Kessels Rd, Nathan QLD 4111, Australia
Nathan QLD QLD 4111

Technological University of the Shannon

Program Name
See below for Graphic Design pathways
Opportunity Details

Bachelor of Science (Honours) Graphic Design Communication


University Road
Co. Westmeath
N37 HD68

Mohawk College makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of each transfer opportunity. Please note that changes may occur in program offerings, admission requirements, and transfer credits granted by the receiving institutions. We advise all students to check with the receiving institution directly for the most up-to-date information.

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Search for more pathways with Ontario public colleges and universities.

Mohawk College makes no warranty or endorsement of material contained within links to external websites, nor does the College assume any responsibility for the linked website or its contents.

Tech requirements

The Graphic Design program has a mandatory laptop requirement. All students are required to have a laptop that is capable of effectively running the software packages that we use for instruction. This provides our students with 24/7 access to industry-relevant production tools and learning resources.

The requirement of an approved media capable laptop is foundational to our learning structure and is necessary upon program entry. We have updated our policy to include laptops capable of meeting our required software specifications.

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.
  • Click on the Technology Solutions tab.
  • Navigate to the Computer Store and click “Online Apple Store.”
  • Once you arrive to our Mohawk College Discount store webpage, select “See recommended systems” to view a list of the MacBook Pros 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.

It is strongly recommended that students purchase the AppleCare Protection Plan, which is included in the various recommended bundles by default. You will require the use of your MacBook 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, 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. 

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.

Minimum and recommended Workstation Laptop configurations:

  • macOS Workstation
    • OS: With the latest (newest) version of the Mac OS that is available at the time of purchase
    • CPU: Apple M1/M2/M3 Chip
    • RAM: 8GB or Higher
    • Internal storage: 512GB (1TB recommended)
    • Recommended machine: Apple MacBook (Air or Pro)

Note: PC laptops and Chromebook devices will not be accepted in the Graphic Design program.

Software Requirements

Adobe Creative Cloud: A monthly subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud can be purchased from the Adobe Creative Cloud website.


Personal External Storage:

  • Minimum capacity: 1TB
  • Technology: solid-state drive (SSD)
  • Read/Write Speeds: approximately 500MB/second or greater (USB 3.1 or better)
  • Connector: USB-A or USB-C connector as required to interface with your laptop

SD Card:

  • Minimum capacity: 32GB
  • Drawing Tablet:
  • Recommended: Wacom Intuos Pro (Medium) – Required for Semester 4 Illustration Stream 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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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