Driven. Artistic. Creative. Forward-thinking. If these words describe you, Fanshawe's Graphic Design program can help you find an exciting career that will bring out the best in you.

As a student in one of Canada's most well-respected graphic design programs, you'll develop a knock-out portfolio, rub shoulders with industry professionals, and build your connections to find employment upon graduation. You'll learn illustration, graphic design communication, typography, interactive web design, design theory, graphic design history so that you have the marketable skills that companies are looking for.

To be the best, you have to learn with the best, and Fanshawe's program gives you access to current industry standard software with the latest Mac equipment. Also, you'll learn from the talented instructors – many of whom are industry veterans – who will push you to achieve your best in and out of the classroom.

Upon graduation, you'll be ready to hit the ground running. You'll be able to find work in advertising agencies, design studios, direct mail agencies, environment/signage companies, printing companies, on-line graphics, and multimedia companies, among others. Most importantly, Fanshawe's Graphic Design advanced diploma gives you the knowledge that whatever career you choose, you'll be more than prepared.

Admission Requirements - 2019/2020

OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),

University/College (M), or Open (O) stream WITH:

Any Grade 12 English (C) or (U)

OR

Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)

OR

Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)

OR

Mature Applicant with standing in the required course stated above

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 550 for the paper-based test (PBT), or 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements.
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

Recommended Academic Preparation

  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Communications Technology (M)
  • Grade 11 Visual Arts (M) or (O) OR Grade 12 Visual Arts (M) OR Grade 11 Media Arts (M) or (O) OR Grade 12 Media Arts (M)
  • Grade 12 Business and Technological Communication (O)

Recommended Personal Preparation

  • Involvement with school yearbook publication plus any freelance professional work such as posters, flyers, handbills etc.
  • Awareness of advertising design, media advertising and the printing industry plus an interest in photography and the Internet

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:

  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements

Courses

Level 1

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • Reason & Writing 1-Art & Design
  • Design Basic 1
  • Typography Basic 3
  • Digital Applications 1
  • Interactive Design 1
  • Creative Concepts 1

Level 2

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • Design Basic 2
  • Typography Digital
  • Digital Applications 2
  • Interactive Design 2
  • Creative Concepts 2
  • Camera Basics
  • Communications for Design 3

Level 3

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • Design Intermediate 1
  • Digital Illustration
  • Digital Applications 3
  • Natural Media Illustration 1
  • Interactive Design 3
  • Time, Money & Materials
  • Photography

Level 4

Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • Design Intermediate 2
  • Packaging & Display Design
  • Digital Applications 4
  • Interactive Design 4
  • Digital Illustration Advanced 1

Level 5

Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • Design Advanced 1
  • Digital Applications 5
  • Digital Master Class 1
  • Interactive Design 5
  • Digital Illustration Advanced 2

Level 6

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • Design Advanced 2
  • Digital Applications 6
  • Digital Master Class 2
  • Interactive Design 6
  • Motion Graphics

Gen Ed - Electives

Take 6 General Education Credits - Normally taken in Levels 4 and 5

Program Residency

Students Must Complete a Minimum of 32 credits in this program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency requirement and graduate from this program.

Career Opportunities

Graduates can expect employment at a junior level with:

  • Advertising Agencies
  • Design Studios
  • Direct Mail Agencies
  • Environment/Signage Companies
  • Corporate Public Relations, Marketing, Art Departments
  • Publishing/Magazine/Newspaper
  • Printing Companies
  • Online Graphics
  • Multi-media Companies

Program Description

Our Three-Year Advanced Diploma provides comprehensive training to students wanting to enter the professional industry of Graphic Design. The program ranges from industry standard software training, the fundamentals of basic design skills to creative concept development, traditional illustration and photography. We offer comprehensive training in interactive design, web and multimedia, digital illustration, motion graphics as well as courses covering theories of creativity, visual thinking, typography and design history. Besides the traditional aspects of design, we initiate new courses on an ongoing basis as well as update and refresh present courses each term to ensure students remain current with trends in the graphic design industry.

Our main focus is for students to learn to be adaptable designers with a passion for learning. We provide students with a range of theoretical and practical skills so that they can be successful in our rapidly changing industry that includes many specializations and a diverse job market.

Other Information

  • Students entering the first level of the program in the Fall term will continue into level two of the program in the Winter term, with the Summer term off, and this pattern will continue each year of the program.
  • Students entering the first level of the program in the Winter term will continue into Level 2 of the program in the Summer term, with the Fall term off, and this pattern will continue each year of the program.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. conceptualize and develop design solutions using principles of design to create visual communications that meet the needs of the project.
  2. employ the design process to create design solutions that meet the project objectives and the needs of the client and/or user.
  3. plan, create and use photography, illustration and typography in design layouts to meet the requirements of the creative brief.
  4. design, develop and create a variety of media products using relevant, current and/or emerging technologies.
  5. communicate ideas, design concepts and opinions clearly and persuasively to others.
  6. use recognized industry practices throughout the design process and related business tasks.
  7. plan, implement, and evaluate graphic design projects using project management skills to deliver quality work to clients according to schedule and within budget.
  8. complete all work in a professional and ethical manner, and in accordance with all applicable legislation and regulations.
  9. keep cent with visual media design trends, technologies and industry practices using strategies that enhance work performance and guide professional development.
Program taught in:
English

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Last updated February 8, 2019
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