Graphic Design

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The Diploma in Graphic Design explores all aspects of visual communication, including typographic design, brand identities and print and digital production with an entrepreneurial focus. Curriculum focuses on the creation of visual content and the techniques where you transform content into posters, brochures, folders, catalogues and books.

Through applied research, critical discourse and self-reflection, you will engage in experimentation and creative problem solving. You learn about written and visual communications for artists and entrepreneurs, art history, drawing, and 2D/3D design. Assignments are designed to create a portfolio that celebrate the power of your imagination and can be used to launch your career.

The Diploma in Graphic Design is a 2-year, laptop based program. It provides you with an in-depth knowledge of graphic design theory, professional techniques and industry standards and is achieved in 6 semesters of study from September to June.

Laptop Program
Students in the Graphic Design and Photography Diploma Programs are required to purchase their own laptops. The students should meet with the Program’s Coordinating Instructor to discuss what kind of laptop they will need and the computer specifications to meet program requirements.

Interested in finding out more?
Contact: The Registrar’s Office, toll free, 1-877-400-1107 or email

Curriculum Guide
Areas of Study
  • Graphic Design
  • Typography
  • Visual Design
  • Drawing
  • Communications
  • Digital Media
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Portfolio Development
  • Web Foundations
  • Production
Course List

Fall 1

  • GRDN 2900 Digital Imaging for Graphic Design
  • GRDN 2901 Digital Illustration for Graphic Design
  • GRDN 2902 Graphic Design Seminar
  • GRDN 2903 Structure and Content: Page Layout Fundamentals
  • GRDN 2904 Introduction to Typography
  • COMM 2900 Communication for Visual Artists

Choose one of the following four:

  • DRAW 2900 Directions in Drawing: Traditional and Contemporary
  • DRAW 2901 Life Drawing: Structure and Form
  • DRAW 2902 Watercolour: Exploring Water-Based Materials
  • DRAW 2904 Drawing: Time and Narrative

Winter 1

  • GRDN 2908 Image Creation: Media, Method and Technique
  • GRDN 2909 The Pixel Meets the Vector
  • IMDN 2900 Website Fundamentals
  • GRDN 2905 Structure and Content: Form Follows Function
  • GRDN 2907 Text, Image and Meaning
  • HIST 2900 Graphic Design History: From Guttenberg to Apple

Choose one of the following two:

  • DSGN 2901 3D Design: Shaping Space
  • DSGN 2902 3D Digital Design: Shaping Space
  • TXDN 2915 Designing for Felt

Spring 1

  • GRDN 2911 Applied Design for Digital Imagery and Digital Media
  • GRDN 2913 Design for Large Format

Fall 2

  • GRDN 3900 Image Creation: Interpretation, Style and Theme
  • GRDN 3901 Graphic Design for the Corporate Environment
  • IMDN 3910 Website: The Design
  • GRDN 3902 Structure and Content: Form and Format
  • GRDN 3903 The Art of Typography
  • HIST 3902 Critical Issues: Culture, Context and Perception
  • ENTR 3906 Preparing for Professional Life - Graphic Design

Winter 2

  • GRDN 3904 Image Creation: Going Digital
  • GRDN 3905 Advertising and Package Design
  • GRDN 3906 Information Design
  • GRDN 3907 Structure and Content: Multi-page Document Design
  • GRDN 3908 Visual Arts and the Digital Realm
  • ENTR 3916 Preparing for Professional Career in Graphic Design

Choose one of the following six:

  • AVVA 3908 Designing Bodies
  • DRAW 3000 Painting in Acrylics
  • DRAW 3001 Imagery, Sources and Development
  • DSGN 3001 Creative Design Exploration
  • DSGN 3002 Digital Design and Production
  • DSGN 3916 Book Art Design

Spring 2

Choose one of the following two:

  • INST 3902 Senior Practicum
  • INST 3903 Senior Project
Tech Requirements

Any Apple Laptop that is between new and 3 years old at the start of the academic year.
MacBook Pro
Macbook Air

The Adobe Creative Cloud suite of tools for education, which runs $25-30 month.

Wacolm Drawing Tablet
External hard drive

Career Possibilities

Graduates of our Diploma in Graphic Design are currently employed all over the world. Employment opportunities exist at agencies, design firms, multimedia houses or in marketing and graphic design departments at businesses that offer products and services. Jobs include:

  • Graphic Designer
  • Web/Interface Contractor
  • Illustrator
  • Web Designer
  • Art Director
  • Freelance Designer and Consultant
  • Creative Designers for film and movie
  • Marketing Coordinator
Admission Requirements
  • $50 Application Fee (1)
  • An official transcript of marks indicating Certificate – Foundation Visual Arts (FVA) from NBCCD OR
    • An official transcript of marks indicating at least 1 year post-secondary education
    • OR equivalent experience (2)
  • Portfolio Submission
  • Interview

(1) The $50 application fee is in Canadian dollars, applies to Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents and is non-refundable and subject to change without notice. International applicants pay a $100 Canadian application fee. See International Students for more information.

(2) Equivalent experience is determined by the College assessing your combination of learning and experience through recognition of prior learning. If you are 21 years of age and have past experience, you may be assessed as a Mature Applicant.


The College may contact you for an interview, it is important to consider why you want to study with us and your future goals.

Portfolio Requirements

Direct Entry Portfolio Requirements

To ensure that you are well-prepared to bypass the Foundation Visual Arts Program (FVA) and enter directly into an NBCCD Diploma Program, we need to assess your abilities and knowledge of the foundations of visual art. Please read Direct Entry Requirements for full instructions.

All exercises must be original and created within the last 6 months. Your examples must be presented digitally and saved in either JPEG or PDF format at 150 dpi on a USB memory stick. Please be sure to carefully label your jump drive with your name and contact information. If you would like your memory stick to be returned, please provide a self-addressed envelope.

You may instead choose to submit your portfolio digitally by attaching your files to an email. Please do not send your files through Google Drive or any other file sharing program. If your submission size exceeds 9mb, please split your portfolio into multiple emails, all containing your name and contact information.

Please mail or drop off your jump drive or submit files electronically to:

New Brunswick College of Craft and Design
457 Queen Street
Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1


  • CV/Resume
  • Letter of Intent
  • Three Observational Drawings
  • Three 2D Design Exercises
  • Two 3D Design Exercises
  • Three Colour Theory Exercises
  • Compare & Contrast Essay
  • Image List


Instructors & Technicians


  • Dale McBride, Coordinating Instructor
  • Andrew Bostwick
  • Drew Kennickell


  • Kirsten Stackhouse
Apply Now

Go to the Admission Requirements to start the application process. This page will also provide more details and info on where to mail your transcript of marks, cash, cheques and/or money order.

Our Graphic Design graduates have a 100% employment rate within months of graduation!

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