Graphic Design

Graphic Design



In Graphic Design, you will:

  • Gain in-depth knowledge of graphic design theory, professional technique and industry standards.
  • Explore all aspects of visual communication including print and digital production, typography, brand identity development, and image creation.
  • Become a versatile designer by focusing on the creation of visual content – and the design knowledge to transform that content into posters, brochures, folders, catalogues, books and websites.
  • Supplement your designs with digital illustration and learn to construct powerful visual layouts.
  • Prepare for employment with robust entrepreneurship studies and an optional practicum work experience in your graduating year.

Interested in finding out more?

Contact: The Registrar’s Office, toll free, 1-877-400-1107 or email nbccdrecruiting@gnb.ca

  • Curriculum Standard

    Graphic Design 2021-2023 Curriculum Standard

    The Curriculum Standard is an introduction to the program which includes the program’s critical performance, a program description, program learning outcomes, and the program’s potential career opportunities. This is followed by information on duration, credits, admission requirements, advanced placement, certification, articulations, and prior learning assessment and recognition.

    This document also contains a program delivery sequence and the course profiles with specific course learning outcomes and grading basis.

    In addition, the Curriculum Standard is used as a tool for revision and evaluation of the program and for the promotion of transfer agreements with other post-secondary institutions.

  • Areas of Study
    • Graphic Design
    • Typography
    • Visual Design
    • Drawing
    • Communications
    • Digital Media
    • Desktop Publishing
    • Portfolio Development
    • Web Foundations
    • Production
  • 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
    • Graphic Designer
    • Web Designer
    • Illustrator
    • Art Director
    • Freelance Designer/Entrepreneur
  • Course List

    Fall 1 [2 electives*]

    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


    * DIGM 2016
    3D Digital Design

    * DSGN 2903
    Design Concepts

    * DRAW 2900
    Directions in Drawing: Traditional and Contemporary

    * DRAW 2901
    Life Drawing: Structure and Form

    * DRAW 2902
    Watercolour: Exploring Water-Based Materials

    * DRAW 2907
    Drawing and Narrative

    Winter 1

    GRDN 2908
    Image Creation: Media, Method and Technique

    GRDN 2909
    The Pixel Meets the Vector

    GRDN 2912
    Website: The Fundamentals

    GRDN 2905
    Structure and Content: Form Follows Function

    GRDN 2907
    Text, Image and Meaning

    Spring 1

    HIST 2900
    Graphic Design History: From Gutenberg to Apple

    ENTR 2005
    Marketing and Online Promotion

    Fall 2

    GRDN 2916
    Image Creation: Interpretation, Style and Theme

    GRDN 3911
    Design Process

    GRDN 3912
    Website: The Design

    GRDN 3902
    Structure and Content: Form and Format

    GRDN 3903
    Typographic Expression

    HIST 3902
    Critical Issues: Culture, Context and Perception

    ENTR 3906
    Preparing for Professional Life: Graphic Design

    Winter 2 [1 elective*]

    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 a Career in Graphic Design


    * AVVA 3908
    Designing Bodies

    * DIGM 3012
    3D Digital Design and Production

    * DRAW 3000
    Painting in Acrylics

    * DRAW 3001
    Imagery, Sources and Development

    * DSGN 3916
    Book Art Design

    * HUMN 3000
    Art for Social Change

    Spring 2


    * INST 3902
    Senior Practicum

    * INST 3905
    Senior Project: Graphic Design

  • 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

    Foundation Visual Arts:

    Please note that it this program traditionally starts with the one-year Foundation Visual Arts Program as a prerequisite.


    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.


    • 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
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learn thelanguage of design

The Foundation Visual Arts (FVA) Certificate is a 1-year program that offers you a wide-ranging overview of the practice, theory and history of the visual arts. Before you begin honing your craft or digital practice, learn the language to communicate visual arts. Students new to the arts will start in this preparatory course before their two-year Diploma program.