Graphic Design

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In this program, you explore all aspects of visual communication including typographic design, brand identities and print and digital production with an entrepreneurial focus. It emphasizes the creation of visual content where you use specific techniques to transform content into posters, brochures, folders, catalogues and books.

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

By the end of this program, you will have demonstrated the ability to create multi-literate modes of communication utilizing technical skill, aesthetic sensitivity and cultural awareness, and have the capacity to work within the creative economy.

Duration

The Diploma in Graphic Design is a 2-year program that 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.

Most students start with taking our Foundation Visual Arts Program (see Apply Now). If you already have a certificate in visual arts, have previous post-secondary experience or in the visual arts, you might be eligible for direct entry into this diploma program.

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

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

  • Digital Imaging for Graphic Design
  • Digital Illustration for Graphic Design
  • Graphic Design Seminar
  • Structure and Content: Page Layout Fundamentals
  • Introduction to Typography
  • Students Select 1
    • Directions in Drawing: Traditional and Contemporary
    • Life Drawing: Structure and Form
    • Watercolour: Exploring Water-Based Materials
    • Drawing: Time and Narrative
  • Students Select 1
    • 3D Digital Design
    • Design Concepts

Winter 1

  • Image Creation: Media, Method and Technique
  • The Pixel Meets the Vector
  • Website: The Fundamentals
  • Structure and Content: Form Follows Function
  • Text, Image and Meaning
  • Graphic Design History: From Gutenberg to Apple
  • Marketing and Online Promotion

Spring 1

  • Applied Design for Digital Imagery and Digital Media
  • Design for Large Format

Fall 2

  • Image Creation: Interpretation, Style and Theme
  • Design Process
  • Website: The Design
  • Structure and Content: Form and Format
  • Typographic Expression
  • Critical Issues: Culture, Context and Perception
  • Preparing for Professional Life: Graphic Design

Winter 2

  • Image Creation: Going Digital
  • Advertising and Package Design
  • Information Design
  • Structure and Content: Multi-Page Document Design
  • Visual Arts and the Digital Realm
  • Students Select 1
    • Designing Bodies
    • 3D Digital Design and Production
    • Painting in Acrylics
    • Imagery, Sources and Development
    • Book Art Design
    • Art for Social Change
  • Preparing for a Career in Graphic Design

Spring 2

  • Students Select 1
    • Senior Practicum
    • Senior Project
Tech Requirements

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

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

Optional
Wacolm Drawing Tablet
External hard drive

Career Possibilities

With an entrepreneurial focus, this program prepares students to establish their own small business, be employed or continue in Advanced Studio Practice Program at NBCCD or at other leading institutions in Canada and beyond.

Professional opportunities upon graduation include:

  • Graphic Designer
  • Web/Interface Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Art/Creative Director
  • Freelance Designer and Consultant
  • Entrepreneur/Business Owner
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.

Interview

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:

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

NBCCDRegistrar@gnb.ca

Checklist:

  • 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

Instructors

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

Technician

  • 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!

Dec 10

In-Class Assessments

Dec 20

Fall Term Ends

Dec 23

Christmas Break: College Closed/ No Key Card Access

Jan 6

Confirm Contact Info for T2202 Forms to Assistant Registrar, tina.lamb@gnb.ca

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