• Overview - 2017/2018

    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.

    Brandy Huxley
    Brandy Huxley
    Graduate 2007

    "Through Fanshawe I have made friendships that will last a lifetime, learned skills that moved my career forward, and continue to open doors that will foster and grow my love of design."

     

     

    Program Coordinator:

    Lee-Ann Sandford
    Phone: 519-452-4430 x4643

  • Admission Requirements - 2017/2018

    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) 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
    • 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 
    • 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 year book publication plus any freelance professional work such as posters, flyers, handbills etc.
    • An 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

    Graphic Design-2017/2018

    Level 1Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    WRIT-1036Reason & Writing 1-Art & Design3
    This course introduces students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking.
    GRAF-1037Design Basic 13
    This course will introduce students to the basic elements, principles and history of design. Students will undertake black and white two-dimensional projects related to graphic design and explore all possible solutions in which creativity, procedures, craftsmanship, and conceptual techniques are emphasized. All work is done using traditional tools and supported by practical applications, lectures audio/video presentations, and open class discussions.
    GRAF-1034Typography Basic4
    This 15 week introductory course is designed to give the student develop an awareness of type and typographic design. Typography is a very complex field with a language unique to this particular discipline. Students will be introduced to various aspects of typography and basic projects will be presented in a very straight forward manner.
    GRAF-1027Digital Applications 14
    Students analyze and report on contemporary conventional production tools and workflow systems used in commercial graphic design studios. This course is designed to introduce the student to the tools and facilities of the current trade iteration of 'page layout' software for producing page composition, typography and design projects. Students will explore the basic tools and facilities of bitmap editing software in the production of design projects. Students are introduced to the current trade iteration of 'vector drawing' software for producing graphic images. Students are introduced to the current trade iteration of 'portable document format' software. Students will use these four software technologies together to produce design projects.
    GRAF-1044Interactive Design 11.5
    This course is designed to introduce the student to the tools and techniques that facilitate the process of interactive design. Students will be lead through a series of graduated lessons, both practical and theoretical, supported by relative in-class assignments, 3 major term projects and a dynamic presentation. The current iteration of Adobe Photoshop CC, and Microsoft Power Point, will be utilized. Students will be encouraged to begin the process of creating a self-defining style, with acute consideration for; planning, organization, layout, style, technical development, typography, content development and integration.
    GRAF-1040Creative Concepts 13
    This course is designed to develop and explore the innate creativity within the students. This course guides students through explorations of various media in order to reflect upon and express their unique personality and creativity within their cultural context.

    Level 2Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    GRAF-1038Design Basic 23
    This course further emphasizes the basic elements, principles of design as well as examines and understands the application of the theory of colour. Students will formulate a keen understanding of the many colour theories through practical applications, lectures and supported audio/visual media. Students will also begin the process of combining colour to the learned principals of design to emphasize emotion, balance, and mood. Students will have a series of lectures throughout the term on the history of Graphic Design and how it impacts present times. Students will undertake two-dimensional projects related to graphic design and explore all possible solutions in which creativity, design procedures, craftsmanship, and presentation techniques are emphasized.
    GRAF-1035Typography Digital4
    This 15 week course is designed to help the student develop an awareness of type and typographic design. Digital applications of typographic design will be emphasized. Students will be introduced to various aspects of digital typography and projects will be executed using the computer.
    GRAF-1030Digital Applications 24
    This course is designed to introduce the student to the tools and facilities of the current trade iteration of 'bitmap editing' software for producing bitmap images in both black & white and colour. Students advance their exploration of 'page layout' software, which began in DIGITAL APPLICATIONS 1. Students will use 'page layout' software together with 'bitmap editing' software, 'vector drawing' software and 'portable document format' software to produce design projects.
    GRAF-1031Interactive Design 23
    This course is designed to introduce the student to the tools and techniques that facilitate the process of interactive design. Students will be lead through a series of graduated lessons, both practical and theoretical, supported by relative in-class assignments, 2 major term projects, homework and in class assignments. The current trade iteration of Adobe Photoshop CS5, and Apple Keynote, will be utilized. Students will be encouraged to begin the process of creating a self-defining style, with acute consideration for; planning, organization, layout, style, technical development, typography, content development and integration.
    GRAF-1041Creative Concepts 23
    This course is designed to further develop and explore the innate creativity within the students. This course continues to guide students through explorations of various media in order to reflect upon and express their unique personality and creativity within their cultural context.
    PHOT-1061Camera Basics1
    This online-assisted course is designed to provide the student with a practical working knowledge of digital cameras and photographic studio lighting equipment. Camera equipment usage will range from mobile device cameras up to Digital SLRs. Basic elements and principles of good photography will culminate in digital photography ready for use in the graphic design industry.
    COMM-3074Communications for Design3
    This course, designed for students who plan to work in the field of art and design, focuses on professional written and verbal communication skills. Students learn to prepare a variety of work-related documents. In addition, students learn about research methods and documentation formats. The principles of effective writing - organization, grammar, style, clarity, and tone - are reinforced throughout the course. The goal of the course is to prepare students for the communication tasks and considerations they will encounter in the workplace in order to meet the needs of employers and/or the communities they will serve.

    Level 3Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    GRAF-3013Design Intermediate 14
    In this course emphasis with be placed on how to develop design concepts using the creative process in design. Through a variety of design projects students will practice objective thinking in combination with typography, design principles, branding and colour theory to develop their design solutions. Beginning with research and pencil/marker sketches students will progress to computer generated semi-comp renderings through to final completion. Self-reflective practice, critiques and presentations methods are emphasized.
    GRAF-3029Digital Illustration4
    This course will enable the student to use pixel-based and vector-based software in combination to produce digital design projects. Students will learn through demonstrations and the completion of various workshops the tools available and different illustration techniques. Creativity, craftsmanship, and presentation techniques are emphasized.
    GRAF-3015Digital Applications 34
    This course is a continuation of Digital Applications 2. It is designed to provide the student with the expertise necessary to apply all of the tools and facilities in the current trade iteration of 'bitmap editing' software and to use that program together with the current trade iteration of 'vector drawing' software and 'page layout' software to produce digital files for output to various devices. Students will prepare files for output in a PDF workflow environment.
    GRAF-1043Natural Media Illustration 14
    This course is designed to develop the students' abilities in drawing, as they relate to the industry standards of the professional Graphic Design business. Students will discover how to develop and draw their conceptual ideas to a professional level of visual communication, using only pencil and paper.
    GRAF-3017Interactive Design 34
    Students will be introduced to the www.w3.org standards enabling them to execute and apply CSS / CSS3 technologies in creating comprehensive dynamic media based websites. Processes will include search engine optimization and enhanced website usability and accessibility.
    GRAF-1051Time, Money & Materials2
    This course will introduce the student to the Fiscal/Production side of the Graphic Design Industry. The student will encounter different types of graphic/design organizations and discover how they bill and use current industry production standards.
    PHOT-3017Photography1.5
    This course is a continuation of Camera Basics and will provide the student with an advanced working knowledge of digital cameras and lighting equipment usage in a photographic studio and on location to produce digital photography as it relates to the graphic design industry. Students will use computer software applications to edit and catalogue photographs.

    Level 4 Credits
    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    GRAF-3018Design Intermediate 24
    In this course, students will develop design concepts for a variety of projects using the creative process to develop design solutions. Students will be exposed to various case studies, design styles, advertising, branding, media, materials/techniques, production and sustainable considerations for each design situation. Professional approaches to critiques and presentations methods are emphasized.
    GRAF-3028Packaging & Display Design4
    Students will create a sequence of packaging and display design projects using die lines in vector-based software. With emphasis on typography, design principles, colour and technical specifications, students will explore the creative process and participate in various workshops to learn the tools and develop their own design style. Creativity, craftsmanship and mock-up techniques are emphasized.
    GRAF-3020Digital Applications 44
    This course is a continuation of DIGITAL APPLICATIONS 3. It is designed to provide the student with the expertise necessary to apply all of the tools and facilities in the current trade iteration of 'bitmap editing' software and to use that program together with the current trade iteration of 'vector drawing' software and 'page layout' software to produce digital files suitable for the production of commercial-quality printed material for business/promotional projects.Students will prepare press-ready files for output in a PDF workflow environment.
    GRAF-3022Interactive Design 44
    Students will continue to use to CSS3 and HTML5 to create magazine style layouts. CSS layout with commercial applications. jQuery will be explored as an introduction to JavaScript.
    GRAF-5013Digital Illustration Advanced 14
    This course is a continuation of GRAF3019 and instructs in the design and production of two, three and four dimensional graphics using Corel Painter and Adobe Photoshop.

    Level 5Credits
    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    GRAF-5012Design Advanced 14
    This course is designed to assist students to function effectively as practicing graphic design professionals. Through team work and self-directed learning, students will complete advanced assignments in graphic design studies, including communication problems. Professional approaches to critical feedback and presentations methods are emphasized.
    GRAF-5014Digital Applications 53
    This course is a continuation of Digital Applications 4.This course will be delivered in the current iteration of a Macintosh workflow environment offering the latest production techniques. An in-depth approach of practices required for high-end digital output for commercial print and electronic publications will be delivered. Classes will cover the current industry workflow standards for prepress design, proofing & output. For each of the design/production areas covered, classes will involve exercises in file management, font management, inter-software colour theory, publication mechanics and proper digital output mechanics based on print method and/or electronic publication method used. This course will introduce basic audio/video production and editing workflow techniques.
    GRAF-5022Digital Master Class 14
    This course deals with the production of high resolution finished artwork using the current trade iteration of 'bitmap editing' software Adobe Photoshop. A continuing student advancement and exploration of the 'bitmap editing' software from the DIGITAL APPLICATIONS IV course.
    GRAF-5016Interactive Design 54
    The student will be led through the entire process of creating unique interactive websites that conform to various screen sizes and devises. (responsive/adaptive design)The students will continue to explore methods of implementing the jQuery framework/library as it relates to website dynamics. These websites in-turn will be used to promote the skills and ambitions of the student.
    GRAF-5025Digital Illustration Advanced 24
    This course is a continuation of Digital Illustration Advanced I and instructs in the design and production of two, three and four dimensional graphics using Corel Painter and Adobe Photoshop.

    Level 6Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    GRAF-5017Design Advanced 24
    This course is designed to assist students to function effectively as practicing graphic design professionals. Through client-based self-directed project students will gain industry experience. Professional approaches to leadership and presentations methods are emphasized.
    GRAF-5019Digital Applications 63
    This course offers an in depth look into print production in a PDF workflow environment. Discussion and exercises in Preflighting files ready for colour separation from original application and PDF files. For each of the system/software areas covered, classes will involve exercises in file management, font management, inter-software colour theory, publication mechanics and proper file output mechanics for both printed and interactive rich media digital publications. Content will be delivered in a Macintosh OSX environment. In some instances, students will work in small groups designed to emulate agency-style workflow practices.
    GRAF-5023Digital Master Class 24
    This course is focused on the complexities of combining visual, auditory, and temporal information, as they exist in time-based and interactive media. Through lecture and in-class demonstration students will learn the technological processes necessary to blend video, audio, animation, and interactivity together to create a 'rich media experience'.
    GRAF-5021Interactive Design 64
    This final semester will see a culmination of all the interactive tools, techniques and methodologies learned up to this point. Additionally the student is introduced to CMS (content management systems) culminating in a commercial project(s).
    GRAF-5024Motion Graphics4
    This course is focused on the complexities of combining visual, auditory, and temporal information, as they exist in time-based and interactive media. Through lecture and in-class demonstration students will learn the technological processes necessary to blend video, audio, animation, and interactivity together to create a 'rich media experience'.

    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

  • Careers - 2017/2018

    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
    • On-line Graphics
    • Multi-media Companies
  • More Information - 2017/2018

    A Three-Year Ontario College Advanced Diploma Program
    Program Code: GRD1
    Campus Code: LC (LC - London)
    September/January Admission
    15 week terms
     
    Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates

    Contact

    School of Design: 519-452-4227

    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 two 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 current with visual media design trends, technologies and industry practices using strategies that enhance work performance and guide professional development.

    Program Pathways

    For information about Program Pathways visit www.fanshawec.ca/programpathways.
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