Turn your creativity into a career with our graphic design courses - 2021/2022
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. Our graphic design courses will help you learn illustration, graphic design communication, typography, interactive web design, design theory, and 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. 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 on your way to attaining your graphic design advanced diploma.
Upon graduation from our graphic design course, you’ll be ready to hit the ground running. With your graphic design advanced diploma, 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.
"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."
Admission Requirements - 2021/2022
OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),
University/College (M), or Open (O) stream WITH:
- Any Grade 12 English (C) or (U)
Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)
Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)
Mature Applicant with standing in the required course stated above
Completion of Visual Artwork and Written Response
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 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 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 CriteriaWhere the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
- Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
- 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)
- Achievement in the Admission Requirements
- Assessment of Applicant's skill set relevant to the program based on a Completion of Visual Artwork and Written Response
|WRIT-1036||Reason & Writing 1-Art & Design||3|
|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-1037||Design Basic 1||3|
|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.|
|In this course students are introduced to the fundamentals of typography. Students will develop an awareness of typographic design and form to communicate. Emphasis is placed on typographic history, typographic vocabulary, type classifications, anatomy, letterforms, spacing and hierarchy through a series of lectures, class discussions and hands-on projects. Creativity, process work, research and attention to detail is encouraged. All work is done using traditional tools with hands-on techniques.|
|GRAF-1050||Digital Applications 1||3|
|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-1044||Interactive Design 1||1.5|
|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-1040||Creative Concepts 1||3|
|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.|
|COOP-1020||Co-operative Education Employment Prep||1|
|This workshop will provide an overview of the Co-operative Education consultants and students' roles and responsibilities as well as the Co-operative Education Policy. It will provide students with employment preparatory skills specifically related to co-operative education work assignments and will prepare students for their work term.|
|GRAF-1038||Design Basic 2||3|
|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.|
|In this course students develop their skills in the application of typography and explore their capabilities in developing creative typographic solutions to enhance the meaning of communication on the computer. Emphasis is placed on type as form to communicate, typographic conventions, typeface selection, adjustment, spacing, layout, grid systems, hierarchy of information, legibility and readability through a series of lectures, class discussions, assignments and projects.|
|GRAF-1030||Digital Applications 2||4|
|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-1031||Interactive Design 2||3|
|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-1041||Creative Concepts 2||3|
|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.|
|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-3074||Communications for Design||3|
|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.|
|GRAF-3013||Design Intermediate 1||4|
|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.|
|This course is designed to develop the students' abilities in digital drawing using vector-based software. Students will learn the tools available and illustration techniques through demonstration, workshops and projects. Students will create a variety of technical and expressive projects aimed to develop their skills and explore their own style. Creativity and craftsmanship are emphasized.|
|GRAF-3015||Digital Applications 3||4|
|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-1043||Natural Media Illustration 1||4|
|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-3017||Interactive Design 3||4|
|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-1051||Time, Money & Materials||2|
|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.|
|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.|
|GRAF-3018||Design Intermediate 2||4|
|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-3028||Packaging & Display Design||4|
|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-3020||Digital Applications 4||4|
|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-3022||Interactive Design 4||4|
|GRAF-5013||Digital Illustration Advanced 1||4|
|This course will develop the students' skills and knowledge in creating digital illustrations with a number of different styles and techniques. Students will complete finished artwork using the latest bitmap editing software.|
|GRAF-5012||Design Advanced 1||4|
|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-5014||Digital Applications 5||3|
|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-5022||Digital Master Class 1||4|
|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-5016||Interactive Design 5||4|
|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-5025||Digital Illustration Advanced 2||4|
|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 the latest digital software. Students will work towards developing their own unique illustration style.|
|GRAF-5017||Design Advanced 2||4|
|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-5019||Digital Applications 6||3|
|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-5023||Digital Master Class 2||4|
|This course deals with high resolution finished artwork using the current trade iteration of 'bitmap editing' software Adobe Photoshop for print and video production. A continuing student advancement and exploration of the 'bitmap editing' software from the Digital Masters Class 1 course.|
|GRAF-5021||Interactive Design 6||4|
|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).|
|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'.|
Careers - 2021/2022
Career OpportunitiesGraduates can expect employment at a junior level with:
- Advertising Agencies
- Design Studios
- Direct Mail Agencies
- Environment/Signage Companies
- Corporate Public Relations, Marketing, Art Departments
- Printing Companies
- On-line Graphics
- Multi-media Companies
More Information - 2021/2022
A Three-Year Ontario College Advanced Diploma Program
Campus Code: LC (LC - London)
15 week terms
Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates
ContactSchool of Design: 519-452-4227
Program DescriptionOur 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.
- 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.
Co-operative EducationThis three-year program has three co-op work terms. Students who fulfill both the academic and co-op requirements of the program will be eligible to graduate with a Co-op Endorsed Advanced Diploma. More information about co-operative education can be found at www.fanshawec.ca/co-op
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.
For information about Program Pathways visit www.fanshawec.ca/programpathways.