Available at the Renfrew campus.
75 credits - 24 courses - 14 months - 5 quarters - Diploma
Magazines, newspapers, advertising agencies, publishing houses, engineering companies, builders, packaging and web development companies all require the specialized skills of graphic designers. Students in this program will learn to apply the fundamentals of design, typography, illustration and production procedures in creative communication problems and projects. In addition, students will learn how to meet the needs of clients quickly, creatively and economically. Students will be trained to design with the following software tools: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Flash, and Dreamweaver.
Upon graduation, Graphic Design students will have acquired the training and the portfolio necessary to interview for entry-level positions in advertising agencies, design studios, publishing houses, web development companies, corporate communications departments, and television studios. After gaining professional experience, many graduates are able to go on to advanced positions such as art director, creative director, brand manager, studio manager, or production manager. Some may establish design firms, and take the challenging freelance assignments.
Method of Instruction
Instructional methods at The Art Institute of Vancouver include lecture, demonstration, tutorials, one-on-one instruction, and periodic examinations. Except for field trips, all instruction is conducted in a classroom/studio setting.
To receive a Graphic Design Diploma, students must complete a minimum of 75 credits with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and an incremental completion rate (ICR) of 66.67%. Also students must receive a passing grade or credit for all required courses and submit a professional quality printed portfolio comprised of eight to 12 complete projects. In addition the graduate portfolio must contain two to four professional quality packaging design projects. Students must also develop a website to showcase an online version of their print portfolio and accompanying biographical and career development items. The Graduate Portfolio Review by Industry is mandatory for graduation as it is a part of your final Portfolio II course.