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Graphic Design

Credential: Advanced Diploma Program Code: 11571 Length: 6 semesters

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To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses:
    • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent)
    • Three Grade 11 or Grade 12 C, M or U courses in addition to those listed above



All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

Mature Applicants

An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older (21 or older for degree programs) as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U level or equivalent.

College Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber will use your college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

University Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber will use your university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.


Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated.  Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.

Date Location Availability International Student Availability
September 2017NorthClosedClosed

The 2017-2018 fee for 2 semesters is:

  • domestic: TBD (refer to 2016-2017 for estimate)
  • international: $15,836.00

Fees are subject to change.

Additional Costs

$500 – art supply kit for the beginning of first semester (list available upon acceptance). $200 to $500 per semester – textbooks, subscriptions, printing, and website costs. Students are encouraged to have a home computer; instructors can advise on technical needs and sources for affordable Macintosh computers/software.

Fees by Semester 


Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

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Humber Degree Pathways

Complete your degree with us. Humber's degrees are designed with our diploma graduates in mind. We'll give you credit for what you’ve already learned and help you take the next step in less time.

Graduates may be considered for admission to:

Creative Advertising, Bachelor of 

Graduates with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent or more may be considered for admission. Graduates may then complete the degree with the equivalent of four semesters of full-time study plus a work term. Successful applicants must also possess:

  • ENG4U or Humber’s WRIT 100 or 200 level course, or equivalent, with a minimum grade of 70 per cent.
  • A portfolio assessment is also required

Admission will be based on availability in the program.

*The advanced standing outlined is a general guideline. Diploma graduates may be required to take courses in lower semesters in order to meet the overall degree learning outcomes.



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Transferring from Another College or University

Details on transferring credits or credentials from another college or university or how to apply for credit based on prior work or life experience.

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Humber Ontario Graduate Certificates

Humber offers a number of Ontario graduate certificates to help take your education further.

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Program Contact(s)

Kevin Brandon
Program Co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 3019



International Students

Phone 1-416-675-5067

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If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

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Fees by Semester

Semester 1Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-TuitionTBD$450.45


Semester 2Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-TuitionTBD$450.45


Semester 3Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-TuitionTBD$450.45


Semester 4Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-TuitionTBD$450.45


Semester 5Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-TuitionTBD$450.45


Semester 6Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-TuitionTBD$450.45

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $375 Winter start - $250 Summer start - $125

Our Program

Humber’s Graphic Design advanced diploma program develops creative and strategic thinkers who design and execute for interactive media, such as web and screen, user interaction, motion design, as well as traditional print products. You will learn how to generate creative solutions and produce visual materials for effective design communication across a wide range of media, and gain knowledge and skills that are desired in today’s workforce through exposure to many topics and tasks that are required of today’s designers. You will become proficient with strategy, typography, digital design, branding, web and interactive design, motion design, relevant programming skills, information design, editorial design and entrepreneurship providing you a skill set to thrive in the design industry. 

Graphic Design is one of the three programs within our interaction and design common platform cluster. The first semester is shared with the two-year Multimedia Design & Development program. The first year of the program is shared with the three-year Web Design & Interactive Media program. This offers you exposure to the different areas of design, common elements of programming, and collaborative work with students studying to work in related careers. Exposure in the first year to the ever-evolving, dynamic world of design will allow you to investigate the edges of this area of study. You will confirm your focus prior to the start of your second year of study. Should you wish to switch to a different program in this cluster, no time is lost and all learning you have taken in during the first semester, or first year, will be applicable to the other program areas. 

You will explore many facets of graphic design within a diverse curriculum that features instruction in industry-based technology. Opportunities to participate in industry competitions will allow you to put your design skills to the test. Day-to-day interaction with students in sister programs, through cross disciplinary project work, mimics the workplace and will build collaborative and teamwork skills. This program includes the unique opportunity to gain real-world experience through Humber’s Ad Centre, our in-house ad agency, allowing you to produce campaigns and products for commercial and non-profit clients while simultaneously making career connections and building your portfolio. 

Our advisory committee provides regular review and input into our curriculum, ensuring our program is always on the cutting edge of industry developments and direction.

Courses Program Standards

Work Placement

The unpaid work placement normally takes place during the month following the last semester of study (May). Students research the design industry to take advantage of opportunities to market themselves to prospective employers to find their own work placement locally or abroad.

Students are supported through this process by faculty advisors. Students also have exposure to real-world projects through Humber’s Ad Centre.

The Humber Experience

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Watch the video to find out more about the Graphic Design program at Humber. 

The Humber Advantage

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AdCentre students

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Interactive & Design Platform

This program has a common platform with 1 common year, giving you 3 choices.

Humber AdCentre

The Humber AdCentre was launched as a live lab to provide students with real work opportunities before entering the industry.

Instead of just being given just a grade for assignments, students are provided with a chance to work with real clients, on actual accounts, receiving first-hand experience in the field.

Working with established businesses will not only prepare students for the fast-paced excitement of the industry, but will also help develop portfolio work and reference points for interviews.

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Your Career

With more than 25,000 designers, Toronto is at the centre of Canada’s design sector. And, as North America’s third largest hotspot for design, there are many opportunities in Toronto for aspiring graphic designers. Our program helps you develop the skills and training you need to pursue your chosen career.

With your powerful combination of creative thinking and technical abilities, you’ll be ready to make your mark in a wide variety of employment contexts including advertising, communications, web design, publishing, commercial printing, public relations, film and television, and multimedia production. Your wide-ranging design abilities and use of digital tools and software will assist you in creating original and appealing designs for a broad range of projects including magazine articles, billboards, promotional material and corporate websites.

As a freelancer you can enjoy the benefits of choosing your projects and clients, and setting your own rates and hours.

Professional Accreditations

This program satisfies the educational requirement necessary for graduates to pursue the Registered Graphic Designer (RGD) designation, the professional standard for the industry.

Additional requirements may apply.

Note: The requirements for the additional credential(s) are determined by the granting body, which is independent from the College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling. 

Unique Projects


In a rapidly changing digital landscape, Transmedia creates multi-dimensional storytelling experiences that provides audiences the opportunity to be engaged like never before. Immersive, collaborative and deeply engaging, Transmedia revolves around the telling of stories using a variety of platforms. The overall narrative experience is intended to be enhanced by audience engagement with each successive platform.

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