Humber’s Graphic Design advanced diploma program develops creative and strategic designers who execute for a wide range of interactive media such as web and screen, user interaction, motion design and also traditional print products. While learning and mastering design concepts, you will generate creative solutions and produce visuals for effective multimedia communication. As you gain desirable knowledge and skills, you will be exposed to the many topics and tasks required in contemporary design work. You will become strategically and typographically skilled and master digital, editorial, interactive, information, motion, and web design techniques. Additionally, relevant programming and entrepreneurship knowledge will round out a comprehensive skill set.
As part of our interaction and design common platform cluster, this program will expose you to many aspects of design and allow you to collaborate with students in related fields. The first semester is shared with the Multimedia Design and Development program, and the first year of this program is shared with the Web Design and Interactive Media program. Your exposure to different types of design work and common programming elements will enable you to investigate your options and choose a focus prior to your second year of study.
You will explore the many facets of graphic design, and be instructed and trained on industry-based technology and software. Cross-disciplinary projects will allow you to develop collaborative and teamwork skills while preparing you for workplace environments. This program includes the unique opportunity to work with Humber’s BuildingF, our in-house creative & business communications hub, working on real projects for clients while building your portfolio and professional contacts.
Courses Program Standards
Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:
Conceptualize and develop design solutions using principles of design to create visual communications that meet the needs of the project.
Employ the design process to create design solutions that meet the project objectives and the needs of the client and/or user.
Plan, create and use photography, illustration and typography in design layouts to meet the requirements of the creative brief.
Design, develop and create a variety of media products using relevant, current and/or emerging technologies.
Communicate ideas, design concepts and opinions clearly and persuasively to others.
Use recognized industry practices throughout the design process and related business tasks.
Plan, implement, and evaluate graphic design projects using project management skills to deliver quality work to clients according to schedule and within budget.
Complete all work in a professional and ethical manner, and in accordance with all applicable legislation and regulations.
Keep current with visual media design trends, technologies and industry practices using strategies that enhance work performance and guide professional development.
Students will participate in a mandatory work placement which follows the last semester of study. 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 also have exposure to real-world projects through Humber’s BuildingF.
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This program has a common platform with 1 common year, giving you 3 choices.
BuildingF (formerly the AdCentre) brings marketers and agencies together with advanced students from virtually any Humber program to produce strategic creative content and technology solutions.
Instead of just being given 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.
The disciplines that can be accessed through BuildingF include anything found in a modern advertising, design or PR agency, including brand experience design, communications marketing, advertising design, writing, production, and much more.
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.
Registered Graphic Designers (RGD)
This program satisfies the educational requirement necessary for graduates to pursue the Registered Graphic Designer (RGD) designation, the professional standard for the industry. This designation is granted by the Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD).
Note: The requirements for licensure are determined by the granting body, which is independent from Humber College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.
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