What to Expect
Students gain practical, hands-on experience with industry-standard software and equipment while completing a broad range of practical projects. The graphics industry is constantly evolving, thus the curriculum is constantly being reviewed by our industry advisory board to reflect current technologies and trends. Assignments are relevant to current business applications, and a two-week work experience placement puts eligible students' training to work in Edmonton's graphic design, promotions and printing industry.
Graphic Communications Portfolio Website - view student work and community projects completed throughout the academic year.
Classroom & Study Hours
Students can expect to spend, on average:
- 30 hours per week attending classes over the course of a semester.
- 8 to 10 hours per week studying and completing class assignments.
Students gain experience in a variety of laboratory settings, including an art lab, digital pre-media lab, PC lab and Mac lab.
Is This Program For You?
The Graphic Communications program teaches skills in design, electronic file creation/illustrations, imaging/digital pre-media, lithographic printing and promotional procedures and theories. Program and course work will focus on the creative aspects and process of graphic design and electronic/digital pre-media, as they relate to the publishing and promotions industries. The program is intended to incorporate foundational elements of all four categories, providing the committed student with a broad-based marketable and portable toolbox of foundational skills and knowledge. This foundation must be built upon and constantly honed for a successful career in the graphic communications industry.
Computer skills aim at achieving competency within the two major computer environments, Windows and Mac, as well as proficiency using industry-current computer publishing, graphics and image manipulation applications and competency in digital pre-media. Students get extensive experience with:
- Adobe PhotoShop
- Adobe InDesign
- Adobe Illustrator
- Adobe Acrobat
During the program, students complete intensive studies in:
- Document & Page Layout Composition
- Computer Graphics & Illustration
- Digital Pre-Media
- Press, Bindery and Digital Printing Theories
- Digital Imaging & Photo Manipulation
- Digital Typographic Design
- Elements of Design
- Basic Web Site Design & Construction