About the Program
Graphic Communications trains you for entry into this creative, rapidly evolving industry. This program focuses on digital print and promotional media and provides a broad overview of graphic communications processes, including:
- graphic design and typography
- creative planning, page layouts and document composition
- computer graphics, illustrations and image manipulation
- digital pre-media and printing production theories
- computer systems management and introductory web design
This fast-paced one-year certification program gets students engaged, trained and employed quickly, and graduate skills are in demand across the country.
Graphic Communications Portfolio Website - view student work and community projects completed throughout the academic year.
Tuition & Fees (Cost per semester)
Cost Per Credit: $150
Tuition Cap: $1,883
Health & Dental: $132
Rec. & Athletics: $70
Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)
Semester 1: $650
Semester 2: $350
Please note: This information is provided to help you estimate your costs for student financing. Some courses may also have additional expenses. Students who take all of their courses online are exempt from U-Pass, Health & Dental, and Recreation & Athletics fees. All fees are subject to change.
- Grade 12 English
- Pure Math 20 or Math 20-1 or 20-2 or Applied Math 20
NAIT's MTH20T Academic Upgrading course is recognized in lieu of Math 20-2.
View the English Language Proficiency Requirements for the Program: NAIT | English Language Proficiency
Direct industry experience is gained through a two week practicum which gives students the opportunity to apply their technical and interpersonal skills effectively in the workplace. Practicum locations include small printing companies, graphic design houses, internal communication departments of large corporations, print service bureaus and government agencies.
- Length: 2 weeks (60 hours)
- Salary: none
- Dates: April
- Relocation: not required
Scholarships & Bursaries
|Alberta Sign Association Scholarship||1000.00||2|
Available to first year students enrolled in the Graphic Communications program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of a minimum overall grade point average of 2.0 (63%) in the first semester of the program. A one page essay is also required outlining how you could foresee yourself becoming involved in the sign industry. Preference will be given to those who demonstrate a good overview of the sign industry and the various disciplines involved.
|Bob and Wendy Hiew Bursary||2000.00||1|
Bob and Wendy Hiew are both NAIT graduates from the Electrical Engineering and Accounting programs. Bob and Wendy have established this bursary in order to support students who are experiencing financial difficulties so they can devote their time to their studies in order to embark on a good career. Available to a second year student enrolled in any full time credit program in either the JR Shaw School of Business, or the School of Applied Sciences and Technology at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need and a minimum academic achievement of 75% in the first year of their program at NAIT.
|Cowan Imaging Group Scholarship - Graphic Communications - Spring||1000.00||1|
Available to full-time students enrolled in the Graphic Communications program at NAIT. Awarded to the student demonstrating the most improvement during the course of study. This will be determined by the greatest increased GPA from the 1st semester to the end of the 2nd semester.
|Cowan Imaging Group Visual Award - Winter||1200.00||1|
Available to full-time students enrolled in the Graphic Communications program at NAIT. Awarded to the student group whose annual project exhibits the best overall design.
|Cowan Imaging Group Visual Award Runner Up - Winter||800.00||1|
Available to full-time students enrolled in the Graphic Communications program at NAIT. Awarded to the student group whose annual project exhibits the second best overall design.
|Larry Bureau Graphic Communications Memorial Award||1000.00||1|
Larry Bureau, former program chair for the NAIT Graphic Communications program, lost his battle with cancer on October 12, 2009. Larry was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland. He relocated to South Africa and served with the military police before moving to Canada. Larry spent several years in the graphics\printing industry across the country before having the opportunity to head up a new training facility offered at Westerra. The program started as Pre-Press, Press and Bindery apprenticeship and under Larry’s leadership, the Printing & Graphic Arts program was expanded to offer two full time design-related programs with a complement of over 14 staff members. Larry provided leadership, mentorship and support to many staff members over the years that aided them to grow and develop their career aspirations. Available to a student enrolled in the Graphic Communications program. Preference will be given to applicants who have demonstrated financial need, involvement in student activities, an acceptable grade point average, progressive improvement of academic achievement in the current academic year and a good attitude as perceived by their peers and instructional staff. Applicants are required to submit a one page essay on why they should receive the award.
|Northern Alberta Printing Association Scholarship - Winter||1100.00||1|
Available to a second semester student of the Graphic Communications Certificate program. Awarded on the basis of satisfactory academic achievement, a strong work ethic, and a desire/intention of working in the print industry.
For general application and special selections, ranging from $500 to $5,000, see Scholarships & Bursaries.