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School of Applied Sciences and Technology

Graphic Communications

Sep 08, 2020
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  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 2 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of C+ in the course(s) or program

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Find quick entry into this creative career

Look around you – virtually every printed, silk screened and digitally-rendered display you see every day has moved through the hands of a graphic communications professional.

NAIT's intensive 1-year Graphic Communications certificate program will prepare you for entry into the creative and rapidly evolving digital, print and publishing industry. You'll take projects from the creative planning stage through graphic design, digital file creation, customer proofing and final output. You can also expect to gain practical, hands-on experience with industry-standard software and equipment, and get the opportunity to complete a wide range of projects you're likely to encounter in industry.

Before all this, you'll develop a firm understanding of theoretical concepts and methods that are critical in the various press, bindery and large-format processes that follow digital file creation. This technical knowledge is what sets NAIT's Graphic Communications program apart from other technical institutions.

Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.

Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.

Hands-on, industry-relevant skills

The program has an excellent reputation among the Capital Region’s business community; classroom projects often involve design assignments relevant to their current ventures. Direct industry experience is gained through the program’s two-week professional experience component, allowing eligible students the opportunity to apply their technical and interpersonal skills effectively within a workplace environment.

The graphics industry is constantly undergoing change, whether it is new software developments, updates in output equipment and technologies, or trends in design elements. The program is in constant contact with industry and supply representatives to be sure the training demands are being met and grads have the skills necessary for employment. Skills acquired in this program have allowed our graduates to seek employment opportunities all across North America.

Program details

By the time you graduate, you will have gained fundamental knowledge and skills in the following disciplines:

  • applied graphic design and typography
  • computer graphics and image manipulation
  • page layout and document composition
  • computer systems management
  • web design fundamentals
  • digital pre-media technology and electronic output
  • effective communications

 Enter the workforce with confidence

Advances in technology and correspondingly lower costs of publishing hardware and software have significantly widened the scope of computer publishing capabilities, making many applications widely available. Small printing companies, graphic design houses and internal communication departments of large corporations are now equipped to perform many of the production processes previously handled by specialized establishments. These factors have created an increased need for skilled personnel to ensure the efficient production of effective communications.

GrafCom graduates have started their careers with traditional printing companies, graphic design and advertising firms, corporate in-house design, service bureaus, promotional companies, and newspaper and magazine publishers.

The future of graphic communications

In the future, new mediums may replace traditional “ink on paper” technology, such as print on demand, e-Books, PDF files, digital printing, sign and promotions. Graduates from GrafCom will still be in high demand as logos, layouts, advertisements, photo manipulations, typography and design skills will still be required for current and future mediums.

A proud history of creative work

Graphic Communications students and graduates have consistently performed well in competitive design on both local and national fronts. Our grads have also gone on to become successful employees, business managers, sales reps, freelance artists and company owners. In the past, some of our students have participated in logo and identity creations for various non-profit organizations.

Making an impact

Students get opportunities to create live jobs, and contribute to the community. A few of the organizations that have benefitted from the efforts of Graphic Communications students are: Harley Owners Group, Make A Wish, da bom SQUAD, ABRA-KID-ABRA, Pride Run, Alberta Aviation Museum, First Responders Marathon and Prince of Wales Armoury.

Have questions? We've got answers 

General program information

  • Email: gcs@nait.ca
  • Phone: 780.491.3159
  • Fax: 780.491.3160

Norm Peterson, Program Chair

 

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  • Phone: 780.471.NAIT (6248)
  • Toll free: 1.877.333.NAIT (6248)


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Open Program still has seats available.
Waitlisting Program is full and qualified applicants are being placed on a waitlist. For information about waitlists, please visit the Waitlist FAQs.

If you’re on a non-competitive waitlist, you should consider NAIT’s Academic Upgrading program or NAIT Equivalency Tests to become a more competitive applicant.

There is no guarantee that waitlisted applicants will be offered a seat, however it is common for seats to become available until the start of class. As seats become available, they are filled from the waitlist.
Closed Program is no longer accepting applications.
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*Program availability is subject to change without notice.