Advertising and Graphic Design

Advertising and Graphic Design

Advertising and Graphic Design (2016-2017)

How to Apply

Program Code



Program Length

Four semesters, beginning in September



Contact Information

Catherine Pike, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 3089


The 2016/2017 fee for two semesters is
– domestic $3,877.78
– international $14,200.
Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2016/2017 academic year. Fees are subject to change.


Start DatesAvailability
2016 SeptemberOpen

Admission Requirements

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
• Mature student status
• College or university transfer status

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

Selection Includes Secondary Requirements: Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated and the result of the evaluation of additional secondary requirements. Secondary requirements may include a portfolio, audition, letter of intent, references, etc., and vary by program.

Our Program

Humber’s intensive Advertising  and Graphic Design diploma program was developed to meet industry demand for graphic designers and art directors with solid visual, strategic, conceptual, typographic and technical skills. Classes focus on these areas of study and emphasize important life skills such as problem solving, teamwork and presentation skills.

You will explore the many facets of visual communication, including colour theory, conceptual process, typography, design, marketing strategies, interactive media and digital design through the use of current tools that meet industry standards. You will also have the unique opportunity to apply these skills in Humber’s real-world ad agency/design studio and experience linkage opportunities with both the Advertising Copywriting and Advertising - Account Management programs. The first year of this program is shared with the three-year Graphic Design advanced diploma program and the Graphic and Package Design programs, which will offer you exposure to the different areas of communication design before confirming a focus in your second year of study.

Our advisory committee, a group of experienced art directors and designers, provides regular review and input on our curriculum, ensuring our program is always on the cutting edge of industry developments. Many of our faculty are part-time instructors who spend their non-teaching time working in current day industry settings, allowing them to share their experiences and connections with you in the classroom every week.

List of Courses

Semester 2

Select 1 from the following courses

Semester 3

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How to Apply

Your Career

Look around you – there is little in our world that is not branded, designed, on a screen or printed on paper. The field of advertising and graphic design offers you the opportunity to turn artistic flair and creative thinking into a rewarding career. Our world runs on media – corporate identities and brands, books, social media campaigns, magazines, logos, posters and other graphic communications for both print and screen. Our graduates create and execute professional design and advertising work for advertising agencies, design studios, in-house design departments, marketing departments, digital studios and sales promotion companies. Freelance opportunities in art direction and design are expanding and can be very lucrative.

Work Placement

The unpaid 160-hour work placement normally takes place during the month following the last semester of study (May). You will research your field to take advantage of opportunities to market yourself to prospective employers to find your own work placement locally or abroad. You will be supported through this process by faculty advisors.

Our Industry Partnerships

Through the work placement and alumni program, we foster and maintain close contact with design studios and advertising agencies in the Greater Toronto Area, with additional contacts across Canada and beyond. Working closely with the Advertising and Design Club of Canada (ADCC) and Registered Graphic Designers (RGD) allows you access to significant industry events, enabling you to become familiar with the key players in the industry today.

Your Future Study Options

Graduates of the Advertising and Graphic Design program with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 75 per cent or higher may be considered for admission to the four-year Bachelor of Creative Advertising degree program and may complete the degree with the equivalent of six semesters of full-time study, plus a work term. Graduates must also possess ENG4U, Humber’s COMM 200/WRIT 100 or COMM 300/WRIT 200 with a grade of 70 per cent or more.

Qualified graduates of this program may be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study at many postsecondary institutions. Visit Transfer Options for detailed information.

This program provides a solid foundation for students wanting to continue with Humber’s Bachelor of Creative Advertising degree program.

Alternative Course of Study

Humber also offers a three-year Graphic Design advanced diploma program 11571. The first year of study for the Graphic Design, Advertising and Graphic Design, and Graphic and Package Design (Package and Graphic Design) program is shared, allowing students some flexibility when moving into their third semester of study. After successful completion of this program, advanced standing in Humber’s Bachelor of Creative Advertising degree program 22041 may be available to qualified graduates. The two-year Advertising and Marketing Communications diploma program 04621 is another option.


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