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. Humber’s Graphic Design 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.
Professional Accreditation, Endorsement and Recognition
This program satisfies the educational requirement necessary for graduates to pursue the Registered Graphic Designer (RGD) designation, the professional standard for the industry.
Our Industry Partnerships
Close contact is fostered and maintained with design studios and advertising agencies in the Greater Toronto Area – with additional contacts across Canada and internationally. Humber also works closely with the Advertising and Design Club of Canada, and the Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario, which allows students to access significant industry events such as portfolio reviews.
The unpaid internship normally takes place during the month following the last semester of study (May). 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 are supported through this process by faculty advisors. Students also have exposure to real-world projects through Humber’s Ad Centre.
Alternative Course of Study
Humber also offers a three-year Graphic and Package Design (Package and Graphic Design) advanced diploma program and a two-year Advertising and Graphic Design program. The first year of study for the Advertising and Graphic Design, Graphic Design, and Graphic and Package Design programs 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.
Your Future Study Options
Graduates of the Graphic Design program with an overall GPA of 70 per cent or more 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.
As well, qualified graduates of this program may be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study at many postsecondary institutions. Visit humber.ca/transferoptions for detailed information.