2014/15 Program

Graphic Design

Our Program

Humber’s Graphic Design advanced diploma program is your electronic canvas for exploring your graphic design potential. Learn to conceptualize and produce visual materials that effectively communicate information and ideas for a wide range of media. Become proficient at applying your expertise to projects for publications, corporate design, web and interactive design, digital design, information design, signage and interactive media.

Explore the many facets of graphic design with a diverse curriculum that features instruction in industry-based technology, typography, corporate, web and interactive design, editorial, information design and design theory. Opportunities to participate in industry competitions will allow you to step up your game and put your skills to the test. This advanced diploma will include the unique opportunity to gain real-world experience through Humber’s Ad Centre, an in-house ad agency through which you’ll get to produce campaigns for commercial and non-profit clients while simultaneously making career connections and building your portfolio.

Our advisory committee provides regular review and input of our curriculum ensuring our program is always on the cutting edge of industry developments.

Your Career

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 will help 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.

Work Placement

The unpaid internship normally takes place during the month following the last semester of study (May). Students will 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 will also have exposure to real-world projects through Humber’s Ad Centre.

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 access to significant industry events such as portfolio reviews.

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.

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. For detailed information, visit humber.ca/transferguide.

Admission Requirements

• Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status

  • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U). If English is not your first language, refer to the English Language Proficiency Policy
  • Three Grade 11 or Grade 12C, U or M courses in addition to those listed above
  • Applicants who do not possess the required courses may complete admission testing to determine equivalencies. Invitation and booking of admission testing is done using the email address provided on the online application
  • Attendance at an information/interview session, which includes:
    • presenting a portfolio of 10 pieces of art/design
    • presenting a recent sketchbook showing rough work, drawing and process work
    • composing a letter describing why you chose this field
  • Applicants will be assessed on overall creativity, ability in drawing, sense of design, creative process (roughs and preliminary drawings), craftsmanship and comfort level with computer technology

Note: For more information, refer to Selection Procedures.

Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. 


The 2014/2015 fee for two semesters is
• domestic $3,914.56
• international $13,900.
Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2014/2015 academic year.
Fees are subject to change. For more information, refer to Fees and Financial Assistance.

Additional Costs

$500 – art supply kit for the beginning of first semester (list available upon acceptance). $200 to $500 per semester – textbooks, subscriptions, printing, and website costs. Students are encouraged to have a home computer; instructors can advise on technical needs and sources for affordable Macintosh computers/software.

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.


Semester 1

Course Code Course Name
COMM 200 College Reading and Writing Skills
DESN 100 Typography 1
DESN 110 Design 1
DESN 115 Drawing 1
DESN 120 Digital Design 1
DESN 125 Packaging Design 1
DESN 130 Packaging Studio Methods 1
HUMA 024 An Introduction to Arts and Sciences

Semester 2

Course Code Course Name
COMM 300 Workplace Writing Skills
DESN 135 Typography 2
DESN 140 Design 2
DESN 145 Drawing 2
DESN 150 Digital Design 2
DESN 155 Packaging Technology
DESN 160 Strategic Thinking
GNEDG000 General Education Electives

Semester 3

Course Code Course Name
GDES 200 History of Graphic Design
GDES 206 Marketing Strategies
GDES 305 Information Design 1
GNEDG000 General Education Electives
GRAF 312 Typography 3
GRAF 319 Corporate Design 1
GRAF 321 Design 3
GRAF 322 Interactive Media Design

Semester 4

Course Code Course Name
GDES 401 Digital Design 3
GDES 405 Information Design 2
GDES 420 Editorial Design 1
GDES 430 Art Direction
GDES 440 Contemporary Design Theory
GDES 522 Interactive Media Design 2
GNEDG000 General Education Electives
GRAF 419 Corporate Design 2

Semester 5

Course Code Course Name
GDES 520 Editorial Design 2
GDES 540 Professional Practice
GDES 601 Interactive Media Design 3
GDES 610 Portfolio: Graphic Design
GNEDG000 General Education Electives
GRAF 412 Typography 4
GRAF 417 Printing Technology

Semester 6

Course Code Course Name
GDES 356 Interactive Media Design 4
GDES 505 Communications Systems
GDES 512 Typography 5
GDES 600 Entrepreneurship
GDES 602 Career Connections for Graphic Designers
GDES 625 Internship
GDES 630 Major Studio Project