Graphic Design (2015/16 Program)

Program Code: 
Program Length: 

Six semesters, beginning in September

Contact Information: 

Kevin Brandon
Program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 3019

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. Applicants will receive further instructions for the submission of secondary requirements following application. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.

Secondary Admission Requirements: 

The 2015/2016 fee for two semesters is
– domestic $4,010.82
– 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 2015/2016 academic year. Fees are subject to change. Refer to our detailed fee information.

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.

Our Program

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

You will 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 includes 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 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.

Work Placement

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 for detailed information.

List of Courses
Semester 1
Course Code Course Name
DESN 100 Typography 1
DESN 101 Design 1
DESN 102 Drawing 1
DESN 103 Digital Technology 1
DESN 104 Packaging Design 1
DESN 105 Packaging Studio Methods 1
GNED 101 An Introduction to Arts and Sciences
WRIT 100 College Reading and Writing Skills
Semester 2
Course Code Course Name
DESN 151 Design 2
DESN 152 Drawing 2
DESN 153 Digital Technology 2
DESN 154 Packaging Technology
DESN 156 Typography 2
DESN 161 Strategic Thinking
WRIT 200 Workplace Writing Skills
Select 1 of the following courses
GNED General Elective
Semester 3
Course Code Course Name
GDES 200 History of Graphic Design
GDES 201 Information Design 1
GDES 203 Corporate Design 1
GDES 204 Design 3
GDES 205 Interactive Media Design
GDES 206 Marketing Strategies
GRAF 226 Typography 3
Select 1 of the following courses
GNED General Elective
Semester 4
Course Code Course Name
GDES 250 Information Design 2
GDES 251 Editorial Design 1
GDES 252 Art Direction
GDES 253 Contemporary Design Theory
GDES 254 Interactive Media Design 2
GDES 255 Corporate Design 2
GDES 256 Digital Technology 3
Select 1 of the following courses
GNED General Elective
Semester 5
Course Code Course Name
GDES 301 Typography 4
GDES 302 Editorial Design 2
GDES 303 Professional Practice
GDES 304 Printing Technology
GDES 306 Portfolio: Graphic Design
GDES 310 Interactive Media Design 3
Select 1 of the following courses
GNED General Elective
Semester 6
Course Code Course Name
GDES 350 Entrepreneurship
GDES 351 Career Connections for Graphic Designers
GDES 352 Typography 5
GDES 353 Internship
GDES 354 Major Studio Project
GDES 355 Communications Systems
GDES 356 Interactive Media Design 4