Digital Design for Print & Web

Digital Design for Print & Web- Diploma Program

If you’d love a job that lets you express your creativity, work with a wide variety of topics, and continue to learn while you work, prepare for a career in the digital-design industry!  The focus of this program is learning to develop and apply innovative design elements, typographic, and image skills and output your work to print or web media!

All businesses benefit from effective branding and high quality marketing materials. Digital graphic designers are employed by newspapers, magazines, in advertising, web development, pre-press print, and in marketing departments of large businesses. Many also work on a freelance basis in their own businesses. The Canadian Occupational Projection System states that new computer and telecommunications technologies will continue to create new jobs in graphic design.

Design Theory

Software Applications

  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • In Design
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Dreamweaver
  • Flash

Design Projects

  • Portfolio & Website
  • Using Software to Develop Projects
  • Design Theory, Colour Theory and Typography
  • Uploading finished Web Sites
  • Logo, Brochure & Letterhead Designs
  • Page layout & Image Manipulation
  • Pre-press Troubleshooting
  • Web 2D Animation & Interactivity
  • Site Management & Archiving

Copyright Policies

  • Overview of Copyright for Print
  • Overview of Copyright for Web

Computer & Administrative Skills

  • Introduction to Technology & keyboarding
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Outlook

Job Search Skills


Students have access to an extensive digital design library and learn to apply good design elements as well as typographic and image skills to create innovative and quality work.

46 Weeks (approximately 920 hours) total

  • 44 weeks of classroom training and a 2 week practicum placement

Student Supply:

  • Loose-leaf paper
  • Drawing Pad/book
  • 3-ring binder
  • Flash drive
  • Pens/pencils/highlighters
  • Ruler, scissors, glue stick

College Supplies:

  • Handouts & photocopied materials
  • Student Manuals
  • Confirmation of “mature student status” (19 years of age or older on first day of classes and out of school for 1 full year) OR if under 19, proof of Grade 12 completion or equivalent
  • Meeting with an Admissions Advisor
  • Completion of an Entrance Assessment
  • English competency assessment may be required
  • Introductory computer skills are an asset
  • Students are assessed on each course module by either a test, project, assignment or demonstration of skills
  • Students are assessed on professionalism, conduct and attendance
  • Students are assessed on their practicum component
  • An average of all module grades, as well as the grades for professional conduct and attendance is calculated.  Successful completion of the program requires a minimum of a 65% average grade and successful completion of the practicum component.
  • The ability to begin work in the field of digital design
  • The knowledge and ability to brainstorm ideas based on clients’ minimal requests and work to a solution
  • Comprehensive understanding and utilization of software
  • Ability to utilize design skills in evaluating projects and developing new ones
  • Skills and procedures to take projects from conception to final completion and approval
  • An introductory understanding of HTML language and ability to troubleshoot basic problems within coding
  • Graphic design for newspapers, magazines, books, advertising, pre-press print shops, and art departments for businesses
  • Web design and development
  • Freelance graphic design and consulting

Where Graduates are Working

  • Staples
  • Seniors Services Under One Roof
  • Freelance
  • Canadian Occupational Project System states that new computer and telecommunications technologies will continue to create new jobs in graphic design.

Work BC Cites:

  • There is an increasing desire for a visual and “brand” appeal when it comes to information, goods and services, which means that graphic designers and illustrators will be sought out by product designers, and advertising and marketing firms.
  • Industry sources report that there is a current rise in demand for specialized services in urban centers, including Web 2.0, dynamic web developers.

Work BC

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