Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology

Graphic Design

Program Information
School: Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology
Degree: Diploma
Field of Study: Graphic Design
Description: The world of art and design is calling. With the Graphic Design advanced diploma program, you’ll turn your passion for design into a career in the visual communications industry. In three years you could enjoy a creative and challenging career as a graphic designer, web designer, in– house designer for a corporation, advertising art director, interactive designer or print production.

Throughout the program, your studies will focus on the creative aspects of designing and producing print, web–based and interactive graphic materials for use by corporate, publishing and advertising clients. You’ll learn the principles, materials, and skills necessary to bring a design problem to a logical solution. In your first year, you’ll concentrate on developing your understanding of design fundamentals. Your second and third years will provide you with the opportunity to apply these principles to a variety of design problems. In your third year you'll design materials for print and the web, and you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a field placement. Your studies will include visual design concepts, colour theory, drawing, typography, print production, advertising, corporate design, publications design, packaging design, website design, interactive design, information design and photography. Computer design skills are integrated into various subjects throughout the program. Upon graduation, you’ll be proficient in computer design applications in both the Mac and PC environments.
Website: Graphic Design at Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology
Length: 3 Year(s)
Careers: 3 career(s)
Admission Requirements

These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  • Grade 12 English

Program Eligibility:
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma with a majority of senior credits at the College Preparation (C), University Preparation (U) or University/College Preparation (M) level or Mature Student Status (age 19 or older)
- Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)

Test Scores:
  • TOEFL (PBT) [min. 550] or CAEL [min. 50] or TOEFL (iBT) [min. 80]

International students whose first language is not English must fulfill an English Proficiency requirement in order to qualify for application. English Proficiency requirements are as follows for consideration: A minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper based) or 80 (internet based with no test below 20) - TOEFL code 9212, OR Academic IELTS with an overall minimum score of 6.0 (with no single test score below 5.5), OR CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment) with an overall band score of 50

Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Portfolio
In the event of oversubscription, applicant selection may be a two–step process. In Step 1, academic achievement (i.e. grades in pre–requisite subjects and/or scores in English and Reading Achievement Tests) and demonstration of written communication skills via academic achievement or written test may be used to select applicants who are eligible for Step 2. The second step will require attendance at an orientation session and the completion of program–related assignments. This includes satisfactory completion of a creative test and a drawing test. Three 8.5" x 11" design/art samples will be required. These samples will not be returned. Applicants who are unsuccessful in Step 1 will be notified by mail, and will not be included in Step 2 of the selection process. Note: Although not required for admission, any art and/or computer graphics credit and keyboarding skills are suggested.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on August 2, 2013

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