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Graphic Design

Vancouver Island University

Faculty:Art, Design and Performing Arts
Field of Study:Graphic Design
Length:4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $8,784
International: $24,146

Books and supplies (approximate costs): $2,800.00

Careers:InfluencerGraphic Designers and Illustrating ArtistsVideo Game Level Designer


Are you a visual communicator and think you would enjoy a creative career? The four-year Graphic Design degree program at VIU is taught by professors who are graphic designers, artists and photographers themselves, and is a hands-on program taught in studios using industry-leading technologies.

Why a graphic design degree? Every company, organization and product needs a designer. Bachelor of Design in Graphic Design students graduate industry-ready with a killer portfolio to add to their resume. Are you ready to start creating?


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
  •  Grade12 English 
Students must fulfill all the Institutional B.A. degree requirements as outlined in the Calendar, including Degree English Requirements, additional requirements as necessary, and the courses listed in the matrix.

To meet the requirements for the Bachelor of Design in Graphic Design, all students must complete 120 credits over 4 years as specified in the matrix. Electives for the degree can be chosen from a wide range of course options. Students must check the University Calendar, the timetable, seat availability and the necessary prerequisites for all selected electives. Students are encouraged to select courses that complement their graphic design studies.

Test Scores:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 88] or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 60] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Pearson Test of English (Academic) [min. 60]
Application Notes :

Bachelor of Design in Graphic Design students must submit the following to support their application:

  • A portfolio
  • A 100-300 word written statement on reasons and goals for seeking enrolment in the program and indicating research about the profession
  • A résumé including two references

Applicants' portfolios should include 6-12 items. The work can come from a variety of mediums.

Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Portfolio

* 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.

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