RGD works with post-secondary institutions across Canada to offer automatic Student Membership and other programs and services to students enrolled in graphic design and related programs. Below is a list of institutions currently working with RGD.
The Graphic Design program at Algonquin College is designed for individuals who are interested in applying their creativity to communicating ideas and concepts in both print and digital media. Students develop the expertise required to become graphic designers through strong practical and theoretical training in typography, the basic fundamentals of creativity, design, image, form, colour and production skills.
Prepare for a creative and dynamic career. You can’t launch a new business, product or service without a visual element. As a graphic designer you could be creating logos, advertisements, animations, branding, ad images, digital content and websites. In the program you will learn and develop specific skills and techniques, compile an extensive portfolio, and gain invaluable work-related experience working with real clients.
Contact: Shirley Mondoux RGD, Coordinator
- The IDEA School of Design’s Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication is a 4-year degree with a wide range of career outcomes in the creative industries. Our commitment to the highest professional standards in curriculum design and our strong ties with industry ensure our graduates are highly sought after by some of the country’s top agencies and design firms.The program structure is unique in that many classes run all day, ensuring high levels of peer support and faculty attention. Beginning in third year, students choose to specialize in branding, illustration, or interactive (UX/UI) design and we reinforce career preparation with an immersive 8-week industry practicum in fourth year. Our students and graduates reflect the program’s distinction through their annual recognition in provincial, national and international competitions.
Contact: Carol Aitken, Chair, IDEA School of Design
With a graduate employment rate that exceeds 80%, Centennial College’s Graphic Design program will prepare you for a multi-disciplinary design career. Facilitated at the Story Arts Centre, Centennial College’s School of Communications, Media and Design - you will learn by working hands-on in an intimate studio environment, rather than sitting passively in large lecture halls. With small class sizes you will have lots of opportunities to work one-on-one with your professors. And as of September 2020, Centennial’s Graphic Design program is also available in a fully asynchronous, online format. A more flexible option for students who may find it difficult to come to the Story Arts Centre, this program mirrors the content of the on-campus program, including a design thesis project and an 8-week field placement in the final semester.
Contact: Lisa Rebnord, Coordinator
- The Graphic Design advanced diploma program has an exceptional reputation for graduating talented designers and is recognized as one of the top design programs in the province. Industry professionals consistently acknowledge the excellence of Conestoga's graphic design students for their creative and practical design skills. Many students win regional, national, and international awards for their design work including RGD regional awards and category awards, ADCC, Applied Arts, Print, HOW and many others.
Conestoga's graphic design students are prepared to assume junior-level positions and related responsibilities in the graphic design industry. They will use their knowledge of design industry trends to plan and create purposeful visual communications, in collaboration with colleagues, supervisors, art or creative directors, project managers, and clients.
- The Bachelor of Design is a four-year degree in graphic design with a complement of courses in entrepreneurship, marketing and management. The program will ensure graduates have both the creative and visual acuity and the knowledge of business strategy, that are necessary to create design solutions for current market needs.
Conestoga's graphic design students are prepared to assume junior-level positions and related responsibilities in the graphic design industry. They will use their knowledge of design industry trends to plan and create purposeful visual communications, in collaboration with colleagues, supervisors, art or creative directors, project managers and clients.
Contact: Josh Peressotti, Coordinator
The Three-Year Advanced Diploma provides comprehensive training to students wanting to enter the professional industry of Graphic Design. The program ranges from industry standard software training, the fundamentals of basic design skills to creative concept development, traditional illustration and photography. We offer comprehensive training in interactive design, web and multimedia, digital illustration, motion graphics as well as courses covering theories of creativity, visual thinking, typography and design history. Besides the traditional aspects of design, we initiate new courses on an ongoing basis as well as update and refresh present courses each term to ensure students remain current with trends in the graphic design industry. Click here for full details.
Contact: Lee-Ann Sandford, Program Coordinator
The School of Design at George Brown College is located in the heart of Canada's largest concentration of design businesses and in one of North America's four top centres for design. The City of Toronto's economic development division has identified design and innovation as being one of the key drivers in the city's evolution towards a knowledge economy.
The School of Design reflects this context by developing programs and projects that foster excellence in design thinking, design culture and design business.
Contact: Nicole Dimson RGD, Coordinator
Interaction Design is an interdisciplinary field merging design skills such as user experience, interface development and graphic design with coding fundamentals to create meaningful experiences between the user and digital platforms such as social media, websites, wearables and mobile devices.
Modified by the psychological, social, economic and cultural factors that shape our present and future world, this ever-evolving field envisions new ways of human-computer interaction within systems, services, products and spaces across multiple industries.
Throughout the Interaction Design and Development program, students will be expected to address such topics as mixed realities, immersive environments, usability, spatial relations and human factors. Students will engage in research, design, testing and group work to create original interactions in a way that is meaningful and practical.
Contact: Xavier Massé, Co-ordinator
Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 3281
The Interactive Media Management graduate certificate program responds to a growing need within the design industry for a new skill set – one that crosses the traditional disciplinary boundaries of advertising, industrial, graphic and new media design.
This program empowers designers with the latest real-time interactive tools and technologies. With the integration of these technologies into public and commercial settings, such as museums and retail environments, as well as the education and medical sectors, designers need to be armed with key knowledge of interface design, information visualization and virtual spaces. They have a mission to create friendly systems and interfaces that dramatically improve the lives of consumers and sellers alike.
The program combines design education with software instruction and hands-on workshops to configure interactive design strategies using existing and emerging display technologies. You will be exposed to best practice examples and real-world models. You are encouraged to generate a unique design strategy and test it through an applied project directed toward the development of a fully functional, interactive demonstration prototype ready for a public audience.
Contact: Xavier Massé, Co-ordinator
Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 3281
The Honours Bachelor of Digital Experience Design is a four-year degree that produces designers who can solve problems using human-centred, socially conscious and economically viable digital solutions.
Contact: Nastaran Dadashi, Co-ordinator
- This program produces designers with strengths in collaboration, research, critical and strategic thinking, technical design execution and brand storytelling.
Contact: Ana Rita Morais
The 3-year Graphic Design program involves interdisciplinary, problem-solving activities which combine visual sensitivity with skill and knowledge in the area of communications, technology and business.
These professions specialize in the structuring of visual information to aid communication and orientation in both print and web based format. The depth and breadth of instruction in design and technology is reflected in the portfolio developed in the 3-year program, enabling graduates to play more creative and independent roles in the workplace.
Contact: Kari Loyst, Coordinator
In this program, students engage in interdisciplinary problem-solving, combining visual sensitivity with skill and knowledge in the areas of communications, technology, and business. Students learn to structure visual information to aid communication in both print and web-based formats, and employ these skills in the creation of advertising, editorial, branding, and information design.
Contact: Kari Loyst, Coordinator
Bachelor of Design - User Experience, Graphic Design and Multimedia Design & Development
Humber’s Advertising and Graphic Design diploma program is designed to meet industry demand for advertising art directors and graphic designers with solid strategic, visual, conceptual, typographical and technical skills.
Focus is placed on real-world industry partnerships and challenge our students to develop successful creative thinking, problem solving, teamwork and presentation skills.
3199 Lake Shore Blvd W, F102
Toronto, ON M8V 1K8
Contact: Ahmed (Am) Sagarwala, Associate Design, Interactive Design
McMaster University Continuing Education has inspired people to discover and achieve through lifelong learning since 1931. As one of Canada’s largest and leading providers of continuing education for adult learners, McMaster Continuing Education’s purpose is to develop and realize both individuals’ and society’s potential by providing education to thrive in today’s dynamic world.
Full-Stack Development Diploma
McMaster Continuing Education’s fully online Full-Stack Development program teaches the core knowledge and the latest the latest in-demand skills to become a full-stack developer for websites and online content. Training is provided across the three disciplines of web design and development: UX/UI design, front-end website development, as well as back-end server development and applications.
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Front-End Development Certificate
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Back-End Development Certificate
McMaster Continuing Education’s flexible online Back-End Development program teaches in-demand skills to become a back-end server and applications developer. Through this program, you’ll learn how to apply web development principles to build functioning back-end code, how to use API software, as well as how to run queries and much more!
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User Experience and User Interface (UX/UI) Design Certificate
McMaster Continuing Education’s flexible online User Experience and User Interface (UX/UI) Design program teaches the in-demand skills to become a UX/UI designer. Learn and acquire knowledge in design thinking, how to apply the design process to develop new products/designs, as well as hands-on experience with design programs such as Adobe Creative Suite to develop mock-ups/storyboards.
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Digital Marketing Certificate
McMaster Continuing Education’s flexible online Digital Marketing program gives you the necessary skills to advance your digital marketing expertise and get ahead in this rapidly-growing field. Our program teaches you the latest fundamental principles and best practices of digital marketing, effective search engine marketing and digital advertising standards and strategies, content management methodologies, digital storytelling and data metrics and measurement.
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300 Woodlawn Road
Welland, Ontario L3C 7L3
Phone: 905-735-2211 x 7611
Contact: Jessie Demone, Coordinator
- Design training deals with creative problem solving and Sault College`s Graphic Design Program will provide you with the theoretical and technical training, to give you the tools to develop innovative and creative visual communications in a vast array of technology and media. Our program will provide you with a learning environment, where your creative limits will be pushed by professional designers in a classroom loaded with current and relevant technology of a modern studio setting.
Contact: Frank Salituri
Throughout the program, your studies will focus on the creative aspects of designing and producing effective graphic solutions and materials, including print, websites, epubs, apps, packaging, environmental and marketing campaigns for corporate, publishing, advertising and marketing 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 produce campaign materials and a portfolio and you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a field placement.
Note: This program is recommended for students interested in working as a designer within the communications industry.
Contact: Kinmond Smith, Program Coordinator
- For over 40 years, our acclaimed program has trained highly skilled, creative individuals for the growing profession of Graphic Design. This three-year advanced diploma program prepares graduates for direct entry into dynamic and rewarding work environments including design studios, ad agencies, interactive web and game design studios, publishing houses, marketing firms, and film & television production studios to name a few.
By working directly with clients throughout their final year of study, students develop their knowledge base with real-world challenges. Our students excel in creative problem-solving and the development of software skills demanded by the design profession and growing creative economy.
Contact: Sarah McLean Knapp, Coordinator
UFV offers a 2-year Graphic and Digital Design diploma (GDD). GDD students develop a solid foundation in communication design, brand identity, interactive design, and dynamic media. We emphasize problem solving with coursework that embraces real-world projects, issues, and contexts. Students create solutions by applying strategic processes, visual language, design thinking, and skills using the most current industry-standard digital tools in GDD’s networked studios and labs.
Contact: Jennifer Deon, Department Head
This program is for students who want a professional career in the creative discipline of digital and print Graphic Design. Students work in packaging, illustration, production and prepress, advertising, marketing communications, art/creative direction, corporate identity/communications, UI/UX, information design, editorial design, and environmental/exhibition design.
York’s Bachelor of Design program (DESN) recognizes that design is by nature an interdisciplinary endeavour. York Design draws strength from its home in a robust research university, offering students exposure and collaborative opportunities in areas such as business, engineering, technology, health and more broadly, the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.
Students in the Department of Design pursue creative solutions to real-world problems involving users, their contexts and interactions; design for immersive experiences and intelligent technologies; and the discovery of new knowledge through the visual presentation of complex information.
Contact: Angela Norwood RGD, Chair, Department of Design