Partner Programs

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.

 

  • Algonquin College

    3 Year Graphic Design Diploma

    Ottawa, Ontario

    From their site: "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."


    Website: www.algonquincollege.com
     

    Contact: David Bromley & Andrea Emery, Program Coordinators
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  • Cambrian College

    3 Year Graphic Design Diploma

    Sudbury, Ontario

    From their website: Cambrian’s award-winning Graphic Design faculty will challenge you through course work and diverse projects to help you develop your creative talents and become an excellent visual communicator. You’ll also graduate with a professional-grade portfolio that will be invaluable as you meet with potential employers and/or freelance clients.

    Website: www.ccgraphicdesign.ca

    Contact: Ron Beltrame RGD, Coordinator

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  • Canadore College

    3 Year Graphic Design Diploma

    North Bay, Ontario

    From their website: 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.

    Website: www.canadorecollege.ca

    Contact: Shirley Mondoux RGD, Coordinator

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  • Capilano University

    4 Year Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication

    North Vancouver, British Columbia

    The IDEA School of Design’s Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication is a 4-year degree with exciting career outcomes in the creative industries. The program structure is unique: all-day classes take place in dedicated studios, ensuring high levels of peer support and faculty attention. Beginning in third year, students may choose to specialize in branding, illustration, or interactive (UX/UI) design. We reinforce career preparation with an immersive 8-week industry practicum in fourth year. Our students and graduates reflect the program’s high standards through their recognition in provincial, national and international competitions, and through their placement in some of BC’s top design firms.


    Website: www.capilanou.ca


    Contact: Carol Aitken, Pascal Milelli (Program Coodinators)

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  • Centennial College Centre for Creative Communications

    3 Year Graphic Design Diploma

    Toronto, Ontario

    From their website: 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.

    Website: www.centennialcollege.ca


    Contact: Lisa Rebnord, Coordinator

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  • Conestoga College

    3 Year Graphic Design Diploma

    Kitchener, Ontario

    From their website: 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.


    Phone: 519.748.5220
    Website: www.conestogac.on.ca
     

    3-year Graphic Design Diploma

    Contact: Mike Powell, RGD, Interim Coordinator 
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  • Conestoga College

    4 Year Bachelor of Design

    Kitchener, Ontario

    From their website: 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.


    Phone: 519.748.5220
    Website: www.conestogac.on.ca

    4-year Bachelor of Design

    Contact: Ryanne Spies RGD, Coodinator  

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  • Durham College

    3 Year Graphic Design Diploma

    Oshawa, ON

    3rd Year Students have Automatic Membership

     

    2000 Simcoe St. North
    Oshawa, ON  L1H 7L7
    Phone: 905.721.2000 x 2413


    Website: www.durhamcollege.ca
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    Contact: Program Coordinators: Stuart Ellis & Tracey Hanson-Parry

  • Fanshawe College of Applied Arts & Technology

    3 Year Graphic Design Diploma

    London, Ontario

    1460 Oxford Street East, P.O. Box 7005
    London, ON  N5Y 5R6
    Phone: 519.452.4430

    Website: www.fanshawec.ca

    Contact: Lee-Ann Sandford, Program Coordinator
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  • George Brown College

    3 Year Graphic Design Diploma

    Toronto, Ontario

    From their website: 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.
     

    Website: Click Here.

     

    Contact: Judith Gregory RGD, Coordinator

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    Phone: 416.415.5000

  • George Brown College

    3 Year Interaction Design and Development Program

    Toronto, Ontario

    From their website: 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.

     

    Website: Click Here.

     

    Contact: Xavier Massé, Co-ordinator

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    Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 3281

     

  • George Brown College

    1 Year Interactive Media Management Program (postgraduate)

    Toronto, Ontario

    From their website: 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.

     

    Website: Click Here.

     

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    Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 3129

     

     

  • George Brown College

    1 Year Digital Media Marketing Program (postgraduate)

    Toronto, Ontario

    From their website: In the Digital Media Marketing graduate certificate, students will develop the foundational knowledge and applied skills that employers value in digital marketing. Key areas covered in the program are: social media marketing, mobile marketing, search marketing, content marketing, owned media marketing, paid media marketing along with marketing analytics. In the final semester, students work on a capstone project.

     

    Website: Click Here.

     

    Contact: Blair Smith, Program Co-ordinator

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  • Georgian College

    3 Year Graphic Design Diploma

    Barrie, Ontario

    From their website: 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.

    Phone: 705.728.1968

    Website: www.georgianc.on.ca

    Contact: Kari Loyst, Coordinator

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  • McKenzie College

    2 Year Graphic Design Diploma

    Moncton, New Brunswick

    From their site: At McKenzie College, we believe that being inspired in your work is what drives you to do better, to love your work and to create an inspiring life. We support the development of great thinkers while teaching them how to use ever-changing technical resources. We prepare students to enter the workforce, begin the career of their dreams and to be remarkable.

    Our 10-month Graphic Design program, coupled with our 8-month Visual Arts Foundation program, concentrates on rigorous evaluation of how effective design is created. This involves learning the fundamentals of Design while practicing the most relevant, technical skills associated with each project our students complete.

    This diploma program provides students with a strong foundation in visual communication, design principles, as well as, professional business skills. Students are assigned a wide assortment of design projects that are common to the various industries they will work in after graduation

     

    Website: www.mckenzie.edu

     

    Contact: Faron Dawe, Program Coordinator

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  • Mohawk College

    3 Year Graphic Design Advanced Diploma

    Hamilton, Ontario

    From the website: The 3 year advanced diploma program is part of a media rich and intellectual community that fosters creative thinking and provides its students with an intensive, relevant, and rewarding education in the graphics communication field.


    With the guidance of our faculty and staff, students will learn to build both theoretical and practical foundations in Graphic Design while they expand their vision and explore new avenues of expression and creativity.

     

    Website: mohawkcollege.ca

     

    Contact: Daniel MacQueen, Program Coordinator

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  • Sault College

    3 Year Graphic Design Diploma

    Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

    From their website: 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.

    Website: www.saultc.on.ca

    Contact: Frank Salituri

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  • Sheridan College

    Joint 4 Year Honours Bachelor of Design with York University

    Oakville, Ontario

    From their website: Sheridan’s Bachelor of Design (Honours) program is a unique four-year university degree offered jointly with York University in Toronto, Ontario. We're recognized throughout North America and beyond for a rigorous, innovative design curriculum that maintains the highest academic and professional standards of excellence. The program emphasizes creativity, critical and strategic thinking within two multidisciplinary college and university environments. We're committed to educating and inspiring future design leaders by synthesizing the social, cognitive and technological aspects of design practice to prepare students for work as professionals and/or for graduate study.


    Website: www.sheridanc.on.ca

    Contact: Angela Iarocci, Coordinator

    Email: angela.iarocci@sheridancollege.ca

    Phone: 905.845.9430

  • Sheridan College

    4 Year Honours Bachelor of Interaction Design

    Oakville, Ontario

    From their website: In response to high employer demand, Sheridan has developed Ontario's first four-year interaction design honours bachelor's degree. Our unique, multidisciplinary interaction design program cultivates a big-picture perspective and diverse set of skills, laying a foundation for interaction design careers and fostering entrepreneurship.
     

    Website: Click here.

     

    Phone: 905-845-9430 (Oakville/Mississauga)
     

  • Sheridan College

    4 Year Honours Bachelor of Illustration

    Oakville, Ontario

    From their website: Illustration students at Sheridan explore both traditional and digital media. You'll also develop a visual philosophy to go along with your technical mastery. This broad-based approach will enable you to apply your Illustration degree across a wide range of career paths, while preparing you to adapt to exciting developments in visual communication.

    Website: Click here.

     

    Phone: 905-845-9430 (Oakville/Mississauga)
     

  • St. Lawrence College

    3 Year Graphic Design Diploma

    Kingston, Ontario

    From their website: For over forty 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.


    Phone: 613.544.5400
    Website: www.stlawrencecollege.ca

    Contact: Erin Boyce RGD, Coordinator

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  • Seneca College School of Communications Arts

    3 Year Graphic Design Diploma

    Toronto, ON

    70 The Pond Road
    Toronto, ON  M3J 3M6
    Phone: 416.491.5050

    Website: scaweb.senecac.on.ca
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    Contact: Lauretta Wood RGD

  • University of the Fraser Valley

    2 Year Graphic & Digital Design Diploma

    Mission, British Columbia

    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.

     

    Phone: 1 888 504 7441

    Website: http://www.ufv.ca/

     

    Contact: Karin Jager, MEd CGD Department Head

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  • Vancouver Island University

    4 Year Graphic Design Degree

    Nanaimo, British Columbia

    From their website: The BA Major in Graphic Design is intended for students who wish to pursue a professional career in the creative discipline of digital and print Graphic Design. Students work in new media and web design, packaging, illustration, animation, production and prepress, advertising, marketing communications design, art and creative direction, corporate identity, broadcast design, corporate communications, information design, editorial design, education, environmental and exhibit design, signage, and related occupations.


    Course & Program Inquiries:

    Phone: 250.740.6410

    Website: www.viu.ca

    Contact: Ellen McClusky, Professor

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  • York University

    Joint 4 Year Honours Bachelor of Design with Sheridan College

    Toronto, Ontario

    This is the first and largest program in Ontario that offers the Bachelor of Design Honours degree, a four-year University degree delivered jointly by two leading institutions for design education in Canada: York University's Department of Design and Sheridan College.

     

    For well over a decade, the program has thrived in the context of a rich multi-disciplined experience within the university environment. We are recognized throughout North America for maintaining academic and professional standards of excellence. Our students demonstrate their talents and dedication by consistently receiving recognition in regional, national and international competitions, and with private and government agencies in Canada, USA and Europe. Our alumni reflect the excellence of the program through their placements into top design firms and agencies worldwide, national and international graduate study programs and their high rate of entrepreneurship. 

    Website: www.design.yorku.ca

    Contact: David Gleb, Chair, Department of Design

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    Phone: 416.736.2100

  • York University

    2 Year Master of Design

    Toronto, Ontario

    The Master of Design (MDes) program is a two-year, practice-based program that investigates cultural, social, and technological dimensions of design, information design, interaction design, motion graphics and design studies within the parameters of Communication Design. It prepares graduates for careers as designers, design theorists/researchers and educators by engaging students in design practice, theory, methodology, research as well as in design thinking and strategies of critical making.

    The program offers strongly supportive design studies courses that provide a foundation for doctoral studies in the rapidly developing area of Design Research.

    The program embraces intellectually curious students interested in experimental and investigative approach to design practice, theory and research in Communication Design.

     

    Website: http://design.gradstudies.yorku.ca/