Graphic Design

In the Graphic Design program, you will learn the process of visual communication through the combo of images, photography and text to represent ideas and messages.

Some graphic design programs at other schools have a sole focus on technical skills and commercial, corporate work. OCAD U’s Graphic Design program teaches you the skills you need but also encourages you to use graphic design as an art form, to challenge barriers and create work for social good.

More About the Graphic Design Program

You’ll learn how graphic design impacts society and generates dialogue. You will benefit from hands-on training, as well as theory courses that explore design as a form of expression.

Hands-on courses include:

  • Design Process
  • Editorial and Publication Design
  • Typography
  • Interactive Communication
  • Packaging Design
  • Motion Graphics

Theory courses in topics like brand strategy will teach you to explore the creative process and develop designs that help promote ideas and products.

At the end of this four-year program, you will earn a Bachelor of Design degree. Get more details about the program.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
  • For Ontario high school students, a minimum overall average of 70%
  • Portfolio (samples of your work and a visual representation of who you are)
  • Statement of Intent
  • Official transcripts
  • Other requirements
JOBS YOU CAN GET

Graduates of the program work at:

  • Graphic design studios and communications firms
  • Cultural and public institutions
  • Journalism and broadcast media
  • Entrepreneurial initiatives
CO-OPS/INTERNSHIPS

OCAD U offers so much more than co-ops because creative careers take many forms. Our approach is specialized, and individual to every student’s needs and goals. You will be able to take advantage of:

  • Short experiential learning placements from among hundreds of organizations
  • Creative in-class projects with real-world industry partners
  • Journalism and broadcast media
  • Exclusive summer internships
  • Gallery exhibitions of your work
  • Freelance creative opportunities
  • Jobs after graduation

OCAD University’s dedicated support services will help you build a professional community, valuable experience and skills necessary for a meaningful career.

WHAT YOU’LL DO IN THE PROGRAM

FIRST YEAR

In first year, you’ll take intro classes in topics such as:

  • Design process
  • Drawing
  • Photography for communication
  • History and theory of visual culture
SECOND YEAR

In second year, you will study topics such as:

  • Typography
  • Sustainable design
  • Development of three-dimensional form
  • Packaging design
THIRD YEAR

Third year will feature courses of your choice and more advanced courses, such as:

  • Research methods for graphic design
  • Advanced typography
  • Experimental typography
FOURTH YEAR

In fourth year, you will focus on a thesis project, reflecting your personal interests and values. You'll work closely with a faculty member, as well as visiting professionals and critics to complete projects. You’ll also choose two open electives, including Professional Practice.

You’ll showcase your work at GradEx ̶ OCAD U’s Graduate Exhibition, the biggest free art and design exhibition in Toronto with more than 40,000 visitors.