A testament to the success of a post-secondary program is what graduates who have moved onto lucrative careers have to say about their experience. Arash Giani, a graduate of Centennial College’s Graphic Design Diploma program, now works as a production artist/coordinator. Here’s what he had to say: “Graphic Design – Media gave me all the tools and skills I needed without dictating to me ‘what to think’ but showing me ‘how to think like a great designer.’ I got my internship immediately and got hired in the same place as soon as my internship ended. I was ready! I knew my job and my co-workers were amazed with the skills I earned in only two and half years. The atmosphere of classes was very friendly and we all learned from each other and always competed to be the best. The instructors are very dedicated and knowledgeable.
They’re always there when they’re needed. This program was an amazing start for me and I recommend it for everyone. Thank you Centennial.”
If that’s not enough to convince you that this is one of the most reliable Graphic Design Programs in Ontario, here’s more information. The undertaking is formally recognized by the Association of Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario (RGD Ontario), which represents more than 3,000 graphic designers, managers, educators and students across Ontario. It is designed to seamlessly integrate academic learning and hands-on experience throughout courses that cover both creative and business topics. These courses include: Two-Dimensional Design + Typography (students use principles of composition, typography and colour together with graphic communication methods to create strong visual solutions in two-dimensional space); Intro To Advertising + Copy Writing (building on previously acquired image development and process knowledge, students learn how to conceptualize); Illustration Workshop (through completing a series of illustrations, students will get the opportunity to develop a personal style, while applying all stages of design process from initial sketches to presentation); and more.
By way of these courses, students end up with the ability to: integrate knowledge of visual graphics with creative communications strategies for print publications, packaging and illustration; develop and implement solutions to problems encountered in all phases of the graphic design process; apply typographic skills and knowledge to create effective visual communications; communicate effectively, credibly and accurately with clients, supervisors, coworkers and target audiences by using a variety of media; and more.
To apply, students must possess an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or being 19 years of age or older. In addition, they must have the compulsory English 12C or U credit, or skills assessment, or equivalent. Lastly they will have to submit a portfolio that contains up to 15 pieces of original work in art and design. It must demonstrates an ability and interest in graphic design, colour integrated designs created in digital illustration and digital imaging applications, and a short research paper about their design philosophy and field of interest. For more portfolio requirement information, visit the Graphic Design Programs’s admissions page.
Upon graduation, Centennial College students work in: packaging design studios, marketing and communications agencies, magazine design firms, newspaper and TV departments and much. Their titles include: graphic designer, art director, creative director and production artist.