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Ontario College Advanced Diploma | 6 semesters | Barrydowne

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.

Using current industry software in the College's graphic design labs, you will learn how to creatively manipulate space, type, images, and colour to take your work from concept sketch to a strategically-designed printed, web-based, or electronic form. Projects provide you with practical experience in advertising campaigns, corporate branding, font design, website design, and much more.

You’ll also graduate with a professional-grade portfolio that will be invaluable as you meet with potential employers and/or freelance clients.

Check out the 2015 graduate exhibition, Dissolve, to see what you’ll get up to as a student in Cambrian’s Graphic Design program.

Program Highlights

  • 3 years – 6 semesters
  • 5-week placement in third semester
  • Strong focus on website development so you can create websites using HTML 5, CSS3, and Javascript
  • Ongoing opportunities to showcase work in Cambrian’s Open Studio art gallery, a 1,200-square-foot gallery space located in downtown Sudbury
  • Opportunity to attend the DesignThinkers Conference in Toronto to hear industry professionals speak on topics related to the design field
  • Students are automatically registered as members of the Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario (RGD Ontario) and can participate in professional seminars, studio tours, and events organized by the association’s Sudbury chapter
  • Access to a variety of classrooms and labs along with the latest technology and software, including:
    • Multiple iMac studios featuring the latest generation of 27” iMac computers, running Mac OSX and Adobe Creative Cloud
    • Full art and painting studio with natural skylights
    • Professional photo studio with boom lighting
    • Complete printmaking shop with etching, lithography, and silk screening presses

4D Learning Opportunities

  • Open Studio Art Gallery – You’ll showcase your artwork in Cambrian’s Open Studio gallery in downtown Sudbury – a place where you’ll also connect with the local creative community.
  • DesignThinkers conference – Join your classmates on a trip to Toronto to attend the RGD Ontario Designer Thinkers conference (please note: students are responsible for covering costs of accommodation).
  • Sustainability initiatives – You’ll have the opportunity to participate in various environmental activities that support the program’s dedication to sustainable design education, such as the annual tree planting excursion that to date added over 10,000 trees to Sudbury to help offset the carbon footprint of the program.

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How to Apply

Creative Arts, Music and Design

Admission Requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Any grade 12 English (C), (U), or (M)


  • Credits in Visual Arts and/or Media Arts
  • Computer competency in relevant software

Additional Requirements

Applicants are required to submit a portfolio, in hardcopy or digital format, for review. The portfolio should contain five creative and artistic works that showcase the applicant's creative, artistic, and technical abilities. Pieces to be considered can be from the following disciplines: drawings (still-life, figure, landscape, technical, or interior), paintings (in colour), photographs (colour or black and white), sculptures, ceramics or three-dimensional work, computer-generated work (design, typography, animation, etc.), or web-based work. Where no portfolio exists, applicants are required to contact the Program Coordinator.

Additional Information

Additional expenses for digital photographic equipment, field trips, and portable digital storage should be anticipated. Students in the Graphic Design program are also student members of the Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario (RGD Ontario), and graduates are eligible for Provisional R.G.D. status upon graduation.


Program Delivery

Semester 1 - Fall 2016
Semester 2 - Winter 2017
Semester 3 - Fall 2017
Semester 4 - Winter 2018
Semester 5 - Fall 2018
Semester 6 - Winter 2019

Program of Study

Semester 1Credits
ART 1022Digital Design I 3
ART 1106Design Foundations I 4
ART 1230Intro Graphic Design 3
ART 2356Graphic Design Photography I 3
HST 1106Art History I 3
The following General Education course:  3
Media and Current Events 3
 Term Credits: 19
Semester 2
ART 1240Design Foundations II 4
ART 1246Copywriting I 3
ART 2346Typography 3
ART 2351Digital Design II 3
ART 2456Graphic Design Photography II 3
HST 1121History of Graphic Design 2
Select one of the following General Education courses:  3
Positive Psychology 3
Cross-Cultural Understanding 3
 Term Credits: 21
Semester 3
ADV 1100Advertising Fundamentals 2
ART 1345Copywriting II 2
ART 2305Illustration I 3
ART 2310Graphic Production Fundamentals I 3
ART 2360Website Design I 3
ART 2375Typography II 3
ART 2496Digital Design III 3
Select one of the following Elective courses:  3
Painting I 3
Printmaking I 3
 Term Credits: 22
Semester 4
ADV 2000Advertising II 2
ART 2415Production Fundamentals II 3
ART 2416Illustration II 3
ART 2450Graphic Design - Print Media 3
ART 2461Website Design II 3
ART 3518Sustainable Design 3
Select one of the following Elective courses:  3
Painting II 3
Printmaking II 3
 Term Credits: 20
Semester 5
ART 3515Corporate Identity 5
ART 3556Graphic Design: Photography III 2
ART 3566Advanced Design Applications 4
ART 3570Professional Practices 2
ART 3585Website Design III 2
ART 3595Work Placement 5
 Term Credits: 20
Semester 6
ART 3611Portfolio Preparation 5
ART 3685Website Design IV 5
ART 3690Creative Thesis Project 4
ART 3695Typographic Design 4
Select one of the following General Education courses:  3
Environmental Sustainability 3
Introduction To Psychology I 3
 Term Credits: 21
 Total Credits: 123

Tuition Fee (Canadian Students)

The tuition fee for the 2015-2016 academic year is $4,020.48. Next year's tuition fees will be available by May 1, 2016.

Tuition Fee (International Students)

The tuition fee for the 2015-2016 academic year is $13,979.00 for two semesters of study. Next year's tuition fees will be available by May 1, 2016.

Books & Supplies

The estimated cost of books and supplies for 2015-2016 is approximately $2,200 for first year. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates may find employment in both the public and private sectors. These include:

  • Design studios
  • Advertising agencies
  • Web and new media developers
  • Architectural firms
  • Educational institutions
  • Government agencies
  • Publishing companies
  • Broadcasting
  • Newspaper and magazine publishing
  • Commercial printing industry

University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at university and may receive credit for their prior College education.

Refer to College/University Agreements for further information.

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.

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