Ontario College Advanced Diploma | 6 semesters | Barrydowne

Cambrian’s award-winning Graphic Design faculty will challenge you through course work and diverse, real-world projects to help you develop your creative talents and become a professional visual communication designer. The Graphic Design curriculum is career-focused and rigorous, with attention given to both traditional skills and new technologies. In addition, you will develop skills in critical thinking, creativity and concept driven work, allowing you to be agile in the evolving and demanding industry of professional communication.

Using current industry software in the College's state-of-the-art graphic design labs, you will learn how to creatively develop ideas and manipulate space, type, images, motion, code and colour to take your work from concept sketch to strategically-designed printed, web-based, or digital form. Projects provide you with applied experience in branding, identity (logos & trademarks) and environmental design, website design/development, print- and package-production, advertising design, illustration, photography, typography and much more. 

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

Check out the 2021 graduate exhibition, Depth of Design to view portfolio work completed by our students in the Graphic Design program.

Program Highlights

  • 3 years – 6 semesters

  • 5-week placement in fifth semester

  • Opportunities for paid design-related work through our close relationship with Cambrian's Research and Development

  • Strong focus on digital design, including web design, UI design, and mobile application design 

  • Annual three-day field trip to attend the RGD DesignThinkers Conference in Toronto and a comprehensive Studio Tour

  • Students are automatically registered as student members of the Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario (RGD Ontario) and can participate in professional seminars, studio tours, and networking events

  • Access to a variety of classrooms and labs along with the industry standard technology and software, including:

    • Multiple Mac studios featuring modern iMac computers, running Mac OSX and Adobe Creative Cloud, and an extensive Font Library 

    • Professional photo and video studio with boom lighting

    • Full fine-art studio with student lounge and natural lighting 

4D Learning Opportunities

  • Students will have opportunities to work directly with practising professionals and community clients. These opportunities are provided through Work Placement and Cambrian R&D and are based on the student's ability to demonstrate professionalism and performance. 

  • Students will have the opportunity to participate in Portfolio Review Day. Each student can discuss their portfolio with practicing professionals. This highly efficient review allows each student to get ample feedback for improving their portfolio, prior to graduating and their employment search. 

  • A fifth-semester work placement allows students to work side-by-side with industry professionals. Students are encouraged to seek out industry leaders. Graduates have been accepted to work placement opportunities in Amsterdam, Chicago, Toronto, Victoria, and many other competitive locations around the world. Many graduates have been offered full-time work at the host organization, after they graduate.

  • Each year, students will have the opportunity to join their classmates and teachers on a trip to Toronto to attend the RGD DesignThinkers conference (please note: students are responsible for covering costs of accommodation).

  • Sustainability Initiatives – Students 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 14,000 trees to Sudbury to help offset the carbon footprint of the graphic design program.

  • Throughout the year, students will be encouraged to participate is a variety of extra-curricular events hosted by the Sudbury Design Society and The Association of Registered Graphic Designers.These events range from Sudbury & Toronto Studio Tours, Webinars, Design-a-thons, and many other networking/learning opportunities.  

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How to Apply

Creative Arts, Music and Design

Archived Graduate Exhibitions and Student Portfolios 

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) or (U)


  • Grade 11 or 12 Credits in Visual Arts and/or Media Arts (M) or (O)

  • Computer competency in relevant software (Adobe Creative Cloud)

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 Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD), and graduates are eligible for Provisional RGD status upon graduation.


Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2022
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2023
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2023
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2024
  5. SEMESTER 5 Fall 2024
  6. SEMESTER 6 Winter 2025

Winter Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Winter 2023
  2. SEMESTER 2 Spring 2023
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2023
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2024
  5. SEMESTER 5 Fall 2024
  6. SEMESTER 6 Winter 2025

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the Academic Schedule on our website.

Program of Study for 2022-23 Academic Year 

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
AFP 1120 Fundamentals of Drawing 3
AFP 1135 Introduction to Digital Photography 3
ART 1006 Digital Design I 4
ART 1106 Design Foundations I 4
ART 1230 Intro Graphic Design 3
COM 1001 Art and Design Communication 3
ART 1246 Copywriting I 3
Semester 2
AFP 1225 Analytical Drawing 3
ART 1109 Design Foundations II 3
ART 2351 Digital Design II 3
ART 2346 Typography I 3
ART 1247 Copywriting II 3
ADV 1102 Advertising Design 3
One General Education course. 1 3
Semester 3
ART 1110 Production Design 4
ART 2305 Illustration I 3
ART 2496 Accessible Design 3
ART 2456 Advanced Photography 3
ART 2375 Typography II 3
ART 2360 Website Design I 3
One General Education course. 1 3
Semester 4
ART 1111 Package Design 4
ART 1112 Editorial Design 4
ART 1113 Visual Identity I 4
ART 2416 Illustration II 3
ART 2461 Website Design II 3
ART 1126 Studio Photography 3
One General Education course. 1 3
Semester 5
ART 1010 Motion Graphics I 4
ART 1114 Visual Identity II 4
ART 3595 Work Placement 5
WEB 1040 Content Management Systems 3
ART 3687 Creative Thesis Project 5
Semester 6
ART 1011 Motion Graphics II 4
ART 1127 Professional Practices 3
ART 3612 Portfolio Preparation 5
ART 3686 Website Design III 5
ART 3567 Advanced Design Applications 4
 Total Credits132


Tuition and Ancillary Fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students.

Books & Supplies

The cost of books and supplies for Year 1 is under review. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Graduate Options

Employment Opportunities

Graduates are prepared for employment opportunities in:

  • Graphic design firms & studios

  • Web & new media studios

  • App & software start-ups

  • Advertising & marketing agencies

  • Architectural firms

  • Motion picture & television studios

  • Editorial & literary publishing houses

  • Educational institutions

  • Government agencies

  • Commercial printing industry

  • In-house marketing & design departments 

College/University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at college/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.