Graphic Design 6420

“Taking Centennial’s GDM program was probably the best decision I’ve ever made in my life.”

~Nicole Bonifazi – Production Coordinator at 4Front Media Inc., Graduate 2010

About Centennial
Established as Toronto's first public college in 1966, Centennial College offers programs in business, communications, community and health studies, science and engineering technology, general arts, hospitality and transportation.
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Program code: 6420
School: School of Communication, Media and Design
Credential: Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Program Type: Post-secondary program
Program Length: 3 years/ 6 semesters
Start Date: Fall
Location: Story Arts Centre
Tel: 416-289-5000, ext. 5100

Design is powerful. It enables you to explore the limits of possibility and develop new ideas in increasingly more inventive, interconnected and imaginative ways than ever before. The power of design is all around us in all that we see, hear, feel and do. It’s about 360-degree thinking. The Graphic Design program prepares you for a new career in today’s innovative and multifaceted commercial design industry.

In this program you will:

  • Develop your visual design skills for print and interactive media, emphasizing design fundamentals, creative problem solving skills and the ability to deliver effective communication solutions for everything from corporate clients to motion design
  • Emerge with multidisciplinary creative skills for today’s diverse and demanding industry. As the contemporary commercial design world becomes more integrated, competitive and collaborative, you will be ready to thrive in a new world of mobile devices
  • Work directly with internal and external clients on projects, simulating the workplace demands of the industry in a practical and hands-on approach.

Click here to read the program facts page.

Note: This program requires students to have and use a mobile computing device (i.e. laptop, tablet) that meets or exceeds the recommended hardware requirements.  Detailed requirements are available at this page. Mobile Learning Programs

Semester 1 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
CO-120 Creativity in Context Story Arts Centre
COMM-170/COMM-171 College Communications 2 Story Arts Centre
GMD-101 Design Process 1 Story Arts Centre
GMD-102 Drawing in Graphic Communication Story Arts Centre
GMD-103 Two-Dimensional Design & Typography Story Arts Centre
GMD-104 Design & Imaging Story Arts Centre
GNED-173 Social History of Design Story Arts Centre

Semester 2 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
GMD-121 Design Process 2 Story Arts Centre
GMD-122 Intro to Advertising + Copywriting Story Arts Centre
GMD-123 Editorial Design Story Arts Centre
GMD-126 Two-Dimensional Design & Typography 2 Story Arts Centre
GMD-127 Intro to Print Production Story Arts Centre
GMD-128 Branding Story Arts Centre
GMD-129 Intro to Interactive and Mobile Design Story Arts Centre

Semester 3 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
GMD-124 Corporate Identity Story Arts Centre
GMD-125 Package Design Story Arts Centre
GMD-201 Design Process 3 Story Arts Centre
GMD-202 Publication Design Story Arts Centre
GMD-205 Web Design 1 Story Arts Centre
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Story Arts Centre

Semester 4 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
COMM-180 College Communications 3 Story Arts Centre
GMD-221 Illustration Workshop Story Arts Centre
GMD-222 Web Design 2 Story Arts Centre
GMD-223 Motion Graphics 1 Story Arts Centre
GMD-226 Interactive Design for Mobile Platforms Story Arts Centre
GMD-227 Electronic Print Production Story Arts Centre
GNED General Education Elective Story Arts Centre

Semester 5 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
GMD-224 Professional Practice & self employment Story Arts Centre
GMD-225 Portfolio Workshop Story Arts Centre
GMD-301 Motion Graphics 2 Story Arts Centre
GMD-303 Advanced Typography Story Arts Centre
GMD-304 Development for Designers Story Arts Centre

Semester 6 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
GMD-302 Field Placement Story Arts Centre
GMD-305 Research & Reflection Story Arts Centre
GMD-306 Multi-faceted Design Process Story Arts Centre
GMD-307 Comprehensive Project Execution Story Arts Centre

Program Highlights

The combination of multidisciplinary design skills and practical experience will set graduates apart from the competition. Centennial graduates will be more flexible and their design solutions will be more effective than solutions of those without this experience.

Centennial College 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.

The Graphic Design – Media program will develop your abilities to:
  • Integrate knowledge of visual graphics with creative communications strategies for print publications, interactive design, packaging and illustration
  • Develop and implement solutions to problems encountered in all phases of the graphic design process
  • Create visual communications through the application of design theories and principles to develop effective design solutions
  • Apply typographic skills and knowledge to create effective visual communications
  • Use a variety of technologies to create, capture, and manipulate design elements in producing a final product
  • Communicate effectively, credibly and accurately with clients, supervisors, coworkers and target audiences by using a variety of media
  • Apply effective business practices and project management skills appropriate to your position in the graphic design field
  • Develop personal and professional strategies and plans to improve career prospects


Educational Partners

Qualified graduates may be eligible to participate in an articulated program with selected universities, institutes and professional associations. These partnerships allow graduates to apply academic credit towards further study. 

Our Partners are:

  • Griffith University (Australia) - BDes & MA
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
Academic Requirements
Additional Requirements
Two weeks after applying at, you will receive a letter with instructions on how to book the mandatory Graphic Design Program Admission Session - where you will submit a portfolio of work. Portfolio requirements
  • Select up to 15 pieces of your original work in art and design. (Your sketchbook should demonstrate your problem-solving and creative process as well as present work in variety of media, materials and techniques. Include three drawings from direct observation, such as figure drawing, portrait and still-life.)
  • Show work that demonstrates your ability and interest in graphic design
  • Include colour integrated designs created in digital illustration and digital imaging applications
  • Include a one-page research paper about your design philosophy and field of interest
  • Present mounted or framed work in your portfolio case.
If work is too large to transport, you may present photographs. To arrange a digital submission of your portfolio, please contact program coordinator at
  • It is recommended that students applying to the Graphic Design Media program have a certificate from Centennial’s Art and Design Foundation Studies program or its equivalent, or equivalent work experience
Career Outlook
Our graduates launch careers with:
  • Web design & interactive design studios
  • Design and advertising companies
  • Magazine design firms
  • Packaging design studios
  • Marketing and communications agencies
  • Publishing companies
  • Newspaper departments
  • TV production facilities

Companies that have hired Centennial graduates include:
  • HJC New Media
  • RockHippo
  • Gamebridger
  • G4Box
  • Formative innovations
  • 4front Media Group
  • CX Interactive
  • Bash! Interactive