Communication Design Essentials Certificate

Delivered by BCIT and Emily Carr University of Art + Design, the Communication Design Essentials Certificate is a one-year, full-time program that provides students with a solid foundation in communication design theory as well as graphic design skills in the Adobe Creative Cloud. This career-focused program prepares graduates for a variety of roles in graphic design, advertising and marketing.


  • Brand identity, layout, typography and package design;
  • Corporate communications and project
  • management; 
  • Prepress production for print and introduction to web design;
  • Skill development in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign; and
  • Design thinking and process development.


Design and the Creative Process • Fundamentals of a Visual Language • Introduction to Design and Research Skills • Layout and InDesign 1 • Technology for Designers • Business Communication for Designers


Layout Design and the Static Image • Typography • Major Project 1 • Vector Graphics: Illustrator for Designers • Raster Graphics: Photoshop for Designers


Introduction to Brand Identity • Packaging Design • Corporate Communications • Web Design and Authoring for Designers • Layout and InDesign 2 • Major Project 2


Professional Practices for Designers • Editorial Design •

Digital Media Design • Dynamic Media Web Design • Prepress • Major Project 3


This program runs in partnership with BCIT. Get more information from the BCIT website or attend an infosession.

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About Transferable Credit to Emily Carr

Graduates of the Communication Design Essentials program have the opportunity to transfer 33 credits towards a Bachelor of Design, Communication Design Major at Emily Carr University.

Graduates interested in this opportunity are encouraged to contact ECU’s Undergraduate Admissions office at before submitting an application.

For those students who may be interested in pursuing a degree in Visual Culture + Material Practice, Culture + Community or Graduate studies, please speak to an admissions adviser to find out how the Communication Design Essentials training may transfer into a new degree.

New to communication design? 

Start learning some basic skills and create work for your admissions portfolio with these CS courses:

CECD 110 Basics of Communication Design

CESE 133 InDesign: The Basics