Visual Communication Design Certificate

CS Visual Cert

Learn compelling skills for the diverse and comprehensive field of Visual Communication Design, with concentrations in digital illustration, digital photography or interaction design. Students will achieve a broad range of introductory and intermediate-level communication design skills including typography, software, web design, branding and data visualization, and choose an additional area of concentration through a series of elective courses. Embark on a new career path, create a web-based portfolio of work and learn to promote yourself for a dynamic personal or professional practice.

Program Goal

The Visual Communication Design Certificate provides students with introductory to intermediate level design techniques, skills, and concepts to enhance their current practice, pivot career paths, or in preparation for further education.

Students will take courses in typography, design software, data visualization, web design, branding, and publication design, as well as professional development to gain knowledge in contemporary design techniques and practices. From colour theory and drawing, to representing research in compelling visual form, students will be introduced to communication design skills to better convey ideas to a client or audience.

In addition, students of this program will focus on specialized interests via elective courses with options for digital illustration, digital photography, or user experience design. Through completion of assigned and independent projects, as well as in-class presentations and critiques, students will have the opportunity to prepare a portfolio of work and launch their online presence as an up-and-coming Visual Communication Designer.

2D DESIGN CERTIFICATE PROGRAM EQUIVALENCIES

PROGRAM CURRICULUM HANDBOOK

Further Education

Students can use work from their Visual Communication Design Certificate in an admissions portfolio to apply for the following programs:

  • Bachelor of Design, Communication Design
  • Bachelor of Design, Interaction Design
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Illustration
  • Bachelor of Media Arts, 2D & Experimental Animation



Courses + Costs

We strongly encourage students to complete courses in the recommended order given below to best support their learning experience to successfully meet outcomes. However, students can register in any course for which they meet the prerequisites. In the event of a conflict between the recommended course order and the prerequisites of our courses, please follow the prerequisites.

OVERVIEW

ADMISSIONS

INDIVIDUAL COURSES + WORKSHOPS

Course No.
Core Required Courses
TuitionTerm AvailableNotes
CECD 100

Introductory Communication Design

$424Spring
Summer
Fall
  • Spring 2021 offering is online
CECD 101
Drawing for Designers$424Spring
Fall
  • Spring 2021 offering is online

CECD 102

Colour Theory for Designers

$424Summer
Fall
CECD 103
Introductory Typography$424Spring
Summer
  • Spring 2021 offering is online
CESE 103
New Topics in Contemporary Design$424Spring
Summer
Fall
  • Spring 2021 offering is online

CEDA 100

Introductory Web Design

$424Spring
Summer
Fall
  • Spring 2021 offering is online
CECS 120*
Adobe CC for Design + Production$636Spring
Summer
Fall
CECS 110*
Introductory Adobe Photoshop$212Spring
Fall
  • Spring 2021 offering is online
CECS 111*

Introductory Adobe Illustrator

$212Spring
Summer

Fall

  • Spring 2021 offering is online
CECS 112*
Introductory Adobe InDesign$212Spring
Summer
  • Spring 2021 offering is online
CEDA 200Intermediate Web Design$424Spring
Fall
CECD 200Branding + Identity Design$424Spring
  • Spring 2021 offering is online
CECD 201Visualizing Information$424TBD
CECD 202Publication Design$424Summer
CECD 203Intermediate Typography$424Fall
CEPD 201Professional Practices for Designers$424Spring
Summer
  • Spring 2021 offering is online

Elective Courses
(minimum of 72 hours in one of the following streams)

Illustration

(Choose 3 out of the 4 following courses)

CEIL 100

Introductory Illustration

$424Spring
Summer

Fall
  • Spring 2021 offering is online
CEIL 101Introductory Digital Illustration: Photoshop$424Spring
  • Spring 2021 offering is online
CEIL 102Introductory Digital Illustration: Illustrator$424Spring
  • Spring 2021 offering is online

CEIL 203

Commercial Illustration

$424TBD
Photography
CEPH 100**
Introductory Digital Photography$424Spring
Summer
Fall
  • Spring 2021 offering is online
CEPH 201Studio Lighting$424TBD
CEPH 203Commercial Photography$424Summer
UX/UI Design
CEDA 150Introductory WordPress$212Summer

Fall

CEDA 700Introduction to UI and UX Design$503ONLINE
CEDA 710Introduction to Web Analytics$390ONLINE
CEDA 720Intermediate UI and UX Design$503ONLINE

Approximate Tuition Total (est)$6996-$8180
Approximate Supply Total (est)
$1000

*students can take either CECS 120 (36 hours), or each of CECS 110, CECS 111 and CECS 112 (12 hour workshops)

**students with a strong background in digital photography may opt to pursue CEPH 200 Intermediate Digital Photography in lieu.

Admissions

No previous experience in Visual Communication, Graphic Design, Illustration or other Design practice is required to begin the Visual Communication Design Certificate, but basic computer skills are recommended. To register in the required courses, students must be over the age of 18 at the start of their course, have proficiency in spoken and written English and should have completed Grade 12 or equivalent education.

As a guideline, we expect applicants to have an IELTS score of 4.0-5.0 for studio courses and 6.0 for lecture courses.

See each course listing for specific prerequisites.

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