Visual Communication Design Certificate

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.



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