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Innovation on Display at Graphic Design Graduate Exhibition

2017-04-26

St. Lawrence College is pleased to present an exhibition of the work of the 17 soon-to-be graduates of the Graphic Design program. The exhibition is on view in the Dining Hall until April 27.

The centrepiece of the exhibition are the students' Capstone projects, which highlight their skills in design research and innovative user-centered problem solving. The students will also be displaying their final portfolio works in interaction design, brand identity design, packaging, illustration, and book/editorial design.

At the opening held on Friday evening, awards were given to graduating students celebrating design thinking, leadership, perseverance, and professional communication. Guest speakers included alumni from nearly 50 years of graduates: Brad Duffy (class of 2015), owner of Four Degrees Design & Photography; and Wendy Millard (class of 1994), Manager of Design Services at Empire Life, who delivered congratulations to the grads on behalf of Canada’s Association of Registered Graphic Designers.

“We’re so proud of our grads, and in the College’s 50th anniversary year it’s wonderful to reflect on the success of all of our alumni,” said Erin Boyce, program coordinator. “We’re one of the most established Graphic Design programs in Ontario, and we’ve constantly adapted our curriculum in response to industry needs to ensure our grads are career ready. In a fast-changing and high-demand field like graphic design, there are numerous career possibilities, from design studios and interactive agencies, to working in-house for corporations, or starting their own businesses. We are very excited to see them launch their careers.”

“The Graphic Design program at SLC prepared me so well for my career, I was offered a full-time job directly from my placement at an Ottawa design studio,” said soon-to-be graduate, Holly Hamilton. "The hard and soft skills that I learned translated to skills my placement supervisor and employer were looking for. After taking this program, I feel extremely confident and prepared for the workforce."

Out of 17 graduating students, four were offered full-time employment and eight were offered potential freelance or contract work after their four-week field placements.

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About Graphic Design 

St. Lawrence’s Graphic Design program is a full-time, three-year advanced diploma program that covers contemporary best practices in graphic design, including design thinking and research, business ethics, interaction design, and accessibility. The program has turned out highly skilled and employable graduates for over 45 years and is recognized by the Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD).

About St. Lawrence College

With three friendly campuses in Brockville, Cornwall, and Kingston, St. Lawrence College is an integral part of the economic life and social fabric of Eastern Ontario with a close-knit community of 10,000 full-time students, and more than 88,000 proud alumni. Hundreds are also enrolled in our online and continuing education courses each year. As part of our ongoing sustainability initiatives, the College boasts more than 1,600 rooftop solar modules on our Kingston and Brockville campuses, the largest solar roof-top installation of any post-secondary institution in Canada. The college has many Applied Research projects in progress, as well, our Corporate Learning and Performance Improvement group has helped more than 350 organizations grow and prosper. Through our Employment Service offices we work with thousands of clients annually.

For information:

Laura Tulchinsky 
St. Lawrence College, Communications 
613-544-5400, ext. 1291 
613-329-2451