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Graphic Design

Available at: Kingston


For over forty years, our acclaimed program has trained highly-skilled, creative individuals for the growing profession of Graphic Design. This three-year advanced diploma program prepares graduates for direct entry into dynamic and rewarding work environments including design studios, ad agencies, interactive web and game design studios, publishing houses, marketing firms, and film & television production studios, to name a few.
Our program of study develops the creative potential of each student in three specific ways:
  1. The creation of a personal portfolio that demonstrates an understanding of design fundamentals using advanced software skills.
  2. The process and application of design thinking to solve complex communication problems.
  3. Direct, hands-on experience with professional clients representing a broad range of industries.
We train our students in the foundations of composition and layout, typography, colour, interactive and accessible design principles, and the use of industry-standard software. Our project-based learning approach ensures that students are directly involved in shaping their learning experiences, and that principles and best practices are applied in portfolio-driven work across different media. With dedicated studio, lecture, and computer lab spaces, our students have the opportunity to collaborate on projects as well as develop social networks in a supportive learning environment.

By working directly with clients throughout their final year of study, students develop their knowledge base with real-world challenges. SLC Graphic Design graduates excel in creative problem-solving, design thinking, and approaches to user-centred design that are required by the growing creative economy.

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Kingston Canadian Film Festival

SLC Graphic Design student Natasha Delrosario designed the poster for the 2018 Kingston Canadian Film Festival. Check out this video about her experience.


Career Opportunities

Graphic Designers are in high demand, working in design studios, interactive, branding our advertising agencies, marketing firms, television/broadcast, game design, publishing houses, and print and digital media production companies, as well as as in-house design and digital publishing or media departments. 

The results of the Canadian survey of salaries and billing practices in the communication design industry are now available at

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Program Name

Graphic Design

Program Code



Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Start Dates


Program Duration

3 Years

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

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International Fees

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Additional Costs

The cost of books and supplies for Semesters 1 and 2 is estimated at $1,200. This covers graphic design equipment and ongoing production materials. Students are expected to provide their own laptop computers and designated software when starting Semester 1. As models and configurations change frequently, students will be advised about the most suitable equipment for future course work.

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary Program. Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals. These awards recognize our academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential. For more details visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Program Outline 2020-21

Semester 1
DESI 101 Graphic Design I
DESI 120 Digital Photography
DESI 131 Studio Materials, Tools and Techniques
DESI 141 Drawing for Designers I
DESI 151 Colour Theory & Perception
DESI 181 Typography I
DESI 191 Digital Tools I
COMM 110 Communications for College

Semester 2
COMM 79 Communications for Graphic Designers II
DESI 102 Graphic Design II
DESI 111 Interaction Design I
DESI 121 Digital Imaging
DESI 142 Drawing for Designers II
DESI 171 Design Illustration
DESI 182 Typography II
DESI 192 Digital Tools II

Semester 3
DESI 201 Graphic Design III
DESI 211 Interaction Design II
DESI 261 Design History
DESI 271 Information Design
DESI 281 Typography III
DESI 291 Digital Tools III
DESI 321 Motion Graphics

Semester 4
DESI 202 Graphic Design IV
DESI 212 Interaction Design III
DESI 231 Brand Identity Design I
DESI 251 Design Research
DESI 262 Print Media Workflow
DESI 282 Typography IV
DESI 292 Web Applications
GENE General Education Course

Semester 5
COMM 85 Career Planning/Portfolio Preparation
DESI 301 Graphic Design V
DESI 221 Design Thinking/Strategy
DESI 311 Interaction Design IV
DESI 331 Brand Identity Design II
DESI 381 Typography V
GENE General Education Course

Semester 6
DESI 351 Portfolio and Practice
DESI 361 Graphic Design Field Placement
DESI 371 Photography for Portfolio Development
DESI 391 Agency / Capstone
GENE 34 Introduction to Entrepreneurship

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Agreements between SLC and other institutions that are specific to this program are listed below. In addition, there are many credit transfer pathway agreements between colleges and universities within the province of Ontario. Please also visit to search for options relevant to your program area of study.

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Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U or M level including the following prerequisites:

  • Grade 12 English at the C or U level
  • Grade 11 Math at the C, U or M level
  • Completion of a course-related Portfolio Assignment
For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.

If you are missing prerequisite courses, enroll in the Career/College Prep program - free for Ontario residents who are 19 years or older. Click here for full details


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The people that I worked for in my co-op program had taken the Graphic Design course at St. Lawrence. And they said it was one of the best schools that they had gone to. That’s why I chose St. Lawrence College.

Jen Chambers

Program Contact

Erin Boyce

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Additional Information

Programs at St. Lawrence College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.


Advanced Standing

Applicants with post-secondary credits may be eligible for direct entry to an upper level of the program (semester or year) depending on transfer credits. Select the applicable level when applying at and ensure that we receive your official post-secondary transcript for consideration. If you are unsure what level to apply for, please contact the program coordinator.
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