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What will I learn?

In the Graphic Design program, you will learn the process of visual communication through the combo of images, photography and text to represent ideas and messages.

Some graphic design programs at other schools have a sole focus on technical skills and commercial, corporate work. OCAD U’s Graphic Design program teaches you the skills you need but also encourages you to use graphic design as an art form, to challenge barriers and create work for social good.

You’ll learn how graphic design impacts society and generates dialogue. You will benefit from hands-on training, as well as theory courses that explore design as a form of expression.

Hands-on courses include:

  • Design Process
  • Editorial and Publication Design
  • Typography
  • Interactive Communication
  • Packaging Design
  • Motion Graphics

Theory courses in topics like brand strategy will teach you to explore the creative process and develop designs that help promote ideas and products.

Graduates of the program work at:

  • Graphic design studios and communications firms
  • Cultural and public institutions
  • Journalism and broadcast media
  • Entrepreneurial initiatives

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Design

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$29,556.00 (US$ 23,890) per year
Summer fee: CAN $12,727.5
Start date

October 2021

Venue

Faculty of Design

OCAD University,

100 McCaul Street,

TORONTO,

Ontario (ON),

M5T 1W1, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Successful completion of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Grade 12 U English (ENG4U or EAE4U) with a minimum final grade of 70%. A total of at least six Grade 12 U or M level courses (including ENG4U or EAE4U) with a minimum overall academic average of 70%. English Language Requirements: IELTS (International English Language Testing System): Minimum 6.5 overall with no part below 6.0 (academic version); PTE Academic (Pearson Test): Minimum 58 overall with at least 56 in Listening, at least 56 in Reading, at least 56 in Speaking and at least 56 in Writing; TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): Applicants taking the TOEFL test for the first time must provide an Internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT) with a minimum total score of 84 with at least 20 in Reading, at least 19 in Listening, at least 22 in Speaking and at least 20 in Writing; CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment): Minimum 70 overall with no band below 60.

For international students

Student must have a Secondary School Graduation equivalent to Grade 12 in Ontario with an overall average of B or 70% numeric equivalent in the final year.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY TESTS

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic - Minimum 6.5 overall with no part below 6.0 (Academic Module

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) iBT - minimum total score of 84 with at least 20 in Reading, at least 19 in Listening, at least 22 in Speaking and at least 20 in Writing

PTE Academic (Pearson Test) - Minimum 58 overall with at least 56 in Listening, at least 56 in Reading, at least 56 in Speaking and at least 56 in Writing

Duolingo English Test (DET) - Minimum overall score of 110

CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment) - Minimum 70 overall with no band below 60

COPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English) and TOP (Test of Oral Proficiency)- Minimum 86 overall with at least 32 in Writing, at least 22 in Reading, and at least 22 in Listening. Minimum score of 6 in TOP

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Fleming College
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