Graphic Design - Advanced
Overview
  • One-year advanced diploma
  • September entry date
  • Annual application Deadline: May 15
  • Exchange District Campus (formerly Princess Street Campus), Winnipeg
  • Laptop delivery (buy your own laptop)
  • Credit transfer opportunities: Athabasca University, University of Manitoba
  • International applicants please visit Academic Program, Dates and Fees for a listing of programs for international students, current availability and online application instructions

Description

Students in the Graphic Design Advanced program will develop investigative and exploratory work that challenges ideas about what is traditionally accepted as output from a graphic design school. Through a series of thoughtful projects that casually blur disciplinary boundaries, the Graphic Design Advanced program continually breaks new ground in building future generations of design thinkers at Red River College.

Admission Requirements

This is a special selection program. Your portfolio will be evaluated and assigned a score based on your demonstrated ability to express yourself in visual form and explore concepts and ideas at an advanced level. If your portfolio score is within acceptable range you will continue through the admissions process. If your portfolio score does not fall within the acceptable range, your application will be cancelled.

Offers of admittance will be made to qualified applicants based on portfolio scores in descending order until all available seats are filled. This means not all applicants whose portfolios scores fall within acceptable range will be offered a seat.

Applicants not offered a seat may reapply for a future intake by submitting a new application, application fee, and new portfolio based on the portfolio specifications for that application year.

Annual application deadline: May 15

Regular Admission Requirements

  1. Academic Requirement
    • Submit proof of successful completion of or enrolment in the final year of:
      • RRC's Graphic Design diploma program
        or
      • An equivalent program from a recognized school of design:
        • Completion of a 2 year diploma or a 3 or 4 year degree in Graphic Design
        • Training must include coursework in concept development, corporate/editorial publication, campaign strategy/branding, typography, website, illustration, and prepress/production skills
        • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator), along with basic HTML and CSS is required
    • Due within 30 days of applying
    • If you provide proof of enrolment, your official final grades indicating successful completion must be submitted by July 15 for fall enrolment or by the deadline specified in your admission letter
    • Post-secondary transcripts must be submitted directly from the post-secondary institution
    • If you are required to complete an English language assessment, do not submit your transcripts until requested to do so.  See Regular Admission Requirement 2 for more information.
      and
  2. English Language Requirements (ELRs)
    • Have you successfully completed the equivalent of three years of full-time secondary (high school) education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country where English was the language of instruction? To view a list of ELR exempt countries click here.
      • If yes, you meet English language requirements. Submit your transcripts within 30 days of applying for verification purposes.
        or
      • If no, you are required to submit proof of meeting an English language requirements option within 30 days of applying.  For information click here.
        or
      • If you completed all of your education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country in English but did not complete three years of high school, submit your transcripts within 30 days of applying for review.
    • If you apply within six weeks of the start date of the program, this item is due within 5 days of applying.
    • Approved English language assessments and required levels for this program are:
      • Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) Certificate - exit Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) levels from an English as a second language (ESL) program:
        Listening 8, Speaking 8, Reading 8, Writing 8
        or
      • International English Language Testing System (IELTS - Academic):
        Listening 6.5, Speaking 6.5, Reading 6.5, Writing 6.5
        or
      • Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST):
        Listening 4.5,  Speaking 4.5,  Reading 4.5,  Writing 4.0
      • If completing an assessment, we strongly advise you complete it before submitting your application to ensure you meet language requirements and can submit your results within 30 days of applying.
      • Assessment results must be dated within two years of your application date.
      • After confirming you’ve met English language requirements through your assessment results, the College will send you an e-mail requesting submission of your transcripts.
        and
  3. Portfolio
Who Should Enrol?

Choose this program if you are interested in pushing the boundaries of graphic design, expanding skills in critical thinking and design, and looking to acquire new skills in video, motion graphics, and UI/UX.


Next Estimated Term 1 Start Date
(subject to change)

LOCATION START DATE  

Costs (estimates only; subject to change)
Program/Student Fees
Year 1 $5,044.00
Books and Supplies
Year 1 $3,200.00 1
Program/Student Fees (International)
Year 1 $15,954.00
1 Includes estimate of $2500 for purchase of a laptop.
 
Students may apply for financial assistance through the Manitoba Student Aid program. For general information on applying please call 204-945-6321 or 1-800-204-1685, or visit their website at www.manitobastudentaid.ca, which also includes an online application. For detailed information, please visit one of the RRC Student Service Centres or call 204-632-2327. Applicants requiring financial assistance should complete their student loan applications well in advance of the class start date.


Program Content
YEAR 1
TERM 1 COURSE NAME CREDIT HOURS
  GRAD-4002 Advanced Typography 1 4
  GRAD-4003 Visual Explorations 1 4
  GRAD-4004 Communication Design 1 6
  GRAD-4005 Mentorship 1 3
  GRAD-4006 New Media 1 6
  GRAD-4008 Media Production 1 3
  GRAD-4016 Community Design 1 3
TERM 2 COURSE NAME CREDIT HOURS
  GRAD-4001 Portfolio Presentation 3
  GRAD-4009 Advanced Typography 2 4
  GRAD-4010 Visual Explorations 2 4
  GRAD-4011 Communication Design 2 6
  GRAD-4012 Mentorship 2 3
  GRAD-4013 New Media 2 6
  GRAD-4015 Media Production 2 3
  GRAD-4017 Community Design 2 3
 
Course Descriptions
GRAD-4001 Portfolio Presentation
Portfolio Presentation is designed to meet the needs of advanced students in the development of their portfolio and enhancement of personal presentation skills. A body of work completed in the Graphic Design - Advanced Diploma program will be presented to instructors and members of the visual communications industry. Presentation techniques may include print, photography, video, and interactive media. 
 
GRAD-4002 Advanced Typography 1
Students will study type and how the personality of type can effect communications in a print, electronic, and environmental context. They will have the opportunity to experiment with type trying a variety of unconventional methods. There will be a focus on how the theory of deconstruction applies to design and type. Students will study how type and image interact with each other in a variety of different ways. They will work on projects that will allow them to design for a series. Students will also study typographical syntax and learn how to create a design system and apply it to a publication. Projects will effectively integrate conceptual continuity, design, illustration, photography, typographic and computer skills in craft and practice.
 
GRAD-4003 Visual Explorations 1
This course will expose students to advanced visual problem-solving. Students will experiment with and deliver unique solutions to novel projects in design and concept illustration that will help broaden their experience and skill in the areas of visual problem solving and communication. Learning objectives with be concerned with social and environmental awareness and subsequent community contribution, with an aim toward a better world.
 
GRAD-4004 Communication Design 1
In this course students will be assigned comprehensive projects designed to develop professional skills based on a solid foundation of research, strategy, and conceptual thinking. Problem solving techniques and advanced computer graphics technology will be stressed. Case studies are a requirement for completion of this course. Students will have an opportunity to work with on their own and in groups.
 
GRAD-4005 Mentorship 1
This course will allow students to experience the day-to-day realities of working with an art director/manager in a professional setting. It will also give students the opportunity to work closely with an industry professional and gain valuable experience via shared knowledge.
 
GRAD-4006 New Media 1
This course will provide Advanced Graphic Design students with a practical, working knowledge of design for new media, interactive documents and software. Students will create well-designed storyboards, animations, videos and interactive documents using current and emerging technologies. The focus in this term will be learning theory and application of software to create designs for animation and video/audio projects using primarily Illustrator, Photoshop, Premiere and After Effects, as well as other animation, video and audio editing tools.
 
GRAD-4008 Media Production 1
This course will provide Advanced Graphic Design students with a practical, working knowledge of project management and effective execution. Students will initiate print and digital projects, establish costs and set timelines for traditional and emerging medias. Students will explore new publishing formats for tablets, rethinking traditional layouts, to inform the reader and enhance the design. 
 
GRAD-4009 Advanced Typography 2
Students will work on designing an original typeface. They will study letterforms and learn the technique of hand lettering. They will go through the process of designing and building a font using interchangeable parts. The font will be created in Illustrator and FontLab, and will then be installed, activated and applied to a graphic design project. Students will be asked to create a presentation on a current graphic designer and focus the presentation on their use of type and type design.
 
GRAD-4010 Visual Explorations 2
This course will continue to expose students to advanced visual problem-solving. Students will experiment with unique solutions to novel projects in design and illustration that will help broaden their vocabulary in the areas of visual communication. Learning objectives with be concerned with social awareness and a continued growth of visualizing skills. Learning assignments will engage topics and environments on a number of social levels and with a variety of mediums. This is a meeting place for Design, Typography & Illustration.
 
GRAD-4011 Communication Design 2
In this course students will be assigned comprehensive projects designed to develop professional skills based on a solid foundation of research, strategy, and conceptual thinking. Problem solving techniques and advanced computer graphics technology will be stressed. Case studies are a requirement for completion of this course. Students will have an opportunity to work with on their own and in groups.
 
GRAD-4012 Mentorship 2
This course is a continuation of Mentorship 1, and will further allow students to experience the day-to-day realities of working with an art director/manager in a professional setting. The course allows the opportunity for students to build relationships with industry professionals and gain advanced experience via shared knowledge.
 
GRAD-4013 New Media 2
Emphasis in this course will be placed on intermediate to advanced level manipulation of web page design and development, interactive/App design, and prototyping with Invision on a Mac platform. Through a series of hands-on assignments that encourage serious exploration of new media design and tools, students will be able to apply User Experience and User Interface design theory and produce work at an advanced level, using a variety of software. Focus will also be placed on working with HTML, CSS, Wordpress, CMS, themes and skins of Responsive templates.
 
GRAD-4015 Media Production 2

This course will continue the process of providing Advanced Graphic Design students with a practical, working knowledge of project management and digital publications. This course is designed to familiarize students with established 'best work practices' and also to increase understanding and develop skills to assist students in meeting the high demands of the design industry.

 
GRAD-4016 Community Design 1

Students will be paired with a non-profit organization with a social agenda and be expected to work with that client to establish a design service need which is not being fulfilled at present. Working through a project briefing agreement (PBA) with their client, students will help develop content and work to develop ideas that can be executed on a minimal budget (supplies and materials). Finally, students will produce the project on or under budget, creating multiples if necessary, for direct use/distribution by the client. The projected outcome is to give the student a thorough understanding of design process from conception to production, while addressing a real-world problem/need. 

 
GRAD-4017 Community Design 2

Students will be paired with a non-profit organization with a social agenda and be expected to work with that client to establish a design service need which is not being fulfilled at present. Working through a project briefing agreement (PBA) with their client, students will help develop content and work to develop ideas that can be executed on a minimal budget (supplies and materials). Finally, students will produce the project on or under budget, creating multiples if necessary, for direct use/distribution by the client. The projected outcome is to give the student a thorough understanding of design process from conception to production, while addressing a real-world problem/need. 

 

Laptop Delivery

Beginning in the fall of 2014, all first year students will be required to purchase their own laptops for use throughout the program. Red River College will provide the software, and there will be a software fee associated with this. 

The use of laptop computers is an integral part of this program. It will enhance your learning and competitiveness in the job market. This universal-access approach to learning is a shared one between students and the College. Laptop and software specifications will be provided to you by the College after you are accepted into the program to ensure the laptop complies with the program requirements.

Do not purchase a laptop until you have been accepted and registered in the program. Laptop specifications will be provided with letters of acceptance. You will have on-campus access to e-mail, College networks, and the Internet.

The College will also provide a detailed list of required software, network access, and help desk support if you require assistance. You will have on-campus access to e-mail, College networks, and the Internet.

Off-campus access to the Internet is the responsibility of the student.

Transfer Credit Opportunities

The following universities offer credit for the Graphic Design - Advanced program.

University of Manitoba

  • Graduates of this program can receive one year of credit toward a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

Athabasca University

  • Graduates of this program can receive advanced credit toward the Bachelor of Professional Arts (Communication Studies).
Employment Potential

Graduates of this program may find employment in the following fields:

  • Graphic design
  • Motion Graphics
  • Interactive Design - App design, UI/UX design
  • Website design and development
  • Print design
  • Branding and campaign
  • Illustration

Working for:

  • Advertising agencies
  • Graphic design studios
  • In-house design departments
  • Publishing Houses

Some graduates may choose self employment as freelance artists.

Contact Information

For general information about this program or how to apply, contact Enrolment Services at 204-632-2327.

For detailed program information, contact:

Diane Livingston
Coordinator, Graphic Design Advanced Program
204-949-8309
E-mail: dlivingston@rrc.ca