Why study graphic and digital design?

As the ultimate “problem solving” profession, graphic design intersects culture, society, commerce, and the environment. Effective visual communication creates value for business; brings empathy to social issues; and makes the complex clear. Working in collaborative creative environments, graphic designers create print, digital, environmental, and social media solutions. You build your career to suit your lifestyle. Freelance, be part of a studio, or work in-house within a company or organization’s marketing department. The opportunities are extensive and the work is interesting, where every project presents a new challenge. 

Graphic and Digital Design at UFV

UFV offers a two-year Graphic and Digital Design diploma (GDD) as well as a minor and extended minor in the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. As a GDD student, you will develop a solid foundation in communication design, brand identity, interactive design, and dynamic media. Courses emphasize problem-solving with real-world projects, issues, and contexts. Solutions are created using strategic processes, visual language, design thinking, and current industry-standard digital tools in GDD’s networked studios and labs. The two-year diploma focuses on four fields of professional practice:

Communication Design

Publishing, promotion, and information design. The emphasis is on problem-solving and human-centered solutions in print and digital media.

Visual Identity

Introduces the field of branding including logo design, packaging, and sustainability principles.

Dynamic Media

Image-based motion graphics, video, kinetic typography, and character design for design projects and storytelling.

Interactive Design

Design for digital screens including websites, tablets, and mobile devices. Interface design, development, UX and content management.


Where can I find out more? 

Join us at a portfolio info night!

  • GDD alumni share their stories about working in the creative industry
  • Current students talk about what it's like to learn design 
  • Discover the design process through the designers who created them
  • See entrance portfolios from our students
  • Find out about program options
  • Connect with faculty
  • Get some feedback on how to build a strong entrance portfolio
  • Ask questions and tour our studios

Tuesday November 8 and Tuesday February 21
6 pm to 9 pm at the Mission Campus

Graphic Design Programs at UFV

UFV Diploma and BFA Extended Minor

GDD News and Events

Ask our BFA Educational Advisor
Paula Funk: 604-504-7441 ext. 4406  

How do I apply? 

The Graphic and Digital Design diploma (GDD) program has an annual intake each fall. GDD offers two application deadlines with early applicants given priority in the review process. Admissions are competitive. 

  1. Apply online: Application submission
  2. Attend a GDD Portfolio Info Session on the Mission campus:
    Tuesday, November 8 or February 21
  3. Submit a portfolio: Portfolio submission


UFV GDD Portfolio Guidelines 2017

UFV GDD Admissions Info 2017


Deadlines for early applicants:

Friday, March 31: Early Application Deadline  Application submission   
Monday, April 24: Submit your portfolio using UFV's SlideRoom portal. Portfolio submission
Early applicants are given priority in the review process.

International applicants must meet the early admissions deadlines. Contact UFV International at 604-504-7441 or visit the UFV International website for information about admission. Different fees and procedures apply. 

Deadlines for late applicants: 

Monday, May 8: Late Application Deadline  Application submission
Monday, May 29: Submit your portfolio using UFV's SlideRoom portal. Portfolio submission


Student Work 


2017 Portfolio Show

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make or become different

Tuesday, May 2
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
HighStreet, Abbotsford
J150 – 3122 Mount Lehman Road


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Centre for Creative Development Continuing Education 

Exciting, short and intensive courses open to all! Build your creative practice and Adobe software skills. InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Wordpress, Graphic Design, Photography, Lettering, Drawing & Illustration, and more!

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