Academic Calendar

Graphic Design


English language proficiency requirements

Students registering in post-secondary level courses (numbered 100 to 499) will be required to meet the English language entrance proficiency requirements. Students in ELS or the University Foundations programs can register in those courses identified in the University Foundations program with lower levels of language proficiency.

Please note that not all courses are offered every semester.

GD 101

3 credits

Fundamentals of Design

Prerequisite(s): None.

An introduction to design fundamentals and visual communications practice. Through applied projects, students explore elements and principles of design, implement creative processes, apply compositional theories, and critically reflect on their design solutions.

GD 102

3 credits

History of Graphic Design

Prerequisite(s): None.

Historical survey of graphic design from the perspective of social and political realities within which it developed. Through applied projects, students investigate the styles, aesthetics, and contexts of the Industrial Revolution, avant-garde movements, modernism, post-modernism, and the information age.

GD 154

3 credits

Typography I

Prerequisite(s): None

This course explores the history and foundation of typographyfrom the 15th century to the present. Students will gain an understanding of typographic best practices, and an appreciation for the expressive qualities of type through lectures, projects, and presentations.

GD 157

3 credits

Digital Design Media I

Prerequisite(s): None.

Introduction to digital image making in both vector and raster formats, using Adobe software, and the use of the right tool for the right task. Content-driven projects combined with workshops focus on image creation, image use, and critical reflection in visual communication contexts.

Note: This course uses tools and technology that vary according to current industry practice.

Note: Basic computer knowledge is recommended.

GD 159

3 credits

Digital Design Media II

Prerequisite(s): None.

Introduction to professional layout applications for print and digital publishing using Adobe software. Students will produce comprehensive communication design projects while gaining a working knowledge of layout software, including font and file management, colour systems, a digital glossary, and file formats.

Note: This course uses tools and technology that vary according to current industry practice.

Note: Basic computer knowledge is recommended.

GD 202

3 credits

Interactive Design I: Foundations in Web Design

Prerequisite(s): GD 157.

Introduction to interactive mediums and the fundamentals of the interactive experience. A focus on information architecture, interface design (UI), and user experience (UX). Students will design for digital screens.

GD 203

3 credits

Dynamic Media I: Motion Graphics

Prerequisite(s): GD 157.

Introduction to the production of motion graphics with an emphasis on design and graphic time changes for web and video. Design is studied in relation to techniques for editing and composing time lapses, sound, typography, and media integration.

Note: This course uses tools and technology that vary according to current industry practice.

GD 204

3 credits

Interactive Design II: Web Development for Designers

Prerequisite(s): GD 157.

Introduction to designing interactive and responsive pages for the web. Emphasis is on current industry standards and the role of the designer in the development of websites using a professional web-authoring tool within the context of a content management system (CMS).

Note: This course uses tools and technology that vary according to current industry practice.

GD 216

3 credits

Illustration

Prerequisite(s): VA 113.

This course explores perceptual and expressive drawing illustration for design projects (print and web), the process of illustration, and professional practice. Students create illustrations from concept through to final compositions while exploring style, voice, storytelling, and emotional context.

Note: This course uses tools and technology that vary according to current industry practice.

GD 231

3 credits

Dynamic Media II: Animation and Character Modeling

Prerequisite(s): GD 203

This course introduces students to computer animation and modeling as forms of artistic expression, including character design, rigging, texturing, lighting, and compositing. Design will be explored within the context of the history of 3D graphics and computer animation.

GD 254

3 credits

Typography II

Prerequisite(s): GD 154 and GD 204.

Develop advanced skills in typography for transmedia design solutions. Analyze the conceptual and communicative aspects of typographic composition. Master typographic grids and hierarchies, explore expressive form and visual language, and integrate advanced typographic systems.

GD 260

3 credits

Graphic & Digital Design I

Prerequisite(s): GD 101 and GD 154

This course introduces visual communication and the design process. Students gain an understanding of the fundamentals of perception and design thinking. Exercises and projects emphasize conceptual development, composition, and the visual solution.

Note: Students with credit for GD 161 cannot take this course for further credit.

GD 281

3 credits

Applied Photography and Video

Prerequisite(s): GD 157.

Introduction to art direction, ideation, and execution of photography and video. Gain technical skills in camera use, lighting, composition, and file preparation for product, figure, portrait, and location photography and video. Projects emphasize shooting art-directed images for multi-platform media applications.

Note: This course uses tools and technology that vary according to current industry practice.

GD 302

3 credits

Interactive Design III – Applied Web

Prerequisite(s): GD 204 or CIS 145.

With a focus on web design and digital brand narratives, learn how to develop strategies and apply technological knowledge to customize a WordPress (WP) theme and content management system (CMS) for users to navigate in a multi-screen ecosystem. Integrate targeted user interactivity and measure success rates.

GD 303

3 credits

Dynamic Media II: Storytelling

Prerequisite(s): GD 203.

Advanced motion graphics techniques for design projects. Skill development includes applying and controlling virtual cameras, 3-D layers, and applied effects. Students will be introduced to character design and begin to integrate live motion video into their projects.

Note: This course uses tools and technology that vary according to current industry practice.

GD 304

3 credits

User Experience Design

Prerequisite(s): GD 202.

Develop strategies for designing web interfaces with a focus on user experience and digital brand narratives. Integrate targeted user testing and interactivity using human-centered design (HCD) principles.

GD 316

3 credits

Print and Digital Production

Prerequisite(s): GD 157, GD 159, GD 260, and one of CIS 145 or GD 204.

Prepare and manage print and digital design projects across a variety of media for production and development. Engage in best practices for file preparation for print, digital, and packaging production, including graphic standards, e-publications, social media, and web. This course uses tools and technology that vary according to current industry practice.

Note: Field trips outside of class time may be required.

GD 317

3 credits

Graphic and Digital Design II

Prerequisite(s): GD 157, GD 159 (formerly GD 156), and GD 260 (formerly GD 161).

This course presents the field of communication design, the process of problem solving, and how to design effective visual communications solutions. Students focus on strategy, research, and target audience analysis in the development of comprehensive visual communications projects.

GD 332

3 credits

Virtual Space Design

Prerequisite(s): 9 credits from any of the following: CIS 104 or higher, GD 101, GD 156, GD 157, GD 203, GD 204, GD 231, GD 258

In this advanced course students learn how to think in 3D and how to design and model for a 3D environment. Students learn how to simulate multidimensional spatial environments by learning modeling techniques, surface, texture, and lighting animation, rendering techniques and advanced animation of 3D objects. These methods and techniques are suited for, among other applications, the web, television, film, and gaming.

GD 357

3 credits

Digital Project Management for Creative Practitioners

Prerequisite(s): (GD 204 or CIS 145) and 12 additional credits of GD, of which 3 credits must be 300-level or higher.

Manage digital design projects in creative environments using Digital Project Management (DPM) strategies and tools in the field. Navigate complex deliverables: define digital team roles, engage in best practices for client/stakeholder communication, the discovery process, communication, accountability, networking, systems, workflow, and scheduling.

GD 358

3 credits

Interactive Design for Portfolio

Prerequisite(s): GD 204 or CIS 145.

Design a portfolio website, expand on portfolio projects, and examine current trends in web, visual and experience design. Create a case study for a digital design solution intended for open-source content management systems (CMS) and/or prototype tools.

GD 361

3 credits

Portfolio Development for Graphic and Digital Design

Prerequisite(s): 15 GD credits including one 300-level or higher GD course.

Building a professional portfolio requires the integration of knowledge, technology, and skills. In this course, students have the opportunity to demonstrate a culmination of their professional development through self-directed projects. Exercises in critical analysis, creative problem solving, and presentation skills further enhance their abilities.

GD 369

3 credits

Professional Practices I

Prerequisite(s): 15 GD credits

This course introduces basic business practices, ethics, studio management, and marketing for self-promotion, providing essential knowledge for working in the freelance environment. Students will create a résumé, self-promotion collateral, and necessary business documents to prepare them for career opportunities.

Note: Students may only take one of either GD 269 or GD 369 for credit.

GD 374

3 credits

Brand Identity

Prerequisite(s): GD 157 and GD 260 (formerly GD 161).

This course introduces students to the specialized field of visual brand identity in the context of professional design practice. Students create a comprehensive brand identity design project that involves design research and strategy, logo design, collateral, presentation materials, and graphic standards.

Note: Students with credit for GD 164 cannot take this course for further credit.

GD 375

3 credits

Packaging

Prerequisite(s): GD 374

This course is an introduction to packaging. Students are introduced to 3-D graphic design, packaging for different types of products and food processing, government regulations, and manufacturing constraints. Projects will focus on designing packaging for local industries, innovation, environmental impact, and sustainability.

GD 403

3 credits

Dynamic Media III: Titling and Video

Prerequisite(s): GD 303.

Explore dynamic brand stories, the art of the title, and portfolio video reels using sequence-based graphic design. Projects focus on brand positioning, narratives, visual voice, and communication. Students develop skills in motion-based software, timing, storytelling, image-making, typography, and sound.

GD 450

3 credits

Design Systems I: Experiential Graphic Design

Prerequisite(s): GD 317 and GD 374.

Experiential graphic design (XGD) focuses on human interaction with physical space and objects that emphasize personalized designed experiences in built environments. Critical thinking and user-centered design (UCD) principles are applied to environmental design systems, wayfinding, augmented reality, and digital interfaces (apps).

GD 460

3 credits

Design Systems II: Transmedia Solutions

Prerequisite(s): GD 317 and GD 374.

Centering on responsible design practice and sustainability principles, students integrate critical thinking, voice, and ideas to develop branded experiences, advertising, and multi-platform solutions to design problems. Projects emphasize visual systems design, audiences, the process of inquiry, and social purpose.

GD 461

3 credits

Advanced Portfolio for Graphic and Digital Design

Prerequisite(s): 90 credits including 15 upper-level GD credits.

Development of an advanced portfolio for future professional and academic engagement. Students will demonstrate deep disciplinary competency in creative practice, integrative skills, research abilities, and collaborative processes through a compilation of design projects, industry assessments, and external presentations.

GD 464

4 credits

Community Planning and Development: Local Applied Studio

Prerequisite(s): 45 university-level credits.

Introduction to planning practice, from problem definition to data collection, analysis, drafting of a design concept, and participating in a client presentation. Through the application of planning theory and design techniques, students will study urban precedents and critically consider alternatives for a local planning challenge.

Note: Field trips outside of class time will be required. Please refer to the department website for field trip scheduling information.
Note: This course is offered as GEOG 464 and GD 464. Students may take only one of these for credit.

GD 466

5 credits

Community Planning and Development: International Studio

Prerequisite(s): 45 university-level credits.

Introduction to planning practice, from problem definition to data collection, analysis, drafting of a design concept, and participating in a client presentation. Through the application of planning theory and design techniques, students will study urban precedents and critically consider alternatives for an international planning challenge.

Note: This course is offered as GEOG 466 and GD 466. Students may take only one of these for credit.

GD 498

3 credits

Directed Study in Graphic Digital Design I

Prerequisite(s): 9 credits 300-level or higher, including 6 credits of 300-level or higher GD.

Demonstrate professional knowledge of visual communication practice by applying a culmination of skills, conceptual abilities, and processes to self-directed capstone projects and/or experiential learning. Students must submit a detailed proposal outlining a project, mentorship, or internship for approval.

GD 499

3 credits

Directed Study in Graphic Digital Design II

Prerequisite(s): 9 credits 300-level or higher, including 6 credits of 300-level or higher GD.

Demonstrate professional knowledge of visual communication practice by applying a culmination of skills, conceptual abilities, and processes to self-directed capstone projects and/or experiential learning. Students must submit a detailed proposal outlining a project, mentorship or internship for approval.

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