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 multi-platform solutions in print, digital, environmental, and social media. 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 2-year Graphic and Digital Design diploma (GDD) as well as a minor and extended minor in the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. GDD students develop a solid foundation in communication design, brand identity, interactive design, and dynamic media. We emphasize problem solving with coursework that embraces real-world projects, issues, and contexts. Students create solutions by applying strategic processes, visual language, design thinking, and skills using the most current industry-standard digital tools in GDD’s networked studios and labs. 

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? 

Graphic Design Programs at UFV

Graphic Design Program Path

GDD News and Events

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 the GDD Information Session on the Mission campus:
    Open House on Thursday, April 21st, 2 to 5 pm 
  3. Submit a portfolio: Portfolio submission

Tuesday March 31: Early Application Deadline  Application submission   
Thursday April 21: Submit your portfolio using UFV's SlideRoom portal. Portfolio submission
Early Applications 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 2: Late Application Deadline  Application submission
Thursday May 19: Submit your portfolio using UFV's SlideRoom portal. Portfolio submission



Karin Jager
Department Head
1-888-504-7441 x 7607

Brielle Mulder
Department Assistant (Interim)

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

University of the Fraser Valley (UFV)
Heritage Park Centre
33700 Prentis Avenue
Mission, BC V2V 7B1


Student Work 


 Portfolio Show 2016

Grad 2016 Portfolios


Fall Admissions

Late Applicants
Application: May 2
Portfolio Submission:
May 19 


Continuing Education

Digital Media
Creative Practice 
Courses Start October 2016

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