To prepare you for today's multi-disciplinary creative industry, UFV's Graphic and Digital Design diploma program (GDD) provides you with a solid foundation in four fields of professional practice: brand identity, graphic/communication design, dynamic media, and interactive design.
As a student, you are immersed in design practice through project-based learning in collaborative Mac studio spaces. You’ll build a strong foundation in design process, resourcefulness, and conceptual development, as well as skills in critical thinking, typography, image making, content creation, and industry standard Adobe software.
The Graphic and Digital Design diploma (GDD) is a full-time 60-credit cohort program offered on the Mission campus (fall intake), and the Abbotsford campus (winter intake).
As a GDD diploma student, you’ll be part of a cohort that moves together through the entire two-year program. You must register for five courses in each semester and each individual graphic design course is only offered once per academic year on each campus. Courses in the GDD diploma are taught by dynamic faculty engaged in design practice, professional communities, and academic research.
Expect at least four hours of homework each week for each course. GDD is both demanding and rewarding, requiring that you put in the time and commitment to build a strong professional practice portfolio.
View the program outline for the Graphic Design diploma in the UFV Academic Calendar.
Industry engagement is essential to learning. The GDD Diploma offers you opportunities for:
With the emergence of digital and social media platforms, the need for skilled visual strategists is higher than ever. Potential fields of design communications practice include:
The GDD diploma ladders into the Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic and Digital Design Major.
Upon successful completion of the two-year Graphic and Digital Design program, you will be able to: