Centennial College offers Graphics Design and Media Programs

In today’s competitive job market, employers are seeking to hire graduates that are highly specialized and well trained.  You can’t afford to waste your time with an education that won’t help you get the job you want.  At Centennial College, all our programs are geared for success.

As part of your program, you will not only learn how to use the latest cutting edge tools, but you will also learn how to apply the latest principles from business professionals. To compliment your classroom learning, you will also get hands-on experience in the labs.

Centennial’s staff not only believes in providing students with the best teaching experience possible, but also to offer the best guidance and career advice.

Program Overview
Design is a powerful thing. It enables you to explore the limits of possibility and develop new ideas in increasingly more inventive, interconnected and imaginative ways than ever before. The power of design is all around us, in all that we see, hear, feel and do. It’s about 360-degree thinking. The Graphic Design Media program prepares you for a new career in today’s innovative and multifaceted commercial design industry.

In this program you will:

  • Develop your visual design skills for print, emphasizing visual fundamentals, creative problem solving skills and the ability to deliver effective communication solutions for corporate clients including motion design.
  • Emerge with multidisciplinary creative skills for today’s diverse and demanding industry. As the contemporary commercial design world becomes more integrated, competitive and collaborative, you will be ready to thrive in a new world of imagination.
  • Work directly with internal and external clients on projects, simulating the workplace demands of the industry in a practical and hands-on approach.

Admission Requirements
Centennial College expects students applying for admission to graphics design diploma program to present at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. Possession of minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

Academic Requirements

  • Compulsory English 12C or U, or skills assessment, or equivalent

Non-academic Requirements

  • Attend a program admission session where applicants will submit a portfolio of work
  • English proficiency will be considered in the admissions process

Portfolio requirements

  • Select up to 15 pieces of your original work in art and design. (Your sketchbook should demonstrate your problem-solving and creative process as well as present work in variety of media, materials and techniques. Include three drawings from direct observation, such as figure drawing, portrait and still-life.)
  • Show work that demonstrates your ability and interest in graphic design
  • Include color integrated designs created in digital illustration and digital imaging applications
  • Include a short research paper about your design philosophy and field of interest
  • Present mounted or framed work in your portfolio case. Please number all pieces in your portfolio

Note: If work is too large to transport, you may present photographs.

Field Placement Requirements

  • Students are responsible for obtaining their own field placement


  • It is recommended that students applying to the Graphic Design Media program have a certificate from Centennial’s Art and Design Foundation Studies program or its equivalent, or equivalent work experience
  • Students will be placed in the appropriate English level based on skills assessment results
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