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Graphic Design

Available at: Kingston


For over forty years, our acclaimed program has trained highly-skilled, creative individuals for the growing profession of Graphic Design. This three-year advanced diploma program prepares graduates for direct entry into dynamic and rewarding work environments including design studios, ad agencies, interactive web and game design studios, publishing houses, marketing firms, and film & television production studios, to name a few.
Our program of study develops the creative potential of each student in three specific ways:
  1. The creation of a personal portfolio that demonstrates an understanding of design fundamentals using advanced software skills.
  2. The process and application of design thinking to solve complex communication problems.
  3. Direct, hands-on experience with professional clients representing a broad range of industries.
We train our students in the foundations of composition and layout, typography, colour, interactive and accessible design principles, and the use of industry-standard software. Our project-based learning approach ensures that students are directly involved in shaping their learning experiences, and that principles and best practices are applied in portfolio-driven work across different media. With dedicated studio, lecture, and computer lab spaces, our students have the opportunity to collaborate on projects as well as develop social networks in a supportive learning environment.

By working directly with clients throughout their final year of study, students develop their knowledge base with real-world challenges. SLC Graphic Design graduates excel in creative problem-solving, design thinking, and approaches to user-centred design that are required by the growing creative economy.

Meet our Faculty

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Find out more about our Experiential Learning opportunities!


Kingston Canadian Film Festival

SLC Graphic Design student Natasha Delrosario designed the poster for the 2018 Kingston Canadian Film Festival. Check out this video about her experience.


Career Opportunities

Graphic Designers are in high demand, working in design studios, interactive, branding our advertising agencies, marketing firms, television/broadcast, game design, publishing houses, and print and digital media production companies, as well as as in-house design and digital publishing or media departments. 

The results of the Canadian survey of salaries and billing practices in the communication design industry are now available at

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Program Name

Graphic Design

Program Code



Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Start Dates


Program Duration

3 Years

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

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International Fees

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Additional Costs

The cost of books and supplies for Semesters 1 and 2 is estimated at $1,200. This covers graphic design equipment and ongoing production materials. Students are expected to provide their own laptop computers and designated software when starting Semester 1. As models and configurations change frequently, students will be advised about the most suitable equipment for future course work.

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary Program. Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals. These awards recognize our academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential. For more details visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Program Outline 2020-21

Semester 1
DESI 101 Graphic Design 1
DESI 120 Digital Photography
DESI 131 Studio Materials, Tools and Techniques
DESI 141 Drawing for Designers 1
DESI 151 Colour Theory and Perception
DESI 181 Typography 1
DESI 191 Digital Tools 1
COMM 110 Communications for College

Semester 2
COMM 79 Communications for Graphic Designers 2
DESI 102 Graphic Design 2
DESI 111 Interaction Design 1
DESI 121 Digital Imaging
DESI 142 Drawing for Designers 2
DESI 171 Design Illustration
DESI 182 Typography 2
DESI 192 Digital Tools 2

Semester 3
DESI 201 Graphic Design 3
DESI 211 Interaction Design 2
DESI 261 Design History
DESI 271 Information Design
DESI 281 Typography 3
DESI 291 Digital Tools 3
DESI 321 Motion Graphics

Semester 4
DESI 202 Graphic Design 4
DESI 212 Interaction Design 3
DESI 231 Brand Identity Design 1
DESI 251 Design Research
DESI 262 Print Media Workflow
DESI 282 Typography 4
DESI 292 Web Applications
GENE General Education Course

Semester 5
COMM 85 Career Planning and Portfolio Preparation
DESI 301 Graphic Design 5
DESI 221 Design Thinking and Strategy
DESI 311 Interaction Design 4
DESI 331 Brand Identity Design 2
DESI 381 Typography 5
GENE General Education Course

Semester 6
DESI 351 Portfolio and Practice
DESI 361 Graphic Design Field Placement
DESI 371 Photography for Portfolio Development
DESI 391 Agency Capstone
GENE 34 Introduction to Entrepreneurship

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Agreements between SLC and other institutions that are specific to this program are listed below. In addition, there are many credit transfer pathway agreements between colleges and universities within the province of Ontario. Please also visit to search for options relevant to your program area of study.

>>More information on these SLC Articulations

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U or M level including the following prerequisites:

  • Grade 12 English at the C or U level
  • Grade 11 Math at the C, U or M level
  • Completion of a course-related Portfolio Assignment 
For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.

If you are missing prerequisite courses, enroll in the Career/College Prep program - free for Ontario residents who are 19 years or older. Click here for full details


Health Requirements


Ellen Foster, SLC Graphic Design grad, 2013
Front end developer and designer, JIC Design, Kingston

Developing a close relationship with teachers has always been important for Ellen, so she chose St. Lawrence because of its atmosphere. “It felt a lot more welcoming and supportive than other colleges. The professors wanted to learn about my interests, passions, strengths and weaknesses even before I stepped foot into the classroom. I've always appreciated a strong student-teacher relationship, and I knew I would get that at SLC,” she said.

Now into her career, Ellen feels like her learning experience at SLC really prepared her for her chosen career path by taking fundamental skills learned and applying them directly to her work. “I currently work as a front-end developer and designer here in Kingston. I learned the fundamentals of front-end development, as well as web design, which is a combination most front-end developers don't have.”  

Ellen has a word of advice for incoming students to Graphic Design: “To take chances, don't be afraid to fail, and get in over your head. College is the perfect place to realize you're terrible at something and not get fired for it. We may not all be illustrators or web wizards, but you're not going to find out what you are until you take a chance on everything else.”


Ellen Foster

Program Contact

Erin Boyce

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Additional Information

Programs at St. Lawrence College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.


Advanced Standing

Applicants with post-secondary credits may be eligible for direct entry to an upper level of the program (semester or year) depending on transfer credits. Select the applicable level when applying at and ensure that we receive your official post-secondary transcript for consideration. If you are unsure what level to apply for, please contact the program coordinator.
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