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Our world is highly visual. Every day we come into contact with hundreds of printed and digital graphics — from printed billboards, to interactive websites, to unique packaging holding your coffee. In our Certificate in Graphic Communications, you will learn a variety of sought-after transferable skills for many fields, turning your bright ideas into creative concepts that inform, engage, and inspire. Exercise your creative right brain and technical left brain to bring your important work to life. Work through the certificate at your own pace – in as quickly as two semesters – and get real industry experience through practicum or project-based opportunities. We will teach you the skills to help you cut through the noise, stand out, and get noticed.

Industry and Careers
The opportunities in the graphic communications industry are diverse, in both region and role, and appeal to a wide range of interests. There are design and creative opportunities, technical machinery and computer skills-oriented jobs, as well as business and managerial roles.

This certificate can lead to career paths in various roles. Here are some examples:

  • Accessibility specialist
  • Graphics specialist
  • Page layout artist
  • Print project coordinator
  • Sustainability analyst

Who Should Take This Certificate?

  • Individuals considering a career change into the graphic communications industry
  • Individuals who are applying for Ryerson’s Bachelor of Technology in Graphic Communications Management degree
  • Individuals who are looking to deepen their graphic communications knowledge to move up in their field

What Will You Learn?

After completing this certificate, you will be able to do the following:

  • Prepare layouts, files, and proofs for printed and digital output, as well as print product and post-press
  • Use industry-standard hardware and software to integrate printed communication with online mediums
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of branding, display graphics, direct marketing materials, books, magazines, and consumer packaging
  • Develop creative ideation strategies, working from creative briefs, design, and layout, using industry standard software (Adobe Creative Cloud)
  • Through electives, gain tools and skills in typography, sustainability, accessibility, magazine publishing, or Adobe Photoshop

Certificate Requirements

  • 3 required courses
  • 3 electives
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) 1.67+
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Admission Criteria

Recommended:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
    • With 6 Grade 12 U or M credits
    • With a minimum grade of 60 percent

    OR

    • Mature student status with relevant professional experience
     
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Awards and Financial Aid

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Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)
This certificate program is OSAP eligible. To learn more, visit the Student Financial Assistance website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I take the courses in any order I’d like?

Yes, certainly! The only exception being is if the course has a prerequisite. Take courses in whatever order is most convenient for you.

Do I need to buy special software to take the courses?

You will need access to the Adobe Creative Cloud for most of the courses, however if you do not have access to it, it can be provided to you for the duration of the semester in which you’re enrolled.

Contact Us

Questions? Contact Client Services.

Email:  ce@ryerson.ca

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