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Graphic Design - Software Applications (Part-time)

Credential:
Certificate
Program Code:
1267
School:
Continuing Education

About the Program

This program will prepare students to work with software essentials used in the field of graphic design. Students will discover the key to elements of good print based design, through a combination of theory and hands-on practice, using industry standard software such as Adobe Creative Suite. Successful completion of the program will enable students to produce professional, print-based publications, including brochures, newspapers, magazines, and books.

Program Information

All courses must be completed within 5 years of acceptance into the program.

Admission Requirements

Note re: Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

How to Apply

Students may obtain a Conestoga College Program Application Form from any Conestoga College campus, OR by writing directly to the Registrar's Office, OR by using the college website at www.conestogac.on.ca/admissions/forms

Send completed applications to:
Conestoga College
Admissions Office
299 Doon Valley Dr
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada N2G 4M4

How to Register for Courses

Go to How to Register for detailed registration information.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

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Graduate Opportunities

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca

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Program Courses

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Course Information
Course Code Course Title Status
COMP1117 Adobe InDesign Basics
Description: Discover the fundamental aspects of this rising star in the desktop publishing and design industry. Topics include: creating master pages and single and multiple page documents with single and multiple text columns of text; importing text from various sources and flowing it into linked columns of various shapes and sizes; proper kerning/leading and spacing of text; combining text with imported photos and graphics; quickly changing font or photo sizes and rearranging elements within a page.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
GRDN1000 Design Basics
Description: Principles of Design (balance, alignment, repetition, consistency, contrast) and the Elements of Design (line, shape, mass, movement, texture, color) will be explored in order to provide a basic set of tools for you to work with. You will explore fonts and basic typography, as well as simple layout concepts. The Rule of Thirds, the use of columns and grids, along with the importance of white space will be explained, as well as how to use the visual center of a piece to create balance and unity in a design. Through a study of compositional movement, you will begin to see how a viewer's eye moves through a design and how to put design concepts into practice, and make use of fundamental principles to construct the invisible underlying structure that is essential to effective graphic design.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
GRDN1010 Advanced Design Principles
Description: The course will build upon the student's design and software knowledge by giving them the opportunity to create an entire graphic identity package for a client. Students will learn about corporate and product branding and will design a cohesive campaign, including advertising and packaging materials.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: GRDN1000
CoRequisites:
Closed
GRDN1020 Ensuring Successful Printing Results
Description: This course will focus on prepress issues, including font, trapping and colour management issues that can stand in the way of getting the results you need from the printing process. A basic overview of current printing methods and preflight technologies will also be included in the course.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
GRDN1030 Developing a Graphic Design Portfolio
Description: This course will focus on the research, compilation, design philosophy and publication of a Graphic Design Portfolio, in both print and electronic forms. Focus is placed on the creation and design of a student-specific industry portfolio, which can be used for the purpose of marketing one's abilities.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
OLRN1005 Adobe Photoshop 1
Description: This course will develop the student's design and image creation skills using Adobe Photoshop. Students will be introduced to the tools and commands of this extremely popular digital imaging/web image program. These will include the input of photographic images, selection of specific picture areas for adjustment, use of special tools to control such functions as colorizing, blurring, distorting, adding text, combining images, and the basic process of preparing the file for outputting to hardcopy.The visual elements used in the design of web material must have both appeal and functionality. Knowledge of how to create images for the appropriate media and the technical/design aspects of a project are indispensable skills required of today's Web Developer.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
OLRN1152 Adobe Photoshop 2
Description: Further introduction to some of the more advanced concepts of Photoshop. Topics include: preparing images for print, quick mask, blending images together, preparing images for web use, colour mapping and using alpha channels.The student will explore advanced digital imaging processes for the web through the use of the tools available in Adobe's Photoshop software. The student will continue to advance sensibilities towards design parameters and style, creatively develop and assess various design solutions, and execute the projects in a professional manner, to produce appealing results. The course will engage in web design issues such as GIF animation, navigation, slicing, rollovers, optimizing and previewing web page, while exploring the available software tools at a more in depth level. Projects will continue to be developed with consideration to output and media.
Note: Students are to purchase the full version of the software either CS4 or CS 5. Photoshop Elements is not a full version of the software and will not be accepted for use during the course.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: DMED1110 or OLRN1005
CoRequisites:
Closed
OLRN1350 Adobe Animate
Description: Recommended: Knowledge of HTML would be helpful.

This introductory course will cover the following objectives: Flash vs. Shockwave, interface basics, drawing and painting, working with objects, using type, importing artwork, working with layers, working with symbols and instances, creating animation, adding interactivity, working with sound, publishing and exporting to HTML and self-contained movies.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
OLRN1965 Adobe Illustrator-Digital Illustration and Design I
Description: This course will help in developing the students' skills and knowledge in creating digital files for graphic design projects using Adobe Illustrator. As the graphic design industry changes through the development, advancement and integration of computer technology, the importance of learning Adobe Illustrator for the design and production of digital files becomes evident.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
OLRN1990 Adobe Dreamweaver
Description: Recommended: Knowledge of HTML would be helpful, familiarity with Windows.
This course will provide an introduction to Dreamweaver including: Understanding and customizing the DW working environment, creating sites and documents, linking and navigation, site management, typography, images, tables, using layers, using frames, creating forms. Advanced topics will include CSS (cascading style sheets), rollovers and behaviours. Knowledge of HTML is recommended.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed

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Amanda Pelley, apelley@conestogac.on.ca, (519) 748-5220 ext. 3454

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