Graphic Design

Learn to creatively explore and curate ideas to visually communicate the solution to problems.

  • Academic year: 2021–2022
  • Program code: 1400X01FWO
  • Ontario College
    Advanced Diploma
  • Woodroffe
  • 3 years

Hear what students say…


A progressive curriculum with relevant courses, and faculty to fully support one’s ambition for success in the industry.

Steph, Graduate

Design Is For You:

  • If you think visually, creatively and conceptually
  • If you enjoy solving visual communication problems
  • If you enjoy sketching, drawing and using computers
  • If you enjoy working with text and images to communicate ideas
  • If you are detail-oriented, organized and committed to coming up with the perfect design solution

Career Opportunities

  • Creative Director
  • Art Director
  • Graphic Designer
  • Brand Developer
  • Illustrator
  • Web Designer
  • Interaction Designer
  • Mobile App Designer
  • Motion Graphics Designer
  • Freelance Designer

Program Highlights

  • Students complete over 2000 hours of design and production work throughout the program
  • Low student-to-teacher ratio ensuring one-on-one time with professors
  • Program concentrates on practical application of design with an enriching theoretical background
  • Graduates enter the design field in a variety of different job opportunities

98% Student Satisfaction Rate

In 2019, when Graphic Design Program students were asked, “Is your program is giving you knowledge and skills that will be useful in your future career?” — 98% agreed.

KPI Student Satisfaction Capstone Question

Recent News


Apr 21, 2022 — 7 pm

We are Collation — Algonquin's freshest batch of Graphic Designers. We each bring something different to the table, whether it be animation, illustration, coding or a really good grid. Our collaboration is key. Check us out!

New, More Flexible Program of Study

Our new dual intake means that you can start your studies in the fall or in the winter. This also offers more flexibility in scheduling courses.

We've made significant improvements to our curriculum to better reflect industry trends.

We have revised and added courses to be delivered online to offer more flexibility for our learners.

Hear From Graduates

Our hard working graduates succeed in following their dreams of graphic design careers because of Algonquin Design.

Algonquin fostered our networking skills, equipped us with a mean toolbox of knowledge, and have been a continuous source of support since day one. Grateful doesn’t even begin to cover it.

Dani & Jared, Salt

Fantastic Student Designs

See a selection of our students’ amazing graphic design work.

There’s plenty more where that came from!

See more student work

Our Curriculum

Our ever-evolving courses keep our students employable by targeting the forefront of the graphic design industry.

  • Branding

    Design memorable brands through research, iteration & implementation.

  • Typography

    Learn to communicate visually with text, grids & alignment.

  • Computer Graphics

    Create captivating graphics & layouts for the page and the screen.

  • Interaction Design

    Define & model how users interact with digital products.

  • Web Development

    Author hand-crafted code to build sites for the Open Web.

  • Motion Graphics

    Tell compelling stories with animation and audio.

  • Theory & History

    Explore colour & design history to help fully express your ideas.

  • Business

    Gain the knowledge to confidently navigate the real-world business of design.

  • Field Work

    Experience the design studio environment during a six-week internship.

Our Faculty

We are passionate design professionals, dedicated to imparting an industry-relevant, current & varied curriculum to eager budding designers.

Many more amazing practicing designers from the Ottawa community contribute their time, knowledge & expertise to help our students.

Graduate Showcases

Our grads host a yearly public exhibition to share their work with family, friends & industry professionals.

Collation — 2022

We are Collation — Algonquin's freshest batch of Graphic Designers. We each bring something different to the table, whether it be animation, illustration, coding or a really good grid. Our collaboration is key. Check us out!

RGD Ontario

Through RGD, Canadian designers exchange ideas, educate and inspire, set professional standards and build a strong, supportive community dedicated to advocating for the value of design.

Learn more

Portfolio Requirements

To be accepted into the Algonquin Design program you’ll have to submit a portfolio for faculty review.

Submit 10–15 of your best pieces which demonstrate creativity, neatness & concept development through sketching.

Do you have questions before submitting your portfolio? Ask David

See the submission requirements

I’m Interested!

If you’re excited by graphic design—apply now!

Do you have questions before signing up? Ask Alain