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International Study Programs

Graphic Design

Graphic Design

Red River College, Canada

About This Program

You should choose to enroll in this program if you are an industry professional looking to upgrade your skills or a recent graduate wishing to further their studies.

Through a series of thoughtful projects that casually blur disciplinary boundaries, the Graphic Design Advanced program continually breaks new ground in building future generations of design thinkers at Red River College.

You will have to purchase your own laptop for use throughout the program. Red River College will provide the software and there will be a software fee associated with this service.

The use of laptop computers is an integral part of this program. It will enhance your learning and competitiveness in the job market. This universal-access approach to learning is a shared one between students and the College. Laptop and software specifications will be provided to you by the College after you are accepted into the program to ensure the laptop complies with the program requirements.

The College will also provide a detailed list of required software, network access, and help desk support if you require assistance.

Course Delivery

This program is being offered at the Exchange District Campus of RRC  in Winnipeg.

You will have on-campus access to e-mail, College networks, and the Internet.  However, off-campus access to the Internet is the responsibility of the student.


This program is being offered at the Exchange District Campus of RRC  in Winnipeg.

You will have on-campus access to e-mail, College networks, and the Internet.  However, off-campus access to the Internet is the responsibility of the student.

Learning Outcomes

Students in the Graphic Design Advanced program will develop investigative and exploratory work that challenges ideas about what is traditionally accepted as output from a graphic design school.

Course Outline

Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
Term 1
GRAD-4002 Advanced Typography 1 4
GRAD-4003 Visual Explorations 1 4
GRAD-4004 Communication Design 1 6
GRAD-4005 Mentorship 1 3
GRAD-4006 New Media 1 6
GRAD-4008 Media Production 1 3
GRAD-4016 Community Design 1 3
Term 2 
GRAD-4001 Portfolio Presentation 3
GRAD-4009 Advanced Typography 2 4
GRAD-4010 Visual Explorations 2 4
GRAD-4011 Communication Design 2 6
GRAD-4012 Mentorship 2 3
GRAD-4013 New Media 2 6
GRAD-4015 Media Production 2 3
GRAD-4017 Community Design 2 3

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which document and compares an individual's prior learning gained from prior education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in College courses or programs. So if you think your grades are good enough, apply for Recognition of Prior Learning for some of the courses of this program to decrease the number of subjects you have to take.  Talk to your assigned IVC Visa Counselor or Documentation Officer for advice.

Course Info

College : Creative Arts

Duration : one year

Qualifications Level : Advanced Diploma

Fees :
Tuition Fee 12,000
Student Association 105
Health Insurance Coverage 456
Tech Fees 436
Laptop purchase                  2,500
Materials and Lab Fees 972
Student Services 176
Rec. Fee 20
Application Fee (Non-refundable) 100
Tuition Fee Deposit (Non-refundable) 400
Confirmation of Enrolment Fee 10.50

 Please note that all fees listed above are in Canadian Dollars.  However, other fees may not have been included (e.g. airport pick-up).  The above expenses represent only an estimate of what is to be invested in your education and may be changed at any time without notice by Red River College.  Please check with your IVC-assigned Visa Counselor or Documentation Officer periodically for any changes.

Intake Dates :

The intake for the Graphic Design Advanced Diploma program is September.  The annual application deadline is May 15. 

Make sure you check with us first though since the Start Date and Term Breaks may vary.  Beginning an application 6 months in advance of the intake date will allow you a lot of time to prepare for the visa application.

Entry Criteria

This Graphic Design (Advanced Diploma) program is a special selection program.  A committee will review all portfolio submissions and select those applicants who have demonstrated an advanced ability to express themselves in visual form and who show an interest in expanding their skills and testing the boundaries of design.

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations.  You must comply with the following requirements:

  • Successful completion of and equivalent program of RRC's Graphic Design diploma program. 
  • As an international student, you must be able to demonstrate a level of English competency. You must therefore meet the minimum scores in ANY of the following tests:
    • IELTS (Academic Test) 6.5 overall band score. Listening, Speaking and Reading components must be at least 6.5 while the Writing component must be at least 6.0
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT): 79 - 80 minimum, with a minimum of 19 per section
  • Portfolio. Submit a specified portfolio of art work that demonstrates advanced skills in graphic design.  Ask your IVC-assigned Visa Counselor or Documentation Officer to help you with this.

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