The Graphic Design Program at Red River College provides up-to-date artistic training in the technology, techniques, and philosophy of graphic design, which plays a vital roll in the process of presenting ideas, information, products, and services in an expanding global economy.

This is a balanced program of art instruction and academic courses designed to develop the technical skills and knowledge essential to professional competence, and to encourage creativity, imagination, and a sense of aesthetic discrimination. Practical work experience is provided through field placement in the graphic communications industry.

Assignments in design, illustration, and computer graphics may require a considerable amount of time outside of regular class hours.

You should have a demonstrated artistic talent with good manual dexterity and good eyesight. A good knowledge of computers will be a definite asset. Persistence is a virtue for graphic designers. The ability to clearly express thoughts and ideas orally and in written form is essential. You must also be able to work as part of a team, and handle the pressures of the competitive world of advertising, marketing, and graphic design.

To find our more about careers in Graphic Design please visit the sites of our two national industry associations the Graphic Designers Canada (GDC) and the Association of Graphic Designers Canada (RGD)

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Entrance Portfolio

Applications received now will be for Fall 2020 admission. You can apply online or in person at one of the college student service centres. Once your application has been processed you will be asked for transcripts and other supporting documents. You will be assigned a student number and given access to your online account.

All applicants to the graphic design program are required to develop a portfolio of work. The specifications for the portfolio changes from year to year. We will be posting a link for Fall 2020 (our next intake) in early December.

If you need some guidance with your portfolio we suggest you look into the following:

  • A Program Information Evening will be held on:
    Wednesday, November 27, 2019,  7 to 8:30 pm
    Exchange District Campus, 160 Princess St.
    Main Floor Lecture Theatre A104

    This information evening for students, parents and high school staff who would like more information about admission to our program. No need to register. The evening will begin with a presentation in the lecture theatre at 7 pm.
    After the presentation we invite you to:
    • tour our design studios,
    • meet with instructors, and current students,
    • ask questions about the entrance portfolio
    • view samples of work.

    For more information contact: Diane Livingston, Program Coordinator at  

  • Art Portfolio Preparation (MUME-1023) is a Continuing Education course that runs for 10 weeks on Wednesdays starting on January 2020. The course covers a lot of the projects required for the portfolio and offers insights into our program. This course is not mandatory for applicants. Details about the course and online registration (usually in late October)  is available through RRC’s Continuing Education Department.

If you have any other questions about the portfolio process contact the program coordinator Diane Livingston at