Graphic Design

The Graphic Design Program at Red River College Polytechnic 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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New Applicants

February 27, 2022 is the deadline to apply for the Fall 2022 intake – apply online today!

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.

See the portfolio requirements for Fall 2022 admission ›

Program Information Evening

A Program Information Evening was held in November. This information event was for students, parents and high school staff and included information about admission to our program. Due to COVID-19 the evening was a live streamed event with:

  • tours of our design studios
  • program information
  • details of the entrance portfolio, and
  • a chance to ask questions.

Watch a recording of last year’s event ›

Questions about the event can be directed to

Portfolio Preparation

Art Portfolio Preparation (MUME-1023) is a Continuing Education course that runs for 10 weeks on Wednesdays starting in January. 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.

Details about the course and online registration (usually in late October) is available in RRC Polytech’s Program and Course Catalogue.

Contact Us

If you have any other questions about the portfolio process, please contact us.