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Communication Design

Portfolio Requirement: The Communication Design program requires applicants to submit a portfolio as part of the application process. See portfolio requirements ›

Push the boundaries of design and revolutionize the way we see the world.

You’re a creative person with a passion for graphic design, always looking to innovate or expand your toolkit. Build the skills you need to push boundaries, create change and improve the way we think about visual communication.

In the Communication Design program, you will develop investigative and exploratory work that challenges what is traditionally accepted as graphic design. Through a series of thoughtful projects, you’ll work to break new ground, blur disciplinary boundaries, define your style and join a network of successful design thinkers and industry leaders. 

In addition to theoretical learning and practical projects, you’ll gain career-focused knowledge and industry experience through a mentorship program, which directly connects you with an experienced industry member. With this mentor, you will work to review projects, incorporate feedback, develop new ideas and explore industry standards and innovations.

Throughout the program, you’ll review, edit and develop your portfolio in preparation for a career. Before graduating, you’ll plan, design and build a three-dimensional display to showcase your work to instructors, mentors, employers and industry leaders.

  • Program Type
    Full-time
  • Credential
    Post-Graduate Diploma
  • Annual Intake
    Fall
  • Location
    Exchange District Campus
  • How to Enrol
    Application required
  • Application Type
    Competitive admission
  • Application Deadline
    May 10
  • Program Length
    1 year
  • International Program
    Open to students from around the globe

Experience a Polytechnic Education

Full-time Delivery: Something New Every Term

In this program, you will push yourself beyond the limits of traditional design. You’ll explore new and emerging media, develop your creative process and define your style with self-directed projects guided by your interests, talents and career goals.

TERM 1

Push your creativity to the limit. Explore new ways to use technology, create innovative solutions and dive deep into branding, typography and UX/UI design.

TERM 2

Embrace and evolve your personal style. Design, create and market fully realized projects and portfolio pieces focused on your interests and aesthetics.

Employment Potential

Prepare yourself for career success

Potential Grad CAREERS

  • Graphic designer
  • Production specialist
  • Illustrator
  • Art director
  • Freelancer
  • Front end designer
  • UI/UX designer
  • Motion graphics artist
  • Brand manager
  • App designer
  • Creative consultant
  • Content creator
  • Print technician

What to Expect in This Program

Get Prepared for the Future of Work

Excel with small class sizes, practical learning and experienced instructors, all focused on your success. With an employer-driven education, you won’t just be ready for a career – you’ll be prepared to stay in front of what’s ahead.

Push your limits with an exploratory and experimental approach to design.
Dive into independent, self-directed projects and explore design in a way that pushes your creativity and enhances your career potential.
Experiment with new techniques, explore emerging media and reimagine traditional formats and mediums.
Take advantage of small classrooms to collaborate with knowledgeable instructors and passionate peers.

Graduate Success

Communication Design graduates are innovators, creating change in an increasingly visual and digital world. Grads become designers and art directors and find success in various organizations, non-profits and governments or as independent entrepreneurs locally and across the globe.

As part of this program, students build and publish their portfolios — and when they graduate, they’re ready to showcase their work to potential employers. See student portfolios ›

The statistics below represent the opinions and employment statuses of this program’s recent grads. They were retrieved from the 2019-2020 RRC Polytech Graduate Satisfaction and Employment Report.

These statistics are from Graphic Design Advanced, the program’s previous name.

100% – NEW GRADS HIRED

An RRC Polytech education focuses on enhancing your career potential. By working with industry partners to plan courses and create work placement opportunities, we make sure our grads have the knowledge, skills and experience to make a real difference wherever their careers take them.

100% – CONSIDER INSTRUCTORS KNOWLEDGEABLE

The Communication Design program encourages students to become independent, follow their passions and develop their personal styles. This allows our students to explore the industry while developing the skills they need to make changes, push boundaries and improve the world around them.

$36K – AVERAGE NEW GRAD SALARY

Communication Design graduates are part of a close-knit network of professionals, collaborating and pushing the boundaries of design locally and internationally. By leveraging these connections, our students stay ahead of employer standards and quickly become involved in the industry.

“Being able to translate ideas, solve problems, listen to others and have influence over projects – which all involve strong communication – has been a huge part of having a successful career.”

Isabelle Kilimnik – Senior Product Designer
Just Eat

Who Should Enrol?

Turn your talents into academic success

As a Communications Design student, you’re passionate about graphic design in all its forms. You want to push your creativity and critical-thinking skills past their limits and break the boundaries of design. As a creative problem-solver, you want to grow your technical skills, explore new tools and technology and develop a mastery of UI/UX and video and motion graphics.

Students that excel in this program often share these interests, skills and personality traits.

PERSONALITY TRAITS

  • Challenge-driven
  • Creative
  • Critical thinker
  • Independent
  • Visionary

SKILLS

  • Collaboration
  • Commitment
  • Enthusiasm
  • Positive attitude
  • Time management

INTERESTS

  • Design
  • Typography
  • Illustration
  • UI/UX
  • Animation
  • Creativity
  • Pop culture
  • Activism
  • Technology
  • Web design

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