Why study graphic and digital design?

Graphic designers play a key role in determining how we interact with the world. We see the work of graphic designers across all media platforms — print, digital, social, environmental, and experiential. Well-designed visual communication has the potential to engage, motivate, inform, and inspire action. If you're considering a career as a graphic designer, there are many opportunities and areas to work in — you will be part of a huge creative industry, one of Canada's largest employers. 

Graphic and Digital Design at UFV

UFV offers a 2-year diploma as well as a minor and extended minor in the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. 

The Graphic and Digital Design Diploma (GDD) is a unique program in the Fraser Valley that introduces the creative industry through communication design, brand identity, packaging, publishing, interactive design, book and editorial design, information design, digital media, illustration, and motion graphics. As a GDD student, you will be immersed in project-based learning in state-of-the-art Mac labs and well-equipped drawing studios. You will build a strong foundation in design process, resourcefulness, and conceptual development, as well as skills in drawing, composition, typography, image making, content creation, and industry software.

After two intensive years, you will discover your strengths, fuel your passion, and hone your talent for the creative industry. There are many opportunities for GDD diploma graduates. From taking on internships or entry-level positions in studios or inhouse design departments to freelance and contractual work. Some graduates continue learning at UFV to obtain a BFA Graphic Design Extended Minor.

Graphic and digital design subject areas:

  • Visual Arts: Photography and drawing
  • Communication Design: Brand identity, advertising, information design, publishing, packaging, and corporate communication
  • Dynamic Media: Motion graphics, interactive design, interface design and user experience (UX) design for screen, digital publishing
  • Illustration: Digital and traditional media


How do I apply? 

The Graphic and Digital Design diploma (GDD) program has an annual intake each fall. Acceptance into the GDD Diploma program is competitive. GDD offers two application deadlines with early applicants given priority in the review process.  

  1. Apply online http://www.ufv.ca/admissions/admissions/apply/
  2. Attend a GDD Introduction Session (April 14 or June 2 at 3:00 pm)
  3. Submit a portfolio. 

Deadlines for early applicants:

Monday March 31, 2014:  Application submission   
Monday April 14, 2014, 3:00 pm: GDD Introduction Session and Portfolio Submission 

International applicants must meet the early admissions deadlines and submit their application on March 31 and portfolio on April 14, 2014. Contact UFV International at 604-504-7441 or visit the UFV International website for information about admission. Different fees and procedures apply.  

Deadlines for late applicants: 

Friday May 16, 2014: Application submission
Monday June 2, 2014, 3:00 pm: GDD Introduction Session and Portfolio Submission

For information about the Bachelor of Fine Arts minor and extended minor in graphic design, please contact: Paula Funk, BFA Educational Advisor, 604-504-7441 ext. 4406  paula.funk@ufv.ca


Karin Jager
Program Coordinator

Vicki Bolan
Department Assistant

Paula Funk
BFA Educational Advisor
604-504-7441 ext. 4406

To see student work, stories, GDD news and events, visit  DESIGN mission

2014 Grad Portfolios


News, stories and student projects:

DESIGNmission Blog

2014 Admissions 
Late Applicants

Application Deadline
Friday May 16

Portfolio Submission 

Intro Session
Monday June 2
3:00 pm
, Mission Campus

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