Why study graphic and digital design?

Design surrounds us and the demand for design skills is high. As the ultimate “problem solving” profession, graphic design intersects culture, society, commerce, and the environment. Effective visual communication creates value for business, brings empathy to social issues, and makes the complex clear. Working in collaborative creative environments, graphic designers create multi-platform solutions in print, digital, environmental, and social media. The opportunities are extensive and the work is interesting, where every project presents a new challenge. You build your career to suit your lifestyle. Freelance, be part of a studio, or work in-house within a company or organization’s marketing department. 

Graphic and Digital Design at UFV

UFV offers a 2-year Graphic and Digital Design diploma (GDD) as well as a minor and extended minor in the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. GDD students develop a solid foundation in communication design, brand identity, interactive design, and dynamic media. We emphasize problem solving with coursework that embraces real-world projects, issues, and contexts. Students create solutions by applying strategic processes, visual language, design thinking, and skills using the most current industry-standard digital tools in GDD’s networked studios and labs. 

Communication Design

Publishing, promotion, and information design. The emphasis is on problem solving and human-centered solutions in print and digital media.

Visual Identity

Introduces the field of branding including logo design, packaging, and sustainability principles.

Dynamic Media

Image based motion graphics, video, kinetic typography, and character design for design projects and storytelling.

Interactive Design

Design for digital screens including websites, tablets, and mobile devices. Interface design, development, UX and content management.


Where can I find out more? 

Graphic Design Programs at UFV

Graphic Design Diploma

Graphic Design Diploma Path

GDD News and Events

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

How do I apply? 

The Graphic and Digital Design diploma (GDD) program has an annual intake each fall. GDD offers two application deadlines with early applicants given priority in the review process. Admissions are competitive. Early submissions have priority in the review process. 

  1. Apply online: Application submission
  2. Attend a GDD Information Session on the Mission campus:
    Tuesday November 10 or Tuesday February 3, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
  3. Submit a portfolio 

Tuesday March 31: Early Application Deadline  Application submission   
Thursday April 21: Submit your portfolio using UFV's SlideRoom portal.

International applicants must meet the early admissions deadlines. 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: 

Monday May 2: Late Application Deadline  Application submission
Thursday May 19: Submit your portfolio using UFV's SlideRoom portal.

Portfolio Submission links will be posted here in early 2016.



Karin Jager
Department Head
1-888-504-7441 x 7607

Vicki Bolan
Department Assistant

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

University of the Fraser Valley (UFV)
Heritage Park Centre
33700 Prentis Avenue
Mission, BC V2V 7B1


Student Work 

Info Session + 
Portfolio Workshop

Tues November 10
6:00 to 9:00 pm
Mission Campus

Tues February 2
6:00 to 9:00 pm
Mission Campus

Fall 2016

Early Applicants
Priority Review
Application: March 31
Portfolio Submission:
April 21

Late Applicants
Application: May 2
Portfolio Submission:
May 19

News, stories and student projects:

DESIGNmission Blog



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