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. If you're considering a career as a graphic designer, you will be part of a vibrant creative industry, one of Canada's largest employers. 

Graphic and Digital Design at UFV

UFV offers a 2-year Graphic and Digital Design diploma as well as a minor and extended minor in the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. The Graphic and Digital Design Diploma (GDD) introduces the creative industry through communication design, brand identity, packaging, publishing, interactive design, and motion graphics. With an emphasis on problem solving, students are immersed in real world projects, issues and contexts. Students work in an innovative environment using industry standard software and Macintosh computers. 

  • Communication Design: Brand identity, advertising, information design, publishing, packaging, typography, 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
  • Visual Arts: Photography and drawing 

There are many opportunities for GDD diploma graduates. From taking on internships or entry-level positions in studios, inhouse design departments, to freelance and contractual work. Some graduates continue learning at UFV to obtain a BFA Graphic Design Extended Minor.

Where can I find out more? 

GDD News and Events

GDD 2015 Portfolio Show: VALLEY DESIGN

GDD 2014 Grads

Graphic Design Programs at UFV

Graphic Design Diploma

Graphic Design Diploma Path

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. 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: Application submission
  2. Attend a GDD Orientation Session
  3. Submit a portfolio 

Tuesday March 31: Early Application Deadline  Application submission   
Tuesday April 14, 3:30 pm: Submit your portfolio and attend the required GDD Orientation Session, Mission Campus.

Admissions are competitive. Early submissions have priority in the review process. 

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: 

Friday May 15: Late Application Deadline  Application submission
Tuesday May 26, 3:30 pm: Submit your portfolio and attend the required GDD Orientation Session, Mission Campus


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

Portfolio Show

New Frontiers
Tues April 28
HighStreet J150
Reception 4–6 pm
PechaKucha 6–8 pm

New Frontiers: Graphic + Digital Design Portfolio Show 2015


Early Applicants
Priority Review
Application: March 31
Portfolio Submission:
April 14, 3:30 pm
Mission Campus

Late Applicants
Application: May 15
Portfolio Submission:
May 26, 3:30 pm
Mission Campus

News, stories and student projects:

DESIGNmission Blog

Related Disciplines 

Creative Writing
Fashion Design
Media & Communications
Visual Arts

UFV Graphic Design Intersections

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