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Graphic + Digital Design

Graphic and Digital Design diploma



2 years

Full time

How to apply

Start date:
September, January 

Abbotsford campus



  • Field trips enhance classroom learning
  • Engage with the design industry through special events, guest lectures, study tours, design conferences, workshops, practicums, and mentorship opportunities.
  • Coursework emphasizes professional standards of practice through real-world projects, special events, and workshops.
  • Program eligible for financial aid


To prepare you for today's multi-disciplinary creative industry, UFV's Graphic and Digital Design diploma program (GDD) provides you with a solid foundation in four fields of professional practice:  brand identity, graphic/communication design, dynamic media, and interactive design.

As a student, you are immersed in design practice through project-based learning in collaborative Mac studio spaces. You’ll build a strong foundation in design process, resourcefulness, and conceptual development, as well as skills in critical thinking, typography, image making, content creation, and industry standard Adobe software.

The Graphic and Digital Design diploma (GDD) is a full-time 60-credit cohort program offered on the Abbotsford campus.

As a GDD diploma student, you’ll be part of a cohort that moves together through the entire two-year program. You must register for five courses in each semester and each individual graphic design course is only offered once per academic year on each campus. Courses in the GDD diploma are taught by dynamic faculty engaged in design practice, professional communities, and academic research.

Expect at least four hours of homework each week for each course. GDD is both demanding and rewarding, requiring that you put in the time and commitment to build a strong professional practice portfolio.

View the program outline for the Graphic Design diploma in the UFV Academic Calendar.

Experiential Learning

Industry engagement is essential to learning. The GDD Diploma offers you opportunities for:

  • Project work that centers around local community and business; 
  • Design practice that considers sustainability, the environment, and impact on society;
  • Professional standards of practice, service, scholarship, and current issues through the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada and Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD) Canada’s professional associations for graphic designers; 
  • Outreach with the business and creative industry through conferences, events, studio tours, study tours, guest speakers, and exhibitions; 
  • Building community and sharing talent at the annual portfolio workshop;
  • Partnering with suppliers and vendors in the creative industry; and 
  • Industry mentors as part of career preparation.


With the emergence of digital and social media platforms, the need for skilled visual strategists is higher than ever. Potential fields of design communications practice include:

  • Advertising
  • Marketing
  • Branding
  • Information design
  • Graphic design
  • Communication design
  • Exhibit design
  • Environmental design
  • Signage
  • Wayfinding
  • Retail promotion
  • Packaging
  • Publishing
  • Editorial design
  • Fine art Illustration
  • Concept art
  • Motion graphics
  • Animation
  • Video
  • Experience design
  • Digital marketing
  • Social media
  • Interactive design
  • UX design
  • Web design
  • Mobile design
  • Ecommerce
  • Public relations
  • Investor relations
  • Corporate communications
  • Event promotion
  • Activism
  • Social impact
  • Philanthropy
  • Sustainability
  • Government Public service



This program is open for international students


Upon successful completion of the two-year Graphic and Digital Design program, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the creative industry;
  • Understand and utilize processes, tools and technology used in graphic design practice;
  • Engage in critical thinking and problem-solving;
  • Demonstrate functional competence with principles of visual organization, visual language, typography and theory as applied to visual communication problems;
  • Develop strategies for planning, producing, and disseminating visual communications;
  • Produce communication/graphic design, information design, brand identity, interactive design, illustration, and motion graphics projects; and
  • Apply business practices, ethics, and self-promotional strategies for professional development.


Paula Funk
Phone: 604-504-7441, local 4722
Toll free: 1-888-504-7441, local 4722
Email: paula.funk@ufv.ca
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