Graphic + Digital Design

Graphic Design minor or extended minor


Bachelor's degree

4 years

Minor, extended minor

How to apply

Start date:
May, September, January 

Abbotsford campus

Fees and costs


  • Field trips enhance classroom learning
  • Practicum provides work experience and industry contacts
  • Co-op semester(s) provide paid work experience in your field of study
  • Self-directed capstone projects and/or experiential learning
  • Engage with the design industry through special events, guest lectures, study tours, design conferences, workshops, practicums, and mentorship opportunities


A minor or extended minor in Graphic Design adds a valuable professional qualification to your résumé and can lead to an entry-level position in the creative industry or to additional job opportunities in your chosen field of study.

A minor or extended minor in Graphic Design provides you with essential graphic and digital design skills in communication design and interactive design. This applied foundation introduces you to Adobe software, design thinking, creative processes, and professionals standards of practice.

The Graphic Design minor or extended minor can be applied to any degree program at UFV. Be sure to meet with your academic advisor to develop a program plan and ensure you can complete a Graphic Design minor or extended minor while earning pre-requisites for upper-level classes in your area of study.


The United Nations reports that the creative economy is one of the world’s fastest growing sectors for income generation, job creation, and export earnings.

More than 80,000 British Columbians are employed in the creative sector. in fact, B.C.'s interactive and digital media sector is one of the fastest growing industries in B.C. at a rate of 11% per year, opening a variety of employment opportunities visual influencers like UX, web, and graphic designers.

But visual strategists are not only needed in creative occupations: visual communicators can leverage the power of visual data in virtually any field, including technology, business, arts, and science.


Students wishing to take a minor in Graphic Design must be enrolled in a degree program at UFV and meet the eligibility requirements for declaration.

Please refer to your specific degree program in the UFV Academic Calendar for entrance requirements, declaration eligibility, and residency requirements.


Upon successful completion of the Graphic and Digital Design minor or extended minor, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate functional competence with principles of visual organization, visual language, typography, and theory as applied to visual communication problems.
  • Analyze visual communication problems using critical thinking skills.
  • Develop strategies for planning, producing, and disseminating visual communication.
  • Utilize processes, tools and technology for graphic design practice.


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