Graphic Design Diploma

Graphic design diploma course
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Monday, June 5, 2023
Monday, July 3, 2023
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Creativity Lives Here
Students build on their creativity to bring projects to life using industry-standard software
Interactive Learning
Relaxed learning environment for students to easily understand course material
Turn Skills Into a Career
Students turn their skills and knowledge into a portfolio they can use to get a job quickly

Graphic Design Diploma


53 Weeks


Alberta / Ontario


On-site / Online / Combination


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Graphic Design Diploma Summary

The Graphic Design Diploma Program at ABM College allows students an opportunity to explore their creative and visual communication skills in a digital world. Students will gain a thorough understanding of fundamental graphic design principles, and how to design digitally using Adobe Creative Suite (including PhotoShop, InDesign, Illustrator and more) to create their own portfolios to present to potential employers. Students finish off with a 4-week practicum placement at the end of the course to add work experience to their resume. 

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Graphic Design Diploma Highlights

The ABM College Graphic Design Diploma Program teaches students how to professionally design for a broad range of applications and career opportunities. Students receive extensive training on industry-standard design software, combining the latest digital techniques with standard art principles to provide the essential knowledge and skills required to begin designing and building professional graphics.

Key Characteristic 

  • Online classes offer a schedule that fits with your home, work, and other commitments.
  • Students will receive a solid foundation in core design areas such as composition, layout, typography, colour, drawing, photography, and business integration.
  • Prepare students for a variety of industry experiences to excel in graphic design.
  • Students can master their skills with new tools and techniques along with knowledge of the latest graphic design software. 
  • Students get practicum placement to incorporate their knowledge and skills within a professional setting and to help add work experience to their portfolios. 

Career Opportunities

  • Graphic Designer
  • Production / Layout Artist
  • Multimedia Designer
  • Illustrator / Animator
  • Art Director
  • Multimedia Content Creator

Salary Range

Graphic Design Diploma Information Kit

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Admission Requirements

Standard Admission

1. Alberta High School Diploma with English 30-1 and passing grade of 65% or higher, verified by transcript, or non-Alberta equivalent. OR 2. General Equivalency Diploma(GED). 3. Successful interview with school admin. 4. Canadian Level Benchmark of 5 is required if students' first language is not English; SLE Language Evaluation Test.

Mature Admission

1. Must be at least 18 years old(BC residents must be 19 years of age). 2. Successful results on Wonderlic Test with a passing score of 20. 3. Successful interview with school admin 4. Canadian Level Benchmark of 5 is required if students' first language is not English; SLE Language Evaluation Test.

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ABM College is a state-of-the-art graphic design school located in Ontario and Alberta. If you are looking to pursue a career in the creative arts, then ABM can help you achieve your goals!
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Course Curriculum

Fundamentals of Graphic Design

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of graphic design and its application for print and web. Students discover that design is a complex process that involves research and analysis, concept development, evaluation, refinement, and execution.

Shape & Colour Theory

Students learn about visual contrast, colour, rhythm, and pattern in design. They also learn the process involved in making an abstract design from shapes, and how to use that element to create a repeating pattern design. Students explore the various aspects of colour and identify many ways of integrating colour for effective design layouts.

Fundamentals of Typography

This course teaches students about typography and its significance within graphic design in the development of type. Students learn about the terms and measurements that form the basis of typographic vocabulary, and deconstruct fonts to show the working components.


This module introduces the student to the basic principles of drawing. Students learn basic knowledge in drawing, fundamental concepts and techniques, and practice their drawing using charcoal, pencil and conte.


This course is an introduction to photography from a graphic design perspective. Students will learn how to capture still image, video and sound for various environments, including print and online.

Adobe Photoshop 1

Students examine the essential capabilities and creative applications of Adobe Photoshop CC, from correcting colour and print to retouching portraits, navigation, resolution, cropping, selecting, printing, and making web graphics.

Adobe Photoshop 2

As a continuation of Adobe Photoshop 1, this module covers advanced compositing techniques, including painting with the mixer brush, adding a background, matching colour schemes across images, and blending multiple pictures to create a panorama. Students also learn how to apply layer styles, use layer effects, add adjustment layers, and various blending modes.

Adobe Illustrator

Students create and design scalable computer graphics with Adobe illustrator including core drawing and shape tools, transformation and reshaping features, text manipulation, and the pen tool. The module prepares the students to create simple vector graphics, educate them about best practices to enhance workflow, and train them on how to integrate and manipulate colour and type in designs and to prepare documents for output to print, web, and video.

Adobe InDesign

Students discover the essential capabilities and creative application of InDesign. Students will create a series of projects using different available tools and techniques including single and multiple pages, drop-down menus and panels, column set up, selection tools, layers, colour from different libraries, paragraph and character styles, picture frames, text wraps around images, links and more.

Digital Darkroom

In this course, students will explore the features of Adobe Premiere Pro, a non-linear editing application for creative video production. Premiere Pro integrates with tools like Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to help graphic designers stay current in a rapidly-changing industry. Class exercises will show how to start projects with the correct settings, edit video sequences with audio, design professional titles, and export projects for HD playback.

Integrating Business and Graphic Design

This module aims to educate students on why designers do more than simply design things, and how graphic design and business are very much integrated disciplines.

Portfolio Design

Students learn how to create a good portfolio that effectively showcases their work and abilities. Students can then use this portfolio to present to potential employers.


Students will gain practical and hands-on experience to apply the knowledge and skills learned in class to real-world experiences in a professional capacity during a four-week practicum placement.

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