graphic design diploma

Graphic Design Diploma Summary

Students will gain a thorough understanding of fundamental graphic design principles, 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.

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


53 Weeks
49 In-Class
4 Practicum


Calgary Campus





Career Opportunities

  • Graphic Designer
  • Production / Layout Artist
  • Multimedia Designer
  • Illustrator / Animator
  • Art Director
  • Visual Marketing Assistant
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Graphic Design Diploma Description

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.

Students will receive a solid foundation in core design areas such as composition and layout, typography, colour and drawing, as well as photography and business integration — preparing them for a variety of industry experiences. Students also receive a practicum placement to incorporate their knowledge and skills within a professional setting and to help add work experience to their portfolios.

Admission Requirements

Standard Admission

Students must meet ONE of these criteria*:
Alberta High School Diploma or equivalent with minimum score of 65% in English 30-1 on verified transcript
General Equivalency Diploma (G.E.D.), plus successful interview with ABM College Administration, and if student’s first language is not English, Canadian Language Benchmark of 5 with SLE Language Evaluation Test

Mature Admission

Students must meet ALL of these criteria*:
1. At least 18 years of age prior to admission
2. Score of 20 or higher on Entrance Exam (Scholastic Wonderlic)
3. Successful interview with ABM College Administration
4. If student’s first language is not English, Canadian Language Benchmark of 5 with SLE Language Evaluation Test


Next Program Start Dates:

July 06, 2020

August 04, 2020

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Course Components

Course Description: 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. 


Course Description: Layout and composition are the building blocks of graphic design. The goal of this module is to give students skills that will allow them to work with visual contrasts, cropping, hierarchy, and direction in single images and complex compositions. 

Course Description: Students learn about visual contrast, colour, rhythm, and pattern in design as well as the process involved in making an abstract design from shapes. They learn 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.

Course Description: This module aims to teach students about typography and its significance in 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. 

Course Description: This module introduces the student to the basic principles of drawing. Student learn basic knowledge in drawing, fundamental concepts and techniques, and draw using charcoal, pencil and more.

Course Description: This module is an introduction to photography from a graphic design perspective. Student will learn how to capture still image, video and sound for various environments, including print and internet. 

Course Description: This module examines 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. 

Course Description: 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. The module covers applying layer styles, using layer effects, adding adjustment layers, and blending modes. 

Course Description: In this module, 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. 

Course Description: In this modules , students discover the essential capabilities and creative applicable of InDesign and create a series of projects using different available tools and techniques including single and multiple pages, drop-d own menus, and panels, set up column, selection tools , layers, colour from different libraries, paragraph and character styles, picture frames, text wraps around picture, and links. 

Course Description: This module explores the fundamentals of working with digital images acquired from capture, with a focus on the image optimization process within Adobe Photoshop CC. Students learn how to produce a high-quality image that can be reproduced for multiple purposes. 

Course Disruption: This module aims to educate students that designers do more than simply’ design things’ Graphic Design and Business are very much Integrated disciplines. 

Course Description: This module focuses on teaching students how to create a good portfolio, showcasing their work and abilities.

Course Description: 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.

Course Description Students will learn how to develop and optimize a professional resume to put forward for employers. Additional support in job search, interviewing, and other professional skills is provided to ensure students have the best possible career transition prospects.