Program Overview

Are you artistic, innovative and idea-driven? Do you have an eye for detail and good manual dexterity? Are you comfortable with digital technology? If so, Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Graphic Communications diploma program at Regina campus will challenge you both creatively and technically.

Hands-on labs and courses that focus on the philosophy of design, using industry-standard software and equipment, will give you the confidence to be successful in the fast-paced and diverse graphic communications industry.

You will build a solid foundation in:

  • aesthetic awareness
  • client communication
  • design and typography
  • digital output and colour management
  • digital page layout
  • graphic and illustration creation
  • package design
  • photography and image editing
  • problem solving
  • project management
  • screen printing and signage
  • self promotion and social media marketing
  • visual identity and brand development
  • website design and using content management systems (CMS)

The program’s delivery methods and commitment to training excellence have prepared students to compete and win dozens of provincial, national, and international awards over the years.

Assignments may require a considerable amount of time outside of regular class hours.

You Learn by Doing

You’ll develop an aesthetic awareness that will become the foundation of your professional competence. You’ll learn about leading software applications by using them in your classes and labs. You’ll create a variety of projects that are designed specifically to build skills that industry employers value.

Ready to Work

By graduation, you’ll have experience managing and producing projects from concept through to delivery, developed a professional portfolio and completed a four-week work experience in the graphic communications industry.

 

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

The graphic communications industry consists of creative teams and individuals using their attention for detail, problem-solving and technical skills to develop visually appealing marketing solutions for their clients. Graduates often work as part of a team, and must be able to handle the pressures of the competitive world of advertising, graphic design and marketing.

Graduates are found working in a variety of industry sectors such as advertising agencies, start-up companies, corporate communications and marketing departments, magazine and book publishers, signage and display companies, commercial and quick-print shops.

Look for employment in project management, branding, graphic design, packaging design, digital illustration, image editing, signage, digital press operation, and screen-printing.

For more information, contact the Student Employment Services at a campus nearest you.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Web DesignerWeb Designers and Developers (2175)$23,600 - $76,400
PhotographerPhotographers (5221)$24,000 - $62,900
Graphic DesignerGraphic Designers and Illustrators (5241)$37,500 - $66,600

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): September

Length: 68 weeks: 

Year 1 - 32 weeks; Year 2 - 36 weeks

Locations

  • Regina

Admissions

Admission Requirements

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

  • 250 Arithmetic
  • 250 Reading
  • 245 Writing

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as approximate cost for books and supplies. Visit the Tuition and Fees web page for a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program.

 

2020/21 Academic Year

Year 1 - $8,885
Year 2 - $5,660

International Students

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Semester 1

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
GRPH 146
Print Media 1
3
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Your studies will introduce you to the MacIntosh operating system along with graphic communication concepts. You will learn to operate a digital colour press and explore a variety of printing methods and finishing techniques. You will be introduced to the basic elements and principles of design creation along with being able to identify and explain various design and production considerations for print.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
GRPH 147
Digital Page Layout 1
3
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You will use page layout software and acquire the basic knowledge required for building digital documents for print. Through lab experience, you will focus on the basic use of text, objects, colour, formatting skills and keyboard shortcuts.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
GRPH 148
Digital Page Layout 2
3
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Using popular layout and design software, you will continue develop the skills required to create professionally designed documents. You will implement design thinking strategies when applying styles, and creating master pages. Through mock client work, you will create high-quality layouts beginning with the initial stages of the design process and ending with the physical production and delivery of your final creation.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): GRPH 147(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
GRPH 150
Design 1
3
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You will gain an understanding of colour theory and the use of the colour wheel. You will develop an understanding of typography in relation to effective graphic design. You will learn the steps involved in the design process. Using fundamental design knowledge and skills, course, you will create visual elements to client specifications.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
GRPH 152
Digital Illustration 1
3
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You will be introduced to illustration software, tools and drawing techniques. You will acquire the knowledge and develop the practical skills required for the production of vector graphics.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
GRPH 153
Image Editing 1
3
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You will acquire the practical skills required for the efficient use of image editing software by using Adobe Photoshop to build a wide range of real-world projects. You will learn how to manage layers, use layer masks, apply basic image editing and creative adjustments.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
GRPH 154
Workflow Fundamentals
3
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Your studies will focus upon graphic communications workflow fundamental. You will learn proper file management techniques for your documents. You will learn how to apply basic colour management to your documents. You will learn the correct way to crop, straighten, and remove image imperfections. You will learn techniques for neutralizing colour and correcting colour skin tones. You will learn how to scale and sharpen images for specific output conditions. You will learn how to prepare industry-standard vector graphics. You will learn how to make decisions about the specific requirements needed for the proper output of images and vector graphics to various devices.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): GRPH 154CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
MATH 165
Mathematics for Printers
2
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You will acquire the basic mathematics skills required for entry level occupations in the graphics/print industry. Your studies will include basic mathematics, problem solving, and measurement systems.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
PHOT 125
Photography 1
3
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Your studies will focus on a foundational digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera image capture. You will learn the importance of image resolution and image file formats. You will study the intricacies of a balanced exposure and photographic composition. Camera operation will be examined through aperture, shutter speed, sensor sensitivity, white balance and focusing techniques.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online

Semester 2

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
GRPH 139
Marketing 1
3
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Your studies will focus on the field of marketing. You will discover the effect that marketing has on consumers. You will learn how to market ideas, skills as well as products and services.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
GRPH 151
Marketing 2
3
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You will create a personal online presence using various social media platforms. Through the development of a style guide you will create content that ensures your personal brand is visually appealing.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): GRPH 139(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
GRPH 155
Image Editing 2
3
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You will acquire the practical skills required to apply common design tasks using Adobe Photoshop. You will learn how to edit images, draw shapes, and work with type and fonts. You will also use masking, and blending modes to composite images.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): GRPH 154
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
GRPH 158
Print Media 2
3
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Your studies will focus on screen-printing onto textiles. You will learn to coat screens with emulsion, output film positives, expose and wash out screens, print onto garments and clean screens. You will create single colour images for assembly.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): GRPH 146
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
GRPH 186
Digital Page Layout 3
3
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Using popular layout and design software, you will further develop the skills and strategies required to create professionally designed documents. You will implement design thinking strategies for creating professional advertising campaigns, poster designs, and practical form design. Through mock client work you will begin identifying client design problems and the strategies needed to provided effective design solutions. You will create high-quality layouts that implement solutions to the identified design problems.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): GRPH 148
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
GRPH 187
Digital Page Layout 4
4
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You will integrate the advanced skills and strategies required to create professionally designed documents. You will implement design thinking strategies for creating engaging marketing materials, brochures, and professional editorial design. You will create high-quality layouts that provide tangible design solutions to the design problems identified in the mock client work.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): GRPH 186(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
GRPH 208
Digital Illustration 2
3
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Your studies will cover advanced level techniques in Adobe Illustrator. You will examine advanced level tools within Illustrator and create technically sound vector artwork. You will examine and implement industry standard best practices for vector artwork creation. You will create advanced level vector graphics for output, and for use within digital and print-ready files.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): GRPH 154
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
GRPH 232
Design 2
3
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You will manipulate elements of design using visual techniques and principles of organization. Your studies will include exploring typography for various mediums and you will gain an understanding of the design process as applied to text-based design. Using a colour wheel, you explore and demonstrate effective use of colour relationships and palettes in design.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): GRPH 154
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online

Semester 3

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
GRPH 156
Image Editing 3
3
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You will focus on applying a variety of effects to images using Adobe Photoshop. The course combines practical experience in editing and compositing images to be included in industry-standard documents, high quality print output and inclusion in a professional portfolio.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): GRPH 187
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
GRPH 211
Premedia 2
3
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Your studies will equip you with the knowledge to prepare industry standard, digital and print-ready, files for distribution within the graphic communications industry. You will create a multi-item campaign for cross-media production.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): GRPH 239(concurrent)
Equivalent Course(s): GRPH 149
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
GRPH 234
Marketing 3
3
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You will be introduced to the brand development process. You will learn the role that research and analysis plays in branding and how to develop core brand values and understand your audience. Your studies will also help you develop the visual vocabulary to communicate the message and develop a strong visual identity package.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): GRPH 239(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
GRPH 239
Premedia Preparation
3
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Your studies will equip you with the knowledge to prepare industry standard, digital and print-ready files for distribution within the graphic communications industry. Your studies will cover how to combine the individual concepts you have acquired from previous courses, into a cohesive workflow.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): GRPH 187
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
GRPH 243
Marketing 4
3
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You will learn about digital marketing in today’s fast changing environment. Social strategy, exciting content, mobile photography, graphic design and more. You will learn how to develop and define your social media platforms with a marketing communications plan.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): GRPH 239(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
MULT 120
Web Authoring 1-Basic HTML/CSS
4
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You will learn the basics of web site authoring and publishing. You will create a web site using basic Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). You will use various software to create and manage a website. You will publish a website to your own domain service.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Equivalent Course(s): GRPH 260, MULT 120CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
MULT 124
Web Authoring 2-Intermediate HTML/CSS-CMS
3
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You will use intermediate HTML and CSS to design and create websites with a variety of layouts. You will incorporate interactivity along with audio and video into HTML pages. You will learn to install, configure, use, and manage Content Management Systems (CMS). You will develop the skills to apply themes and use modules.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): MULT 120
Equivalent Course(s): MULT 124CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
PHOT 225
Photography 2
3
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Your studies will focus on advanced Digital Single-Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera image capture, and the use of off-camera lighting. You will learn about various lighting and composition techniques for capturing professional portraits, and stock photography images. You will develop workflow procedures for sorting, preparing, and exporting, of your images. You will prepare industry standard images for inclusion within digital and print-ready files.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): GRPH 155
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online

Semester 4

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
GRPH 209
Print Media 3
3
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Your studies will focus on vinyl application and screen-printing onto a variety of textiles. You will create, output and assemble multi-colour vector illustrations using the vinyl cutter and the screen printing process.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): GRPH 158
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
GRPH 210
Premedia 1
3
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Your studies will equip you with the knowledge to prepare industry standard print-ready files for distribution within the graphic communications industry. You will create a multi-item campaign for cross-media production.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): GRPH 239
Equivalent Course(s): GRPH 210CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
GRPH 212
Premedia 3
3
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Your studies will equip you with the knowledge to prepare industry standard, digital and print-ready files for distribution within the graphic communications industry. You will create a multi-item campaign for cross-media production.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): GRPH 239
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
GRPH 213
Premedia 4
4
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Your studies will equip you with the knowledge to prepare industry standard, digital and print-ready files for distribution within the graphic communications industry. You will learn the fundamentals of creating long documents. You will learn strategies for creating and developing long documents. You will create, output, and prepare a job package for long documents.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): GRPH 239
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
GRPH 230
Premedia 5
3
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Your studies will equip you with the knowledge to prepare industry standard, digital and print-ready files for distribution within the graphic communications industry. You will create multi-item campaigns for packaging products.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): GRPH 239
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
GRPH 231
Premedia 6
3
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Your studies will equip you with the knowledge to prepare industry standard, digital and print-ready files for distribution within the graphic communications industry. You will create a large multi-item campaign, meeting deadlines, and solving problems, while dealing with the pressures of managing multiple projects on a daily basis.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): GRPH 239
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
GRPH 233
Design 3
3
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Your study of typography will expand to the experimental and expressive use of type. You will also define design project goals, develop a design rationale, create complementary design pieces targeted to multiple audiences and present your design project to your classmates.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): GRPH 239
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
TCOM 102
Workplace Communication
3
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You will examine the employability skills required in the workplace. You will discuss the communication process, and practice effective interpersonal communication techniques and conflict resolution. You will use workplace writing and job search skills.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): COM 160, COMM 191, JOBS 190, JOBS 288, JOBS 290, TCOM 102CE, TCOM 120, TCOM 140, TMGT 180
Potential Learning Method(s): Learn Linc, Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning

Semester 5

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
WORK 300
Work Experience
0
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You will participate in a four-week work experience which will prepare you for employment in the graphic communications industry. You will work within the graphic communications industry in Saskatchewan.
Credit Units: 0
Course Hours: 160.0
Prerequisites(s): GRPH 231
Potential Learning Method(s): Work Experience - Group, Work Experience -Individual

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