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

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Length: 68 weeks: 

Year 1 - 32 weeks; Year 2 - 36 weeks


  • Regina


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.


  • 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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Get Credit for What You Know

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.See links below to more information about PLAR and detailed PLAR candidate guides for the Arts and Sciences courses in this program. To discuss PLAR for other courses in this program, contact us at 1-866-467-4278 and ask for the Program Head of this program.

Transfer Credit

Many Sask Polytech students benefit from transferring course credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit to Sask Polytech or to another college or university.

Student Awards

Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

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