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Through hands-on experience, the Graphic and Web Design program helps you develop the creativity and communications skills to grow as a designer for print, web, and multimedia. In your first year of studies, you will gain the skills to work in an entry-level design co-op position, understand how to manage your time, and efficiently deal with both creative and administrative projects. After two years of study, your skillset will have improved and you will qualify for more advanced co-op positions. In addition, you will also have gained the basic skills needed to work in an entry-level multimedia position. After your third year of study, you will have all the skills needed to succeed, along with a prepared design portfolio, making you ready to enter into the fields of web, print, and multimedia.

General Education Courses

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Course Title
Credit
Weight
  • 109-101-MQ
    Physical Education: Set 1 Physical Activity and Health
    1
    1-1-1
    1
    1-1-1

    Physical activity and health is an introductory course that combines a variety of physical activities in order to promote an active and healthy lifestyle.  Stress management, motivational factors, weight management, and nutrition are some of the topics that complement the weekly activities.  Students are expected to participate to the best of their ability in a fun-filled environment. The following activities may be offered:  Soccer, Ultimate, Volleyball, Hockey, Ringette, Basketball, Lacrosse, Snowshoeing, Hiking, Cross country running, Rollerblading, Weight training, Circuit/Core training, Yoga, Pilates, Badminton, Flexibility, and Relaxation.

     

  • 602-XXX-MQ
    French
    2
    2-1-3
    602-XXX-MQ
    French
    2
    2-1-3
    2
    2-1-3
  • 603-101-MQ
    Introduction to College English
    2 2/3
    2-2-4
    2 2/3
    2-2-4

    This course is directed toward improving English language skills by extensive written work based on literary texts. It uses the same textbooks as the Introduction to College English: Literature, but because of the emphasis on writing skills has a reduced list of readings. 
     

Program Specific Courses

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Course Title
Credit
Weight
  • 412-K10-HR
    Illustration I: Drawing and Vector Graphics
    3
    2-4-3
    3
    2-4-3

    (Prerequisite:  None)

    Drawing is a core skill for any designer. This course introduces students to key drawing techniques using traditional media Students then learn to adapt the drawing skills to create dynamic, resolution-independent vector graphics, using industry-standard applications such as Adobe Illustrator.

  • 412-F10-HR
    Digital Photo I: Digital Photography
    2 1/3
    2-2-3
    2 1/3
    2-2-3

    (Prerequisite:  None)
    This course teaches students how to see the world as a photographer would.  This hands-on class will covers the basics of using a digital SLR camera including an introduction to shutter speed and aperture. Students will learn about photographic composition, light and shadow, and how to manipulate their images using industry-standard software such as Adobe Lightroom.

  • 412-G10-HR
    Graphic Design I: Introduction to Design and Layout
    3
    2-4-3
    3
    2-4-3

    (Prerequisite:  None)

    This first graphic design course introduces students to the design process where they research, sketch, and explore solutions to creating professional products such as posters, flyers and menus. Students are introduced to the elements and principles of composition and typography and begin to work with page layout software such as Adobe InDesign.

  • 412-E10-HR
    Web Design I: Introduction to Web Design
    2 1/3
    2-2-3
    2 1/3
    2-2-3

    (Prerequisite:  None)
    This course introduces basic web design concepts. Students will use HTML and CSS to hand-code accessible and responsive websites optimized for all screen sizes. Students will build and launch websites by planning, designing, and coding using clean and organized code. Students will also learn to tailor their designs for good speed performance and search engine optimization (SEO).
     

General Education Courses

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Course Title
Credit
Weight
  • 345-101-MQ
    Knowledge
    2 1/3
    3-1-3
    2 1/3
    3-1-3

    This course’s emphasis is on how knowledge is defined, acquired, transmitted and applied. Students examine both messages and media to identify the strengths and limitations of each. Students learn to situate knowledge in a social, historical and personal context, a skill they will need in order to become lifelong learners. 

  • 603-102-MQ
    Literary Genres
    2 1/3
    2-2-3
    603-102-MQ
    Literary Genres
    2 1/3
    2-2-3
    2 1/3
    2-2-3
  • 602-XXX-HR
    French
    1
    2
    602-XXX-HR
    French
    1
    2
    1
    2

Program Specific Courses

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Course Title
Credit
Weight
  • 412-F20-HR
    Digital Photo II: Photo Editing
    2 1/3
    2-2-3
    2 1/3
    2-2-3

    (Prerequisite:  None)

    In this course, students begin to explore photo manipulation and editing using industry-standard software. In order to create illustrations for a variety of publications, students will learn the art of fine editing and compositing using layers, masking, styles, and more, incorporating professional terminology, file handling and formats. A keygoal of this course is to create effective and functional graphics that clearly communicate a client’s message.

  • 412-G20-HR
    Graphic Design II: Advanced Design and Layout
    2 2/3
    2-3-3
    2 2/3
    2-3-3

    (Prerequisite:  Graphic Design I)

    This course further develops the skills acquired in Graphic Design I, focusing on advanced page layout and design techniques. Students will explore the use of interesting and appropriate typography within grid systems while working on projects such as corporate stationery, brochures and newsletters.

  • 412-E20-HR
    Web Design II: Introduction to Interactive Web Design
    2 1/3
    2-2-3
    2 1/3
    2-2-3

    (Prerequisite:  Web Design I)
    This course continues to develop the students’ skills in the production of user-friendly and easily navigated websites. To incorporate user interactivity students will be introduced to JavaScript, as well as advanced GUI (graphical user interface) and add-form validation techniques
     

  • 412-J20-HR
    Job Preparation Techniques
    2 2/3
    2-3-3
    2 2/3
    2-3-3

    (Recommendation:  Student should have completed all first semester 412 courses)

    This course introduces students to job search techniques and exploration of career opportunities in the graphic and web design field. Students create self-marketing tools including an online and print portfolio as well as explore the topics of self-assessment of personal and work place competencies, resume and cover letter design, behavioral interviewing techniques and development of a self-directed job search in the hidden job market.

General Education Courses

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Course Title
Credit
Weight
  • 109-102-MQ
    Physical Education: Set 2 Physical Activity and Effectiveness
    1
    0-2-1
    1
    0-2-1

    Physical Education: Set 2 Physical Activity and Effectiveness

    The purpose of the second set is to encourage students to use a goal-oriented approach to improve the effectiveness of a physical activity whether it is a sport, corporal expression or an outdoor activity. After an initial assessment, students evaluate the physical activity in terms of their ability and attitudes; they set goals and try an approach aimed at improving their motor skills, their technique or their mastery of complex strategies. Finally, students are called upon to assess their progress.

     

     

    Badminton involves the introduction of skills including serving, underhand and overhead strokes, rules and etiquette of the game and basic strategies of singles and doubles play.

     

     

    Circuit/”Cross Fit” Training

    Cross Training (or Exercise and Weight Training 1 if it is possible to change)

    This course provides a great opportunity to work out with a group in a friendly setting, where everyone works to their own capacity. Workouts will consist of different training approaches based on the five fitness components. The resistance used will be of personal choice of weights and/or body weight. Ultimately all workouts will provide both cardiovascular and muscular strength/endurance benefits, resulting in a very functional form of fitness

     

     

    Mind/Body/Fitness

    Students will experience a blend of disciplines such as Pilates, yoga, meditation and stress management techniques.  The course aims to increase flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, and muscular strength through a variety of workouts while developing awareness of mind, body and spirit.

     

    Snow Sports involves learning the skills and strategies to comfortably use the winter environment to travel over snow and ice. Snow sports will include cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and skating in the Gatineau Park and surrounding facilities. Exercising in cold weather conditions requires an understanding of proper nutrition, safety management, cold weather injuries, and dressing techniques; all topics that are covered in the course.

    This course is condensed into the first seven weeks of the winter semester.

    This is a true Canadian experience. 

     

     

    Outdoor Pursuits will allow students to experience the health advantages and adventure of outdoor based activities. Students will learn skills important to safely adventure in the outdoors including navigational skills, wilderness first aid, risk management and basic survival skills while engaging in a range of outdoor activities that will build their muscular and cardiovascular endurance.This course is condensed into the first seven weeks of the fall semester.

     

    Team Sports focuses on the progression of fundamental skills,. Team Sports is comprised of three different activities each lasting five weeks, to be determined by the individual teacher. Three of the following sports could be offered: Soccer, Hockey, Volleyball, Basketball and Ultimate Frisbee.

     

     

     

    Yoga is a practice that has evolved over a period of approximately 5,000 years dealing with all aspects of health. The term yoga literally means union of mind and body. Throughout the semester, students will be introduced to the many different styles of yoga, focusing on a variety of forward bends, back bending and balancing postures. 

  • 345-102-MQ
    World Views
    2
    3-0-3
    2
    3-0-3

    The course focuses on how individuals, groups, societies or nations organize ideas, perceptions and values into explanatory patterns. Students explore major ideas and value systems by which diverse individuals, groups, societies or nations seek to explain the world and their place in it. 
     

  • Complementary
    Complementary

Program Specific Courses

Code
Course Title
Credit
Weight
  • 412-K30-HR
    Illustration II: Digital Illustration
    2 1/3
    2-2-3
    2 1/3
    2-2-3

    (Prerequisite:  Illustration I, Digital Photo II)

    Students explore more advanced illustration techniques using both vector and raster graphics applications. Students create more complex illustrations concentrating on clear communication and creative storytelling for use in a wide range of publications and design projects.

  • 412-G30-HR
    Graphic Design III: Introduction to Publication Design
    2 2/3
    2-3-3
    2 2/3
    2-3-3

    (Prerequisite:  Graphic Design II)

    This course focuses on designing, editing and producing creative solutions for real-world projects such as book jackets, restaurant menus, and catalogues. Students develop style guides for consistent design and best practices for publication. Projects are designed for both print and electronic media.

  • 412-E30-HR
    Web Design III: Advanced Interactive Web Design
    2 1/3
    2-2-3
    2 1/3
    2-2-3

    (Prerequisite:  Web Design II)

    The third web design course focuses on jQuery, a powerful JavaScript library that gives the designer more control over the webpage elements and greatly improves user interaction. Students incorporate web animation and greater responsiveness to enhance their web designs.

  • 360-D30-HR
    Communication d'affaires pour concepteur
    2 1/3
    2-2-3
    2 1/3
    2-2-3

    (Prerequisite : None)
    Ce cours vise à développer la précision de l’expression française orale et écrite dans des situations de communication propres à la profession. Les étudiants développeront leur capacité à montrer de l’assurance afin de favoriser des échanges plus efficaces dans leur milieu de travail. Ils porteront une attention particulière à la justesse du vocabulaire et à la qualité de l’expression.
     

General Education Courses

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Course Title
Credit
Weight

Program Specific Courses

Code
Course Title
Credit
Weight
  • 412-B40-HR
    Digital Marketing and Branding
    2
    2-2-2
    2
    2-2-2

    (Recommendation: Students should have completed all first semester 412 course before taking this course)

    In today’s marketplace the ability to navigate and manage  social media is a key skill. In this course, students will learn the strategic business use of social media for marketing. Topics covered include a basic overview of the principles of branding and marketing, an introduction to the strengths, weaknesses and basic functionality of the major social networks and platforms, effective content creation, community management, and how to design and evaluate a social media campaign.

  • 412-D41-HR
    Design Studio I
    2 1/3
    2-2-3
    2 1/3
    2-2-3

    (Prerequisite:  Illustration II)

    Students combine their  creative abilities , design skills and software knowledge to create larger, more complex design solutions including targeted design briefs, products for advertising and branding campaigns.

  • 412-H40-HR
    Multimedia I: Introduction to Video Production
    2 1/3
    2-2-3
    2 1/3
    2-2-3

    (Recommendation: Students should have completed Digital Photo I before taking this course)

    This course introduces the fundamentals of digital video production for the Web. Students will learn how to plan, shoot and edit video projects. Students develop skills in camera operation, composition, audio recording, basic directing, lighting and editing. Throughout the course, students complete a series of hands-on video projects.

  • 412-G40-HR
    Graphic Design IV: Multipage Publication Design
    2 2/3
    2-3-3
    2 2/3
    2-3-3

    (Prerequisite:  Graphic Design III)

    Students refine their design and typography skills as they create , multi-page documents such as instruction manuals, playbills and corporate annual reports in both print and electronic publications. Emphasis will be placed on developing strong, innovative design solutions that meet the client’s needs with consistency and attention to detail.

  • 412-E40-HR
    Web Design IV: Dynamic Websites
    2 1/3
    2-2-3
    2 1/3
    2-2-3

    (Prerequisite:  Web Design III)

    This course focuses on creating a dynamic website using both web design and database applications. Students will integrate current trends in designing, developing, publishing, and managing a data-driven website.

  • 360-D40-HR
    Traduction pour concepteur
    2 1/3
    2-2-3
    2 1/3
    2-2-3

    (Recommendation: Students should have completed both the Block A and B level French courses before taking this course)

    Ce cours vise l’acquisition des connaissances de base en traduction utiles dans le milieu professionnel. Afin de fonctionner efficacement dans les deux langues officielles, les étudiants apprendront à analyser, à traduire et à réviser une variété de documents en français et en anglais. Pour ce faire, ils porteront une attention particulière aux éléments linguistiques (terminologie, anglicismes, syntaxe et code grammatical) qui peuvent contribuer ou nuire à la transmission du message véhiculé.

General Education Courses

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Course Title
Credit
Weight

Program Specific Courses

Code
Course Title
Credit
Weight
  • 412-C50-HR
    Graphic Design Industry
    3
    2-4-3
    3
    2-4-3

     (Recommendation: Students should only take this course after they have completed all first year courses)

    More and more design professionals are building a career through a combination of part-time, contract and freelance work. Working with real clients, students learn to manage and design projects, explore the process of becoming a freelance designer, including self-employment, self-promotion, setting up their business, entering into agreements, intellectual properties and invoicing for their work. 

  • 412-D50-HR
    Design Studio II
    2 1/3
    1-3-3
    2 1/3
    1-3-3

    (Prerequisite:  Design Studio I)
    Students will develop creative design solutions for in-depth graphic design projects from concept to finished deliverable. Students will be introduced to packaging design in this course, taking 2-D graphic designs and applying them to 3-D products. This course will focus on creating presentation work that will be worthy of the student’s portfolio.

  • 412-H50-HR
    Multimedia II: Advanced Video Production
    2 1/3
    2-2-3
    2 1/3
    2-2-3

    (Prerequisite:  Multimedia I)

    Students continue to develop their skills and ability in storytelling, storyboarding for video, camera techniques, capturing and editing audio and video, using industry standard software. This course introduces creating work specific to an audience and/or client and the creation of stories told in a compelling and emotionally engaging manner.

  • 412-G50-HR
    Graphic Design V: Creative Publication Design
    2 1/3
    1-3-3
    2 1/3
    1-3-3

    (Prerequisite:  Graphic Design IV)
    This final graphic design course follows up on material taught previously in the Graphic and Web Design stream but focusses on the layout and production of both print and electronic publishing for complex and creative multi-page documents such as books and magazines. Students will push their creativity and their knowledge of design and typography to produce solutions with enhanced qualities of communication and appeal to readers.
     

  • 412-E50-HR
    Web Design V: Content Management Systems
    2 1/3
    2-2-3
    2 1/3
    2-2-3

    (Prerequisite:  Web Design IV)

    This course focuses on Content Management Systems. Students develop websites using WordPress. The students learn to build and edit websites within development environments and experience the process of website migration. Throughout the course, students will work with theme frameworks, plugins and learn to create backups and restore systems.

General Education Courses

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Course Title
Credit
Weight
  • 603-CXD-HR
    Professional Milieu
    2
    2-2-2
    2
    2-2-2

    In common with the other Block “B” English courses, this one provides training in public speaking, practical and professional writing, reading and writing across the curriculum while exposing the students to a variety of literary forms. Although the course devotes considerable attention to practical and professional writing, the focus remains solidly on literature. 

  • 109-103-MQ
    Physical Education: Set 3 Physical Activity and Autonomy
    1
    1-1-1
    1
    1-1-1

    (Prerequisites: 109-101-MQ, 109-102-MQ)

    The third physical education course is aimed at integrating physical activity into the student’s daily lifestyle through more effective application of related personal factors (i.e. time management, motivation, nutrition needs, designing an exercise program) that contribute to continued participation.  During scheduled course hours, the student will be introduced to new skills and concepts related to the specific activity chosen.  The student is also expected to maintain regular physical activity outside class hours within a personal activity program under the professor’s supervision by applying the knowledge gained while integrating new course material. 

     

    Canoe Camping 

    The group activity portion of this course will consist of a three day canoe camping trip on local waterways using large ‘voyageur’ style canoes, providing a quintessential Canadian experience.. Students will be involved with various organizational aspects of the trip such as purchasing food, planning and preparing meals over fires/camp stoves, preparing and maintaining fires and other responsibilities associated with building camp filtering water.  The rest of the semester is completed independently, with the guidance of the teacher, focusing on the student’s personal activity program that they have designed for themselves.

     

     

    Cycling

    No matter where you are, cycling is a great way to travel and at the same time, benefit from some fresh air and exercise.   In this course we will start off with a couple preliminary outings that will take us into the Gatineau Park with a focus on bike selection, proper positioning and gear use.  In addition, we will select, plan, and divide up some of the responsibilities for an overnight cycle tour in the region.  Also,  students will have planned and managed a personal activity of their choice in a health enhancing approach over the entire semester.

     

    Exercise and Weight Training 2

    Exercise and Weight Training will allow students to develop and use personalized resistance training and cardiovascular training programs throughout the course. Classes are in two hour weekly blocks that are broken down in to 75% workout/application and 25% lecture. 

     

    Hiking

    This course will allow students to discover the Gatineau Park through many of its hiking trails.  3-4 Day hikes will take them to different areas of the park to explore the diversity that the park has to offer. Topics covered during the hikes will include ‘leave no trace’ principles, local flora and fauna, risk management, appropriate clothing and footwear, local history, and basic hiking techniques. The rest of the semester is completed independently, with the guidance of the teacher, focusing on the student’s personal activity program that they have designed for themselves.

     

    Multi Sports

    This course will encourage students to assume more responsibility for directing and managing their own sport experience.  Students will develop sport-specific techniques and fitness; appreciate and be able to execute sport-specific strategic play; share planning and administration of sport experiences; provide responsible leadership; and develop and apply knowledge about officiating, scorekeeping and training. Classes are in two hour weekly blocks.

     

    Outdoor Adventures and Meditation Retreat

    This course will emphasize the importance of mind and body awareness through a broad range of activities which include yoga, meditation, relaxation techniques, and massage therapy.  In addition,the outings include hiking and orienteering in the fall or snowshoeing  and cross-country skiing in the winter. The rest of the semester is completed independently, with the guidance of the teacher, focusing on the student’s personal activity program that they have designed for themselves.

     

    Snowshoeing

    Snowshoeing is an excellent low impact, cardiovascular winter workout.  Students will explore different types of terrain and visit different areasin the Gatineau Park over three weekend outings at the beginning of the winter semester. The rest of the semester is completed independently, with the guidance of the teacher, focusing on the student’s personal activity program that they have designed for themselves..

     

    Stand Up Paddling (SUP)

    Stand Up Paddling consists of paddling a large surfboard in an upright position with the help of a long paddle.  It is an emerging activity with its origins in traditional surfing that offers a full body workout and is a fun and exciting way to play on lakes, rivers and ocean surf.   Paddling techniques, clothing, nutrition, etiquette, and environmental awareness are all included in this package. 

    This course will be offered over three weekend day outings. The rest of the semester is completed independently, with the guidance of the teacher, focusing on the student’s personal activity program that they have designed for themselves.

     

    Active Living

     

    This course will encourage students to assume more responsibility for directing and managing their own fitness & health. Students will develop programs related to cardiovascular health, flexibility, muscular strength, stress management, nutrition and other lifestyle habits. Students will work in groups to prepare and present a specific component of fitness or health to the class and will participate weekly in group fitness activities or workouts. They will independently create and execute their own fitness and health program addressing all components of fitness. This will be documented in a journal throughout the semester.

  • Complementary
    Complementary

Program Specific Courses

Code
Course Title
Credit
Weight
  • 412-H60-HR
    Multimedia III: Motion Graphics
    2 1/3
    2-2-3
    2 1/3
    2-2-3

    (Prerequisite:  Multimedia II)

    The elements of time and motion are added to students’ design solutions in this course. Students learn to apply the basic animation principles and timing, using various tools and techniques to create motion graphics that clearly communicate the client’s message. Students explore a range of projects from advertising, animated logos, film title design, animated infographics and more.

  • 412-C60-HR
    Portfolio
    2 2/3
    1-4-3
    2 2/3
    1-4-3

    (Prerequisite:  Graphic Design V, Design Studio II, Web Design V)

    Students gather and refine their best work into a professional graphic design portfolio that will showcase their skills. Students will have the opportunity to refine their previous work and create new work for their portfolio. The goal of this course is for the student to develop a unique and diverse graphic design portfolio which will help them obtain employment or gain admission to another institution for continued studies.

  • 412-E60-HR
    Web Design VI: User Experience
    2 1/3
    2-2-3
    2 1/3
    2-2-3

    (Prerequisite:  Web Design V)

    In this course students focus on enhancing interactivity and the user experience through the development of web applications such as online games. The students will build their websites using JavaScript libraries and HTML5 Canvas to better engage the audience. Students also learn to control data in their applications using PHP, SQL and XML.

  • 990-412-A0
    Program Exit Assessment

Co-op option

A key feature of the Graphic and Web Design program is the co-op component, where qualified students are eligible to be placed in two paid summer work terms. During your placement, you'll have the chance to improve and expand your graphic and web design skillset. Access to a professional setting provides our students with practical real-life work experience, greatly improving their employability. 

Learning spaces and resources

The Graphic and Web Design program offers our students access to all the tools they need to succeed in their studies:

  • two full computer labs with graphics workstations
  • industry-standard design software
  • a student workroom for working outside of class
  • graphics quality standard and large format printers
  • digital SLR cameras and equipment for still photography and video
  • graphics drawing tablets

Additional graduation and program requirements

English exit exam

In order to graduate, you must pass a Ministerial Examination of College English exam.

Program exit assessment

The Program Exit Assessment (PEA) is a final evaluation activity that shows a student’s achievement throughout the program. It requires students to integrate and synthesize the knowledge and skills gained from their Diploma of College Studies (DEC), as indicated in our College’s policy on student evaluation.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements for the Graphic and Web Design program vary depending on if you are a Quebec-resident, out-of-province applicant, or international applicant. Please review all general and program-specfic requirements before applying. 

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