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Program Code: 11571 Credential: Advanced Diploma Program Length: 6 semesters
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Program Overview

Humber’s Graphic Design advanced diploma program (GDes) develops creative and strategic designers who wish to execute a wide range of visual communication strategies through interactive media such as web and screen, user interaction, motion design, and traditional print-based media.

Through a mix of theory and hands-on practical training, you will combine art and design to produce unique visual communication solutions. Our Graphic Design program will allow you to explore: creative strategy and design process, typography, editorial and publication design, package design, user experience (UX), user interface (UI), web design, information design, and motion design. Additionally, our program will prepare you for your career through professional practice and entrepreneurship to round-out a comprehensive skill set to attain employment or freelance work.

As part of the interaction and design common platform cluster (IDC), you will be trained on industry-based skills, technology and current design software techniques. Your first semester is shared with the Multimedia Design and Development program. Your exposure to different types of design work and common programming elements will enable you to investigate your options and choose a focus prior to your second year of study.

Courses Program Standards

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  1. Conceptualize and develop design solutions using principles of design to create visual communications that meet the needs of the project.

  2. Employ the design process to create design solutions that meet the project objectives and the needs of the client and/or user.

  3. Plan, create and use photography, illustration and typography in design layouts to meet the requirements of the creative brief.

  4. Design, develop and create a variety of media products using relevant, current and/or emerging technologies.

  5. Communicate ideas, design concepts and opinions clearly and persuasively to others.

  6. Use recognized industry practices throughout the design process and related business tasks.

  7. Complete all work in a professional and ethical manner, and in accordance with all applicable legislation and regulations.

  8. Keep current with visual media design trends, technologies and industry practices using strategies that enhance work performance and guide professional development.


Work Placement

Students will participate in a mandatory work placement which follows the last semester of study. Students research the design industry to take advantage of opportunities to market themselves to prospective employers to find their own work placement locally or abroad.

Students also have exposure to real-world projects through Humber’s BuildingF.

One Common Semester

The Interactive & Design Platform offers a shared first semester between two programs giving you the freedom to change your area of study in the second semester to any of the two.

Core Skills Gained in Semester 1

  • Web Technology
  • Digital Technology
  • Motion
  • Creative Thinking
  • Design
  • Typography

BuildingF brings marketers and agencies together with advanced students from virtually any Humber program to produce strategic creative content and technology solutions. Instead of just being given a grade for assignments, students are provided with a chance to work with real clients, on actual accounts, receiving first-hand experience in the field.

The disciplines that can be accessed through BuildingF include anything found in a modern advertising, design or PR agency, including brand experience design, communications marketing, advertising design, writing, production, and much more.

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Watch the video to see the 2014 Humber Grad Show. Hear from students and faculty about their experience in the Graphic Design program, what they learned, and how it prepared them to find work in the future program through hands-on experience.

Graphic Design students collaborate with Siemens Canada and students from the Faculty of Media & Creative Arts and the Faculty of Applied Sciences & Technology to produce data visualization for the Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation.

Expert Faculty

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Kevin Brandon

My name is Kevin Brandon and I have taught in the Humber Graphic Design program since 2008. With 20-years of design industry experience, I started my career in the print industry and transitioned into the web design field, a fusion of front-end coding and design sensibility.

Courses I have taught have ranged from design, branding, front-end web design and coding with a focus on digital design including: Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, XD and Dimension CC, Aero AR and Brackets. Front-end web design coding HTML, CSS and an introduction to JavaScript.

I hold a Master’s in Professional Communication from Royal Roads University.

I am an active member of the Adobe Educator Leaders group, which is an international team of educators who are engaged in the latest digital design tools and trends, with a focus not on the tools but the potential.

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Mark-Anthony Karam

Mark-Anthony Karam is a design educator with over 15 years of industry and entrepreneurial experience as a graphic and interactive designer. Mark began teaching graphic design and web design at Humber College in 2008. With a master's in Education and Technology, Mark strives to enhance and expand the student learning experience by using technology mediated strategies that support collaborative learning, accessibility, and inclusion within face-to-face and online learning environments.

Over the course of his professional and academic career, Mark has designed, facilitated, and promoted various courses, design events, and initiatives within the University of Guelph-Humber and Humber College’s Faculty of Media & Creative Arts. Recently, Mark has researched and developed pedagogy for teaching and learning ICT literacy skills and interprofessional skills by way of social constructive collaboration. With his research and development of the Hackathon Environment Learning Plan (H.E.L.P.), Mark focuses on integrating web-based 2.0 design technologies within face-to-face and remote/virtual e-learning environments with the learners experience in mind.

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Leanna Palmer

Leanna Palmer is a multi-disciplinary Creative Director and design educator. She has been a professor at Humber since 2016 and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design Art from Concordia University, and a Master of Arts from the Bard Graduate Center in New York City.

For the last 15 years, Leanna has been actively involved in the ever-expanding field of design in an array of environments: large established companies, start-ups, agency, in-house, and as a freelancer. She uses her deep digital expertise and extensive knowledge of the industry as a catalyst for inspiration in the classroom.

Leanna is a creative thinker who enjoys solving user-centric problems and has worked with some of Canada’s biggest companies including: Online Creative Director at Indigo head office, Digital Art Director at the CBC, and an Art Director at the Havas Agency. An innate curiosity has also led her to explore digital materiality and interaction design through some interesting collaborations with artists at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center in New York City, and Hexagram in Montreal.

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Ramy Saboungui

Ramy is an active creative digital strategist at heart, full-stack multimedia designer and developer by soul, as well as an educator with passion and experience in several multinational advertising agencies and an agency he self-founded in 2016 (The Multimedia Studio). He has a drive to help brands and startups scale through strategic agile digital development and innovative personalized solutions tailored to each. Highly experienced in learning how to effectively manage time, he works on several operations simultaneously and has also developed skills in customer service, prioritization, communication, presentation, and agile development.

Ramy has created digital departments at two highly reputable global agencies with offices based in Kuwait and the MENA region. He started as an intrapreneur bridging in new accounts while pursuing a terminal master’s degree in digital media.

Ramy feels fortunate to have travelled around the world and been exposed to global cultures, allowing room for a better understanding and appropriate communication methods amongst various pools of talent. He can communicate through Arabic, English, and French.

Ramy aims never to stop venturing, to keep current with innovative modern trends and technological advancements regardless of industry, and to explore continuously the worlds of digital and psychology, intertwining them. He enjoys strategic and decision-making roles within teams of people who value what they do for a living and strive to be the best, to be able to scale, and to lead successful ventures within their industries while constantly educating and giving back to each other and to the community they service.

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David Spindler

David has been working in the design industry for over a decade at the international level. He is currently the lead art director with GWP where he has created everything from billboards to business cards, and TV commercials to apps. He focuses on developing strong technical skills to help bring creative ideas to life.

Study Abroad

We have a variety of international initiatives that students have the ability to explore for credit and internship hours. These vary every year, but offer cultural experiences for students who crave to be inspired by different surroundings and cultures.

Your Career

With more than 25,000 designers, Toronto is at the centre of Canada’s design sector. And as North America’s third largest hotspot for design, there are many opportunities in Toronto for aspiring graphic designers. Our program helps you develop the skills and training you need to pursue your chosen career.

With your powerful combination of creative thinking and technical abilities, you’ll be ready to make your mark in a wide variety of employment contexts including advertising, communications, web design, publishing, commercial printing, public relations, user experience and multimedia production. Your wide-ranging design abilities and use of digital tools and software will assist you in creating original and appealing designs for a broad range of projects including magazine articles, billboards, promotional material, brand experiences, digital applications and corporate websites.

As a freelancer you can enjoy the benefits of choosing your projects and clients, and setting your own rates and hours.

Professional Accreditations & Recognition

Registered Graphic Designers (RGD)

This program satisfies the educational requirement necessary for graduates to pursue the Registered Graphic Designer (RGD) designation, the professional standard for the industry. This designation is granted by the Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD).

Additional requirements may apply.

Note: The requirements for the additional credential(s) are determined by the granting body, which is independent from the College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.

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Program Availability

Start dates between Sept 2022 - Aug 2023
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January 2023 North Open
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Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following 5 requirements:

  • Academic

    To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

    • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses:
      • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent)
      • Three Grade 11 or Grade 12 C, M or U courses in addition to those listed above



    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet all listed course requirements.


    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.


    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.


    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • Portfolio

  • Please submit 3 to 5 examples of your creative work. This could include: paintings, drawings, sculpture, sound art, dance, written work, music, technological play/prototypes, digital design, concept & strategy, animation or any other method through which you have explored your creative expression. We want to see you express your creative thinking and creativity.

    Also, please include 3 to 5 samples of your rough work which could include: sketches, notes, thumbnails, writing process, thinking process. If you do not have visual artifacts of your process, please write a brief 250 word (max) description of how you approach and work through a creative project. We want to know how you think. 

  • Written Submission

  • Select three (3) of the pieces in your portfolio. For each of the three (3) pieces, in 150 words, describe why you chose to include that piece in your portfolio. In total, your written submission should not exceed 450-500 words. 

    Submission Instructions

  • English Language Proficiency

    All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

  • International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a WES or ICAS evaluation.


Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

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Equipment & Device Requirements

All Semesters

Details and Specifications Minimum Specs Recommended Specs
Processor M1 Apple Processor or Intel i7 or better Intel i7 (Quad Core or Higher)
OS Mac/Windows (Mac Preferred) Mac/Windows (Mac Preferred)
Memory 16GB or higher 16GB or Higher
Storage 512GB or higher (SSD Solid State Drive Preferred) 512GB or Higher (SSD Solid State Drive Preferred)
Monitor 13" or higher 15" or Higher
Other Adobe CC & Microsoft Office Subscription. External Hard Drive (256GB or Higher) Adobe CC/Office Subscription. External Hard Drive (256GB or Higher)

Contact Information

Mark Karam, program co-ordinator
416-675-6622 ext. 3019


The 2022-2023 fee for two semesters is:

  • domestic: $3,760.06
  • international: $19,615.00

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester

Domestic Fees International Fees

Additional Costs

$200 to $500 per semester – textbooks, subscriptions, printing and website costs. Students are required to have a laptop to enter the program.


Humber Scholarships

Find out more about scholarships and bursaries that you may be eligible for, visit Student Scholarships. International students can visit International Student Scholarships.

Humber Bursaries

Bursaries are available for Certificate, Diploma and Degree programs primarily based on financial need, visit Humber Bursaries.

External Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Find out more information about external scholarships and bursaries, visit External Awards.

Indigenous Student Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of bursaries and scholarships for Indigenous students, visit Indigenous Student Awards.

Explore Opportunities through Humber Pathways

Humber Pathways include:

  • Opportunities to build on your college education and complete your diploma or degree at Humber.
  • Degree and graduate study opportunities at other institutions in Ontario, Canada and abroad.
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International Students  

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Contact Information

Mark Karam, program co-ordinator
416-675-6622 ext. 3019

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