Bachelor of Design in Graphic Design

The Art Institute of Vancouver’s Bachelor of Design in Graphic Design degree program focuses on the increasingly vital relationship between design and sustainable principles. As environmental demands escalate and take centre focus in educational and political discourse, there is a growing need for designers who can provide solutions while creating sustainable, eco-conscious designs.

This academic program aims to produce designers who combine technical aptitude, critical thinking skills and ethical awareness. Program graduates will possess knowledge of design and sustainable fundamentals, as well as an understanding of core values, emerging trends and discipline challenges. They will demonstrate professional excellence in the application of environmentally conscious principles to any design project or milieu.

This program consists of 180 credits over 11 quarters.

Our specific objectives are to provide students the following:

  • Competencies in a program emphasizing strong theoretical and practical knowledge necessary for graduates to seek entry-level employment;
  • A hands-on, learning-centred educational environment that supports and enhances students’ professional and academic development as designers;
  • Targeted preparation and training for entry-level employment opportunities within the design field;
  • Access to appropriately credentialed faculty with extensive industry experience.

Bachelor

  • Drawing
  • Fundamentals of Design
  • Colour Theory
  • Digital Imaging
  • Fundamentals of Sustainable Design
  • Graphic Stylization and Symbols
  • Concept Development
  • Digital Illustration
  • Typography
  • Advanced Typography
  • Digital Imaging II
  • Electronic Design
  • Principles of Sustainable Design
  • Sustainable Design Standards
  • Green Campaign
  • Production Procedures
  • Corporate Identity
  • Experimental Typography
  • Design and Technology
  • Advertising
  • Sustainable Design Leadership
  • Art Direction
  • Conceptual Illustration
  • Foundations of Electronic Production
  • Copywriting for Electronic Media
  • Digital Photography
  • Portfolio I
  • Senior Research Thesis 
  • Environmental Design 
  • Dimensional Design
  • Senior Project
  • Publication Design
  • Information Design
  • Public Relations and Marketing
  • Senior Portfolio
  • Media Business Law and Communication
  • Web Site Development I
  • Computer Animation for Multimedia
  • Intermediate Interactive Web Scripting
  • Introduction to Scripting Languages
  • Advanced Web Site Development
  • Speech Communications
  • Rhetoric and Composition
  • Academic Writing
  • Critical Thinking
  • History of Art in Early Civilizations
  • History and Analysis of Design
  • Fundamentals of Sociology
  • World Civilization
  • Mathematics
  • Introduction to Political Science
  • Fundamentals of Psychology
  • Cultural Theory
  • Ethics
  • General Education Elective