Holland College | Graphic Design

Graphic Design

Start Date: September
Length: 2 Years
Location: Prince of Wales Campus
Credential: Diploma, Graphic Design
  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
  • Grade 12 English, minimum 60%
  • Submission of a portfolio. Click here for portfolio requirements. Your portfolio will be a significant factor in gaining admission to the program
  • Résumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program.

Note: The portfolio will only be kept by the Admissions Department for one year.

NOTE: If your first language is not English please review our English Language Requirements page.

Fees for the academic year 2020/2021. Please note: Tuition and Fees are listed in Canadian dollars.

First-year international students pay an additional $4,000 CAD student fee, second-year international students pay an additional $3,250 CAD student fee (2020/2021 only).
International Health Fee is an additional $750 per year.
International Student Fees are due on the first day of class.

Tuition and Other Fees 1st Year 2nd Year
Tuition $ 4,160 $ 4,160
Lab Fee $ 200 $ 300
Student Union $ 168 $ 168
Health Insurance Fee $ 420 $ 420
Fitness Centre Fee $ 80 $ 80
Grad Fee   $ 100
Total $ 5,028 $ 5,228
1stinstallment due upon first day of class $ 2,848

$ 2,998

2ndinstallment due January 6 $ 2,180 $ 2,230
Other Program Costs 1st Year 2nd Year
Books $ $–
Materials/Supplies $ 500 $ 500
Total $ 500 $ 500

Graduates from this program may find employment with:

  • Design studios
  • Freelancing
  • Web design firms
  • Corporate in-house design
  • Advertising agencies
  • Pre-press production such as offset, screen print, signage, and flexography

Degree Pathways

Many Holland College programs have degree pathways. For more information, see our Degree Pathways section.

Program Overview

The Graphic Design program prepares you for the excitement and challenges a job in design brings. Through exposure to a wide variety of ideas, projects, and media, you will build a solid portfolio and skill sets that will benefit you throughout your career. You will be introduced to the history of graphic design, creative problem solving, illustration, expressive typography, prepress, print production, web design, and project management. We emphasize the establishment of strong visual communication and design skills. You will build a solid technical foundation and be able to explore areas that interest you. Coupled with exposure to the most current hardware and software available, this program will prepare you to work in the industry. 

This program is located in the Charlottetown Centre. Click here to take a virtual tour.

This is a U.S. Federal Aid approved program.

View a detailed list of courses for this program.


Fundamental Arts

The one-year Fundamental Arts program provides you with the opportunity to develop and enhance your skills as an artist through courses in art history, drawing, design, animation, digital photography and more. Emphasis is placed on learning the basics of effective design and enhancing your drawing skills which will help you to develop your portfolio and prepare for a future career visual arts.


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