Course outline

The Graphic Design program is typically completed in four years. The first couple years of courses help you develop fundamental design skills. Upper-level courses have a deeper focus on research, and cultural and contextual issues, to prepare you to tackle real-world problems.

As a student, you'll be able to build your own schedule. This is the timetable that works for most students to complete the program in four years:

Year 1

Credits

ARTG 110 - (Professional Practices)

3

ARTG 111 - (Design History)

3

ARTG 120 - (Design Principles)

3

ARTG 124 - (Applied Design Technologies I)

3

ARTG 130 - (Applied Design Technologies II)

3

ARTG 140 - (Illustration I)

3

ARTG 150 - (Typography I)

3

ARTG 160 - (Design Photography I)

3

ENGL 115 - (University Writing and Research)

3

One general elective

3

Total Credits

30

Year 2

Credits

ARTG 237 - (Applied Design Technologies III)

3

ARTG 241 - (Illustration II)

3

ARTG 251 - (Typography II)

3

ARTG 261 - (Design Photography II)

3

ARTG 271 - (Design Seminar)

3

ARTG 272 - (Presentation Studio)

3

DIGI 110 - (Introduction to Digital Media)

3

DIGI 220 - (Web Production I)

3

ENGL 204 - (Business and Technical Writing)

3

One general electives

3

Total Credits

30

Year 3

Credits

ARTG 345 - (Information Design)

3

ARTG 351 - (Typographic Illustration)

3

ARTG 371 - (Packaging Studio)

3

ARTG 372 - (Publishing Studio)

3

ARTG 373 - (Interface Communication Design)

3

ARTG 374 - (Environmental Design Studio)

3

DIGI 320 - (Web Production II)

3

Three general electives

9

Total Credits

30

Year 4

Credits

ARTG 475 - (Design for Business)

3

ARTG 476 - (Portfolio Studio)

3

ARTG 477 - (Design Studio Practice)

3

ARTG 480 - (Design Research Project)

3

ARTG 481 - (Design Thinking)

3

ARTG 482 - (Design Research)

3

DIGI 260 - (Interactive Motion Media)

3

DIGI 496 - (Senior Digital Media Project)

3

Two general electives

6

Total Credits

30

Management Stream

The management stream is a specialized path to getting your credentials. You'll take the same core courses as the general Graphic Design stream. For your electives, take the following courses:

  • MGMT 192 - (Principles of Management) and,
  • MGMT 292 - (Organizational Behaviour) and,
  • MGMT 381 - (Entre/Intrapreneurship) and,
  • ONE of the following courses:
  • AND three other electives.

If you want to take the management stream, notify the department when you enrol. Make sure you have the requirements for management courses, including math prerequisites.

Electives

VIU offers a variety of elective courses that complement graphic design, such as marketing and visual arts. Contact the department chair for help choosing your electives.

In the case of a discrepancy between this page and the program outline, the program outline takes priority. Check the outline for official information.

At a glance

Credential:
Bachelor of Design in Graphic Design

Program length:
4 years

Location:
Nanaimo campus

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