Bachelor of Design Graphic Design

Fees & Finances

This page gives you an overview of the costs associated with the program, and how to get financial aid to help you pay for university.

Tuition and student fees

Tution fees depend on if you're a domestic student or an international student.

Equipment and software

The following is a list of required equipment for the program.

You can get a discount on Apple hardware through the Apple Store, or any Apple retail store if you bring proof of your enrolment at VIU.

Optionally, here are a few accessories you may want to purchase to make your time easier:

A department laptop may be available for a student in considerable financial need. Contact us to apply.


Estimate about $500 for each term.

Books can be purchased from the Amazon Bookstore or the VIU Campus Store.

If your books don’t show up on the Bookstore shelves, your professor may have other plans and will discuss details in your first class.

Optionally, you're welcome to make a post on our Facebook page asking if upper-level students and alumni are selling their old texts, but there's no guarantee.

Individual Course Fees

You might have to purchase materials and pay for print/production of your projects. These vary by course and by instructor. We try to keep your costs to a minimum.

Computer printing

Our computer labs have colour printers for your use. Prints are $0.50 for colour, and $0.10 for black & white. You'll have to purchase prepaid printing in amounts that can be loaded onto your Vancouver Island University ID card.


You can rent lockers from the VIU Bookstore. There are two types of lockers in the Art Building available for students to store their work and supplies: a large flat drawer and an upright cupboard. There is a refundable deposit of $10.00 for each locker or drawer used and a $10.00 fee for each semester for each locker.

Access/Security Cards ($8.00)

These are required for entry to the Art & Design Building and the Graphic design labs outside of scheduled class hours. These are available from the VIU Bookstore.

Financial assistance

VIU offers a variety of programs to help you fund your university experience. Scholarships, awards, bursaries and student loans are all handled through VIU Financial Aid.

Here's a sample of other awards our students have successfully won in the past:

Job Market

+23% job growth

As of November 2015, the demand for media sector professionals like Graphic Designers is growing faster than any other industry, according to job indexing site Indeed.

At a glance

Bachelor of Design in Graphic Design

Program length:
4 years

Nanaimo campus

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Alumni Profile

Ashley Johnston

Portrait of Ashley Johnston

Ashley’s love of problem solving led her to her position of Web Designer at Real Estate Webmasters in Nanaimo.

Graduated 2015 | Portfolio

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Laurelle Armet

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Laurelle's love of marketing design led her to her position of Lead Designer at CGM Marketing Ltd in Nanaimo.

Graduated 2014 | Portfolio

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Emily Johnston

Portrait of Emily Johnston

Emily’s passion for creative problem solving led her to a Web and Graphic Design position at Leap in Victoria.

Graduated 2016 | Portfolio

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Trina M’Lot

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Trina’s desire to design with a positive impact led her to the position of Visual Communications Specialist at Power To Be in Victoria.

Graduated 2013

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Neil Manuel

Portrait of Neil Manuel

Neil’s adventurous nature led him to his position of Designer and Marketer at Joy Factory Films Inc. in Kamloops.

Graduated 2014 | Portfolio

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Reese Patterson

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Reese’s love of simplifying things & making cool interfaces led him to his position of UI/UX designer at Eventbase Technologies in Vancouver.

Graduated 2015 | Portfolio

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Dahlia Yuen

Portrait of Dahlia Yuen

Dahlia’s delight for typography and layout design lead to her becoming a book designer at FriesenPress in Victoria.

Graduated 2015 | Portfolio