Creative Technology Diploma - Sterling College Vancouver
Gain relevant skills required to pursue careers in the computer-aided design and interactive media industries. Our College programs in Vancouver reflect current market trends and our facilities come equipped with the equipment you need to fully immerse yourself in a world of creativity.
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Graphic Design

Graphic Design Diploma in Creative Technologies (Advanced Pathway)

*Program approval by registrar pending.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

Entry into the Advanced Diploma in Creative Technologies requires students to have successfully completed the Diploma in Creative Technologies (Foundation) program or equivalent from another institution, or submit a professional portfolio for review and approval by the Head of Creative Technology. An interview with the Head of Creative Technology may also be required for applicants submitting a portfolio.

GRAPHIC DESIGN – DIPLOMA IN CREATIVE TECHNOLOGIES (ADVANCED) – 44 WEEKS OF INSTRUCTION

Web Design & Development III

This is a project-based course which focuses on students creating well-structured and organized websites with robust and reliable code. Students will focus on the implementation of JavaScript and PHP in their web development projects. It is expected that within this course students will create a website which will feature in their professional portfolio.

Typography I

In this course, students will explore the use of effective visual communication through, clear, appropriate and functional typography. Students will learn the vocabulary, history and contextual application of typography. The desired outcome is a student capable of producing appropriate, discriminating and inventive work.

Drawing for Design II

Drawing for Design II is an advanced drawing course that will focus on expanded definitions and practices of drawing. This course will consist of self-directed in and out of class studio work to materialize thematically driven projects. Each project will conclude with a class discussion critiquing the conceptual, material and formal attributes of the works in an effort to evaluate whether the artists intention and final product are in alignment and how their drawings are experienced by viewers.

App Design & Development I

This course provides students with a broad introduction into 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional Computer-Aided Design (Autodesk AutoCAD) and modeling with a focus on product and industrial design. Students will learn how to use industry-leading CAD software program to model products and create industry-standard annotated construction plans.

Brand Identity Design

This course will prepare students to design and establish visual identities and brand standards across a variety of mediums. The course will help the designer look beyond logo design and acquire a fundamental understanding of the aspects of designing a brand system that is scalable and replicable, regardless of application.

Group Intermedia Project

This course provides students with the opportunity to apply, in a team context, what has been learned throughout the program thus far. Students will further their learning while cultivating critical life skills including: learning research methodologies, developing strategies for analyzing and addressing problems, and working with others. Students will develop an intermedia group project which may include the expertise of any student within the Sterling College School of Creative Technologies. The project will be the seminal piece that will be presented to potential employers, as a professional portfolio piece, demonstrating growth as a designer, and a capability of working effectively within a group.

User Experience Design

This is a project-based introduction to the user interface design process and is oriented toward practical methods for approaching a design problem. The focus of the course is to develop conceptual designs based on the needs of users. Students explore the methodologies of user research, design conceptualization and design validation. An emphasis will be placed upon the cognitive principles of user experience in system design.

Visual Communications

This course explores visual understanding and the psychology of imagery. Topics include, analogy, metaphor, symbolism, iconography and how semiotics can influence our designs. We will also explore contemporary social media phenomenon, such as going viral on social media, or utilizing copy and imagery to encourage online visitor to click on something. Students will review and provide feedback to fellow classmates about their work. The feedback and personal reflection are key components of the course as everyone works collaboratively to understand how visual communication functions in the digital age, and how everyone can become more fluent at analyzing, interpreting and creating images and graphics that communicate effectively.

Typography II

In this course students will further their investigation into the structural and communicative aspects of typography and refine their process of using type to enhance meaning. Building on skills and knowledge acquired in previous courses, students will work on advanced typographic systems that integrate conceptual and theoretical perspectives on syntactics, semantics and pragmatics.

Print & Packaging

This course explores graphic design for printed media and packaging. Students will design and produce consumer product marketing material and package designs for use in their professional portfolios. This course is about designing tangible packaging experiences and product brochures, which follow a predefined brand standards guide, and create a psychological connection with the consumer.

Group Project Studio

Given the collaborative nature of the 21st century workplace, the group project experience will require students to work as part of a larger team. Together, students will demonstrate innovative and effective production strategies while producing an end result that conveys the messages associated with the selected theme or thesis. The project will demonstrate sophistication associated with a high level of cultural, business and communication awareness, along with strong technical ability, and the creativity to express ideas that engage with issues germane to the contemporary environment.

Portfolio Mentorship

In this course students will finalize and refine the choices they have made for inclusion in their final portfolio, based on the feedback provided over the course of your program, and the artistic strengths discovered or finessed. Additional guidance will be provided during the course of the term. The goal of the course is to design a portfolio that will differentiate each student from their fellow graduates and better position them for entry into the industry.

Layout Design II

Students will further their exploration of layout design and organizational principles of composition to achieve specific communication objectives. Students will be finalizing visual arrangement choices for their graduation portfolio pieces.

Portfolio Studio

In this course students will be provided with a mentored studio in which to assemble and finalize items for inclusion in their graduate portfolios.

Students will produce a final portfolio that demonstrates the conceptual and artistic sophistication associated with a high level of cultural, business and communication awareness, along with strong technical aptitude and creative ability to express ideas that engage with issues germane to the contemporary environment.

Professional Practices

In this course students will prepare themselves for a new career. Students will create self-branding material to market themselves to potential employers, such as a portfolio web-site and business cards. Students will begin professional social networking and developing professional contacts within the industry. This course will also provide job seeking skills such as: job searching, cover letter writing, resume writing, mock interview experiences and professional communication.

Web marketing & Data Analytics

In this course students will prepare themselves for a new career. Students will create self-branding material to market themselves to potential employers, such as a portfolio web-site and business cards. Students will begin professional social networking and developing professional contacts within the industry. This course will also provide job seeking skills such as: job searching, cover letter writing, resume writing, mock interview experiences and professional communication.

CUTTING EDGE DIPLOMA PROGRAM DESIGNED BY INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS

Choose Sterling College to gain the relevant skills required to pursue careers in the computer-aided design and interactive media industries. Our programs reflect current market trends and our facilities come equipped with the tools and equipment you need to fully immerse yourself in a world of creativity.

Graduates of Sterling College Creative Technology programs are positioned to enter careers as creative directors, production artists, mobile app developers, and graphic, layout or web designers to name a few.

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PROGRAM OPTIONS

INSTRUCTORS

COLIN CALNAN, PROGRAM AMBASSADOR

Colin is a Senior Developer with over 10 years experience. Highly skilled problem solver with keen analytical skills. Effective communicator with an outgoing personality and experience in teaching and mentoring. Strong web development background with a Masters of Science degree in Design & Digital Media from the University of Edinburgh.

ADAM KYLE WILSON, PROGRAM AMBASSADOR

Adam is a design expert who has many years of experience as an instructor and professional within the digital communications industry, working for top clients such as Nike, Disney, GE, Mercedes, and Lululemon. He has also been featured on stage as a lecturer at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference as well as the Google I/O conference in San Fransisco. His past students and colleagues have described him as down-to-earth and enthusiastic, with a fresh take on thinking like a designer and the importance of context and process.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

 

Students are required to have one of the following pre-requisites to qualify for enrolment into a Sterling College Diploma or Certificate program:

  • Grade 12 graduation from a Canadian High School or an equivalent level institution Worldwide;
  • Successful completion of the Government Equivalency Diploma (G.E.D);
  • To apply as a mature student, you must be over 19 years of age and must write a letter of intent. There will also be an interview conducted by the Academic Director for approval of entry.

If English is not your first language, students will be required to have the pre-requisites to qualify for enrolment into this program. Please see our International Students page for more details.