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Certificate in
Graphic Communications

Graphic communications is one of the most dynamic and exciting industries in Canada today. The preparation of layouts, files, proofs, and finished jobs in the printing industry requires the use of advanced hardware, software, and technology. Knowledgeable and skilled professionals in the field are rewarded with challenging opportunities.

This certificate is of particular interest to individuals who wish to enhance their ability to advance professionally and to those seeking the necessary knowledge and skills to make a career change into the graphic communications industry. Students may enrol directly into entry-level courses. No interview or portfolio is required.

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Admission Criteria

It is recommended that applicants have the following:

OSSD with six Grade 12 U or M credits, with minimum average of 60 percent, or equivalent, or mature student status with relevant professional experience.

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible restrictions; please refer to Curriculum Advising for complete details.

Program Open House

Students who have questions about the admission criteria and/or would like to know more about this certificate are invited to attend a Program Open House. Please see Open House for dates, times, and location.

Certificate Requirements

The successful completion of six courses, with a cumulative grade point average of 1.67 or higher, is required for the certificate.

Certificate Registration

Students may be registered in only one certificate program at any one time. To allow maximum flexibility in crediting external courses and/or courses previously taken at Ryerson, students should register in the certificate at the beginning of their first course (see also Courses and Programs FAQ). For complete details on the advantages of early registration, registration deadlines, and Transfer Credit restrictions, all students should read Registration in a Certificate Program.

Awards and Financial Aid

If you require financial assistance, you may apply for merit-based awards and/or need-based financial aid. As well, students officially registered in a Chang School certificate program may be eligible for funding through the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). For a complete list of certificate programs approved by OSAP, visit the Student Financial Assistance website.

Requirements for Graduation

To graduate, you must successfully complete, within your official timespan, the published certificate curricula from the year you registered in the certificate program. In some circumstances, certificate requirements may change, resulting in courses no longer being available. In such cases, Course Substitutions/Directives may be requested. Also, you must apply on RAMSS to graduate, prior to the appropriate application deadlines (see Important Dates). For complete details, all students should read Graduation.

Required Courses

CGCM 110   Graphic Communication:  Introduction to Graphic Communications
CGCM 120   Graphic Communication:  Graphic Communications Processes 1
CGCM 130   Graphic Communication:  Design and Layout

Electives (select three)

CGCM 111   Graphic Communication:  Graphic Communication Technologies
CGCM 121   Graphic Communication:  Graphic Communications Processes 2
CGCM 210   Graphic Communication:  Consumer Packaging
CGCM 230   Graphic Communication:  Typography
CGCM 250   Graphic Communication:  Binding and Finishing
CGCM 720   Graphic Communication:  Magazine Production and Publishing
CGCM 738   Graphic Communication:  Photoshopped! The Art of Image Retouching
CGCM 740   Graphic Communication:  Accessibility for Graphic Communications

Advanced Standing

Students who successfully complete the Certificate in Graphic Communications, including the elective courses CGCM 111 and CGCM 121; one single-term Liberal Studies course from Table A (see the Ryerson Undergraduate Program Calendar at for more information); and the three courses CMKT 100, CGMS 200, and CCMN 279, may be considered, subject to an interview and normal program admission criteria and procedures, for direct entry into the second year of the Graphic Communications Management degree program.