Digital Graphic Design

Digital Graphic Design Extension Certificate  


Learn the artistic, technical and business aspects of graphic design. Develop your creative talents, learn leading software programs and explore the principles of visual design to create an outstanding portfolio.

These courses are offered in computer labs. Students are not required to bring their own computer to class.

  • Prepare for a career as a graphic designer
  • Explore digital graphic design for personal or professional development
  • Learn about creating and editing digital images
  • Enhance your graphic design knowledge and skills as part of your marketing role


  • Complete the 7 required courses plus 15 hours of optional courses (168 hours)
  • You may take individual courses without earning the certificate
  • Courses are taught on the Mac computer
  • Complete in a minimum of 1 year up to a maximum of 2 years

Required Courses

Introduction to Digital Graphic Design
Be introduced to basic design principles to create visually compelling messages. Gain practical exposure to working with clients and exploring career options. Key topics include design fundamentals, design software, client communication and portfolio creation.

Subject code: XCGD 10014 18 Hours. Fee: $309  
CRN 50291
6 classesMay 1 - 176 - 9 p.m.Tues., Thurs.

Photoshop 1
Edit, retouch and customize photos – or create entirely new images – with this powerful software.
Course materials (optional) at the BookStore

Subject code: XCGD 10004 24 Hours. Fee: $459  
CRN 50162
8 classes May 1 - 24 6 - 9 p.m. Tues., Thurs.

Illustrator 1
Cover basics tools, techniques and concepts in digital drawing with this key industry software.
Course materials (optional) at the BookStore

Subject code: XCGD 10003 24 Hours. Fee: $459  
CRN 50289
4 classes Apr. 28 - May 26 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sat.


InDesign 1
Lay out documents like a pro by mastering the tools and techniques that make InDesign an industry favourite.
Course materials (optional) at the at the BookStore

Subject code: XCGD 10006 15 Hours. Fee: $309  
CRN 50290
2 classes May 6 - 13 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sun.

Illustrator 2
Build your digital drawing skills and learn advanced techniques in shading to really make your art stand out.
Prerequisite: Illustrator 1
Course materials (optional) at the at the BookStore (same book used for Illustrator 1 and 2)

Subject code: XCGD 10009 24 Hours. Fee: $459  
CRN 50292
4 classes June 2 - 23 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sat.

Photoshop 2
Take your Photoshop skills to the next level and build a variety of images for your portfolio. Supervised studio time included.
Prerequisite: Photoshop 1
Course materials (optional) at the BookStore (same book used for Photoshop 1 and 2)

Subject code: XCGD 10010 24 Hours. Fee: $459  
CRN 50293
 8 classes June 5 - 28  6 - 9 p.m. Tues., Thurs.

InDesign 2
Apply your skills to design beautiful, easy-to-read digital documents. Explore the interaction of text, typography, colour and images to convey your message.
Prerequisites: InDesign 1

 Subject code: XCGD 10011 24 Hours. Fee: $459  
CRN 50132
4 classes June 3 - 24 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Optional Courses

Choose a minimum of 15 hours

Business Skills and Portfolio Creation for Graphic Design
Develop valuable skills for working with clients and creating a professional portfolio. Topics include portfolio development, copyright issues, client relations, contracts and project management.

Subject code: XCGD 10001 18 Hours. Fee: $299  Not offered in Spring 2018
CRN 30297
 6 classesApril 10 - 26 6 - 9 p.m.Tues., Thurs.

Acrobat for Graphic Design
This easy-to-use software offers tools that few people know about. Unlock its full potential and make your PDFs stand out.

Subject code: XCGD 10005 Not offered in Spring 2018



Foundations of Photography, Level 1
Master basic camera techniques so you can operate your digital SLR (single lens reflex) camera more effectively and creatively. Learn about camera controls, light meters, lenses, depth of field and lighting.
Note: Camera must have fully manual capabilities.

Subject code: XAFT 10002 20 Hours. Fee: $299 Choose 1 of the CRNs below
CRN 30007
8 classesFeb. 7- Mar. 7 &
Feb. 10- Mar. 3
6-8:30 p.m.
9-11:30 a.m.
CRN 301578 classesFeb. 27-April 177-9:30 p.m.Tues.

Foundations of Photography, Level 2
Further your photographic vision by continuing to explore light, exposure and composition. This course will be split between classroom lectures and field trips where you will practice the techniques discussed in class.
Prerequisite: Foundations of Photography, Level 1
Note: For field trips, you are responsible for your own transportation. Admission fees may apply. You may be required to sign a waiver form.

Subject code: XAFT 10026 20 Hours. Fee: $289  
CRN 30131 7 classes Mar. 21 - April 18
Mar. 24 - April 14
6-8:30 p.m.
9-12:00 p.m.

Black and White Photography Workshop
Explore the creative potential of black and white photography. Use compositional elements – other than colour – to create a visually strong photo. Enjoy a photo shoot followed by a digital lab session where you will edit and convert your photos into black and white.

Subject code: XAFT 1002210 Hours. Fee: $209 Not offered Winter 2018

Digital Darkroom Basics

Taking a well-exposed and well-composed photograph is a good foundation, but digital editing can enhance any image. Learn about importing, colour correction, cropping and more.
Note: Adobe Lightroom is used to teach this course

Subject code: XAFT 10020 15 Hours. Fee: $279 Choose 1 of the CRNs below
CRN 30169 5 classes Feb. 26- Mar. 12 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Mon., Wed.

Advanced Digital Darkroom
Learn the techniques used by professional photographers to enhance and manipulate images. Practice retouching and building composite images. Explore your creativity using filters and HDR compositing.
Prerequisite: Foundations of Photography, Level 1
Notes: If you are already familiar with digital photo editing, choose this course instead of Digital Darkroom Basics. The course is taught using Adobe Photoshop and requires previous computer and image editing experience.

Subject code: XAFT 10032 15 Hours. Fee: $259  
CRN 30943 8 classesFeb. 5- 216:30 - 9:30 p.m.Mon., Wed.

Close-Up Photography
Explore the fun and surprising possibilities with macro photography. Explore the gear and techniques for taking compelling photos of flowers, small animals and anything else that you may find interesting.

Subject code: XAFT 10027 10 Hours. Fee: $229  Not offered Winter 2018

Portrait Photography
Photographing people can be one of the hardest types of photography to do well. Through photographing live models, learn the basics of portraiture: subject, posing, backgrounds and, most importantly, lighting. Shoot some portraits and head into the lab for a critical analysis.
Note for Portrait Photography Level 1 & 2: The studio equipment in this course is compatible with Nikon and Canon cameras. If you attend this course with another brand of camera, please be advised that you may not get the same quality of photos and may not be able to use all of the equipment in the studio.

Subject code: XAFT 10025 10 Hours. Fee: $279  Not offered Winter 2018


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403.440.6861 or 1.888.392.3655
Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary AB T3E 6K6

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