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 8 required courses (171 hours)
  • You may take individual courses without earning the certificate
  • 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  Not offered in Spring & Summer 2019


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 50107
8 classes May 7 - 30 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 50172
4 classes Apr. 27 - May 25 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 Not offered in Spring & Summer 2019


Illustrator 2
Build your digital drawing skills and learn advanced techniques in shading to really make your art stand out.
Recommended Preparation: XCGD 10003 Illustrator 1 or equivalent
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 50175
4 classes June 1 -  22 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.
Recommended Preparation: XCGD 10004 Photoshop 1 or equivalent
Course materials (optional) at the BookStore (same book used for Photoshop 1 and 2)

Subject code: XCGD 10010 24 Hours. Fee: $459  
CRN 50329
 8 classes June 4 - 27  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.
Recommended Preparation: XCGD 10006 InDesign 1 or equivalent

 Subject code: XCGD 10011 24 Hours. Fee: $459  
CRN 50086 4 classes June 2 - 23 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sun.


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  
CRN 503336 classesJune 17 - July 8 6 - 9 p.m.Mon., Wed. 




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For information about this program:
403.440.6861 or 1.888.392.3655
Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary AB T3E 6K6

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