Canadian Design Programs

A comprehensive list of schools with links to undergraduate and graduate design programs in Canada.

Canadian schools offering graphic/communication design programs listed by province and according to program duration.

Alberta

Graduate program
University of Alberta Edmonton, AB 
University of Calgary Edmonton, AB
University of Lethbridge Lethbridge, AB

4-year program
Alberta University of the Arts (AUA) (formerly ACAD) Calgary, AB
MacEwan University Edmonton, AB
Medicine Hat College Medicine Hat, AB
Mount Royal University Calgary, AB
University of Alberta Edmonton, AB
University of Lethbridge Lethbridge, AB

2-year program
CDI  Calgary and Edmonton, AB
Grande Prairie Regional College Grande Prairie, AB
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) Edmonton, AB
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) Calgary, AB

1-year program
Keyano College Fort McMurray, AB
Mount Royal University Calgary, AB
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) Edmonton, AB

Less than 1-year
Pixel Blue College Edmonton, AB 
Reeves College Calgary, AB 

British Columbia

Graduate programs
Emily Carr University of Art + Design Vancouver, BC
Royal Roads University Victoria, BC
Simon Fraser University Burnaby, BC

4-year program
Capilano University North Vancouver, BC 
Emily Carr University of Art + Design Vancouver, BC
Wilson School of Design at Kwantlen Polytechnic University Richmond, BC 
Simon Fraser University Burnaby, BC
Thompson Rivers University Kamloops, BC
Trinity Western University Langley, BC 
University of the Fraser Valley Abbotsford, BC
Vancouver Island University Nanaimo, BC

3-year program
The Art Institute of Vancouver Vancouver, BC
North Island College Vancouver Island, BC

2-year program
The Art Institute of Vancouver Vancouver, BC
British Columbia Institute of Technology Burnaby, BC
CDI Surrey, BC
Center for Arts and Technology Kelowna, BC 
College of New Caledonia Prince George, BC 
Langara College Vancouver, BC 
Pacific Design Academy Victoria, BC 
Selkirk College Nelson, BC 
Thompson Rivers University Kamloops, BC 
University of the Fraser Valley, Mission, BC
Vancouver Community College (VCC) Vancouver, BC

Less than 1-year
British Columbia Institute of Technology Burnaby, BC
Langara Vancouver, BC
LaSalle College International Vancouver, BC
Lost Boys Studios | School of Visual Effects Vancouver, BC
Visual College of Art & Design Vancouver, BC 
Vancouver Community College (VCC) Vancouver, BC 
Vancouver Film School Vancouver, BC

Manitoba

4-year program
University of Manitoba School of Art Winnipeg, MB

2-year program
CDI Winnipeg, MB
Red River College of Applied Arts, Science and Technology Winnipeg, MB 

New Brunswick

2-year program
CCNB Dieppe Dieppe, NB
Mckenzie College Moncton, NB
New Brunswick College of Craft and Design (NBCCD) Fredericton, NB
New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) Moncton, NB

Newfoundland & Labrador

3-year program
Academy Canada St. John's, NL

2-year program
College of the North Atlantic (CNA) St. John's, NL

Nova Scotia

Graduate program
Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD University) Halifax, NS

4-year program
Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD University) Halifax, NS

1-year program
Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) Halifax, NS 

Ontario

Graduate program
Carleton University Ottawa, ON
Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU) Toronto, ON
Ryerson University Toronto, ON
York University Toronto, ON

4-year program
Conestoga College, Kitchener, ON
Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU) Toronto, ON
Ryerson University Toronto, ON
Sheridan College Oakville, ON
Wilfred Laurier University Waterloo, ON
York University Toronto, ON 

3-year program
Algonquin College Ottawa, ON
Cambrian College of Applied Arts and Technology Sudbury, ON 
Canadore College of Applied Arts and Technology North Bay, ON 
Centennial College Toronto, ON
Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning Kitchener, ON
Durham College Oshawa, ON 
Fanshawe College of Applied Arts and Technology London, ON 
George Brown College Toronto, ON 
Georgian College of Applied Arts and Technology Barrie, ON 
Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning Toronto, ON 
La Cite Collegiale Ottawa, ON 
Loyalist College Belleville, ON
Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology Hamilton, ON 
Niagara College Welland, ON
Sault College of Applied Arts and Technology Sault Ste. Marie, ON 
Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology Toronto, ON 
St. Clair College of Applied Arts and Technology Windsor, ON 
St. Lawrence College Kingston, ON 

Less than 2-years
CDI Ajax, Hamilton, Mississauga, North York, Scarborough, Toronto, ON
Toronto Film School, Toronto, ON

Prince Edward Island

2-year program
Holland College Charlottetown, PEI

Quebec

Graduate Program
Concordia University Montréal, QC
McGill University Montréal, QC
Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) Montréal, QC
Université Laval Québec, QC

3-year University Program
The University programs are 3 years because the Quebec educational system provides a 2 year pre-University degree called CÉGEP, which follows high school
Concordia University Montréal, QC 
Université Laval Québec, QC 
Université du Montréal Montréal, QC 
Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) Montréal, QC 
Université du Québec en Outaouais Gatineau, QC 

There are two types of CÉGEP degrees,a  2-year pre-University degree, or a 3-year technical degree. Both can apply to graphic design or desktop publishing, only the CÉGEP that offer graphic design programs are listed.
Cégep Ahuntsic Montréal, QC 
Cégep de Jonquière Jonquière, QC 
Cégep de Rivière-du-Loup Rivière-du-Loup, QC 
Cégep de Saint-Jérôme Saint-Jérôme, QC
Cégep de Sainte-Foy Sainte Foy, QC 
Cégep de Sherbrooke Sherbrooke, QC 
Cégep du Vieux-Montréal Montréal, QC 
Cégep Marie-Victorin Montréal, QC
Dawson College Montréal, QC 
Vanier College Montréal, QC

2-year programs (private schools) offering design-related programs
Collège Inter-Dec Montréal, QC
Collège Salette Montréal, QC 
Institut Grasset Montréal, QC 
Rosemount Technology Centre Montréal, QC

Saskatchewan

Less than 2-years
Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology Prince Albert, SK
SIAST Wascana Campus Regina, SK & Online

These lists have been created to address the numerous inquiries regarding design education in Canada from individuals looking for information when choosing a program of study in graphic design. The Quebec listing is provided by Société des designers graphiques du Québec (SDGQ).

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