Introduction to design

Work with a variety of graphic design tools to develop fundamental design skills and gain an understanding of the critical design process.

Coming Summer 2020

This program is great for beginners as it uses an applied approach to guide students through the specific design practices and workflow processes for producing good quality work. The program will foster students' professional interests and potential to work in fields related to graphic design, illustration, character design, art direction, and creative direction. 

This Summer Institute will also include a seminar designed to help you build your cultural etiquette and cultural adaption for work and study in Canada.

A Letter of Participation will be issued to students who successfully complete all of the seminars.


Each week, students will be required to attend seminars and instructional courses on campus during the following times:

  • Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. and
  • Monday to Thursday, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Program Courses

Digital Lab for Designers
Learn the basics of the Adobe CS6 suite of applications including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, and go beyond simply studying the software, to integrate good design. Work through a series of projects focusing on how to properly capture, transfer, manipulate, and output images in a clear, concise manner while applying your knowledge of design fundamentals for clean visual communication. As you work through the projects, you will figure out a digital workflow that makes sense for you and become more comfortable working in multiple programs at once.

Graphic Design
Gain a solid understanding of visual communication design and the role of a graphic designer. Learn to solve problems and generate ideas through sketching and drawing, which will develop your abilities. Emphasis will be on using the elements and principles of design effectively while you work on in-class projects that push your creativity. You will use a variety of graphic methods to communicate ideas with images, typography, narrative illustration, and decoration. As a group, you will analyze and critique graphic design from product packaging to periodicals to logos as inspiration for your own work.

College Prep for Canada – Developing College Savvy Students
This seminar will introduce students to culture, study and life in Canada. You will learn Canadian etiquette to assist you in your cultural adaptation. Build your cultural etiquette for work and study in Canada. Learn about the Canadian education system, academic expectations, and study requirements to be successful students. Improve your global competency. Practice skills that will help you through your career and education including group work, written and oral communication.  

Field Trips

Opportunities will be available for students to participate in off-campus site visits in and outside of class time. Students will be responsible for these costs as they have not been included in the program fees. Field trips will take place on the weekends and shorter excursions may be coordinated in the morning before class. Chaperones will accompany students. Excursion options may include the following:

  • Eau Clair Market and Prince’s Island Park
  • Calgary Tower
  • Glenbow Museum
  • Heritage Park and Historical Museum
  • CF Chinook Centre
  • Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity