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.


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

4-year program
University of Alberta Edmonton, AB map
Alberta College of Art & Design (ACAD) Calgary, AB map
University of Lethbridge Lethbridge, AB map
Medicine Hat College Medicine Hat, AB map
Mount Royal University Calgary, AB

3-year program
Grant MacEwan University Edmonton, AB map

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

1-year program
Mount Royal University Calgary, AB

Less than 1-year
Pixel Blue College Edmonton, AB MAP
Reeves College Calgary, AB map
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) Edmonton, 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
Simon Fraser University Burnaby, BC map
Thompson Rivers University Kamloops, BC map
Vancouver Island University Nanaimo, BC map
Emily Carr University of Art + Design Vancouver, BC map
Kwantlen Polytechnic University Richmond, BC map
Capilano University North Vancouver, BC 
University of the Fraser Valley Abbotsford, BC map

3-year program
The Art Institute of Vancouver Vancouver, BC
Capilano University North Vancouver, BC map
Kwantlen Polytechnic University Richmond, BC map
North Island College Vancouver Island, BC map

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

Less than 1-year
British Columbia Institute of Technology Burnaby, BC
BCIT and Emily Carr Burnaby, BC
Langara Vancouver, BC
LaSalle College International Vancouver, BC map
Lost Boys Studios | School of Visual Effects Vancouver, BC map
Northern Lights College Dawson Creek, BC map
Surrey College Surrey, BC map
Vancouver Career College, Kelowna Campus Kelowna, BC map
Visual College of Art & Design Vancouver, BC map
Vancouver Community College (VCC) Vancouver, BC map
Vancouver Film School Vancouver, BC map


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

3-year program
Red River College of Applied Arts, Science and Technology Winnipeg, MB map

2-year program
CDI Winnipeg, MB

New Brunswick

4-year program
New Brunswick College of Craft and Design Fredericton, NB

3-year program
New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) Miramichi, NB map

2-year program
New Brunswick College of Craft and Design Fredericton, NB
Mckenzie College Moncton, NB
Center for Arts and Technology Fredericton, NB map

Less than 2-year program
Atlantica Centre for the Arts  Saint John, NB
Eastern College Moncton, NB

Newfoundland & Labrador

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

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

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 map

2-year program
Center for Arts and Technology Halifax, NS map

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


Graduate program
Carelton University Ottawa, ON
OCAD University Toronto, ON
Ryerson University Toronto, ON
York University Toronto, ON

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

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

Less than 2-years
Toronto Film School, Toronto, ON
Kennedy College Of Canada Toronto, ON map
Ajax, Hamilton, Mississauga, North York, Scarborough, Toronto, ON

Less than 1-year
Westervelt College, London, ON

Prince Edward Island

2-year program
Holland College Charlottetown, PEI map


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

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.
Dawson College Montréal, QC map
Cégep Ahuntsic Montréal, QC map
Cégep de Jonquière Jonquière, QC map
Cégep de Rivière-du-Loup Rivière-du-Loup, QC map
Cégep de Saint-Jérôme Saint-Jérôme, QC map
Cégep de Sainte-Foy Sainte Foy, QC map
Cégep de Sherbrooke Sherbrooke, QC map
Cégep du Vieux-Montréal Montréal, QC map
Cégep Marie-Victorin Montréal, QC map
Vanier College Montréal, QC map

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


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

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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