This Graphic Design Co-op program provides the students with skills, knowledge and professional connections to work as Graphic and Web Designer in several media industries.
Graphic Design is the art of arranging, planning and creating visual elements to convey or enhance a message. An effective graphic design will evoke an emotional response from the consumer and often guide them toward the desired action. Our Media Design and Web Development diploma will give the students the theoretical knowledge and the practical skills necessary to succeed, from the industry’s standard software and platforms to colour theory and project management. They will develop projects that reflect the latest technological trends and real professional demands.
The program also counts with one year of co-op work, which provides the students with professional experience to apply the skills they learned during the classes.
After graduation, our students work and intern in a range of jobs such as digital illustrator, graphic designer, UX/UI designer, web designer, Photoshop & Illustrator artist and digital marketer.
CIRA College is a partner with a job agency that will guide the students throughout the process of getting a new job, from writing a resume to facing interviews. Furthermore, they will help the students to find a suitable place to do their co-op work.
Upon graduation, the student will be able to:
In the second year of your course, CIRA College will help you prepare to ace job interviews and place you on a job to do your design co-op work. We help you from the development of your portfolio – which is done in our great portfolios courses – to creating your resume and interview training. During this time, the students have the opportunity to put into use everything they learned in class and gain Canadian work experience.
This course focuses on showing students how to write content for the web. The students will explore how people read screen text in contrast to printed text. They will practice how to produce content for a new media project of portfolio quality.
In this course, the students will explore fundamental color concepts within the context of Media Design layouts, in order to creatively and successfully create color schemes relating to marketing objectives.
This introductory course will focus on apprehending the Photoshop environment. Students will learn to navigate the canvas effectively, customize the panels and work with layers. They will explore the fundamental tools, settings and features of the software in order to edit and improve pictures.
This class will cover the principles of structural design of shared information environments. It focuses on the process of information architecture for user-centered websites and navigation systems. Through practical exercises, students will learn how to design functional interactive media.
From basic adjustments settings to expert calibration curves, students will learn how to use color retouching to convey specific emotions and feelings in photos. Using Photoshop, topics include selecting tones, adjusting hue and saturation, changing contrast, enhancing lighting and rendering using curves and levels.
This course will provide students with the skills required to recognize and describe the fundamental aspects of web pages. The course will emphasize on identifying a site’s target market to describing interactive features using HTML5 and CSS3.
Students will learn how to use the fundamentals tools of Illustrator and how to work with vector images. From creating and editing shapes to drawing with the pen and pencil tools, they will get to know the work area and develop their creativity using illustrative techniques.
This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of user interface design, including both graphics and interaction design. Students will learn about design methods, prototyping, and evaluation of user interfaces.
This course introduces the power of beauty in design along with its importance for the perception of usability. Students will learn various principles such as balance, proximity, alignment, repetition, contrast and spaces. This class will also explore the development of visual styles and art movements.
This course will cover state-of-the-art image manipulation, adjustment layers, masks and blending modes. The student will learn advanced techniques for making complicated selections, preparing artwork for various design applications and optimizing files.
This course focus on preparing a professional portfolio with creative samples targeted to career choice. Students will learn how to develop a concept of their own to display graphic works, brand themselves and professionally present their skills in accordance with today’s trends.
This course will prepare students to initiate, plan and execute a project. This course aims to develop the range of interpersonal skills and project management techniques required to manage today’s Media Design projects.
This course focuses on how to operate a successful Internet business by understanding all the legal and economic constraints associated. The students will apply hands on problem solving techniques and examine real-life case studies.
Students will explore the professional techniques behind tracing artwork, creating info-graphics, applying dynamic effects, working with perspective grids and other great Adobe Illustrator features.
This course will focus on in-depth review of current media options including the implementation of Search Engine Optimization (SEO). It will educate students about the development of advertising and web communication campaign work. Students will create advertising strategies and campaigns and prepare client-level presentations.
This course is designed to provide students with a deeper knowledge of the software – introducing tools and techniques that will enlarge the scope of their creativity. Through various creative exercises, the students will be inspired to create effective and powerful media design layouts. The students will expand their compositing techniques using paint brushes, patterns and special effects.
This course will enable students to complete a professional portfolio by improving projects and developing new work. Students will expand their verbal and interpersonal skills to enhance professionalism and marketability in order to promote their works and best compliment their skills.
Canada International Royal Arts (CIRA) College is a Graphic Design School located in the heart of Vancouver. It is designated by the Ministry of Advanced Education. CIRA aims to provide high-quality programs and services that will contribute to the student’s academic and career-driven success.
Some example of what our students create in class. We are most proud of their work.