BECOME A
PROFESSIONAL

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Graphic & Digital Design

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Overview

EXCITING NEWS!!

Centre for Arts and Technology has an articulation agreement with the University of Gloucestershire in England. Read our blog for an interview with University of Gloucestershire instructor Don Parker.

You’ve always had an eye for powerful images: an unforgettable album cover…an epic movie poster…an iconic logo recognized the world over. You’re a creative wizard and a computer nut, which makes you the go-to person when a relative needs a wedding invitation or help designing the promo materials for their new business. Now is the time. The Graphic & Digital Design program will help you turn your talents into a lucrative career in the creative industry. As a graduate of the Graphic and Digital Design program, you’ll come away with a polished portfolio certain to impress ad agencies, website developers and more. There’s no limit to how far you can go, if you work hard and use your imagination. These are just a few of the careers you could jump into:

  • Graphic Designer
  • Creative Director
  • Interactive Designer
  • Production Designer
  • Multimedia and Web Designer
  • Arts Manager/Administrator

GRAPHIC DESIGN COLLEGE

New media is constantly introducing us to alternative outlets for artistic expression. The demand for graphic artists, who are proficient in the latest suite of design programs, continues to grow. There’s no better program or career choice for those who are both tech-savvy and have a talent for the graphic arts! Graduates of the Graphic & Digital Design program have begun meaningful careers at creative businesses like these: Crema Communications • Spin Caster • Morningstar Interactive • Get to Know Program • Twin Creek Media • Graphically Speaking • Media Button • Promark Designs • Ginger Design Instructors at Centre for Arts and Technology are at the top of their game—in fact, many own or work with leading design firms. Through their professional experiences, they’ve learned every aspect of the graphic and digital design business—experience that proves invaluable to our students. You’ll learn the very same software programs you can expect to use on a day-to-day basis when you begin your new career. In only one year, you’ll be a master of graphic and digital design with a thorough knowledge of these standard software programs, and a solid background in the more important aspects of marketing, including proficiency in: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat—Branding—Typography—Adobe Dreamweaver, Flash, Premiere, After Effects.

“I have always loved art, and this seemed to be a practical way to make money at doing what I love. Centre for Arts and Technology offered a wonderful variety of topics under one program which I found beneficial for standing out in a stack of resumes. I landed an internship within two weeks.” –   Alanna O’Brien

* Notice * – This program requires students to have a laptop. Please inquire with a Program Advisor for complete details.

Campuses

Kelowna, Surrey

Program Length

12 months

Application Deadline

September 6th

Course Flow

  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 3
  • Semester 4

In your first quarter, you will learn about graphic file management, core graphic and Web design applications, business communications, and project management to serve as a foundation for the remainder of your program. In Foundation of Art and Design, you will explore the evolution of imagery from primitive art through to today’s digital creations, with a focus on the elemental themes in design, composition, and content. This will allow you to understand the artistic direction demanded by future clients. You will also be introduced to Video Production, Internet Programming, and Business Technology in this foundational term.

In your second quarter, you will learn about the essential tools and methods of digital illustration and life drawing. From color correction to effective typography, your design studio course this term will strengthen your graphic design skills and mastery of image creation and editing software. You will also be introduced to Digital Illustration in this quarter, as well as Internet Marketing.

In your third quarter, you will build your skills in digital manipulation and creation. Your Principals of Photography course will coincide with Digital Imaging, which is designed to help you become proficient in Adobe Photoshop and other image manipulation applications for use in advertising, marketing, graphic design, and publishing. You will also explore employment options and entrepreneurship in this quarter-in Media Communications and Law, you will learn about intellectual property, rights of privacy and publicity, defamation, third party liabilities, domain names, e-commerce, and issues of contract law and digital production.

Your final quarter of your program will be largely focused on preparing for your career in design. You will build a business plan so you are ready to launch as a self-employed designer should you choose that route after graduation. You will also further your storytelling and editing skills – often required in many design-based careers – in Introduction to Motion Graphics, where you will learn computer graphic manipulation, titling and visual effects techniques, and non-linear editing in relation to Web-based video creation. A large portion of this quarter will also be to finalize your portfolio which will help you define your style, present yourself to potential employers, and gain contract or project based work after graduation.

Faculty

DEBORAH LAMPITT-MCCONNACHIE | PROGRAM MANAGER

Deborah ‘s career encompasses fashion, film, music,  television, print journalism and education at the post graduate level and has spent most of the past 30 years in London, UK (with a couple of years here and there in Los Angeles and Vancouver).

In her work, she travelled extensively to New York, Paris and Milan covering the international Ready-to-Wear and Couture designer collections for print and television. She has also worked for RCA records in LA and Island Records in the UK, directed and segment produced for a number of fashion and lifestyle programmes in the UK, worked in pop promos and feature films, and continues to write and organize fashion shoots for print magazines in Canada and the UK.

Deborah spent twelve years running BA programmes in Fashion Journalism and Music Journalism plus an MA course in Fashion And Lifestyle Journalism for the University for the Creative Arts in the UK, and in terms of events planning and co-ordination, can organize a pretty great open day, film shoot or fashion show.

KIKO CARISSE | LEAD INSTRUCTOR

Kiko is a talented, passionate Web Developer and Graphic Designer with a broad range of experience in the web and graphic design industry. He has experience working with larger web agencies, as well as free lancing, and working as an in house developer/SEO specialist. Kiko’s Graphic Design skills are in such programs as Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, and many other programs from the Adobe Suite to create web designs, business cards, brand assets for print and web, and more. His web skills are in MySQL, PHP, Node Js, jQuery, Javascript, HTML, CSS, Linux, WordPress, and in using the Cake PHP framework. Kiko’s passion lies greatly in his love for graphic design and web development, but even more so in his desire to teach. Teaching at the Centre for Arts and Technology allows Kiko to keep one foot in industry, while following his passion for sharing his knowledge and experience with the new generation.

CARRIE MAYHEW | INSTRUCTOR

Carrie Mayhew has established herself as a strong presence in the design community.  Graduating with a Bachelor of Design from the Alberta College of Art & Design (ACAD), Carrie has put her skills to work by creating her own design company and magazine.  Carrie’s company, Ginger Creative, specialize in corporate branding, layout design, website design, editorial design, wedding invitations and wedding day-of details.  Along with her design company, Carrie also started ‘Adore’ magazine, an Okanagan wedding & lifestyle magazine that is a community hub for the local Okanagan wedding professionals. Carrie loves taking unique ideas and translating them into creative communicative and tangible visual forms.

KAT BENSLER | INSTRUCTOR

With a degree from the University of Toronto in Semiotics and Communication Theory in hand, Kat set her sights on an Advertising and Graphic Design diploma from Humber College Institute of Technology.  Her creativity has since taken hold and led her to a successful career in graphic design, marketing, and print.  Kat’s skills span all of the applicable graphic design software systems, including In Design, Illustrator, Photoshop, Quark, Dreamweaver, Flash and Final Cut.  Kat’s interest in extreme sports has pushed her towards companies with similar values, designing for West 49, Billabong, and Big White Ski Resort.  While teaching at the Centre, Kat can also be found mountain biking, snowboarding, or wakeboarding.

ANGELA DANIELS | INSTRUCTOR

After studying Psychology and Fine Arts at UBC-O, Angela finished her 6 year post-secondary education at CATO, graduating with a Diploma in the Graphic Design and Web Development program in 2008.

Since then, Angela has been putting her skills to use working individually with clients in both branding, web design/development projects, and also with larger companies more specifically in the fashion industry.

You will find her work both in small business and in department stores. Her designs for the fashion industry are being worn all over Canada and the US. Angela has worked with brands such as Firefly, Mossy Oak, Live Out There, Broadstone, Various Sport Check Brands, and many more. She spends most of her time drawing, producing and developing design concepts into a real products for the mass markets.

Angela’s passion for digital art and code is apparent in her work and she is more than excited to share her knowledge with the students at CATO. Angela brings over 10 years of industry experience ​and knowledge with her to share.

TINA SIDDIQUI | INSTRUCTOR

Born and raised in Pakistan, Tina travelled within the country and overseas with her diplomat father.

Trained as a Graphic Designer, her artistic journey has been that of an explorer. She works in a variety of mediums, of which pastels are her medium of preference. Often enjoying an “explosion” of colours, Tina finds working with a limited palette equally thrilling. Light cascading over forms, natural or man-made, is the driving force that compels her to paint as she strives to capture a specific moment in time.

Portraits, figurative art and landscapes are the themes Tina is currently featuring in her paintings and pastels.

Since 1976, Tina has exhibited in group and solo shows in the United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Pakistan and Dubai. In 2004 she moved to Kelowna after a 13 year stay in Dubai. The Okanagan landscape has mesmerized her, compelling her to paint this area, which she says is a true labour of passion.

ELIZABETH DYKOSKY | INSTRUCTOR

Internationally Renowned Artist  and Art Instructor.

Elizabeth Dykosky’s work is unique and shows extraordinary colour use and remarkable talent wielding the brush or the pallet knife. Her work has been exhibited at various galleries throughout the world, among others in Italy(Rome), Canada(Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and Kelowna), the USA(Detroit), as well as the United Arab Emirates(Dubai and Salalah). Her paintings belong to the private collection of the Vatican, Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai, and Shanfari Group of Companies in Salalah, UAE.

Her pieces capture the essence of the subject to a degree that leaves a lasting impact on the viewer.

JAMIE COTTINGTON | INSTRUCTOR

Jamie moved to Kelowna from London, England in 2013 after a very successful career spanning around 17 years with BMW UK.

He had been successfully ‘playing’ at being a photographer for around 10 years, never committing to making it his full time gig. However, when everything seemed to align perfectly, he couldn’t ignore the opportunity for a radical change of direction in life. Jamie resigned from his perfectly good job, jumped on a plane and headed to explore what Canada had to offer.

He enrolled at Centre for Arts and Technology, graduating from the Digital Video Fusion Program in 2014, as a way of broadening his creative offering. He has since formed a successful Photography, Videography and Events Management Company, called Pinstripe Productions Ltd., producing work across North America with his two Co-founders.

Aside from his own productions, Jamie is also hired as a Camera Operator for live TV, sporting and music events and is an experienced Gimbal Operator. He has worked on small and large production films and documentaries filmed in the Okanagan and in Europe.

GURJANT SINGH SEKHON | SURREY INSTRUCTOR

Gurjant Singh Sekhon is a Graphic Artist based in British Columbia, Canada. Currently he works full time as a Senior Graphic Designer. Gifted with the ability to see ‘something’ even in the most ‘nothing’ of things, he renders his meticulous artistry to his work too. Having lent his design expertise to the print & digital world, this ‘poster boy’ has a way with images and can make them come alive, literally. Gurjant has a Bachelor in Mass Media with specialization in Advertising and Graphic Design plus, several years of industry experience. The only thing he shies away from is doing routine work, as he is winning international design photography competitions. On a parting note, quoting him “I look around at the world and wonder to put a little bit of myself in it.”

Graduate Success

Spencer Paddock

"I had always dreamt of becoming a graphic designer ever since grade 9 where I had written down a career goal of becoming a designer. I always loved drawing and creating art so why not turn my passion into my career. I heard about CATO and heard really good things about it so that was one of the main reasons I chose to attend there, plus I absolutely love Kelowna." - Spencer Paddock