Digital Image Design

The Digital Image Design program is the intersection of fine art, digital photography and design. Benefiting from small classes, taught by professionals working in the industry, you will be able to build your portfolio for further studies in graphic design, fine art or animation or to start your career.


Winter 2016
Program Status: Accepting Applications
Program Code: DID
Location: Haliburton
Co-ordinator: TBD
Credential: Ontario College Certificate
Start Dates: January 11, 2016
Tuition Fees (Domestic): $3,883.92 program duration*
Tuition Fees (International): $13,668.35 program duration*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.

Program Highlights

Ours is the age of the image. Whether still or moving, the image is everywhere, providing information, entertainment and sensation for a multitude of audiences. In this program, you will be introduced to a broad range of tools and techniques for the generation of digital images for output to both screen and print media, integrating digital photography and software tools as well as traditional artist’s media.

You will explore a variety of subject material using the classical design process, and gain an understanding of both the historical origins of imagery, as well as contemporary approaches to develop your own content for specific audiences. Assessment of the form and content of visual images will assist in the development of your critical thinking skills and lead to increased appreciation of contemporary issues in photography, art, film, and animation. It will enable you to assess and reflect on both your own work and that of others.

Graduates of this program will be well equipped to choose from a number of dynamic careers ranging from the commercial arts to fine arts.

Why Choose Fleming

This program is delivered at Fleming College’s Haliburton Campus, located in central Ontario's spectacular Haliburton Highlands region and home to the Haliburton School of The Arts, renowned for outstanding arts programming. Designed for visual artists, the contemporary architecture maximizes natural light in the studios, classrooms and common areas. It's the perfect environment to flourish as an artist.

Fleming students have unique and flexible options for earning their diploma in the visual arts. Once students have completed their certificate, they can continue their education by enrolling in two more semesters of study to complete their Visual and Creative Arts diploma.  Students can continue their arts education through transfer agreements with Emily Carr University of Art and Design and OCAD University. (Ontario College of Art and Design).

The certificate programs are delivered in an intensive format in which two semesters of credits can be completed in only 15 weeks. Each certificate course comprises 32 hours of in-class instruction with an additional 10 hours of technician - guided, independent studio time. Faculty members are not only professional artists and designers, but also dedicated teachers who are intent upon the development of your technical skills, creative thinking, and artistic integrity. The 40-year history of the Haliburton School of The Arts is proof of the passion and focus of its faculty, administration, and support staff, whose collaboration provides an environment rich in potential for studies in the arts.

Is this You?

A strong interest in developing computer generated images as a form of personal expression and/or commercial applications is required.

Career Opportunities

Your skills will be useful in the following career fields:

  • Film-compositing, Storyboard Artist
  • Computer and Traditional Animation
  • Video Game Design
  • Web Design
  • Fine Art
  • Graphic Design
  • Digital Photography
  • Advertising

Minimum Admission Requirements

OSSD with the majority of credits at the College (C) and Open (O) level, including:

  • 2 College (C) English courses (Grade 11 or Grade 12)

When (C) is the minimum course level for admission, (U) or (U/C) courses are also accepted.

There is no portfolio requirement for this program.

Mature Students

If you are 19 years of age or older before classes start, and you do not possess an OSSD, you can write the Canadian Adult Achievement Test to assess your eligibility for admission.


Related Programs

This 15-week certificate can be applied to both the Visual and Creative Arts Diploma and the Integrated Design Diploma - Specialist Options.

Additional Costs

In addition to tuition and fees, each student must have a Mac laptop computer with licensed Adobe CS5 Standard. We provide cost-effective options to ensure students can access the required technology. You can rent a fully set-up laptop for the duration of the program for $600.00, which includes maintenance and tech support. A select number of laptops are loaned out on a first come, first served basis. You can bring your own Mac laptop (which must meet minimum system requirements) and purchase the standard Adobe CS5 Software package for a discounted cost of $200.00  Students can also apply for bursaries to help cover costs.

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