Ontario College Certificate in Digital Image Design
Learn to manipulate the still image to create work for print and digital applications. Prepare for further studies in graphic design, animation or fine art, or start your career.
Digital Image Design is a laptop-based program that explores the creative process at the intersection of fine art, digital photography and design. Whether still or moving, the image is everywhere, providing information, entertainment and sensation in our modern world. In this program, you’ll be introduced to a broad range of tools and techniques to create still images for output to both screen and print media, utilizing digital photography and software tools as well as traditional artist’s media. You’ll investigate a variety of subject matter using design principles and gain an understanding of 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, digital art and visual art. It will enable you to assess and reflect on both your own work and that of others.
This spacious studio is designed for students to work on their laptops, or on Mac computers with larger display screens. They have access to a plotter printer and there is an additional studio space for incorporating traditional art processes into the digital world.
Equivalent to two semesters of full-time study, our intensive 15-week certificate programs provide over 600 hours of hands-on studio time. Each week you will work alongside a different faculty member who brings their unique perspective and expertise within the discipline to the studio. Limited enrolment ensures you have access to equipment and time to interact with faculty. You will also benefit from the guidance of experienced studio technicians and extended hours in the studio after class.
Why Choose Fleming
Our school is a leader in providing unique and flexible art and design education. Learn from professionals who have shaped art, craft and design in Canada at a campus that provides the best possible hands-on studio experience. Create in a spectacular natural environment, supported by dedicated faculty and a welcoming community of resident artists and designers. Graduate with a solid portfolio to take you to the next step in your art career – whether that is continuing education, starting your own practice or entering the workforce.
Graduates go on to work in a wide range of careers, including commercial arts, graphic arts, and fine arts.
"I wouldn’t have been able to pursue a Master of Design degree, nor would I be working in my dream career of graphic design today, if it weren’t for this program. In a few short months, I learned technical skills and industry standards, I gained an appreciation for the history of design and related disciplines and I was able to try my hand at various digital and fine art techniques. The program exposed me to the broader world of graphic design, digital production and media arts, helping me to set higher career goals and augmenting my skill set.”
Emma Joy Lovell,
Graphic Designer, Media Style, Ottawa
In addition to tuition and fees, each student must have a laptop computer (either MAC or PC). Laptops are available for rent. As this course explores cutting edge technology, we do not have any textbooks. Students are required to have Adobe Creative Cloud for Students (approximately $250) on their laptops. A camera is not a mandatory item. A Wacom Drawing Tablet is highly recommended (approximately $100). Students can apply for bursaries to help cover the costs.
Pathways to Further Education
Visual and Creative Arts diploma graduates have the opportunity to pursue more advanced studies through our many articulation agreements with leading art education institutions across Canada and in the United States.
Minimum Admission Requirements
Students applying to Digital Image Design must meet the following requirements:
- OSSD including Gr 12 C English
OSSD with majority of courses at College (C ) or Open (O) unless otherwise stated.
Grade 12 C courses will be accepted where Gr 11 C course requirements are listed.
Where College level courses are listed, U and M courses will be accepted.
Two Gr 11 courses will be accepted in lieu of a Gr 12 course requirement.
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. Additional testing or academic upgrading may be necessary to meet specific course requirements for this program.