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Graphic Communications and Print Technology

Open for Fall 2018

Length: 2 Years
Credential: Diploma
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

Create a career in the area of digital graphics — working for commercial printers or publishing companies, advertising agencies or graphic arts firms — with courses that include web and print production, layout and visual design.

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Tuition and Fees Per Year*

Year 1: $4,879
Year 2: $4,693
Year 1 (International): $15,102
Year 2 (International): $14,429

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

Requirements

You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available. 

When can you apply?

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Applications for fall 2018 open Oct. 18, 2017.
TermProgram start
Fall 2018 Sept. 4, 2018

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The Graphic Communications and Print Technology program is designed to prepare you for a career in the digital graphics industry. You will acquire industry-specific skills in electronic file management, print management and production, print administration, estimating, printing service coordination that ensure your success in the industry.

Program Details

Program Description

If you've ever picked up a print publication, visited a website, admired a logo or looked at an advertisement, then you are already familiar with some of the end products of the digital graphics industry. The Graphic Communications and Print Technology program is designed to prepare you for a career in these exciting fields. You acquire industry-specific skills in electronic file management, print management and production, print administration, estimating, printing service coordination that ensure your success in the industry.

Your Career

Graduates may find employment at commercial printing and publishing companies, private and industrial printing plants, paper and ink distributors, screen process companies, printing equipment distributors, advertising agencies, digital printing facilities and other graphic arts firms.

  • Graduates of the Graphic Communications and Print Technology program have a 85% employment rate.

Student Success

Students with higher grades usually experience more success in SAIT's programs.

Credential

After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT diploma in Graphic Communications and Print Technology.

Accreditation

There are no formal accreditation arrangements at this time. Please contact the School of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) for more information.

Transfer Options

Once completed, this SAIT credential may be eligible for transfer credit at another post-secondary institution. Visit Transfer Options to learn more about the transfer agreements currently available to SAIT graduates and incoming students.

Have questions? Write to us at transfer.options@sait.ca.

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Fall 2018 start: applications open Oct. 18, 2017.

Admission Requirements

  • At least 50% in English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2 or equivalent.
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

Direct Entry: Four Step Process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Apply to Graphic Communications and Print Technology and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.

  • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.

Step 4: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply.

Additional Requirements

Courses

Program Outline

To find the course description for a course shown below please go to our Course Finder.

First Year

Semester 1

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
COMM-238 Technical Communications I 3.0
COMP-267 MS Office and Web Design Basics 1.5
MATH-206 Mathematics for Printers I 1.5
PRNT-203 Print Industry Studies 3.0
PRNT-207 Production Support I 1.5
PRNT-210 Digital Image Production I 1.5
PRNT-216 Press and Bindery I 1.5
PUBL-218 Layout and Typography I 3.0
Semester 1 Total 16.5

 

Semester 2

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
CMPN-278 Web Production I 1.5
COMP-270 Foundations of Visual Design I 1.5
PRNT-252 Print Production I 1.5
PRNT-257 Production Support II 1.5
PRNT-260 Digital Image Production II 1.5
PRNT-262 Print Materials 1.5
PRNT-266 Press and Bindery II 3.0
PUBL-258 Layout and Typography II 3.0
Semester 2 Total 15.0
First Year Total 31.5

Second Year

Semester 3

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
CMPN-339 Web Production II 1.5
COMP-307 Foundations of Visual Design II 1.5
ESTM-324 Printing Estimating I 1.5
PRNT-303 Print Management Studies I 1.5
PRNT-312 Print Production II 1.5
PRNT-316 Press and Bindery III 1.5
PROJ-326 Printing Project I 3.0
PUBL-328 Layout and Typography III 3.0
Semester 3 Total 15.0

 

Semester 4

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
COMP-357 Foundations of Visual Design III 1.5
ESTM-364 Printing Estimating II 1..5
PRNT-353 Print Management Studies II 1.5
PRNT-362 Print Production III 1.5
PRNT-385 Print Practicum and Portfolio 1.5
PROJ-366 Printing Project II 6.0
PUBL-368 Layout and Typography IV 1.5
Semester 4 Total 15.0
Second Year Total 30.0
Program Total 61.5

 

Progression

Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Costs

Domestic Tuition and Fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2017/18 total
1 $3,916 $440 $523 $4,879
2 $3,730 $440 $523 $4,693

International Tuition and Fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2017/18 total
1 $14,139 $440 $523 $15,102
2 $13,466 $440 $523 $14,429

SAIT Fees

Campus Athletic and Recreation Fee: $160
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $280

SAIT Students' Association Fees

Health Plan: $110**
Dental Plan: $125**
SAIT Students' Association (SAITSA): $288

Books and Supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $665 per year.


Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.
** For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the SAITSA website for information on opting out.

Contact Information

School of Information and Communications Technologies
403.284.8543
ict.info@sait.ca

Inspiring Stories

Emma valued that all of her instructors were from the industry and brought real-world knowledge to classes that used hands-on learning to simulate what she will experience in the work force.

Calling it a well-rounded program that covered off all the bases, Ashley says she got a job right out of school. She felt prepared joining the work force because she had been taught not just the basics, but also what to expect from the industry.

Even before graduating, Sarah had a small toehold in the clothing industry thanks to orders for her designed shirts that came in before convocation. Today, she still returns to what she learned in the SAIT classrooms to help her growing business.

Emma Wasserman
Graphic Communications and Print Technology | 2016

“I loved the art and design aspect of it, and learning instructors’ different views on the topics.”

Ashley Parnham
Graphic Communications and Print Technology | 2016

“It teaches everything from concept to completion,” she says.

Sarah Erasmus
Graphic Communications and Print Technology | 2015

“The instructors had so much experience, so much knowledge,” she says. “Even now, I go digging through some of my SAIT notebooks to recall certain techniques.”