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Graphic Communications and Print Technology

Open for Fall 2022

Length: 2 Years Credential: Diploma Delivery: Full Time Blended

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This program will be delivered in a blended format (OA, OS, OR and OF/CLAS) for the Winter 2022 semester.
Some courses will be delivered online while others occur on-campus.
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Overview

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.

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.

Credential

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

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Career opportunities

Graduates may pursue job opportunities 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. Potential positions include: 

  • graphic designer 
  • brand consultant
  • graphic artist 

Related careers include:

  • animator 
  • illustrator 
  • exhibit designer 

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $5,816
Year 2: $5,603

Year 1 (International): $18,001
Year 2 (International): $18,287

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

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Tuition and financial aid

Requirements

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

Admission Requirements

When can you apply?

Applications are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.

  • Applications for fall 2022 open Oct. 6, 2021.
Classes begin Year start date Year end date
Fall 2021 Sept. 7, 2021 April 29, 2022
Fall 2022 Sept. 6, 2022 April 28, 2023

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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.

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

Applications are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.

  • Fall 2022 start: applications are open Oct. 6, 2021.

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.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our  international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

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.

Courses

Program Outline

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

First Year

Semester 1

Course Code Course Name Credit
COMM-238 Technical Communications I 3.0
COMP-267 Introduction to Digital Productivity Applications and Web Design 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 Code Course Name Credit
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 Code Course Name Credit
CMPN-341 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 Code Course Name Credit
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.

Transfer Options

The opportunity to advance your education through transfer in, within or on from SAIT is available. Visit transfer options to learn more.

Costs

2021/22 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $4,482 $793.20 $288.77 $252 $5,816
2 $4,269 $792.20 $288.77 $252 $5,603

2021/22 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $16,668 $793.20 $288.77 $252 $18,001
2 $16,953 $793.20 $288.77 $252 $18,287

*Fees and tuition are based on a two-semester full course load structure. There may be additional fees for practicums and terms held outside this time frame. 

SAIT Fees

Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $183.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $150
Student technology fee: $150

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $122
  • Dental Plan: $130
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the Saitsa website for information on opting out.

International Students 

  • Health and Dental Plan: $252
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

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

Next steps for incoming students

Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

Fall 2021

Orientation

Your program orientation will take place on Aug. 31 online and Sept. 1 on campus (optional). Check your schedule in mySAIT for the time and location details.

Learn more about your orientation.

How to register for classes

You'll follow an adjustable block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

Computers and laptops

Students must supply their own laptop or desktop for use in the program. All computers must meet the following minimum specifications:

Mac Devices
  • Apple MacBook Pro
  • Intel Core i5 processor
  • Minimum 8GB RAM (16 GB RAM to 32GB preferred)
  • Minimum 500GB hard drive AND 1TB external hard drive
  • Up-to-date antivirus and malware protection software
  • Administrator access/account on the device
  • High Speed internet connection and a wired ethernet connection
Windows Devices
  • Intel I5 (6 th gen or higher) or AMD A8 processor
  • Minimum 8GB RAM (16 GB RAM to 32GB preferred)
  • Minimum 1TB hard drive AND 1TB external hard drive
  • Windows 10, North American or English version
  • Up-to-date antivirus and malware protection software
  • Administrator access/account on the device
  • High Speed internet connection and a wired ethernet connection

Students must also supply the following peripherals and software:

  • Headset with microphone
  • Webcam, either internal or external
  • Computer mouse
  • Adobe CC student subscription
  • USBc to hdmi/ethernet/USB adapter

Preparation courses

To support your success, you’ll be automatically registered in two short courses to prepare you for the academic year:

PERS 050: Student Rights and Responsibilities

This course is designed to introduce you to student rights and responsibilities at SAIT. You will learn about SAIT's rich and diverse community, become familiar with guidelines and procedures that create a safe, respectful learning experience for you, and gain practical tips for how you can engage in the SAIT community in a positive and responsible way. PRES-050 must be completed within 30 days from the start of the semester.

PREP 100: The SAIT Experience

Get tips and insider information on time management, exam preparation, effective notetaking and more through this free, online short course for new students. Plus, learn about discussion boards, online communication and submitting assignments online. Course completion is recommended by the end of your first semester.

Both courses can be accessed through Brightspace D2Lbefore the first day of classes.

Required textbooks

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore's website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date.

Contact 

Phone: 403-284-8543

Email: ICT.mediastudents@sait.ca

Academic Chair

Andrew Stevenson, Academic Chair

Email: andrew.stevenson@sait.ca

Next steps for all students

Here's what else you'll need to do to get ready!

Next steps for accepted students

Important dates and deadlines

Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

Important Dates

Student Guidelines

Review the student guidelines to learn about the School of Information and Communications Technologies' expectations before you start your studies. 

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Have questions about this program?

Contact us at

School of Information and Communications Technologies
403.284.8543
ICT.mediastudents@sait.ca

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