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Graphic Communications and Print Technology

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Closed for Fall 2020 (International)

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

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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: $5,411
Year 2: $5,212

Year 1 (International): $17,495
Year 2 (International): $16,724

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

Full costs

Tuition and financial aid

Requirements

This is a direct entry program. Applicants who meet the admission requirements are offered spots based on first qualified, first acceptance if space is available.

Admission Requirements

When can you apply?

  • Applications for fall 2020 open Oct. 2, 2019 and are accepted until the program start date.
Term Program start
Fall 2020 Sept. 8, 2020

How to apply

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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

  • Fall 2020 start: applications open Oct. 2, 2019 and are accepted until the program start date.

Admission Requirements

  • At least 50% in English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2 or equivalent.
  • Completion of a Grade 11 math course is strongly advised.
  • 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 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 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 to, within or from SAIT is available with the following universities and colleges:

  • Royal Roads University
  • University of Calgary
  • University of Gloucestershire, UK

To learn more, visit Transfer Options.

Costs

Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $4,190 $682 $288 $252 $ 5,411
2 $3,990 $682 $288 $252 $5,212

International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $16,182 $682 $288 $344 $17,495
2 $15,411 $682 $288 $344 $16,724

SAIT Fees

Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $171.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $100
Student technology fee: $100

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: $344
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 - $1,500 per full-time year.

Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* 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.

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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Fall 2020

Orientation

Orientation for new students will take place online on Sept. 3, 2020.

To find the time and platform, visit our orientation page.

Delivery 

All classes for first semester in this program will be delivered online for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines.

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.

Bring-your-own-device/ Online Learning

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, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start, including PREP 100: The SAIT Experience and ETHI 110: SAIT Ethical Practices. 

Required textbooks

The booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start.

Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck, no textbook purchase required this term.

Contact 

Email: ICT.mediastudents@sait.ca

Academic Chair

Jim Slobodian, Academic Chair

Email:  jim.slobodian@sait.ca

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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