Course Description

In this lecture course, students are introduced to the essential concepts, language, and theory of graphic design. The work of past and present international innovators will be explored and discussed. Students learn how culture and technology has influenced the history of graphic design and gain an insight into what the future of graphic design might be.


  • Provides a broad overview of the history of graphic design from the 19th to the 21st centuries.
  • Examines the evolution of design as both an artistic movement and as a response to historical, technological and sociological conditions.
  • Provides an overview of select individual designers in relation to larger movements.
  • Exploration of graphic design as a discipline that employs new modes of thinking including adapting methodologies from fields other than design.


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Section Title
Graphic Design: Past, Present, and Future
Nov 02, 2022 to Dec 07, 2022
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Course Fee non-credit $475.00
Additional Fee(s)
Adobe CC $216.00 Optional
Required Software/Supplies
Regular access to a computer with a high speed broadband internet connection is required. For online Adobe classes, students are responsible for purchasing their own software for class. Trial versions of the software are sometimes available on the company website, but at this time there are no discounts available for Continuing Studies students.
Section Notes

Register at least 30 days prior to the start date to receive a $25.00 discount on your course.

Online courses are delivered in an asynchronous format through a series of tutorials and related assignments which students may complete at their own pace on our Learning Management System, Canvas. The instructor is available throughout the course time period for questions and discussions.  Learn more about what to expect in a Continuing Studies online course at OCAD U.

As a Continuing Studies student, you will receive an OCAD U user account, which will grant you access to Canvas, and our on-campus WiFi network. Your Canvas account will be enabled one week prior to the start date of your course. Please log in at https://canvascloud.ocadu.ca. If you do not know your OCAD U User ID, please check your registration confirmation email. You can reset your password here: https://login.ocadu.ca/forgot. If you need further help, please contact us at continuingstudies@ocadu.ca

After enrolling in a course, please allow up to 5 hours for your student data to migrate to Canvas.

Please note that courses may fill up early or be cancelled due to low enrollment. Students are encouraged to register early, at least ten (10) days prior to the start date of the course.