About Computer Graphics

Whether it is for print or web, students learn how to successfully meet technical requirements in order to produce design layouts with type and images. From the conception stage through the actual final output, including photography and digital printing, with the necessary skills taught through various hands-on experiences. Using software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat, Dreamweaver and WordPress, students end up possessing both the knowledge and technical skills required to have a great career in the industry.

Learning Environment

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Employment Prospects

  • Advertising designer
  • Web designer
  • Photo Retoucher
  • Product Manager
  • Art Director
  • Freelancer
  • Graphic Artist
  • Layout Designer
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Program outline

The Computer Graphics program leading to a DEP is a 1800 hour course.

Day program (6 hrs/day): approximately 15 months.
Evening program (5 hrs/evening): approximately 18 months

Program Competency
Hours
Credits
1)
Occupation and Training
Learning about the reality of the occupation; having an understanding of the program of study and confirming career choice
15
1
2)
Managing a Computer Environment
Installing computer peripherals as well as installing, updating, and troubleshooting minor software problems; creating local folders, saving, exchanging, and classifying files; making sure the workstation is set up ergonomically
60
4
3)
Vector Images
Identifying the characteristics of Adobe Illustrator, as well defining the document’s properties; drawing typographic elements, shapes, patterns and converting vector objects; assessing the quality of the illustrations
105
7
4)
Raster Images
Customizing images using Adobe Photoshop, as well as defining the document’s properties; organizing layers, channels, paths, and retouching the images; assessing the quality of the manipulated photos
90
6
5)
Requirements and Steps of the Graphic Communication Production Process
Identifying graphic communications products with different characteristics; learning about the requirements of graphic communications product design and the target audiences for the products; taking part in group discussions, role playing scenarios involving hypothetical clients to identify foreseeable problems in using different production techniques for image structure, colour harmony, graphic and typographic elements, and visual trajectory; producing drafts and displays using different print media and interfaces
90
6
6)
Image Acquisition
Searching within image banks and scanning for visual elements; taking and archiving digital photographs
90
6
7)
Colour Profile Management
Characterizing the colours of projection devices; creating and synchronizing colour profiles within the graphic chain
60
4
8)
Composite Images for Standard Printing
Producing a photomontage by searching or creating the images; standardizing the photomontage to the requirements of multiple forms of printing
90
6
9)
Composite Images for Visual Interfaces
Producing a photomontage by searching or creating the images; standardizing the photomontage to the requirements of electronic distribution
90
6
10)
Tools for Proofreading English Texts
Doing initial read-throughs; identifying typographical and spelling errors, grammatical mistakes and simple punctuation errors; consulting reference materials and interpreting suggested corrections
60
4
11)
Typographic Elements
Acquiring, proofreading and applying typographical rules to the text; developing and finalizing typographic style sheets
90
6
12)
Simple Page Layouts for Print Documents
Producing two-sided page layout documents by preparing and incorporating the text as well as visual elements
105
7
13)
Simple Page Layouts for Visual Interfaces
Producing multiple pages for visual interfaces by preparing and incorporating the text as well as visual elements; testing of the functionality of the elements in the visual interface (HTML, CSS, Dreamweaver)
105
7
14)
Simple Page Layout Templates for Visual Interfaces
Assembling a page layout template for visual interfaces by preparing the technical specifications and incorporating the text as well as visual elements; building and testing of the page architecture and the functionality of the elements in the visual interface
90
6
15)
Page Layout Templates for Print Documents
Producing multiple page layout documents by preparing the technical specifications and optimizing the typographic composition as well as visual elements; assembling the page layout template
90
6
16)
Imposition and Finishing
Planning the imposition and finishing; producing an imposition and finishing template; assembling and verifying a prototype
60
4
17)
Complex Page Layouts for Print Documents
Producing complex and multiple page layout documents by preparing the technical specifications; optimizing the typographic composition as well as visual elements
105
7
18)
Document Rasterization
Organizing the production’s work flow and rasterizing the document with client approval
60
4
19)
Preparing Documents for Digital Printing
Assembling a document using variable data and generate a portable digital file as per specifications; producing a proof for verification
60
4
20)
Preparing Documents for Standard Offset Printing
Evaluating the press proof based on the projects specifications; identifying trapping and use of color guides; assembling a document for offset printing, producing a RIP proof for verification
75
5
21)
Managing a Graphic Communications Microbusiness
Planning a personal career path and seeking out business opportunities; preparing and presenting a sales pitch; preparing a contract for the client and providing a follow-up to the service
90
6
22)
Workplace Integration
Learning about the terms and conditions of the internship; preparing to undergo a work experience in a computer graphics company; keeping a log of observations of the work environment and tasks performed during the practicum; discussing the influence of this experience on choice of future jobs (aptitudes and interests)
120
8
Total
1800
120

Our graduates

Went to RTC straight out of high school. Took computer graphics and was really interested in the web modules. Once I graduated I decided to continue in the web field and I’ve been in it ever since. It opens many doors and further enhanced my knowledge of the graphic field.

Jason Altidor – Precision communications

Rosemount Technology has positively shaped and affected me more than any other educational experience to date. Not only did the Computer Graphics program teach me new things, it helped strengthen my current knowledge and abilities of design. The teachers are also fantastic, there to push and guide you to succeed. Hands down, RTC was the best choice I ever made when it came to my education and definitely stand by for it purely concentrates on what matters most — design.

Pat Salvatore – Lucky 7

The computer graphics program at RTC provided me with the knowledge and ability to successfully use the tools to bring my creative ideas to life. It was a terrific experience – one I’ll never forget.

Sheryl Ciszewski

Graduated Computer Graphic in 2010 at Rosemount Technology Centre. It still feels like yesterday I was sitting in the classroom learning typography and page layout. Now, I work as a Level 2 graphic designer in one of Canada’s top retail fashion company.

The teachers are encouraging and the course outline provides you with everything you need to know before entering the work force. I gained the confidence to multi-task, work under pressure, and excel at creative and technical skills during my studies at RTC.

Claudia Campanelli – Reitmans

The Computer Graphics program at RTC has the perfect mixture of technical and creative content which is exactly what is needed to succeed in this industry. I would recommend this program to anyone who is creative and wants to launch or further their Career.

Julie Papier – Freelancer

RTC helped me develop and hone the skills I needed to get back into the work force. The entire staff consists of professionals that care and are dedicated with providing each student with the tools they need to succeed! Thank-you!

Marcello Porco – Plasticase Inc.