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Visual Communication Design

University of Alberta

24 months
7680 CAD/year
3759 CAD/year
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The Visual Communication Design program at the University of Alberta prepares you to create communications that inform, entertain, educate and generally improve people’s health and well-being.


The Visual Communication Design program at the University of Alberta provides advanced studies in Visual Communication Design (and Industrial Design) in the division of Design Studies. 

The approach is interdisciplinary and our purpose is to equip graduates working methods that prepare them to face new problems in effective, meaningful and appropriate ways. Facilities and equipment in Visual Communication Design and Industrial Design include current technologies and large studio spaces and offices. Graduate students benefit from high contact and supervision time with a variety of academics in the Department.


A wide range of careers are available to you, such as:

  • Design Studio
  • Advertising Agency
  • Architectural Office
  • Magazine or Book Publisher
  • App Designer / Developer

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Visual Communication Design
  • Typography
  • Photography
  • Layout
  • Illustration
  • Information Design
  • Interactive Media
  • Book Arts

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants are normally required to have completed a four-year baccalaureate degree, or its academic equivalent, from an academic institution recognized by the University of Alberta. 
  • An admission grade point average of 3 on most 4-point grading systems or B on most letter grading systems, based on your most recent two years of full time study (or equivalent) is required.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    7680 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7680 CAD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    3759 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3759 CAD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Edmonton

1201 - 1992 CAD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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