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Academics

Curriculum

GCM requires four years of full-time study, two terms per year: Fall (September – December) and Winter (January – April). An internship placement takes place between third and fourth years.

Students complete a range of courses to help prepare them for their future careers. These courses are split into the following areas:

These courses give you the standard skills needed in the graphic communications world.

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Graphic Communications
  • Layout and Typography
  • Consumer Packaging
  • Graphic Communication Technologies and Processes
  • Binding and Finishing
  • Premedia Workflows
  • Color Management
  • Web and Cross-Media
  • Workflow Automation

These courses help you develop skills needed to work within companies, manage teams and lead people.

Courses include:

  • Professional Communication
  • Global Management
  • Marketing
  • Accounting
  • Management Studies
  • Project Management
  • Operations Management
  • Estimating and Selling for Graphic Communications

Core Electives are directly related to GCM and can help you specialize your degree. Learn more about GCM Core Electives.

Open Electives and Liberal Studies allow you to study other subjects that interest you outside GCM and Business, and help you understand the social, cultural and economic contexts in which you’re working. Learn more about Open Electives and Liberal studies.

In addition to the Major in GCM, students may choose from a wide variety of Minors. Scroll down to learn more about what Minors are offered and how you can declare one.

To see a complete overview of your four years at GCM, view the full GCM curriculum guide or click the image below.

If you have any questions about your degree requirements, Academic Coordinator Marietta Canlas will be happy to help you. Contact Marietta at mcanlas@ryerson.ca, opens in new window.

If you are looking for information about the part time Certificate in Graphic Communications, please visit the Chang School of Continuing Education, opens in new window.

 

Academic Advisor and Resources

At GCM, Marietta Canlas is your dedicated academic advisor to help guide you through your time here. You can look to your Academic Advisor for advice on the program, course selection, petitioning, academic probation and more.

Ryerson University also provides many handy guides for academic and administrative processes. Before you contact Marietta, see if any of the links below can help you:


Academic Planning and Course Selection


Student Guides

If none of the links above address your question, book an appointment with Marietta by emailing, calling or visiting the GCM office:

Marietta Canlas
mcanlas@ryerson.ca
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416-979-5000 ext. 556582

 

Internship

Internships are a great way to gain industry experience, make valuable connections, and maybe even earn some money! You can find all relevant information in the official GCM Internship Handbook below!

Are you an employer seeking a GCM intern? The best way to connect with students is through our Job Fair, opens in new window (held in March for a summer intern) or Fall Intern Fair, opens in new window (held in July for a fall intern)! You can also find out more information through our internship handbook below, or contact us at gcmadmin@ryerson.ca, opens in new window.

View the PDF fileGCM Internship Handbook, opens in new window.

 

Minors

Minors give you the opportunity to hone skills outside of those gained at GCM. Ryerson currently offers over 50 Minors today, and you can obtain one by completing six elective courses in a specific subject. Learn more about what Minors are offered and how you can declare one.

 

Concentrations

Concentrations are a way for you to customize your degree and graduate with a unique skill set. By focusing on a specific area within graphic communications, students are able to study topics that interest them in more depth. There are currently four concentration topics to choose from:

Learn what it takes to make your products stand above the rest on the shelf, and gain experience with some of the cutting edge technologies in this ever-changing field.

Get ready to master the design world with deep and flexible knowledge of digital graphics, meaning you’ll be ready to step into any creative role — working for an agency, client or as a freelancer.

Our variety of general and print-specific business courses, from managerial finance to finding market opportunities, will prepare you to lead a project team or start your own company.

From print magazines to e-books, you’ll gain a well-rounded view of today’s publishing industry and gain unique skills needed to stand out as a graduate.

Completion of a Concentration is optional. Doing so will help you to achieve a level of expertise beyond the core curriculum and set yourself apart from others when entering the workforce. If you’re interested in pursuing a concentration, connect with Academic Advisor Marietta Canlas: mcanlas@ryerson.ca, opens in new window.  

 

FAQ for First-Year Students

Before applying for residence please ensure you have received a full or conditional undergraduate offer to Ryerson University. You will receive frequent emails with reminders and information.

Please visit the Ryerson Housing & Residence website for important dates.

Submit your transfer credit application as soon you have accepted your offer of admission. Please visit the Transfer Credits page for information on eligibility, application instructions and deadlines.

Yes, paying your Tuition Deposit is an essential step for confirming your spot at Ryerson. Visit the Fee Payments page from the Registrar's Office for more information.

Incoming students are automatically enrolled into their Fall and Winter semester required courses. You will have to enroll in your Liberal Studies course (details in question below). If you have more questions please don’t hesitate to contact Marietta Canlas via email at mcanlas@ryerson.ca

Please visit this page for a full list of Significant Dates at Ryerson. Please visit this page for a list of Liberal Table A courses.

You must apply and upload all supporting documents via Apply for Financial Assistance (OSAP), external link. Please visit this page for important dates.

A minimum internet speed of 150 Mbps is recommended for a stable connection for Zoom class meetings.

Mac computers: Students can purchase a Mac computer online. Ryerson students are eligible for a student discount on the Apple website, external link.

1. 13" MacBook Air, external link

Recommended for: desktop publishing, photo editing, illustrating

Hardware:

  • Retina display with True Tone
  • 1.1GHz dual-core 10th-generation Intel Core i3 processor Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz Intel
  • Iris Plus Graphics
  • 16GB 3733MHz LPDDR4X memory
  • 512GB SSD storage
  • Magic KeyboardTouch IDForce Touch trackpad two
  • Thunderbolt 3 ports

Mac software included:

  • Photos, iMovie, GarageBand
  • Pages, Numbers, Keynote
  • macOS

2. 16" Mac Book Pro, external link

Recommended for: video production/editing, desktop publishing, photo editing, illustrating

Hardware:

  • 2.6GHz 6-core 9th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz
  • 32GB 2666MHz DDR4 memory
  • AMD Radeon Pro 5300M with 4GB of GDDR6 memory
  • 1TB SSD storage
  • 16-inch Retina display with True Tone
  • Four Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID
  • Backlit Keyboard - US English
  • Accessory Kit

Mac software included:

  • Photos, iMovie, GarageBand
  • Pages, Numbers, Keynote
  • macOS

3. PC Laptop and Desktop (more uncommon at GCM, but can be used)

PCs should have minimum intel core i5, 16 GB RAM, a good video card with 2GB RAM (not RAM shared), and high-speed internal 500GB HDD (preferably 500GB SSD). A 13" or 15" laptop (or desktop with 21" monitor) and Windows 10/12 OS system is recommended.

Ryerson students are eligible for a discounted student rate on Dell computers, external link

FAQ for Returning Students

You are only allowed to take four (4) courses while on Probation.

You are only required to declare your Minor when you Apply to Graduate. If you have taken the required courses and the Minor is approved, it will appear on your record (RAMSS and diploma).

Yes it is possible to complete both, but neither is mandatory.