Graphic Design: Past, Present and Future

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.

This course is offered in partnership with OCAD University to offer a wide range of courses for enhancing your career expertise in web, design, photography, analytics, and technology.

Working with Your OCAD U Account

As a student, you will receive an OCAD U user account, which will grant you access to the OCAD U learning management system, called Canvas.

Your Canvas account will be enabled one week prior to the start date of your course. Log in at

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Certificate Options

Many OCAD U courses can be applied towards a certificate. Explore to learn more.

Students seeking a certificate must register with OCAD U via the APPLY link on the page for the certificate concerned.

Contact for questions concerning certificates available or to confirm your chosen set of courses will qualify.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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
  • 6 online classroom sessions
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Course Requirements

Regular access to a computer with a webcam and microphone, high-speed broadband internet connection, and a digital camera or smartphone and is required.


Course Cancellations

Please note that courses may be canceled at any time due to low enrolment. Upon cancellation, registrants will receive a full refund.

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