Graphic and digital design program brings creative energy to UFV Mission

UFV has launched a new program at its Mission site, located in the Heritage Park Centre.

A new type of student is bringing a new kind of energy to the Mission campus of the University of the Fraser Valley this fall.

UFV has launched a Graphic and Digital Design program at its Mission site, located in the Heritage Park Centre. It’s technically a re-launch, as the program has been on hiatus for a decade, but with all the changes in the design industry in that time, it’s like a brand-new program.

And thanks to a $500,000 contribution from the District of Mission, the program has four state-of-the-art dedicated classrooms and labs from which to run the program.

“We’re incredibly thankful for the financial support from the district,” said Karin Jager, who has been hired as the founding program head for the revitalized program.

“We’ve been able to develop sustainable labs based on industry standards.”

Students come in with their own Macbook Pro laptops complete with the Adobe Creative Suite, and UFV provides a working environment that models professional studios — students have access to the entire Adobe font library, a production studio with colour printing, giant Thunderbolt displays to hook their laptops up to, a photo studio, a drawing and painting studio, computer servers, and lab support.

“There is a huge learning curve with technology and software and the laptops enable unlimited access to tools. And they will serve the students well when they graduate and start their careers or continue their studies,” said Jager.

Jager, who has considerable experience in the field of graphic design education through her previous work at Capilano University and her role as  national vice president for education of  the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC), is excited about being in on the ground floor of developing a new program and curriculum. She also brings current practical experience to the job, through her own graphic design consultancy.

The two-year, 60-credit Graphic and Digital Design diploma provides students with a foundation of design skills, from which they will go on to learn about digital design for print and web. They study illustration, visual arts, interactive design, dynamic media (motion graphics and animation), and communication design.

“By the time the students graduate they will likely choose one or two of these areas to specialize in,” Jager notes. “They will be able to enter the industry in junior positions, or may choose to continue their education at the undergraduate degree level.”

They will be prepared to work for a company or organization as a junior graphic designer, or set themselves for freelance work in the creative industry.

Jager and her students are enjoying the warm welcome being extended by the Mission campus and community.

“We’ve been well-embraced here in Mission, and it is a beautiful campus and facility.”

A month into their studies, the students have completed two big projects in Jager’s courses: a digital wallpaper for screens where they explored elements and principles of design, and a second — a ‘zine’ about Fraser River Heritage Park where they learned about the design process. They are also taking visual arts and digital software courses from other instructors.

“I am very inspired by the students and the new GDD program,” says Jager. “Many different styles and approaches emerged from these two projects. The students are energetic and engaged, and each student sees things in a different way.”

Just Posted

Fixing Abbotsford’s bus system means cutting some services first, council told

Planners say increasing reliability requires service cuts until new buses arrive in 2020

Purple Day supports epilepsy awareness

Event on March 26 includes walk/run in Abbotsford

Your daily commute and weather forecast: Mar. 22, 2019

Mostly clear sailing in today’s commute. Rain to start this evening, continuing in showers tomorrow

UFV introduces first mindfulness graduate program in Canada

Most of the University of the Fraser Valley program is offered online

How will changes to Abbotsford’s bus system affect you?

Ten different routes will see changes this summer as the city’s transit system gets an overhaul

VIDEO: Restaurant robots are already in Canada

Robo Sushi in Toronto has waist-high robots that guide patrons to empty seats

Surrey RCMP investigate alleged assault that may have been a ‘driver dispute’

Police say a vehicle fled the scene after an alleged assault this morning at 96th Avenue and 152nd Street

Second case of measles reported in the B.C. Interior

Case is connected to an earlier measles case in 100 Mile House

Police watchdog investigating after man falls out third-storey window in Vancouver

The man fell to the ground and was taken to hospital with serious injuries

Cheetahs will not prosper in Creston: Permit rejected for two big cats

Earl Pfeifer owns two cheetahs, one of which escaped in December 2015

GM announces jobs, electric vehicle after Trump criticism

The company says it will spend $300 million at its plant in Orion Township

Trucker who caused Broncos crash likely to be deported: lawyer

The Crown has asked that Sidhu serve 10 years in prison

China chemical plant blast kills 47, injures hundreds more

This is one of China’s worst industrial accidents in recent years

Montreal priest stabbed while celebrating morning mass

The incident happened Friday morning at Montreal’s St. Joseph’s Oratory

Most Read