Years One through Four

New Curriculum Starting Fall 2015!

For students admitted prior to 2015, click here to view old curriculum.

First Year

In this foundation year, students are introduced to core concepts in the printing industry. Hands-on lab courses provide experience in design and layout, and graphic communication prepress and printing processes. First year business courses prepare students for more advanced courses in management later on in the program. Elective course options allow students to choose courses which suit their goals and interests.

Fall Semester Winter Semester
GCM 110 Introduction to Graphic Communications CMN 279 Introduction to Professional Communication
GCM 120 Graphic Communications Processes 1 GCM 111 Graphic Communication Technologies
GCM 130 Design and Layout GCM 121 Graphic Communications Processes 2
MKT 100 Principles of Marketing GMS 200 Introduction to Global Management
One Liberal Course from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies SSH 105 Critical Thinking I
  One course from Open Elective Table

 

Second Year

Building on the knowledge and skills gained in first year, students advance their understanding of the printing industry. Second year courses include typography, consumer packaging, binding and finishing, material science, premedia workflows and processes. Students continue to take business courses to prepare them for a management role in the printing industries after graduation. Electives allow for student choice and Optional Concentrations.

Fall Semester Winter Semester
GCM 230 Typography ACC 100 Introductory Financial Accounting
GCM 240 Material Science for Print GCM 210 Consumer Packaging
GCM 250 Binding and Finishing GCM 220 Graphic Communication Processes 3
MKT 300 Marketing Metrics and Analysis GCM 260 Digital Premedia Workflows
One Liberal Course from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies One course from Open Elective Table
  One Liberal Course from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies

 

Third Year

In third year, students learn about more specialized topics in the printing industry with an increased focus on management. Courses include colour management, digital and variable data printing, web and cross-media and project management. A wide range of Core Elective and Open Elective courses allow students to pursue individual goals.

Fall Semester Winter Semester
GCM 350 Estimating and Selling for Graphic Communications GCM 320 Digital and Variable Data Printing
GCM 360 Colour Management GCM 362 Web and Cross Media
GCM 370 Management Studies GCM 372 Operations and Process Management
GCM 375 Project Management for Graphic Communications One course from Open Elective Table or Core Elective Table I
One course from Core Elective Table I One course from Core Elective Table I
One Liberal Course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies  
Spring/Summer after 6th Semester
WKT 608 GCM Internship (graded on a pass/fail basis)

 

Fourth Year

In their final year, students work to master topics within the printing industry such as production workflows and advanced and emerging technologies. Students have the option of preparing a business plan for a start-up business in the industry, or writing a technology-focused research thesis. Students also take elective courses that allow for specialization in areas of interest. Many students complete a Minor and/or a Concentration in a related field. After completing their final year, students are thoroughly prepared to build a successful career within the printing industry.

Fall Semester Winter Semester
GCM 420 Advanced Print Production Processes GCM 461 Workflow Automation
GCM 460 Asset Management for Graphic Communications Choose one of the following:
GCM 470 Business Plan
GCM 490 Thesis
One course from Core Elective Table I One course from Core Elective Table I
One course from Open Elective Table or Core Elective Table I One course from Open Elective Table or Core Elective Table I
One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies One Liberal Course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies

 

Optional Concentrations

An Optional Concentration is awarded to GCM students who complete elective courses according to a single theme. Each Optional Concentration requires six courses chosen from a larger list. Concentrations represent a specialization selected from elective courses from within the Major.

The Concentrations available to students in GCM are:

  • Concentration in Digital Graphic Output
  • Concentration in Leadership
  • Concentration in Packaging
  • Concentration in Publishing

 

More Information

For a full overview of all GCM courses, check out the Ryerson University Course Calendar.

6-course Concentrations are optionally available starting in 2015. View a list of the available Concentrations here.

You can also get an overview of our how courses are divided into semesters in our Course Overview Table.