The “WOW” Factor
Mission is home to a University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) satellite campus which houses a state-of-the-art space for the Graphic and Digital Design (GDD) Diploma. Since first opening their doors in 2012, the GDD program has gained a reputation for producing creative, professional and balanced designers who are well equipped in areas including communication, branding, typography, publishing, video, and web design.
One of the key attributes of the program is the staff commitment to working on legitimate projects with local non-for-profit and community organizations, ensuring an authenticity that incorporates timelines, client expectations, social context and competition with the successful students having genuine work to add to their portfolio. Assignments have included the design of Mission’s 125th logo (featured above), the Mission Community Foundation wordmark and our very own Biz-e-news logo and blog design. This year will see students partner with the District of Mission to identify and celebrate places that matter to the community through the creation of a series of typographic posters and postcards to commemorate Mission’s 125th anniversary.
With more companies and organizations now hiring designers for in-house positions, the graduating students have found little difficulty in obtaining work. 85% of employed graduates are now working within the Fraser Valley and more than 60% have in-house positions in a variety of industries including credit unions, educational establishments and real estate firms. Others have chosen to work directly in the creative industry for design and media companies.
To see this creative talent first hand, join them for this year’s Grad Show taking place at Highstreet in Abbotsford on May 2, 2017 at 4.30pm, entitled “Kindred Spirit”.
““There are three responses to a piece of design – yes, no, and WOW! Wow is the one to aim for.” Milton Glaser.