In a profession that combines artistic ability, creativity, typography, photography, video, film, web and computer knowledge; graphic designers are challenged to communicate through a variety of media. Consequently, the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Graphic Design is intended to meet the needs of the industry, and create work-ready graduates. This program utilizes current technology, specific to design, and is inclusive of specialized courses in the field of advertising. Thus, the graphic design bachelor’s student develops visual, written and verbal communication skills which they employ in their designs.


Five (5) CSEC (CXC)/GCE O’Level subjects, inclusive of English A and mathematics, Grades 1,2,3* or A,B,C.

*Grade 3 accepted if attained in June 1998 or beyond

Applicants who possess CAPE or A’Level qualifications may be considered for advanced standing (the award of credits towards your degree programme).



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                                                COURSES IN THE MAJOR                                                                         CORE CURRICULUM COURSES

    GRDE 122 Principles of Design 3 BUSI 203 Leadership and Ethics 3
    GRDE 123 Introduction to Drawing and Painting 3 COMM 108 Oral Presentation Skills 3
    GRDE 124 Visual Thinking and Advertising Concepts 3 COMM 118 Workplace Communication 3
    GRDE 130 Typography I (Calligraphy and Letterform) 3 LANG 117 Fundamentals of Writing 3
    GRDE 153 Image Manipulation 3 LIBS 130 Fundamental Research Skills 3
    GRDE 182 Vector Graphics 3 MATH 116 Contemporary College Math
    GRDE 215 Digital Photography 3 PSYC 103 Understanding of Human Behaviour and Diversity 3
    GRDE 230 Typography II (Logos and Creating Identities) 3 HIST 210/ History of Trinidad and Tobago OR 3
    GRDE 234 Publication Design 3 SPAN100 Introduction to Spanish 3
    GRDE 233 3D Design: Rendering and Storyboarding 3 ENGL 200/ Comparative Literature OR 3
    GRDE 245 Art History 3 REL 205 Comparative Religion 3
    GRDE 253 Introduction to Motion Graphics 3 SOCI 102 Introduction to the Study of Society 3
    GRDE 255 Graphic Design Practicum 3 Total Core Curriculum Courses 18
    GRDE 353 Advanced Image Manipulation and Vector Graphics 3 SUPPORT COURSES
    GRDE 363 Colour Theory 3 PUBR 221 Image, Etiquette and Protocol 2
    GRDE 419 Design for The Web 3 ENTP 210 Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship 3
    GRDE 440 Graphic Design Concepts I 3 MKTG 205 Principles of Marketing 3
    GRDE 442 Graphic Design Concepts II 3 COMM 121/ Introduction to Mass Communication OR 3
    GRDE 453 Packaging and Post Production 3 PUBR 139/ Introduction to Strategic Public Relations OR
    GRDE 499 Senior Project/Graphic Design 3 COMM 130/ Communication 3: Understanding Human Communication OR
    Total Credits for Required Courses in the Major 60 ITEC 240 Web Page Design
    ADVT 240 Copywriting 3
    ADVT 230 Principles of Advertising 3
    COMM 351 Social Media Communication 3
    MUSC 120/ Survey of Music History OR 1
    CLTR 120/ Culture of Trinidad and Tobago OR
    ENVS 121 Environmental Issues and Sustainability
     Three (3) free electives 9
    Total Support Course Credits  30

    The table below provides a summary of fees payable to the College. Only nationals of Trinidad and Tobago are eligible to receive government’s GATE funding for tuition expenses listed hereunder.

    Fees Citizens Caricom International Per
    Applications: Paper-based $25.00 $25.00 $25.00 Application
    Applications: Online Free Free Free Application
    Registration $80.00 $80.00 $80.00 Semester
    Tuition $300.00 $400.00 $750.00 Credit
    Administrative Fee $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Semester
    Technology $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Semester
    Student Insurance $30.00 $30.00 $30.00 Annum
    Student Guild $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Annum

    Included in the college fees, is basic insurance coverage for accident and injury. However, CARICOM and international students are also required to secure additional insurance to cover medical expenses.

    All students of COSTAATT are required to pay an annual insurance fee of $30.00. Completed student insurance forms must be submitted to the College at the beginning of the first semester in which students register for the academic year. Coverage is restricted to students who are between ages 16 to 65.

    The College accepts the following methods of payment:

    • Cash
    • LINX
    • Visa/Master card
    • Certified/Manager’s cheque

    Institutional fees are non-refundable. Students who officially withdraw from the College may be eligible for a refund of tuition fees in accordance with the schedule outlined in the Academic Calendar. Please note that students in receipt of GATE funding are not eligible for tuition refunds.


    The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE)

    The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses programme (GATE) provides free tuition to all eligible citizens of Trinidad and Tobago pursuing approved programmes at public and private tertiary level institutions. Information on eligibility and conditions for accessing GATE funding is available at the Ministry of Education website at:

    Students must note that GATE funding is available for the duration of their course of study and one year beyond. Students who fail to complete their programme within the stipulated time frame will be required to meet the cost of programme completion.

    The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE) programme is a one hundred per cent, tuition fee funding programme offered by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. Only nationals of Trinidad and Tobago are eligible to apply, and students must be registered in a course of study leading to a tertiary level qualification.

    For further information on the GATE programme please visit the website of the Ministry of Education.

    The vast majority of the College’s programmes are eligible for GATE.


    Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP)

    The Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) is a special loan facility made available to citizens of Trinidad and Tobago who are enrolled in an approved tertiary level programme at a registered tertiary institution to meet the following expenses:

    • tuition fees
    • accommodation
    • airfare and other transportation costs
    • personal maintenance costs and living expenses
    • books and related materials
    • special equipment
    • other related tertiary expenses

    For further information on the Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) students can visit the Ministry of Education website at:


    Payment Plans

    Payment plans are available, please contact the Office of the Registrar for further details:

    To be awarded the Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design, students must successfully complete 120 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.0, according to the following distribution:

    Required courses in the major area of study 60 credits
    Core curriculum courses 30 credits
    Support courses 30 credits
    Total Credits Required for Graduation 120 credits

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