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 structured 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.


Minimum five (5) CSEC/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 and beyond.

Mature Entry: Applicants over 25, with a minimum of 5 years’ relevant work experience are also considered for admission. Such candidates must submit detailed curriculum vitae and a portfolio of their work with the application form. The Department may also conduct interviews to determine the candidate’s readiness to pursue the degree programme.



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                                                COURSES IN THE MAJOR                                                                         CORE CURRICULUM COURSES

    GRDE 122 Principles of Design 3 FYEC 100 First Year Experience Course 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 129 Introduction to Graphic Design 3 FYEC 400 Final Year Signature Portfolio 3
    GRDE 130 Typography I (Calligraphy and Letterform) 3 WRIT 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 3
    GRDE 215 Digital Photography 3 HIST 210 History of Trinidad and Tobago OR 3
    GRDE 230 Typography II (Logos and Creating Identities) 3 SPAN100 Introduction to Spanish
    GRDE 234 Publication Design 3 BUSI 203 Leadership and Ethics OR 3
    GRDE 233 3D Design: Rendering and Storyboarding 3 ENGL 200 Comparative Literature OR
    GRDE 245 Art History 3 SCIE 121 Foundations of Natural Sciences
    GRDE 253 Introduction to Motion Graphics 3 REL 205 Comparative Religion OR 3
    GRDE 255 Graphic Design Practicum 3 SOCI 102 Introduction to the Study of Society OR
    GRDE 353 Advanced Image Manipulation and Vector Graphics 3 PSYC 103 Understanding Human Behaviour and Diversity
    GRDE 363 Colour Theory 3 Total Core Curriculum Courses 30
    GRDE 419 Design for The Web 3 SUPPORT COURSES
    GRDE 440 Graphic Design Concepts I 3 PUBR 221 Image, Etiquette and Protocol 2
    GRDE 442 Graphic Design Concepts II 3 ENTP 210 Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship 3
    GRDE 453 Packaging and Post Production 3 MKTG 205 Principles of Marketing 3
    GRDE 499 Senior Project/Graphic Design 4 COMM 121 Introduction to Mass Communication OR 3
    PUBR 139 Introduction to Strategic Public Relations OR
    COMM 130 Communication 3: Understanding Human Communication OR
    Total Credits for Required Courses in the Major 64 ADVT 420 Client Relations
    ADVT 240 Copywriting 3
    ADVT 230 Principles of Advertising 3
    MKTG 290 Digital Marketing 3
    Free Elective Credits 6
    Total Support Course Credits

    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 64 credits
    Core curriculum courses 30 credits
    Support courses 26 credits
    Total Credits Required for Graduation 120 credits

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