Introduction to Open Source Software for Creative Design

Open source software applications are free or low-cost alternatives to commercially available and often expensive applications. In this course, students are introduced to open-source alternatives to the most popular Adobe Creative Cloud design applications. Open-source applications such as GIMP(GNU Image Manipulations Program) Vectr and Scribus provide basic options for digital imaging, creating,/editing graphics, and desktop publishing. While their applications do not offer the full functionality of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign, they are great tools for emerging creatives on a limited budget.

 This course is offered in partnership with OCAD University to offer a wide range of courses for enhancing your career expertise in web, design, photography, analytics, and technology.

Combine this course with four other Online Digital Media & Graphic Design courses to earn a Digital Media Skills Certificate.

Important registration details:
Courses offered in partnership with OCAD U are delivered through a series of tutorials and related assignments that students may complete at their own pace on the OCAD learning management system Canvas. The instructor is available throughout the course time period for questions and discussions. To learn more about course expectations, visit here.
As a student, you will receive an OCAD U user account, which will grant you access to Canvas. Your Canvas account will be enabled one week prior to the start date of your course. Please log in at If you do not know your OCAD U User ID, please check your registration confirmation email. You can reset your password here: If you need further help, please contact

Fall 2020
Date & Time:
17 Sep 2020 to 22 Oct 2020
  • 6 online classroom sessions
Instructor: Price:
$445.00 plus tax

Course Requirements

***Regular access to a computer with a high-speed broadband internet connection is required.***


Course Cancellations

Please note that courses may be canceled at any time due to low enrolment. Upon cancellation, registrants will receive a full refund.