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Mobile Application Design and Development

Algonquin College
Program overview
2 years
Diploma / certificate
Scholarships available

Start dates
September 2023

September 2024

September 2025
Algonquin College

About this program

Mobile Application Design and Development

Turn your interest in mobile development into a career needed across a number of different industries.

The two-year Mobile Application Design and Development Ontario College Diploma program prepares you to enter the expanding and evolving fields of mobile web and application development. Design mobile website interfaces across different platforms and devices. Learn how to build native applications for mobile devices, and use different technologies and programming languages. Topics covered include:

  • user interface (UI) design
  • user experience (UX) design
  • responsive web design
  • Full-Stack web development
  • hybrid mobile application development
  • native mobile application development
  • entrepreneurial business skills

Emphasis is placed on a hands-on approach to developing sites and applications.

In your final semester, prepare for industry by developing a mobile solution for a real-world client. Experience working in teams and participate in the analysis, design, implementation, testing and deployment of your mobile solution.

Admission requirements

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Are interested in working with computers and mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets.
  • Enjoy the challenge of working with evolving mobile technology.
  • Have good problem-solving skills and enjoy solving logic problems.
  • Enjoy non-repetitive tasks and the challenge of developing new and creative solutions for mobile applications.
  • Can work independently and as a productive member of a team.
  • Are organized in their work, and pay attention to detail.
  • Are committed and dedicated.
  • Are proficient with basic computer skills, such as keyboarding and the use of office software suite.

College Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or Mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; OR
  • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate; OR
  • General Educational Development (GED) certificate; OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program). Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing for which a fee of $50 (subject to change) will be charged.

Program Eligibility

  • English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent).
  • Mathematics, Grade 12 (MAP4C or equivalent).
  • Applicants with international transcripts must provide proof of the subject-specific requirements noted above and may be required to provide proof of language proficiency. Domestic applicants with international transcripts must be evaluated through the International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS) or World Education Services (WES).
  • IELTS-International English Language Testing Service (Academic) Overall band of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band; OR TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT) Overall 80, with a minimum of 20 in each component: Reading 20; Listening 20; Speaking 20; Writing 20.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the college website.

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Program content

Level: 01

  • Digital Citizenship
  • Mobile Design Fundamentals
  • Cross-Platform Web Design
  • Cross-Platform App Development
  • Essential Tools for Mobile Development

Level: 02

  • Design Thinking
  • Communications I
  • User Interface Design
  • Introduction to Object Oriented Programming
  • Fullstack: Frontend Development
  • Fullstack: API Development

Level: 03

  • Professional Communication for Interactive Media Design
  • User Experience Design
  • Android Application Development
  • Javascript Application Development
  • Ios Development

Level: 04

  • Mobile Industry Trends
  • Business for the Mobile Industry
  • Applied Industry Projects
  • Windows Development for Mobile
  • Choose one from equivalencies:
    • General Education Elective

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the college website for more information.


For more information about tuition fees, please visit the college website. 


The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Identify requirements and implement mobile solutions.
  2. Promote mobile technology solutions using business communication and marketing skills.
  3. Create effective user interfaces that leverage evolving mobile device capabilities.
  4. Design and develop websites that deploy to different devices and platforms.
  5. Design and develop cross-platform applications built with rich-media and HTML-based technologies.
  6. Design and develop device-specific, native applications.
  7. Research and apply various software development kits (SDKs), frameworks and toolkits.
  8. Integrate database and server-side technologies to provide complete mobile development solutions.
  9. Build, test, and deploy secure mobile solutions, using appropriate network technologies.
  10. Collaborate in a team-based, mobile development project.
  11. Identify and apply discipline-specific practices that contribute to the local and global community through social responsibility, economic commitment and environmental stewardship.

Career paths

Upon graduation, you may find work in all levels of government, as well as with start-ups and a wide variety of market sectors including technology, healthcare, business, marketing, finance, education, and communications. Some available jobs include: Mobile app developer, Full-Stack developer, UX designer/developer, UX researcher, UI designer/developer, Web designer, Web developer, Interaction designer/developer, QA tester.

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1385 Woodroffe Avenue
K2G 1V8 Ottawa Ontario

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