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Advanced Communications & Interactive Design – Interactive Media Diploma

North Island College
Program overview
3 years
Diploma / certificate
14,850 CAD
Start dates
British Columbia
14,850 CAD
September 2020

British Columbia
14,850 CAD
September 2021

British Columbia
14,850 CAD
September 2022
North Island College

Program description

Advanced Communications & Interactive Design – Interactive Media Diploma

Gain the experience needed to tackle major projects from beginning to end. Graduates pursue careers in communication and graphic
design, web design and development, iOS and Android app development and more. This program integrates the Web and Mobile Application Development and Communication Design diplomas and builds upon foundational skills to develop a deep knowledge of design and programming principles.

Admission requirements

C in one of Provincial English 12, English Studies 12, English First Peoples 12, NIC ENG-096, or ENG-098; or C+ in ESL-092 and ESL-095; or English assessment.

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Program content

Year 1

  • Computer Graphics I
  • Computer Graphics 2
  • Communication Design I
  • HTML and CSS
  • Introduction to JavaScript
  • Typography
  • Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management or Principles of Marketing
  • Drawing & 2-Dimensional Language I
  • Drawing & 2-Dimensional Language II

plus one English course from the following:

  • Introduction to Creative Writing: Fiction & Non-Fiction
  • Introduction to Creative Writing: Poetry & Drama
  • Essay Writing and Critical Analysis or Essay Writing and Indigenous Perspectives
  • Reading Literature or Indigenous Literatures in Canada
  • Effective Organizational Writing

Year 2

  • Introduction to PHP
  • Project Management for Digital Communications
  • Communication Design II
  • User Experience and Interface Design
  • Content Management Systems
  • Advanced CSS
  • Introduction to Social Media
  • Portfolio Project I
  • Introduction to Digital Photography
  • One elective chosen from or any other FIN course
  • Optional Work term (4 weeks non-credit)

Year 3

  • Introduction to Programming in Swift
  • iOS Application Development
  • Android Application Development
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Applied JavaScript
  • One elective chosen from or any other FIN course
  • Portfolio Project 2
  • Computer Programming
  • Database Fundamentals
  • Optional Work term

Tuition fees

The full tuition price for domestic students for year 1 is $2720; year 2 is $3025; year 3 is $3325. The price for International students for year 1 is $12150; year 2 is $13500; year 3 is $14850


  • Attend courses that bridge between development and design
  • Build substantial expertise in both development and design
  • Learn how to communicate effectively via the web while using many of today’s most in-demand programming technologies
  • Learn advanced uses of foundational web technologies, such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript and WordPress
  • Design for optimal user experiences on the web and for mobile devices
  • Learn how to program in the Swift and Java programming languages
  • Use Xcode and Android Studio IDEs to develop real smartphone apps
  • Practice project management principles in real projects
  • Use workflows and applications employed in the software development industry
  • Develop capstone projects that highlight your skills in design and development

Career opportunities

Graduates of this program are well-equipped to pursue employment in the fields of communication design, graphic design, illustration, concept art, interaction design, user experience design, front-end web development, back-end web development, full-stack development, iOS and Android application development, games development, and more generalized computer programming careers. Graduates may also choose to continue their studies by pursue the completion of a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design via third-year transfer to Vancouver Island University’s Graphic Design program.

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North Island College

North Island College

Located on beautiful Vancouver Island, West Coast of Canada, North Island College is a small public college which offers many programs including certificates, diplomas, a degree in business, and post degree diplomas. Areas of study include university transfer in the...

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North Island College

2300 Ryan Rd
V9N 8N6 Courtenay BC

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