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Communication Design Diploma

North Island College
2 years
Full time
Diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
On campus
British Columbia
September 2021
North Island College

Program description

Communication Design – Interactive Media Diploma

Connect with an audience by creating visual solutions to communication goals. Explore principles of communication design and critical skills in web programming. Pursue careers in communication and graphic design, front-end web design and development, user experience design and more.

Students will experience and learn the following:

  • Attend courses that bridge between development and design
  • Take a deep dive into the discipline of communication design
  • Employ the principles of communication design to communicate effectively via the web
  • Develop expertise in the principles of graphic design
  • Learn how to design for the optimal user experience
  • Learn advanced uses of foundational web technologies such as HTML, CSS and WordPress
  • Develop interactive experiences on the web using JavaScript
  • 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

Admission requirements

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

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Program content

Year 1

  • Digital Culture
  • Graphic Design Foundations
  • HTML and CSS
  • User Experience and Interface Design
  • Typography
  • Introduction to Javascript
  • Drawing & 2-Dimensional Language I
  • Introduction to Digital Photography

    Plus one course from the following list:

  • Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management
  • Principles of Marketing

    Plus one English course from the following:

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

Year 2

  • Introduction to PHP
  • Graphic Design and Branding
  • Advanced CSS
  • Portfolio Project I
  • Project Mgmt Fr Digital Communications
  • Introduction to Social Media
  • Advanced Topics in Design
  • Content Management Systems
  • Video + Sound 1

    Plus one course from the following list:

  • Video + Sound 2
  • Screen Printing

Scholarships & funding

Students can learn more about NIC scholarships on our institution website. 

Continuing studies

Graduates may also choose to continue their studies with North Island College by continuing with the Advanced Communication Design diploma, or to pursue the completion of a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design via third-year transfer to Vancouver Island University’s Graphic Design program.

Career opportunities

Graduates of this program are equipped to pursue employment in the fields of communication design, graphic design, front-end web development, illustration, concept art, interactive design, and user experience design. 

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About this institute

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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