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Communication Design – Interactive Media Diploma

North Island College
Program overview
2 years
Diploma / certificate
13,500 CAD
Start dates
British Columbia
13,500 CAD
September 2020

British Columbia
13,500 CAD
September 2021

British Columbia
13,500 CAD
September 2022
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.

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

  • 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
  • Portfolio Project I
  • Communication Design II
  • User Experience and Interface Design
  • Content Management Systems
  • Advanced CSS
  • Introduction to Digital Photography
  • Introduction to Social Media
  • Optional Work term (4 weeks non-credit)

Tuition fees

The full tuition price for domestic students for year 1 is $3025; year 2 is $3025. The price for International students for year 1 is $13500; year 2 is $13500.


  • 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

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. 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.

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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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North Island College

2300 Ryan Rd
V9N 8N6 Courtenay BC

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