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DIGITAL Design and Development Post Graduate Diploma

North Island College
Program overview
2 years
Full time
Graduate diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
English
Start dates
British Columbia
January 2022

British Columbia
Please contact the school for details
North Island College

Program description

DIGITAL Design and Development Post Graduate Diploma

The Digital Design and Development Post Graduate Diploma provides focused, industry-relevant training to enable you to expand your current skillset or move into a new stage in your career.  

Choose from one of two streams:

The Web Development stream provides training for ‘front-end’ (coding static and dynamic websites), ‘back-end’ (accessing server-side databases) and web application (coding a software application that runs on a browser like Chrome) development

The Mobile App Development stream provides training to code software applications on both android (ie. Samsung) and iOS (Apple) mobile devices.

The diploma includes an extended, six-credit capstone project (DGL-409) which provides you the opportunity to propose and develop a self-directed body of work. The project allows you to target your area of expertise so as to synthesize the applied skills and theoretical knowledge of your accumulated education. In addition to faculty support, you’ll be mentored by industry professionals actively working in your area of focus, ensuring you can reach a high level of expertise in your focus area.

Admission requirements


  1. An accredited bachelor’s degree with a minimum of three academic years from a recognized institution.
  2. C in English 12 or equivalent or IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

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Program content

Web Development Stream

  • CPS - 100 Computer Programming I
  • CPS - 146 Database Fundamentals
  • DGL - 101 Digital Culture
  • DGL - 103 HTML and CSS
  • DGL - 104 Application Development Foundations
  • DGL - 105 Digital Graphics
  • DGL - 111 User Experience and Interface Design
  • DGL - 113 Introduction to Javascript
  • DGL - 123 Introduction to PHP
  • DGL - 203 Advanced CSS
  • DGL - 211 Project Management for Digital Product Development
  • DGL - 213 Applied Javascript
  • DGL - 223 WordPress Development
  • DGL - 233 Advanced WordPress Development
  • DGL - 309 Advanced Capstone Project 1
  • DGL - 409 Advanced Capstone Project 2

Plus one of:

  • ENG - 170 Writing Digital Content* or
  • ENG - 104 Foundations of Academic Writing*

*Students who do not have a band score of Academic IELTS 6.0, TOEFL iBT 20, PTE 50, CAEL 60 or higher in Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking will be required to take ENG 104 instead of ENG 170.

Plus one elective totaling 3 credits.

Mobile Application Development Stream

  • CPS - 100 Computer Programming I
  • CPS - 146 Database Fundamentals
  • DGL - 101 Digital Culture
  • DGL - 103 HTML and CSS
  • DGL - 104 Application Development Foundations
  • DGL - 105 Digital Graphics
  • DGL - 111 User Experience and Interface Design
  • DGL - 113 Introduction to Javascript
  • DGL - 114 Introduction to Mobile App Development
  • DGL - 204 Programming for Mobile App Development
  • DGL - 211 Project Management for Digital Product Development
  • DGL - 213 Applied Javascript
  • DGL - 214 Advanced Mobile App Development
  • DGL - 309 Advanced Capstone Project 1
  • DGL - 409 Advanced Capstone Project 2

Plus one of:

  • ENG - 170 Writing Digital Content or*
  • ENG - 104 Foundations of Academic Writing*

*Students who do not have a band score of Academic IELTS 6.0, TOEFL iBT 20, PTE 50, CAEL 60 or higher in Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking will be required to take ENG 104 instead of ENG 170.

Plus two electives totaling 6 credits.

Completion Requirements

  • A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required.
  • Courses counted toward the prerequisite degree may not also be counted toward the post-degree diploma.
  • This program is designed to be completed within two years of full-time study.  To complete this program students must successfully complete all required courses within five years.

Scholarships & funding

Scholarships are awarded based on outstanding academic achievement. The NIC Foundation awards hundreds of scholarships each year. As a new, continuing or graduating student, you are eligible to apply.

There are also numerous scholarships available through external sources, including unions, service groups, non-profit organizations and employers.

Please visit the institute's website for further information.

Tuition fees

Costs indicated are estimates for a 100% course load per year, unless otherwise noted. 
Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies, NIC appointed uniforms, or field trips not included in these estimates.

Domestic Fees

Year 1

  • Tuition - $3,225
  • NISU Fees - $155
  • Lab Fees - $190
  • Learner Resource - $165
  • Health and Dental - $275
  • Total - $4,010

Year 2

  • Tuition - $3,145
  • NISU Fees - $155
  • Lab Fees - $190
  • Learner Resource - $165
  • Health and Dental - $275
  • Total - $3,930

International Fees

Per Year

  • Tuition - $14,045
  • NISU Fees - $155
  • Student Services Fees - $920
  • Lab Fees - $190
  • Learner Resource - $165
  • Health and Dental - $275
  • Total - $15,745

Career opportunities

Web and mobile app developers are in high demand. WorkBC (British Columbia) includes Software Engineers and Designers (NOC 2173), Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers (NOC 2174) and Web Designers and Developers (NOC 2175) in its list of ‘High Opportunity Occupations’. High Opportunity Occupations are those that are expected to experience higher demand and offer higher pay compared to other occupations in the next 10 years.

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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
Canada

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