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Graphic Communications Technology Management

Have you ever considered a career in digital design working with websites, marketing materials, or printed media? Our diploma program in Graphic Communications Technology Management offers you real, hands-on training with the equipment and software you’ll be using in your imaging technology career.

To help you prepare for opportunities like junior graphic designer, print shop manager, or production artist, BCIT developed this program alongside industry professionals. With our on-campus printing equipment and focus on real-world career skills, you work directly with teachers and guest speakers to give you the most up-to-date skills and information to succeed in your field.

About the program

  • Two-year, full-time program
  • Three main areas of study:
    • Customer relations management
    • Colour management
    • Variable data (e.g. geo-targeting campaigns)
  • Industry-designed courses for the most current, relevant information 
  • On-campus digital print shop and other industry-standard equipment
  • 100% of grads find work within three months of graduating
Learn more about how BCIT’s Graphic Communications Technology Management program can help you reach your career goals on the Program Details page.

Who should apply for the Graphic Communications Technology Management Diploma?

Studies in imaging technology might be right for you if you are:
  • Visually-oriented
  • A creative thinker
  • Interested in working with people and have good interpersonal skills
  • Interested in a blend of art and science
If this sounds like you and you’re ready to improve your career, check out our Program Entry page for our easy application.

What grads can do

With the literal hands-on experience you’ll get in the Graphic Communications Technology Management program, you’ll be prepared for some of the most in-demand jobs in the imaging technology field today. And with the increased need for graphics, e- commerce, and digital printing, graduates are in demand with more jobs than there are students to fill them.

To find out more about the career opportunities available to graduates of the program, visit our Graduating and Jobs page.

Program Entry

Application processing

Open to applications beginning November 1st (or next business day)

Entrance requirements

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Recommended for success

  • It is strongly recommended that you assess your fundamental mathematical skills. The Mathematics Self-Diagnostic Test [PDF] is voluntary. If you find these problems difficult, we strongly recommend that you attend OPMT 0199. You should be able to do this exercise in about an hour, after which you should compare your answers with the correct ones supplied. If you scored less than 20 out of 26 correct, you should seriously consider upgrading your mathematical skills.

  • Applicants are encouraged to attend an information session before applying to this program. To view upcoming information session dates, please visit the overview page for this program.

  • Previous post-secondary study in fine arts and sciences will prove valuable.

  • Proficiency in keyboarding and applied computer skills is essential for program success.

  • Paid or volunteer experience in a traditional workplace will prove valuable.

Apply to program

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
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You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

September each year.

myCommunication

Within two business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.

Costs & Supplies

To give you access to the equipment you’ll be using in your future career in imaging technology, all courses for this program are scheduled on the BCIT Burnaby campus. There, your classrooms will include fully networked Mac computer labs and a large warehouse incorporating our graphic arts print shop that houses high-tech pre-media, prepress, imaging, and binding equipment. Your class work will include key business skills for any career as well as specific focus for imaging technology such as digital imaging, bindery and finishing, e-commerce for creative imaging, and job placement.

Courses are scheduled with a mix of day-time, evening, and Saturday courses to help fit your schedule and offer you a truly hands-on experience with standard industry equipment to prepare you for the work you’ll be doing in your new career.

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Approximate cost for books and supplies is $1,200 (general estimated cost, subject to change).

Steel-toed boots are required.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

Located on the BCIT Burnaby campus, the facilities for the program include classroom space, fully networked Apple Computer labs, and a large warehouse/lab incorporating our graphic arts print shop with our high-tech pre-media, prepress, imaging and binding equipment. Classes range from theoretical to technical, with student time distributed between lectures, labs, and project work.

Class hours

Up to six hours a day, courses may be scheduled on some Saturdays and some may be scheduled in the evenings.

Program delivery

Approximate infrastructure facilities include a 16,000 sq. ft. fully networked facility with classroom and warehouse space that will provide a hands-on experience using industry standard equipment.

Program matrix

Level 1 Credits
  BUSA 1005 Introduction to Business 3.0
  COMM 1100 Business Communication 1 3.0
  FMGT 1152 Accounting for the Manager 3.0
  GTEC 1100 Creative Imaging Industry Overview 2.0
  GTEC 1464 Imaging Technologies 1 3.0
  GTEC 2250 Design Tools for Creative Page Layout 5.0
  GTEC 2280 Creative Software for Image Manipulation and Colour Management 3.0
  MDIA 2325 System Administration PC and MAC 4.0

Note: During the first week of Level 1, a math skills assessment test will be administered to all students. Based on the outcome, students may be required to attend a weekly Business Math Success workshop.

 
Level 2 Credits
  COMM 2200 Business Communication 2 4.0
  GTEC 2010 Term 2 Final Project 2.5
  GTEC 2105 Managing Pre-Imaging Workflows 1 3.0
  GTEC 2260 Creating and Editing Digital Graphics 3.0
  GTEC 2400 Term 2 Job Placement 3.0
  GTEC 2463 Digital Imaging Foundation 3.5
  GTEC 2464 Imaging Technologies 2 3.0
  GTEC 2465 Bindery and Finishing 1 5.0
  GTEC 3210 Creative Estimates for Imaging Processes 3.5
  MDIA 2140 Color Management Systems 3.0
 
Level 3 Credits
  ECON 1150 Economic Issues 3.0
  GTEC 3105 Managing Pre-Imaging Workflows 2 3.0
  GTEC 3300 Sustainability Practices in the Workplace 2.0
  GTEC 3460 e-Commerce for Creative Imaging 2.0
  GTEC 3464 Imaging Technologies 3 3.0
  GTEC 3467 Large Format Imaging Applications 2.5
  MDIA 3049 Advanced Page Design and Construction 2.0
  MKTG 1102 Essentials of Marketing 3.0
  OPMT 1198 Operations Management Fundamentals 3.0
 
Level 4 Credits
  GTEC 3465 Bindery and Finishing 2 4.5
  GTEC 4010 Term 4 Final Project 2.0
  GTEC 4200 Creative Process Production Management 2.5
  GTEC 4400 Term 4 Job Placement 8.5
  GTEC 4463 Advanced Digital Imaging 4.5
  GTEC 4464 Advanced Troubleshooting for Graphic Imaging Technologies 3.0
  GTEC 4466 Print Process 3.0
  GTEC 4467 Process Control 2.0
  MKTG 1219 Professional Sales Skills 3.0
 
Total Credits: 116.0

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

In BCIT’s Graphic Communications Technology Management diploma program, you’ll learn to design and produce marketing materials such as posters, large format signage, labels, brochures, books, and other finished products. You learn the latest graphic design software, business processes, art direction, production management, and how to operate high-tech imaging and finishing technologies to prepare you for modern careers in imaging technology.

In this program, you’ll focus on three core industry areas: business practices, computer software, and output.

Business practices

You’ll develop an understanding of marketing and sales skills vital to a successful business. Within a team environment, you receive an overview of marketing concepts within today’s print and imaging companies and learn how to build specific marketing tactics and strategies. You’ll also study practical applications of accounting and operations management.

Computer software

You’ll learn Adobe Creative Suite leading to pre-media, PDF production, imposition, proofing, and colour management. You’ll also get hands-on experience with the programs and software that production artists and printers use to run and communicate with printing equipment. You learn how to read job dockets, plan work processes, run machines to production standards, consistently monitor work quality, and work in a team environment.

Printing output

In every term, you take courses in the effective operation of a variety of printing equipment, bindery, and finishing procedures. From printing large-format banners and wraps to running a lithographic press, you’ll literally be training with your hands on the equipment professionals are using today.

Continue your education

Qualified graduates of this program may apply for acceptance into BCIT's Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree program. The BBA program is offered as a full-time degree in the day, or part-time in the evenings.

Business Donations

These businesses in our community have donated to the Graphic Communications Technology Management program at BCIT to establish our new Large Format Imaging Center.
 
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Supporter Donors
Cascades, Onyx, Grimco, T.K. Graphics, Hemlock, Dominion Blue, Hewlett Packard, Summit Print, and Great Little Box Company.

Program length

Two years, full-time

Grading

Minimum passing grade is 50 per cent.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Graduating & Jobs

Nearly every company and organization has more and more need for qualified employees in imaging technology. Because of this, there are more available jobs than there are graduates to fill them. With your BCIT diploma in Graphic Communications Technology Management, you’ll be in demand for opportunities in many areas of design, print and web media, and graphic communications.

Some career opportunities in imaging technology:
  • Junior Graphic Designer
  • Pre-media Work
  • Production Artist
  • Prepress Coordinator
  • Production Manager/Coordinator
  • Production Planner
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Sales Manager/Representative 
  • Marketing and Sales Manager/Coordinator
  • Digital Print Operator
  • Press Operator
  • Bindery and Finishing Operator
  • Packaging Designer

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Instructors are industry professionals, usually in senior management or supervisory roles in Vancouver’s top Graphic Communications firms.

Current Faculty:

  • Mike Winteringham, Chief Operating Officer (COO), Metropolitan Printers
  • Grant Bailey, Vice President Pre Press, Rhino Print Solutions
  • Alan Martin, Product Support Manager, Kodak
  • Roberto Medieros, Production Print Solution Engineer, Ricoh Canada
  • Bieu Williams, Senior Solutions Specialist, Konica Minolta
  • Rob Kondratowski, Bindery Supervisor, Mitchell Press
  • Marty McKewan, Bindery Supervisor, Hemlock Printers
  • Daren McKewan, Director, Production & Workflow, Hemlock Printers
  • Stephen Tomljanovic, Metropolitan Printers
  • Mark Bitz, IT, Prepress & Digital Printing Manager, C2 Imaging
  • Stephen Zmetana, Global Product Support Specialist, Kodak
  • Vijay Chand, Metropolitan Printers
  • Dave Swartz, Technical Services Manager, Tapp Label

Advisory committee

  • David Allan, Rhino Print Solutions
  • Jeff Taylor, Hemlock
  • Kathy Forrest, Thunderbird Press
  • Kris Bovay, Pacific Bindery Services
  • Marilyn Knoch, BCPIA
  • Nikos Kallas, Metropolitan Fine Printers
  • Rob Varnel, R&M Laminating
  • Alan Martin, Kodak
  • Jag Sangha, Kirk Marketing
  • Troy Naber, Heidelberg Graphic Equipment
  • Neil Cusati, Konica Minolta
  • Alfie Karmal, Westkey Graphics
  • Mark Stahr, C2 Imaging
  • Dave Fraser, OCE Canada
  • Tim Jones, Ricoh Canada
  • Murray Todd, Total Graphics

Contact Us

Judy Phipps
Administrative Assistant
604-432-8863 | Judy_Phipps@bcit.ca

Wayne Collins
Program Head, Graphic Communications Technology Management
604-412-7518 | Wayne_Collins@bcit.ca

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Testimonial

The time spent in the BCIT graphic communication program was invaluable to my career. With the instructors being mostly industry professionals, the information and training is always current and relevant. Job placements every year also ensure a high percentage of students find work immediately after graduation. And with such a wide variety of courses within this program, you're sure to find your true calling.
Clark Tomlinson

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When I decided to return to school as a mature student it wasn’t simply to get a job, but to get a better job. The Graphic Communications Technology program has given me the education needed to find a solid, stable career. Even before completing the two-year program I have received a job offer from a very reputable company.
Thom Hamilton

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I like being able to work hands-on to produce real print projects using the same high-tech equipment that is being used in the industry.
Abby Almonte