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BCIT Design Essentials Certificate

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The BCIT Design Essentials certificate program is a one year program in partnership with Emily Carr University where creative students will develop their skills to become well rounded graphic design professionals. You will receive a solid foundation in practical design skills, desktop publishing, and web software skills. Graduates work in design studios, advertising agencies, and run their own design companies. This program runs two nights a week, one full weekend day, and one additional night a month.

BCIT Design Essentials students learn to:

  • Use the current version of the Adobe Creative Suite
  • Apply typography in print and online
  • Design logos and product packaging
  • Develop consistent corporate branding
  • Plan production schedules and project timelines

BCIT DESIGN ESSENTIALS CERTIFICATE
BCIT Credential: BCIT Certificate
Program Length: 1 year, Full-time
Program Start: October & April
Program Schedule:
  • 2 nights a week
  • 1 weekend full day
  • 1 additional night per month
  • Location: Burnaby Campus & Emily Carr
    Number of Courses: 27 courses, 61.5 credits
    Total Tuition/Cost: Learn about Tuition & Fees

    Graphic Design Portfolio

    Most employers and potential clients want to see examples of past work. You will create both print and online portfolios to show potential employers or clients.

    Graphic Design Jobs & Careers

    Graduates of the BCIT Design Essentials program have designed marketing materials, corporate logos, and product packaging. Students gain many valuable skills that can lead to a wide variety of design job opportunities.

    Entry-Level Positions:
    • Graphic Designer
    • Graphic Artist
    • Freelance Designer
    • Junior Designer
    Mid-Level Positions:
    • Senior Graphic Designer
    • Creative Director
    • Art Director
    • Brand Manager

    Program Entry

    Entrance requirements

    This program has a two-step admission process and is open for applications as follows:

    • November 1st* for the Fall (October) intake
    • June 1st* for the Spring/Summer (April) intake

    *or next business day

    Applications are considered for a specific intake. Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains.

    Step 1: Entrance requirements

    Step 2: Department assessment

    Applications will be reviewed and assessed by the program area when the entrance requirements are complete. Applicants will be contacted for the following:

    • Portfolio review session with the Digital Arts department and Emily Carr (combined)*

    *Applicants must bring their portfolio to the portfolio review session. The portfolio should consist of 5–8 works in slide format, DVD, originals or a combination of these formats. Original work submitted should be no larger than 18" x 24" and all items of the portfolio must be submitted in a case no larger than 18" x 24". Three-dimensional work must be submitted through slide documentation.

    Recommended for success

    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
    Apply Online

    You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

    Scheduled intakes

    April and October

    myCommunication

    Within 3 weeks of applying to a program, you will be sent a letter in the mail confirming receipt of your application. The letter will identify your student number, BCIT e-mail address and instructions on how to login to your myBCIT account.

    All official BCIT correspondence will be sent to your myBCIT account. Check myCommunication often during the application process and throughout your studies at BCIT.

    You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within 4 weeks.

    Costs & Supplies

    Tuition fees

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

    Books and supplies

    Full-time: Level 1 (Terms 1 & 2): $607; Level 2 (Terms 3 & 4): $654
    (General estimated cost, and subject to change)

    Financial assistance

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

    Refund policy

    This program is subject to limited and minimum enrolment. Lack of sufficient enrolment will result in BCIT canceling specific intakes of the program and will then entitle all accepted students, of that specific intake, to a full refund of all fees paid.

    Courses

    The classes are typically three hours long, comprised of 1.5 hour lecture and 1.5 hours of hands on experience. When learning software skills, the instructor will demonstrate and project the software in the classroom so that students can observe.

    Students have 24/7 access to the computer labs on the BCIT Burnaby campus.

    Program matrix

    Term 1 Credits
      CDEP 1100 Design and the Creative Process 3.0
      CDEP 1600 Fundamentals of Applied Art 3.0
      MDIA 1009 Introduction to Project/Portfolio 4.0
      MDIA 1069 Layout and InDesign 1 3.0
      MDIA 2082 Project Management for New Media 1.5
      MDIA 2525 System Administration for MAC 1.5
     
    Term 2 Credits
      CDEP 2100 Layout Design and the Static Image 3.0
      CDEP 2120 Typography 3.0
      MDIA 1026 Adobe Acrobat MAC 1.5
      MDIA 1160 Adobe Illustrator MAC 1 1.5
      MDIA 1180 Adobe Photoshop MAC 1 1.5
      MDIA 2009 Project/Portfolio 1 4.0
      MDIA 2180 Adobe Photoshop MAC 2 1.5
      MDIA 2260 Adobe Illustrator MAC 2 1.5
     
    Term 3 Credits
      CDEP 3100 Introduction to Brand Identity 1.5
      CDEP 3110 Packaging Design 1.5
      CDEP 3130 Corporate Communications 2.0
      MDIA 1470 Adobe Dreamweaver MAC 1 1.5
      MDIA 2069 Layout and InDesign 2 3.0
      MDIA 2470 Adobe Dreamweaver MAC 2 1.5
      MDIA 3009 Project/Portfolio 2 4.0
     
    Term 4 Credits
      CDEP 3150 Editorial Design 1.5
      CDEP 3300 New Media Design 1.5
      MDIA 1466 Adobe Flash 1 1.5
      MDIA 2087 Prepress 3.0
      MDIA 2466 Adobe Flash 2 1.5
      MDIA 4009 Project/Portfolio 3 4.0
     
    Total Credits: 61.5

    Note: All CDEP courses are delivered at Emily Carr.

    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

    The Design Essentials program provides the skills and experience you need to:
    • Create visually appealing page designs for print reproduction.
    • Produce designs with professional typography.
    • Edit and correct images in different color spaces for print reproduction.
    • Prepare files for output to different types of printing devices.
    • Develop brand identity and packaging design for print reproduction.
    • Prepare and present a professional portfolio.

    Program length

    One year, full-time

    All program requirements must be completed within five years.

    Grading

    Students must pass all courses for a total of 61.5 credits. If a course is missed or failed, it will be the responsibility of the student to retake the course on their own time and at their own expense.

    Program location

    Burnaby Campus
    3700 Willingdon Avenue
    Burnaby, BC

    Emily Carr University of Art + Design
    1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island
    Vancouver, BC

    Graduating & Jobs

    Job Opportunities

    The Design Essentials Certificate Program enables students to acquire the necessary skills to embark on an exciting career in the design, corporate identity and brand development industries.

    Graduate employment outcomes

    The following link takes you to graduate outcome survey results containing mostly labour market results from the 2011-2013 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2010-2012 Graduates.
    Note: The survey results will be displayed in a separate browser window. To view these results, you need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

    Apply for graduation

    Upon successful completion of all program requirements, complete an Application for BCIT Credential [PDF] and submit to Student Information and Enrolment Services.

    Allow approximately six to eight weeks for processing.

    All financial obligations to the Institute must be met prior to issuance of any credential.

    Students who successfully complete all courses are eligible to attend convocation.

    This is a joint partnership credential between BCIT and Emily Carr. The credential will display both partner institutes' logos. All grades will be transferred to BCIT.

    Faculty, Advisors & Staff

    Instructors in the Design Essentials Program have extensive industry experience. Many of them remain active in the media industry, working as consultants. Some of the instructors are members of professional institutes and organizations that relate to the areas of study. These memberships allow instructors to remain current on new industry standards and offer fresh insight to students on recent developments.

    Contact Us

    Karen Harvey, Program Assistant, Part-time Studies
    karen_harvey@bcit.ca / 604-453-4032

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