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BCIT Design Essentials Certificate

Note: This program has been renamed and restructured.

Please visit the new Certificate in Communication Design Essentials webpage for program information.


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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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

    Terri Carde
    Assistant Instructor
    Terri_Carde@bcit.ca / 604-451-7032
     
    Karen Harvey
    Program Assistant
    Karen_Harvey@bcit.ca / 604-453-4032
     
    Jeannie Patterson
    Program Head
    Jeannie_Patterson@bcit.ca / 604-456-1171

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