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BCIT Digital Design and Development

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The BCIT Digital Design and Development diploma provides students with a solid foundation in designing, developing, and creating interactive, dynamic, immersive social and online applications across various digital media platforms. You will work within a team to design and develop web and mobile applications, educational products, video and audio assets for interactive media and business applications.

Graduates have a variety of digital media skills that can lead them to various content design and development jobs at digital media production studios, advertising companies, design firms, and web and mobile app developments. Graduates may also have opportunities to be part of a team that creates games, digital animations and dynamic content.

BCIT Digital Design and Development students learn to:

  • Develop media rich products
  • Design 2D animations and video production
  • Create 3D design and visual effects
  • Develop project plans with timelines, budgets, and roles
  • Integrate a variety of server and client-side APIs
  • Create digital content in a range of formats, from print to mobile
  • Create a complete business web solution
  • Develop dynamic web applications
  • Design user interface for games, mobile apps and computer applications
  • Develop and design online mobile applications
BCIT Credential: BCIT Diploma of Technology
Program Length: 2 years, Full-time
Program Start: September
Number of Courses: 32 courses, 111.5 credits
Total Tuition/Cost: Learn about Tuition & Fees
Internship/Practicum: 8 weeks, 4 days a week
Major Project: Comprehensive Business Website Solution
1st Year Entry: View Requirements

Major Projects

Within the Digital Design & Development program students will:
  • Develop several cross platform web and mobile solutions
  • Plan cost-effective marketing campaigns for small to medium size business through web and mobile platforms.
  • Create a complete application which includes web and mobile marketing tactics, web analytics, social media, MySQL database, and integrate a variety of server and client-side APIs.
  • Produce short film pieces with visual effects and integrated CG elements
  • Develop a small multi-platform game project
  • Create an individual final portfolio and reel

Digital Media Internship

Prior to graduation, Digital Design and Development students participate in a hands-on eight week practicum to learn on the job and develop business connections in the digital media industry. The practicum provides a valuable career building experience and can even lead to a job offer from the sponsoring company.

Digital Media Jobs & Careers

Graduates of the Digital Design and Development diploma program have the necessary design and development skills to start an exciting career in the digital media industry in various companies or as an entrepreneur and small business owner.

Entry-Level Positions:
  • Mobile and Web Content Artist
  • Internet Marketing Coordinator
  • Digital Media Coordinator
  • Web and Mobile Developer
  • Interface Designer
  • Game User Interface Designer
Mid-Level Positions:
  • Project Manager
  • Digital Media Manager
  • Marketing Manager
  • Digital Media Producer
  • Web Development Manager
  • Dynamic Media Designer
  • Digital Media Product Designer

Program Entry

Application processing

This program is open to applications beginning:

  • November 1st* for the Fall (September) intake
  • June 1st* for the Spring (April) intake

*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

  • Proficiency using Windows and/or Mac OS, and Knowledge of basic computer concepts and logic.

Advanced Placement / Transfer Credit

Advanced Placement – you may be eligible to apply to an advanced level of the program through 1. re-admission or 2. direct entry. The following applies to all advanced placement applicants:

  • Complete applications: show proof of completing all requirements (proof of registration is acceptable for advanced placement applicants) to be considered.
  • Competitive entry: if the number of applications exceeds available seats, BCIT will accept those deemed to have the best opportunity for success.
  • Acceptance based on seat availability: confirmation may not be available until approximately one week before the term begins.
  1. Re-admission: Have you completed part of this program at BCIT and want to apply to an advanced level?

    Applications are accepted throughout the year. You must submit the Technology Re-admission form [PDF] with your application.

  2. Direct Entry: Are you new to this program but have completed an equivalent part of it at BCIT or elsewhere and want to apply to an advanced level?

    You must submit the Course-by-Course Self-Assessment form [PDF] and proof of meeting the entrance requirements with your online application. View the Direct Entry sheet [PDF] for details about requirements, important dates, and applying.

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

Standard delivery: September each year - 2 years, Full-time

Alternative delivery: April each year - 17 months, Full-time, including classes held weekday evenings and on weekends

Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

Students may request to have prior work experience or previously taken courses assessed for course exemption. Contact the department for further details on Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (PLAR).


Within 2 business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal e-mail and your myBCIT e-mail address. All correspondence about your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an email when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these emails, or regularly check your account online.

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.

Financial assistance

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


Class hours

Standard delivery: Classes may be scheduled Monday to Friday, between the hours of 8:30am and 9:30pm.

Alternative delivery: Classes may be scheduled Tuesday to Saturday during daytime, evening and on weekends.

Program delivery

The majority of the courses are delivered in computer labs. Courses may also be delivered in classrooms and online.

Program matrix

Level 1 (15 weeks) Credits
  BUSA 4700 Critical Thinking and Ethics 3.0
  COMM 1100 Business Communication 1 3.0
  COMP 1170 Introduction to Web Technologies 3.0
  MDIA 1103 Storytelling 1.5
  MDIA 1106 Design Fundamentals 3.0
  MDIA 2190 Photoshop 3.0
  MDIA 2526 System Administration for a Mac 1.5
  MDIA 2536 Interface Design Usability 3.0
  MKTG 1102 Essentials of Marketing 3.0
  OPMT 1172 Project Management for D3 3.0
Level 2 (20 weeks) Credits
  BCST 2125 Introduction to Audio and Video 4.0
  COMP 2130 Web Programming 1 4.0
  MDIA 2003 Project 1 4.0
  MDIA 2106 Design 1 4.0
  MDIA 2109 Dynamic Content Design 4.0
  MDIA 3165 Vector Graphics 4.0
  MDIA 3187 Visual Effects 4.0
  MKTG 2558 Web-Based Marketing Communication 4.0
Level 3 (15 weeks) Credits
  COMM 2200 Business Communication 2 4.0
  COMP 3130 Web Programming 2 3.0
  FMGT 1152 Accounting for the Manager 3.0
  MDIA 3003 Project 2 3.0
  MDIA 3106 Design 2 3.0
  MDIA 3126 Digital Asset Design & Integration 3.0
  MDIA 3190 Advanced Photoshop 3.0
  MKTG 1219 Professional Sales Skills 3.0
Level 4 (20 weeks) Credits
  BLAW 4100 Law and Digital Publication 3.0
  COMP 4130 Enterprise Web Development 4.0
  MDIA 3109 Advanced Dynamic Content Design 3.0
  MDIA 4003 Final Project 3.0
  MDIA 4040 Leadership Series 2.0
  VENT 4000 Entrepreneurship 3.0
  MDIA 4400 Practicum 9.5
Total Credits: 111.5

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

Program length

Standard delivery: 2 years, Full-time (no classes June – August).

Alternative delivery: 17 months, Full-time (classes every month)

All program requirements must be completed within five years.


Students must achieve a minimum of 50% in each course in order to successfully complete the diploma.

Program location

Standard delivery:
Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Alternative delivery:
Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

Continue your education

Graduates of the diploma program may ladder into BCIT's Bachelor of Business Administration.

Contact Us

Terri Carde
Assistant Instructor
Terri_Carde@bcit.ca / 604-451-7032
Ramin Shadmehr
Program Head
Ramin_Shadmehr@bcit.ca  / 604-432-8614

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