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BCIT New Media Design & Web Development

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The BCIT New Media Design and Web Development certificate program is an intense one year program for students interested in an exciting career in new media and web development. You’ll create visually appealing graphics, attention grabbing online videos, and user-friendly websites. Graduates work in web development agencies, web development companies, freelancing, or run their own web design companies.

BCIT New Media Design and Web Development students learn to:
  • Use the current version of the Adobe Creative Suite
  • Code HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript
  • Integrate CMS systems, PHP, and MySQL databases
  • Implement SEO tactics and web marketing strategies
  • Shoot, edit, and add special effects to digital videos
BCIT NEW MEDIA DESIGN & WEB DEVELOPMENT
BCIT Credential: BCIT Certificate
Program Length: 1 year, Full-time
Program Start: October & April
Number of Courses: 32 courses, 92 credits
Total Tuition/Cost: Learn about Tuition & Fees
Internship/Practicum: 3 weeks, 4-5 days a week
Major Project: Online & Print Portfolios
1st Year Entry: View Requirements

Website Development Practicum

New Media Design and Web Development students participate in a three week practicum. Practicum projects are diverse and may include web design, SEO, web marketing, interactive media design, video production, graphic design, and branding. The practicum provides valuable experience that may lead to a job offer from the sponsoring company or a great reference for future business or employment.

Portfolio of Work

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

New Media & Web Development Jobs & Careers

Graduates of the BCIT New Media Design and Web Development certificate program gain many valuable skills that can lead to a wide variety of new media and web design job opportunities.

Entry-Level Positions:
  • Junior Web Developer
  • Interface Designer
  • Web Graphics Designer
  • Online Video Editor
Mid-Level Positions:
  • Senior Web Designer
  • New Media Producer
  • Project Manager for New Media
  • Senior Web Developer

Program Entry

Application processing

This program is open to applications beginning:

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

Note for the April intake at the Burnaby location only: Students will require a MacBook Pro laptop computer. View Laptop Specifications [PDF]. For the Downtown location of this intake students will learn on desktop computers.

Note for the October intake at the Downtown location: Students will learn on desktop computers.

Note for the October intake at the Burnaby location: There will be two groups: one group that will learn on desktop computers and one group that will require a MacBook Pro laptop computer (specifications as above.) Once students meet the minimum entrance requirements they will be accepted into one of these groups on a first come, first served basis.

See the Program Details section for information regarding location requests.

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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

April and October.

myCommunication

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.

Books and supplies

$1,964 (general estimated cost, and subject to change)

Note: There are two locations for the April intake:

  1. Students enrolled at the Burnaby Campus will require a MacBook Pro laptop computer. View Laptop Specifications [PDF]

  2. Students enrolled at the Downtown Campus will study at that location, on desktop computers in a lab. No laptop required at the Downtown location.

  3. See the Program Details section for information regarding location requests.

Financial assistance

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

Courses

Our curriculum enables students to investigate the creative and applied processes essential to this area of study. It prepares students to be technologically capable, articulate thinkers, and creative media professionals.

Class hours

Courses will be scheduled either during the day or evenings on weekdays, and during the day on weekends, for a maximum of 25 instructional hours a week.

Program matrix

Term 1 Credits
  MDIA 1026 Adobe Acrobat MAC 1.5
  MDIA 1111 Scanning & Colour Correction 1.5
  MDIA 1190 Overview of Web Technologies 3.0
  MDIA 1194 Graphics and Colour for the Web 3.0
  MDIA 1434 Introduction to BCIT Resources and Mac Computing 0.5
  MDIA 1510 Communication for New Media 3.0
  MDIA 2185 Photoshop CS 3.0
  MDIA 2533 Instructional and Information Design 3.0
 
Term 2 Credits
  MDIA 1193 Design Esthetics 3.0
  MDIA 1472 Mobile Web 1.5
  MDIA 2165 Illustrator CS 3.0
  MDIA 2196 Audio 3.0
  MDIA 2292 Web Animation 3.0
  MDIA 2294 Web Scripting 1 3.0
  MDIA 2530 Human Factors for Interface Design 1.5
  MDIA 2534 Interface Design 1.5
  MDIA 2560 Video Shooting & Editing 3.0
 
Term 3 Credits
  MDIA 2005 Portfolio 1 2.0
  MDIA 2045 Social Networking 3.0
  MDIA 2082 Project Management for New Media 1.5
  MDIA 2200 The Law and New Media 2.5
  MDIA 3155 Advanced PhotoShop and Illustrator 3.0
  MDIA 3188 Visual Effects 4.5
  MDIA 3292 Web Design & Interaction 3.0
  MDIA 3294 Web Scripting 2 3.0
 
Term 4 Credits
  MDIA 3005 Portfolio 2 2.0
  MDIA 4000 Projects/Practicum 12.0
  MDIA 4010 Trendsetters 1.5
  MDIA 4015 Web Marketing 3.0
  MDIA 4020 Enterprise for New Media 3.0
  MDIA 4294 Web Scripting 3 4.0
  MDIA 4350 Career Preparation 3.0
 
Total Credits: 92.0

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

The New Media Design and Web Development program focuses on the development of both knowledge and skills needed by industry through a combination of classroom instruction, lab time, tutorial sessions, field consultations and trips, and participation in industry events. The program is very demanding, with approximately 26 hours of class and lab time each week, plus additional time to complete labs, assignments and prepare for projects, tests and exams. You not only gain real world experience, but you also are given the opportunity to demonstrate your skills in a professional work environment.

The New Media Design and Web Development program is privileged to have students that come from a range of backgrounds and with diverse experiences. Some come right out of high school, whereas others have some post-secondary training or a degree in communications, graphic design, business management, or have worked for several years in the New Media field before joining the program. This range of experience allows our students to learn from each other, to build up life-long friendships and to develop partnerships between their own ventures.

Program length

52 weeks

All program requirements must be completed within five years.

Program location

This program has intakes at two locations:

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

Please note: There will be an offering at the Burnaby Campus and the Downtown Campus for each intake. Please indicate on your application which location is preferred or contact the Admissions Officer to place your request. Seat availability is based on demand, and is offered on a first come first serve basis.

Graduating & Jobs

Job Opportunities


Many employers hire our students upon graduation, as they have the skills required for advanced multimedia production techniques, effective project management and the New Media business environment. Career options include:
  • Web Developer
  • Interface Designer
  • Flash Developer
  • New Media Project Manager
  • Motion Graphics Designer
  • Sound Designer
  • Interactive Media Developer
  • Content Producer
  • Illustrator Artist
  • Photoshop Artist
  • New Media Entrepreneur
  • Video Editor
  • Internet Marketer

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

Students in this program will be required to complete an Application for BCIT credential form.

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

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Our instructors are active New Media professionals, either running their own companies or working in a company applying their media skills. They are able to give you current and first-hand knowledge of your career because they live it.

Contact Us

Terri Carde
Assistant Instructor
Terri_Carde@bcit.ca / 604-451-7032
 
Karen Harvey
Program Assistant
Karen_Harvey@bcit.ca / 604-453-4032
 
Edward Fajardo
Program Head
Edward_Fajardo@bcit.ca / 604-456-8019

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