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New Media Design & Web Development

Note: The New Media Design and Web Development curriculum, credential and program name are currently under review. New courses are in development that will either replace or complement existing courses, and it is anticipated that the credential will change. For more information, contact Terri Carde.
Have you ever wondered how you could turn your creativity and interest in technology into a rewarding career?

By earning your New Media Design and Web Development certificate, you’ll be preparing in one of the most well respected institutions for the kinds of jobs perfect for creative people. The ever-growing internet and spread of digital technology means there is more and more demand for visually appealing graphics, attention-grabbing videos, and user-friendly websites and all this means more job prospects and higher earning potential for designers and web developers.

In the BCIT New Media Design and Web Development program, you’ll 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
With the training you receive here and a portfolio of work to impress your future clients and employers, you’ll graduate with the skills and confidence to begin your career in a number of job titles in design and web development.

About the program

  • Learn to design and create websites, videos, and more
  • One-year, full-time
  • Small class size for more individual attention
  • Hands-on experience through a 100-hour practicum
Learn more about your potential future and the benefits of developing your skills through BCIT in the Program Details.

Who should apply for the New Media Design and Web Development Certificate?

This program might be right for you if:
  • You are creative
  • You enjoy collaborating with other artists
  • You have some interest in new technology and media
  • You’re looking for a challenging, rewarding career
Whether you’re a high school graduate looking to begin a new career, you already have a degree and are looking for relevant job skills, or are already a working professional hoping to upgrade your knowledge and earn an official certification, visit the Program Entry page to enroll today!

What grads can do

Each year, about twenty companies work with BCIT to create new positions for graduating students. These companies and many others know that the skills you develop while earning your certificate translate to real-world abilities that employers are looking for.

With the current growth in new media, more jobs are posted in your area every day. And with your proven advanced skills in design, graphics, video editing, and more, you’ll have the knowledge, experience, and confidence to begin in jobs like web designer, online video editor, or even start your own freelance business to work anywhere in the world.

The field of design and web development is adding new jobs every day at organizations worldwide. Find out more about the types of jobs and options awaiting you on the Graduating and Jobs page.

Program Entry

Application processing

This program is open to applications beginning:

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

For the April intake at the Burnaby location: Students will require a MacBook Pro laptop computer. View Laptop Specifications [PDF].

For the April intake at the Downtown location: Students will learn on desktop computers.

For the September intake there will be two groups at the Downtown location: Students will learn on desktop computers.

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
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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 September.


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

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for 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.


As a student in this program, you’ll have access to the most up-to-date, relevant instruction by working industry professionals, hands-on lab time, tutorial sessions, and field consultations and industry events. All this is designed to give you the most current, job-related skills to help you begin your career quickly. In this program, you’ll focus on the essential topics for new media and web development like video shooting and editing, Photoshop, colour theory, information design, and more. Additionally, you’ll develop your own portfolio of work to present to industry clients and employers.

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 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. As part of your hands-on training, you’ll create visually appealing graphics, attention grabbing online videos, and user-friendly websites. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared to work in web development agencies, web development companies, freelancing, or run your own web design company.

In addition to the small classes with individual attention, you’ll also participate in a three-week practicum. This may include web design, SEO, web marketing, interactive media design, video production, graphic design, and branding. The practicum gives you valuable experience that may lead to a job offer from the sponsoring company or a great reference for future business or employment.

As part of your studies, you’ll also create both print and online portfolios to show potential employers and clients. Most employers and potential clients want to see examples of past personal and academic work as proof of your ability, and through this program, you’ll be able to showcase your advanced skills quickly and easily.

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

Graduating & Jobs

By truly focusing on the essential skills with hands-on practical experience, you’ll graduate with the skills required to find, secure, and excel at many jobs in multimedia production. In fact, because of BCIT’s industry partnerships and reputation for effective training, many students are hired immediately upon graduation through exposure in this program.

Some job opportunities 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 BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2013-2015 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2012-2014 graduates and for Degree 2010-2012 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

To view these results, you may 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

Karen Harvey
Program Assistant
604-453-4032 | Karen_Harvey@bcit.ca

Terri Carde
Assistant Instructor
604-451-7032 | Terri_Carde@bcit.ca

Edward Fajardo
Program Head, New Media Design & Web Development
604-456-8019 | Edward_Fajardo@bcit.ca

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  • Program selection and program planning
  • Applying for transfer credit and advanced placement
  • Job placement and graduate outcomes
  • Student life

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