Part-time Certificate 6450mcert

Media Techniques for Business

You might think design is only usable in advertising. But there are actually many different areas of business where your creative skills can make you a sought-after and valued employee.

By training in this program on today’s creative cloud software along with design skills you will be able to apply media techniques that focus on operations, finance departments, and other business-specific domains. You’ll be developing unique skills that can set you apart from many other designers and help you begin an exciting new career.

About the program

  • Learn business planning skills through a creative lens with relevant job skills
  • No application required
  • 2-5 years, part-time
Learn more about how BCIT helps you achieve your career goals at the Program Details.

Who should complete the Media Techniques for Business Certificate?

It isn’t necessary to have a bachelor’s degree to enrol in this program, but if you already have some post-secondary education or work experience, you might find this program even more helpful. Some students, in fact, are already working in the industry and pursue this certificate as professional development and may have their employers pay for their training.

This program may be for you if:
  • You enjoy a fast-paced, exciting workplace
  • You are interested in creative design and creative cloud software
  • You have some familiarity with business
  • You’re hoping to enhance your Graphic Design skills for use in a business career
If any of this sounds like you, visit the Program Entry page today to enrol—there’s no application required!

What grads can do

Your certificate from BCIT opens the way for your choice of a variety of rewarding careers. Not only does your training add impressive skills to your resume to help it stand out, but it also gives you the relevant knowledge you’ll use every day in your chosen career along with the confidence to succeed.

Your focus on practical software and creative cloud software skills prepares you to pursue a career in the communications areas of any business, from entrepreneurial businesses to major corporations. And as every aspect of today’s businesses becomes more and more interactive, the job prospects are currently strong and projected to grow.

To learn more about some specific opportunities awaiting you, visit the Graduating and Jobs page.

Program Entry

About Part-time Studies

Take a single course, or work towards a credential — all at a pace that's right for you.

Part-time courses are offered in a variety of scheduling formats, including at night or on weekends, flexible day time delivery, or you can opt for distance or online learning. If you meet the prerequisites and there's space available, you can register for a course immediately. Courses are offered in each of three terms: Fall (September), Winter (January) and Spring/Summer (April).

To apply to a Part-time Studies program and earn your credential, you simply need to complete a Part-time Program Declaration Request. Applications are processed throughout the year.

To be successful in BCIT's fast paced applied learning environment, it is strongly recommended that students have English proficiency in all four language skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Two years of education in English in an English-speaking country and English 12 are strongly recommended for success. For information on English equivalencies, testing and upgrading options, visit:

Application processing

Ongoing throughout the year.

Program declaration

Effective January 7th, 2016, Program Declaration requests must be completed online. A declaration fee will be assessed at the time of the request. BCIT will no longer accept paper Program Declaration requests starting January 7th, 2016. Students who submitted paper declaration requests prior to January 7th, 2016 are not required to pay the fee.

Declaring your Part-time Studies program ensures that BCIT is aware of your intent to complete a program as it is currently outlined. BCIT continuously reviews programs and implements changes based on industry and market trends. Program Declaration guarantees that credit for courses which are a part of your program will be honoured despite program requirement changes.

Program Declaration also provides the opportunity to apply for transfer credit.

It is not necessary to declare prior to registering in most part-time studies courses. It is a good idea to complete one or two courses before submitting your program declaration. Check your program's Entry page for specific requirements.

Upon approval, a program plan will be sent to you confirming your program of study.

Declare Now

Please allow approximately 8 weeks for processing.

Scheduled intakes

Ongoing Part-time Studies intakes: January, April and September

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Part-time Studies Fees page for information on tuition fees and refunds.

Financial assistance

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


By training to use your creative cloud software techniques in various aspects of business, you’ll be getting the hands-on, usable skills employers are searching for. The courses in this program have been created to give you a solid creative design foundation using the most current industry programs including InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and Acrobat enhanced by modern colour theory. You’ll also design your own online portfolio and presentation to show clients and potential employers your accomplishments.

Program matrix

Check current availability of courses for this program.

1. Required Courses: Credits
  COMM 1103 Introduction to Business and Technical Communication 3.0
  MDIA 1026 Adobe Acrobat MAC 1.5
  MDIA 1040 Graphics 1 3.0
  MDIA 1140 Color Theory for Design 3.0
  MDIA 1144 Practical Color Management 1.5
  MDIA 2098 Portfolio Design & Presentation 2.0
  MDIA 3051 InDesign 3 Creating Mobile Content 3.0
  MKTG 1102 Essentials of Marketing 3.0
2. Complete 28.0 credits from the following list of electives: Credits
  BLAW 3100 Business Law 4.0
  BUSA 1005 Introduction to Business 3.0
  BUSA 1305 Supervisory Skills 3.0
  COMM 2202 Business and Technical Correspondence 3.0
  FMGT 1152 Accounting for the Manager 3.0
  MDIA 1008 Apple Final Cut Pro 1.5
  MDIA 1049 Adobe InDesign MAC 1 1.5
  MDIA 1099 Photography 1.5
  MDIA 1105 Visual Composition & Layout 3.0
  MDIA 1160 Adobe Illustrator MAC 1 1.5
  MDIA 1170 Adobe Photoshop PC 1 1.5
  MDIA 1180 Adobe Photoshop MAC 1 1.5
  MDIA 1260 Adobe Illustrator PC 1 1.5
  MDIA 1900 Typography Principles 2.0
  MDIA 2012 Digital Darkroom 1.5
  MDIA 2049 Adobe InDesign MAC 2 1.5
  MDIA 2088 Strategic Design for Business 3.0
  MDIA 2180 Adobe Photoshop MAC 2 1.5
  MDIA 2260 Adobe Illustrator MAC 2 1.5
  MDIA 2261 Adobe Illustrator PC 2 1.5
Total Credits: 48.0

Check current availability of courses for this program.

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 Media Techniques for Business Certificate Program will give you the hands on skills and experience you need to:
  • Create and design vector computer graphics
  • Apply colour theory principles to promotional materials
  • Develop a professional computer presentation with animation and sound
  • Create and design pages using visual composition and layout principles
  • Produce professional typographic composition
  • Create and design pages with interactive content
  • Create and write presentation copy materials
  • Deliver a professional oral presentation
  • Create portable document format files (PDF), with security, for electronic distribution
  • Apply practical colour management techniques for accurate colour reproduction
  • Prepare and present a professional portfolio

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

Many courses are also offered through distance and online learning.

Graduating & Jobs

There are many opportunities for graduates of this program in today’s strong job market. Partially because of the unique training this program offers, you’ll graduate with skills that apply to a variety of job titles and the confidence and portfolio to help begin your rewarding, successful career.

Some job opportunities include:
  • Marketing Strategist
  • Graphic Designer
  • Graphic and Digital Marketing Designer
  • Web Designer
  • Digital Designer
  • Business and Technical Assistant
  • Corporate Communicator
  • Marketing and Social Media Strategist

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.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Many instructors in the Media Techniques for Business Certificate Program have years of active experience in the media and business industry. Some of the instructors are members of professional institutes and organization 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

Angelina Shine
Part-time Studies Program Assistant, Digital Arts
604-451-7198 |

Paul Sawyer
Part Time Studies Coordinator, Digital Arts
604-456-1011 |

Contact a Part-time Studies Program Advisor with the BCIT program name in the subject line if you have a question about:
  • Course selection and program planning
  • Declaring your program
  • Making changes to your approved program plan
  • Applying for transfer credit and advanced placement
  • Laddering options
  • Job placement and graduate outcomes
  • Student life

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