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BCIT Graphic Design Associate Certificate

Graphic Designers are creative professionals who imagine the possibilities and use software to create cutting-edge content to produce clear and simple designs.

The BCIT Graphic Design Associate Certificate program is an intense six month full-time program that provides a practical grounding in technical skills. The program empowers students to create strong, technical engaging designs for print and digital distribution with creative tools.

Today’s business demands innovative ideas, powerful digital documents which engage, inform, and push the boundaries of design. Students will study the fundamentals of Graphic Design techniques, integrate robust text composition techniques, optimize images, and create a professional portfolio.
BCIT GRAPHIC DESIGN ASSOCIATE CERTIFICATE
BCIT Credential: BCIT Associate Certificate
Program Length:
  • 25 weeks, Full-time
  • Course by course, Part-time
  • Full-time Start: October & April
    Part-time Start: September, January, April
    Location: Burnaby Campus, Downtown Vancouver
    Number of Courses: 15 courses, 29.5 credits
    Major Projects: Print & electronic portfolios

    Program Entry

    Application processing

    Part-time: this program is open to applications throughout the year.

    Full-time: this program is open to applications beginning:

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

    *or next business day

    Applications are considered for a specific intake.

    Entrance requirements

    There are no specific entrance requirements for this program, although BCIT strongly recommends students have BC Grade 12 English, or equivalent.

    Apply to program

    Full-time program

    Applications are now being accepted through the Admissions Department for the full-time intakes.

    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.

    For applicants interested in part-time studies, please refer to the Program Declaration section below, or see the program matrix for course by course registration.

    Program declaration

    Part-time studies

    To determine if the courses you intend to take will be applied towards a credential you must declare your program.

    Program declaration enables you to declare a program of study and outline the courses you plan to complete to meet the program requirements. Program declaration also provides the opportunity to apply for transfer credit. Upon approval, a confirmation letter will be mailed to you outlining your program of study.

    To declare your program, please submit the Part-time Program Declaration form [PDF]. This form is also available at Student Information and Enrolment Services. Please allow approximately six to eight weeks for processing.

    Scheduled intakes

    Part-time: January, April and September.

    Full-time: April and October each year.

    myCommunication

    Full-time program

    Within 3 weeks of applying to a program, you will be sent a letter in the mail confirming receipt of your application. The letter will identify your student number, BCIT e-mail address and instructions on how to login to your myBCIT account.

    All official BCIT correspondence will be sent to your myBCIT account. Check myCommunication often during the application process and throughout your studies at BCIT.

    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 information on full-time and part-time tuition fees.

    Financial assistance

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

    Courses

    Program delivery

    Full-time program:

    Part-time studies:

    Program matrix

    Check current availability of courses for this program.

    Required Courses: Credits
      MDIA 1040 Graphics 1 3.0
      MDIA 1049 Adobe InDesign MAC 1 1.5
      MDIA 1105 Visual Composition & Layout 3.0
      MDIA 1140 Color Theory for Design 3.0
      MDIA 1144 Practical Color Management 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 2098 Portfolio Design & Presentation 2.0
    and
      MDIA 1026 Adobe Acrobat MAC 1.5
      or
      MDIA 1025 Adobe Acrobat PC 1.5
    and
      MDIA 1160 Adobe Illustrator MAC 1 1.5
      MDIA 2260 Adobe Illustrator MAC 2 1.5
      or
      MDIA 1260 Adobe Illustrator PC 1 1.5
      MDIA 2261 Adobe Illustrator PC 2 1.5
    and
      MDIA 1180 Adobe Photoshop MAC 1 1.5
      MDIA 2180 Adobe Photoshop MAC 2 1.5
      or
      MDIA 1170 Adobe Photoshop PC 1 1.5
      MDIA 2270 Adobe Photoshop PC 2 1.5
     
    Total Credits: 29.5

    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

    Program length

    Graphic Design is a flexible, part-time studies program. You can expect to complete the associate certificate in approximately two years, depending on your work schedule. All program requirements must be completed within five years.

    This program is also now offered in a full-time 25 week format at the Downtown Campus and/or Burnaby Campus.

    Program location

    Burnaby Campus
    3700 Willingdon Avenue
    Burnaby, BC

    Downtown Campus
    555 Seymour Street
    Vancouver, BC

    Note: This program is primarily offered at the Downtown Campus, with the occasional intake offered at the Burnaby Campus. Please indicate on your application which location is preferred or contact the Admissions Office to place your request.

    Program structure

    The Graphic Design Associate Certificate program requires the completion of 15 courses totalling 29.5 credits.

    Graphic Design Full-time Program Structure:

    Graphic Design Part-time Program Structure:

    Graduating & Jobs

    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

    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.

    Contact Us

    Paul Sawyer, Program Head
    Paul_Sawyer@bcit.ca / 604-456-1011

    Angelina Shine, Program Assistant, Part-time Studies
    Angelina_Shine@bcit.ca / 604-451-7198

    Karen Harvey, Program Assistant, Full-time Studies
    Karen_Harvey@bcit.ca  / 604-453-4032

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