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Advance your web design skill set and qualify to industry standards

The TWD program is hands-on and combines current web design technologies with challenging assignments, structured projects, and industry experience. The program gives you the relevant technical skills and knowledge to succeed in today's rapidly evolving workplace.

Find out more about the topics you will cover in Program Details.

By using a "best practices" approach to web design, you will create sites that are not only visually appealing but are also accessible, usable, and standards compliant. You will use the latest web design software to develop a number of sites.

Upon completion of the TWD program, you will have a web portfolio showcasing your work.

You will learn techniques in application development, be exposed to several current web technologies, and apply system development best practices to design and develop usable and effective web sites.

The program is delivered through classroom instruction, hands-on lab work and individual and team projects. Applicants for the Technical Web Designer program should also possess sound logical and reasoning abilities, as well as good communication skills - both written and oral. Applicants should also have a working knowledge of Windows, Microsoft Office.

Check out the current class's informal website to see a guideline to the students' schedule.

Looking for free help to redesign your website? See our projects and work terms website.

TECHNICAL WEB DESIGNER
BCIT Credential:
Certificate
Program Location: Downtown Vancouver
Program Length: 6 months, Full-time
Program Start / End: September 8, 2015 to February 26, 2016
January 11, 2016 to June 17, 2016
May 2016 to October 2016
Total Tuition/Cost: Learn about Tuition & Fees
Entry Requirements: View Requirements

Program Entry

This program is offered 3 times a year -  January, May and September.

Application processing

Ongoing throughout the year.

Entrance requirements

Recommended for success

  • Knowledge of Windows operating systems and popular social networking media

  • Keyboarding speed of at least 25 wpm

  • Interest in designing for the web and mobile devices

*Meeting the program’s minimum entrance requirements does not ensure admission as seats are limited and therefore subject to availability.

Apply to program

Application packages and information can be obtained from the High-Tech Professional Program office. Call 604-412-7788, email htp@bcit.ca or visit www.bcit.ca/cas/htp/apply.

Scheduled intakes

See bcit.ca/cas/htp/dates for upcoming scheduled intakes.

Costs & Supplies

Please see tuition fees for High Tech Professional Programs or tuition fees for international students.

Books and supplies

Tuition fees include all books and materials.

Financial assistance

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

Refund policy

  • If notice is submitted in writing and received by the TWD Program Office AT LEAST twelve (12) working days prior to the first day of classes, all tuition fees paid (less the $1,500.00 deposit) will be refunded.
  • If notice is submitted in writing and received by the TWD Program Office by 4:00 p.m. on the second day of class, all fees paid less $2,500.00 ($1,500.00 deposit and $1,000.00 penalty fee) will be refunded.
  • There will be no refund of fees issued after the second day of class.
  • Withdrawal for medical reasons, possible partial refund with doctor's medical note.

Courses

Class hours

9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday (excluding statutory holidays)

Program delivery

This program is run as a cohort model with instruction in the morning and mandatory labs in the afternoon. All classes are held in a computer lab.

Program matrix

Required Courses: Credits
  TWDP 1500 Planning and Designing Web Sites 8.0
  TWDP 2500 Coding and Developing Web Sites 10.0
  TWDP 3500 Testing and Managing Web Sites 8.0
  TWDP 4500 Specialty Topics in Web Design 6.0
  TWDP 4550 Project 8.0
 
Total Credits: 40.0

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

By the end of the program, you will be able to:

  • Master the web’s markup language, HTML / HTML5, and write well-structured semantic markup.
  • Style web pages with CSS, and add interactivity with CSS3 to create enjoyable and easy to use web experiences for the site visitors.
  • Develop websites that adapt to different devices and make the sites responsive.
  • Create graphics for the web using Photoshop and Illustrator.
  • Learn the basics of JavaScript programming such as variables, loops, functions, and arrays to hand code image galleries and site navigations.
  • Add interactivity and flamboyance your to websites by utilizing the jQuery library.
  • Learn about SASS CSS pre-processor to speed up the development workflow.
  • Learn the basics of PHP, a server-side programming language to build dynamic websites.
  • Dive into the WordPress content management system to develop customized sites.
  • Get familiar with how to build online stores using WordPress, WooCommerce and Easy Digital Download.
  • Lead effective projects and work in teams.
  • Prepare proposals and deliver presentations to clients.
  • Manage and promote web sites with the help of SEO, Web Analytics.

Program length

20 weeks, full-time

Start dates set by individual offerings of the program. Please see the HTP website for current offerings of the program.

Grading

Students must obtain a minimum of 65% in each course in order to proceed to the next course. All courses must be passed in order to qualify for the final industry project.

Program location

BCIT Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

Graduating & Jobs

Job Opportunities

Graduates will find careers in a variety of industries including business, finance, government, health, information technology, telecommunications and independent consulting. The majority of web designers work for computer systems design services. Depending on previous academic and work experience, career paths for graduates may include but are not limited to:

  • Web designer
  • Web developer
  • Multimedia developer
  • Web editor
  • Web specialist
  • Web master
  • Web application designer
  • eLearning Web developer
  • Web usability specialist/tester

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 2012-2014 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2011-2013 graduates and for Degree 2009-2011 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.

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Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Administration and Program Coordinators Instructors

Ron Terencio
Program Coordinator
604.412.7622
Ron_Terencio@bcit.ca

Beata Kozma
Technical Web Designer (TWD) Instructor
Beata_Kozma@bcit.ca

Lorraine Fentie
Program Coordinator
604.412.7710
Lorraine_Fentie@bcit.ca

Michael Whyte
Technical Web Designer (TWD) Instructor
Michael_Whyte@bcit.ca

Rhonda Ewashko
Program Assistant
604.412.7727
Rhonda_Ewashko@bcit.ca


Contact Us

For admission and program inquiries: Mailing address:

Phone: 604.412.7788
Fax: 604.408.0921
Email: HTP@bcit.ca

HTP Programs
BCIT Downtown Campus
350 - 555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC, Canada
V6B 3H6

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Testimonial

"This program gave me the tools to establish myself as an independent web designer. Fast paced, the curriculum is aimed at creative people seeking a career in the front-end web world. You will learn the foundations of web design and develop the tools to succeed as an independent web designer. Students work on real life projects with real customer feedback; a very gratifying process that will test your skills."

Andres Ruiz-Droege, TWD graduate

Testimonial

"The Technical Web Design program gave me the skills needed to meet all the job requirements sought by employers, and the knowledge I never knew I needed to further myself in my art practice. Additionally, I've met a variety of amazing people, and instructors who truly care about your career and education, all this within this short, intensive 6 month program. I was not disappointed."


Euge Leung, TWD graduate

Testimonial

"BCIT's TWD program was the smartest thing I did to plunge into the Web Developing and Designing industry.
In only 2 weeks, after graduation, I was able to apply to several job positions putting on the table a starting salary, way higher than my expectation, almost double than my previous situation.
This class taught me so much that now I can say: "I'm skilled enough and finally ready to rock into the job market."
Thank you, all, for the passion and quality you put in your job."


Giorgio Riccardi, TWD graduate