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Overview

British Columbia’s high-tech sector is growing rapidly, with Vancouver becoming a global hub for the IT industry. The continued growth of the IT sector creates demand for a range of IT professionals, including support analysts, network administrators, web developers, business and systems analysts, security specialists, system integrators, and more.

The BCIT Computer Information Technology (CIT) Diploma is a unique two-year full-time program that will prepare you for a well-paying career in the IT sector. Focusing on emerging tools and technologies, and offering hands-on work on real industry projects, you’ll be equipped for exciting and evolving tech careers across this growing industry.

Fall 2021 delivery mode: blended

  • In September 2021, CIT will be returning to in-person classes at the downtown Vancouver BCIT campus at 555 Seymour Street. Classes run between 8:30am–16:30 pm PST, Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays.
  • The CIT program employs a flipped classroom model with the in-person sessions centered around small group and individual instruction and collaborative work. This is complemented by online course work utilizing materials that are available remotely.  Instructors will be available to support students at the times indicated on their course outlines.
  • CIT students have an open work area, The TEC Hub, where they can work together throughout the day.  There are also bookable small project rooms available in the TEC Hub.

We have put measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see the BCIT COVID-19 page for details on the mandatory procedures that have been implemented.

Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

The CIT program might be the right fit for you if you:

  • Want to join the dynamic IT sector and explore the many roles within it
  • Have a knack for troubleshooting and problem solving
  • Love to plan and configure software and computers as much as you love to code
  • Want a stable professional career with strong growth
  • Enjoy working with people and on teams

State-of-the-art new space

CIT is offered at BCIT’s Downtown Campus – in the heart of Vancouver – with several high-tech sector players close by. The CIT experience features industry-driven project-based learning, small classes, and a new state-of-the-art TEC Hub learning space that mimics the feel of a tech company. Check out the 360 tour:

Scheduled intake

September and January each year. See Program Entry for more information.

Related programs

Computing part-time and full-time programs.

Entrance Requirements

Advanced Placement

Costs & Supplies

Courses

Program Details

Computer Information Technology (CIT) is a unique program that aims to train students to be technical experts in various computing technologies including database, network administration, web technology, and security. Graduates will be IT specialists responsible for planning, deployment, administration, and configuration of computing infrastructures for organizations.

Learn more about the teaching model in the new CIT space.

Industry Sponsored Student Projects

The Industry Sponsored Student Projects program (ISSP) provides students with real-life experience by working on IT or software projects directly from industry. Students work in teams or individually with an industry sponsor, proceeding through the development life-cycle to develop a complete IT or software solution. Read more about how students are making a difference.

Internship Option

If your team or company needs individual contributors for project or operational roles, CIT students also have the option of doing an individual practicum in place of one of the team-based projects. The individual practicum is for students in the final term of CIT, and requires at least 15 hours per week of paid work with a company for 15 weeks or more. If you have a position for a student, or if you would like to know more, please email us.

Graduating & Jobs

Sector 2020 snapshot

Every company is a technology company. No matter what product or service they provide, companies across all industries use information technology to support and enhance business operations.

As a graduate from the Computer Information Technology (CIT) diploma program, you will develop knowledge of and experience with the latest technologies, and transferable business skills necessary to begin or advance a successful career.

Learn about a grad who loved the cohort model and the variety of curriculum, or a former student who emphasizes the transferability of skills learned in CIT to his job in the industry.

Continuing education

Upon graduation, students may also choose to continue their studies full-time or to begin working in their chosen field while pursuing a degree part-time. CIT graduates are eligible to apply for the following bachelor’s degree programs:

Job opportunities

 89% of grads were very satisfied or satisfied with their education
 94% of grads found their CIT Diploma useful in getting their job
 96% of grads were ready to collaborate in groups at work
 94% of grads were ready to keep up with the pace of change in tech by learning new skills on their own

Typical roles and career progression

Infrastructure Services

Typical Roles:

  • System Administrator
  • Network Administrator
  • Security Administrator

Career Progression

  • System Administrator
  • Network Administrator
  • Network Architect
  • Security Analyst

Web Services

Typical Roles:

  • Web Developer
  • Information Architect
  • UX Developer

Career Progression

  • Web Developer
  • Web Designer
  • Information Architect
  • UX Developer
  • Mobile App Developer

User Support and Services

Typical Roles:

  • Tech Support
  • Client Support
  • Help Desk

Career Progression

  • IT Support Analyst
  • Tech Support Specialist
  • Desktop Support
  • Specialist

Business Application Services

Typical Roles:

  • System Integrator
  • Database Administrator
  • Software Developer

Career Progression

  • Software Developer
  • System Integrator
  • Data Analyst
  • System Analyst
  • Business Analyst

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Prospective Student Inquiries

Email: program_advising@bcit.ca

Current Student Inquiries

Email: citdiploma@bcit.ca

Full-time Faculty

Thomas Lane
Program Head, CIT Diploma

Armaan Dhanji, Instructor

Benjamin Yu, Instructor

Lei (Johnny) Zhang, Instructor

Michael Mulder, Instructor

Michal Aibin, Instructor

Neda Changizi, Instructor

Rob Neilson, Instructor

Sam Meech-Ward, Instructor

Tim Guicherd, Instructor

Trevor Lord, Instructor

Patrick Guichon, Instructor

15 years of industry experience:
Programmed and maintained code for PLC controllers for large paper mills.
Developed HMI screens to interface between multiple complex machines.
Developed and maintained a text messaging platform in Java and Coldfusion.
Developed mobile friendly and responsive websites for our clients.
Designed, installed and maintained various server environments for Windows Coldfusion and Linux WordPress applications.
Designed and optimized table structures and queries for a large (100GB) MySQL Transactional database.
Developed mobile apps in Java for syncing contacts and calendar events.
Education
British Columbia Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.)
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology
Network Administration Option.
Courses taken in Network Infrastructure, Network Security, Intrusion Detection and Prevention.
Other
Database Administration, Java Programming

Advisory committee

BCIT is well-respected by employers for its ties to industry. In Computing, this connection is formalized through a Program Advisory Committee (PAC) comprised of experts in a range of roles from a cross-section of companies. The department consults regularly to ensure program currency and relevance.

TEC Hub

BCIT Computing is re-envisioning what the classroom experience should be. Launched in 2017, the Downtown Campus TEC (Technology Education and Collaboration) Hub offers a high-tech learning environment that is different from a traditional classroom.

What’s inside the TEC Hub?

The TEC Hub’s expandable space offers flexibility in terms of room size and can accommodate up to 200 people for particular learning experiences or events. The furniture is modular, movable and collapsible – suitable for any configuration. There are also bookable project rooms for teamwork.

Multiple screens enable instructors and students to share high-definition displays with others in small groups – or with everyone in the room. Everything is controlled on WIFI using an IP address. With students working on laptops instead of in labs, work can be done any time, and devices can be charged anywhere in the room.

“The TEC Hub is an ideal venue that enhances student collaboration for both large and small groups through its multiple connectivity options and reconfigurable spaces,” says Thomas Lane, Program Head Computer Information Technology (CIT) at BCIT Computing.

A flipped classroom experience

There is no front of the class. The new TEC Hub contributes to the flipped classroom experience by allowing students to be more active in their education and to have more opportunities to solve problems. BCIT Computing students watch online lectures on their own before participating in group activities in class.

The TEC Hub provides a lot of flexibility, according to an instructor at BCIT Computing. “Instructors are able to rearrange the tables or regroup the students to suit particular objectives or have conversations with students rather than delivering a lecture from a podium. Students can project their work onto everyone’s wall-mounted screens the same way that an instructor can share material.”

BCIT Computing instructor, Michal Aibin, says he appreciates that students are able to work in an environment that is similar to the one they will see in their future careers.

Increasing industry contact

With a two-hour daily break, there is more time for industry guests to visit and observe student projects. Learn more about Industry Sponsored Student Projects.

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