Skip to main content

Overview

This Digital Media Foundations associate certificate provides you with an introductory foundation in digital media – both the technology and the key applications that contribute to the creation of digital content.  Digital media skills are increasingly in demand as businesses pivot to reach customers online and engage with them across a variety of applications and in new and innovative ways.

Fall 2021 delivery mode: in person and online options

  • Part-time students have the option to take courses in person and/or online.
  • 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 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.

With the Digital Media Foundations program, you’ll develop core knowledge and skills related to cross-platform design, digital asset creation, optimization, layout, and user interface design. You’ll acquire practice-based skills in design fundamentals, image composition, asset design, vector graphics, and digital project management.

Students will generate creative, user-friendly digital assets and web design for interactive application environments, and will develop collaboration and teamwork skills that are critical for success in the technology and creative industries.

Fall 2021 delivery mode: in person or online

  • This program will be delivered in person or online for the fall semester.
  • 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 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.

About the program

  • Complete five courses specific to digital media design and creation
  • Explore fundamental design principles for web and mobile applications
  • Develop digital media production skills for web and mobile applications
  • Benefit from industry instructors, with real-world experience
  • Take advantage of flexible training through part-time studies

Who should complete the Associate Certificate in Digital Media Foundations?

This program might be right for you if:

  • You’re new to digital media and want to explore the field.
  • You want to advance your career and position yourself as a digital media designer
  • You want to add core skills in digital media design and development to your previous education and experience in graphic/communication design, marketing, IT, or computer science.
  • You’re a creative professional with a basic understanding of digital media and want to build your understanding of the full spectrum of digital media methodologies, cross-platform technologies, application design, and research and design lifecycles used in the digital asset production process.

Begin your training in Digital Media design by visiting the Program Entry page and the Courses page.

Entrance Requirements

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.

Applicants to the BCIT School of Business are required to have completed two years of full-time study in high school or post-secondary program in English in an English speaking country. If you do not have English 12 and have not studied in an English-speaking country, you will need to demonstrate your skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. For information on English equivalencies, testing, and upgrading options, visit:

Costs & Supplies

Courses

Program Details

The Digital Media Foundations program introduces students to the concept of digital content and the fundamentals behind the design and creation of digital assets and graphics.  Students learn about content management systems, asset optimization, and launching a website.  By the end of this program, students will be able to create a basic Content Management System website with proper layout design and optimized assets, while following the rules and guidelines related to user interfaces and user interactions.

Graduates of Digital Media Foundations associate certificate will be able to:

  • Discuss the importance of fundamental design principles for web and mobile applications (screen size, colour, typography, and responsiveness).
  • Develop digital projects for web and mobile interfaces by applying basic design principles.
  • Design layouts and create visual assets for a collaborative web or mobile project.
  • Recognize the differences between good and bad interactive design.
  • Design an interface that provides simple, direct feedback.
  • Import, edit and optimize images for web.
  • Produce vector graphics using different drawing modes, including draw inside and draw behind modes.
  • Create fully controllable variable-width strokes, arrowheads, dashes and art brush scaling along a path.
  • Apply the principles of design in cross-platform applications.
  • Assess website messaging so that it meets the client’s needs.
  • Apply the principles of design within a CMS platform to create a website.
  • Apply team-building strategies and leadership.
  • Collaborate with team members on developing digital assets and web design.

Graduating & Jobs

The Digital Media Foundations program provides the essential knowledge and fundamental training required for an entry-level career opportunity in digital media design, computer graphics, and user interface design.

Digital media designers work closely with web designers and developers, mobile designers, content managers, information architects, and project/product managers.  Tasks may include researching the industry for design trends and user requirements, and communicating with clients throughout the process, as well as designing layout, navigation process, workflow, logos, and graphic assets for cross-platform applications

Contact Us

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

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

Ramin Shadmehr
Program Head, Digital Design and Development
604-432-8614 | Ramin_Shadmehr@bcit.ca

Questions or comments?

Subscribe

Sign up to receive updates, invitations to events, and information about BCIT and your program.

We promise not to spam you, we won’t share your personal information, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

  • Privacy Notice: The information you provide will be used to respond your request for BCIT program information and is collected under Section 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). For more information about BCIT’s privacy practices contact: Associate Director, Privacy, Information Access & Policy Management, British Columbia Institute of Technology, 3700 Willingdon Ave. Burnaby, BC V5A 3H2, email: privacy@bcit.ca.