Skip to main content


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.

Fall 2021 delivery mode: in person and online options

  • This program will be delivered in person and 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

  • Learn business planning skills through a creative lens with relevant job skills
  • No application required

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 Entrance Requirements 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.

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:

International applicants

Learn about eligibility requirements to study and work in Vancouver.

Costs & Supplies

Most courses and programs in the School of Business + Media are BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Please ensure you bring a laptop to every class. Plug-in outlets will be provided at most stations in classrooms, but not in all classrooms, so please ensure you have at least 2 hours of battery life available at the beginning of each class. Check the following recommended computer requirements (PDF) prior to the start of class.  If a program or course does not require you to provide your own device, that information will be provided by your instructor or indicated in the course outline.

For online classes, it is important you have a stable and consistent internet connection to access course content.


Important updates to Part-time Studies

1) Need to waitlist for a School of Business + Media course? Find out more.
2) English Requirement: Find out more.

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 changes effective September 2020 may impact you as follows.
Total credits required to complete this program has changed from 48 credits to 45 credits, effective September 2020. If your program declaration lists 48 credits, you are eligible to receive your credential, without taking any further courses, once you have completed 45 credits AND have completed all required courses.

Please note: part-time programs and courses are open enrolment and although we make every effort to accommodate demand, course registration cannot be guaranteed in every semester. High demand courses fill quickly and may result in students unable to register for a course that semester. Courses may also be cancelled due to low enrolment.

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

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

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

Karen Harvey
Program Assistant, Digital Arts
604-453-4032 |

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

Questions or comments?


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: