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Fall 2020 Delivery Mode: ONLINE

  • This program will be delivered online for the Fall semester.
  • 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 User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX) Design associate certificate provides you with core knowledge and skills to develop engaging and intuitive digital media experiences. You’ll explore information architecture, user experience research, interface design, prototyping, and usability testing and inspecting. You’ll acquire tools to help you generate creative, user-friendly digital solutions that support human behaviour within an interactive, computer-based environment.

These skills are in high demand for the design, prototyping, and testing of products for the web, mobile, and other interactive media sectors. The program includes the option of completing a portfolio development course to enable you to display your UI and UX design skills to potential employers and clients.

About the program

  • Complete four courses specific to UI and UX design, along with a fifth elective course to round out your skills.
  • Explore information design and how to improve access and utilization of interactive media.
  • Learn to design, deploy, and test prototypes for web and mobile products.
  • Benefit from industry instructors, with real-world experience.
  • Take advantage of flexible training through part-time studies.

Learn more about the program goals on the Program Details page.

Who should complete the Associate Certificate in UI and UX Design?

This program might be right for you if:

  • You’re new to UI and UX design and want to explore the field.
  • You want to advance your career and position yourself as a UI and UX designer.
  • You want to add core skills in UI and UX design to your existing background in graphic design, web design/development, marketing communications, IT or computer science.
  • You’re a creative professional with basic knowledge of UI and UX design and want to build your understanding of the full spectrum of research, methodologies and frameworks used throughout the design and development life cycle.

Begin your training in UI and UX design by visiting the Program Entry page and the Courses page.

What grads can do

With the applied training you receive throughout this BCIT program, you’ll build a solid foundation in UI and UX design to add to your existing professional toolbox or to explore further education and careers in the digital media/design field.

Learn more about career opportunities on the Graduating and Jobs page.

Program Entry

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.

Application processing

Ongoing throughout the year.

Recommended for success

International applicants

This program is not available to international students. View available programs

Program declaration

Declaring your Part-time Studies program ensures that BCIT is aware of your intent to complete a program as it is currently outlined and provides you the opportunity to apply for transfer credit.
Learn more about program declaration

To submit your declaration:

  • Answer all questions completely.
  • If required, convert transcripts and documents to PDF files.
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee.
Declare Now

Upon approval, a program plan letter will be sent to you confirming your program of study. Please allow approximately eight weeks for processing.

Scheduled intakes

Ongoing Part-time Studies intakes: January, April and September.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Part-time Studies Tuition & Fees page for information on part-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Equipment and Supplies Cost*
Prototyping supplies $200
Portable data storage $200
Web Space account and domain name $300

*Prices subject to change.

We recommend that students in the UI/UX Design program have a MAC notebook or Windows PC. Costs for a computer will vary depending on the configuration chosen. Please see below for specifications.

System Requirements UI/UX Design
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit) version 1809 or later
Apple® macOS® 10.13, 10.14 or later (64-bit Intel-based)
Processor 64-bit Intel® or AMD® multi-core processor with SSE4.2 instruction set
Memory 8 GB minimum, 16 GB or higher recommended (32 GB for 4K media or higher)
Graphics Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 or equivalent; Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 or Quadro T1000 is recommended.
AMD Radeon Pro 555X or higher
Intel UHD Graphics 630 or higher
Storage 250GB SSD or higher
Monitor 1920 x 1080 or better
Internet Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.


Class hours

Classes may be offered evenings and weekends.

Program delivery

This program is offered on a course-by-course basis, allowing students the flexibility of completing courses in any order, provided that the prerequisites are completed. Students register for each course individually and may undertake studies in any term. Courses will be held in a computer lab.

Program matrix

Check current availability of courses for this program.

Required Courses: Credits
  MDIA 2330 UI/UX Prototyping Tools:Adobe XD 3.0
  MDIA 2533 Information Architecture 3.0
  MDIA 2540 UI / UX Strategy 1 3.0
  MDIA 3540 UI/UX Strategy 2 3.0
2. Complete 3.0 credits from the following list of elective: Credits
  COMP 1850 Introduction to Web Development 3.0
  MDIA 1040 Graphics 3.0
  MDIA 1160 Adobe Illustrator 1 1.5
  MDIA 1180 Adobe Photoshop 1 1.5
  MDIA 2025 Digital Portfolio Development 3.0
  MDIA 2180 Adobe Photoshop 2 1.5
  MDIA 2260 Adobe Illustrator 2 1.5
Total Credits: 15.0

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

This program prepares students for positions in UI/UX design or to add UI/UX design skills to their professional toolbox. Positions where these skills are used include: Graphic Designer, Web Designer, Information Architect, Content Manager, Interface Designer, Interaction Designer, User Experience Designer, Customer Experience Strategist, User Experience Copywriter, and User Experience Analyst, among others.

Graduates of the UI/UX Design associate certificate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the history of human-computer interaction, the interactive design process, and current trends in the fields of digital interfaces and user experience.
  • Research, document, and deploy interface improvements integrated into multi-level prototypes using industry tools and methodologies.
  • Generate creative solutions to design problems that support human factors within the digital and new media design environments, specifically for web and app related products.
  • Apply creative, critical, analytical, and strategic thinking skills in all phases of the user interface design process.
  • Participate in multi-disciplinary projects and demonstrate the attitudes, qualities, and values of professional accountability within the context of digital design.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Graduating & Jobs

UI and UX design skills are in high demand and used across a variety of fields and job categories. Job opportunities will depend on your professional background and previous education.

UI/UX designers belong to the job occupation category of ‘computer programmers and interactive media developers’. They are employed in graphic design/digital media/web development agencies, digital entertainment companies, IT businesses, and a variety of other organizations that develop digital products and services for the private and public sectors or, more broadly, within any business that hires designers to develop web/mobile/digital applications.

UI/UX designers work closely with, or as part of the role of, Content Managers, Information Architects, and Project/Product managers, gathering user requirements, creating wireframes and sitemaps, designing graphic elements and iconography, creating layouts, choosing typography, and building visual navigation systems.

Apply for graduation

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, complete an Application for BCIT Credential [PDF] and submit it 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.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Our instructors are well-connected, digital media and design professionals. All instructors bring current, relevant experience and first-hand knowledge to the classroom

Advisory committee

The program advisory committee (PAC), is made up of some of BC’s top new media professionals representing a diverse range of companies and sectors.

Contact Us

Karen Harvey
Program Assistant
604-453-4032 |

Terri Carde
Assitant Instructor/Coordinator
604-451-7032 |

Edward Fajardo
Program Head, New Media Design and Web Development program
604-456-8019 |

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