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Full-time Diploma 6180dipma

Graphic Communications Technology Management

Fall 2020 Delivery Mode: BLENDED

  • This program will be delivered for the Fall semester as a combination of online and on-campus learning.
  • Faculty will notify students of when their attendance on campus will be required.
  • We are putting measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see BCIT COVID-19 Return to Operations 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.
  • Students should be prepared to attend some synchronous online sessions during regular school hours (Monday to Friday, 8:30am – 5:30pm PST). Student schedules will be available in late August 2020.
  • Learn more about how this program is adapting learning during COVID-19.
 
Consider a career in the dynamic graphic communications industry. Our diploma program in Graphic Communications Technology Management provides you with the knowledge and skills to manage production processes in the business of digital imaging, as well as hands-on training with the equipment and software you’ll be using in your graphics career.
  • You will apply the latest graphic design software, business processes, art direction, and production management, and learn to operate high-tech imaging and finishing technologies.
  • You will design and produce marketing materials such as posters, large format signage, labels, variable data documents, books, packaging and other finished products that organizations need to communicate with a connected and informed audience.
  • You will manage diverse multi-media technologies for sustainable business practices.
  • You will learn Customer Relationship Management software and apply it through building a professional network in the Graphic Communications industry.
BCIT developed this program with the support of leading industry professionals and graphic production companies to help you prepare for positions such as production artist, graphic designer, or print and imaging manager, With access to our on-campus print and imaging facility, you will develop real-world career skills to position you for success in the graphic communications industry.

About the program

  • Two-year, full-time program
  • Well supported by industry, with several financial awards for incoming, continuing and graduating students
  • Four main areas of study:
    • Customer relations management
    • Large format imaging
    • Colour management
    • Variable data imaging and digital print (e.g. geo-targeting campaigns)
  • Industry-designed courses for the most current, relevant information
  • Dedicated on-campus digital print and imaging facility for the program, with industry-standard equipment
  • Pathway to BCIT’s Bachelor of Business Administration degree
  • Two job placement opportunities – at the end of Year 1 and Year 2
  • Excellent job placement rate upon graduation
Learn more about how BCIT’s Graphic Communications Technology Management program can help you reach your career goals on the Program Details page.

Who should apply for the Graphic Communications Technology Management Diploma?

A career in graphics communications might be right for you if you are:
  • Visually-oriented
  • A creative thinker
  • A tactical learner
  • Interested in working with people and have good interpersonal skills
  • Interested in a blend of art, business, and science
If this sounds like you and you’re ready to improve your career, check out our Program Entry page for our easy application.

What grads can do

With the hands-on experience you’ll acquire in the Graphic Communications Technology Management program, you’ll be prepared for some of the most in-demand jobs in the graphics, and print and packaging industry industry today. Graduates are in high demand in the areas of graphics, e- commerce, and digital imaging and printing.

To find out more about the career opportunities available to graduates of the program, visit our Graduating and Jobs page.

Program Entry

COVID-19 Notice to Applicants

Please visit Admission during COVID-19 to learn how BCIT Admissions is supporting applicants. At this time, there are no program-specific changes for applying to this program.

Application processing

Open to applications beginning October 1st (or next business day).

Entrance requirements

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Recommended for success

  • It is strongly recommended that you assess your fundamental mathematical skills prior to beginning the program. The Mathematics Self-Diagnostic Test [PDF] is voluntary. If you find these problems difficult, we strongly recommend that you attend OPMT 0199.

  • Applicants are encouraged to attend an information session before applying to this program.

  • Previous post-secondary study, as well as paid or volunteer work experience, will prove valuable.

International applicants

International students should be aware that this program has a mandatory integrated work experience and you are responsible for ensuring that you hold a valid co-op work permit, which is required to complete this practicum. The co-op work permit is separate from the study permit for having authorization to work up to 20 hours per week during your studies.

For more information, please contact the BCIT International Student Centre.

Apply to program

To submit your application:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements.
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files.
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee.
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Learn more about how to apply

Scheduled intakes

September each year.

myCommunication

Within two business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.

Costs & Supplies

To give you access to the equipment you’ll be using in your future career in imaging technology, all courses for this program are scheduled on the BCIT Burnaby campus. There, your classrooms will include fully networked Mac computer labs and a large warehouse incorporating our graphic arts print shop that houses high-tech pre-media, prepress, imaging, and binding equipment. Your class work will include key business skills for any career as well as specific focus for imaging technology such as digital imaging, bindery and finishing, e-commerce for creative imaging, and job placement.

Courses are scheduled with a mix of day-time and evening courses to help fit your schedule and offer you a truly hands-on experience with standard industry equipment to prepare you for the work you’ll be doing in your new career.

Tuition fees

Please see the Full-Time Studies Tuition & Fees page for full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Approximate cost for books and supplies is $1,200 (general estimated cost, subject to change).

Steel-toed boots are required.

Although a substantial amount of teaching and instruction occurs in labs using BCIT computers, we recommend that students in the Graphic Communications Technology 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 for Graphic Communications Technology
Operating System Preferred:Apple® macOS® 10.13, 10.14 or later (64-bit Intel-based):
macOS Catalina 10.15.4
macOS Mojave 10.14.6
or
Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit) version 1809 or later
Processor 64-bit Intel® or AMD® multi-core processor with SSE4.2 instruction set
Memory 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.
or
AMD Radeon Pro 555X or higher
or
Intel UHD Graphics 630 or higher
Storage 1-TB 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.

Financial assistance

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

Courses

Located on the BCIT Burnaby campus, the facilities for the program include classroom space, fully networked Apple Computer labs, and a large print and imaging facility incorporating high-tech pre-media, prepress, imaging and binding equipment. Classes range from theoretical to technical, with student time distributed between lectures, labs, and project work.

Class hours

Up to six hours a day, courses may be scheduled on some Saturdays and some may be scheduled in the evenings.

Program delivery

Approximate infrastructure facilities include a 16,000 sq. ft. fully networked facility with classroom and warehouse space that will provide a hands-on experience using industry standard equipment.

Program matrix

Level 1 Credits
  BUSA 1005 Introduction to Business 3.0
  COMM 1100 Business Communication 1 3.0
  FMGT 1152 Accounting for the Manager 3.0
  GTEC 1100 Creative Imaging Industry Overview 2.0
  GTEC 1464 Imaging Technologies 1 3.0
  GTEC 2250 Design Tools for Creative Page Layout 5.0
  GTEC 2280 Creative Software for Image Manipulation and Colour Management 3.0
  MDIA 2325 System Administration PC and MAC 4.0

Note: During the first week of Level 1, a math skills assessment test will be administered to all students. Based on the outcome, students may be required to attend a weekly Business Math Success workshop.

 
Level 2 Credits
  COMM 2200 Business Communication 2 4.0
  GTEC 2010 Term 2 Final Project 2.5
  GTEC 2105 Managing Pre-Imaging Workflows 1 3.0
  GTEC 2260 Creating and Editing Digital Graphics 3.0
  GTEC 2400 Term 2 Job Placement 3.0
  GTEC 2463 Digital Imaging Foundation 3.5
  GTEC 2464 Imaging Technologies 2 3.0
  GTEC 2465 Bindery and Finishing 1 5.0
  GTEC 3210 Creative Estimates for Imaging Processes 3.5
  MDIA 2140 Color Management Systems 3.0
 
Level 3 Credits
  GTEC 3105 Managing Pre-Imaging Workflows 2 3.0
  GTEC 3300 Sustainability Practices in the Workplace 2.0
  GTEC 3460 e-Commerce for Creative Imaging 2.0
  GTEC 3464 Imaging Technologies 3 3.0
  GTEC 3467 Large Format Imaging Applications 2.5
  GTEC 4463 Advanced Digital Imaging 4.5
  MDIA 3049 Advanced Page Design and Construction 2.0
  MKTG 1102 Essentials of Marketing 3.0
  OPMT 1198 Operations Management Fundamentals 3.0
 
Level 4 Credits
  ECON 1150 Economic Issues 3.0
  GTEC 3465 Bindery and Finishing 2 4.5
  GTEC 4010 Term 4 Final Project 2.0
  GTEC 4200 Creative Process Production Management 2.5
  GTEC 4400 Term 4 Job Placement 8.5
  GTEC 4464 Advanced Troubleshooting for Graphic Imaging Technologies 3.0
  GTEC 4466 Print Process 3.0
  GTEC 4467 Process Control 2.0
  MKTG 1219 Professional Sales Skills 3.0
 
Total Credits: 116.0

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

In BCIT’s Graphic Communications Technology Management diploma program, you’ll learn to design and produce marketing materials such as posters, large format signage, labels, brochures, books, and other finished products. You learn the latest graphic design software, business processes, art direction, production management, and how to operate high-tech imaging and finishing technologies to prepare you for modern careers in imaging technology.

In this program, you’ll focus on three core industry areas: business practices, computer software, and output.

Business practices

You’ll develop an understanding of marketing and sales skills vital to a successful business. Within a team environment, you receive an overview of marketing concepts within today’s print and imaging companies and learn how to build specific marketing tactics and strategies. You’ll also study practical applications of accounting and operations management.

Computer software

You’ll learn Adobe Creative Suite leading to pre-media, PDF production, imposition, proofing, and colour management. You’ll also get hands-on experience with the programs and software that production artists and printers use to run and communicate with printing equipment. You learn how to read job dockets, plan work processes, run machines to production standards, consistently monitor work quality, and work in a team environment.

Printing output

In every term, you take courses in the effective operation of a variety of print and imaging equipment, bindery, and finishing procedures. From printing large-format banners and wraps to running a lithographic press, you’ll be training on the equipment professionals are using today.

Continue your education

Qualified graduates of this program may apply for acceptance into BCIT's Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree program. The BBA program is offered as a full-time degree in the day, or part-time in the evenings.

Business Donations

These businesses in our community have donated to the Graphic Communications Technology Management program at BCIT to establish our new Large Format Imaging Center.
 
Platinum Donor



Gold Donors



Silver Donor



Bronze Donors 



Supporter Donors
Cascades, Onyx, Grimco, T.K. Graphics, Hemlock, Dominion Blue, Hewlett Packard, Summit Print, and Great Little Box Company.

Program length

Two years, full-time

Grading

Minimum passing grade is 50 per cent.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Graduating & Jobs

Nearly every company and organization has more and more need for qualified employees in imaging technology. Because of this, there are more available jobs than there are graduates to fill them. With your BCIT diploma in Graphic Communications Technology Management, you’ll be in demand for opportunities in many areas of design, print and web media, and graphic communications.

Some career opportunities in imaging technology:
  • Junior Graphic Designer
  • Pre-media Work
  • Production Artist
  • Prepress Coordinator
  • Production Manager/Coordinator
  • Production Planner
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Sales Manager/Representative 
  • Marketing and Sales Manager/Coordinator
  • Digital Print Operator
  • Press Operator
  • Bindery and Finishing Operator
  • Packaging Designer

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 2017-2019 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2016-2018 graduates and for Degree 2015-2017 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.

To view these results, you may need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

Student Awards

The Graphic Communications Technology Management diploma is well supported by industry, with several awards for incoming, continuing, and graduating students. Each year, close to $30,000 in financial support is available to outstanding students seeking a rewarding career in the graphics, print, and packaging sector.

Entrance Awards for incoming students:

The following organizations generously sponsor entrance awards for incoming students that have been accepted to the Graphic Communications Technology Management diploma:


Please note the application deadline for entrance awards is August 5th each year. For further information regarding entrance awards, including award-specific criteria, check the following webpages:

1st year Achievement Awards

The following organizations generously sponsor achievement awards for students that have successfully completed the 1st year of the Graphics Communication Technology Management diploma, and are continuing to the 2nd year.


2nd year Graduating Awards

The following organizations generously sponsor graduating awards for students that have successfully completed the Graphics Communications Technology Management diploma, and are about to launch their career in the graphics, print and packaging sector.


Learning during COVID-19

Blended learning

This program will be delivered using a blended format for the Fall 2020 term. This means that, while most your coursework will take place online, there will also be regular in-person sessions.

Additionally, you will attend the Burnaby Campus for on-campus sessions. The exact dates and times for in-person learning will be determined by your instructors.

Your schedule

You will be expected to attend online classes and complete group work between the hours of 8:30am – 5:30pm PST, Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays.

Technology requirements

Students are required to have their own laptop. Please refer to the Bring Your Own Device Specifications for requirements.

Laptop costs vary depending on the configuration chosen, but will likely range from approximately $1,000 to $2,000.

Safety on campus

As this program will be delivered in a blended format, you will be required to attend campus in person. Our Occupational Health and Safety team has assessed our classrooms and labs to ensure we practice safe operating procedures in accordance with public health and safety guidelines, as well as WorkSafeBC standards for post-secondary institutions. Here’s an example of how we have done this with great success for our Automotive programs.

Services and support

Instructors will continue to be available to students remotely, including five dedicated office hours per week. Our Student Services staff continue to offer advice, care, and support as needed to optimize your learning experience. Many services, including Student Health Services, Counselling and Student Development, and Peer Tutoring are offering phone or virtual appointments to BCIT students.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Instructors are industry professionals, usually in senior management or supervisory roles in Vancouver’s top Graphic Communications firms.

Current Faculty:

  • Mike Winteringham, Chief Operating Officer (COO), Metropolitan Printers
  • Grant Bailey, Vice President Pre Press, Rhino Print Solutions
  • Roberto Medieros, Production Print Solution Engineer, Ricoh Canada
  • Bieu Williams, Senior Solutions Specialist, Konica Minolta
  • Rob Kondratowski, Bindery Supervisor, Mitchell Press
  • Daren McKewan, Director, Production & Workflow, Hemlock Printers
  • Stephen Tomljanovic, Metropolitan Printers
  • Stephen Zmetana, Global Product Support Specialist, Kodak
  • Vijay Chand, Metropolitan Printers


Advisory committee

  • Jeff Taylor, Hemlock
  • Kris Bovay, Pacific Bindery Services
  • Marilyn Knoch, BCPIA
  • Nikos Kallas, Metropolitan Fine Printers
  • Rob Varnel, R&M Laminating
  • Troy Naber, Heidelberg Graphic Equipment
  • Tim Jones, Ricoh Canada
  • Murray Todd, Total Graphics

Contact Us

Claudia MacFadden
Administrative Assistant, Digital Arts
604-412-7691 | cmacfadden1@bcit.ca

Wayne Collins
Program Head, Graphic Communications Technology Management
604-412-7518 | Wayne_Collins@bcit.ca

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Testimonial

The time spent in the BCIT graphic communication program was invaluable to my career. With the instructors being mostly industry professionals, the information and training is always current and relevant. Job placements every year also ensure a high percentage of students find work immediately after graduation. And with such a wide variety of courses within this program, you're sure to find your true calling.
Clark Tomlinson

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When I decided to return to school as a mature student it wasn’t simply to get a job, but to get a better job. The Graphic Communications Technology program has given me the education needed to find a solid, stable career. Even before completing the two-year program I have received a job offer from a very reputable company.
Thom Hamilton

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I like being able to work hands-on to produce real print projects using the same high-tech equipment that is being used in the industry.
Abby Almonte