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Digital Design and Development

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.
  • 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.
In the Digital Design and Development diploma program at BCIT, you will build a solid foundation in designing, developing, and creating interactive, dynamic, immersive social and online applications across various digital media platforms.

Learn to work within a team to design and develop web and mobile applications, educational products, video, and audio assets for interactive media and business applications.

About the program

  • Two-year, full-time diploma program
  • Eight week practicum to learn on the job
  • Learn from some of the most knowledgeable and talented people in the industry
  • Graduate with a professional portfolio to show employers
Want more info? Check out our Program Details.

Who should apply for the Digital Design and Development Diploma?

The Digital Design and Development diploma program is right for you if:
  • You have an arts background and understand movement (ie. dance, music, painting)
  • You have strong problem solving skills
  • You are able to work on tight deadlines while maintaining high quality
  • You are willing to practice, practice, practice!
Ready to get started with the Digital Design and Development program? Visit Program Entry to apply.

What grads can do

Graduates are often able to turn the connections they make during the Digital Design and Development program into jobs.

Take a look at Graduating and Jobs to see the types of roles Digital Design and Development grads take on.

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

  • Proficiency using Windows and/or Mac OS, and Knowledge of basic computer concepts and logic.

International applicants

Note: If you are an international applicant, please be aware that you will be applying to a long waitlist for September 2020. The September 2021 intake will open for applications on October 1st, 2020.

Find more full-time programs accepting international students
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.

Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

Students may request to have prior work experience or previously taken courses assessed for course exemption. Contact the department for further details on Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (PLAR).


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 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

Tuition fees

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

Books and supplies

We recommend that students in the Digital Design and Development 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 Digital Design and Development
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.

Financial assistance

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


Class hours

Classes may be scheduled Monday to Friday, between the hours of 8:30am and 9:30pm.

Program delivery

The majority of the courses are delivered in computer labs. Courses may also be delivered in classrooms and online.

Program matrix

Level 1 (15 weeks) Credits
  BUSA 4700 Critical Thinking and Ethics 3.0
  COMM 1100 Business Communication 1 3.0
  COMP 1170 Web Development 1 3.0
  MDIA 1103 Storytelling 1.5
  MDIA 1106 Design Fundamentals 3.0
  MDIA 2190 Photoshop 3.0
  MDIA 2526 System Administration for a Mac 1.5
  MDIA 2536 Interface Design Usability 3.0
  MKTG 1102 Essentials of Marketing 3.0
  OPMT 1172 Project Management for D3 3.0
Level 2 (20 weeks) Credits
  BCST 2125 Introduction to Audio and Video 4.0
  COMP 2130 Web Development 2 4.0
  MDIA 2003 Project 1 4.0
  MDIA 2106 Design 1 4.0
  MDIA 2109 Dynamic Content Design 4.0
  MDIA 3165 Vector Graphics 4.0
  MDIA 3187 Visual Effects 4.0
  MKTG 2558 Web-Based Marketing Communication 4.0
Level 3 (15 weeks) Credits
  COMM 2200 Business Communication 2 4.0
  COMP 3130 Web Development 3 3.0
  FMGT 1152 Accounting for the Manager 3.0
  MDIA 3003 Project 2 3.0
  MDIA 3106 Design 2 3.0
  MDIA 3126 Digital Asset Design & Integration 3.0
  MDIA 3190 Advanced Photoshop 3.0
  MKTG 1219 Professional Sales Skills 3.0
Level 4 (20 weeks) Credits
  BLAW 4100 Law and Digital Publication 3.0
  COMP 4130 Web Development 4 4.0
  MDIA 3109 Advanced Dynamic Content Design 3.0
  MDIA 4003 Final Project 3.0
  MDIA 4040 Leadership Series 2.0
  VENT 4000 Entrepreneurship 3.0
  MDIA 4400 Practicum 9.5
Total Credits: 111.5

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

Digital Media Internship Prior to graduation, Digital Design and Development students participate in a hands-on, eight-week practicum to learn on the job and develop business connections in the digital media industry. The practicum provides a valuable career building experience and can even lead to a job offer from the sponsoring company.

Program length

2 years, Full-time (no classes June – August).

All program requirements must be completed within five years.


Students must achieve a minimum of 50% in each course in order to successfully complete the diploma.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Continue your education

Graduates of the diploma program may ladder into BCIT's Bachelor of Business Administration.

Graduating & Jobs

Graduates have a variety of digital media skills that can lead them to various content design and development jobs with digital media production studios, advertising companies, design firms, and web and mobile app developers. Graduates may also have opportunities to be part of a team that creates games, digital animations, and dynamic content.

Job opportunities:
  • Mobile and Web Content Artist
  • Internet Marketing Coordinator
  • Digital Media Coordinator
  • Web and Mobile Developer
  • Interface Designer
  • Game User Interface Designer
  • Project Manager
  • Digital Media Manager
  • Marketing Manager
  • Digital Media Producer
  • Web Development Manager
  • Dynamic Media Designer
  • Digital Media Product 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.

Contact Us

Claudia MacFadden
Administrative Assistant, Digital Arts
604-412-7691 |

Ramin Shadmehr
Program Head, Digital Design and Development
604-432-8614 |

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  • Applying for transfer credit and advanced placement
  • Job placement and graduate outcomes
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