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Become a front-end web designer and developer

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The TWD program is a hands-on practical learning program that combines current web development technologies with challenging assignments, structured projects, and industry experience. The program gives you the relevant technical skills and knowledge along with industry related business skills to succeed in today's rapidly evolving workplace.

Find out more about the topics you will cover in Program Details section.

By using a "best practices" approach to web development, you will create sites that are not only visually appealing but are also accessible, usable, and standards compliant.

Upon completion of the TWD program, you will have a publicly accessible web portfolio showcasing your work created throughout the program along with your industry project.

You will learn techniques in application development, be exposed to several current web technologies, and apply system development best practices to design and develop usable and effective web sites.

The program is delivered through classroom instruction, hands-on lab work and individual and team projects. Applicants for the Technical Web Designer program should possess sound logical and reasoning abilities, as well as good communication skills - both written and oral. Applicants should also have a working knowledge of Windows or macOS and be comfortable working with files and folders (saving, copying, moving and renaming files and folders).

Check out the current class's informal website to see a guideline to the students' schedule.

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Program Location: Downtown Vancouver
Program Length: 6 months, Full-time
Program Start / End: June 01, 2020 - November 13, 2020
September 21, 2020 - March 12, 2021
January 2021 - TBA
Total Tuition/Cost: Learn about Tuition & Fees [PDF]
Entry Requirements: View Requirements

Program Entry

This program is offered 3 times a year -  January, May and September.

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

This program is open to applications:

  • October 1st* for the January intake
  • January 15th* for the May intake
  • May 15th* for the September intake
  • *or next business day

Applications are considered for a specific intake.

Entrance requirements

This program has a two-step admission process. Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains.

Step 1: Pre-entry assessment

A completed and approved pre-entry assessment form must be uploaded to complete your application.

Step 2: Meet the following entrance requirements

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

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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Scheduled intakes

September, January and May each year.

Please see the program overview for precise dates.

Costs & Supplies

Please see tuition fees for international students.

Books and supplies

Tuition fees include classroom materials.

Financial assistance

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

Refund policy

  • If notice is submitted in writing and received by the TWD Program Office AT LEAST twelve (12) working days prior to the first day of classes, all tuition fees paid (less the $1,500.00 deposit) will be refunded.
  • If notice is submitted in writing and received by the TWD Program Office by 4:00 p.m. on the second day of class, all fees paid less $2,500.00 ($1,500.00 deposit and $1,000.00 penalty fee) will be refunded.
  • There will be no refund of fees issued after the second day of class.
  • Withdrawal for medical reasons, possible partial refund with doctor's medical note.

Cancellation Policy

This program is subject to limited and minimum enrolment. Lack of sufficient enrolment will result in BCIT cancelling specific intakes of the program and will entitle accepted students of that intake to a full refund of all fees paid.


Class hours

9:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday (excluding statutory holidays)

Program delivery

This program is run as a cohort model with instruction in the morning and mandatory labs in the afternoon. All classes are held in a computer lab.

Program matrix

Required Courses: Credits
  TWDP 1500 Planning and Designing Web Sites 8.0
  TWDP 2500 Coding and Developing Web Sites 10.0
  TWDP 3500 Testing and Managing Web Sites 8.0
  TWDP 4500 Specialty Topics in Web Design 6.0
  TWDP 4550 Project 8.0
Total Credits: 40.0

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

Program Structure

Program Goals

Upon successful completion of the TWD Certificate program, you will be able to:

  • Develop efficient mobile-responsive websites which are optimized to work across a variety of devices from phones and tablets to traditional desktop computers utilizing modern versions of HTML, CSS and JavaScript.
  • Create user interface prototypes that range from low-fidelity paper and pencil to mid- and high-fidelity clickable experiences with Adobe XD and inVision.
  • Create graphics for the web, optimized with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
  • Demonstrate a human-centric approach in designing digital experiences that meet business goals while balancing interactivity, accessibility and navigation requirements for websites.
  • Build on the foundations of JavaScript programming such as variables, loops, functions, and arrays to hand code image galleries, site navigations and user interface widgets.
  • Utilize modern JavaScript frameworks to build single-page web applications or for front-end user interface component development.
  • Use PHP, a server-side programming language, to build dynamic websites.
  • Build custom WordPress themes, and learn other WordPress essentials such as custom content types, custom fields, content blocks, and taxonomies.
  • Write semantically correct markup to support business goals and help Search Engine Optimization.
  • Collaborate and share code with team members through local and cloud-based version control and use JavaScript task runners to help enhance and automate the deployment workflow.
  • Integrate academic and hands-on instruction with practical experience in a capstone project.
  • Produce a final, industry quality web portfolio that demonstrates creative, web development, and professional skills in front-end web development.

Program length

20 weeks, full-time

Start dates set by individual offerings of the program. Please see the TPP website for current offerings of the program.


Students must obtain a minimum of 65% in each course in order to proceed to the next course. All courses must be passed in order to qualify for the final industry project.

Program location

BCIT Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

Graduating & Jobs

Job Opportunities

Graduates will find careers in a variety of industries including business, finance, government, health, information technology, telecommunications and independent consulting. The majority of web designers work for computer systems design services. Depending on previous academic and work experience, career paths for graduates may include but are not limited to:

  • Web designer
  • Web developer
  • Multimedia developer
  • Web editor
  • Web specialist
  • Web master
  • Web application designer
  • eLearning Web developer
  • Web usability specialist/tester

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.

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Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Administration                        Instructors

Yoonie Cho
Program Coordinator

Michael Whyte
TWD Program Head

Beata Kozma
TWD Instructor

Contact Us

For admission and program inquiries: Mailing address:

Phone: 604.412.7773
Fax: 604.408.0921

TPP Programs
BCIT Downtown Campus
  531 - 555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC, Canada
V6B 3H6

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"This program gave me the tools to establish myself as an independent web designer. Fast paced, the curriculum is aimed at creative people seeking a career in the front-end web world. You will learn the foundations of web design and develop the tools to succeed as an independent web designer. Students work on real life projects with real customer feedback; a very gratifying process that will test your skills."

Andres Ruiz-Droege, TWD graduate


"The Technical Web Design program gave me the skills needed to meet all the job requirements sought by employers, and the knowledge I never knew I needed to further myself in my art practice. Additionally, I've met a variety of amazing people, and instructors who truly care about your career and education, all this within this short, intensive 6 month program. I was not disappointed."

Euge Leung, TWD graduate


"BCIT's TWD program was the smartest thing I did to plunge into the Web Developing and Designing industry.
In only 2 weeks, after graduation, I was able to apply to several job positions putting on the table a starting salary, way higher than my expectation, almost double than my previous situation.
This class taught me so much that now I can say: "I'm skilled enough and finally ready to rock into the job market."
Thank you, all, for the passion and quality you put in your job."

Giorgio Riccardi, TWD graduate