Transfer agreement helps graphic designers get their degree

NIC and VIU have renewed and updated a transfer agreement for design students to get their bachelor’s degrees.

The VIU Graphic Design + Visual Arts Pathway means students who finish their two-year Communication Design diploma can transfer directly into the third year of the Bachelor of Design in Graphic Design program at VIU.

“This updated agreement ensures students can seamlessly transfer to continue their studies and get their degree,” said Diane Naugler, NIC dean of business and applied studies. “Having these kinds of block transfer agreements provide certainty to students that they won’t need to go back and take additional electives or courses.”

The agreement is one of two transfer agreements specifically for the Communication Design diploma. Students can also transfer into the Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communication at Royal Roads University.

“The VIU transfer agreement provides a pathway for those students wanting to expand on the user-experience design and computer programming they’ve learned here and delve deeper into graphic design,” said Ashley Blacquiere, NIC DIGITAL Design + Development instructor.

“We are excited to offer students access to these types of learning connections in our region,” said Nancy Pagé, chair of VIU’s Graphic Design department. “We look forward to welcoming NIC students to our program.”

Communication Design Diploma alumna Tara Jakubiec, who is now studying in VIU’s Graphic Design program, was drawn to the program because of its ability to combine her passion for art, computer skills and love of video games.

“The diverse courses in the program allowed me to explore the areas of Communication Design that I felt most inspired by and I decided I wanted to pursue graphic design as my career,” she said. “The bachelor’s degree will enable me to pursue a career as a graphic designer and my long-term goal of working for a publishing company.”

The updated agreement is in effect immediately. Students interested in the transfer can speak to an NIC educational advisor or contact VIU by emailing for more information.

The next intake for NIC’s Communication Design diploma starts in January. For more information, or to apply, visit

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