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Advanced Communication and Interactive Design Diploma

Three-year advanced diploma

Where: Comox Valley
Starts: September
  • Keep pace with industry advances and manage a high level of client communication needs in print, mobile and online.
  • Develop a strong combination of design and programming skills, making you highly adaptable to the changing industry.
  • Upon graduation, you will be eligible for membership with the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada.

Career possibilities: Qualify for employment as a graphic designer, web developer, web consultant, multimedia project coordinator, e-commerce designer, web and mobile applications developer or mobile prototyper.

Why Choose North Island College?

  • Technical expertise. In response to industry and employer input, NIC’s programs include an increased number of advanced technology courses to give you a higher level of technical expertise.
  • Professional experience counts. On-the-job experience is an optional part of the program, giving you increased personal confidence, a stronger understanding of client expectations and direct professional connections.
  • Innovation. Today’s employers and businesses value creative problem solving and look for innovative, creative solutions preparing you for your future career.
  • Develop your style. At NIC, you'll learn in smaller classes from experienced instructors who are focused on your success. You'll have greater access to resources, plus the professional guidance and encouragement you need as you develop your personal style. 

Program Highlights

The advanced diploma program builds on the Communication Design diploma. The first two years follow the highlights outlined in those programs.

During the third year, you will complete your training with the remaining Interactive Media courses, including mobile application development, ensuring you develop a comprehensive knowledge of interactive media. Upon completion, you will be eligible for membership with the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada, the professional body for communication design.

With a strong combination of design and programming abilities, you will be able to adapt rapidly to the changing industry and will be qualified to manage a high level of client communication needs—whether in print, online, or mobile.

Career Opportunities

In today's job market, countless industries require a combination of technical and design expertise. As an Advanced Communication and Interactive Design graduate, you will qualify for a range of professions such as graphic and web design, mobile application development, advertising and publishing, e-commerce, game and multimedia production and design. Career positions may include, but would not be limited to, those listed under the two-year Communication Design diploma, plus graphic designer for print and interactive media, web developer, web consultant, business owner and operator, book and editorial designer, e-commerce site designer and mobile application developer. 

Supply List

You will be required to have sufficient hardware and software for completing coursework. Please review the supply list document for a complete description of technical requirements.

Admission Requirements

  1. C in one of Provincial English 12, English 12 First Peoples, NIC ENG-060, ENG-096, ENG-098, ESL-090, or equivalent; or English assessment.

There are 3 ways of gaining admission to the Advanced Communication Design program:

  • As a full-time student: You should complete the program within 3 years of acceptance.
  • As a part-time student: You are encouraged to complete the program within 6 years of acceptance.
  • As a non-program student: You can access courses one at a time without committing to the program. On the NIC Application for Admission form, you should choose University Studies as your program name. You will only be admitted to individual courses after program students have enrolled and if there are spaces remaining. In the meantime, you will be wait listed and will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. If you wish to join the program full- or part-time at a later date, the courses you have taken will be counted toward the program; if there hasn't been too long a gap in your studies. All prerequisites and co-requisites will still be required.


Upgrade with us to meet prerequisites

Upgrade your English, math and science courses for entry into the program of your choice. Succeed with the help of NIC’s supportive instructors. Courses are flexible and start several times a year so you can learn at your own pace. We offer daytime and evening options. Learn more

International Language Requirements

For international language requirements click here.

Program Requirements

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

  • IMG-204 Introduction to Programming in Swift
  • IMG-214 iOS Application Development
  • IMG-215 Android Application Development
  • IMG-240 Emerging Technologies
  • IMG-250 Web Game Development
  • IMG-260 E-Commerce
  • IMG-390 Portfolio Project II
  • CPS-100 Computer Programming
  • Elective (Can be drawn from any University courses)
  • Optional Work term (4 weeks non-credit)

plus one English course from the following:

  • ENG-107 Introduction to Creative Writing: Fiction & Non-Fiction
  • ENG-108 Introduction to Creative Writing: Poetry & Drama
  • ENG-115 Essay Writing and Critical Analysis
  • ENG-120 Introduction to Literature: Short Stories and the Novel
  • ENG-121 Introduction to Literature: Poetry and Drama
  • ENG-125 Composition & Indigenous Literature I
  • ENG-126 Composition & Indigenous Literature II
  • ENG-160 Effective Organizational Writing


Tuition & Costs Estimate for
Fall 2016, Winter, Spring & Summer 2017

Costs indicated are estimates for a 100% course load per year, unless otherwise noted. Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies or field trips not included in these estimates.

While we do our best to share accurate and timely fee information, changes may occur. For more information, visit tuition page.

Domestic Fees

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Grand Total
Tuition $2,565 $2,850 $3,350
NISU Fees $110 $120 $135
Lab Fees $210 $130 $150
Books $1,500 $1,500 $1,500
Learner Resource $135 $150 $165
Health and Dental $275 $275 $275
Total $4,795 $5,025 $5,575 $15,395
Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan.

International Fees

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Grand Total
Tuition $12,480 $12,480 $12,480
NISU Fees $120 $120 $120
Lab Fees $210 $130 $150
Books $1,500 $1,500 $1,500
Learner Resource $135 $150 $165
Health and Dental $275 $275 $275
Total $14,720 $14,655 $14,690 $44,065
Additional Costs for International Students include the $100 Application fee and the $280 Accommodation Placement fee (optional).
Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan.

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