Web Design Fundamentals Certificate

Gain foundational web technology skills. Understand key communication design principles and web-based standards. Produce attractive, intuitive web pages that connect with their audiences. Graduate, then pursue careers in communication design, graphic and web design and front-end scripting.

Watch a video from program coordinator Megan Wilson on studying online in the DIGITAL Design + Development programs at NIC.

Where: Comox Valley, Online
Starts: September
Length: 1 year
Delivery: Off-campus, Digital Unscheduled Class

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A strong interest in art and design was my gateway to the creative industry, which led to taking my first steps in the digital world. During my time at NIC, I fell in love with web design because it allowed me to express my creativity while developing the skills necessary to create functional websites.

Park Hargrave, NIC Web Design Certificate graduate

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Program Requirements

plus one course from the following list:

  • BUS-152 Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management
  • BUS-162 Principles of Marketing

plus one English course from the following:

  • ENG-104 Foundations of Academic Writing
  • ENG-107 Introduction to Creative Writing: Fiction & Non-Fiction
  • ENG-108 Introduction to Creative Writing: Poetry & Drama
  • ENG-115 Essay Writing and Critical Analysis or ENG-116 Essay Writing and Indigenous Perspectives
  • ENG-122 Reading Literature
  • ENG-127 Indigenous Literatures in Canada
  • ENG-160 Effective Organizational Writing

Completion Requirements

This program is designed to be completed within eight months of full-time study. To complete this program students must successfully complete all required courses within four years.

Admission Requirements

  1. C in one of Provincial English 12, English Studies 12, English First Peoples 12, NIC ENG-096, or ENG-098; or C+ in ESL-092 and ESL-095; or English assessment.


International Language Requirements

If you are applying as an international student, you must meet NIC international admission requirements.

Upgrade with us to meet prerequisites

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Accessible Learning

Making education accessible for those with a documented disability is a key priority for NIC. We offer a wide range of services, supports and resources for students. For more information visit: Accessible Learning Services.

Megan Wilson

Megan Wilson
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5056 | Location RAV - 108B

Ashley Blacquiere

Ashley Blacquiere
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5045 | Location TYE - 121A

Chris Geelhoed

Chris Geelhoed


Fine Arts

Subjects: Digital Design & Development
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4271 | Location TYE - 121A

Claire Guiot

Claire Guiot
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 | Location RAV - 115

Frank Lu

Frank Lu


Business Administration, Computer Science Technology, Fine Arts, Mathematics-Science

MSc (Business Admin) in Management Info Systems (UBC, 1992)

Subjects: Business, Info Tech & Comp Science, Mathematics
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5046 | Location TYE - 121

Sara Vipond

Sara Vipond


Fine Arts

Master of Fine Arts, Visual Arts, (York University, 2005)


Subjects: Fine Arts
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4100 | Location DIS - 215

Program Highlights

  • Receive accelerated instruction in web technologies and design principles
  • Learn how to use foundational web technologies such as HTML and CSS
  • Develop interactive experiences on the web using JavaScript
  • Develop skills in the fundamental principles of graphic design
  • Learn about web-based standards for communication
  • Use workflows and applications employed in the software development industry

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program are equipped to pursue employment in the field of communication design, graphic design and web design and front-end scripting. Graduates may also choose to continue their studies with North Island College by continuing with either the Communications Design diploma or the Web + Mobile App Development diploma.

Supply List

You will be required to have sufficient hardware and software for completing coursework. Please contact the program coordinator at megan.wilson@nic.bc.ca for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the ideal time-frame to complete this program in?
    Because technology changes rapidly, you are encouraged to complete your studies as quickly as you can. Full time students typically complete the program within eight months of acceptance. Part time students typically complete the program within two years of acceptance.
  2. Can I register for individual courses without enrolling in the full program?
    Yes. Non-program students 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 at a later date, the courses you have taken may be counted toward your program completion as long as there has not been too long a gap in your studies. All pre-requisites and co-requisites will still be required.

Tuition & Costs Estimate

Costs indicated are estimates for a 100% course load per year, unless otherwise noted. Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies, NIC appointed uniforms, 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 our tuition page.

Domestic Fees

Tuition $3,085
NISU Fees $150
Lab Fees $186
Books $2,000
Learner Resource $162
Health and Dental $275
Total $5,858

Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan ($275).

Lab fees vary, depending on the chosen electives.

Book costs noted are estimates for planning purposes.  Accurate book costs are available by course through the NIC book search.

Find out if this program is eligible for Student Aid BC funding.

This program is tuition refund Category 1.

International Fees

Tuition $13,770
NISU Fees $150
Student Services Fees $920
Lab Fees $186
Books $2,000
Learner Resource $162
Health and Dental $275
Total $17,463

Additional costs for International students include the $100 application fee (required).

Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan ($275).

Book costs noted are estimates for planning purposes.  Accurate book costs are available by course through the NIC book search.

Lab fees vary, depending on chosen electives.

For more information on tuition costs and refunds refer to International Tuition and Costs.