Advanced Communication and Interactive Design - Interactive Media Diploma

Gain the experience needed to tackle major projects from beginning to end. Graduates pursue careers in communication and graphic
design, web design and development, iOS and Android app development and more. This program integrates the Web and Mobile Application Development and Communication Design diplomas and builds upon foundational skills to develop a deep knowledge of design and programming principles.

Where: Comox Valley
Starts: September
Length: 3 years
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A unique feature of the Advanced Communication Design program is the focus on two disparate disciplines that are rarely bridged - Visual Arts and Computer Science. It was this feature that attracted me to it. My coursework ranged from design fundamentals and photography to game programming, web databases and Ruby on Rails programming which positioned me particularly well to start my own web design and development business as well as to work as a full stack developer for a local development firm and startup.

Yosuke Hasumi, NIC Advanced Communication and Interactive Design diploma graduate

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Program Requirements

Year 1

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 or ENG-116 Essay Writing and Indigenous Perspectives
  • ENG-122 Reading Literature or ENG-127 Indigenous Literatures in Canada
  • ENG-160 Effective Organizational Writing

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 Applied JavaScript
  • One elective chosen from BUS-152, BUS-162, BUS-368, FIN-200, or any other FIN course
  • IMG-390 Portfolio Project 2
  • CPS-100 Computer Programming
  • CPS-146 Database Fundamentals
  • Optional Work term (4 weeks non-credit)

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

International students must meet NIC international admission requirements.

Consider NIC’s Academic English Language program if you need to gain the skills to speak and understand English in the college environment.

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

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

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, Interactive Media, Mathematics
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5046 | Location TYE - 121

Steve Mackey

Steve Mackey
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4105 | Location RAV - 108B

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

  • Attend courses that bridge between development and design
  • Build substantial expertise in both development and design
  • Learn how to communicate effectively via the web while using many of today’s most in-demand programming technologies
  • Learn advanced uses of foundational web technologies, such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript and WordPress
  • Design for optimal user experiences on the web and for mobile devices
  • Learn how to program in the Swift and Java programming languages
  • Use Xcode and Android Studio IDEs to develop real smartphone apps
  • Practice project management principles in real projects
  • Use workflows and applications employed in the software development industry
  • Develop capstone projects that highlight your skills in design and development

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program are well-equipped to pursue employment in the fields of communication design, graphic design, illustration, concept art, interaction design, user experience design, front-end web development, back-end web development, full-stack development, iOS and Android application development, games development, and more generalized computer programming careers. Graduates may also choose to continue their studies by pursue the completion of a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design via third-year transfer to Vancouver Island University’s Graphic Design program.

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.

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 three years of acceptance. Part time students typically complete the program within six 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

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Grand Total
Tuition $2,720 $3,025 $3,325
NISU Fees $115 $130 $140
Lab Fees $220 $100 $150
Books $1,530 $1,530 $1,530
Learner Resource $145 $160 $175
Health and Dental $275 $275 $275
Total $5,005 $5,220 $5,595 $15,820

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

This program is tuition refund Category 1.

International Fees

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Grand Total
Tuition $12,150 $13,500 $14,850
NISU Fees $115 $130 $140
Student Services Fees $810 $900 $990
Lab Fees $220 $100 $150
Books $1,530 $1,530 $1,530
Learner Resource $145 $160 $175
Health and Dental $275 $275 $275
Total $15,245 $16,595 $18,110 $49,950

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).

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