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Advanced Communication and Interactive Design - Interactive Media Diploma

Three-year advanced diploma

Where: Comox Valley
Starts: September

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.

 

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

  • IMG-102 Computer Graphics I
  • IMG-103 Computer Graphics II
  • IMG-105 Communication Design I
  • IMG-110 HTML and CSS
  • IMG-111 Introduction to JavaScript
  • IMG-112 Typography
  • BUS-152 Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management
    or BUS-162 Basic Marketing Principles & Practices
  • FIN-110 Drawing & 2-Dimensional Language I
  • FIN-111 Drawing & 2-Dimensional Language II 

Year 2

  • IMG-100 Introduction to PHP
  • IMG-130 Project Management
  • IMG-208 Communication Design II
  • IMG-209 User Experience and Interface Design
  • IMG-210 Content Management Systems
  • IMG-220 Introduction to Social Media
  • IMG-290 Portfolio Project I
  • FIN-247 Introduction to Digital Photography
  • One elective chosen from BUS-152, BUS-162, BUS-368, FIN-200, or any other FIN course
  • One elective chosen from any University transfer course
  • Optional Work term (4 weeks non-credit)

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
  • IMG-260 E-Commerce
  • IMG-390 Portfolio Project II
  • CPS-100 Computer Programming
  • CPS-146 Database Fundamentals
  • 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 2017, Winter, Spring & Summer 2018

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 tuition page.

Domestic Fees

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Grand Total
Tuition $2,620 $2,910 $3,420
NISU Fees $115 $125 $140
Lab Fees $215 $135 $155
Books $1,530 $1,530 $1,530
Learner Resource $140 $155 $170
Health and Dental $275 $275 $275
Total $4,895 $5,130 $5,690 $15,715
Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan ($275).

International Fees

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Grand Total
Tuition $12,730 $12,730 $12,730
NISU Fees $125 $125 $125
Lab Fees $215 $135 $155
Books $1,530 $1,530 $1,530
Learner Resource $140 $155 $170
Health and Dental $275 $275 $275
Total $15,015 $14,950 $14,985 $44,950
Additional Costs for International Students include the $100 Application fee (required) and the $250 Accommodation Application Fee (optional).
Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan ($275).

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.
     

Linda Perron

Linda Perron

Linda.Perron@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5054 | Location DIS - 215

Ashley Blacquiere

Ashley Blacquiere

Ashley.Blacquiere@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5045 | Location TYE - 121A


Frank Lu

Frank Lu

Faculty

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
frank.lu@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5046 | Location TYE - 121



Frank Niscak

Frank Niscak

frank.niscak@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5045 | Location TYE - 121


Nico Tewinkel

Nico Tewinkel

Faculty

Computer Science Technology

BSc, Computer Science (University of Victoria, 1993)

Subjects: Interactive Media

Megan Wilson

Megan Wilson

megan.wilson@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5056 | Location RAV - 108B

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