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Web Design - Interactive Media Certificate

Eight-month certificate

Where: Comox Valley
Starts: September
  • Get your web design career started in just eight months.
  • Learn the fundamentals of effective design, web tools and graphics, basic marketing, business foundations and more.
  • Gain skills in HTML, CSS, Java Script, PHP and Adobe CC.
  • Explore a variety of topics including web analytics and usability, social media and graphic design.

Career possibilities: Qualify to work as a freelance/corporate web designer, database technician, front-end web developer and more.


  • Technical expertise. In response to industry and employer input, NIC's programs include an increased number of advanced technology courses to give you a high level of technical expertise.
  • Innovation. Today’s employers and businesses value creative problem solving. NIC’s Interactive Media instructors look for innovative, creative solutions preparing you for your future career.
  • Develop your style. At NIC, you'll learn in small classes from experienced instructors who are focused on your success. You'll have access to resources, professional guidance and encouragement to develop your personal style.
  • Want to go further? The Web Design certificate counts as credit toward the Web and Mobile Application Development diploma and Advanced Communication and Interactive Design diploma, which leads to a wide range of knowledge, opportunities and careers.


NIC's interactive media programs provide you with the skills you need today and in the future. Part-time study is available but, because technology changes rapidly, you are encouraged to complete your studies as quickly as you can.

The web design certificate is the technical foundation for NIC's interactive media web programs and introduces you to the design of web applications. The program is suited to anyone exploring a career in web design and web applications, whether you are a high school graduate or seeking a second/alternate career.

You will graduate with fundamental knowledge in design for print and web, programming, social media marketing and typography. With accompanying courses in effective organizational writing, basic marketing principles, entrepreneurship and small business management.

Career Opportunities

Graduates qualify for a wide variety of entry-level, front-end web design positions. You may also choose to keep studying toward NIC's Mobile Application Development certificate or Web and Mobile Application Development diploma. 

Supply List

You are 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

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
Tuition $2,910
NISU Fees $125
Lab Fees $155
Books $1,530
Learner Resource $155
Health and Dental $275
Total $5,150
Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan ($275).

International Fees

Year 1
Tuition $12,730
NISU Fees $125
Lab Fees $155
Books $1,530
Learner Resource $155
Health and Dental $275
Total $14,970
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 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.

Linda Perron

Linda Perron
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5054 | Location DIS - 215

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

Frank Niscak

Frank Niscak
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5045 | Location TYE - 121

Susanne Sampson

Susanne Sampson
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5228 | Location RAV - 108A

Megan Wilson

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

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