Advanced Digital Design and Development Diploma

The Advanced Diploma our most in-depth and flexible program. This comprehensive and flexible program allows you to develop foundational skills in both design and development with specialization as a designer or a developer, with a wide section of electives to broaden your education. You’ll develop in-demand skills by using cutting-edge tools to take complex digital products from concept to launch and become a force in the digital design and development industry.

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: 3 years
Delivery:  Off-campus, Digital Unscheduled Class

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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

Design Stream

Year 1

plus one elective totalling 3 credits*

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

Year 2

plus one course from the following list:

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

plus three electives totalling 9 credits*

Year 3

plus one course from the following list:

plus one English course totalling 3 credits at 100-level or above*

plus three electives totalling 9 credits*

*Note: Electives and choice of English may be chosen from any 100 level or higher courses that transfer to a BC degree granting institution. At least three electives must be at the 200 level or higher.

 

Development Stream

Year 1

 

  • DGL-101 Digital Culture
  • DGL-102 Graphic Design Foundations
  • DGL-103 HTML and CSS
  • DGL-104 Application Development Foundations
  • DGL-111 User Experience and Interface Design
  • DGL-113 Introduction to JavaScript
  • DGL-114 Introduction to Mobile App Development
  • CPS-100 Computer Programming I

plus one elective totalling 3 credits*
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

Year 2

plus three electives totalling 9 credits*

Year 3

  • DGL-204 Introduction to Programming in Swift
  • DGL-213 Applied JavaScript
  • DGL-214 iOS Application Development
  • DGL-221 Introduction to Social Media
  • DGL-309 Advanced Capstone Project

plus one course from the following list:

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

plus one English course totalling 3 credits at 100-level or above*
plus two electives totalling 6 credits*
*Note: Electives and choice of English may be chosen from any 100 level or higher courses that transfer to a BC degree granting institution. At least three electives must be at the 200 level or higher.

Completion Requirements

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

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

Ashley Blacquiere

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

Chris Geelhoed

Chris Geelhoed

Faculty

Fine Arts

Subjects: Digital Design & Development
Chris.Geelhoed@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4271 | Location TYE - 121A

Claire Guiot

Claire Guiot
Claire.Guiot@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 | Location RAV - 115

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

Sara Vipond

Sara Vipond

Faculty

Fine Arts

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

 

Subjects: Fine Arts
sara.vipond@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4100 | Location DIS - 215

Program Highlights

  • Explore both the design and development sides of the industry
  • Specialize in the skills that will help you build your career
  • Gain extensive experience in designing cutting-edge digital experiences using the most current industry software such as Adobe and InVision products
  • Learn advanced uses of foundational web technologies, such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript and WordPress
  • Dive deep into programming for smartphones and mobile devices; or into design and digital marketing
  • Practice hands-on project management with real clients
  • Learn from industry professionals and build relationships with employers
  • Graduate with a professional portfolio that highlights your individual skills

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 contact the program coordinator at megan.wilson@nic.bc.ca for more information.

CodeCore Partnership Program

Students who have graduated from the Web Application Development diploma at CodeCore College can transfer seamlessly into year 2 of NIC’s Advanced Communication and Interactive Design diploma. Students will take following courses at NIC. Student under this partnership program will take following courses at NIC.

CODECORE/NIC Memorandum of Understanding.

Year 2 (NIC)

  • DGL-101 Digital Culture
  • DGL-102 Graphic Design Foundations
  • DGL-104 Software Architecture
  • DGL-111 User Experience and User Interface
  • DGL-114 Android Application Development
  • DGL-123 Introduction to PHP
  • DGL-209 Portfolio Project 1
  • DGL-211 Project Management for Digital Communications
  • DGL-223 Content Management Systems

Plus one of English course from the following:

  • ENG-104 Foundation 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 or ENG-127 Indigenous Literatures in Canada
  • ENG-160 Effective Organizational Writing

Year 3 (NIC)

plus one elective chosen from English, Humanities or Social Sciences

plus one elective totalling 3 credits*

*note: electives and English courses may be chosen from any 100 level or higher course that transfers to a BC degree granting institution.

 

Admission Requirements

To apply as a CodeCore transfer student, you must first apply to CodeCore program. Please visit CodeCore College website for more information.

Admission into Year 2 and 3 at NIC requires successful completion of Year 1 courses at CodeCore College with a minimum 2.3 Grade Point Average.

 

Tuition

Students in the first year of CodeCore Partnership program are subject to CodeCore College’s tuition schedule and policies. Please inquire with CodeCore College for tuition.

Students in the second and third year of this program are subject to NIC’s tuition costs and policies. Please see the International Tuition page for estimated cost of the program at NIC.

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 $3,085 $3,085 $3,085
NISU Fees $150 $150 $145
Lab Fees $186 $162 $124
Books $2,000 $2,000 $2,000
Learner Resource $162 $162 $162
Health and Dental $275 $275 $275
Total $5,858 $5,834 $5,791 $17,483

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.

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

This program is tuition refund Category 1.

International Fees

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Grand Total
Tuition $13,770 $13,770 $13,770
NISU Fees $150 $150 $145
Student Services Fees $920 $920 $920
Lab Fees $186 $162 $124
Books $2,000 $2,000 $2,000
Learner Resource $162 $162 $162
Health and Dental $275 $275 $275
Total $17,463 $17,439 $17,396 $52,298

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.

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