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
Tuition: $2,983 approx average per year
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If it wasn’t for the design portion of the program and the instructors, I would have never known how much I was capable of.

Yosuke Hasumi, NIC Advanced Communication Design diploma graduate

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Program Requirements

Year 1

Year 2

  • IMG-100 Introduction to PHP
  • IMG-230 Project Management for Digital Communications
  • IMG-208 Communication Design II
  • IMG-209 User Experience and Interface Design
  • IMG-210 Content Management Systems
  • IMG-212 Advanced CSS
  • 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
  • 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-212 Advanced CSS
  • IMG-390 Portfolio Project 2
  • 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-116 Essay Writing and Indigenous Perspectives
  • ENG-122 Reading Literature or ENG-127 Indigenous Literatures in Canada
  • ENG-160 Effective Organizational Writing


Admission Requirements

  1. C in one of Provincial English 12, English Studies 12, English First Peoples 12, NIC ENG-096, ENG-098, ESL-090, or English assessment.


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International Language Requirements

For international language requirements click here.

International students must meet NIC international admission requirements.

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

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.

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 $2,620 $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 $0 $0
Total $4,895 $4,855 $5,415 $15,165
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 $115 $125 $125
Lab Fees $215 $135 $155
Books $1,530 $1,530 $1,530
Learner Resource $140 $155 $170
Health and Dental $275 $275 $0
Total $15,005 $14,950 $14,710 $44,665
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).