Communication Design Diploma

Connect with an audience by creating visual solutions to communication goals. Explore principles of communication design and critical skills in web programming. Pursue careers in communication and graphic design, front-end web design and development, user experience design and more.

Where: Comox Valley
Starts: September
Length: 2 years
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The Communication Design program at NIC has been instrumental in propelling my career as a multimedia designer for a major public institution. The two-year diploma program delivered a versatile range of highly in-demand skills and foundational knowledge that empowered me to transform a passion into a successful and meaningful career and has helped shape me as a versatile and valued employee, team member and leader in my field.

Erin Kenny, Communication Design diploma graduate

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Program Requirements

Year 1

plus one course from the following list:

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

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:

Completion Requirements

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

Admission Requirements

  1. C in one of Provincial English 12, English Studies 12, English First Peoples 12, NIC ENG-096, 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.

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

To Be Successful

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

Ashley Blacquiere

Ashley Blacquiere
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5045 | Location TYE - 121A

Claire Guiot

Claire Guiot
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 | Location RAV - 115

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


Fine Arts

Bachelor of Fine Arts (York University, 1999)

Subjects: Interactive Media
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4105 | Location TYE - 121

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
  • Take a deep dive into the discipline of communication design
  • Employ the principles of communication design to communicate effectively via the web
  • Develop expertise in the principles of graphic design
  • Learn how to design for the optimal user experience
  • Learn advanced uses of foundational web technologies such as HTML, CSS and WordPress
  • Develop interactive experiences on the web using JavaScript
  • 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 equipped to pursue employment in the fields of communication design, graphic design, front-end web development, illustration, concept art, interactive design, and user experience design. Graduates may also choose to continue their studies with North Island College by continuing with the Advanced Communication Design diploma, or to 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 two years of acceptance. Part time students typically complete the program within four 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 Grand Total
Tuition $3,085 $3,085
NISU Fees $130 $130
Lab Fees $178 $306
Books $2,000 $2,000
Learner Resource $162 $162
Health and Dental $275 $275
Total $5,830 $5,958 $11,788

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 Grand Total
Tuition $13,770 $13,770
NISU Fees $130 $130
Student Services Fees $920 $920
Lab Fees $178 $306
Books $2,000 $2,000
Learner Resource $162 $162
Health and Dental $275 $275
Total $17,435 $17,563 $34,998

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.

Transfer to a Degree

Vancouver Island University (VIU)

Transfer your NIC communication design courses for credit in VIU's Bachelor of Arts (Graphic Design)

Complete two years (60 credits) of your NIC Communication Design diploma with a minimum 2.0 GPA (C average) or higher to be  considered for admission to year three of VIU's Bachelor of Arts (Graphic Design) on the basis of your academic standing, portfolio review, an interview and available seats. As an NIC transfer student, you will be given the same priority registration as continuing VIU students.