Communication Design - Interactive Media Diploma

Two-year diploma

Where: Comox Valley
Starts: September

Career possibilities: Qualify for a broad range of opportunities such as book and editorial designer, online or print publication designer, graphic designer, web designer, digital artist and brand identity designer.

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  • 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.
  • Professional experience counts. On-the-job experience is an optional part of the program. Work place practicums give you increased personal confidence, a stronger understanding of client expectations and direct professional connections.
  • Innovation. Today’s employers and businesses value creative problem solving skills. At NIC, you’ll face challenges that require more than just facts to solve, and you’ll develop an innovative approach that employers will appreciate. NIC's instructors 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.
  • Want to go further? Your Communication Design diploma counts as credit toward NIC's Advanced Communication Design diploma and VIU's Bachelor of Arts, Graphic Design major, giving you a clearly defined pathway to reach your educational goals.


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.

During your first year, you will explore the fundamental skills necessary for communication design, such as graphic design, typography, drawing, computer graphics, programming and basic marketing principles.

The second year allows you to familiarize yourself with more specialized tools and skills, such as social media marketing, design for web applications, programming for web, project management and design strategy. You will complete a portfolio project and will have an opportunity to participate in an optional four-week work term.

Upon graduation, you will be well-prepared to continue into NIC's  Advanced Communication Design diploma or transfer into your third-year of VIU's Bachelor of Arts, Graphic Design major

Career Opportunities

With experience in both print and web applications, you will qualify for positions at a wide variety of organizations, such as advertising agencies, design studios, new media production firms, web design companies and internet marketing agencies. Career positions may include, but would not be limited to, graphic designer, web designer, book and editorial designer, digital artist and brand identity designer.

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 B
    asic Marketing Principles & Practices
  • FIN-110 Drawing & 2-Dimensional Language I
  • FIN-111 Drawing & 2-Dimensional Language II  

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

Year 2

  • IMG-100 Introduction to PHP
  • IMG-130 Project Management
  • IMG-290 Portfolio Project I
  • IMG-208 Communication Design II
  • IMG-209 User Experience and Interface Design
  • IMG-210 Content Management Systems
  • FIN-247 Introduction to Digital Photography
  • IMG-220 Introduction to Social Media
  • 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)

Tuition & Costs Estimate for
Fall 2018, Winter, Spring & Summer 2019

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 Grand Total
Tuition $2,620 $3,200
NISU Fees $115 $140
Lab Fees $215 $135
Books $1,530 $1,530
Learner Resource $140 $170
Health and Dental $275 $0
Total $4,895 $5,175 $10,070
Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan ($275).

International Fees

Year 1 Year 2 Grand Total
Tuition $12,730 $12,730
NISU Fees $115 $125
Lab Fees $215 $135
Books $1,530 $1,530
Learner Resource $140 $170
Health and Dental $275 $275
Total $15,005 $14,965 $29,970
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 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.

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

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Ashley Blacquiere
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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

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Steve Mackey
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4105 | Location RAV - 108B

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Frank Niscak
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