Interactive Technologies and Game Design Diploma

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Program Description

The Diploma in Interactive Technologies and Game Design prepares graduates to work in the growing information technology industry that combines management, marketing, internet, multimedia, networking, and software technologies to enhance business efficiency.

Career Prospects

Employment opportunities include:
- Animation in entertainment industry
- Application design
- Game design
- Information technology technician in industry and service companies

Details

Location: Fort St. John with some courses available on other NLC campuses.

Length: Four academic semesters (60 weeks) with a minimum of 945 hours in total. Students are required to complete this program within a four year period from the start date due to the technical and changing nature of many of the program courses.

Start: One cohort every two years starting May and September on odd years.  Note that part-time learners can start the program in the January semester, but completion in this case could take 3.5 yrs due to the cohort model.

Fees: Current Fee Schedule
 

Admission Prerequisites

*English is the language of instruction in all programs at NLC, thus it is imperative that NLC students meet minimum English Language Proficiency requirements.
*In University Arts and Sciences, it is understood that the minimum English Language Proficiency requirement is that required to graduate from a Canadian high school program conducted in English. This is defined in the English Language Requirement document (click for PDF).
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A. Domestic students must have official transcripts demonstrating the following Math Requirement: One of the following with a 'C' grade (60%) or higher: Pre-calculus 11, Principles of Mathematics 11, Foundations of Math 11, Math 040, or equivalent. Alternatively, readiness for MATH 050 as determined by the CCP Math appraisal.
B. International students must have documentation demonstrating the following Math Requirement: One of the following with a 'C' grade (60%) or higher: Pre-calculus 11, Principles of Mathematics 11, Foundations of Math 11, Math 040, or equivalent. Alternatively, readiness for MATH 050 as determined by the CCP Math appraisal.

Important Notes

  1. For domestic students the program is eligible for Canada Student Loans. Visit StudentAid BC to apply for financial assistance online.
  2. Personal laptop or tablet required.
  3. Northern Lights College courses may transfer individually to other colleges, universities, and institutes in British Columbia, as indicated in the BC Transfer Guide.
  4. The information on this program page is a summary of the official Program Completion Guide approved by NLC’s Education Council. Download a PDF of the Program Completion Guide.

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Chair, University Arts and Sciences: Cindy Broberg

Courses

REQUIRED COURSES:
Semester 1:
ENGL 110: Introduction to Workplace Communications (3 credits; 45 hrs)
ITEC 112: Foundations of Web Development (3 credits; 45 hrs)
ITEC 150: Small Computer Systems: Organization and Architecture (3 credits; 60 hrs)
MGMT 104: Principles of Management (3 credits; 45 hrs)
Open Elective

Semester 2:
ENGL 230: Technical Writing (3 credits; 45 hrs)
ITEC 210: Database Design (3 credits; 45 hrs)
ITEC 220: Object Oriented programming with Java (3 credits; 45 hrs)
MGMT 107: Introduction to Marketing (3 credits; 45 hrs)
MGMT 217: Business Systems and Analysis and Design (3 credits; 45 hrs)

Semester 3:
ITEC 225: Web Development and Mobile Technologies (3 credits; 45 hrs)
ITEC 235: Animation and Gaming Systems (3 credits; 45 hrs)
ITEC 245: iOS Application Development (3 credits; 45 hrs)
MGMT 450: Project Management (3 credits; 45 hrs)
Open Elective

Semester 4:
ITEC 255: Human Computer Interactions (3 credits; 45 hrs)
ITEC 290: Project Based Co-op (6 credits; 90 hrs)
ITEC 320: Virtual Software Systems (3 credits; 45 hrs)
Open Elective
Open Elective

Students can use elective choice to add employable skills or specializations as follows, or for optimizing course transfer to programs at degree granting institutions:
Systems Administration:
ITEC 240: Server Management (3 credits; 45 hrs)
ITEC 250: Network Infrastructure (3 credits; 45 hrs)

Entrepreneurship:
MGMT 210: Advertising and Promotion (3 credits; 45 hrs)
MGMT 219: Entrepreneurship (3 credits; 45 hrs)

Additional suggested electives:
COMM 301: Organizational Communications (3 credits; 45 hrs)
FILM 100: Introduction to Film (3 credits; 45 hrs)
MATH 115: Introductory Discrete Math (3 credits; 45 hrs)
PHIL 110: Logic and Critical Thinking (3 credits; 45 hrs)
PSYC 224: Organizational Behaviour (3 credits; 45 hrs)