The UBC Certificate in Multimedia and Web Development is a part-time program designed for those interested in creating, publishing or presenting interactive multimedia for personal development or to enhance professional skills. The program is intended to complement the experience of those working in communications, commerce, advertising, education, the arts, entertainment, social services and healthcare. The program provides a broad understanding of multimedia concepts and design principles while focusing on today's most dynamic interactive media.
Program graduates have competencies that can assist them in careers such as interface design, multimedia development, web development, corporate communications, technical writing, project management in a variety of industries, at interactive media companies, or as freelance digital media developers. Other participants who complete the program may continue at their current positions, but assume responsibility for their organization's multimedia and web development needs in areas such as corporate communications, content management, marketing, training and sales.
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The UBC Certificate in Multimedia and Web Development offers many advantages to participants who are looking to integrate interactive communication techniques into their skill-set in order to enhance their professional expertise. The program features the following advantages:
It is expected that the future of multimedia and the web will continue to see significant growth in areas such as e-commerce, electronic learning materials, information and management systems, electronic publishing, corporate communications, networked communications, virtual work and home entertainment. As a result, the demand for professional communicators and content developers with a combination of broad knowledge and specialized skills who are capable of working effectively in project teams is central to the UBC Certificate in Multimedia and Web Development.
The curriculum for the UBC Certificate in Multimedia and Web Development consists of approximately 200 hours of required and elective courses. The required courses offer a comprehensive introduction to multimedia and web technologies and development techniques. Elective courses allow for individual specialization in particular areas of multimedia and web development.
Note that the program evolves over time to meet the current realities of the technology and marketplace. Therefore, the learning objectives, subject areas, topics, speakers and assignments that make up the program will change over time to reflect the needs of program participants, new best practices and technologies, and the best use of University resources. The program may also change in duration, number of instructional hours or requirements for completion.
The following courses are required to graduate. Under certain circumstances, course substitutions can be made based on prior learning assessment (PLA) which may include relevant work experience.
Fundamentals of Multimedia Production is intended to be a foundational course, taken as one of the first in the certificate program, while Technical and Design Processes in Digital Media Development should be taken as a final, capstone course to complete the program. Software related courses may be taken along with the other courses listed as long as prerequisites are met.
|Required Courses||Hours to Complete||Upcoming Offerings|
|Fundamentals of Multimedia Production||9||TBA||More|
|HTML5 1:Fundamentals of Web Authoring||9||TBA||More|
|Writing for Multimedia and the Web||12||TBA||More|
|User Interface Design for the Web||12||Jun 4-25||More|
|Adobe® Dreamweaver® - Level 1||15||TBA||More|
|Adobe® Photoshop® – Level 1||15||Jul 3-31||More|
|Adobe® Photoshop® – Level 2||15||TBA||More|
|Project Management for the Web||12||TBA||More|
|Programming Basics - Introduction||18||TBA||More|
|Technical and Design Processes in Digital Media Development||15||Jun 27-Jul 25||More|
The following courses represent a selection of the available electives. Elective courses allow participants to focus their education on one or more areas of multimedia and web development. We recommend choosing a specialized stream of elective courses but students are welcome to choose any course from the selection below.
Note: Only courses from the Award of Achievement in Social Media may be applied. Social Media workshops are not eligible electives.
|Elective Courses||Hours to Complete||Upcoming Offerings|
|Content and Design|
|Adobe® Dreamweaver® - Level 2||12||TBA||More|
|Adobe® Flash® - Level 1||15||TBA||More|
|Adobe® Flash® - Level 2||15||TBA||More|
|Adobe® Illustrator® - Level 1||15||TBA||More|
|Adobe® Illustrator® - Level 2||15||TBA||More|
|Adobe® InDesign® - Level 1||15||TBA||More|
|Applying Cascading Style Sheets||12||TBA||More|
|Drupal 7: Website Creation and Management (New)||12||TBA||Mre|
|Final Cut Pro - Level 1||15||TBA||More|
|Final Cut Pro - Level 2||15||TBA||More|
|Introduction to Digital Video Production||14||TBA||More|
|Search Engine Optimization and Analytics for Web Design||12||Jun 5-26||More|
|Summer Institute in Adobe® InDesign®||15||Jul 22-26||More|
|Summer Institute in Professional Video Production (New)||21||Jul 15-19||More|
|Summer Institute: The Digital Storyteller (New)||15||Jul 3-5||More|
|Summer Institute in Visual Design with Adobe® Illustrator® (New)||20||Jul 8-12||More|
|Advanced Web Programming Using PHP||15||TBA||More|
|PHP Programming - Introduction||15||TBA||More|
|Python Programming - Introduction||15||Jun 21-Jul 19||More|
|Introduction to Mobile Web Design||15||TBA||More|
|Mobile Content Design and Strategy||12||Jul 8-29||More|
|Mobile Strategy and Marketing||12||TBA||More|
|Social Media Fundamentals||12||Sep 10-Oct 22 or Oct 29-Dec 10||More|
|Social Media Governance||12||Jun 18-Jul 9 or Oct 22-Dec 3||More|
|Social Media Metrics||12||May 28-Jul 9 or Sep 24-Nov 5||More|
|Social Media Monetization||12||Jun 4-Jul 16 or Oct 8-Nov 19||More|
|Social Media Project*||12||TBA||More|
|Social Media Strategy and Marketing||12||May 21-Jul 2 or Sep 17-Oct 29||More|
*All other Social Media courses are prerequisites for this course.
The UBC Certificate in Multimedia and Web Development is a part-time program consisting of individual courses delivered in intensive in-class sessions employing a range of learning modes including lectures, seminars, computer labs and assignments. Some courses have online content that augments the face-to-face curriculum. Emphasis is placed on developing a portfolio of multimedia and web-based projects as well as developing technical and conceptual skills via practical workshops and computer lab time.
Participants are expected to practice what they learn outside of classes. As such, it is important for participants to have access to a computer to complete assignments and develop a portfolio. As a general rule, participants should plan on spending at least one hour working on assignments outside of class for each hour of classroom instruction.
To receive the certificate, participants must complete approximately 200 hours of required and elective courses. The actual number of hours required for graduation is determined at the time you are admitted into the program based on the current curriculum.
The part-time format allows participants to work at their own pace and choose which courses they wish to take. Courses are offered from one to three times a year depending on demand. Courses normally run 9 to 15 hours in length meeting over a period of several weeks, and are scheduled during evenings or weekends.
By taking three to five courses each term, participants may expect to complete the program in four to six terms (approximately 16 to 24 months). It may be possible to take the program more intensively, but participants should be aware that this depends on course availability and scheduling. Participants are expected to complete the program within two years. Under exceptional circumstances, extensions may be granted.
Program Administration Fee
There is no fee to submit an application; however a one-time $175 administration fee is due upon acceptance into the program.
Fees are paid on a course-by-course basis and total approximately $6,500 CAD based on current course prices. Fees may be paid by Visa, MasterCard, cash, money order or certified cheque. Participants should be aware that materials related to courses may constitute an additional cost in some cases. Fees are subject to change.
To be granted the UBC Certificate in Multimedia and Web Development, participants must successfully complete the required courses and the minimum number of elective courses for a minimum of 200 hours. In addition, participants must successfully complete program requirements with a minimum of 60% on all graded assignments, presentations, exams, etc., and a "Pass" on portions of the program that are graded "pass/fail." Upon graduation, participants receive a UBC certificate.
Courses in the UBC Certificate in Multimedia and Web Development are taught by professional developers and business people who bring their education and work experience into the classroom. Our instructors not only know digital media content creation and production extensively because they work in it daily, they also know how to teach and communicate their knowledge to participants. Our teaching staff includes instructors who work as independent consultants or as full-time staff in multimedia and web development, graphic design, educational software development, sound and video production, and the entertainment industry.
See also instructors in Social Media.
Before applying to this Program you must read and understand the terms and conditions in the Program Handbook.
You will need to download the free Adobe's Acrobat Reader to view the PDF document. If you would prefer to receive the handbook in the mail, contact us by email with your complete name and full mailing address.
Applications to the program are accepted on an ongoing basis. There is no cost to apply; however, a $175 non-refundable administration fee is due upon acceptance into the program.
Participants may complete up to three courses prior to applying to the UBC Certificate in Multimedia and Web Development.
In order to apply to the certificate program, you need to:
The admissions process helps to ensure that the needs, intentions and expectations of participants are adequately matched to the program's objectives and capabilities. Admission to the program may be limited by the availability of courses and instructors.
To accommodate learners from a variety of backgrounds, the admission requirements for the UBC Certificate in Multimedia and Web Development are fairly broad. However, all applicants must have the following:
If you do not have sufficient computer and/or Internet literacy, you may be required to complete background courses in computer hardware and/or software skills. Such prerequisite courses will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the Program Leader.