New Media Communications (Certificate)

Certificate

Program Overview

Location(s):
  • Saskatchewan Polytechnic Prince Albert Campus
  • Saskatchewan Polytechnic Regina campus
Length: 35 weeks

Are you interested in website design, interactive media, digital marketing, animation, computer graphics? Do you have a creative mind, good problem-solving skills, enjoy working with computer software and hardware?

With technology literally reinventing the way we do things (think mobile, 3D printing, social media), now is a great time to turn your interest into a full-time career. Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers a two-year New Media Communications diploma program with an optional one-year certificate program.

Our Program

The first-year New Media Communications certificate program is offered full-time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Prince Albert campus and Saskatchewan Polytechnic Regina campus, with some courses available online through distance learning. It is a generalist program, meaning you’ll get a well-rounded foundation in:

  • concept development
  • digital audio, photography and video
  • graphic creation, editing and interface design
  • management principles, analytics and usability studies
  • web page design and development
  • plus electives in writing, 2D animation, 3D modeling and animation

In the second-year New Media Communications diploma program you’ll pursue specialized training in your choice of two of the following areas:

  • Digital Graphic Design builds knowledge and skills in creating graphics solutions (typography, raster/vector graphics, document layout, etc.) for websites, advertising and interactive media. Online.
  • Dynamic Web Development builds knowledge and skills in developing sophisticated, secure and interactive web content (e.g., dynamic web apps, e-commerce, online databases). Online.
  • Interactive Media Production builds knowledge and skills in developing interactive content for standalone (e.g., kiosks, digital signs) and integrated server-side processes (e.g., interface design, content management systems, mobile platforms). Online.

At Saskatchewan Polytechnic, You Learn By Doing

You’ll spend the majority of class time learning how to use the tools of the trade and applying your creative, problem-solving skills to assignments. You’ll build practical skills in several self-directed projects, and by participating either in a work experience or client-directed project.

State-of-the-Art Software

You’ll build skills by using the latest technology. Whether you’re keen on animation or 3D modelling and printing, website analytics or social media, Saskatchewan Polytechnic lets you learn on industry-standard software and hardware.

Build Your Portfolio Online

You’ll gain practical experience using online portfolio development. When you graduate, you should have your own domain, a professional presence and an online resume showcasing your best work.

Your Career

New media is being integrated in every sector: government and industry, big business and small e-commerce, education and health, sports and entertainment—you name it. New Media Communications graduates are working in advertising agencies, new media production companies, website design firms and more.

Advanced training opens more doors. Digital Graphic Design can lead to a career as a graphic artist, graphic interface designer, new media developer or web developer. Dynamic Web Development can lead to jobs in web and e-commerce as designers, developers and programmers. Interactive Media Production careers include content developer, interactivity specialist and web developer.

For more information, contact the Student Employment Services at a campus nearest you.

Program Details

Start Date(s): September

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.

 

$6,000

Admissions

Admission Requirements

Note

  • To be successful in the program, you will require basic computer literacy.

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores and Post Secondary Success Requirements for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

  • 75 Reading
  • 75 Sentence
  • 4 WritePlacer

Post-Secondary Success

One year post-secondary studies

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

PLAR & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training. Frequently asked questions regarding PLAR for this program are answered in the Factsheet. A detailed Candidate Guide, which includes a self-audit for all PLAR-ready courses, has been developed for this program. This information guides a candidate through all steps in the PLAR process.


Transfer Credit

Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.

 

Courses

Core Courses

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
COMM 127
Industry Communications
2
You will practice fundamental employability skills related to oral and written communications. You will also practice employability skills related to working effectively with others. You will learn personal employability skills and the effect of attitudes and behaviours on successful job search and career advancement.Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 127A, COMM 187, COMM 191, COMM 193, JOBS 190, TCOM 105, TCOM 120, TCOM 140
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Independent Study, Lecture/Theory, Work Based Delivery
COMP 102
Computer Foundations
3
The course provides an introduction to computer operating platforms, hardware and software applications, file management and using peripherals (including scanners and digital cameras). You will also become familiar with computer related terminology, file types, file formats and basic file management.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
DGTL 100
Digital Graphics Still Imaging
3
Your studies will focus on digital production techniques and processes for creating graphics and still images. The course content includes capture, creation, manipulation, compositing and digital delivery. The material you create may be integrated into a project or digital portfolio.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 42.0
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
DGTL 101
Digital Audio
3
You will learn digital production techniques and processes for audio production and post-production. The course content includes recording, non-linear editing and mixing and delivery options and processes. The material you create may be integrated into a project or digital portfolio.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
DGTL 103
Digital Portfolio Development
3
You will learn what is required to create an interesting and effective digital portfolio.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): MULT 124, MULT 125, DSGN 103
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
DGTL 104
Digital Presentations
1
You will learn how to develop and deliver digital presentations.Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 12.0
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 109
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
DGTL 105
Digital Video
3
You will learn digital production techniques and processes for digital production. The course content includes shot-list creation, camera operation and techniques, computer animation process, non-linear editing, output and delivery options and processes. The material you create may be integrated into a project of digital portfolio.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 48.0
Prerequisites(s): DGTL 101
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Lecture/Lab
DSGN 101
Design Principles
3
You will study basic design theory in the context of visual communications. You will learn about design tools and materials, and design processes (including critiques and drawing). Using the formal elements of design, you will develop practical design skills. A basic understanding of computer terminology and operations is necessary for successful course completion.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): GAP 340, GRPH 125, GRPH 260
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
DSGN 103
Web Page Design Principles
3
You will learn how to integrate the knowledge and skills from other courses to design, develop and test effective Web sites. You will also learn how to analyze and critique existing Web sites for effectiveness.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): GRPH 100, MULT 120
Learning Method(s): Online
DSGN 106
Interface Design
3
You will learn the basics of interface design. You will also practice creative problem solving by designing interactive environments.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 38.0
Prerequisites(s): DSGN 101
Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
EMPS 106
Employability Skills
1
You will learn good work habits, attitudes and behaviours commonly known as employability skills. You will apply these skills to all facets of your studies.Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 14.0
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Lecture/Lab
GRPH 100
Graphic Elements
3
Your studies will focus on the graphic elements of type, format and image. You will analyze how graphic elements are used alone and in combination in design. You will apply these skills to create effective communication solutions.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): DSGN 101
Equivalent Course(s): GAP 340
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
GRPH 101
Computer Graphics
4
You will learn skills specific to creating vector and raster digital graphics. You will study a variety of techniques related to both creating original work and editing existing images.Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): MULT 120
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MULT 114
Introduction to JavaScript
4
You will learn the basics of programming in JavaScript and apply those skills to enhance Web pages. Your studies will include the examination and use of the programming model, programming concepts, events and event handlers, and variable methods. You will also study and use the Document Object Model and recognize browser and platform compatibility issues related to the use of JavaScript.Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): MULT 124
Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
MULT 120
Web Authoring
4
You will learn computer application programs used to prepare and edit graphics, text and animation for the Web. You will acquire knowledge and technical skills in the use of these programs to develop specific components for the Web. You will learn how to use basic HTML and Web authoring applications to create basic Web sites. A basic understanding of computer terminology and operations is necessary for successful course completion. Please contact the program for specific details.Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Equivalent Course(s): GRPH 260
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
MULT 124
Intermediate HTML
3
You will develop intermediate HTML skills such as creating image maps, using frames, incorporating multimedia elements and adding interactivity. You will learn to create standards based websites with CSS layouts. You will apply these intermediate skills to a Web site project.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): MULT 120
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
MULT 125
Introduction to Flash
4
You will learn how to use the basic components of the Flash software program. Using Flash's interface, drawing tools, animation and tweening, you will create and present a Flash project.Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): MULT 120
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
MULT 126
Web Development Essentials
3
Your studies will prepare you to set up, configure and administer various types of servers for the Web, develop data integrity and backup plans, and appreciate security considerations for Web sites. You will research and develop an e-commerce implementation plan.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): MULT 120
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online
MULT 129
Treatments, Storyboards and Scripts
1
You will learn the skills required to efficiently plan production by writing treatments, storyboards and scripts.Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 12.0
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MULT 130
Introduction to New Media
1
You will learn what new media are, their history, current trends and future possibilities.Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Equivalent Course(s): MULT 116
Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
MULT 133
Project Development
2
You will practice the practical and theoretical skills needed to develop and design an interactive project.Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 24.0
Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab

Electives

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CRWT 100
Creative Writing
4
The course provides an introduction to creative writing and fiction. You will learn how to write for print, video, CD-ROM and the Web. You will become aware of the central purposes of the various forms of creative writing and how writers shape language to communicate ideas and values.Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Lecture/Lab
MULT 122
2D Animation
4
You will learn the theory and animation fundamentals of traditional animation. A focus is placed on learning the 12 basic principles of animation (including squash and stretch, timing, anticipation, arcs and slow in-out). You will create a short animation sequence as a final project.Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MULT 123
3D Computer Generated Graphics
4
You will learn the basics of 3D computer modeling and animation.Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): MULT 120
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MULT 127
Intermediate Flash
4
Building on your existing Flash knowledge and skills, you will learn advanced Flash features (including ActionScript programming to increase interactivity and to develop non-linear presentations).Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): MULT 125
Learning Method(s): Online
MULT 128
Advanced HTML
4
You will continue to expand your HTML skills as you learn to develop DHTML-based Web sites. You will acquire skills in Cascading Style Sheets, layers, form creation and JavaScript programming. You will use DHTML to provide animation and enhanced navigational structures for Web pages. You will also learn about the components of project proposals, develop a proposal and then develop the actual project.Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): MULT 114, MULT 126
Learning Method(s): Online

Core Courses

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
PROJ 101
Client Directed Project
2
In the new-media industry, projects are often developed to an external client's specifications. The course content provides you with the opportunity to learn and practice the skills necessary to create a project to a client's specifications and satisfaction. You must complete either WORK 106 (Work Experience) or PROJ 101 (Client Directed Project).Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): MULT 120 or MULT 125
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
WORK 106
Work Experience
0
You will gain experience working in the new-media industry through a 90-hour placement. You must complete either WORK 106 (Work Experience) or PROJ 101 (Client Directed Project).Credit Units: 0
Course Hours: 90.0
Prerequisites(s): COMP 102, MULT 133, DGTL 100, GRPH 100, GRPH 101, DSGN 106, DGTL 105, DSGN 103, MULT 126, DGTL 103, MULT 129, COMM 127, EMPS 106, DGTL 104, MULT 130
Learning Method(s): Work Experience - Group

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