Important Notice:

We are no longer accepting new applications into this certificate program. If you are a current student and have questions about this program please feel free to contact a program information specialist at:

Phone: 403-220-2988
Toll-free: 1-866-220-4992 (outside of Calgary)

The Digital Media Design Certificate equips today's professionals with the tools to transform communication into computer-generated imagery. The program provides students with the essential artistic, aesthetic and experiential knowledge and skills for producing professional quality 2D and 3D graphics and text for use in print media, web media, marketing, advertising, instructional design, photography, architectural and engineering rendering, interior design, branding and graphic design fields.

The Digital Media Certificate is a four-course, 120-hour program. Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator form the foundation for two possible streams. After completion of the certificate, students will be able to design and build websites, prepare artistic, aesthetic graphics for print and web application, produce digital animations, or digitally prototype architectural and product designs.


Courses are taught in computer labs at the main campus and online, weekday evenings usually 6 pm – 9 pm.

Before taking their first online course, students are required to take BMC 352 Learning Online. If you have already completed fully online courses in the past, you may apply for a prerequisite waiver for BMC 352 Learning Online. To apply, complete the online application form.


The Certificate in Digital Media Design is a 120-hour program. Students who start taking courses in September can complete this certificate in one year.


You can take courses first and enrol in the certificate later; however, as programs are subject to change, we recommend you apply for admission to the certificate program as early as possible. Once you are admitted, you can be confident that you have locked in the requirements leading to your graduation.

You must be a minimum of 18 years of age to be admitted to the program. Successful completion of a Grade 12 diploma and relevant work experience are recommended. If English is not your first language, please review the English language proficiency requirements.

A degree or diploma is not required to enrol in this program.

Apply for Certificate Admission

Prior Learning Assessment

Advanced Standing may be granted for equivalent, graded courses completed at other post-secondary institutions. Credit may be granted for up to a maximum of 30 hours towards this certificate.

To apply for advanced standing:

  1. Submit an Application for Advanced Standing, specifying the course for which you are requesting exemption, and the equivalent course credits you have obtained.
  2. Include a non-refundable administration fee of $100 for the course credit you request (payable online by credit card).
  3. Include a course outline and description of the equivalent course that you are submitting for advanced standing.
  4. Include a proof of attendance and final grade of the equivalent course from the educational institution you attended.


Students who complete the Certificate in Digital Media Design may be granted up to 120 hours credit toward the Certificate in Graphic Design.


To graduate, a student must satisfy all certificate requirements including:

  • Successful completion of the core, optional and elective program requirements.
  • Attain a minimum of a C in all courses used to meet program requirements.

NOTE: If a student attains a grade of C-, D+ or D in one course only, a program director has the discretionary authority to approve a student for graduation. It will be the student's responsibility to contact the program director to request approval. Approval is usually granted for exceptional circumstances and it is the student's responsibility to contact the program director to request approval.

It is the student's responsibility to ensure all requirements for graduation are fulfilled, and to apply to graduate. Student advisors are available to meet with students to review status and determine outstanding certificate requirements.

Apply for Certificate Graduation

Contact Information

Questions can be directed to advisors in person, by phone or email.

Room 229, University of Calgary Downtown Campus

Phone: 403-220-2988 or 1-866-220-4992


Core Courses

Minimum Required:  2  Courses |  Maximum Allowed:  2  Courses
  ICT 436   Adobe Photoshop 30.0 hours
  ICT 437   Adobe Illustrator 30.0 hours

Optional Courses

Minimum Required:  2  Courses |  Maximum Allowed:  7  Courses
  ICT 664   Adobe Photoshop Advanced 30.0 hours
  ICT 665   Adobe Illustrator Advanced 30.0 hours
  ICT 578   Adobe InDesign 30.0 hours
  ICT 662   Adobe Premiere Pro 30.0 hours
  ICT 663   Adobe After Effects 30.0 hours
  ICT 684   Digital Prototyping with AutoCAD 30.0 hours
  ICT 685   Digital Prototyping with Revit 30.0 hours