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New Media Communications

Diploma
New Media Communications

Program Overview

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 re-inventing 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.

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.

Career and Salary Information

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.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Media DeveloperComputer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers (2174)$42,000 - $86,900
Web DesignerWeb Designers and Developers (2175)$21,300 - $68,900
Graphic DesignerGraphic Designers and Illustrators (5241)$32,400 - $90,100

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): Varies:
  • For more information, contact Registration Services.

Length:

Varies (420 hours per specialization/advanced certificate)


Locations

  • Distance Learning options available

Admissions

Admission Requirements

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 for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

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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.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

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.

 

Digital Graphic Design - $5,200
Dynamic Web Development - $5,100
Interactive Media Production - $5,700

Courses

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Dynamic Web Development

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
COMP 176
Introduction to Microsoft Access 1
1
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You will study the basic features of Access. You will create simple tables, queries, forms and reports. You will also modify database elements such as fields and records.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Equivalent Course(s): CDBM 190, COAP 138, COAP 197, COAP 345, COMP 120, COMP 284
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab, Online - Individual
COMP 200
Operating Systems
4
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The course content will provide you with the skills needed to understand and perform basic administrative and configuration tasks on common operating systems. You will develop skills regarding file systems, user and group rights, file system permission and common maintenance tasks. Your studies will include Linux.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 53.0
Equivalent Course(s): COOS 280
Potential Learning Method(s): Online
COMP 201
Introduction to Database Design
2
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Good database design is key to a solid and maintainable product. You will learn the theory required to design a database.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 25.0
Prerequisites(s): COMP 176
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
COMP 202
Structured Query Language SQL
4
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You will learn Structured Query Language (SQL). The course content includes accessing and modifying data stored on database servers, concepts related to relationships and proper table design principles.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 54.0
Prerequisites(s): COMP 201
Equivalent Course(s): CDBM 190
Potential Learning Method(s): Online
COMP 204
Server Side Scripting 1
4
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You will develop the skills needed to create server side scripting applications in PHP. The course content includes scripting fundamentals, stateless session management and database connectivity. You will also learn how to integrate server side scripting into GUI based HTML authoring environments.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 55.0
Prerequisites(s): COMP 202
Equivalent Course(s): COSC 285
Potential Learning Method(s): Online
COMP 205
Server Side Scripting 2
2
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You will continue learning skills in server side scripting (PHP). The course content includes integrating server side scripting into GUI based HTML authoring environments, handling errors and using debugging techniques. You will also receive an introduction to object-oriented programming.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 32.0
Prerequisites(s): COMP 204
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
COMP 206
E-Commerce
3
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Your studies will include defining e-commerce, defining interface design issues and researching and evaluating e-commerce solutions. You will plan and develop an e-commerce project.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 46.0
Prerequisites(s): COMP 205
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
COMP 216
AJAX
4
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You will learn the principles of AJAX. You will create AJAX enabled web pages to simplify and enhance a variety of web experiences.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 56.0
Prerequisites(s): COMP 205
Potential Learning Method(s): Online
CSEC 200
Security
2
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You will learn the basic concepts of computer security. The course content includes encryption, firewalls and proxies, authentication and certificates, general security considerations and best practices. You will create a best-practices checklist as a practical exercise.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 28.0
Equivalent Course(s): COAP 104
Potential Learning Method(s): Online
MULT 211
Dynamic Flash Applications
2
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Using Flash, you will learn how to create effective and media-rich user interfaces for sophisticated Web-based applications. You will also learn how to retrieve, display, collect and submit data. You will demonstrate your skills by completing a project.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 25.0
Prerequisites(s): COMP 205
Potential Learning Method(s): Online
PROJ 201
Dynamic Web Project
2
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You will have the opportunity to create a significant final project. The project should be a showcase piece that demonstrates a wide range of your strongest skills. You will develop your project topic in consultation with your instructor.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 31.0
Prerequisites(s): COMP 205
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab

Interactive Media Production

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
DGTL 200
Audio Post Production and Effects
3
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Sound is a critical element in a new media production. Computer-based tools have greatly increased the capabilities of the new media developer. You will learn how to create original music (using midi, loops and effects) and use a variety of filters and effects. You will demonstrate your skills by creating a multi-track audio project.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 48.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
DGTL 201
Advanced Audio and Video Compression
2
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You will develop the skills needed to produce quality audio and video compressed files and streams. You will study compression fundamentals, the factors affecting compression and appropriate compression format selection. You will demonstrate your skills through practical projects.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 24.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
DSGN 202
Usability, Interactivity and Interface Design
2
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You will study the principles of interactivity, complexity and usability. You will develop the skills needed for creating effective and creative interfaces.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 28.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online
MULT 202
Introduction to Compositing
4
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You will learn how to use the subtle visual effects known as compositing to enhance your visual presentations. You will expand your creativity with more complex tools and applications for visual effects.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
MULT 203
Introduction to DVD Authoring
2
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You will learn the basics of preparing a DVD. You will study the DVD format and the processes involved in creating a completed DVD from encoding the source material through to burning the final disc.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 24.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
MULT 204
Interactive Multimedia Authoring
4
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You will create interactive multimedia applications using the basic toolsets, multimedia and scripting capabilities of Flash.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 56.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
MULT 205
Introduction to Content Management Systems
4
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You will learn to install, configure, use and manage Content Management Systems (CMS). The use of a CMS is essential for managing large, interactive websites.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 56.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
MULT 206
Advanced DVD Authoring
2
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You will learn the additional skills and techniques needed to create advanced DVDs. Your studies will include advanced menu systems, multiple angle (video) tracks and multiple audio tracks.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 24.0
Prerequisites(s): MULT 203
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
MULT 207
Alternate Delivery Platforms
2
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You will learn how to develop content deliverable via alternate delivery platforms (such as cell phones and personal digital assistants - PDAs). You will research emerging technologies, discuss your findings and create content suitable for delivery over alternate platforms.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 27.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online
MULT 208
Advanced Interactive Technologies
2
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New media developers must be familiar with new and advanced interactive technologies. You will become familiar with a variety of advanced interactive technologies and have the opportunity to research and discuss newly emerging technologies.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 28.0
Prerequisites(s): MULT 204
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
MULT 209
Introduction to Learning Management Systems
1
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You will be introduced to the learning management systems used to manage the delivery of Web-based training material. You will become familiar with the various modules and learn how to prepare, upload and manage the content.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Prerequisites(s): MULT 205
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
PROJ 202
Interactive Media Project
2
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You will have the opportunity to create a significant final project. The project should be a showcase piece that demonstrates a wide range of your strongest skills. You will develop your project topic in consultation with, and with the approval of, your instructor.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): DGTL 200, DGTL 201, DSGN 202, MULT 202, MULT 206, MULT 207, MULT 208, MULT 209
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab

Digital Graphic Design

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
ART 200
Art History (major periods and styles)
4
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Throughout history, there have been major artistic movements and periods that have shaped society. You will study the major artistic periods and styles. Defining characteristics will be emphasized. You will also have the opportunity to create work in a variety of styles.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
DSGN 203
Type as a Design Element
1
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You will learn how to use type as a design element.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
DSGN 204
Design Processes and Critical Studies
3
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Solid analysis and design produces exceptional graphic solutions. You will investigate essential design processes and techniques. You will develop critical thinking and analytical skills. You will demonstrate your skills by creating appropriate solutions to design challenges.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 41.0
Prerequisites(s): ART 200, DSGN 205
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
DSGN 205
Contemporary New Media Design
4
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Media and art do not stand still. Technological and societal changes are providing new inspiration, methods and means that continue to redefine current artistic trends. You will study major contemporary trends in new media design. You will research trendsetters and their work. You will create works in a variety of contemporary styles.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 54.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
EMPS 201
Portfolio Design and Presentation
2
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An effective portfolio containing a comprehensive selection of your best work is essential. You will discuss the types of portfolios and learn what is necessary to include in a portfolio. You will be expected to produce a strong portfolio. You will have the opportunity to receive feedback on your work through peer and instructor critiques.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): MKTG 202
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
GRPH 200
Advanced Raster Skills
4
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Using Photoshop, you will go beyond the basics and learn advanced raster graphic skills. Your studies will include colour correcting, batch processes and automation, photo retouching and colour management. You will learn how to produce more consistent work in less time. You will also have an opportunity to research new techniques.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 54.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
GRPH 201
Advanced Vector Skills
3
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You will learn a variety of advanced techniques that will help you create higher quality vector graphics. You will have an opportunity to research and share new vector graphic techniques.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 48.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
GRPH 202
Digital Document Layout
4
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Using Adobe InDesign, you will learn to create professionally formatted documents for print and web. You will learn to use InDesign's powerful interface to optimize your production workflow.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 56.0
Prerequisites(s): DSGN 204
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
GRPH 203
Introduction to Colour Management
1
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Proper colour management processes are needed to produce consistent and accurate output. You will learn how to manage colour on a computer system.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 12.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
MKTG 202
Marketing and Advertising
2
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Your studies will focus on the professional standards of personal marketing and advertising. You will demonstrate the techniques of marketing and advertising for self-promotion.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 26.0
Equivalent Course(s): MKTG 222
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
MULT 210
Introduction to Portable Document Format (pdf)
2
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You will learn how to create portable document format (pdf) files. You will create pdf files, edit existing pdf files, add hyperlinks, create forms and adjust compression options.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 24.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab

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