Interactive Design and Technology

Diploma

Program Overview

Are you interested in design and website development, interactive media, digital marketing, 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 career. Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers a two-year Interactive Design and Technology (IDT) diploma program.

The Interactive Design and Technology program is offered full-time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Regina Campus and Saskatchewan Polytechnic Saskatoon Campus, with some courses available online through distance learning.

In the first year, you'll get an overall foundation in:

  • professional practices
  • design principles and processes
  • web page design and development
  • raster and vector graphic creation and editing
  • writing for social and interactive media
  • photography, audio and video

In the second year, you'll build your skills in:

  • management principles, analytics and usability studies
  • self-promotion and digital marketing
  • interactive authoring
  • customizing Content Management Systems (CMS)

You choose one of the following specialties:

Design

You will learn the skills needed to create interesting and effective graphic solutions for websites and interactive media.

  • contemporary graphic design styles
  • user interface design
  • advanced raster and vector graphic skills

Technology

You will develop competence in building and implementing dynamically driven custom websites such as electronic catalogues and e-commerce solutions.

  • database design, database management systems (DBMS) and Structured Query Language (SQL)
  • server-side scripting, methods, functions
  • client-side scripting and asynchronous web applications

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 in either a work experience or client-directed project.

Build Your Portfolio Online

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

 

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

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

Advanced training opens more doors. In the second year, you will specialize in either Design, which can lead to a career as a graphic artist, graphic interface designer, new media developer or web developer, or in Technology, 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)$48,100 - $97,000
Web DesignerWeb Designers and Developers (2175)$23,600 - $76,400
Graphic DesignerGraphic Designers and Illustrators (5241)$37,500 - $66,600

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s):

September every second year
This program has one intake every second year (beginning in 2017)



Length: 69 weeks
Year 1 - 37 weeks; Year 2 - 32 weeks

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Locations

  • Regina
  • Saskatoon

Part-time Delivery

This program has one or more courses that you can register for immediately.

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

ACCUPLACER©

  • 250 Reading
  • 245 Writing
  • 4 Writeplacer

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 approximate cost for books and supplies. Visit the Tuition and Fees web page for a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program.

 

2020/21 Academic Year

Year 2 only - $7,000

International Students

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Get Credit for What You Know

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.See links below to more information about PLAR and detailed PLAR candidate guides for the Arts and Sciences courses in this program. To discuss PLAR for other courses in this program, contact us at 1-866-467-4278 and ask for the Program Head of this program.


Transfer Credit

Many Sask Polytech students benefit from transferring course credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit to Sask Polytech or to another college or university.

Student Awards

Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

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