Media Design & Web Development

If you’re a creative individual who is looking to create your own portfolio website or open a design agency, this is the best program for you.

The Media Design and Web Development diploma is a two-year program focused on getting the student ready for the workplace through classes and projects that simulates real-world situations.
The program counts with a one-year co-op, paid, full-time work experience related to your study.

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Key details

Intake dates



2 years (1 year co-op work)
20 hours per week


On campus

Admission requirements

High School Diploma or equivalent 
IELTS 5.5 or CIRA English Test 70%

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graphic designers working

Build a career in graphic design

The Media Design and Web Development program is an intensive program that uses the latest technologies to enrich students’ learning. Upon completion, the student will be able to:

Career opportunities

Graphic Designer

UX/UI Developer

Web Developer

Internet Marketer

Illustrator Artist

Photoshop Artist


The course is presential and delivered in small classes, of 8 to 15 students, on our campus at the heart of Vancouver, where the students have access to top-notch computers with the whole Adobe Creative Cloud at their disposal.


This two-year program covers the basics of Graphic Design and Web Development and focuses on real work situations, ensuring the students will be ready to succeed in their careers.
CIRA College is a partner with a job agency that will guide the students throughout the whole process of getting a new job, from writing a resume to facing interviews. Furthermore, they will help the students to find a suitable place to do their co-op work.

Admission requirements

  1. Valid passport
  2. Transcripts of a secondary school diploma or equivalent. 
  3. English test proficiency from one of the following:
    • TOEFL: PTB -513; CTB – 183; iBT – 65
    • English 12: minimum final grade of 60%
    • TOEIC: 620
    • IELTS: 5.5
    • CIRA College Online Test – 70%

Technology used

Intel i9 Dell Computers with 4K HD Screens
Adobe Creative Cloud Suite
Visual Studio

Program curriculum

This course focuses on showing students how to write content for the web. The students will explore how people read screen text in contrast to printed text. They will practice how to produce content for a new media project of portfolio quality.

In this course, the students will explore fundamental color concepts within the context of Media Design layouts, in order to creatively and successfully create color schemes relating to marketing objectives.

This introductory course will focus on apprehending the Photoshop environment. Students will learn to navigate the canvas effectively, customize the panels and work with layers. They will explore the fundamental tools, settings and features of the software in order to edit and improve pictures.

This class will cover the principles of structural design of shared information environments. It focuses on the process of information architecture for user-centered websites and navigation systems. Through practical exercises, students will learn how to design functional interactive media.

From basic adjustments settings to expert calibration curves, students will learn how to use color retouching to convey specific emotions and feelings in photos. Using Photoshop, topics include selecting tones, adjusting hue and saturation, changing contrast, enhancing lighting and rendering using curves and levels.

This course will provide students with the skills required to recognize and describe the fundamental aspects of web pages. The course will emphasize on identifying a site’s target market to describing interactive features using HTML5 and CSS3.

Students will learn how to use the fundamentals tools of Illustrator and how to work with vector images. From creating and editing shapes to drawing with the pen and pencil tools, they will get to know the work area and develop their creativity using illustrative techniques.

This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of user interface design, including both graphics and interaction design. Students will learn about design methods, prototyping, and evaluation of user interfaces.

This course introduces the power of beauty in design along with its importance for the perception of usability. Students will learn various principles such as balance, proximity, alignment, repetition, contrast and spaces. This class will also explore the development of visual styles and art movements.

This course will cover state-of-the-art image manipulation, adjustment layers, masks and blending modes. The student will learn advanced techniques for making complicated selections, preparing artwork for various design applications and optimizing files.

This course focus on preparing a professional portfolio with creative samples targeted to career choice. Students will learn how to develop a concept of their own to display graphic works, brand themselves and professionally present their skills in accordance with today’s trends.

This course will prepare students to initiate, plan and execute a project. This course aims to develop the range of interpersonal skills and project management techniques required to manage today’s Media Design projects.

This course focuses on how to operate a successful Internet business by understanding all the legal and economic constraints associated. The students will apply hands on problem solving techniques and examine real-life case studies.

Students will explore the professional techniques behind tracing artwork, creating info-graphics, applying dynamic effects, working with perspective grids and other great Adobe Illustrator features.

Students will gain a deeper understanding of the latest technologies using HTML5 and CSS3. Topics include: Bootstrap framework, SEO, web-based fonts, jQuery, and JavaScript.

This course will focus on in-depth review of current media options including the implementation of Search Engine Optimization (SEO). It will educate students about the development of advertising and web communication campaign work. Students will create advertising strategies and campaigns and prepare client-level presentations.

This course is designed to provide students with a deeper knowledge of the software – introducing tools and techniques that will enlarge the scope of their creativity. Through various creative exercises, the students will be inspired to create effective and powerful media design layouts. The students will expand their compositing techniques using paint brushes, patterns and special effects.

This course will enable students to complete a professional portfolio by improving projects and developing new work. Students will expand their verbal and interpersonal skills to enhance professionalism and marketability in order to promote their works and best compliment their skills.

Co-op work

We don’t just give students an education and experiences that set them up for success in a career. We help them succeed in their career — to discover a field they’re passionate about and dare to lead it.

Why CIRA College?

Canada International Royal Arts (CIRA) College is a Graphic Design School located in the heart of Vancouver. It is designated by the Ministry of Advanced Education. CIRA aims to provide high-quality programs and services that will contribute to students’ academic and career-driven success.

Top quality instructors

The course counts with a team of outstanding instructors with years of experience teaching arts and design that keep up to date with the latest Graphic Design and Web Development trends.

Diploma related to the BC PNP Tech Program

The BC PNP Tech contains 29 tech occupations in demand to encourage tech development in British Columbia. At least three occupations are related to our Diploma, so it is an excellent opportunity for our students.

Real world experience

The classes tackle real-world applications and challenges to prepare students for the job market, covering everything from portfolio creation to communications courses.

Co-op in the area

We partner with a job agency that helps students from writing their resume to preparing them to job interviews, and direct them to co-op work in their field of study.

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