Web and Graphic Design Certificate

Also available as:
  • Part Time
  • Full Time
LENGTH: 1 year
CAMPUS: Burns Lake - Fort St. James - Mackenzie - Prince George - Quesnel - Vanderhoof
FEES: Estimated at $5,077
START DATE: Fall 2022 - Spring 2023
  • Alternate Delivery
  • In Class
  • Some courses are available online
Application Status
Applications still open.
  • Overview
  • Courses
  • Location & Dates
  • Entry Requirements
  • Fees


Develop your skills and express your creativity! If you want to work as a creative professional in a career you love, then CNC's Web & Graphic Design program is for you.

What you will learn

Learn visual and online communication strategies, digital art and interactive media, web design, typography, project management and creative problem solving while you prepare promotional materials to promote yourself and other businesses.

Our one and two-year programs offer a creative learning environment that spans multiple disciplines yet still gives you the opportunity to specialize in a chosen field. Use programs like Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver and Premiere Pro along with other Adobe Creative Cloud Software.


Strategically position yourself for careers in communication design, web, digital media production, illustration and many other creative fields, including:

  • Front-end web developer (user experience, user interface)
  • Motion graphic designer
  • Digital artist
  • Graphic novel artist
  • Character designer
  • Game designer
  • Interactive digital media designer
  • Industrial or product designer (3D product design: jewelry, toys etc.)
  • Advertising specialist (visual identity, branding, logo, interface, layout)
  • Print designer (books, product packaging, catalogs, magazines, advertisements, promotional and informational materials, educational materials, corporate print materials)
  • 3D or 2D animator
  • 3D modeller
  • Illustrator


Web & Graphic Design graduates could end up working either "in house" for large or medium-sized organizations or for agencies that get hired by other organizations. Many designers also choose to be self-employed as freelancers, either full-time or in addition to other work.

Potential workplaces include:

  • Web design and development studio
  • Graphic design agency
  • Marketing and advertising agency
  • Media or publishing company (including print, online, or television)
  • In-house marketing and communications department
  • Film and video production company
  • Sign and graphic company
  • Copy and print centre

Past/current employers

Places some of our previous graduates have/are working at:

  • ABC Communications Ltd.
  • AllMobile Signs and Graphics
  • Angler’s Atlas
  • Business2Mobile
  • CBC
  • College of New Caledonia
  • Concept Design Ltd.
  • CTV - Vancouver
  • Indigo Ink Graphic Design
  • Info Pages Directory
  • Integris Credit Union
  • IRL Signs
  • Livework Communications
  • PG Web Designs
  • The Prince George Citizen
  • The Prince George Free Press
  • Printwerx.ca
  • SpeeDee Your Office Experts Ltd.
  • Splash Media Group Inc.
  • Trim-Line Sign Crafters
  • Up the Creek Garment Co.
  • Moko Productions
  • Northern Health
  • On-reel Video Production (currently VideoNexus)
  • Opinion 250 News Inc.
  • The Quesnel Cariboo Observer

Post-graduate options

Educational institutions past students have attended after the program:

  • The Art Institute of Vancouver
  • Athabasca University
  • British Columbia Institute of Technology
  • Capilano University
  • Emily Carr University of Art + Design
  • Mount Royal College
  • Thompson Rivers University
  • VanArts - Vancouver Institute of Media Arts
  • Vancouver Film School
  • Vancouver Island University

Web and Graphic Design Certificate Courses

In this program, students will learn visual and online communication strategies, digital art and interactive media, web design, typography, project management, and creative problem solving while crafting effective design solutions to promote individuals or businesses. Students develop proficiency in industry-standard applications such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Premiere Pro, and other Adobe Creative Cloud software. This two-year program offers a creative learning environment that spans multiple disciplines yet still provides students with the opportunity to specialize in a chosen field.

Required Courses

WEGD-161 Graphic Design Fundamentals 3 45 hours
WEGD-261 Introduction to Business for Creatives 3 45 hours
ENGL-120 Cont Strat for Online Writing 3 15 weeks
FINE-107 Intro to Digital Arts & Media 3 15 weeks
WEGD-121 Intro to Design Thinking 3 15 weeks
WEGD-131 Intro to Visual Communication 3 15 weeks
WEGD-141 Introduction to Web Design 3 15 weeks
WEGD-142 Intermediate Web Design 3 15 weeks
WEGD-151 The Basics of Typography 3 15 weeks

English Option: One of the Following

ENGL-103 Composition & Style 3 15 weeks
ENGL-113 Writing and Communication 3 15 weeks

Locations & Dates

CNC programs have varying lengths and start dates to meet your needs, and are offered across multiple campuses where possible. Don’t see the campus you’re looking for? Check back with us soon as this page is updated throughout the school year.

Fall 2022 Prince George In Class 1 year
Fall 2022 Burns Lake Online 1 year
Fall 2022 Fort St. James Online 1 year
Fall 2022 Mackenzie Online 1 year
Fall 2022 Quesnel Online 1 year
Fall 2022 Vanderhoof Online 1 year
Spring 2023 Prince George In Class 1 year

Entry Requirements

  • High school graduation or equivalent.
  • English Studies 12, or English First Peoples 12, or ENGL 050, or ENGL 051, or equivalent.

Basic computer skills are required.

Note: Students are required to use a keyboard and mouse or alternative means to interact with the operating system and software.

Need help meeting these requirements? Check out our Academic Upgrading options.

Course completion

Courses must be completed no more than 5 years prior to the date of graduation in order to count toward the Web and Graphic Design Certificate.

This policy applies to CNC courses and to all courses transferred from other post-secondary institutions for credit at CNC. Courses more than 5 years old may be considered for unassigned credit. Students should contact the Dean to discuss this option.

Professional certification or accreditation bodies and receiving institutions may have different criteria.

Open admission

Any program of study that does not have a selective admission process or fixed capacity and is on a “first qualified, first admitted” basis.

Invest in your future


The estimated cost for this program is $5,077.


Students are required to bring their own laptop and software. The Adobe Cloud is approx. $270/year.

These costs are an estimate. Student fees vary by campus. Check the fee schedule for more details.

Supplies for this program can be purchased from the bookstore.