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The TWD program is a hands-on program combining current web design technologies with challenging assignments, structured projects, and industry experience.

By using a "best practices" approach to web design, you will create sites that are not only visually appealing but are also accessible, usable, and standards compliant. You will use the latest web design software to develop a number of large sites. Upon completion of the TWD program, you will have a web portfolio showcasing your work.

By the end of the program, you will be able to:

  • Hand code web pages using XHTML and CSS
  • Enhance websites with HTML5 and CSS3
  • Design graphics for the Web using Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Develop websites using Dreamweaver
  • Utilize PHP, JavaScript and jQuery
  • Work with Content Management Systems - Drupal and WordPress
  • Lead effective projects and work in teams
  • Learn to code responsive and mobile websites
  • Manage and promote Web sites
  • Prepare proposals and deliver presentations to clients

You will learn techniques in application development, be exposed to several current web technologies, and apply system development best practices to design and develop usable, effective web applications and web sites.

The program is delivered through classroom instruction, hands-on lab work and individual and team projects. Applicants for the Technical Web Designer program should also possess sound logical and reasoning abilities, as well as good communication skills - both written and oral. Applicants should also have a working knowledge of Windows, Microsoft Office, and desktop applications such as Photoshop and Dreamweaver.

Looking for free help to redesign your website? Contact the HTP department htp@bcit.ca for student projects.  

BCIT Credential:
Program Location: Downtown Vancouver
Program Length: 6 months, Full-time
Program Start / End: January 13, 2014 - June 20, 2014
Total Tuition/Cost: Learn about Tuition & Fees
Entry Requirements: View Requirements

Program Entry

Entrance requirements

Recommended for success

  • Knowledge of Windows operating systems and popular social networking media

  • Keyboarding speed of at least 25 wpm

  • Interest in designing for the web and mobile devices

*Meeting the program’s minimum entrance requirements does not ensure admission as seats are limited and therefore subject to availability.

Apply to program

Application packages and information can be obtained from the High-Tech Professional Program office. Call 604-412-7788, email htp@bcit.ca or visit www.bcit.ca/cas/htp/apply.

Scheduled intakes

See bcit.ca/cas/htp/dates for upcoming scheduled intakes.

Application processing

Ongoing throughout the year.

Costs & Supplies

Please see tuition fees for High Tech Professional Programs.

Books and supplies

Tuition fees include all books and materials.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Refund policy

  • If notice is submitted in writing and received by the TWD Program Office AT LEAST twelve (12) working days prior to the first day of classes, all tuition fees paid (less the $1,500.00 deposit) will be refunded.
  • If notice is submitted in writing and received by the TWD Program Office by 4:00 p.m. on the second day of class, all fees paid less $2,500.00 ($1,500.00 deposit and $1,000.00 penalty fee) will be refunded.
  • There will be no refund of fees issued after the second day of class.
  • Withdrawal for medical reasons, possible partial refund with doctor's medical note.


Class hours

9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday (excluding statutory holidays)

Program delivery

This program is run as a cohort model with instruction in the morning and mandatory labs in the afternoon. All classes are held in a computer lab.

Program matrix

Required Courses: Credits
  TWDP 1500 Planning and Designing Web Sites 8.0
  TWDP 2500 Coding and Developing Web Sites 10.0
  TWDP 3500 Testing and Managing Web Sites 8.0
  TWDP 4500 Specialty Topics in Web Design 6.0
  TWDP 4550 Project 8.0
Total Credits: 40.0

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

For the most current information on the Technical Web Designer program, please contact:

Telephone: 604-412-7788
E-mail: htp@bcit.ca
Web site: http://www.bcit.ca/cas/htp/
Address: High-Tech Professional Programs
#350 - 555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC  V6B 3H6

Program length

20 weeks, full-time

Start dates set by individual offerings of the program. Please see the HTP website for current offerings of the program.


Students must obtain a minimum of 65% in each course in order to proceed to the next course. All courses must be passed in order to qualify for the final industry project.

Program location

BCIT Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

Graduating & Jobs

Job Opportunities

Graduates will find careers in a variety of industries including business, finance, government, health, information technology, telecommunications and independent consulting. The majority of web designers work for computer systems design services. Depending on previous academic and work experience, career paths for graduates may include but are not limited to:

  • Web designer
  • Web developer
  • Multimedia developer
  • Web editor
  • Web specialist
  • Web master
  • Web application designer
  • eLearning Web developer
  • Web usability specialist/tester

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Ron Terencio, Program Coordinator

Lorraine Fentie, Program Coordinator

Debra Williams, Program Head

Thomas Lane, Lead Technical Instructor

Pat McGee, SSD Instructor

Orrett Morgan, Technical Instructor

Marlena Vanderwal, Work Term Instructor

For program information, please email htp@bcit.ca.

Contact Us

Telephone: 604.412.7788
Fax: 604.408.0921
Email: htp@bcit.ca

HTP Programs
BCIT Downtown Campus
#350 - 555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6B 3H6

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"This program gave me the tools to establish myself as an independent web designer. Fast paced, the curriculum is aimed at creative people seeking a career in the front-end web world. You will learn the foundations of web design and develop the tools to succeed as an independent web designer. Students work on real life projects with real customer feedback; a very gratifying process that will test your skills."

Andres Ruiz-Droege, TWD graduate


"The Technical Web Design program gave me the skills needed to meet all the job requirements sought by employers, and the knowledge I never knew I needed to further myself in my art practice. Additionally, I've met a variety of amazing people, and instructors who truly care about your career and education, all this within this short, intensive 6 month program. I was not disappointed."

Euge Leung, TWD graduate


"BCIT's TWD program was the smartest thing I did to plunge into the Web Developing and Designing industry.
In only 2 weeks, after graduation, I was able to apply to several job positions putting on the table a starting salary, way higher than my expectation, almost double than my previous situation.
This class taught me so much that now I can say: "I'm skilled enough and finally ready to rock into the job market."
Thank you, all, for the passion and quality you put in your job."

Giorgio Riccardi, TWD graduate