Diploma in Creative Technologies (Foundations)

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Diploma in Creative Technologies (Foundations)
Diploma in Creative Technologies (Advanced)

This program provides students with relevant skills required to enter into advanced design study, while also providing the knowledge necessary to begin a career as a graphic or web designer. Students will develop a portfolio of graphic and web design samples to present to potential employers upon graduation.

The Foundations Diploma in Creative Technologies combines fundamental design theory and hands-on practical application of skills in a project-based curriculum that encourages critical thinking, problem solving, social awareness and sustainability. User centered design philosophy is at the heart of the curriculum and effective, engaging and interactive user experience design will be the primary goal of major projects.

Career Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Diploma in Creative Technologies (Foundation) program, graduates will have a variety of career path opportunities directly related to the learning path they have completed. Graduates will be positioned to enter careers in:

  • Junior Web Designer
  • Full Stack Web Development Team Member
  • Junior Mobile Application Designer
  • Junior Mobile Application Development
  • Junior Product Design
  • Packaging and Print Designer
  • Junior UX/UE Designer

After successful completion of this diploma, students will also have the qualifications necessary to continue their education by taking our Advanced Diploma in Creative Technologies. There is also a Co-Op option available.

Program Length

  • 60 credits (660 hours)
  • 44 weeks

Artist designing logos on computer


Term 1 – Software Tools & Design Foundations
Drawing for Design Digital Imaging & Colour Design Vector Art & Design Introduction to Design
Term 2 – Practical Application
User Centered Design Vector Art & Design ІІ Web Design
& Development І
Concept Design
Term 3 – Specialization & Final Project
Layout Design І Digital Imaging
& Photography
Web Design Development ІІ Design Project

Why choose an education in Creative Technology?

Most people have heard of TED talks. Not everyone knows what TED stands for (Technology, Entertainment, and Design). TED is a non-profit organization that is owned by Chris Anderson, the founder of FUTURE magazine and started in Silicon Valley. Its previous speakers have included James Cameron, Bill Gates, and Stephen Hawking. In 2014 TED chose to relocate its annual conference in Vancouver, Canada. There’s a reason for that!

In 2017 Vancouver was named as the #1 city in Canada and #15 in the world for the world’s best start-up ecosystems due to it “strong industrial foundation, enterprise data and cloud underpinning, and a remarkably diverse talent pool” (Startup Genome). There are over 800 tech start-ups in BC with more than 100,000 people working in the industry. Employment in the industry rose 2.9 percent in 2016, compared to the national tech sector’s growth at 1.1 percent. The government of B.C. wants to grow the number of tech jobs in the province to over 120,000 by 2022. They also want to increase the number of technology graduates by over 1,000 immediately.

Our Team

William Maher, Academic Director of Creative Technologies

William is an experienced Technical Artist with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Skilled in curriculum development, leadership, team training & development, new program application preparation and review (certificate/diploma/degree). Strong arts and design professional with a Master of Arts degree Computer Animation from the University of Teesside UK.


ADAM KYLE WILSON, Program Ambassador

Adam is a design expert who has many years of experience as an instructor and professional within the digital communications industry, working for top clients such as Nike, Disney, GE, Mercedes, and Lululemon. He has also been featured on stage as a lecturer at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference as well as the Google I/O conference in San Fransisco. His past students and colleagues have described him as down-to-earth and enthusiastic, with a fresh take on thinking like a designer and the importance of context and process.

Admissions Requirements

Students are required to have one of the following pre-requisites to qualify for enrolment into a Sterling College Diploma or Certificate program:

  • Grade 12 graduation from a Canadian High School or an equivalent level institution Worldwide;
  • Successful completion of the Government Equivalency Diploma (G.E.D);
  • To apply as a mature student, you must be over 19 years of age and must write a letter of intent. There will also be an interview conducted by the Academic Director for approval of entry.

If English is not the first language, students will be required to have the pre-requisites to qualify for enrolment in to this program. Please see our International Students page for more details.

How to Apply

If you would like to begin the application process, or have questions about the program you can:

  • Call our campus at 1-604-638-7040 or toll free at 1-877-731-9810.
  • Complete our Request for Information Form and one of our advisors will contact you.

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