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The two-year Interaction Design diploma at CapU connects design and technology to prepare you for an exciting career in tech.

As an interaction designer, your combination of creativity, design thinking and problem-solving skills help you thrive in the constantly evolving world of digital products.

Your training will focus on areas such as UX/UI design, user research, visual design, motion design, coding, branding, web/app design and working with new technologies and how to manage digital environments and workflows.

You'll learn in project-based, hands-on experiential environment. Courses are taught by faculty from the local design community and apply the same programs and tools working professionals use.

Tuition fees include a dedicated laptop for the duration of your studies. This laptop comes with all necessary software. We also fund student memberships to professional associations in Canada, local events and guest speakers.

Prior to graduation, you'll complete an Interaction Design Capstone project, an opportunity to combine research, theory and technical skills that will make industry employers take notice.

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Turn your diploma into a degree

After completing your Interaction Design diploma, you can apply for the third year of the Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication degree program.

Career paths

  • Content strategist
  • Creative technologist
  • Information architect
  • Interaction designer
  • Interactive media designer
  • Product designer
  • User experience (UX) designer
  • User interface (UI) designer
  • User researcher
  • Web/app designer

Become a conscious designer

Research and exploration is at the heart of our program and courses. You'll develop communication, leadership and collaboration skills while learning more about global consciousness, human responsibility and sustainability for our communities.

Start a career in tech

In the final semester of your interaction design diploma, you'll complete a practicum where you’ll apply the theory and skills you've learned in a professional working environment.

With major employers looking to staff their design teams with local talent, you'll be in a good position to start your career after graduation.

IDEA School of Design

CapU's IDEA School of Design is the right place to train for your career in interaction design.

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Important dates

Applications open

Oct 4, 2022 – Jun 6, 2023

Course Registration & Waitlisting start

Jul 4, 2023

Fee payment deadline

4:00 PM - Aug 21, 2023

NOTE: Important dates may change.

How to Apply

Are you applying as a domestic or as an international student?

Every student must apply to CapU through EducationPlannerBC (EPBC), a website for applying to universities and colleges across British Columbia.

Visit Apply Now to make sure you're ready to fill in your application.

  • When you submit your application, you will need to pay an application fee of $50, which gives you the opportunity to apply for 2 programs. 
  • You will need to upload a digital (PDF) copy of your transcripts and supporting documents at this time.
  • If you are currently in Grade 12, you must request that the Ministry of Education submit your transcript directly to Capilano University.
  • Documents must be in the original language of issue and translated into English by a recognized translator, if required.
Apply on EPBC

After submitting your application on EducationPlannerBC you will receive an acknowledgement message from us to your personal email.

  • This email will include your Student ID number and your myCapU account and email address.
  • Instructions on how to track your application will also be included.
  • All future messages from us will be sent to your myCapU email.
  • If you're applying to CapU as a new student, you can use your myCapU account to apply for entrance awards.

A portfolio should demonstrate your development and document your experiences. We want to see how you approach problem solving and create solutions that are both thoughtful and/or visual.

Your portfolio will be reviewed by IXD faculty members so that we can assess your passion for interaction design and how you might succeed in the program.

Applicants must submit the following through the online portal slideroom:

  • One reference letter
  • Three (Max) projects/examples of your creative work.
  • An introductory video 1-2 minutes max.

Please visit SlideRoom to read the full submission details and requirements.

Upload to SlideRoom

For students who have previously attended post-secondary, even though you submitted a digital copy of your transcripts on EducationPlannerBC, you must submit official university or college transcripts for transfer credit.

Please send all official documents to:

Registrar's Office
Birch Building, Room BR230
2055 Purcell Way
North Vancouver, BC
V7J 3H5

Official documents may include:

These documents must be sent directly from that institution to Capilano University. They must include the seal of the institution and the signature of the authorizing school representative.

We will accept photocopies of transcripts if certified by the authorizing university or college officer. Notarized copies are not acceptable.

Students may also submit photocopies of academic documents verified by the issuing authority. These authorities include the Ministry of Education, the high school, university, or college, the apostille* or by the appropriate examination board.

Notarized copies are not acceptable.

*Apostille countries refers to an international form of a notary seal as certified by the Hague convention. These would be official notary documents from countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, etc. and can be accepted in place of original or school-certified documents. The Apostille is prepared by either the Ministry of Education or the Ministry of Justice in these countries.

Please note: Documents issued in a language other than English must also include certified English translations. Documents must be in the original language of the issue and translated into English by a recognized translator, if required.

An academic document is original if issued to the student by the institution following that institution’s policies.

Notarized copies are not acceptable.

Once you've been accepted into a program, you'll need to start planning your courses.

  • You will be notified of your acceptance through your CapU email and your myCapU account.
  • View our page for admitted students to learn how to prepare for your first day.
  • If you wish to receive transfer credits, please submit official university/college/International Baccalaureate (IB)/Advanced Placements (AP) transcripts either electronically or by mail:

     

    Registrar's Office
    Birch Building, Room BR230
    2055 Purcell Way
    North Vancouver, BC
    V7J 3H5

Admitted Students

Most CapU programs need proof that you:

Every student must apply to CapU through EducationPlannerBC (EPBC), a website for applying to universities and colleges across British Columbia.

Visit Apply Now to make sure you're ready to fill in your application.

  • When you submit your application, you will need to pay a non-refundable application fee of C$135, which gives you the opportunity to apply for 2 programs.
  • You will need to upload a digital (PDF) copy of your transcripts and supporting documents at this time.
  • If your original transcripts and supporting documents are not written in English, please submit a translated copy.
Apply on EPBC

After submitting your application on EducationPlannerBC you will receive an acknowledgement message from us to your personal email.

  • This email will include your Student ID number and your myCapU account and email address.
  • Instructions on how to track your application will also be included.
  • All future messages from us will be sent to your myCapU email.
  • If you're applying to CapU as a new student, you can use your myCapU account to apply for entrance awards.
Funding for International Students

Applicants must submit their portfolio and program applications through the online portal SlideRoom.

Upload to SlideRoom

Please submit between 15 and 20 images of recent work, either personal projects or assignments from school or another program.

We suggest a minimum of 5 non-digital drawings rendered directly from life, without using photographic reference. Our aim is to assess how you observe and respond to the living world.

For one of the drawings, arrange a still life consisting of one household object (e.g. scissors, a vegetable peeler, a hammer), one piece of drapery (e.g. a t-shirt, a dishtowel, a scarf), and one object from the natural world (e.g. a flower, a small branch, a pine cone). Complete your drawing in black and white using pencil or charcoal, in under one hour.

The other non-digital drawings can be any subject observed from life, for example, a human face or figure, your dog sleeping, a still life arrangement, a tree in your yard, the interior of your kitchen – and so on – in black and white or colour.

The remaining submissions can be any combination of illustration, painting, design, video, 3D, collage, animation or interactive design (website, app), and can be completed traditionally or digitally.

Photograph your work straight-on, in clear daylight. Avoid direct sunlight; north-facing light is best. Save photographs or digital images as JPEGs to a size of at least 1024 pixels wide.

The purpose of your portfolio is to demonstrate your creative potential. Portfolios are reviewed on the basis of drawing ability (observation, technique), design ability (clarity of thinking, communication, and structure), and creativity.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Early Admission (recommended):

  • Apply to the University before you submit your portfolio online.
  • Complete your SlideRoom submission between November 5, 2021 and January 26, 2022. Note: submissions received after this date will be considered in the Late Admission Period.
  • Interviews and testing will take place Tuesday, February 22, 2022 and/or Wednesday, February 23, 2022 via video conferencing. Exact date(s) TBA. Applicants will be notified by email if their submission meets the standards of the program.
  • Waitlisted applicants will be notified after the Late Admission period if space becomes available.

Late Admission:

  • Apply to the University before you submit your portfolio online (applications to the University close April 5, 2022).
  • Complete your SlideRoom submission between January 28, 2022 and April 13, 2022.
  • Interviews and testing will take place Wednesday, May 4, 2022 via video conferencing. Exact date(s) TBA. Applicants will be notified by email if their submission meets the standards of the program.
  • Waitlisted applicants will be notified if space becomes available.

You've already sent digital copies of your transcripts to EducationPlannerBC as part of your CapU application, but we also need physical copies of your official high school, college or university transcripts.

If you're applying to CapU as a new student, you can use your myCapU account to apply for entrance awards.

Please send your official documents to:

Capilano University
Centre for International Experience, Room LB127
2055 Purcell Way
North Vancouver, B.C.
V7J 3H5

Official documents may include:

Students must submit official high school and university or college transcripts for admission.

These documents must be sent directly from that institution to Capilano University. They must include the seal of the institution and signature of the authorizing school representative.

We will accept photocopies of transcripts if certified by the authorizing high school, university, or college officer. Notarized copies are not acceptable.

Students may also submit photocopies of academic documents verified by the issuing authority. These authorities include the Ministry of Education, the high school, university, or college, the apostille* or by the appropriate examination board.

Notarized copies are not acceptable.

*Apostille countries refers to an international form of a notary seal as certified by the Hague convention. These would be official notary documents from countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, etc. and can be accepted in place of original or school-certified documents. The Apostille is prepared by either the Ministry of Education or the Ministry of Justice in these countries.

Please note: Documents issued in a language other than English must also include certified English translations. Documents must be in the original language of the issue and translated into English by a recognized translator, if required.

An academic document is original if issued to the student by the institution following that institution’s policies.

Notarized copies are not acceptable.

If you are accepted into a program, you will receive a letter of offer in your myCapU email inbox.

  • You will need to confirm your acceptance into the program by paying a tuition deposit outlined in your letter of offer.
  • This deposit will go towards your first-semester tuition once you are registered for courses at CapU.

After paying your tuition deposit, you will receive a letter of acceptance in your myCapU inbox. This may be used to apply for, or renew, a study permit.

  • Depending on your citizenship, you may also need to apply for an entry visa.
Permits & Visas

Once you've been accepted into a program and have applied for your study permit, you'll need to start planning your courses.

  • You will be notified of your acceptance through your CapU email and your myCapU account.
  • View our page for admitted international students to learn how to prepare for your first day.
Info for Admitted International Students

Admission notes

Please note that ENGL 100 is a required course in the first term of the Interaction Design Diploma. In order to enrol in this course, students must submit the results of the English Diagnostic Test (EDT) (EDT) unless they meet the EDT exemptions listed in the Capilano University Calendar.

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Returning Students

If you're returning to CapU to complete your program or to apply into a new program, please contact the Registrar's Office.

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Switching Programs

If you want to change your program of study, you need to submit a new application to CapU.

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Tuition and Fees

Are you applying as a domestic or as an international student?

Tuition Fees Total
Year 1 $9,985 $1,691 $11,676
Year 2 $9,985 $1,691 $11,676
Total $19,970 $3,382 $23,352
Tuition Fees Total
Year 1 $24,697 $1,691 $26,388
Year 2 $24,697 $1,691 $26,388
Total $49,394 $3,382 $52,776

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Required Courses

First Term

Total credits: 15.00

Required:
ENGL 100University Writing Strategies3.00 credits
IXD 101Digital Environment and Workflow3.00 credits
IXD 102User Experience I3.00 credits
IXD 103Visual Design I3.00 credits
IXD 104Digital Typography3.00 credits

 

Second Term

Total credits: 15.00

Required:
IXD 105Ideation and Design Thinking3.00 credits
IXD 106User Experience II3.00 credits
IXD 107Visual Design II3.00 credits
IXD 108Coding for Designers3.00 credits
Numeracy Elective 100-level or higher3.00 credits

 

Third Term

Total credits: 15.00

Required:
IXD 201Brand and Design Systems3.00 credits
IXD 202Design for New Technologies3.00 credits
IXD 203Motion and Interaction Design3.00 credits
IXD 204Business of Design3.00 credits
ENGL or CMNS 100-level or higher3.00 credits

 

Fourth Term

Total credits: 15.00

Required:
IXD 205Interaction Design Capstone3.00 credits
IXD 206Professional Development9.00 credits
Elective 100-level or higher (excluding IXD courses)3.00 credits

Total program credits: 60.00

Learning outcomes

  • Apply knowledge of current interaction design methodologies, best practices and workflows as well as an awareness of emerging technology.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with industry tools and technologies used to design, prototype and build digital products.
  • Use human-centred design thinking through a combination of research, empathy, problem-solving and iteration that results in intuitive solutions.
  • Design engaging, inclusive and accessible visual interfaces.
  • Develop interpersonal skills focused on communication, collaboration, active listening and leadership.
  • Construct sustainable solutions that embody global consciousness, human responsibility, and our commitment to the rights of Indigenous peoples and furthering reconciliation.

For the official publication of programs, course descriptions and admission requirements please view the Capilano University Calendar (pdf).

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About this program

IDEA School of Design
604 990 7820
idea@capilanou.ca

General inquiries

Student Information Services
Birch Building, room BR230

604-984-4900
604-984-1798 (fax)
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