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Interactive Media Design

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Interactive Media Design

Interactive Media Design

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”


You will learn to design and produce interactive and animated assets for Web sites, along with two and three-dimensional illustrations and info-graphics for multimedia applications running on mobile devices. Graduates of this program will be able to create motion graphics for video production in addition to developing integrated media content and virtual environments.

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Program Description (Laptop program)

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program are required to purchase their own laptop. For specific hardware and software requirements for this program click here.

In this program a special emphasis will be placed on creating motion graphics for a variety of business and marketing applications using software such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and After Effects. You will be taught digital and traditional illustration techniques and encouraged to develop a high level of proficiency in storytelling. You will also receive instruction on how to create compelling visual elements and assets for interactive info-graphics and business informatics.

At a foundational level, in the first year, you will learn how to use HTML and CSS to create intuitive website interfaces and layouts based on universally accepted user-centered design principles. Emphasis is placed on developing good visual design skills using HTML and CSS as the primary tools.

Other courses in the program will introduce you to the art and science of typography and digital colour theory including learning how to make strategic colour choices and craft well-designed typographic layouts for use in a variety of integrated media projects. You will also be taught the basic principles of photography in a digital environment, which will introduce digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras as well as basic photo editing and printing techniques.

You will produce video and audio assets for integrated media projects and learn how to create interactive movies and content for broadcast quality videos, virtual environments, digital signage, apps and touch screen devices.

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Admission Requirements

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Career Options

Graduate employment may be found in a wide variety of creative environments including:

  • Advertising agencies
  • Educational institutions
  • Interactive and graphic design studios
  • Media and publishing companies
  • Web studios

Past Durham College graduates have found employment with the following job titles:

  • Creative Designer
  • Junior Developer
  • Junior Web Developer
  • Multimedia Developer
  • New Media Designer
  • Online Marketing Specialist
  • Project Co-ordinator
  • Web Developer
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Program Costs

YEAR ONE FEESDomesticInternational
Compulsory Ancillary


Program Incidental$340$340
Total Fees:$4,820$14,992

Please note: fees are based on the 2016-2017 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.

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Laptop Learning

Students enrolled in laptop programs will enjoy an exceptional learning experience through the use of technology. The advanced technical skills and knowledge that employers look for in graduates will provide students with a decided advantage when entering the workforce. Please pay close attention to the hardware and software requirements of your program as the requirements are not the same for all laptop programs.

How laptop learning works:

  • Review your specific program page for hardware and software requirements
  • Acquire your own laptop from a vendor of your choosing including all of the hardware and software components listed below

Please note: some software may be included in tuition fees for some programs. Please ensure that you are required to buy software before making a purchase.

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Laptop Requirements

Hardware requirements

  • MacBook Pro 15- or 13-inch or MacBook Air 13-inch
  • Cat 5e or Cat 6 Ethernet cable between 1 and 1.5 meters long (to connect to the campus network)

For a complete list of hardware requirements please review the Hardware requirements and FAQ document.

Software requirements

  • Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion (bundled with new Apple notebook computer purchase)
  • Apple iLife ‘11
  • Microsoft Office for Mac Academic 2011

NOTE: Membership in Adobe Creative Cloud™ is included in the Student Fees and will be available for new students in the first week of classes.


Creative Cloud brings together everything you need to create your greatest work. One simple membership gives you and your classmates to the very latest versions of all the Adobe professional creative desktop applications like Photoshop®, Illustrator®, and more — plus new features and upgrades as soon as they're available. And that's just the beginning. With Creative Cloud™, everything you need to create intuitively and collaboratively is included.

Free downloadable software (please download and install prior to the start of classes):


  • USB flash drive for storing smaller amounts of data
  • 8 or 16 GB Sandisk Ultra SDHC Card Class 4 or higher
  • Headphones, full-sized, closed

Note: these requirements were accurate at the time of posting and are subject to change. Please be aware that hardware and software versions are subject to change and will be updated as needed.

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Opportunities For Degree Completion Or Additional Credentials

Qualified graduates may also be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study through Durham College’s partnerships with a number of Canadian and international colleges and universities. 

Please visit the Transfer Guide for more information.

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  • code: IMDE
  • Program length: Two-year
  • Credential awarded: Ontario College Diploma
  • Location: Oshawa
  • School: School of Media, Art & Design (MAD)
  • Domestic tuition: $3,339 (CDN)
  • Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2016
    • Program intake status is Open Open: January 2017
  • International Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2016
    • Program intake status is Open Open: January 2017
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