Monday, January 15, 2018

NAIT- Digital Media and IT

Sept. 26, 2017 Digital Media and IT: This is a program at NAIT.  There are different majors like Digital Cinema and Visual Communications.  

I decided to look into it after I looked up the TV and Radio program there.  I emailed a woman who taught TV and she told me I can look into this program too: 

Based on the strong interrelationship between information technology (IT) and new media design, the DMIT program explores a dynamic range of current and emerging fields.

Students can build a pathway that is of interest to them and can create unique skill sets upon graduation, making them highly versatile in the job market. The DMIT Diploma is offered full-time as a 2-year program, starting in September.

Digital Cinema:

What to expect

Students in this area of emphasis should have an interest in the exciting and evolving world of fiction and non-fiction media production.

The Digital Cinema area of emphasis gives you real world, hands-on experience that will allow you to not only learn about filmmaking but also become a filmmaker and a creative entrepreneur. Courses prepare you for the creative, technical and business aspects of this rapidly growing industry while also introducing you to industry organizations and professionals that can assist you in launching your career.

Our in-depth and industry-directed courses will help you identify original stories and teach you how to plan, script, budget, film and edit these stories to deliver finished narrative fiction and non-fiction productions. Through all four levels, you will be mentored by award-winning industry professionals.

For aspiring producers, content creators and technical craftspeople, the Digital Media area of emphasis is highly focused on the business side of digital screen production. You will have the opportunity to develop your own transmedia production while developing a business plan that includes financing, casting and all five phases of production.


Common jobs for Digital Cinema grads are
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Writer
  • Cinematographer
  • Filmmaker
  • Film Editor
  • Sound Technician

My opinion: I watched the 4 min, video about the program.  It was good.  However, I am still not getting excited about filmmaking.

Visual Communications

What to expect

Students considering this area of emphasis should have a creative mind and an interest in design, typography, colour and corporate identity/branding.

The Visual Communications area of emphasis will give you the skills you need to be a professional graphic designer. You will learn how to create high-quality, eye-catching products by applying advanced design principles.

Courses will focus on two core software tools that will help you accomplish this goal: Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.

Supplemental courses will teach you the practical and theoretical sides of visual design, such as colour theory, typographic history and the art of telling a story using characters and images. To round out the program, you will also take time developing a portfolio and learning the business side of this industry.

As a graduate, you will understand how to translate ideas into a finished product that clearly and creatively delivers a message.


Common jobs for Visual Communications grads are
  • Media Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Commercial Designer
  • Print Operator
  • Creative Director
  • Package Designer
  • Advertiser/Branding Specialist
  • Marketer
  • Front-End Web Designer
  • UI/UX Designer

My opinion: This sounds like something I can learn from Graphic Communications at NAIT.

Graphic Communications:


Digital Publishing Certificate: I like publishing.


The balanced combination of courses in this certificate provides you with the essential software and process knowledge needed to enter the world of layout and design. You will receive expert instruction and hands-on practice time in the classroom to help you develop industry-ready skills to solve unique visual communications problems.


A Digital Publishing Certificate will be awarded to students who complete the following twelve courses.

CCTD10 - Client/Designer Relations

Course Overview

Successful projects depend on a strong relationship with the client. This relationship can only be nurtured and maintained through a commitment to communication. This course focuses on the process model for multimedia development. It evaluates and discusses steps to the process in an interactive learning environment. Learn the process behind preparing for client meetings and successful team development meetings. By the end of this course, you’ll be comfortable with the essential concepts of building client relations and engaging in project communications.

Recommended: CCTO101 Windows Desktop Operating System or any other Windows operating system, or equivalent practical computer experience (browsing for files, using a mouse, average typing speed of 25+ wpm, using a word processing application).

CCTD910 - Project: Digital Publishing

Course Overview

As the final course in the Digital Publishing Certificate, students will utilize their skills in vector and raster image manipulation along with using design knowledge to complete an industry themed project from start to completion.

Students will use the various Adobe software products to create a completed pdf for print and web delivery. The course will also guide students through the proper work flow and process of creating a professional document with clear visual communication. Students will also gain the tools to communicate design theory in order to create, critique, educate and defend design concepts in order to maximize efficiency and production when working in a team environment.

Recommended: To be eligible for this course you must successfully complete all other required courses in the Digital Publishing Certificate.

My opinion: I see they are teaching the same computer programs I studied in Graphic Communications like: InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator.  The 2 classes I listed above are the ones specifically for this program.

Interior Design Technology: My friend/ neighbor Jessie was in that program.  I met her back in 2004.  Now I looked her up on Facebook and I may have found her.  She told me it's not about decorating your home:

Learn the relationships between functional, technical and aesthetic elements in interior environments with an emphasis on commercial spaces.

ENDS1100 - Introduction to Construction Documents and Detailing

Course Overview

This course covers the basics of technical drawing using hand sketching techniques, while introducing the fundamentals of light frame wood construction. Construction materials, methods and Building Code requirements are incorporated into the preparation of a set of drawings for a small single family residence.

ENDS1120 - Design Studio I: Introduction to Design and Presentation

Course Overview

Students will explore the design process through the elements and principles of visual and spatial design. The studio will focus on design process and the communication of ideas through 2D and 3D presentation.

ENDS1150 - Math and Structures

Course Overview

This is an introductory course in structures and mathematics and is intended to provide a foundation for concepts encountered throughout the program. It includes basic structural principals and systems as they apply to building forms and students will be able to identify structural systems, forces, and loads. In addition to learning structural principles students will develop proficiency in basic technical mathematics pertaining to measurements, algebra, trigonometry and geometry with an emphasis on spatial acuity and graphical solutions.

My opinion: This doesn't sound very interesting.

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