Hi guys. I know I failed you last week in posting a new blog post on the days promised. The week just flew by! One moment it was Tuesday and I realized I had forgotten to post Sunday and the next moment it was Sunday again (today) and I realized I had forgotten to post Thursday.
I blame school, since last week was the final week of my first semester in the BCIT New Media Design and Web Development program – so that’s what this post is going to be about! When I was first applying for this program to see if it was the right fit for me, I wish there had been more blog reviews of the program, like this. It’s incredibly insightful to get someone else’s opinion on classes, rather than just the subjective side of the school.
Term 1 is supposed to be the easiest as things ramp up slowly and you try your first attempt at a lot of things. I only work once a week, and I live fairly close to school so I found I had the time needed to complete all my assignments and projects (which there were plenty of).
Here are the courses for term 1 which I rated in terms of difficulty on a scale of 1 – 5 (1 being easy peasy and 5 being very tricky):
- Graphics and Art for the Web: 3/5
This class would be easier because the material is straight forward (basic design elements) except that there are two main projects which you are working on all semester (a three poster series and a brand booklet). It was fun flexing my design skills though.
- Communication for New Media: 2/5
This class teaches you the basics for writing for the web. It was my favourite course and I found it the most relevant in regards to what I want to be doing. If you don’t enjoy writing, this course will probably be more tedious. It includes an interview assignment, a newsletter assignment, and creating the content for a blog/website of your choice. The workload was very doable compared to other classes.
- Photoshop CS: 2/5
Photoshop (and Illustrator) were my most anticipated classes. I’d never done anything in graphic design and I was so excited to just dive in. The teacher (Mahmoud Abdel-Hai or just Mak) is extremely patient, thorough and helpful. I gained so much confidence in Photoshop and I’m stoked to move onto Adobe Illustrator next term.
- Overview of Web Technologies (Intro to HTML and CSS): 3/5
- Colour Correction (Photoshop): 4/5
This class was a six week course (half the length of other courses) but despite this, felt like double. The course is fast-paced and the teacher (Marc Whitehead) rigorous, with a 10% assignment due each class (with the last two being the hardest). I now know of the painstaking process of creating alcohol ads for bottles of Johnny Walker Red Label and Grey Goose Vodka.
- Adobe Acrobat: 1/5
This class was a six week course (half the length of other courses). The material is pretty straightforward as Adobe Acrobat is meant to be accessible. Despite the material being less than exciting (who wants to learn everything there is to know about PDFs?) the teacher (Kenneth Edward Jeffery) was so gosh darn nice. We had time to work on assignments in class so there wasn’t too much homework. I now know how to make interactive elements on PDFs (like buttons, links, bookmarks, and forms), yay!
- Instructional and Information Architecture: 3/5
This class was awesome, because of the fun and funky teacher (Dionne Ong.) Like most people, I was clueless to the concept of Information Architecture (the organization and labeling of information on websites and intranets). Despite the class notes being SUPER dry, the teacher made the class really immersive. Highlights included creating sketches, wireframes and mockups for a fake Dating App, and creating an actual information architecture and design proposal to a local business.
If you are thinking of taking the BCIT New Media Design and Web Development program and have any questions, feel free to ask!